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With the pandemic abated, OSFI restarts work on IFRS 17

August 17, 2020 by David Gambrill

Three things in life are inevitable — death, taxes, and the transition to IFRS 17. With the country now over what appears to be the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far, Canada’s solvency regulator, the Office of the Superintendent

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Insurtechs urge P&C industry to keep foot on the gas with innovation

August 17, 2020 by Adam Malik

Innovation in the insurance industry has shown to be critical over the last number of months, and insurtechs are urging brokers and carriers not to lose the momentum they’ve established. Insurtechs called for closer collaboration between the property and casualty

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What COVID has taught Aon about leveraging technology

August 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

For large commercial brokerages, video conferences can work at least as well as in-person meetings when placing business for large accounts, if Aon PLC’s recent experience is any indication. “With the investment we have been making in technology, we are

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Why this BrokerLink exec thinks COVID could accelerate brokerage M&A

August 12, 2020 by David Gambrill

Before the pandemic, hard market conditions and the increasing digitization of brokerages were already reasons for some broker principals to ponder selling the business and moving on, but the novel coronavirus may have further accelerated the pace of M&A, says

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U.S. wholesale broker expands into Canada with acquisition of SUM

August 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

A United States-based national wholesale insurance broker has acquired Strategic Underwriting Managers, Inc. (SUM), a Canadian managing general agency for property, casualty and other specialty insurance products. Boston-headquartered wholesale broker, program manager, and insurance aggregator One80 Intermediaries announced the acquisition

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Skills to promote change

August 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Andy Taylor, Gore Mutual Insurance Company’s newly-minted president and CEO, reveals the soft skills required for a successful business transformation — and how to find them. – As told to Greg Meckbach   To recruit talent capable of shepherding a

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How job-protected leaves could affect your brokerage’s re-opening plans

August 7, 2020 by Adam Malik

Brokerage principals shouldn’t be rigid when it comes to dealing with employees who are skeptical about returning to the office and decide to extend or take a leave, an employment lawyer advised. A key observation management needs to make about

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Opinion: It’s on us as brokers to explain BI to clients

August 6, 2020 by Nick Novinger, Regional Manager (Quebec), Canadian Insurance Brokers Inc.

Business interruption has become a touchy and even confusing topic for some of our clients, but it’s on us as brokers to ensure they properly understand the scope of its coverage. Business interruption will continue to be an important coverage

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Common mistakes your clients make when they re-open

August 5, 2020 by Adam Malik

A number of legal claims have been filed against employers because they’re not doing what they are supposed to be doing to keep their employees safe during re-opening, a Hub International compliance expert warned. Some of the more common issues

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How much Intact could lose from customers who can’t pay their bills

July 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. took a $34-million charge in bad debt during the three months ending June 30. This does not mean the insurer will be unable to collect that entire amount. The expectation is that this is the amount it

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Canada’s arts and recreation businesses face greatest risk of closure: CFIB

July 30, 2020 by David Friend - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Canada’s struggling independent businesses in the arts, entertainment and recreational sectors are at the highest risk of permanently closing due to COVID-19, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. A new report released by the advocacy group

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Insurer working on future pandemic coverage for school boards, post-COVID

July 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the Ontario government prepares its school re-opening plan, the insurer for the majority of the province’s boards is working on a plan to provide pandemic coverage, albeit for future pandemics and not for COVID-19. Within the next six to