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Who is now leading Willis Towers Watson Canada

November 30, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Laura Samaroo (pictured, above) is the new Canadian region leader for Willis Towers Watson PLC, the Dublin-based brokerage announced Tuesday. Samaroo is based in Vancouver. She had been Willis Towers Watson’s Western Canadian market leader and Canada co-leader until being

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What OSFI’s insurance head says about return-to-work

November 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Staff retention, professional development and the risk of worker isolation are among the factors the industry needs to think about when deciding on an approach to working remote or in the office. “As the pandemic eases and restrictions are lifted,

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Brooke Hunter elected to UNIBA Partners board

November 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian commercial brokerage CEO Brooke Hunter is now on the board of UNIBA Partners, a Brussels-based organization. UNIBA, which operates in more than 130 countries, announced Hunter’s election Wednesday. UNIBA is comprised of more than 70 independent, owner-led brokers. In

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Get your brokers back to the office: BFL CEO

November 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Barry Lorenzetti is encouraging you to get your brokers back to the office and if you disagree, don’t hesitate to contact him for a public debate. “It’s not as if COVID is going away and we will shut off COVID

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How coffee whitener and aluminum dust can pose a fire risk

October 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Clients could be surprised at the fire and explosion risk to which they are exposed if they are in the 3D printing business or produce dust of any kind. “It is easier to name the dusts that are not explosible

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Job opening: Lead this global Top 3 brokerage’s Canadian operation

October 14, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If you think you have what it takes to lead Willis Towers Watson’s Canadian corporate risk and brokerage business, the job is open and it’s not too late to apply. “We’re currently interviewing,” said Ofelia Isabel, managing director, Toronto market

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What to tell commercial clients about the Delta variant

October 10, 2021 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A new strain of COVID-19 is making it harder for the economy to return to normal. Brokers and employment lawyers weigh in.

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When your commercial auto client smells a rat

September 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Tall grass and vegetation are not good choices for areas to park or store construction equipment, trucks, recreational vehicles, campers, trailers or trucks. This is because rodents tend to like tall grass, Northbridge Insurance warns. “If buildings, vehicles, and equipment

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Maritime farmers ship hay to drought-stricken Prairies

August 18, 2021 Amanda Stephenson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Farmers in the Maritimes are pitching in to help their drought-stricken Prairie counterparts facing a “devastating” situation. On his farm in the Annapolis valley north of Halifax on Tuesday, Tim Marsh was busy baling hay that will ship

The small town of Okotoks was hit hard by the June floods of 2013, with the river valley rushing and raging through wiping out pedestrian bridges, campgrounds, river banks and pathways.
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How to help clients mitigate water damage risk

August 17, 2021 Canadian Underwriter Staff

With water damage claims due to infrastructure failures costing the industry much more per year than natural catastrophes, brokers need to be more proactive in helping clients understand coverages and risk mitigation strategies. Infrastructure and plumbing related water damage is

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Will 4th wave, mandatory vaccines spur more insurers to re-imagine the workplace?

August 16, 2021 Canadian Underwriter Staff

With COVID-19 cases rising across Canada and several large employers — including the federal government — announcing they’ll require workers to be vaccinated, insurers and brokers may begin rethinking their return-to-office plans. Not long before the fourth wave hit, some

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How Lloyd’s insurers will react to capacity reductions in Canada

August 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

“Constant churn” helps restore some capacity withdrawn by syndicates, though not always at the same terms and conditions, Lloyd’s Canada’s new president suggests. “When capacity is scarce in one or more syndicates, other syndicates likely view this as an opportunity,”