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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

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Working around the workarounds

October 1, 2018 Lisa Kerr, president, Zynamic Solutions

There is a lot of room to improve the current process for buying commercial insurance in Canada. In a brokerage, fully half of the 24 common touchpoints involved in processing a single new commercial policy could be removed through automation,

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Signs of a hardening commercial market

August 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Shopping around for the best deal for a business client may be getting more difficult as commercial lines prices start to uptick. Among commercial insurers, “it seems there is a little bit of tightening up on the risk appetite,” Raymond

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Fine for broker in business interruption coverage mix-up

July 13, 2018 by David Gambrill

A $500 fine against a Manitoba broker illustrates the importance of documenting conversations with a client when advising on business interruption coverage in a commercial insurance policy. The broker, Edward Tetrault, provided a quote to his commercial business client on

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How this top-tier Canadian brokerage plans to double its revenue in 5 years

July 11, 2018 by David Gambrill

Navacord Inc., Canada’s fifth-largest insurance brokerage by premium volume, has entered into an agreement that will see a management-led buyout of its minority capital partner, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., with the support of Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), a leading private

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Aviva combines multiple business segments into one commercial policy

March 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

Aviva Canada has launched a new commercial product that allows a company’s different business operations to be included on one policy. This consolidation is intended to make it easier for brokers to offer limits and extensions for different segments. In