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When social media makes sense for insurance correspondence

April 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Facebook, Twitter and similar web services can suck up a lot of a worker’s time, but insurance brokers should figure out how to use social media to support the business. “There is nothing supremely special about social media,” said Kat

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Arbitration glitch sidetracks $147-million Fort Mac reinsurance dispute

March 21, 2018 by David Gambrill

A $147-million reinsurance dispute involving Fort McMurray wildfire claims got off to a rocky start because the insurer and its reinsurers could not initially agree on the method of arbitration. At the heart of the matter was a broad reference

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Lessons from the field in Fort Mac

March 15, 2018 Kris Rzesnoski, vice-president, business development, Encircle

On May 3, 2016 a massive wildfire swept through the remote Alberta community of Fort McMurray, necessitating the largest wildfire evacuation in Canadian history, with upwards of 88,000 people fleeing their homes. May 3rd was a turning point as well

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Disaster planning: How to get insurance funds to evacuees

February 5, 2018 by David Gambrill

Insurance professionals should be planning in advance how they will get emergency funds into the hands of their insured clients during a natural catastrophe, a senior Intact Insurance executive told the C4 2018 conference in Ottawa Friday. Finding alternative ways

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Fort McMurray embraces plan to bolster wildfire prevention in region

January 31, 2018 The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Lawmakers in Fort McMurray have approved a plan to help prevent destructive wildfires such as the one that ravaged the community in 2016. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo council says the five-year mitigation strategy includes

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How insurers protect their earnings against multiple catastrophes

January 4, 2018 by David Gambrill

With the rise of multiple major catastrophe events in Canada, look for primary insurers to start seeking aggregate reinsurance covers as a means to adapt to climate change-related losses. “It’s the new normal that the companies are going to have

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Blame auto losses for lackluster 2017 P&C results

January 2, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Despite a “relatively benign” year in Canada for catastrophes in 2017, the industry-wide combined ratio in Canada was still fairly high at 96.8% during the first nine months of last year, with auto results partly to blame, MSA Research reported

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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