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Navacord expands east into three more provinces

July 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With four new partnerships announced July 6, commercial brokerage Navacord now has offices in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. “We are now coast to coast,” Navacord executive chairman T. Marshall Sadd said Monday in an interview. Cooke

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Here’s how P&C pros say the recession will impact insurance

June 26, 2020 by Adam Malik

The recession will be long and painful so brokers and insurers need to settle in and do what they do best, property and casualty experts said. And don’t be surprised if some mergers and acquisitions activity push forward as tough

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Andrew Agencies buys Saskatoon brokerage with two offices

June 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Saskatoon Insurance Agencies, which places home, auto, commercial and farm coverage, has been acquired by Andrew Agencies Ltd. effective June 1. Based in the Manitoba community of Virden, about 80 kilometres west of Brandon, Andrew now has 20 offices in

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Post-merger, new name awaits Canada’s third-largest P&C mutual

June 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

La Capitale and SSQ Insurance are expected to merge July 1 to form Canada’s largest mutual insurer, Quebec City-based La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services said Thursday. “The name of the new company will be announced in the next few

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

June 1, 2020 by David Gambrill

As an industry challenged by all of the various disasters that the world has to offer, many Canadian property and casualty insurance companies already had business continuity plans in place to keep their operations running in the face of a

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What Intact’s next acquisition target might look like

May 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Don’t be surprised if you see Intact Financial Corp. announce the acquisition of a United States-based commercial specialty property and casualty insurer in the future. During a fireside chat Wednesday with John Aiken, Toronto-based financial service analyst with Barclays, Intact

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Montreal commercial brokerage acquired by Hub International

May 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Hub International Limited announced Wednesday it has acquired Vestas Financial Services Firm Inc., a Montreal property and casualty brokerage whose target markets include architects and engineers. Chicago-based Hub, which was formed in 1998 through the merger of 11 Canadian brokerages,

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Ripple effects

May 7, 2020 by Jason Contant, Online Editor

How will the deal between Aon and Willis Towers Watson affect brokers in Canada?

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The thinking behind the latest OMERS P&C insurer deal

May 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

By selling a good chunk of its runoff business to one of Canada’s largest pension plans, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is allowing that business to buy discontinued Lloyd’s books while still allowing Fairfax to invest in its other insurers, CEO

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How Intact views potential acquisitions during pandemic

April 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Despite the massive disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, Intact Financial Corp. is keeping its eye on potential mergers. “We want to make sure we have capital ready to be deployed for growth – both organic and through mergers and acquisitions,”

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The impact of the pandemic on insurance mergers

March 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokerages negotiating a merger or acquisition don’t have to stop because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Canadian M&A advisor suggests. “A good deal can get done. I suspect it may take a bit longer,” said Georges Pigeon (pictured), Montreal-based deal

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One attractive option for brokerages looking to sell

March 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

Being bought by a private equity firm may be an attractive option for brokerages looking to sell, said veteran P&C industry advisor and consultant Mike Berris, a partner with Smythe Advisory. “Their offering can be attractive in that they often