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What Canadian MGAs think about the proposed Intact-RSA merger

November 18, 2020 by David Gambrill

On the day Intact made its joint offer with Denmark-based insurance giant Tryg A/S to acquire RSA plc for Cdn$12.3 billion official, a Canadian association of managing general agencies (MGAs) expressed concern about the deal’s potential impact on market choice

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Swiss Re’s new head of P&C client markets in Canada

November 16, 2020 by David Gambrill

Agis Kitsikis has been appointed as Swiss Re’s new head of P&C client markets for Canada and the English Caribbean, effective immediately. He succeeds Stefan Behr, who recently accepted the position as Swiss Re’s head of business development for Europe,

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Brokers ready for new round of lockdowns

November 13, 2020 by Adam Malik

Manitoba went into lockdown Thursday morning after the province’s COVID-19 numbers ranked among the worst in the country and its healthcare system approached capacity. But this time, unlike the first go-around in the spring, brokers say they are in an

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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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Who’s heading Fairfax’s effort to improve opportunities for the Black community

November 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Craig Pinnock, chief financial officer of Toronto-based Northbridge Insurance, is heading the Black Initiatives Action Committee for Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., Northbridge’s corporate parent. The Black Initiatives Action Committee has one representative of the Black community from each of the

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Overcoming barriers to tech innovation: ‘If you don’t build it, they will leave’

November 5, 2020 by David Gambrill

In the 1989 hit movie Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner, 36-year-old Ray Kinsella is wandering through his cornfield one evening when he hears a voice whispering, “If you build it, he will come.” In this instance, “he” refers to

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OSFI draft guideline tightens oversight of Canadian branches of foreign insurers

November 4, 2020 by David Gambrill

Canada’s solvency regulator has released a new draft guideline that tightens the regulator’s oversight of foreign insurance and bank branches in Canada. Among other changes to existing regulations, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is requiring local

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So you’re going digital. How much speed do you need?

November 3, 2020 by David Gambrill

While the global COVID pandemic may have sharpened the insurance industry’s focus on providing digital solutions to customers quickly, the speed at which the industry can move remains limited by traditional barriers such as a carrier’s organizational culture, regulation, and

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How the industry’s reputation is faring during COVID

November 3, 2020 by Adam Malik

In a spirited debate about the insurance industry’s reputation during the COVID-19 pandemic, an insurance industry researcher said one big reason why some consumers don’t trust insurance companies is because when they submit a claim, they’re treated as if they’re

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How much premium it would take for P&C insurers to absorb global BI pandemic losses

November 2, 2020 by Jason Contant

Property and casualty insurers would need to collect business interruption policy premiums for 150 years to make up for projected global output losses in 2020 related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Geneva Association found in a recent study. “P&C insurers

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Cyberattack targets Montreal health agency, forcing it to go offline

November 2, 2020 by Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A Montreal health agency has been forced off-line as authorities deal with a cyberattack. Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube said Thursday that specific attacks hit systems at the regional health agency covering west-central Montreal, which oversees the Jewish

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How COVID could change adjusting for good

October 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed the way property insurance clients want their claims handled, a technology vendor suggests. “COVID has been the awakening for many companies,” said James Swayze, Toronto-based executive for Canada at CoreLogic Inc. After COVID-19 was