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Time to fine-tune residential flood cover, consider high-risk areas: Enders

September 29, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Flood-related cover for residential policyholders is far advanced from what it was when the devastating floods hit southern Alberta in 2013, but it is now time to refine those offerings and address outstanding issues, says Gord Enders, president of Direct-Line

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SGI Canada customers evacuated by Saskatchewan wildfires have mass evacuation coverage

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

SGI Canada policyholders in areas affected by the wildfires in northern Saskatchewan will have mass evacuation coverage in place for 30 days and should be assured that personal and commercial property policies will not be cancelled for 30 days in

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Home telematics startup Roost closes second round of funding with investments from Desjardins Insurance and Aviva Ventures

August 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Roost, a U.S.-based innovator in smart home telematics for the insurance industry, announced on Wednesday it has closed its second round of funding with US$10.4 million in investments from three companies, including Desjardins Insurance. The US$10.4 million Series B funding includes strategic investments from three companies, led by Aviva Ventures, with participation from Desjardins Insurance and Fosun RZ Capital in China, noted information from Sunnyvale, Calif.-headquartered Roost. Existing investors also participated in the round, bringing total funding to date to US$17 million.…

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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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IBC encouraging policyholders to discuss policy limits with insurers as B.C. wildfires continue

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

As British Columbia has declared a state of emergency due to wildfires burning out of control throughout much of the Interior, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is encouraging policyholders to discuss policy limits with their insurer. Most home and

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New Zealand proposes shaking up earthquake commission scheme to smooth claims resolution

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Zealand will continue to flesh out the details of proposed changes aimed at simplifying and improving the Earthquake Commission (EQC) scheme to help support more timely response to affected policyholders. Reforms to the Earthquake Commission Act seek to “simplify

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Long-term data strategy will allow for making the most of the information: OMIA’s Taylor

March 31, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Mutual insurers need a long-term plan to ensure they meet the twin goals of capitalizing on the opportunities that data offers and continue to staying true to serving customers, the head of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association (OMIA) suggested Thursday.

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Federal government should consider emergency back-stop mechanism for catastrophic earthquake: conference board

November 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Conference Board of Canada is echoing a recent recommendation by a former federal superintendent of financial institutions for Ottawa to consider adopting a last-resort, emergency back-stop mechanism for a catastrophic earthquake given the long-reaching, adverse effects that the event