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Western Financial moves into central Canada with brokerage acquisition

June 20, 2018 by Jason Contant

Western Financial Group Inc. has acquired its first non-western Canadian brokerage, Axion Insurance Services Inc. Completed on June 19, the deal will allow Western Financial to add 10 Ontario-based locations and approximately 60 insurance experts to its existing network. Kenny

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How demand in Canada factored into merger of two Lloyd’s brokers

May 29, 2018 by Jason Contant

An increased demand from Canadian brokers for more “problem-solving” insurance solutions, such as specialist cyber coverage, is a factor behind the recent merger between Endeavour Insurance Services and SSL Insurance Group. Lloyd’s broker and delegated authority specialist Endeavour recently announced

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Behind this brokerage’s plan to build a “best-in-class” employee benefits platform

May 15, 2018 by Jason Contant

Hub International’s recent acquisition of a brokerage in Quebec is part of its plan to built a “best-in-class” employee benefits platform for Canada, a spokesperson for the Chicago-based global brokerage told Canadian Underwriter Monday. On May 7, Hub International acquired

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How Economical plans to remain independent after demutualization

May 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If Economical Insurance becomes publicly-traded on the stock exchange, it could eventually be acquired, but company officials have no intention of making Economical an easy acquisition target. “We certainly made a determination a long time ago that we were not

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Hub acquires Quebec benefits brokerage

May 9, 2018 by Jason Contant

Hub International has acquired the shares of a Quebec benefits brokerage, a move designed to strengthen benefits and retirement offerings throughout Canada. The Chicago-based global insurance brokerage reported on May 7 that it acquired the shares of Les Avantages Sociaux

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Why this broker sold into the independent broker channel

May 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

When Ron Bagnell was looking to retire, handing over his brokerage to the family was not an option, so he sold into the independent broker channel. “My children had no interest in taking over the business, so I knew that

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Hub acquires Alberta brokerage specializing in commercial lines

May 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Carlton Insurance Brokers Inc. of Jasper, Alta., a full service brokerage that specializes in commercial auto and oil and gas, has been acquired by Hub International Limited. Carlton places insurance for a variety of clients including trucking companies and the

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Archway snaps up Bay Insurance & Financial in local merger deal

May 3, 2018 by Jason Contant

Bay Insurance & Financial, a smaller brokerage in Tantallon, Nova Scotia, has merged with one of Atlantic Canada’s largest brokerages, Archway Insurance. Bay Insurance’s existing location on Peggy’s Cove Road in the heart of the St. Margaret’s Bay Area will

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Will more Canadian commercial insurers look south for acquisition targets?

April 26, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Buying American commercial insurers is a “strategy that could prove rewarding” for Canadian insurance companies, executives from Toronto-based DBRS wrote in a report released Thursday. Expanding into the U.S. commercial space “requires significant resources,” wrote Stewart McIlwraith, senior vice president

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Sedgwick team to include Albert Poon following merger with Cunningham Lindsey

April 25, 2018 by Jason Contant

Albert Poon, most recently president of Cunningham Lindsey Canada, will remain a key part of the team following Sedgwick Claims Management Services’ recent acquisition of Cunningham Lindsey, the president of the combined business operations in Canada told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday.

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APRIL strengthens its foothold in Canada with the acquisition of Benecaid

April 23, 2018 April Group

LYON, FRANCE, April 23, 2018 /insPRESS/ – Active on the Canadian Property & Casualty market for over 10 years, the APRIL group continues to export its expertise abroad via the acquisition of Benecaid, a managing general underwriter and third party administrator

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Michael Holden named president of Canadian operations following Sedgwick-Cunningham merger

April 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

Two days after Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. announced that it had completed its acquisition of Cunningham Lindsey, Sedgwick announced that Michael Holden will serve as president of its combined business operations in Canada. Holden has led Sedgwick and subsidiary