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Is the grass greener on the other side of insurance?

April 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

Are you a personal lines specialist who is attracted by the allure of working in commercial lines? You’re not alone. “I think a lot of people often say, ‘Well, I’m in personal lines and I aspire to commercial because it’s

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Uber-style platform for expediting appraisals now in Canada

April 16, 2019 by David Gambrill

An Uber-style platform to expedite home and auto claims appraisals has made its way into Canada. Offered by WeGoLook, the online and mobile sharing-economy platform provides personalized, onsite data capture for inspections and low-complexity services across the United States. Now

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AIG Canada to stop underwriting new individual personal policies

March 28, 2019 by Jason Contant

AIG Canada is pulling out of writing personal lines business in Canada. AIG communications director Lynn Woodburn confirmed to Canadian Underwriter Wednesday evening that it would no longer underwrite new policies in personal lines. This confirmed speculation among brokers that

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Insurtech triggering transformation in personal lines: SMA

October 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New research out of the United States assessing 600 start-ups identified as relevant for personal lines insurers indicates these new players may fail, but they are having a tangible impact on the p&c insurance industry and how it delivers services,

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Augmented and virtual reality poised to impact insurance industry: Novarica

August 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Augmented and virtual reality each boast considerable potential for impact within the insurance industry, with implications spanning risk mitigation, improved efficiency and loss ratios and enhanced customer service, Novarica said in a new executive brief. While their effect will be

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U.S. P&C industry sustains favourable rating activity in H1 2017: A.M. Best

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Credit rating activity for the United States’ property and casualty industry in the first half of 2017 was favourable, with upgrades outpacing downgrades, A.M. Best Company reported on Thursday. Nearly one-third of the 2017 upgrades were driven by “increased parental

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Echelon’s combined ratio improves 4.2 points to 93.5% in Q2, driven by personal auto and commercial property and liability

August 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. has reported a combined operating ratio of 93.5% for the second quarter of 2017 ending June 30, a 4.2 point improvement from 97.7% in Q2 2016, driven by strong results in personal auto and commercial

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Hub International purchases “certain assets” of Quebec surety broker

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chicago, Ill.-based Hub International Limited announced on Monday that Hub Quebec has purchased “certain assets” from Patrice Varin, through a corporation held by him. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Varin will join Hub Quebec, bringing with him a

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Economical reports 12.8% increase in gross written premiums in Q2 2017, 8.3 point increase in combined ratio to 112.8%

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance reported a 12.8% increase in gross written premiums (GWP) in the second quarter of 2017 to $660.6 million, driven by strong personal lines growth, including contributions from Sonnet and Petline. “While we generated significant growth in gross written

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Arthur J. Gallagher gains presence in Quebec with acquisition of GPL Assurance Inc.

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) announced late Thursday that it has “extended its investment in Canada and further diversified it geographic presence” with the acquisition of retail insurance broker GPL Assurance Inc. in Quebec. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Established

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Intact has yet to see ‘full impact’ of 2016 change to Ontario auto catastrophic impairment criteria

August 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

It has been more than a year since Ontario changed its criteria for catastrophic impairment and reduced the mandatory coverage for accident benefits, but the “long tail profile” of accident benefits claims means the Ontario reforms “have not fully been

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McDougall Insurance & Financial merges with Monkman Gracie Johnston Insurance

August 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ross McDougall, CEO of McDougall Insurance & Financial, announced on Tuesday that the brokerage has merged with Monkman Gracie Johnston Insurance effective immediately. Operating out of Peterborough, Ont., Monkman Insurance and its 22 employees join Belleville, Ont.-headquartered McDougall Insurance to