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ALERT Fraud 2000

January 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

By Stephen Markson, a director of Forensic Systems Group and Craig Malcolm, managing partner of Forensic Accounting & Investigative Services Regardless of whether the new millennium starts on January 1, 2000 or 2001, its advent will provide abundant opportunities for

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A fair shake?

January 1, 1999 Don Turner, an Adjusting Consultant

I am often asked what my profession is. Instead of saying, “insurance adjuster” I often respond “an arson investigator”. I choose the latter for simplicity and to avoid a volley of complaints from the public over perceived injustices in the settlement of claims.

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Paying the Dues of Diligence

January 1, 1999 Lowell Conn

KPMG’s 7th annual Insurance Issues Conference, held in November at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel, focused on the effectsof industry consolidation on medium and small-sized insurance players.

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SIZING UP IN: a TUG of WAR

January 1, 1999 Lowell Conn

A battle of brawn and wits has begun among service providers to the insurance industry in response to the rapid consolidation taking place at the primary company level.Faced with a changing landscape, service providers are looking for new opportunities and

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Lindsey Morden shaves off Hambro interests

January 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Lindsey Morden Group has sold Hambro Assistance (HA) to Eastgate Group Limited of London England for $132.4 million. HA, which provides telephone helplines and other assistance services in the United Kingdom, is a unit of Lindsey Morden’s Hambro Insurance Services

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CSIO SHAKEUP

January 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Last month Howard Moran, in his capacity as board chairman of the Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO), announced the resignation of Len Ashby as the organization’s president. Although an outspoken critic of the political dabbling of both companies

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Tossed Salad

January 1, 1999 Sean van Zyl, Editor

The change occurring in traditional business roles, and to some extent the outright turmoil this is causing in certain quarters of the property and casualty insurance industry, continues to hold centre stage at professional gatherings. Preparing for the future, dealing

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Coming Events (January 01, 1999)

January 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Announcements in Coming Events are run free of charge as a service to the industry. Items should be submitted by the first of the month prior to the month in which the announcement is to appear. Insurance Institute of Ontario:

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RIBO meeting stresses industry SELF-REGULATION

January 1, 1999 Sean van Zyl, Editor

The last six years have seen dramatic change in the structure and method of business of the property and casualty insurance industry. These “winds of change” sweeping through the industry are primarily a result of the unprecedented consolidation activity and

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Insurance fraud: The Insider Job

January 1, 1999 Linden Rees, president of Underwriters Fraud Control Inc.

Last November I provided a presentation in Boston, Mass. on “Automated Fraud Control” to an audience of senior American insurance executives. While all nodded in agreement with my salient points, that being internal fraud within the insurance industry is on the rise and needs to be addressed sooner than later, I was left with the feeling that most of the listeners were too aghast at the thought that their employees might be capable of stealing.

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Queensway consolidates Alliance

January 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Queensway Financial Holdings Ltd. (QFH) has entered into an agreement to acquire Alliance Insurance Group, a property and casualty insurance holding company located in Chicago, Illinois. Alliance, posting gross premiums written totalling $17 million in 1997, specializes through subsidiaries in

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Canada Brokerlink breaks $200 million barrier

January 1, 1999 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada Brokerlink has added two Ontario brokers pushing total annualized premium volume to more than $200 million. The publicly traded broker network acquired Hawkesbury-based Charbonneau Bercier Taillon Insurance Brokers Ltd. which has premium volume of approximately $5.1 million and Thunder