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Executive Outlook 2020 | Valérie Lavoie, Desjardins

December 30, 2019 by David Gambrill

Valérie Lavoie, President, Chief Operating Officer, Desjardins General Insurance Group Rising home and auto insurance premiums will be the big issue for the industry again in 2020, driven by the growing frequency and severity of extreme weather events and the

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Executive Outlook 2020 | Carol Jardine, Wawanesa

December 30, 2019 by David Gambrill

Carol Jardine, President, Canadian P&C Operations, The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company One of the most important issues facing the industry is the Canadian consumer’s pocketbook. Canadian families have never been more in debt and GDP and wage growth aren’t helping.

Feature InsuranceMarkets / CoveragesTechnology

Executive Outlook 2020 | Louis Gagnon, Intact

December 30, 2019 by David Gambrill

Louis Gagnon, President, Canadian Operations, Intact Financial Corporation I see two very important issues for insurance in 2020 — climate change and our ability to adapt; and cyber risk and the increasing need for protection. These challenges create an environment

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First batch of legal marijuana edibles on their way for B.C.

December 20, 2019 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s government says the first batch of legal marijuana edibles, extracts and topical will soon be available for purchase, two months after they were legalized in Canada. The province says it received its first shipments of the

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Brokers should look for these three things in a cyber insurance policy

December 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

Cyber insurance policies still tend to be confusing for brokers, but there are three areas that they should focus on, recommends Nathan Rose, senior underwriter and business development specialist with Burns & Wilcox Canada. This includes: 1) policies that have

Feature Climate ChangeMarkets / CoveragesReinsurance

Turning off the taps

December 7, 2019 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Global insurers are starting to withdraw from providing insurance coverage to the oil sands, which accounts for about two-thirds of Canadian oil production. What this means for your clients in the oil and gas sector…

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Potential opportunity in mining insurance

December 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers and brokers looking for new opportunities should consider covering a mining firm’s legal obligation to restore a site once the operation has closed. “In the Canadian market there is probably an emerging opportunity on this front,” Ben-Schoeman Geldenhuys, a

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The biggest challenges facing the commercial auto space

December 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

Capacity issues, cross-border exposure, ongoing trade negotiations and liability losses are some of the biggest challenges in the commercial transportation space, a speaker said last week at Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)’s inaugural Commercial Insurance Symposium. “In the past four

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The ‘silent assassin’ in this liability coverage

December 2, 2019 by Jason Contant

We’ve all heard of ‘silent cyber’: potential cyber exposures contained within traditional property and liability policies that may not implicitly include or exclude cyber risks. But what about a ‘silent assassin’ in a policy? “Technology-related areas are a silent assassin

News ClaimsMarkets / CoveragesRiskTechnology

Why there needs to be a refresh of policy triggers for this E&O coverage

November 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

There needs to be a complete refresh and rethink of policy triggers for healthcare liability insurance to make sure it’s up to speed for the digital age, a specialist insurer said. With traditional insurance for medical malpractice, a type of

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One positive trend in the P&C industry’s third-quarter results

November 28, 2019 by David Gambrill

Canada’s federally-regulated property and casualty insurers appear to be getting a handle on their property lines claims ratios, although auto lines are still in trouble, according to third-quarter industry results released by the country’s solvency regulator, the Office of the

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Will hard market conditions persist beyond the end of next year?

November 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

With insurers’ returns on equity lower than normal, it’s anyone’s guess how much longer your clients are going to see price increases. “Through 2020 we will see rate increases,” said Jim Auden, Chicago-based managing director of North American Insurance at