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MGAs finding it harder to place this kind of commercial coverage

September 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you are finding it difficult to place business interruption insurance for restaurants, hotels and event venues, you aren’t alone. Aurora Underwriting Services Inc., an Alberta-based managing general agent and Lloyd’s coverholder, is still placing insurance for restaurants, company owner

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What is the future of ridesharing insurance in Canada?

August 27, 2020 by Jason Contant

Once autonomous vehicle technology becomes commercially feasible for public transportation, it will be widely adopted, predicts Obaid Rahman, vice president of commercial underwriting and specialty lines at Economical Insurance. “In my view, when autonomous technology is commercially viable for public

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This blockbuster global brokerage merger goes to vote Aug. 26

August 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry will be closer to finding out whether the second and third-biggest global P&C brokerages will merge after shareholders of both Willis Towers Watson plc and Aon plc vote on Wednesday. Aon and Willis announced this past March that

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Why insurance regulator says this ‘notifiable contagious disease’ clause covers BI in pandemic

August 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Whether business interruption coverage for a notifiable human infectious or contagious disease within a certain distance from the client’s premises actually insures closure due to COVID-19 was a hotly contested issue in a British trial that recently wrapped up. The

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Economical to take over commercial ridesharing insurance coverage from Intact

August 21, 2020 by Jason Contant

Economical Insurance will replace Intact Insurance as the commercial auto insurer for Uber in four Canadian provinces effective Sept. 1. Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical announced Tuesday in a press release the “new and significant relationship with Uber in Canada, designed to

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Intact’s Brindamour: Why the hard market could last for up to two more years

August 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A hard market in reinsurance is among three main reasons why primary insurance rates will continue to rise for brokers’ clients for at least another year or two, Intact Financial Corp. CEO Charles Brindamour suggests. In a recent virtual fireside

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How the largest commercial brokerage views its COVID E&O exposure

August 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Although some commercial clients may start “suing everybody” because their business interruption insurance did not cover income lost during the pandemic, brokers could not have obtained broad-scale pandemic coverage for all clients even if they wanted to because the exposure

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What an insurance solution for pandemic risk might look like

August 17, 2020 by Jason Contant

The P&C insurance industry has technical expertise it could bring to bear in covering future pandemics (risk management and claims adjustment experience, for example), but the financial losses would best be covered through public-private partnerships, speakers said recently during an

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Canada Revenue Agency suspends online services after cyberattacks

August 17, 2020 by Lee Berthiaume - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Canada Revenue Agency has temporarily suspended its online services after two cyberattacks in which hackers used thousands of stolen usernames and passwords to fraudulently obtain government services and compromise Canadians’ personal information. A total of 5,500 CRA

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Why it’s hard to make telematics ‘commercially viable’ in Canada

August 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If regulators continue to prohibit auto insurers from imposing surcharges when they detect risky driving behaviour through telematics, it will be difficult for usage-based insurance to be commercially viable, an Aviva Canada data science expert suggests. “Telematics is a good

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How the UK pandemic business interruption test case could play out

August 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry will likely learn next month the outcome of a business interruption coverage test case arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the verdict is likely to be appealed, a Bermuda insurance CEO suggests. The British Financial Conduct Authority filed

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More consolidation expected in Ontario cannabis stores

August 11, 2020 by Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – More than a year after winning the chance to open one of Ontario’s first cannabis stores through a provincial lottery, Lisa Bigioni has walked away from her Niagara Falls pot shop. The store had become like a second