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Economical Insurance aims to ‘participate in acquisitions’

March 8, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If Economical Insurance demutualizes and becomes traded on the stock market, it will be looking for other insurers to acquire, CEO Rowan Saunders told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. “Part of the rationale” of going through demutualization is to raise money from

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Economical policyholders reach demutualization agreement in principle

February 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance appears to be a step closer to demutualization, but a conversion proposal has been held over until June 30, Economical said Thursday. A proposal to convert Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical to a stock company was originally due to the

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Mutual mergers: stepping stone to demutualization?

January 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

With Economical Insurance on the road to demutualization, the question has always been: will other mutuals follow suit? But another possibility is that some of the smaller Canadian mutual insurers may merge to form larger entities in anticipation of demutualizing

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P&C mutuals line up against demutualization

December 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Two years after Economical left the gate on the track to demutualization, the Waterloo, Ont.-based mutual insurer appears to be the lone horse among its industry peers. Four Canadian life insurers demutualized in 1999-2000 but regulations allowing mutual property and

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Who’d want to buy Economical?

November 21, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

If Economical Insurance gets permission to demutualize, it is “likely” the company will attract interest from a large insurer as a potential takeover target, an investment analyst predicts. “A very widely held assumption among investors is that Intact would look

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‘Clock is running’ as Economical Insurance prepares for public offering: Saunders

October 26, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Economical Insurance is looking to “expand its appetite and capabilities into other segments” of the market as it prepares for an initial public offering, president and chief executive officer Rowan Saunders suggested Thursday to Ontario brokers in Ottawa, while Gore

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Small Canadian mutual insurers ‘may not realize’ all benefits of demutualization: A.M. Best

September 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

While Economical Insurance plans to submit next year a conversion proposal outlining a proposal to demutualize, if a smaller mutual property and casualty insurer were to go through the same process as Economical, it “may not realize the benefits when

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Court appoints committees to represent Economical mutual and non-mutual policyholders

February 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An Ontario court has appointed two committees to negotiate the allocation of benefits from a demutualization of Economical Insurance, the Waterloo, Ont.-based insurance carrier announced Friday. No federally regulated P&C insurers have demutualized yet. Canada did not have regulations allowing

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Economical Insurance expecting “significant growth” in broker channel over the next five years: Gavan at IBAO Convention

October 21, 2016 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Economical Insurance is expecting “significant growth” in its broker channel over the next five years, possibly 25% bigger than where it is today, outgoing president and CEO Karen Gavan said on Thursday during the 96th annual Insurance Brokers Association of

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Mutual insurers seeing revival in recent years: Swiss Re sigma report

August 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Mutual insurers’ share of the overall insurance market increased from 24% of direct premiums written in 2007 to just over 26% in 2014, reversing some of the declines of previous decades, according to Swiss Re’s latest sigma report. Released on

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Economical Insurance board names Rowan Saunders president and CEO effective Nov. 1

July 27, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The board of directors of Economical Insurance announced on Wednesday that Rowan Saunders has been named president and CEO effective Nov. 1. Having served as president and CEO of RSA Canada since 2003, Saunders (pictured right) will “further the vision

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Launch into direct-to-consumer market expected soon, demutualization packages being mailed: Economical Insurance

May 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance’s “journey towards becoming a strong, Canadian, independent public company is now well under way,” a leg of which will include a strategic expansion into the direct-to-consumer market, president and CEO Karen Gavan said during the mutual’s Annual General