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Canadian industry underwriting income down 81% in 2016: MSA

April 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian property and casualty insurance industry had underwriting income of $484 million in 2016, down 81% from $2.554 billion in 2015, while reinsurers’ combined ratio deteriorated 30.4 points year over year, MSA Research Inc. suggested in a report released

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Southern Ontario windstorm in March caused close to $100 million in insured damage: CatIQ

April 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A windstorm that affected parts of southern Ontario on March 8 has resulted in nearly $100 million in insured damage, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) said on Tuesday in a press release from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).

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PERILS discloses second property loss estimate of 234 million euros for extratropical cyclone Egon

April 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS AG has disclosed its second loss estimate of 234 million euros for extratropical cyclone Egon, which affected France and Germany on Jan. 12 and 13 of this year. The cold front associated with Egon resulted in heavy rain and

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Present Canadian approach to wildland/urban interface fires requires “radical and sweeping strategic shift”: ICLR

March 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The present Canadian approach to wildland/urban interface fires requires a “radical and sweeping strategic shift,” the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) said in a newly released report into the Fort McMurray wildfire. The final report was titled Why some

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Government of Alberta advances Disaster Recovery Program funding to help with Fort McMurray uninsurable costs

February 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of Alberta announced on Thursday that it is advancing $20 million in Disaster Recovery Program funding to help with uninsurable costs related to the Fort McMurray wildfire. The funding is intended to help with uninsurable costs, such as

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RSA Canada posts solid underwriting profit despite nat-Cat events in 2016

February 24, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

RSA Canada witnessed increased underwriting profit and a solid combined ratio for 2016 despite what can only be described as a challenging year that featured Canada’s most costly insurable nat-Cat ever and a host of other adverse weather events. “We’re

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PERILS puts initial loss estimate for extra-tropical cyclone Egon at 212 million euros

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry-wide catastrophe insurance data, has put the initial loss estimate for extra-tropical cyclone Egon at 212 million euros. The low pressure system associated with Egon developed as a secondary low from a large

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Wildfire has ‘very very different pattern’ of impacted areas: CatIQ Catastrophe Conference speaker

February 8, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

When determining accumulation of risk, wildfire presents an “additional complexity” for insurers and reinsurers, a speaker suggested at a recent conference. “Wildfire is a really complex peril,” said Manuel Chirouze, managing director, natural hazards and geoscience for the Americas at

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Blackout with no transformer damage ‘very likely scenario’ from geomagnetic disturbance: C4 speaker

February 3, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The insurance industry needs “a better understanding” of the probable impact of a coronal mass ejection or other extreme space event, but studies estimating losses in the hundreds of billions are pessimistic, a speaker from Swiss Re suggested Thursday at

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Burlington, Airdrie city officials share lessons from 2014 weather disasters

February 2, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A rain storm in Burlington, Ont. during the summer of 2014 prompted officials from the upper tier of municipal government to take measures to address flood risk on homeowners’ properties, a speaker told insurance professionals at a conference Thursday. On

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2016 sees highest-ever catastrophe insured losses, hail has impact: Rennie

February 1, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

2016 was a year of records: the largest catastrophe-related insured losses in Canada’s history, the biggest loss for a single Cat and the most hail events in the month of July, Carolyn Rennie, managing director of Catastrophe Indices and Quantification

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PERILS enters into strategic alliance with CatIQ to provide industry loss data for Canada

February 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry-wide catastrophe insurance data, announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Toronto-based Catastrophe Indices & Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) to provide industry loss data for Canada. With immediate effect,