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McDougall Insurance discusses latest merger

January 3, 2018 by Jason Contant

McDougall Insurance & Financial is merging with Worden Insurance & Financial Services, a 13-employee brokerage operating out of Oshawa. Based in Belleville, Ont., McDougall Insurance & Financial is looking to extend its footprint in Ontario’s Durham region with its latest

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Management buyout features Canadian broker tech guru

January 2, 2018 by Canadian Underwriter

Pat Durepos, a well-known Canadian broker in the insurance tech space, is a key figure in a management buyout at Hubio Exchange, the Canadian division of Hubio Exchange has announced. Hubio Exchange has provided industry tech solutions to Canadian insurers

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Why U.S. brokerage made its first Canadian P&C acquisition

December 20, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Dalton Timmis Insurance Group’s technological capabilities and its “unique abilities” in motorcycle and transportation insurance were among the factors that made it an ideal acquisition target for U.S. brokerage NFP Corp., the president of NFP in Canada said Wednesday. Marty

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P&C mutuals line up against demutualization

December 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Two years after Economical left the gate on the track to demutualization, the Waterloo, Ont.-based mutual insurer appears to be the lone horse among its industry peers. Four Canadian life insurers demutualized in 1999-2000 but regulations allowing mutual property and

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Octo completes acquisition of Willis Towers Watson’s UBI assets

December 11, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Octo Telematics, a global provider of telematics for the auto insurance industry, has completed its acquisition of the usage-based insurance (UBI) assets of Willis Towers Watson. Octo’s acquisition includes Willis Towers Watson’s DriveAbility solution and the DriveAbility Marketplace. Geoff Werner

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Hyperion deal shows pension fund to be bullish on insurance

December 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

With its fourth major insurance acquisition in 18 months, the manager of Quebec’s public pension funds was looking for exposure to markets in Asia and Latin America, a Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec spokesman told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday.

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Dispute over brokerage sale could have sent “commercial law sideways”

December 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

In a case that would “have had the potential to send the practice of commercial law sideways,” Manitoba’s Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court’s $10 million-decision against Western Financial Group over a disputed share price valuation related to

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The story behind Quebec merger of two independent brokerages

December 6, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Quebec independent brokerage Fort Financial Group Inc. has acquired Montreal based Assurances ABZ, a property and casualty insurance company specializing in group benefits and serving business owners and executives. Fundamentally, the move is an example of an independent broker finding

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Acquisition expands brokerage’s footprint in Ontario

December 4, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

McDougall Insurance & Financial is expanding its horizons, with its sights set on areas outside of its typical eastern Ontario operating range. The Belleville, Ont.-based brokerage announced on Friday that it had merged with Mink Insurance Services in Midland, Ont.,

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CPPIB buying 30% interest in BGL Group for $1.1 billion

November 24, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

TORONTO – The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has signed a $1.1-billion deal to acquire a 30 per cent stake in BGL Group, a digital distributor of insurance and financial services. BGL Group’s brands include Comparethemarket.com, LesFurets.com and online life

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Global M&A: How does Canada compare?

November 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fewer insurance merger and acquisition (M&A) deals are being completed in the global insurance industry, but Canadian M&A does not appear to be following the global decline. Global M&A volume sunk by 12.3% in the first half of 2017, although

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New Editor-in-Chief for Canadian Underwriter as veteran journalist David Gambrill returns

November 13, 2017 Canadian Underwriter

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2017 /insPRESS/ – Newcom Business Media Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of David Gambrill as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Underwriter. “David is an award-winning writer and editor who’s arguably Canada’s most experienced and knowledgeable insurance journalist,”