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Innovation, yes. But don’t forget to manage the risks.

August 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

While Canadian organizations are investing in emerging technologies and innovation, few of them are managing the associated risks, a report from PwC Canada suggests. Jennifer Johnson, a partner and national financial services leader with PwC Canada, says that when she

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Why Canadian companies need to ‘digitally upskill’ their staff

August 2, 2018 by Jason Contant

While a majority (85%) of Canadian organizations are investing in emerging technologies, few of them are managing the risks associated with technology, such as cybersecurity threats and lack of talent, a recent PwC Canada report has found. The Full Risk

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Why brokerages looking at M&A should consider management buy-outs

April 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

The market for property and casualty insurance brokerages continues to be intense, with books of business attracting prices from three-and-a-half to five times commissions – and even more for online business, Mike Berris, partner and practice group leader with Vancouver-based

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Want to acquire an MGA? Here’s what you can expect to pay (and why)

February 21, 2018 by Jason Contant

Brokers or managing general agents (MGA) looking to buy another MGA could be looking at multiples of four times commission just to be able to compete with insurers looking to make the same purchase, industry analysts say. Philip Heywood, partner

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Will a “wave of succession” spur M&A for Canadian brokerages?

January 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

Succession planning has triggered an uptick in brokerage mergers and acquisitions over the last couple of years, an industry analyst told Canadian Underwriter recently. “I would say there’s an uptick in assets coming to market that are owner-operated, where succession

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Mutual mergers: stepping stone to demutualization?

January 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

With Economical Insurance on the road to demutualization, the question has always been: will other mutuals follow suit? But another possibility is that some of the smaller Canadian mutual insurers may merge to form larger entities in anticipation of demutualizing

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Why you’re not seeing as many carrier acquisitions as expected

January 5, 2018 by Jason Contant

The lack of “domestically sizeable targets” coming to market is one factor contributing to a less-than-expected number of acquisitions for Canadian carriers, an industry analyst says. And whenever a sizeable acquisition opportunity does arise, there is heated competition among multiple

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Global M&A: How does Canada compare?

November 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fewer insurance merger and acquisition (M&A) deals are being completed in the global insurance industry, but Canadian M&A does not appear to be following the global decline. Global M&A volume sunk by 12.3% in the first half of 2017, although

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Canadian M&A ahead of last year as private equity, outbound deal activity increases through Q3: PwC Canada

November 8, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The number of Canadian mergers and acquisitions (M&A) through the third quarter of this year increased to 1,879 from 1,522 during the same period in 2016, according to PwC Canada’s first Deals report, released on Monday. A PwC Canada spokesperson

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Integrating disaster risk, resilience into broader systems key to unlocking climate adaptation abilities

October 13, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

A systemic disconnect between material natural disaster risk, asset valuation and infrastructure investment demands that disaster risk and resilience be integrated into broader financial, accounting and reporting systems, David Greenall, senior director of sustainable business solutions for PwC Canada, told

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Artificial intelligence saw record high investments in Canada in past five years: report

July 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial Intelligence (AI) attracted US$162 million in investments across 12 deals in the first half of 2017, the highest amount of funding in Canada in the past five years, according to the quarterly MoneyTree Canada Report from PwC Canada and

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Shifting risk responsibilities to front line will help reduce vulnerabilities: PwC Canada

July 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian businesses are more vulnerable to disruption than their global counterparts and need to make each line of service responsible for risk decisions, monitoring, oversight and assessment of vulnerabilities to bolster protection, suggest Canadian insights from a recent PwC report.