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Is it okay to use open banking data for underwriting?

August 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Mutual insurers support a proposal to prohibit insurers in Canada from using banking data for underwriting, in an initial phase of open banking. However, one industry expert questions whether there is any harm in letting consenting consumers give their own

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Why insurance should care about blockchain

August 9, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

A recent report from Deloitte details the benefits and threats of blockchain technology in P&C insurance, from improving underwriting and reducing fraudulent claims to challenging the status quo. “Given its ambitious potential to drive simplicity and efficiency through the establishment

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Banking data should not be used for underwriting insurance: open banking committee

August 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Open banking should not be used for underwriting insurance, a federally appointed committee said Wednesday. In its final report issued Aug. 4, the Advisory Committee on Open Banking recommended that the “initial phase” of open banking, in Canada, be up

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Brokerages accelerating digital transformation in face of COVID-19

August 4, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

COVID-19 has “forced” companies in Canada and the U.S. to accelerate digital transformation efforts, and property and casualty brokerages are no exception. According to Ernst & Young (EY), this sudden accelerated digitization has been “forced” on Canadian companies “in ways

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Why many brokers need to change their auto quoting process

July 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Many brokerages that use AutoPlus to obtain auto insurance quotes will likely have to change their processes over the next couple of months. AutoPlus’s vendor, CGI Group Inc., will start updating that online database product Aug. 13, says the Insurance

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The impact of Gore Mutual’s new operating model

July 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Gore Mutual has gone live with technology that lets the carrier bind policies for brokers, in minutes in some cases. The Cambridge, Ont.-based property and casualty insurer “has completely changed the operating model for personal lines,” CEO Andy Taylor said

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Look for AI to “hyper-personalize” customer experience in 3-5 years: Aviva exec

July 20, 2021 by David Gambrill

Hyper-personalization of customer experience in three to five years’ time is a big reason why the property and casualty insurance industry is ramping up the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning now, an Aviva Canada tech executive suggests. “I

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New industry anti-fraud group gets its first CEO

July 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Terri O’Brien, a former vice president at TD Bank, is now CEO of Équité Association, the anti-fraud organization announced Monday. Équité Association is a new organization that integrates Canadian National Insurance Crime Services (CANATICS) and the IBC’s investigative services division.

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Ford issues three safety recalls affecting 42,000 Canadian vehicles

July 16, 2021 by The Canadian Press

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Co. has issued three safety recalls affecting 850,000 vehicles in North America, including nearly 42,000 in Canada. The largest recall involves 775,000 Explorers, including almost 33,000 in Canada, for model years 2013 to 2017. The

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Existing auto insurance system well-positioned to handle autonomous vehicle claims: Travelers Canada exec

July 14, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canada’s existing auto insurance structure is well-positioned to resolve claims and provide fair and timely compensation to accident victims when autonomous vehicles (AVs) are involved in a crash, a Travelers Canada executive said Monday. “The current auto insurance framework is

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How your commercial clients should be monitoring their cyber risk

July 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

With a large number of employees working from home during the pandemic, commercial clients need some way of assigning a risk score to the cyber exposure posed by their users, software applications, and hardware devices, a Canadian information technology security

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How to go after online fake brokerages through the courts

July 8, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian courts have the power to try and shut down unlicensed brokers’ Internet sites, though there does not seem to be a simple, sure-fire way to guarantee that Canadians won’t find a fake broker on the web. Teksavvy Solutions Inc.