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Financially, which of your clients are hurting the most?

August 7, 2020 by David Gambrill

Canadian construction and real estate development companies appear to be hurting the most during the pandemic, according to bankruptcy records kept by the federal government. Twenty-seven Canadian companies have been granted creditor protection since the novel coronavirus was declared a

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Hotels sue Aviva Canada for $150 million in proposed BI class action

July 27, 2020 by David Gambrill

Lerners LLP has filed a proposed $150-million class-action lawsuit against Aviva Canada on behalf of hotels across the country, claiming that the hotels are entitled to coverage for loss of business income relating to COVID-19. “We know these are challenging

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Why Canada’s P&C industry is ready to absorb hit of pandemic-induced recession

March 18, 2020 by David Gambrill

Already under financial strain due to tightening markets in several lines of business, Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry nevertheless seems well-positioned to withstand a global recession triggered by the novel coronavirus pandemic — at least in the short term.

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One positive trend in the P&C industry’s third-quarter results

November 28, 2019 by David Gambrill

Canada’s federally-regulated property and casualty insurers appear to be getting a handle on their property lines claims ratios, although auto lines are still in trouble, according to third-quarter industry results released by the country’s solvency regulator, the Office of the

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Is the grass greener on the other side of insurance?

April 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

Are you a personal lines specialist who is attracted by the allure of working in commercial lines? You’re not alone. “I think a lot of people often say, ‘Well, I’m in personal lines and I aspire to commercial because it’s

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Landing Top Producers

December 4, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Where do you find top-flight commercial brokers when the pool of highly-qualified talent is shallow?

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Augmented and virtual reality poised to impact insurance industry: Novarica

August 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Augmented and virtual reality each boast considerable potential for impact within the insurance industry, with implications spanning risk mitigation, improved efficiency and loss ratios and enhanced customer service, Novarica said in a new executive brief. While their effect will be

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U.S. P&C industry sustains favourable rating activity in H1 2017: A.M. Best

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Credit rating activity for the United States’ property and casualty industry in the first half of 2017 was favourable, with upgrades outpacing downgrades, A.M. Best Company reported on Thursday. Nearly one-third of the 2017 upgrades were driven by “increased parental

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Echelon’s combined ratio improves 4.2 points to 93.5% in Q2, driven by personal auto and commercial property and liability

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. has reported a combined operating ratio of 93.5% for the second quarter of 2017 ending June 30, a 4.2 point improvement from 97.7% in Q2 2016, driven by strong results in personal auto and commercial

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Hub International purchases “certain assets” of Quebec surety broker

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chicago, Ill.-based Hub International Limited announced on Monday that Hub Quebec has purchased “certain assets” from Patrice Varin, through a corporation held by him. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Varin will join Hub Quebec, bringing with him a

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McDougall Insurance & Financial merges with Monkman Gracie Johnston Insurance

August 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ross McDougall, CEO of McDougall Insurance & Financial, announced on Tuesday that the brokerage has merged with Monkman Gracie Johnston Insurance effective immediately. Operating out of Peterborough, Ont., Monkman Insurance and its 22 employees join Belleville, Ont.-headquartered McDougall Insurance to

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MGA market growth beats industry, but weakens with softening rates: Conning

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Growth in the managing general agent (MGA) market last year exceeded that of the total property and casualty market by 32%, according to a new study from global investment management firm Conning. “In 2016, comparable firms in Conning’s MGA database