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Western Canadian air tanker fleet busy despite drop in wildfires

October 19, 2020 by Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

RED DEER, Alta. – A family-run company providing air-tanker support to control menacing wildfires in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Yukon is a little less busy these days, but it has nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. “It has

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The growing cost to clean up abandoned and orphaned wells

October 16, 2020 by The Canadian Press

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Author: Kevin Kemball, Director – Centre for Boreal Research, Northern Alberta

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Brokerage M&A roundup: Westland and BrokerTeam announce deals

October 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Westland Insurance Group and BrokerTeam Group have both announced separate deals this past week. Westland Insurance Group Ltd. acquired two Alberta brokerages, effective Oct. 1. Surrey, B.C.-based Westland announced Friday it closed the acquisition of Carstairs, Alta.-based Ironside Insurance Brokers

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Why insurers incurred penalties for over-charging Alberta auto clients

October 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Programming errors are cited as the culprit for why some Alberta auto clients have been charged higher rates than those approved by the Automobile Insurance Rate board. Six auto insurers (ultimately owned by Economical, TD Bank and Intact) had to

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How to prevent disruptions in food supply chains after COVID-19

October 2, 2020 by John G. Keogh, Strategist, Advisor, Academic Researcher, University of Reading

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site.   Almost all businesses involved in the food supply chain have

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Seven survivors of Alberta tour bus rollover file lawsuit

October 1, 2020 by Daniela Germano - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – A northern Alberta woman who survived a fatal tour bus crash in Jasper National Park this summer says she is one of the lucky ones, but her recovery will be long and painful. Sweta Patel, 27, from High

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Alberta’s disaster risk assessment plan in poor shape: auditor

September 29, 2020 by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Alberta’s auditor general says the province does a poor job of anticipating and preparing for disasters. In a report released this morning, Doug Wylie says Alberta doesn’t have a consistent plan for evaluating the risk the province faces

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What this insurtech says are two ways of being better than the average broker

September 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you want to be better than the average brokerage, try explaining coverages through the use of examples and try not making consumers wait for days for answers, the co-founder of an insurtech advises. “Insurance can be somewhat stuffy and

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What happens in Alberta when auto insurers are not comfortable with their profitability

September 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Alberta auto insurance industry is still suffering “hangover” from a 5% cap on rate increases that was abolished more than a year ago, with many insurers not looking for new business, suggests the co-founder of LowestRates.ca. Data released Tuesday

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How vehicle depreciation can create E&O risk

September 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Personal auto insurance brokers who don’t offer an endorsement that would limit an insurer’s right to restrict its coverage to actual cash value could be increasing their errors and omissions risk, a senior broker has cautioned. Alberta and Ontario have

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Veteran brokers are seeing their first-ever hard market. What they need to know.

September 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers with more than a decade of experience could be experiencing their first real hard market right now, and they could probably use some advice about how to break bad news during renewals, an Alberta managing general agent (MGA) suggests.

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Why Uber Canada dropped Intact as its insurance provider

September 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ride sharing firm Uber Canada chose Economical as its insurance provider because Uber would not agree to Intact’s pricing, a senior Intact executive said Tuesday. “We had a very good relationship, we just couldn’t agree on the price,” Intact CFO