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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?

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How Economical returned to profitability

August 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Editor’s Note: In an earlier version of this story, Canadian Underwriter incorrectly reported Economical Insurance’s net loss in 2017. Canadian Underwriter regrets the error. Commercial premiums for Economical Insurance are down more than 10%, but that does not mean prices

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New chief agent in Canada for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

July 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Linda Regner Dykeman is the new chief agent in Canada for German commercial insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE. She replaces Ulrich Kadow, who is now global head of marine for Munich-based AGCS, which has offices in Toronto, Montreal

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What’s holding back Lloyd’s price increases

March 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Property risk could get harder to place in the Lloyd’s market this year. “Difficult decisions regarding existing accounts, or indeed the appropriateness of new accounts, will continue to have to be made during 2019,” the Corporation of Lloyd’s said of

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Broker fined for failing to review with his client a $1.4-million coverage change

March 14, 2019 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba broker is out of pocket $1,000 for failing to review with his client a $1.4-million change to a client’s commercial property insurance policy. On Dec. 12, 2011, an insurer requested renewal instructions from Manitoba broker Horace Smaczylo, as

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Renowned independent broker returns to the big stage with a new brokerage

March 13, 2019 by David Gambrill

A big name in Manitoba’s independent brokerage community, Peter Leipsic, is making a return to the scene as a senior partner at a new brokerage called Dimensions Insurance Management Inc. He was executive vice president at Horizon Insurance (the province’s

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This global carrier could re-enter the Canadian retail insurance market

February 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Seventeen years after selling its personal lines business to the insurer now known as Intact, Zurich Canada has ambitions to re-enter the “retail” space, but it remains to be seen how it would do that or what form it would

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The “perfect storm” conditions for commercial rate increases

February 4, 2019 by Jason Contant

The past few years have created a perfect storm leading to an increase in commercial insurance rates, Signature Risk Partners Inc. says in a white paper released last week, entitled Hard Commercial Insurance Market on the Way. One factor is

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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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How this commercial brokerage addresses skills shortages

October 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokerage owners in some regions are struggling to find staff who know commercial lines. “There are very few people (in Saskatchewan) who understand commercial insurance deeply,” said David Reidy, president and CEO of Regina-based commercial brokerage Henderson Insurance Inc. To