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The role of digital transformation in Westland’s acquisition strategy

January 14, 2021 by Jason Contant

Expanded opportunities for digital transformation are one of the key reasons behind Westland Insurance Group Ltd.’s recent acquisition of Storm Insurance Group, Westland told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. British Columbia-based Westland closed its acquisition of Storm Jan. 7. Storm operates under

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$2 billion is the new $1 billion for insured Canadian NatCat events

January 5, 2021 by Jason Contant

Insured losses from natural catastrophes in Canada totalled nearly $2.5 billion last year, Toronto-based Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) reported Monday. “The years where annual catastrophic insured losses were below $1 billion seem to be a thing of the

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What brokers need to do to place hospitality coverage

December 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When it comes to the hospitality sector, insurers’ risk appetites are constantly changing and underwriters are especially concerned about clients who get most of their revenue from alcohol, a managing general agent reports. “A broker has to spend a lot

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‘Expensive, extreme:’ Environment Canada releases annual Top 10 weather stories list

December 16, 2020 by Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

It was another year of record-breaking disasters and crazy, dangerous weather from coast to coast, says Environment Canada’s senior climatologist. A vicious hailstorm in Calgary wrote off more cars than Albertans normally buy in an entire year. Heat in Ontario

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Western broker: Don’t chop off the head of oil industry

December 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Although the impact of carbon emissions on climate is a major concern for carriers, western Canadian brokers are concerned about efforts to reduce Canada’s reliance on oil and gas. “Oil and gas is not going away any time soon, and

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Alberta’s top court dismisses appeal of Edmonton man convicted in road rage attack

December 9, 2020 by Daniela Germano - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – An Edmonton man sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison for breaking a woman’s arms with a crowbar in a road-rage attack has lost an appeal of his conviction. Jared Eliasson was granted bail in December 2019, moments after

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Fort McMurray residents still cleaning, considering options after spring flooding

December 8, 2020 by The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – More than seven months ago, Cora Dion and her husband fled Fort McMurray for the second time in four years as a spring flood threatened their home in northern Alberta. They returned to a soggy mess

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End of the line for Intact’s bid to appeal frozen food spoilage coverage dispute

December 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released Thursday means Intact Insurance has to defend two lawsuits against a client that operates a cold storage warehouse. Clauson Cold & Cooler Ltd. had a “Commercial Edge Express Plus” policy with Intact. In

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Editorial: Regulators, leave subscription policies alone

December 7, 2020 by David Gambrill

When it comes to regulating “Best Terms Pricing” in Canada, Canadians, politicians and insurance regulators be forewarned: Be careful what you wish for. Banning the practice in a hard commercial lines market could wind up making things worse for consumers,

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Wildfire damage is not like a Godzilla attack. Why that matters to Cat modellers

December 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A client’s structure can remain standing after a wildfire, even when other buildings in the same neighbourhood burn down, because dozens of factors affect a property’s risk, experts said Thursday during a webinar. “The interesting thing about wildfire is [that]

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Mother Nature’s wrath

December 7, 2020 by Derek Clouthier

Alberta continues to endure the most expensive insured weather events in Canada.  What’s happening and what can be done about it?

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Western Perspective

December 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Meet Clint Smith, chief operating officer of Manitoba-based Andrew Agencies Ltd., which recently acquired several brokerages in Saskatchewan. Smith gave us his take on the challenges brokers face in Western Canada, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the inside