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Climate change and its effect on insurance claims

December 15, 2017 Neville Bussell

The wildfire insurance losses incurred in Fort McMurray, Alberta in 2016 are the costliest in Canadian history. The fire involved residential property, businesses, municipal property and landscape over an area of 590,000 hectares. The Insurance Bureau of Canada Costs estimated

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Burning Questions

December 11, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

What is needed to create enhanced focus and kick-start more action with regard to the wildfire peril in Canada? Approaches deserving of a look (or a closer look) range from improving stakeholder understanding of the potential related losses to rethinking how the peril needs to be modelled and addressed within insurance policies.

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Canadian P&C industry’s combined ratio improves seven points in Q2 2017 to 97.7%: MSA

September 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian P&C industry’s combined ratio improved 7.06% in the second quarter of this year from the same quarter last year to 97.71% from 104.77%, according to the MSA Quarterly Outlook Report, released on Thursday. “What a difference a year

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Fire Stopper

August 3, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The Alberta government reports it is currently implementing most of the 31 recommendations contained in two commissioned reports exploring what worked and what did not in the wake of the massive Fort McMurray wildfire. And while Canada’s most costly natural disaster ever will not necessarily change how reinsurers here conduct business, there are rumblings of its potential impact on pricing.

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XL Group Ltd. sees net income soar in 2017 Q2 over prior-year quarter, focus on executing strategy continues

July 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Both net income attributable to common shareholders and operating net income for Bermuda-based XL Group Ltd. skyrocketed in 2017 Q2 compared to 2016 Q2, with the former increasing six-fold to US$301.6 million. Specifically, net income attributable to common shareholders amounted

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Judicial determination on interpretation of property Cat XOL with reinsurers sought

July 18, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Alberta Motor Association Insurance Company is looking to divide the loss arising out of the Fort McMurray wildfire, which exceeded a duration of 168 hours, into six multiple loss occurrences in line with its reading of its property catastrophe excess

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Wildfire Grading Index launched following losses in Kelowna, Slave Lake and Fort McMurray

June 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS), a division of Opta Information Intelligence, has developed a new model for insurers to better understand the risk of wildfire-related losses. The model was developed after FUS studied the wildfire losses in Kelowna, Slave Lake and

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Loss adjusting innovation emerging in light of insurance claims for forest fires: Cunningham Lindsey

June 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Greater complexity in insured losses sparked by forest fires has produced a bright spot: innovation in how loss adjusters are tackling these events, suggests a new review from Cunningham Lindsey. Released Tuesday, the company’s 2017 Major and Complex Loss Review

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Cat claims out West create stress for home insurers, proactive communications can bolster customer satisfaction: J.D. Power

June 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A spike in major claims resulting in record losses from catastrophic disasters across Canada over the last few years has created significant challenges for insurance carriers in 2017, a situation that has had an impact on customer satisfaction with the

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Fort McMurray wildfire rebuild gaining momentum as hurdles cleared

April 30, 2017 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY _ A long-delayed building boom in Fort McMurray is ramping up as homeowners, insurers, contractors, and officials in the Alberta city clear hurdles that hindered reconstruction after the devastating wildfire last May. While many residents and businesses had hoped

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Alberta government provides $15M a year for FireSmart program, up from $3.8M last year

April 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta has announced it is providing $15 million a year for its FireSmart program, up from $3.8 million last year, to help communities boost their wildfire protection activities. FireSmart uses preventative measures to reduce wildfire threat to

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Preparation, not panic, is the way to address earthquake risk: IBC’s Don Forgeron

April 7, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

When talk turns to the possibility of a major earthquake in Canada, Don Forgeron, president and CEO of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), advises that the response should be to prepare, not to panic. “No one should spend their day