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Eagle Underwriting gets acquired, keeps own brand

October 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Managing general agent Eagle Underwriting Group Inc. has been acquired by GroupAssur, private equity firm Novacap Management Inc. announced Tuesday. “With Eagle, the objective was to get a broader spectrum of product,” said Jean-François Raymond, president of Montreal-based GroupAssur, in

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Canadian cyber MGA expands to United States

October 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

BOXX Insurance Inc. is expanding to the United States and has hired a former CEO Latin America for RSA to lead that move from Miami, the Toronto-based managing general agent and Lloyd’s coverholder announced Friday. Cyberboxx is the brand BOXX

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Why and where Intact wants to buy more MGAs

September 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Don’t be surprised if Intact Financial Corp. buys managing general agents in the United States who place commercial specialty insurance. “We think there is a big opportunity at the MGA level. We are still focused on that,” Intact CEO Charles

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Why Intact has no intention of selling BrokerLink

August 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If you knock on Intact’s door offering money to buy its BrokerLink subsidiary, prepare to get rejected. “You are far more likely to see us putting way more capital in [the property and casualty insurance brokerage] space than the other

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Hybrid office: What brokers can learn from the parable, Who Moved My Cheese?

July 21, 2021 by David Gambrill

Ontario brokerage Mitchell & Whale is allowing its staff to return to the office in any way they choose, a hybrid work model inspired by the 1998 best-selling book, Who Moved My Cheese? Authored by Dr. Spencer Johnson, Who Moved

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Westland buys two digital brokerages

July 8, 2021 by David Gambrill

Westland Insurance has acquired two digital brokerages in a move intended to expand its tech offerings to brokers, renters, and homeowners. In the first of two deals announced Thursday, Agile Underwriting Solutions, owned by Westland, has acquired managing general agency

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April Canada unveils its new CEO, transition plan

June 22, 2021 by David Gambrill

After eight years in Quebec with April Canada, Sebastien Gabez is leaving the Canadian operations to join April in the Caribbean, effective July 1, 2021. After being the managing general agency’s CEO for the past three years, he is handing

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MGA simplifies purchase and validation of tenant’s insurance online

June 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Landlords often require their tenants to have insurance coverage as a condition of the leases, but it could be quite a paper chase to keep track of thousands of tenants and their insurance status. Vancouver-based insurtech and managing general agent

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The real advantage of straight-through processing in the Lloyd’s market

May 31, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Managing general agents who can place small business coverage digitally through the Lloyd’s market are at a competitive advantage over MGAs using traditional paper-based processes, an insurtech CEO suggests. “We are one of the very few MGAs that has straight

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Pollution coverage gaps your clients may not know about

May 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The cost of cleaning up after spills of petroleum, oil, or other contaminants may not be covered under your client’s liability or property policy, a managing general agent warns. Many clients are exposed to pollution risk but are not necessarily

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Inactive Alberta brokerage ordered to pay $6K for failing to remit client funds to MGA

May 14, 2021 by David Gambrill

Alberta-based NIB Insurance Group Ltd., now an inactive brokerage, has been ordered to pay $6,000 in civil penalties for failing to remit client premiums to an MGA, and for selling a policy to a client while it was no longer

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The ‘perfect way’ for insurers to put capital back into the marketplace

May 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The hard market in commercial lines has caused some managing general agents to lose some products, yet more insurance is still being placed through MGAs, panelists told brokers listening to a recent webinar. “I think it’s a perfect way for