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‘Many more significant losses’ due to climate change: Economical execs

May 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Climate change was top of mind Monday for executives at Economical Insurance, which was hit with 11 weather catastrophes in 2017. “Climate change has resulted in many more significant losses from water and wind events,” said Gerald Hooper, a former

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Economical set to roll out ‘full training’ to brokers on Vyne

May 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers will soon be able to learn Vyne, Economical Insurance’s Guidewire-based computer system, touted as a way of administering insurance policies with less manual intervention. “Soon we will roll be rolling out full training to 22,000 brokers across the country,”

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How Economical plans to remain independent after demutualization

May 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If Economical Insurance becomes publicly-traded on the stock exchange, it could eventually be acquired, but company officials have no intention of making Economical an easy acquisition target. “We certainly made a determination a long time ago that we were not

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Economical exposed to Ontario’s auto market cycles

May 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Exposure to Ontario’s regulated auto market is one factor leading to the “unsatisfactory” financial performance at Economical Insurance, CEO Rowan Saunders suggested to mutual policyholders attending the company’s annual general meeting, held Monday at the Bingemans Centre in Kitchener, Ont.

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Economical’s demutualization fraught with uncertainty

May 8, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

It’s been more than two years since Economical Insurance’s mutual policyholders voted in favour of demutualization and it’s not clear how much longer the process will take – assuming it happens at all. “This process was much more complex and

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Referrals: a lost art for finding new business?

April 3, 2018 by David Gambrill

Brokers seeking new business shouldn’t be shy about asking clients for referrals, Economical Insurance’s chief distribution officer told Canadian Underwriter Monday. Fine-tuning the referral process is a simple, often overlooked method for brokers to grow their business, Tom Reikman said

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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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Gavan’s Global Perspective

February 21, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Huge gaps in earthquake coverage in eastern Canada, the impact of climate change on property damage, and harmonizing regulations across the globe are all top of mind for Karen Gavan, the former CEO of Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical Insurance. Perhaps best

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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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Who owns the surplus if a mutual company demutualizes?

January 9, 2018 by Jason Contant

In the event that a mutual company decides to demutualize, there is some debate over what happens with that insurer’s surplus. Current regulations do not address what happens in the event of a conversion. “The Insurance Companies Act and associated

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Eastern Canadian earthquake risk a “huge opportunity” for industry

December 21, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Complacency about real risks, such as an earthquake affecting Eastern Canada, present a “huge opportunity” for insurance providers to educate consumers, a former Economical Insurance CEO said Monday. “Human beings really don’t like thinking about the bad things that could

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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