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Hub acquires full-service Saskatchewan brokerage

May 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

Global insurance brokerage Hub International announced Monday it has acquired the assets of Saskatchewan brokerage Kelliher Agencies. Headquartered in Kelliher, Sask., the brokerage is a full-service, independent insurance brokerage that provides personal, commercial, farm and specialty products insurance. “Its focus…

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Health and safety inspection teams head to flood affected zones in New Brunswick

May 3, 2019 by Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Health and safety inspection teams are fanning out across flood-affected regions of New Brunswick, assessing homes and businesses that are still drying out amid receding floodwaters. New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization says the teams will inspect electrical systems…

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What auto insurance brokers should keep in mind if cash settlements are banned

May 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers need to understand both the upside and downside to a “care not cash” clause in an accident benefits policy so clients can choose an option that fits their needs, says an Ontario auto insurance expert. The Ontario government is…

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Loblaws cyber risk manager weighs in on cloud computing security

May 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

While cloud computing can introduce a whole new level of cyber risk, it can also help bolster a client’s information security, the cyber risk manager for one of Canada’s largest retailers suggests. “I will say without any hesitation, as I…

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Intact’s BrokerLink makes double acquisition

May 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

BrokerLink has announced the acquisition of two brokerages: the Athabasca, Alta. branch of JDR Insurance and Guelph, Ont.-based Amplex Insurance Brokers Ltd. Both transactions were effective May 1 and terms of the transactions were not disclosed, BrokerLink said in a…

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Is Ontario about to see electronic pink slips?

May 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

Is electronic proof of auto insurance (EPAI) just around the corner in Ontario? Industry scuttlebutt is that the new Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) will allow the use of EPAI this summer, possibly as early as June. Canadian…

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How brokers personally assist during floods

May 2, 2019 by Jason Contant

The flooding last year in Grand Forks, B.C. was a prime example of how an insurance broker provides more than just policy advice and advocacy when disaster strikes. A broker could provide money upfront for additional living expenses, emotional support…

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Health Canada warns mould is a serious concern in flood hit homes

May 2, 2019 by Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Health Canada is warning of the dangers of mould in homes and cottages hit by this year’s spring flooding. Federal biologist Francis Lavoie says it’s important to dry wet walls and belongings within 48 hours, but that’s not always possible…

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2018 ‘not a good year’ for Canadian P&C insurers: IBC

May 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Weak investment results and problems with auto insurance in most provinces were among the factors leading to a bad year for insurers in 2018, Insurance Bureau of Canada’s chairman suggests. “Last year was not a good year for the property…

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Why this claimant cannot sue over auto collision

May 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A motorist should have known he was listed by his insurer as an excluded driver, an Ontario court has ruled. Johnathon Trudeau filed a lawsuit against David Cavanagh as a result of a 2013 vehicle collision in Espanola. Trudeau also…

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How smart speakers could ruin your reputation

May 2, 2019 by Jason Contant

Connecting consumers with brokers and insurers through voice technology has already begun, but a new blog from Harvard Business Review is warning companies that their reputation could be at risk. The blog was written for general business audiences, but included…

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Why it’s hard for insurers to price cyber risk

May 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

It’s hard for an insurance company to price cyber because clients are reluctant to report losses, industry experts suggest. “You need historical incidents to understand the types of events out there,” Scott Stransky, assistant vice president and principal scientist in…