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Industry execs to discuss how to navigate the condo insurance market

October 23, 2020 by David Gambrill

Selling and underwriting condo insurance these days is a tough gig, but the property and casualty insurance industry is no stranger to tough market cycles. Mainstream media are filled with stories about condo corporations seeing their premiums and deductibles increase,…

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How solvency risk has changed since the days of the eight-track tape

October 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When Bob Tisdale started his career about 40 years ago, insurers were more likely to get into financial trouble. “When I first started in this industry in the early days, I was doing commercial underwriting and there were a lot…

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‘The cost nobody talks about’ with cyber

October 23, 2020 by Adam Malik

Brokers are advised to factor in the cost of reputational harm for their commercial clients when discussing cyber policy, because that’s typically the most expensive aspect of a breach. Clients typically focus on costs related to notifying clients and forensics,…

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The downside of selling for 4 times multiple during COVID

October 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Despite the economic disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, some brokerage owners could sell their business for multiples of more than four times revenue, but there is potential downside to this, Ontario brokers heard Wednesday at their annual convention. “About 15…

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Purdue Pharma pleas could bolster efforts for Canadian opioid class action

October 23, 2020 by Anita Balakrishnan - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A Canadian class action against opioid makers will start the process of getting certified in a hearing next month, a key test on how courts here will handle a case that is making waves in the U.S. The…

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Meet the new Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies president

October 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With the COVID-19 pandemic drastically reducing the frequency of in-person meetings, the new president of the Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (CAMIC) plans to meet online with each member to hear their concerns. “I am mapping out a plan…

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Digital brokers: Should you build your own tech, or buy someone else’s?

October 22, 2020 by David Gambrill

Okay, so your brokerage is going digital: Should you build your own technology, or buy someone else’s? The answer is largely situational, with panellists at the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario’s 2020 virtual convention offering their best advice to brokers…

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Chubb names new president for Canada; Moore retiring

October 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial insurer Chubb Canada is about to get a new president. Ellen Moore is retiring at the end of this year, Chubb announced Thursday. “I want to thank Ellen for the exceptional contributions she’s made during her 40 years at…

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Why reinsurers are now ‘hesitant’ to support some Canadian insurers

October 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

One lesson from the economic disruption from COVID-19 is the importance of telling clients exactly what risks are and are not covered, an Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario panelist suggested Thursday. “Business interruption class action litigation does not attract capital…

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Experts say counterfeit hand sanitizer recall is a lesson for retailers

October 22, 2020 by Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Dollarama Inc. is removing a counterfeit and recalled hand sanitizer from its shelves, which experts say should serve as a reminder of how important it is for retailers and consumers to do their due diligence when shopping. “Since…

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How Lloyd’s says the industry can make commercial policies easier to read

October 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Traditional insurance policies can be hard to read on mobile devices and legalistic language can make them difficult to understand, Lloyd’s suggested in a recent report. The design and format of policy documents is important, Lloyd’s said in Building simpler…

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How COVID accelerated broker tech by 4-5 years

October 21, 2020 by David Gambrill

COVID-19 has been good for the broker channel, in the sense that it has accelerated digital growth at brokerages by at least four to five years, a digital broker told the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) virtual convention Wednesday.…