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Merger mania: Multiple brokerage deals announced in May

May 11, 2021 by Jason Contant

May 2021 came in with a bang for Canadian brokerages involved in mergers and acquisitions activity, particularly in western Canada and Ontario.  Over the course of a week, at least seven acquisitions were announced in the Canadian P&C brokerage space.

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Brokerage interest in M&A dips slightly in early 2021: CU survey

April 12, 2021 by David Gambrill

For Canadian brokerage principals, interest in mergers and acquisitions as a growth strategy increased dramatically in September 2020, during the second wave of the pandemic, but seems to have cooled somewhat since then, according to the results of Canadian Underwriter’s

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Shareholders approve Aon-Willis merger

August 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Aon plc’s proposed acquisition of Willis Towers Watson plc was approved Wednesday by both firms’ shareholders. The merger still requires approval from competition regulators in various jurisdictions (including Canada) plus the Irish High Court. Aon and Willis Towers Watson rank

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The link between the Edmonton Oilers and Arthur J. Gallagher’s latest acquisition

August 5, 2020 by David Gambrill

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Edmonton, Alta.-based Insight Insurance & Risk Management Ltd., the official insurance brokerage of NHL hockey’s Edmonton Oilers. Founded in 2013 by CEO Alexis Harke, Insight is a retail insurance broker serving clients throughout

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How to grow in an era of new, intangible business risks

December 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

As business risks become more global, interconnected and less tangible, brokers and insurers should expand their dialogue with clients about loss mitigation or loss prevention, the chief executive of CNA Canada says. “An insurance policy today isn’t really enough,” CNA

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The industry that’s shopping for cyber insurance

October 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers looking for new large cyber accounts might want to knock on doors of companies who look after other people’s money. More than half (55%) of Canadian asset managers surveyed said they intend to purchase insurance to protect themselves against

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How blockchain will help brokers bypass traditional insurers

July 12, 2018 by David Gambrill

Vancouver-based Fineqia International Inc. has taken an equity allocation in Black Insurance, a Tallinn, Estonia-based digital insurance startup on the blockchain that has set its sights on creating a direct investor-to-broker relationship, bypassing the need for a traditional insurance company.

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Brokerlink expands Ontario presence with latest acquisition

July 9, 2018 by David Gambrill

Brokerlink, one of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurance brokerages, has expanded its presence in Ontario with the acquisition of three new brokerages. Ontario brokerages Adriatic Insurance Brokers Ltd., Magermans & Raes Insurance Brokers Ltd., and Insurance Protection Group Inc.

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Canadian P&C brokerages prefer Facebook to communicate: Economical survey

November 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian P&C insurance brokerages prefer Facebook to communicate with customers and prospects, according to 90% of respondents to a social media survey conducted this summer and released on Wednesday by Economical Insurance. The 2017 Pulse Check: Social Media Usage in

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Two Quebec brokerages merge to “create a powerhouse and ensure better positioning in the Quebec City region”

August 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Quebec brokerage ESSOR Assurances announced on Tuesday that it has teamed up with brokerage Généralys assurance to “create a powerhouse and ensure better positioning in the Quebec City region.” Généralys assurance is one of the largest insurance brokers in home,

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MacCoy Insurance Brokers joins Atlantic Canadian brokerage Archway Insurance

June 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Archway Insurance, one of Atlantic Canada’s largest insurance brokerages, announced on Wednesday that is has a new location in Cape Breton, N.S.: MacCoy Insurance Brokers Ltd. Effective July 1, MacCoy Insurance will become the 22nd location of Archway Insurance, which

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Aviva Canada urges Quebec government to maintain 20% ownership limit of brokerages by insurers

June 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Aviva Canada said earlier this week that is urging the Government of Quebec to maintain the 20% ownership limit of insurance brokerages by insurers in order to “reduce the potential for any conflict of interest and to enhance consumer confidence