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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,

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Severe weather, nat-cats cause record insurable damage in Canada: IBC/CatIQ

January 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe weather last year exacted a heavy toll in terms of insured losses, with the $4.9 billion hit dwarfing the previous annual record of $3.2 billion in 2013, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports. Flooding in southern Alberta and the

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Thanksgiving floods in Atlantic Canada caused more than $100 million in insured damage: CatIQ

November 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A tropical moisture system resulting from Hurricane Matthew that swept through Atlantic Canada last month has resulted in over $100 million in insured damage, according to Toronto-based Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). A cold front interacting with Matthew’s tropical

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PCS estimates $3.98 billion in insured damage from Fort McMurray wildfire in final re-survey

November 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Property Claim Services (PCS) has updated its insured damage estimate for the Fort McMurray wildfire to $3.98 billion, down from its August estimate of $4.67 billion. Of the $3.98 billion estimate, the majority is in personal lines ($2.9 billion), with

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Canadian insurers covering Fort McMurray property ‘learned a lot’ from 2011 Slave Lake wildfire: A.M. Best’s Silverthorn

November 10, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The insured loss from the wildfire in May in Fort McMurray, Alta. will be “somewhere between” $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion, with European reinsurers covering nearly half of the loss, analysts from A.M. Best Company Inc. suggested Thursday. “The reinsurers

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Windsor floods spur insured damage of almost $108 million to date: IBC

November 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Flooding affecting the Windsor and Tecumseh areas in southwestern Ontario is estimated to have caused almost $108 million in insured damage as of Sept. 30, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), citing figures from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc., reported Wednesday.

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Alberta government introduces bill aimed at reducing human-caused wildfires and enhancing firefighting operations

November 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of Alberta announced on Monday that it has tabled a bill introducing measures aimed at reducing the number of wildfires caused by humans and enhancing firefighting operations in the province. Bill 24, the Forest and Prairie Protection Amendment