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Reconfiguring CSIO

February 1, 2004 Vikki Spencer

When David Patrick took over the top spot at the Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) eight months ago, it was an organization in need of an overhaul. Its major undertaking, the internet portal to link brokers and insurers, was over budget and off track. But, Patrick relishes the role of the “turnaround artist” and says with the renewed support of all within the insurance industry, the CSIO portal will become reality.

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Old Skeletons…

February 1, 2004 Sean van Zyl, Managing Editor

While the financial fortunes of North American property and casualty insurers are looking decidedly better for 2004 compared with the last two lean years, there remain many unresolved issues that could undermine the industry’s long-term financial stability. Among these “old

Bernard Lord
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Auto Reform on the Table in New Brunswick, Quebec

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

In his annual “state of the province” address, New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord took a shot at auto insurers and hinted at further reforms to come for the province’s system. While Lord noted that almost $23 million in rebates have

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Commercial Property Rates Dropping: RIMS Survey

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial property rates fell 8.8% in the last quarter of 2003, marking the first major rate decline since 2000, according to the quarterly survey by the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and Advisen Ltd. Risk managers report not only

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On the Move (February 01, 2004)

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Allison Murray, former executive vice president and COO of Enterprise Canada Insurance Services, has started her own company, A.M. Associates. The new company will focus on commercial lines consulting and research for insurers, brokers and law firms. Allianz Canada has

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Tech Squeeze on Auto Fraud

February 1, 2004 Ivor Kaye

Say the word “fraud” and insurers shake in their boots. Of the host of financial challenges facing the insurance industry today, fraud ranks as perhaps the most menacing. However, new technologies may provide a solution to beat back the “fraud monster” – if the industry stakeholders are willing to join together to create integrated systems.

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MPI Net Income Up Despite Claims Growth

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

For the first three quarters ending November 30, 2003, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) is reporting growth in net income to $38.7 million, up from $23.1 million for the same period a year earlier. Investment income was almost double, hitting $85.4

Mark Yakabuski
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Insurers Warm Up to Ontario Auto Reforms

February 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurers have come out in favor of Ontario’s new auto insurance reforms. The McGuinty Liberals had promised legislative reforms after freezing rates shortly after taking office in October. Although the latest product reforms mean the end of the rate freeze,

Nadia Romano
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On the Move (January 01, 2004)

January 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Sinclair-Cockburn Financial Group has named Nadia Romano as personal lines manager, capitalizing on more than 20 years of insurance industry experience, including two years on the firm’s senior management team. Adjuster Cunningham Lindsey Canada Ltd. announces vice president, operations Lorri

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Letter to the Editor (January 01, 2004)

January 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

In his Letter to the Editor (CU’s November 2003 issue, page 49) broker Neil Whetham criticizes writer Craig Harris for comments made in Harris’ August 2003 article “Building Boom Insurance Bust.” In particular, Whetham singles out Harris’ closing comments that,

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Moments In Time (January 01, 2004)

January 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Each month of this special 70th anniversary year, Canadian Underwriter will look back at a pivotal period in the industry’s history. These are the people, events and issues that have shaped Canadian Underwriter and the insurance industry for seven decades.

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Allianz Canada Rating Lowered With Negative Outlook

January 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has lowered the counterparty credit and financial strength ratings of Allianz Insurance Co. of Canada and Trafalgar Insurance Co. of Canada to “BBB+” from “A+”. The ratings have been taken off watch, but have been