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Why some tech vendors are becoming MGAs

January 7, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers could distribute coverage through technology firms that adopt the managing general agent model, a Montreal expert for a venture capital fund observes. “Some technology startups are adopting the MGA model to partner with a carrier or reinsurer to distribute

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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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Canadian MGA association hires new managing director

November 6, 2020 by David Gambrill

Steve Masnyk has been appointed as managing director of the Canadian Association of Managing General Agents (CAMGA), established in 2018 to advocate for Canadian MGAs. With more than 20 years of experience in government relations, Masnyk is the founder and

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How Lloyd’s says the industry can make commercial policies easier to read

October 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Traditional insurance policies can be hard to read on mobile devices and legalistic language can make them difficult to understand, Lloyd’s suggested in a recent report. The design and format of policy documents is important, Lloyd’s said in Building simpler

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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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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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The impact of MGAs getting more business

August 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

It is taking longer to get insurance placed through managing general agents because MGAs are getting more business in the hard market, one Ontario broker suggests. Many commercial accounts, which previously would have been handled by retail brokers, are now

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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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Hot Lines

August 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A surge in directors and officers liability claims, withdrawal of some carriers from hospitality and high-profile cyberattacks are among the big trends now in commercial specialty

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Pandemic Prognosis

August 3, 2020 by David Gambrill, Editor in Chief

Canadian Underwriter caught up with Stephen Stewart, president and CEO of Stewart Specialty Risk Underwriting Ltd., who shared his thoughts on the impact of the pandemic on MGAs

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New president for Lloyd’s Canada

June 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Marc Lipman, former chief operating officer of American International Group (AIG) Canada, is the new president of Lloyd’s Canada. Lipman (pictured, above) replaces Lisa Duval, who had served as Lloyd’s Canada’s attorney in fact and chief agent, on an interim

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What’s going on in the Canadian MGA space?

February 6, 2020 by Jason Contant

The managing general agent space in Canada has been busy over the past few months, with the launch of one MGA and the expansion of another. On Jan. 20, three industry veterans – Jeff Hart, Bruce MacKinnon and Tommy Truong