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Standards now exist for same-day insurance claims payments

February 15, 2018 by Jason Contant

Imagine when same-day insurance claims payments are a reality, without the need to overhaul any existing infrastructure. That could become a reality sooner than you think. ISO 20022, an international payments messaging standard that supports electronic payments, is already in

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Commercial brokers close to “holy grail” of data integration

November 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto Insurance Conference (TIC), an association of Canadian commercial insurance brokers, is poised to launch a proof of concept leading towards real-time data integration — the “the holy grail” of commercial lines insurance. It’s a big step towards real-time data

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Cyber attacks among polled U.S. business costing at least US$5,000

October 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Seven in 10 of the surveyed U.S. businesses that experienced a cyber attack in the last year spent in excess of US$5,000 to investigate each incident, restore or replace software and hardware, and address any other consequences. However, 38% of

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Endeavour, Advent Claims partner to support Lloyd’s coverholders in Canada

September 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Advent Claims will provide its claims management system to Lloyd’s broker, Endeavour Insurance Services, as part of a new partnership arrangement meant to support London market coverholders operating in Canada. Advent Claims is a technology-led claims third-party administrator; Endeavour Insurance

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Insurers have ‘hidden behind’ regulators: Executive Forum speaker

August 30, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Technological innovation is not among the goals of some government regulators overseeing insurance markets, but some can be persuaded to allow innovation if a determined insurance provider presents “a good case study,” speakers suggested Tuesday at the Insurance-Canada.ca Executive Forum. “We as insurers have hidden behind the regulators for a long time and have said, ‘Gosh, I would love to do that but I won’t be allowed to,” said David Crozier, president and chief executive officer of Everest Insurance Company of Canada. “We…

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Data the engine for innovation to improve business, serve customers, speaker suggests

August 30, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Organizations can be the driving force behind innovation that transforms their operations and helps them better serve customers, but those advances will increasingly rely on having a store of good data available, it was suggested Tuesday during the 5th Annual

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Insured costs for Cyclones Debbie and Cook in New Zealand upgraded to NZ$109 million from NZ$84 million in June

August 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) has upgraded the insured costs associated with Cyclones Debbie and Cook to NZ$109 million from the NZ$84.4 million estimate in June. The two cyclones swept through New Zealand during April (Cyclone Debbie from

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EY polls Canadian oil & gas refinery operators on equipment failure

August 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Some operators of Canadian oil and gas upgraders and refiners are delaying scheduled maintenance due to budget cuts and there is a heightened risk of equipment failure, especially with valves and pumps, Ernst & Young LLP suggested in a recent

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Canadian farmers turn to specialized forecasting in face of rising extreme weather threat

August 15, 2017 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – In an industry that lives and dies by the weather, farmers like Dwight Foster are looking for all the help they can get to know what’s coming. “We use every tool in the toolbox we can get our

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AI, “transparently immersive experiences” and digital platforms three megatrends that will allow businesses to survive digitally: Gartner

August 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere, “transparently immersive experiences” and digital platforms are the three distinct megatrends that will enable businesses to survive and thrive in the digital economy over the next five to 10 years, Gartner, Inc. has reported. The Stamford,

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Allstate Canada expands UBI program Drivewise into Nova Scotia after “great success” in Alberta and Ontario

August 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Allstate Insurance Company of Canada announced on Monday that it is expanding its usage-based insurance (UBI) program Drivewise in Nova Scotia “after experiencing great success in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario.” Drivewise rewards those who exhibit safe driving

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Uber launches fleet of mapping vehicles in Vancouver ahead of fall rollout

August 10, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

VANCOUVER – A popular ride-hailing company wants to get the lay of the land as it gears up to hit the streets of Metro Vancouver by the end of the year. Uber Canada is launching an urban mapping program this