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Supreme Court of Canada to hear coverage dispute over fatal motorcycle accident

April 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada announced it will hear an auto liability coverage dispute involving RSA Canada, insurer of a motorcyclist who had alcohol in his system while holding a probationary licence. The motorcyclist, Steven Devecseri, was killed May 29,

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RSA Canada CEO outlines the biggest game-changers in engineering insurance

October 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Sensors that gather data and feed it into computer systems could change the way engineering risks are assessed and underwritten by insurers, suggests Martin Thompson, president and CEO of RSA Canada. “We are going data crazy,” Thompson said Thursday while

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Why this insurer gives workers 10 extra personal days off a year

September 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Removing the stigma of mental illness is something all industry leaders need to work on, and one of Canada’s biggest insurers is promoting mental well-being by giving workers more time off than they would normally be entitled to. RSA Canada

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The trade-off to using artificial intelligence to speed up claims

August 29, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian insurers wanting to handle claims like Lemonade are going to have to accept some trade-offs, a Claims Summit speaker said Tuesday. New York City-based Lemonade Insurance Company uses artificial intelligence and says it can handle some claims in three

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RSA Canada endorses “all of the recommendations” in Marshall report

February 26, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Although every Canadian auto insurance system has its problems, a special advisor to Ontario’s finance minister did an “excellent job” in describing the problems specific to that province, says the head of RSA Canada. “I don’t think there is an

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Insurance Brokers Association of British Columbia annual conference and trade show, June 14 to 16, 2017

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Whistler provided a spectacular backdrop for the 69th annual Conference & Tradeshow of the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. Highlights included: a gala dinner capped with a performance by Juno Award-winning R&B group The Philosopher Kings; a keynote presentation on

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RSA Canada posts solid underwriting profit despite nat-Cat events in 2016

February 24, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

RSA Canada witnessed increased underwriting profit and a solid combined ratio for 2016 despite what can only be described as a challenging year that featured Canada’s most costly insurable nat-Cat ever and a host of other adverse weather events. “We’re

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Duty Affirmed

February 2, 2017 Michael Teitelbaum, Partner, Hughes Amys LLP

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has affirmed the duty to defend in a recent case exploring if consequential or resulting damage attracts commercial general liability coverage. The decision is of interest because it negated the motion judge’s ruling, which seemed to be the first Canadian case to address if application of the “subcontractor exception” in the “your work” exclusion can be constrained by a finding that the subcontractor was engaged only as a supplier, and not a contractor.

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Unexpected threats should be a concern to SMEs in U.K.: RSA

December 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More than a quarter of polled small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the United Kingdom reported being hit with an unexpected £50,000 bill would put them out of business, notes a new report released this week by RSA. And while

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Moves and Views

September 1, 2016 by Greg Meckbach

1 Patrick Bieleny [1a] has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Western Financial Group, effective August 22, replacing Paul Taylor [1b], who retired July 4.     Bieleny was previously chief executive officer and managing director of private