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Condo corporation insurance? Unit insurance? Too many condo owners don’t know the difference

February 24, 2021 by David Gambrill

Brokers in Quebec have ample opportunity to educate their clients about how condo insurance works, according to the results of a recent survey commissioned by Insurance Bureau of Canada. One key source of confusion may sound familiar to brokers elsewhere

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How carriers could save brokers from ‘drowning in friction’

February 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If your brokerage is bogged down dealing with the new ways your carrier partners are doing business, you aren’t alone. As insurance companies improve their products, introduce paperless initiatives, and upgrade from legacy systems, their broker partners often need to

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The perils of highlighting key points in a policy

February 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Home insurance policies may be so long that consumers won’t read the entire thing, but it doesn’t mean that brokers should selectively highlight certain policy terms to clients, a brokerage leader warns. “For us, there are things we need to

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Canada’s hardest-hit commercial lines — and a reason for optimism

February 18, 2021 by David Gambrill

Commercial lines market hardening in Canada — and globally — should continue through the early half of 2021, with some possible easing of rate increases during the second half of the year once vaccine rollout is widespread, an Aon report

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Broker suspended for his role in “grey market” luxury vehicle sales

February 16, 2021 by David Gambrill

A B.C. broker has been fined $7,000 and had his licence suspended for a year for his role in a “grey market” scheme to circumvent a ban on selling new luxury cars directly to used vehicle dealerships. Anthony Bryan Chua

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Origin of Excel & Y Insurance Services features renowned Alberta brokers

February 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Lundgren & Young Insurance is forming a new Alberta brokerage, Excel & Y Insurance Services, as a result of a partnership with Excel Insurance Group Inc. “We remain an independent brokerage wholly owned by myself and my family,” said Robyn

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Videoconferencing brokers setting sales records during pandemic

February 11, 2021 by David Gambrill

Videoconferencing brokers shattered sales records in top-tier brokerages across the country during the pandemic, senior brokerage executives reported in a recent Canadian Underwriter webinar. The results suggest virtual sales are at least as effective — if not sometimes more effective

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How Canadian brokerages are addressing systemic racism

February 10, 2021 by David Gambrill

Sensational news stories about racial injustice in 2020 have prompted Canadian P&C insurance brokerages to take a corporate stand against racism and promote diversity and inclusion within their ranks, brokerage leaders observed in a recent Canadian Underwriter webinar. Black Lives

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Licensing exams now offered in a virtual format

February 9, 2021 by Jason Contant

Licensing exams for Ontario’s brokers are now available in an online, virtually-proctored format, the result of a partnership between the Insurance Institute of Canada and Ontario’s broker regulator RIBO (Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario). “This is welcome news to many

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Deal Tracker: The latest in brokerage M&A

February 4, 2021 by Jason Contant

The number of mergers and acquisitions in the Canadian P&C insurance space (mostly involving brokerages) has hit double digits already this year, with two large brokerages contributing to the latest round of deal-making. Hub International announced Tuesday that it had

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Joseph El-Sayegh joins Quebec brokerage Lussier Dale Parizeau

February 3, 2021 by Jason Contant

The former president and CEO of reinsurer SCOR Canada, Joseph El-Sayegh, has joined Quebec brokerage Lussier Dale Parizeau (LDP). LDP announced El-Sayegh’s appointment as regional vice president, commercial services and practice leader in risk management, effective Jan. 11. Among other

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Canadian auto and property insurance rates headed in opposite directions

February 1, 2021 by Jason Contant

Average personal auto premium rates in Canada decreased 2.6% in 2020 Q4 compared to the same period in 2019, but some provinces did see an increase, according to the latest results from Applied Systems’ premium rate index. On average, both