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ATB Financial joins R3 distributed ledger consortium

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

ATB Financial announced Thursday that the Alberta-based financial services provider has joined the consortium of financial innovation firm R3 to design and apply distributed and shared ledger-inspired technologies to global financial markets. The company will be collaborating with more than

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Hannover Re, Generali Group and SCOR join blockchain insurance industry initiative B3i

February 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hannover Re, Generali Group and SCOR announced on Monday that they have joined the blockchain insurance industry initiative B3i, bringing the total number of insurers and reinsurers in the initiative to 15. Members of the B3i initiative will explore the

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Blockchain technology a source of both disruption and opportunity for insurers: Novarica

November 21, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Blockchain technology will be a source of both disruption and opportunity for insurers, according to a new report from Boston-based research and advisory firm Novarica. In its latest executive brief, released on Monday, Novarica predicted that the technology would have

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More than half of polled P&C insurers aware of implications and potential of blockchain: Strategy Meets Action

November 11, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More than half of P&C insurers surveyed by insurance strategic advisory firm Strategy Meets Action (SMA) are at least aware of the implications and potential of blockchain in the industry, a new report from the company has found. In particular,

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Aegon, Allianz, Munich Re, Swiss Re and Zurich launch blockchain initiative B3i

October 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Five insurers and reinsurers – Aegon, Allianz, Munich Re, Swiss Re and Zurich – have launched the blockchain insurance industry initiative B3i, aimed at exploring the potential of distributed ledger technologies to better serve clients through faster, more convenient and

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Nat cat losses for Allianz Group almost twice 10-year average for Q2

August 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Group reported Friday a 2.9-point deterioration in its property & casualty combined ratio, as natural catastrophe losses were “almost twice” its 10-year average for the second quarter. Munich-based Allianz reported its p&c operations had a combined ratio 96.4% during

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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty announces new specialty chief underwriting officer

July 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE plans to have Paul O’Neill replace Bill Scaldaferri as chief underwriting officer, specialty. Scaldaferri – appointed chief executive officer for North America for Munich-based AGCS effective July 1 – continued having responsibility for the

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Moves and Views

April 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

1 Ryan Michel [1] took on duties as president and chief executive officer of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada and its subsidiary companies January 11. Michel succeeds John O’Donnell, now senior vice president with Allstate Insurance Corporation in the United