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State of emergency continues as wildfires affect interior B.C.

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Mining and wood products are among the industries affected by wildfires in British Columbia’s interior, where a state of emergency is in place. Imperial Metals Corp. announced Wednesday that an open pit copper/gold mine 56 kilometres northeast of Williams Lake

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MSA calls for ‘sustainable solution for underinsurance’ in overland flood

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A potential solution to overland flood risk in Canada “could follow” the model of Britain’s Flood Re, MSA Research Inc. suggested in a report released Monday to Canadian Underwriter. Toronto-based MSA released its Quarterly Outlook Report for Q1 2017. In

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Canada lacks ‘commercially widely available wildfire models,’ Aviva Canada reinsurance VP warns

May 2, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Insurers have no “meaningful way of modelling wildfire” losses, a senior executive for Swiss Re Ltd. recently suggested to industry professionals. “If you look at it globally speaking, usually about half of the total insured losses globally are unmodelled perils,”

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CIBC economist tells insurers how investment returns could be affected by ‘things that go Trump in the night’

April 26, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Interest rates in Canada are predicted to stay “very low by historic standards” through the end of 2019, an economist recently told insurance professionals, while a “movement against globalization” is a concern for one of Canada’s largest carriers. Avery Shenfeld,

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‘Fresh approach’ needed for Ontario auto insurance: IBC CEO

April 25, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A report released two weeks ago is “probably the best description we have to date of what is wrong” with Ontario’s auto insurance system, the chief executive officer of Insurance Bureau of Canada said Tuesday. In opening remarks at IBC’s

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OSFI staff ‘very actively engaged’ in international capital standard for insurers: Zelmer

April 20, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

An international capital standard for global systemically important insurers is “probably not going to have much of an impact on the Canadian p&c industry,” an official with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions suggested recently, but Canadian insurers

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OSFI working on new capital guideline for mortgage insurers, amendments to guidelines for corporate boards

April 18, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Officials with Canada’s Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions are working on a “wide range of amendments” to its guidelines for corporate boards of directors, as well as a new capital guideline for private mortgage insurers, OSFI’s deputy superintendent

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‘Fair amount of uncertainty’ of financial impact of Canadian earthquakes: OSFI deputy superintendent

April 14, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The financial risk  from an earthquake in Quebec is “a lot bigger than maybe people think,” a Munich Re Canada executive suggested Wednesday, while the head of Aon Benfield Canada suggested Canadians on the west coast “may be” underinsured for

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Reinsurance market has ‘awful lot of choice for buyers:’ Aon Benfield Canada CEO

April 13, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

There has been “very little impact,” on brokers and cedents, from recent mergers and acquisitions in the reinsurance industry, a speaker suggested Wednesday at Insurance Bureau of Canada’s Financial Affairs Symposium. “I think, a little surprisingly, to date there has