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Autonomous vehicles coming, but auto books will not disappear any time soon: CIAA event speaker

April 17, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Autonomous vehicles are coming, but there is no need for property and casualty insurers to panic that their auto books are going to quickly disappear, Andrew Lo, president and chief operating officer of Kanetix Ltd., said Thursday at the Canadian

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Swiss Re losses from Cyclone Debbie currently estimated at US$350 million

April 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re currently estimates its claims burden from tropical cyclone Debbie in Australia at about US$350 million, net of retrocession and before tax, while the total insured market losses associated with the event is estimated at around US$1.3 billion. The

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Echelon Insurance receives regulatory okay for sale of European operations

March 1, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. (EFH) has received regulatory approval from the Danish Financial Services Authority to sell its European operations, a move that will allow Echelon Insurance to roll out its strategy to focus on Canadian operations. EFH noted in

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Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. sees lower net income for 2016 full-year, Q4 over prior-year periods

February 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

It was a mixed bag for Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. (EFH) in the fourth quarter of 2016, with strong commercial lines results and lower personal lines results combining to contribute to a 70% drop in net income to about $2.6

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Co-operators General Insurance Company net income $128.8 million in 2016 Q4, up from $103.3 million in 2015 Q4

February 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The consolidated net income for Co-operators General Insurance Company increased for the fourth quarter of 2016 over the same quarter in 2015, but net income for 2016 decreased from 2015. The Co-operators has posted net income of $128.8 million for

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AIG sees net loss of about US$3 billion in 2016 Q4

February 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) has posted net losses for both the full year and the fourth quarter of 2016, but company president and CEO Peter Hancock reports that actions taken last year will help “dramatically reduce uncertainty and deliver

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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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CMW Insurance Services, Capri Insurance Services merger positions new company for growth

January 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The merger of CMW Insurance Services Ltd. and Capri Insurance Services Ltd. creates one of the largest independent, employee-owned insurance brokerages and risk management firms in Western Canada, the companies reported Monday. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, “the merger leverages the

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Severe Burns

January 1, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Water losses may be high on the list of claims professionals’ concerns, but disasters in Tianjin, China, Oakland, California and Fort McMurray, Alberta serve as poignant reminders that fire is still a major cause of insured loss for commercial properties. Risk mitigation measures – such as sprinkler systems – can help reduce frequency and severity. But some insurance professionals point out that the use of plastics in manufacturing, expensive equipment and a lack of alternate facilities can exacerbate the severity of an industrial fire.

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Burns Demeyere & Associates to join McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers in 2017

November 29, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Burns Demeyere & Associates (BDA), a Tillsonburg, Ont.-based brokerage with a history dating back about 125 years, will join McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers at the beginning of 2017. McFarlan Rowlands – which also has established roots in its community and

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Insured losses of New Zealand quake could be as much as US$3.5 billion: AIR Worldwide

November 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The largest earthquake to hit New Zealand since 2009, registering magnitude 7.8, could contribute to insured losses amounting to US$762 million to US$3.5 billion, catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide reported Thursday. The modelled estimates include insured physical damage to property

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Zurich Insurance announces plans to position itself for future, new profitability targets

November 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Zurich Insurance Group plans to build on customer relationships, simplify the business and significantly reduce costs as part of its renewed focus on increasing business profitability and delivering high-quality earnings over the 2017-2019 period, the global insurer announced Thursday. “In