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Where Canada’s largest mutual is putting its new Winnipeg headquarters

June 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Four years from now, all of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company’s Winnipeg workers should be in a new office building. Wawanesa announced June 13 it will have a new North American headquarters at the southwest corner of Carlton Street and Graham

News InsuranceLegal

Top court sides with insurer in unidentified vehicle coverage dispute

March 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released today means Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company does not have to cover a claimant who says he drove off the road to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Andrew Funk was injured after he drove his

News InsuranceTechnology

Wawanesa’s plan to innovate at scale

March 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

Having a flexible and accommodating schedule is key to incorporating innovation into an organization, the director of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company’s Innovation Outpost said recently. Last June, Wawanesa opened its Innovation Outpost lab in Kitchener, Ont. One of the first

Feature Brokers

Benefits of backing brokers

March 2, 2019 by David Gambrill

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company made a bold move last year, forsaking the direct channel to sell exclusively through brokers. Carol Jardine, president of Wawanesa’s Canadian P&C operations, shares her assessment of how the strategy has worked so far.

News InsuranceLegal

A driver is convicted of assault after a collision. Is the vehicle’s owner vicariously liable for the crash?

February 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The registered owner of a pickup truck could be held liable for injuries to an accident victim even though the at-fault driver of the pickup truck was convicted of assault as a result of a collision, the Court of Appeal

News BrokersInsurance

Customer retention advice for brokers from Wawanesa

January 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Every time a client submits a claim to their carrier, you as the broker  need to follow up with a phone call, suggests Carol Jardine, president of the Canadian property and casualty operations of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company. “I would

News Brokers

Why it’s not so easy for an insurer to go direct

January 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Wawanesa’s decision to write insurance in Canada through brokers only came as a shock to some consultants. “If you talk to the consultants down on Adelaide Street [in Toronto] in their big offices, what are they going to tell an

News Insurance

Why Canada’s largest mutual insurer is not demutualizing

January 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Unlike Economical Insurance, Canada’s largest mutual insurer plans to stay that way. “Everybody says, ‘Because of what Economical is doing, are you going to demutualize?’ No,” Carol Jardine, president of the Canadian property and casualty operations of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance

News BrokersInsuranceProducts

Wawanesa brings U.S. learnings to Canadian brokers

October 21, 2018 by David Gambrill

Brokers can learn a valuable lesson from Wawanesa’s $9.5-million investment in an online platform to provide direct-to-consumer quotes for rental insurance, the company’s president of Canadian P&C operations told brokers attending the 2018 IBAO Conference last week. Don’t try replicating

News BrokersInsurance

Online sales without broker intervention: Where Wawanesa stands

August 9, 2018 by Jason Contant

Now that Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company will soon be selling exclusively through brokers in Quebec, what does it think about online sales without the intervention of a broker? “I’m not a big fan of quote and buy online, because I

News Brokers

Why Wawanesa doubled down on the broker channel

August 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company’s recent decision to sell exclusively through independent brokers in Quebec was prompted in part by Bill 141, which requires brokerages to have at least three distribution agreements in place for personal lines with insurers that are

News BrokersInsurance

Wawanesa to discontinue direct channel, sell exclusively through brokers in Quebec

August 1, 2018 by Jason Contant

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company announced Wednesday that that it will sell its insurance products exclusively through independent Quebec insurance brokers, discontinuing direct sales to customers in the province. With this move, Wawanesa will be selling solely through brokers in all