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How these auto reforms could reduce liability exposure for hospitality clients

May 10, 2021 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s move towards a form of no-fault auto insurance could wind up reducing liability exposure for commercial insureds in the hospitality and other high-risk sectors, according to a recent blog by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. The province’s no-fault amendments came

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When humans team up with machines, P&C innovation wins

May 4, 2021 by David Gambrill

Debates about whether humans or computers are at the centre of innovative insurance products are a red herring — the best way to build an insurance product is an integrated approach using the best of what humans and machines have

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Small business clients are making these cyber security errors

April 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Failure to install patch updates, relying too much on passwords, and failure to train employees are three sources of cyber security losses all too common among small business clients, a technology vendor suggests. One of the most common cyber security

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The ‘unfair advantages’ in commercial auto

April 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

New commercial auto clients may suffer an unfair disadvantage if they operate small truck fleets, an Ontario broker suggests. In Ontario, individual truck drivers who decide to start their own trucking firm may have no option but to have their

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The quaint ‘killer app’ that helps brokers talk to underwriters remotely

April 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Not all meetings during a pandemic need to be structured around a videoconference call, commercial insurance experts said during a recent webinar. “I think we all have to be cautious about just loading up our entire agenda with Zoom calls

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Why certain commercial sub-segments are facing pricing, capacity crunch

April 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Today’s hard market is different not only because of COVID-19 but also because insurers are more granular in their approach towards specific segments within the commercial market, experts suggested Monday during a Canadian Underwriter webinar. “In some industries [i.e. commercial

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Etiquette for asking if your employees are vaccinated

April 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Asking your workers whether or not they got their COVID-19 vaccine shot is not necessarily a good idea. “If you are going to require employees to disclose their vaccination status, you need to consider the nature of the workplace,” said

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The future of carbon removal insurance: As big as oil and gas?

April 1, 2021 by David Gambrill

Carbon removal is poised to become a booming industry over the next 30 years, providing an opportunity for innovative P&C insurers to pioneer in carbon removal insurance products, Swiss Re’s chief risk officer predicts. “By 2050, the industry of carbon

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Pandemic distraction: Is Canada ready for the next big disaster?

March 30, 2021 by David Gambrill

Focused narrowly on responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic — and preparing for the next one — Canada may be losing sight of preparing for other, potentially more likely disaster scenarios, P&C insurance industry executives commented at the Swiss Re

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The biggest property risks for green energy

March 29, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Floods, hail, fire, and lightning strikes are among the concerns for underwriters who insure green energy projects, an expert with RSA Canada says. And also, solar panel placement. Perhaps not many would link solar panel placement with flood risk, but

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What would a hybrid workplace even look like?

March 26, 2021 by David Gambrill

Canadian property and casualty insurance professionals would like a more flexible, hybrid workplace, a recent survey shows, but the question for employers now is what such an arrangement might look like. About 87% of the more than 1,150 P&C insurance

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Plaintiff loses right to sue after slip-and-fall on a sanded sidewalk

March 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision means a slip-and-fall lawsuit against an Alberta school board is dismissed. Shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2013, Angelina Hannam slipped and fell on a sidewalk outside River Heights Elementary School in