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“Mobile-first” insurtech may be coming to Canada

January 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A San Francisco-based firm calling itself a “mobile-first” property and casualty insurance brokerage might start placing home and auto coverage in Canada. Canadian Underwriter asked Karn Saroya, CEO of Cover Financial Inc., whether his insurtech plans to expand into Canada.

News BrokersEmploymentInsurance

Hub’s take on the merger between P&C and employment benefits

January 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

As it continues to expand its employee benefits solutions, Hub International is training its more than 4,000 employees in Canada to articulate that it is not just a property and casualty brokerage. “There’s still a training and development and learning

News BrokersTechnology

Why your brokerage needs an online presence

January 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

Brokerages looking to scale their expertise should focus their efforts online, says the CEO of a Vancouver-based company that helps brokers with automation solutions. “Externally, the new standard of engagement is online,” Jeff McCann, CEO of Digital MGA Marketplace Ltd.,

News BrokersInsuranceMergers and Aqcuisitions

What these brokerages bring to the table in Hub merger

January 15, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A Quebec brokerage recently acquired by Hub International Ltd. brings expertise in construction and auto dealerships to the table. “Hub is already major player, if not one of the biggest brokers in Quebec,” Alain Giroux, executive vice president of Montreal

News InsuranceLegislation / Regulation

Alberta auto cap leading to broker-carrier contract cancellations

January 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Alberta’s ceiling on auto rate increases is causing some brokers to lose their contracts with carriers. In Alberta, as a general rule carriers may not hike rates by more than 5% across their book of business. “It has resulted in

News BrokersInsurance

B.C. broker banned for misapplying premium funds “for years”

January 11, 2019 by David Gambrill

A B.C. broker repeatedly in hot water for misapplying thousands of dollars worth of insurance premium funds over several years has had his Level 3 licence permanently revoked. In addition, Insurance Council of B.C. fined Antony Ronald Fransen $7,500 personally

News BrokersMergers and Aqcuisitions

Hub buys Quebec commercial brokerage

January 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Montreal commercial brokerage Forum Risques et Assurance Inc. has been acquired by Hub International Ltd., Chicago-based Hub announced Thursday. Forum Risques was founded in 2013 by François Jean and Alain Giroux. Its target markets include technology, manufacturing and construction. Jean

News BrokersInsuranceProfessional Development

New, revised CAIB expected by fall

January 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) is hoping to be able to present a new, revised Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) program to the broker community by this fall. The new content will address 10 broad broker competency areas

Ontario legislature at Queen's Park in Toronto, Ontario government
News BrokersInsuranceLegislation / Regulation

The first priority for the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario

January 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Reforming auto insurance is top of mind for Jeff Gatcke, the new president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario. “Our Number 1 priority would be working with insurance companies and the government on changes to the auto insurance product

News BrokersInsuranceMergers and Aqcuisitions

McDougall merges with Barrie, Ontario brokerage

January 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

McDougall Insurance Brokers of Belleville, Ont. announced Tuesday it has merged with Barrie-based Dusome Insurance Brokers. The combined firm has 34 offices, including Kingston, Peterborough, Deep River, Pembroke, Orillia, Trenton, Cornwall and Oshawa. Dusome’s 11 employees will join McDougall as

News Insurance

Ontario wants to hear from consumers about how to lower auto rates

January 9, 2019 by David Gambrill

The Ontario government is inviting drivers and consumers to share their views on how to lower the province’s auto insurance rates, part of a broader initiative on auto insurance reform. “The previous government’s failed system of stretch goals on auto

News BrokersEmploymentInsurance

Hub acquires Canadian employee benefits firm

January 8, 2019 by Jason Contant

Chicago-based global brokerage Hub International announced Tuesday it has acquired British Columbia-based employee benefits and pension brokerage TRG Group Benefits and Pensions Inc., the 13th such acquisition since last year. “Hub continues its strategy of assembling best-in-class capabilities and entrepreneurial