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Toronto-bound jet airliner has ‘accident on landing’

November 9, 2018 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – A Fly Jamaica Airways plane headed to Toronto and reportedly carrying dozens of Canadians crash landed in Guyana on Friday after reporting a technical problem shortly after takeoff. In a statement early Friday, the airline said it…

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Hub acquires two western-Canadian brokerages

November 9, 2018 by Jason Contant

Global insurance brokerage Hub International announced this week it has acquired the assets of two western-Canadian brokerages. Hub acquired on Wednesday the assets of Tri-Line Agencies Inc., a full-service, independent brokerage headquartered in Rose Valley, Sask. Tri-Line Agencies offers personal…

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What brokers should know about Emergency Preparedness [podcast]

November 9, 2018 by Canadian Underwriter

When entrepreneurs and executives lie awake at night worrying about their businesses, they’re usually concerned with competitive threats. There’s always someone out there planning to disrupt their industry, court their customers or poach their employees. They should be worried. But…

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CAA Insurance parent agrees to buy Echelon Insurance

November 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

CAA Club Group has agreed to buy non-standard auto insurer Echelon Insurance for $175 million, the companies said Friday. The deal will allow CAA Insurance to reach new markets and customers, CAA Club Group president Jay Woo wrote in an…

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How Canadian insurers should price for their ‘silent cyber’ exposures

November 8, 2018 by David Gambrill

The possibility exists of a global, widescale, multi-country cyber security breach. To get a true sense of their overall exposure, Canadian property and casualty insurers should be reviewing all of the policies they sell – not just dedicated cyber policies,…

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Why cyber criminals may be targetting this Canadian bank

November 8, 2018 by Armina Ligaya - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is one of the most commonly targeted brands used by cyberthieves in phishing attacks across North America, with a more than 600 per cent surge in fake email attempts in the third…

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JLT shareholders approve merger with Marsh & McLennan

November 8, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A US$6-billion deal that could form the world’s largest commercial brokerage is one step closer to reality. Britain’s Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc announced Wednesday that 99.9% of its shareholders voted in favour of having JLT acquired by Marsh &…

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How business interruption claims could play out in the legal marijuana space

November 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

Supply challenges associated with marijuana legalization in Canada will lead to potentially costly business interruption (BI) and contingent business interruption (CBI) claims, an adjusting firm told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. Because it’s an emerging market, there are a limited number of…

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Why Intact will not chase growth by lowering rates

November 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

As both personal and commercial markets continue to show signs of hardening, Intact Financial Corporation will not pursue growth by lowering rates as 2019 approaches. “We’re not chasing growth by lowering rates as we move into 2019,” Darren Godfrey, Intact’s…

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The ‘big area of inefficiency’ for brokers

November 8, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The holy grail for brokers, of having their computers talk directly to carriers’ computers, is “going to happen,” an InsurTechTO speaker suggested Wednesday. “The big area of inefficiency is still duplicate entry,” Michael Loeters, senior vice president of commercial insurance…

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What Intact likes about proposed bill on territorial ratings

November 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

Canada’s largest insurer is supportive of one element of a private member’s bill that would rescind an Ontario regulatory bulletin that sets limits on territorial rating factors. Bill 42, the Ending Discrimination in Automobile Insurance Act, was tabled Oct. 15…

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Insurance without the carrier coming soon

November 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A blockchain-based business insurance model that could see non-regulated investors as the capital providers is coming sooner that you think, although it may not necessarily arrive in Canada in the short term, predicts an executive who has led two major…