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Storm surge coverage now available for first time

May 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Co-operators announced Monday that homeowners in British Columbia and Nova Scotia can now be insured for storm surge damage, calling the coverage the first and only of its kind in Canada. Storm surges are waves caused by storms and

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Award-winning CIO shares three-pronged approach to business transformation

May 2, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Co-operators is taking a holistic approach to leadership and business transformation, using strategies such as design thinking and minimum viable product (MVP) concepts, common language around innovation, and technology. Carol Poulsen, executive vice president and chief information officer at

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This week in P&C employment changes

February 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

Co-operators senior executive to retire The Co-operators announced Thursday the retirement of Bruce West, its executive vice president, finance and chief financial officer (CFO), effective June 1, 2018. West joined The Co-operators in 2007 as CFO and over the past

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2018 Outlook: Rob Wesseling, President, CEO, The Co-operators Group Limited

January 3, 2018 Rob Wesseling

Taking on an increased leadership role with respect to climate change, and working to engage clients more effectively are two key challenges for the industry in the year ahead. In the short term, climate change may be a premium-level issue

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Insurers, society face irreversible climate change: reinsurance board exec

December 19, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Wildfires that hit British Columbia earlier this year and that continue to affect California are among the effects of climate change, says Karen Gavan, former CEO of Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical Insurance. “Literally California has been burning all fall,” said Gavan,

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The Co-operators reports net loss of $7.4 million in third quarter

October 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Co-operators General Insurance Company has reported a consolidated net loss of $7.4 million for the third quarter of 2017 ending Sept. 30 compared to net income of $16.3 million for the same quarter of 2016. Guelph, Ont.-based The Co-operators released

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The Co-operators, Desjardins Group to invest in new Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund

October 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian co-operatives and mutuals have committed $25 million to establish the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund (CCIF), which will provide financing for new and expanding Canadian co-operatives in Canada. The $25 million in committed investment to date is the threshold agreed

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Q2 combined ratio improves 13.3 points to 101% for The Co-operators

July 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Co-operators General Insurance Company reported Thursday an underwriting loss of $6.6 million in the three months ending June 30, while direct premiums written were $768.7 million, up 6.4% from $722.6 million in Q2 2016. During the second quarter of 2016,

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New FireSmart Home Development Guide targets Canadian wildfire resiliency

May 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

FireSmart Canada, in partnership with The Co-operators, has developed a new resource to help Canadian residents make their homes more resilient to wildfire. The FireSmart Home Development Guide, which will become part of the FireSmart Home Partners Program, outlines specific

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Wildfire Community Preparedness Day gearing up one year after Fort McMurray

May 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One year after the Fort McMurray wildfire started and eventually became Canada’s costliest natural disaster, community groups across the country are gearing up to taking part in the third annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (WCPD) to take measures to reduce

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The Co-operators reports net income of $34.6 million for Q1 2017, combined ratio of 102.5%

May 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Guelph, Ont.-based Co-operators General Insurance Company has reported a consolidated net income of $34.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31, down from $39.3 million in the first quarter of 2016. The company’s combined ratio, excluding market

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44% of The Co-operators’ claims and benefits in 2016 were for property damage, the company’s inaugural integrated report says

April 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Guelph, Ont.-based The Co-operators has released its inaugural 2016 Integrated Annual Report, reporting that more than four in ten claims and benefits paid in 2016 were for property damage. The Co-operators released the report on Tuesday, joining “a handful of