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François Dagneau appointed CEO of Canadian branch of Arch Reinsurance Company

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Arch Reinsurance Company announced on Friday that François Dagneau will be appointed to the position of chief executive officer of its Canadian branch this month. Dagneau will replace Patrick McGuiness, who is retiring from Arch, the company said in a

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AIG, IBM and Standard Chartered Bank pilot “first multinational insurance policy powered by blockchain”

June 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

American International Group Inc. (AIG), IBM and Standard Chartered Bank plc announced on Thursday that they have successfully piloted what they are calling the “first multinational ‘smart contract’ based insurance policy using blockchain.” Working together, AIG, IBM and international banking

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RMS updates North America quake models for U.S., Canada and Mexico

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

RMS’s latest North America earthquake models – covering the United States, Canada, and Mexico – are designed to help company clients manage their risk accumulations with more confidence and help with underwriting a better book of business. Version 17.0 benefits

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XL Catlin launches new contractors pollution liability program in Canada and the U.S.

June 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Catlin announced on Thursday that it has launched its new Contractors Pollution Liability Express Program in Canada and the United States to provide consumers with “speed to market and a streamlined environmental insurance underwriting approach” for small to midsize

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How legalizing pot will affect your insurance policies

June 5, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The impending legalization of marijuana in Canada raises a number of legal issues related to property insurance policies, Michael Teitelbaum, a partner with Hughes Amys LLP, said last week at ARC Group Canada’s 2017 annual seminar and cocktail event. In

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Cyber insurance policies expected to become more similar in next few years: CIFF speaker

May 26, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

A lot more convergence in cyber insurance policies is expected within the next few years as policies, exclusions and wording get tested and case law develops, John Elbl suggested Wednesday during a panel discussion at MSA Research Inc.’s Canadian Insurance

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Global cyber attacks expected to up demand for related insurance, U.S. market could grow 10-fold: Fitch Ratings

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fitch Ratings expects demand for cyber insurance protection will increase in the wake of the slew of recent ransomware cyber attacks in 150-plus countries, but cautions against aggressive expansion that could prove credit-negative. “Growth in corporate anxiety from cyber-related threats

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US$33 billion in 2016 global insurance M&A marks retreat from prior-year levels: Conning

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global insurance mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity slowed across all sectors in 2016, according to a new study from global investment management firm Conning. The Conning study, 2017: Global Insurer Mergers & Acquisitions in 2016 – Activity Slows, but Pressures

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Cyber security a ‘key aspect’ of risk management for medical professional liability insurers: A.M. Best

May 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Medical professional liability insurers who retain cyber risk need to limit their exposure “through strong policy language,” A.M. Best Company Inc. warned in a report released Wednesday. The ability to “identify emerging risks in areas such as cyber security,” is,

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Northbridge Financial Corporation purchases surety underwriting business of Fenchurch General Insurance Company

May 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based commercial P&C insurer Northbridge Financial Corporation announced on Tuesday that it will enter the surety market in Canada by purchasing the surety underwriting business of Fenchurch General Insurance Company. Starting June 1, businesses across Canada will have access to

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Economical Insurance posts net income of $5.3 million in 2017 Q1, down from $28.5 million in prior-year quarter

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Auto lines, catastrophe and weather-related losses served as a drag on underwriting results which, in turn, contributed to Economical Insurance posting net income of $5.3 million in 2017 Q1 compared to $28.5 million in 2016 Q1. “Higher investment income was

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Combined ratio up 2.1 points, non-life premiums down 14% at PartnerRe

May 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A change in the measure used to calculate lump sum awards in bodily injury cases in Britain had an impact on PartnerRe Ltd.’s financial results, which the Hamilton, Bermuda insurer released Wednesday. PartnerRe, which has a Toronto branch office, reported