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New property and energy head for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Canada

September 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has appointed Jamie Mullarkey as head of property and energy for Canada, replacing Yvonne Steiner. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, which writes commercial primary insurance in Canada, targets large and mid-sized organizations. Steiner, who joined Swiss Re…

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Will Hurricane Florence affect reinsurance rates in Canada?

September 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

As the southeastern United States braces for Hurricane Florence – one year after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused widespread destruction in the country – the question of whether there is sufficient reinsurance capacity is again thrust into the spotlight.…

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This storm preparation tip is a myth

September 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

As Newfoundland gets hit by the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon and Hurricane Florence threatens the Carolinas, brokers can make a difference in advising homeowners what not to do as nasty weather approaches. “In Canada, there are not many hurricane-type…

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Desjardins Group part of new Canadian cybersecurity collective

September 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

MONTREAL – Security-minded consumers will soon have access to a free app designed to protect their data from cybersecurity threats. The digital app, called Protection, is designed to help users detect security breaches and scamming attempts in their emails, texts…

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Why Quebec’s largest brokerage doubled up on life insurance

September 11, 2018 by Jason Contant

For its latest acquisition, Quebec’s largest brokerage decided to look outside its traditional stronghold of property and casualty insurance, which represents about 90% of its revenue base. On Aug. 8, Lussier Dale Parizeau announced the acquisition of Trinome Conseils. Patrice…

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Canadian hail insurance broker acquired by Hub

September 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Hub International Ltd. continues to buy Canadian property and casualty brokerages, with the acquisition of Ottawa-based Access Insurance Brokers Inc. as well as a Saskatchewan provider of farm insurance. Chicago-based Hub announced Monday it has acquired Frontier Business Centre Ltd.,…

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How to limit autonomous vehicle liability disputes

September 11, 2018 by Jason Contant

Legislation on autonomous vehicles needs to be ironed out well in advance of these vehicles becoming mainstream to prevent insurance payout disputes before an injured party receives compensation, an insurance lawyer said recently. Jonathan Grnak, an insurance lawyer with Danson…

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Judges disagree on whether this collision was a ‘true accident’

September 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A motorist who is being sued by his passenger after a single-vehicle accident wants his case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. The issue at hand is whether the single-vehicle crash was a “true accident,” in which nobody can…

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Vancouver’s short-term rental listings drop by half after new rules introduced

September 11, 2018 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver says the number of short-term rentals listed online has dropped by almost half since new rules came into effect requiring operators to have a business licence. There are 3,742 active Vancouver listings on sites…

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This reinsurer says rates need to go up

September 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

Underwriting margins will need to improve by at least six to nine points in major western markets to deliver sustainable returns, according to the latest sigma report from global reinsurer Swiss Re. The report Profitability in non-life insurance: mind the…

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The home insurance exclusion your clients probably don’t know about

September 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Knowing what their property insurance actually covers is a “big missing link” in teaching homeowners how to manage flood risk. “Most people have no idea that you can’t get seepage coverage in most cases,” Cheryl Evans, director of the home…

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Where Canada should look for regulation on autonomous vehicles

September 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

Canadian provinces seeking guidance on addressing liability issues of autonomous vehicles could look to the United Kingdom as an example, an insurance lawyer told Canadian Underwriter Friday. The UK has a bill in the reading stages that, if passed, would…