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The strategy behind BrokerLink’s latest acquisitions

March 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you run a brokerage in Ontario, Alberta or Atlantic Canada and there is no BrokerLink in your town, there soon could be. Intact Financial Corp.’s BrokerLink unit has closed seven brokerage acquisitions since Jan. 1, said Paul Meyer, BrokerLink’s

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Brokerlink acquires family-owned brokerage in Alberta

March 8, 2019 by David Gambrill

BrokerLink has welcomed into its tent a 40-year-old family brokerage located in the Peace River area of northern Alberta. Nicolet Insurance Ltd., a full-service operation offering auto, home, business and travel insurance, has joined Brokerlink, one of Canada’s largest property

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Burns & Wilcox Canada acquires specialty MGA

March 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

H.W. Kaufman Group and Burns & Wilcox Canada announced Thursday they have acquired Toronto-based TRU Transportation Risk Underwriters Ltd., a managing general agency with unique transportation expertise. TRU will become part of B&W Canada, a flagship organization of Kaufman and

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Gallagher to buy Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s aerospace operations

March 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced Monday it has agreed to buy the global aerospace operations of  Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. If the deal goes through, about 250 JLT employees worldwide would join Gallagher. Monday’s announcement comes six months

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Where Fairfax is going with future acquisitions

February 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

While Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is not ruling out the possibility of buying small specialty insurance players, don’t expect the firm to buy any big insurers any time soon. Toronto-based Fairfax, whose holdings include Northbridge Insurance, bought the majority of

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Atlantic Canada brokerage acquires family-owned operation

February 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

Archway Insurance, one of Atlantic Canada’s largest brokerages, has announced the acquisition of family brokerage George Mitchell Insurance in Liverpool, N.S. Amherst, N.S.-headquartered Archway announced the acquisition Thursday. Effective Feb. 28, 2019, Archway’s latest acquisition brings its number of locations

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Opta acquires getClarity: linking property and risk data with consumer profiles

February 14, 2019 by David Gambrill

With its recent acquisition of getClarity, Opta Information Intelligence is expanding into the area of customer and prospect behaviour. Opta is Canada’s largest property data aggregator and a provider of risk intelligence and loss control services. Its solutions include iClarify

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Behind on your digital strategy? Three ways to catch up quickly

February 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

Merging with or buying digital firms, and cooperating with digital natives rather than trying to fight or resist them, can pay dividends for a majority of businesses, according to a blog published Tuesday by Harvard Business Review. The blog, 3 Digital

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Hub continues expansion into employee benefits

February 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Hub International Ltd. has bought another Canadian employee benefits operation. Chicago-based Hub announced Tuesday it has acquired the assets of Toronto-based Firstbrook Pointon Benefits Incorporated. Tuesday’s announcement comes a month after Hub acquired Vancouver-based TRG Group Benefits and Pensions Inc. Firstbrook

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Intact’s appetite for cross-border mergers

February 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. is not ruling out the possibility of buying a commercial brokerage or managing general agent in the United States. “We are doing a lot of work to understand the opportunities in distribution in the U.S. and will

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Alberta insurance tech provider acquires Ontario specialty insurer

January 23, 2019 by David Gambrill

Besurance Corporation, a Calgary-based insurance and technology company, has agreed to acquire Fenchurch General Insurance Company, an Ontario-based specialty insurer that offers insurance programs across Canada. Specifically, Fenchurch provides programs in warranty, trucking, surety and accident and sickness. Its products

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Sale of Echelon Insurance to CAA gets shareholder approval

January 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Non-standard auto insurer Echelon Insurance is a step closer to being acquired by The CAA Club Group of Companies. Shareholders of Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. voted Wednesday in favour of the $175 million deal, Echelon said in a release. In