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Why insurance overseer won’t regulate MGAs or fintechs just yet

April 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s insurance regulator has no plans to regulate fintechs or managing general agents in the near term. “We sort of feel like we have enough on our plates,” said Tim Bzowey, executive vice president of auto/insurance products for the Financial

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What’s driving the popularity of pay-as-you-go auto insurance

April 16, 2021 by Adam Malik

Pay-as-you go insurance demonstrates that auto insurance clients can’t be grouped into a one-size-fits-all solution, says an insurance company exec. CAA president Matthew Turack believes his company’s MyPace product, in which insurance coverage is based on distance driven, shows that

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Inside the merger of Highcourt and Breckles

April 15, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Search engine optimization (SEO), electronic transactions, and contracts with carriers insuring small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) are among the capabilities that made the Breckles Group of Companies attractive to Highcourt Partners. The merger of those two Canadian brokerages, resulting in

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Why mom is not liable for son’s traffic collision driving mom’s car

April 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

When a parent says no to a child who wants to drive the car, and the parent does not leave the keys out in the open to be easily found, the child does not in fact have the parent’s consent

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Former Zurich Canada CEO to head up university reciprocal exchange

April 8, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Patrick Lundy is about to take the reins of Burlington, Ont.-based Canadian University Reciprocal Insurance Exchange (CURIE). Lundy, CEO of Zurich Canada from 2012-17, will be CEO of CURIE effective Apr. 19, 2021. Until recently, Lundy was senior vice president

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Repair cycle times in Canada: Where it takes the longest to get a car fixed

April 8, 2021 by Adam Malik

Alberta is the only Canadian province where the average days billed for rental vehicles increased in 2020 Q4, according to a recent report. And it appears to be thanks to the almost $2 billion in insured damages the province suffered

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Three large Canadian brokerages announce separate M&A deals

April 8, 2021 by Jason Contant

Three large Canadian brokerages have announced recent acquisitions of other brokerages. On Thursday, Westland Insurance reported it closed its acquisition of MBS Insurance Brokers, effective Apr. 1. Navacord Corp. added LL Renaissance Insurance Brokerage Canada Limited to its ranks, while

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Why more auto insurers may opt for UBI

March 30, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario motorists can expect to see more insurers offering telematics now that the province is allowing carriers to impose surcharges on risky drivers. “The bottom line is that insurance companies always want to find the right price for a risk

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How to detect insurance fraud before the tow truck turf wars start

March 26, 2021 by Jason Contant

Early identification of potential insurance fraud schemes through automation can help prevent scenarios like the towing turf wars in Ontario from spiralling out of control, the CEO and co-founder of FRISS said Wednesday. “I think it is crucial for the

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Ontario budget highlights property flood risk

March 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers are applauding the Ontario government for its commitment to improve flood mapping and to provide more money for municipal water infrastructure, measures that the industry hopes will reduce the risk of water damage to insured properties. In a press

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Co-operators has no duty to defend a “novel” data policy exclusion: Appeal court

March 19, 2021 by David Gambrill

The Co-operators does not have a duty to defend a cyber liability case involving a “novel” policy exclusion for breached data being published over the internet, the Ontario Court for Appeal has ruled. Reversing the previous decision of a lower

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What could happen to your jury notice under rules of simplified procedure during COVID

March 18, 2021 by David Gambrill

If an insurer consents to defend a client’s auto liability claim under an Ontario court’s rules of simplified procedure, then that client could lose their option for a jury trial — especially when the pandemic causes delays in forming a