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Carbon insurance: Bigger than cyber?

April 10, 2024 by Jason Contant

The global voluntary carbon market (VCM) is expected to show “hockey stick growth” over the next few decades, representing a dramatic opportunity for the insurance industry. “Look at the cyber market now in insurance — it’s the new big thing,”

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Why this MGA is betting on carbon insurance

April 9, 2024 by Jason Contant

Specialist insurance provider CFC has entered the voluntary carbon market (VCM) with the launch of a carbon delivery insurance product that safeguards the purchase of carbon credits. VCMs are decentralized markets in which individuals or organizations buy credits to voluntarily

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Industry responds to FSRA’s plan for insurer MGA supervision

March 7, 2024 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Potential risks stemming from P&C insurers’ managing general agent (MGA) outsourcing practices have caught the eye of Ontario’s insurance regulator, and it’s looking for feedback from stakeholders on a supervision plan.   Insurers and MGAs alike have begun to weigh

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Two brokerages, one MGU involved in recent deals

January 15, 2024 by Jason Contant

Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to clarify that Keyes Insurance was not acquired by the Canadian Broker Network but rather joined its membership. Keyes Insurance remains a fully independent brokerage solely owned by Shaun Keyes. Canadian Underwriter apologizes

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Regulators watching how broker sales tied to compensation

January 12, 2024 by David Gambrill

Canada’s insurance regulators are paying close attention to how insurers are assessing the performance of their sales force and/or linking broker compensation to the fair treatment of consumers. In particular, they are monitoring whether brokers are being assessed using purely

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Why growth is the name of the game for Canadian MGAs

January 9, 2024 by Jason Contant

Canada’s property and casualty MGA sector will likely double in the next five years when it comes to commercial insurance market share, an industry executive told Canadian Underwriter in an interview. Currently, about 20% of commercial business is placed with

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How can you be a better leader? Forget about work after quitting time

January 5, 2024 by David Gambrill

Employees deem leaders who psychologically detach from work when they aren’t in the workplace as more powerful and engaged in the office, new research shows. “We found that when leaders psychologically detached from work when at home – they did

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MGA acquires Echelon’s surety division

December 11, 2023 by Jason Contant

Montreal-based managing general agency REVAU Advanced Underwriting Inc. has acquired Echelon Insurance’s surety division.  “This acquisition aligns with REVAU’s focus on expanding its existing surety operations across Canada,” the MGA said in a press release Monday. “The teams’ shared values,

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Private equity firm acquires digital brokerage

December 8, 2023 by Jason Contant

Private equity firm Southampton Financial Inc. has announced its acquisition of Ontario-based digital insurance brokerage aha insurance. Launched in 2017, Waterloo, Ont.-based aha insurance offers consumers the ability to quote, purchase and manage car and home insurance policies entirely online.

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U.S.-based insurance provider to acquire Sutton Special Risk

December 6, 2023 by Jason Contant

New York-headquartered insurance services provider Amynta Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire specialty insurance managing general underwriter (MGU) Sutton Special Risk Inc. “The acquisition of Sutton expands Amynta’s offerings in the accident and health market and accelerates

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Aviva Canada to acquire “capital light” MGA

November 27, 2023 by David Gambrill

Aviva Canada is acquiring Optiom O2 Holdings Inc., a managing general agent (MGA) that specializes in vehicle replacement insurance in Canada. The $170-million Cdn deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of

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Accelerant scoops up Omega Insurance Holdings

October 27, 2023 by David Gambrill

Accelerant Holdings U.K. Ltd. has officially entered the Canadian property and casualty insurance market, closing the deal to acquire Omega Insurance Holdings Inc. from Till Capital Corporation. Accelerant will pay Till Capital approximately $13 million Cdn in exchange for all