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How insurers can incentivize resilience
by Glenn McGillivray

The main purpose of insurance is to aid in personal, corporate and societal recovery by providing indemnification for losses that might otherwise cause financial failure. However, insurance has several secondary functions, including acting as a mechani

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The battle over connected car data has arrived. Insurers are not prepared.
by Jameson Berkow

Passenger vehicles are producing unprecedented amounts of data as more and more ‘connected cars’ hit the road. Whoever controls that data could be destined to control the future of auto insurance as well. Canadian insurers have been looking to p

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Is California wildfire becoming uninsurable?
by Glenn McGillivray

[caption id="attachment_9292" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Debris being removed from a private residence in Santa Rosa, Ca. The rock outbuilding left standing had been used as a wine cellar, according to the home owner. The Corps, under the directi

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Is Insurance Ready for a Perfect Storm?
by Steve Kaukinen

A perfect storm is an event in which a rare combination of circumstances drastically aggravates an event. We are in a 4th industrial revolution. A technology driven revolution which led to the term “Insurance 4.0”. Insurance 4.0 is defined as a

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Is Direct or Agency Distribution Better For Customers? Neither.
by Steve Kaukinen

Another direct-to-consumer insurance platform has launched in North America claiming that “unmet demand for simple and fast digital insurance services in today's connected world. Savvy insurance customers want the option to research, compare, and buy

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Wildfire is a paradox we must learn to live with
by Glenn McGillivray

Right from the get go, it is instilled in us that fire has very few redeeming qualities if any at all. Essentially nothing good ever comes from fire, or so we’re told. It’s an evil force that must be quelled, no matter the cost. The problem with

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Insurance Fraud Might Have a Wider Radius Than We Previously Thought
by Steve Livingstone

The insurance industry is familiar with the fight against fraudulent claims, particularly in Ontario. It’s been a hot topic for several years now, but it might actually be spreading further throughout the province more than we previously thought—de

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Insured’s Coverage Claim Knocked Out
by Daniel Strigberger

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a lower decision that found an insurer owed a duty to defend an insured in a sexual assault claim, under a commercial general liability policy.  The Claim In Southside Muay Thai Academy Corp. v. Aviva,

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COVID, BI and takeaways from the 9/11 lawsuit: An interview with someone who was there
by Glenn McGillivray

[caption id="attachment_9161" align="alignright" width="300"] Stephen K. Dishart, President, Dishart Communications & Crisis Management Consultants[/caption] Stephen Dishart served as Managing Director of Corporate Communication and HR for Swiss R

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The Coronavirus: A Litmus Test for Insurance?
by Steve Kaukinen

The immediate and direct effect of Covid-19 on the insurance industry is obvious and broad reaching. For many reasons, insurers must consider their ability to operate during the pandemic as an indication of their preparedness for the future. From clai