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How consolidation is changing broker-insurer relationships

July 7, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Brokerage consolidation is changing how insurers interact with their broker partners, panellists said during the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. (IBABC) AGM and Leader’s Conference in Whistler, B.C., last week.  The impact of consolidation is most acute for insurers who

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Brokerage M&A activity spikes in era of high interest rates

June 19, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Ontario saw a record 48 finalized brokerage transactions in 2022, mostly led by consolidators, said Suzanne Pountney, president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO), during the Young Broker Conference in Niagara Falls.  “This is up 60% over last

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How young, aspiring brokerage owners can outflank the consolidators

November 24, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

With the older generation of brokers retiring, opportunities are abound for young brokers who want to buy into an existing independent brokerage, said panellists in Canadian Underwriter’s LinkedIn Live event, ‘How to become a young brokerage owner.’ “[Independent broker owners]

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Ownership critical to independence: broker exec

May 10, 2022 Gloria Cilliers

Brokers are justified in thinking independence is shrinking due to increased consolidation in the P&C industry, according to Lorie Phair, president of the Canadian Broker Network (CBN), Canada’s largest network of independent brokers. To think ownership does not influence a

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Intact-RSA deal awaits final clearance for takeoff on June 1

May 6, 2021 by David Gambrill

Intact Financial Corporation and Dutch insurer Tryg A/S have received all anti-trust and regulatory approvals for the acquisition of RSA Insurance Group plc, setting the stage for closing the mega-merger within a month. The last items remaining on the to-do

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Sky’s still the limit for Canadian P&C industry consolidation: broker exec

April 6, 2021 by Adam Malik

Canadian property and casualty insurers have seen many a deal take place over the years — and it would be no surprise to see more to come, says a broker executive. During the latest edition of the Insurance Institute of

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Why there is very little MGA consolidation

February 8, 2021 by Jason Contant

Managing general agencies (MGAs) in Canada are currently engaging in very little mergers and acquisitions activity among themselves because the market is still growing organically and is less mature than in other countries, the managing director of the national MGA

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More consolidation expected in Ontario cannabis stores

August 11, 2020 Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – More than a year after winning the chance to open one of Ontario’s first cannabis stores through a provincial lottery, Lisa Bigioni has walked away from her Niagara Falls pot shop. The store had become like a second

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The pros and cons of consolidation in the tech vendor space

November 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

When there is consolidation in the industry, concerns about the erosion of choice is common. And the tech vendor space is no different. On Oct. 15, Applied Systems announced the acquisition of Policy Works, a major platform for commercial lines

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Who Buys Brokers?

October 8, 2019 Jason Contant, Online Editor

What is trending right now in the Canadian brokerage M&A marketplace? We put the question to Mike Berris

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Canadian P&C consolidation will leave only “a few tables left”: broker

June 25, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Look for consolidation to continue within the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry, senior industry executives predicted at a recent conference. Also, expect insurers to take on a greater role in distributing the products. Speaking about consolidation, Adam Mitchell, the

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Brokers taking the initiative to embrace digital transformation: Insurance Analytics Canada speaker

July 4, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Many brokers are taking the bull by the horns and embracing digital transformation, with or without the help of insurers, a speaker suggested last week at the Insurance Analytics Canada Summit in downtown Toronto. Greg McCutcheon, president of Markham, Ont.-based