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Why solvency regulator is concerned about ‘black box’ underwriting

December 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Concerned about whether “black box” underwriting methods based on artificial intelligence are good for your clients? So is Canada’s federal insurance regulator. “We get a lot of questions around AI and what are we to do about it,” said Neville…

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Applied Systems to acquire Indio Technologies

December 4, 2019 by Jason Contant

Applied Systems announced Wednesday it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Indio Technologies, a software company that digitizes the insurance application and renewal process. The announcement comes less than two months after Applied acquired Policy Works, a major…

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Trade conflicts and uncertainty remain a key risk: Bank of Canada

December 4, 2019 by Craig Wong - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate on hold Wednesday, noting that while global recession concerns are waning, trade conflicts and related uncertainty continue to remain a key risk. The central bank’s overnight rate target has…

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Why recruitment experts say brokers need to change their image

December 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Finding it harder to recruit young people? Try explaining what insurance brokerage employees actually do, panelists advised brokers at a recent conference. “People who don’t work in the insurance industry have a distorted view of what it’s like to be…

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The biggest challenges facing the commercial auto space

December 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

Capacity issues, cross-border exposure, ongoing trade negotiations and liability losses are some of the biggest challenges in the commercial transportation space, a speaker said last week at Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)’s inaugural Commercial Insurance Symposium. “In the past four…

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What brokers and carriers want of each other in the hard market

December 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

It would appear that brokers and carriers want each other to “take on a little bit more,” in this hardening market, attendees to Insurance Bureau of Canada’s first-ever Commercial Insurance Symposium heard last week. Carriers want assistance in general underwriting,…

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Intact completes acquisition of The Guarantee

December 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The takeover by Intact Financial Corp. of The Guarantee Company of North America is now complete, Toronto-based Intact announced Monday. “We can now welcome The Guarantee and Frank Cowan employees into the Intact family,” Intact CEO Charles Brindamour said in…

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When will ride-hailing arrive in British Columbia?

December 3, 2019 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says ride-hailing is on its way to British Columbia and if the service isn’t available by Christmas it shouldn’t be seen as a government failure. The premier says the approval process to bring ride-hailing services…

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The ‘silent assassin’ in this liability coverage

December 2, 2019 by Jason Contant

We’ve all heard of ‘silent cyber’: potential cyber exposures contained within traditional property and liability policies that may not implicitly include or exclude cyber risks. But what about a ‘silent assassin’ in a policy? “Technology-related areas are a silent assassin…

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Why your brokerage could be an attractive takeover target

December 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

When private equity players are looking to buy firms they think are “recession proof” and brokerage owners reach retirement age, it’s a recipe for more mergers and acquisitions, insurance professionals heard last week at KPMG Canada’s 28th annual insurance conference.…

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Why an insurer has to pay brake repair costs under this optional policy

December 2, 2019 by Jason Contant

Is the cost to repair vehicle brakes covered by an optional Autoplan policy in British Columbia? Yes, if the fact situation is similar to a small claims dispute recently heard by the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal. In Driedger v. ICBC,…

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Why Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Lloyd’s

December 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A $5.6-million court award in favour of Lloyds Underwriters and one of its Quebec-based shipowner clients has been restored by the Supreme Court of Canada. Desgagnés Transport Inc. v. Wärtsilä Canada Inc., released Nov. 28, means a section of the…