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Why this BrokerLink exec thinks COVID could accelerate brokerage M&A

August 12, 2020 by David Gambrill

Before the pandemic, hard market conditions and the increasing digitization of brokerages were already reasons for some broker principals to ponder selling the business and moving on, but the novel coronavirus may have further accelerated the pace of M&A, says

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U.S. wholesale broker expands into Canada with acquisition of SUM

August 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

A United States-based national wholesale insurance broker has acquired Strategic Underwriting Managers, Inc. (SUM), a Canadian managing general agency for property, casualty and other specialty insurance products. Boston-headquartered wholesale broker, program manager, and insurance aggregator One80 Intermediaries announced the acquisition

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BrokerLink closes nine brokerage acquisitions across the country

August 11, 2020 by David Gambrill

BrokerLink announced Tuesday the closing of nine acquisitions to date for 2020, including the acquisition of brokerages in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. BrokerLink, a subsidiary of Intact Financial Corporation, continues to look to the future to carry

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The link between the Edmonton Oilers and Arthur J. Gallagher’s latest acquisition

August 5, 2020 by David Gambrill

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Edmonton, Alta.-based Insight Insurance & Risk Management Ltd., the official insurance brokerage of NHL hockey’s Edmonton Oilers. Founded in 2013 by CEO Alexis Harke, Insight is a retail insurance broker serving clients throughout

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How Aon and Willis are progressing on proposed merger

August 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The acquisition of Willis Towers Watson plc by Aon plc is on track to close in less than a year as Aon officials don’t seem concerned the deal will be blocked by competition regulators. “We are exactly on track with

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Andrew Agencies buys Saskatoon brokerage with two offices

June 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Saskatoon Insurance Agencies, which places home, auto, commercial and farm coverage, has been acquired by Andrew Agencies Ltd. effective June 1. Based in the Manitoba community of Virden, about 80 kilometres west of Brandon, Andrew now has 20 offices in

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Post-merger, new name awaits Canada’s third-largest P&C mutual

June 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

La Capitale and SSQ Insurance are expected to merge July 1 to form Canada’s largest mutual insurer, Quebec City-based La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services said Thursday. “The name of the new company will be announced in the next few

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

June 1, 2020 by David Gambrill

As an industry challenged by all of the various disasters that the world has to offer, many Canadian property and casualty insurance companies already had business continuity plans in place to keep their operations running in the face of a

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Montreal commercial brokerage acquired by Hub International

May 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Hub International Limited announced Wednesday it has acquired Vestas Financial Services Firm Inc., a Montreal property and casualty brokerage whose target markets include architects and engineers. Chicago-based Hub, which was formed in 1998 through the merger of 11 Canadian brokerages,

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Ripple effects

May 7, 2020 Jason Contant, Online Editor

How will the deal between Aon and Willis Towers Watson affect brokers in Canada?

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The thinking behind the latest OMERS P&C insurer deal

May 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

By selling a good chunk of its runoff business to one of Canada’s largest pension plans, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is allowing that business to buy discontinued Lloyd’s books while still allowing Fairfax to invest in its other insurers, CEO

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How Intact views potential acquisitions during pandemic

April 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Despite the massive disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, Intact Financial Corp. is keeping its eye on potential mergers. “We want to make sure we have capital ready to be deployed for growth – both organic and through mergers and acquisitions,”