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BlackBerry expanding channels of distribution via cyber security initiative with Allied World

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario-based BlackBerry Limited is growing its footprint in the insurance industry through a new initiative with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings in which the latter’s U.S. cyber policyholders will gain direct access to the former’s cyber security expertise through an

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Innovative technologies clustered on expectations side, most types of technology two to 10 years away: CIAA event speaker

April 19, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

The influence of technology will be more clearly felt in the next 10 or 15 years as opposed to the next few years, Duncan Stewart, director of technology, media and telecommunications research for Deloitte Canada, suggested during a Canadian Insurance

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Carriers should more fully explore potential in episodic insurance, CIAA event hears

April 17, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Insurance carriers need to more seriously consider the potential that exists in episodic insurance and how such an approach could alter offerings, Mukul Ahuja, leader of insurance strategy and innovation at Deloitte Canada, suggested Thursday. “Not nearly enough carriers are

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Swiss Re losses from Cyclone Debbie currently estimated at US$350 million

April 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re currently estimates its claims burden from tropical cyclone Debbie in Australia at about US$350 million, net of retrocession and before tax, while the total insured market losses associated with the event is estimated at around US$1.3 billion. The

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213 million euros initial loss estimate for extra-tropical cyclone Thomas: PERILS

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The initial estimate of the insured property market loss from extra-tropical cyclone Thomas is 213 million euros, representing the second time so far this season that a European winter storm exceeded 200 million euro, Zurich-based PERILS reports. The market loss

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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

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RMS releases new class of cyber-physical risk modelling for property insurers

April 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

RMS has expanded its range of cyber models to include a new class of so-called cyber-physical models in a bid to answer the increasing related risk of insurance losses from hackers targeting control systems linked to the Internet. These cyber-physical

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More action needed to better prepare for earthquake in Canada: Scotti

April 6, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Canada would be well-advised to take a cue from other nations and do more to establish partnerships and requirements that better protect property owners in the event of an earthquake, says Veronica Scotti, president and CEO of Swiss Re Canada.

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Encouraging signs around insurance awareness on a global scale: Swiss Re’s Ojeisekhoba

April 5, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Much remains to be done to bolster awareness, availability and take-up of p&c insurance on a global scale, but there are encouraging signs in play that may be further advanced by use of technology, Moses Ojeisekhoba, chief executive officer, reinsurance

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Difficult year for Canada’s p&c insurance industry: IBC’s McGown

April 4, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

The Fort McMurray wildfire and other large weather events combined with the lowest return on investment (ROI) in decades to produce a very difficult year for Canada’s p&c insurance industry in 2016, David McGown, senior vice president of strategic initiatives

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Openness to making homes, businesses resilient to severe weather encouraging: OMIA’s John Taylor

March 31, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

There are encouraging signs from government, municipalities and builders that resiliency needs to become part of building code conversations given that severe weather shows no signs of abating, suggested John Taylor, president and CEO of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association

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Landmark federal investments for disaster-proofing communities, enhancing resilience: IBC

March 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has voiced the property and casualty industry’s strong support for the federal government’s move to beef up investments aimed at enhancing resilience by better disaster-proofing communities. As part of the 2017 Federal Budget tabled Wednesday,