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Manitoba government’s oversight of commercial vehicles inadequate: auditor

December 19, 2019 Steve Lambert - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government’s oversight of the trucking industry and other large commercial vehicles is inadequate in part due to infrequent inspections and improper checks before operators are certified, the province’s auditor general said Wednesday. In a 65-page report,

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Who will be who in the Intact commercial specialty crew

December 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. announced Tuesday some key executive appointments in its commercial specialty and managing general agent business. Effective Jan. 1, Carla Smith will be senior vice president of specialty solutions for Intact. Pete Weightman, currently Intact’s senior vice president

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Would driver training reduce risk for dump trucks and buses?

December 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Could commercial auto risk be reduced if training was mandatory for drivers of dump trucks, buses and 20-foot cube vans? It’s a question Ontario’s transportation ministry is looking at, the province announced in its recent auditor general’s report. Formal training

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What brokers and carriers want of each other in the hard market

December 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

It would appear that brokers and carriers want each other to “take on a little bit more,” in this hardening market, attendees to Insurance Bureau of Canada’s first-ever Commercial Insurance Symposium heard last week. Carriers want assistance in general underwriting,

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How commercial brokers and carriers are dealing with the war for talent

November 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

Commercial brokerages are looking at non-traditional approaches, particularly around technology, to attract and build producer talent, speakers said Thursday at Insurance Bureau of Canada’s inaugural Commercial Insurance Symposium in Toronto. “We’re seeing some commercial brokerages put increasing emphasis on [non-traditional

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What’s coming to the forefront of commercial insurance

November 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

How do you insure intangible assets like intellectual property or data on the cloud? If you are not thinking about this now, you could be in a few years, insurance company executives told brokers attending Canadian Underwriter‘s Top Broker Summit

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Commercial lines that will see the greatest rate increases in 2020

November 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

Commercial property, umbrella, and public company directors and officers (D&O) lines are expected to see the most widespread rate hikes of 20% and higher, in addition to capacity withdrawals, according to Willis Towers Watson’s Insurance Marketplace Realities 2020 report. The

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Small business auto clients are taking this complaint to their politicians

November 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial trucking underwriting rules are killing some small businesses, Ontario’s deputy opposition leader told Canadian Underwriter Friday. John Vanthof, MPP for Timiskaming—Cochrane, is hearing from family-owned businesses that they are not able to find affordable insurance for newly trained and

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New commercial lines senior VP for Canada’s largest P&C insurer

September 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. announced Thursday that Darren Godfrey will become Intact Financial Corp.’s senior vice president, commercial lines on Jan. 1. Godfrey, currently senior VP of personal lines, will replace Alain Lessard, who retires at the end of the year.

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The state of insurers’ risk appetite one year after pot legalization

September 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Business clients in the cannabis industry are having a hard time finding some insurance coverages, A.M. Best Company Inc. warned in a report released Thursday. “Coverage available to canna-business owners remains in short supply,” A.M. Best said in its annual

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Aviva Canada takes the plunge into cross-border business

September 4, 2019 by Adam Malik

With the introduction of its new Global Corporate and Specialty (GCS) team, Aviva Canada is setting its sights on Canadian companies doing cross-border business in the United States. The GCS team will offer coverage in five key areas: corporate risk,

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Making the most of a bad reputation

September 1, 2019 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Amplified by the speed and global breadth of social media, it takes seconds to shred a good corporate reputation. Corporate boards are worried. Can insurance help?