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B.C. lacks climate change policies, especially on wildfires and flooding: audit

February 15, 2018 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s auditor general says the provincial government is working to adapt to the risks posed by climate change but it has no clear plan for wildfires and flooding. Carol Bellringer says there is little monitoring of progress

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MGAs being asked to place more standard commercial risks

January 25, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers are finding it more difficult to place some standard commercial risks, such as property and liability, and this is changing the managing general agent market, an official with a new MGA association says. “A number of the standard market

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Your commercial client’s biggest exposure in 2018

January 19, 2018 by Jason Contant

Business interruption will be the top risk for companies in Canada this year, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) Allianz Risk Barometer 2018. “Business interruption (BI) can be a consequence of many of the other risks identified in

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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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Utilities cautioned to act now to strengthen their cyber security defences: Accenture

October 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Unprepared distribution utilities are urged to immediately begin improving their cyber security capabilities given the anticipated future hike in cyber attacks and the fact that most recently polled utility executives say such an attack could interrupt electricity supply, Accenture suggests

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Aviva Canada beefs up identity theft offering to protect customers

October 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Aviva Canada is marking the beginning of Cyber Security Awareness Month (October) with the announcement that it is introducing enhancements to its identity theft coverage at no additional cost to existing customers. The coverage features widespread financial protection if a

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Cyberattacks, asset bubble risks top Canadian business worries: World Economic Forum survey

September 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Cyberattacks and asset bubble risks top the list of worries for Canadian businesses, according to new survey data from the World Economic Forum (WEF). The data – released earlier this week and published by the strategic partners of WEF’s Global

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Third-party drone services developing, immediate post-incident use still a challenge

September 8, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

A trend seems poised to take flight whereby companies in need of drone services to gain specific insights will increasingly tap the expertise of third-party providers. “I think third-party companies who provide services utilizing drones will be more common than

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Free online offering hopes to bolster catastrophe modelling understanding

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

What has been described as the first free and neutral open online catastrophe modelling course was launched today to help those working in climate change and disaster loss mitigation, academia and insurance better understand the use of models in nat-Cat

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Making ICBC a co-op one option for B.C., competition must be part of any option selected: taxpayers federation

August 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The British Columbia government has options at its disposal to address auto insurance problems in the province – ranging from leaving the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC) to shuttering the insurer – but all should include reintroduction of competition, concludes a new report commissioned by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). CTF argues that “fast and furious changes” are needed in light of the “looming 30% hike to car insurance,” a figure noted in an Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y) report made public last month. Among its many observations, the…

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AGCS expands terrorism, political violence insurance offering in the U.S.

August 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is now providing bespoke coverage designed to protect U.S. businesses faced with loss related to terrorism and political violence both at home and overseas. Given the recent tragic events in Europe and Virginia, the

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Ironshore establishes computer emergency response team to help policyholders with cyber response

August 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New York-based Ironshore Inc. is taking steps to help manage cyber claims for all in-force policies, regardless of line, with the launch of a dedicated computer response team. Comprised of cyber claims co-ordinators representing each of the insurer’s specialty lines