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Two 100-year-old mutual insurers vote to amalgamate

July 13, 2018 by David Gambrill

Norfolk Mutual Insurance Company and Wabisa Mutual Insurance Company in Ontario have voted to amalgamate under the new name “Nova Mutual.” The two mutuals held separate special general meetings Tuesday on the proposed amalgamation, scheduled to take effect January 1,

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How blockchain will help brokers bypass traditional insurers

July 12, 2018 by David Gambrill

Vancouver-based Fineqia International Inc. has taken an equity allocation in Black Insurance, a Tallinn, Estonia-based digital insurance startup on the blockchain that has set its sights on creating a direct investor-to-broker relationship, bypassing the need for a traditional insurance company.

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Insurer exploration of artificial intelligence accelerating: InsurTechTO speaker

November 7, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

It is still “early days” for most insurers in Canada when it comes to employing artificial intelligence (AI), but exploration and use of the techniques is accelerating very quickly, Greg McCutcheon suggested Monday during InsurTechTO in downtown Toronto. “I would

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Hurricanes to date a capital event for reinsurers, 2017 could be even more costly Cat year than 2005

October 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The above-average activity for the Atlantic hurricanes season so far – a season that is not yet done – is already a capital event for p&c reinsurers and the remainder plus wildfire activity likely only contributes to nervousness, S&P Global

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Bermuda’s global insurers, reinsurers could fund at least US$25 billion of insured losses from hurricanes

October 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Bermuda market firms may fund at least a quarter of the estimated US$100 billion in aggregate insured losses from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, suggest preliminary aggregated loss estimates from the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR). “Based on

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Endeavour, Advent Claims partner to support Lloyd’s coverholders in Canada

September 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Advent Claims will provide its claims management system to Lloyd’s broker, Endeavour Insurance Services, as part of a new partnership arrangement meant to support London market coverholders operating in Canada. Advent Claims is a technology-led claims third-party administrator; Endeavour Insurance

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Collaboration leads to milestone achievement to define data exchange standards between companies, brokers

August 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The long-standing objective of standardized real-time data exchange between insurance brokers and companies has taken a big step forward with Tuesday’s announcement that initial testing of the process has been successfully completed. A team of players in Canada’s p&c insurance

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Australian insurers welcome Senate committee call for government to rethink funding for natural disaster mitigation

August 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has welcomed a report by the Senate Economics References Committee supporting the council’s call for the federal government to invest in natural disaster mitigation and resilience, as well as back risk-based pricing. This spring, ICA

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TechCanary makes available enhanced insurance platform for Canadian market

July 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

U.S.-based TechCanary has enhanced its insurance platform for the Canadian market to allow brokers and insurers access to additional Canada-specific capabilities around p&c lines of business meant to help them to deliver more responsive and predictive offerings to customers. TechCanary

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Stilling quake risk in eastern Canada demands greater focus, awareness and effort: Swiss Re

July 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Risk awareness is severely lacking and not enough attention is being paid to quake risk in eastern Canada, a region with “huge” loss-inflicting potential that a Swiss Re model projects could produce the country’s largest nat-Cat loss ever if the

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Customers in driver’s seat, geared up for experimenting with insurance offerings: webinar

June 29, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Customers want to be in the driver’s seat and, increasingly, that is something insurance providers should want as well, Ellen Carney, principal analyst for e-business and channel strategy at U.S.-based research and advisory firm Forrester, suggested during a Centre for

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Allianz Risk Transfer, Nephila Capital successfully pilot blockchain for Cat swap

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Risk Transfer AG (ART) and Nephila Capital Limited report successfully piloting the use of blockchain smart contract technology for transacting a natural catastrophe swap, an approach they suggest offers benefits for this and other types of insurance transactions. The