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Intact to exit this line of business

October 28, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canada’s largest insurer announced late Tuesday that its brands Intact Insurance and belairdirect will no longer offer optional auto coverage in British Columbia.  “This decision was taken after careful consideration, given the upcoming regulatory changes in the province that will

News BrokersTechnology

What carriers are telling brokers who don’t invest in technology

October 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With a week to go before Hallowe’en, Ontario brokers heard some spooky stories last week about what happens if a brokerage does not invest in keeping up to date with technology. “Technology is going to be a much more permanent

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What brokers REALLY think about their jobs and their bosses

October 26, 2020 by David Gambrill

Brokers are more satisfied with their jobs now than they have been over the past three years, Canadian Underwriter’s 2020 National Broker Survey reveals. What’s more, they like their bosses better than their bosses think they do (at least, this

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Intact’s take on regulating commercial ‘middle players’

October 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Government and the industry should take a close look at the structure and regulation of “middle players” in the commercial property and casualty insurance market, Ontario brokers heard last week at their annual convention. “We know there are some things

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Industry execs to discuss how to navigate the condo insurance market

October 23, 2020 by David Gambrill

Selling and underwriting condo insurance these days is a tough gig, but the property and casualty insurance industry is no stranger to tough market cycles. Mainstream media are filled with stories about condo corporations seeing their premiums and deductibles increase,

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The downside of selling for 4 times multiple during COVID

October 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Despite the economic disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, some brokerage owners could sell their business for multiples of more than four times revenue, but there is potential downside to this, Ontario brokers heard Wednesday at their annual convention. “About 15

News Insurance

Digital brokers: Should you build your own tech, or buy someone else’s?

October 22, 2020 by David Gambrill

Okay, so your brokerage is going digital: Should you build your own technology, or buy someone else’s? The answer is largely situational, with panellists at the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario’s 2020 virtual convention offering their best advice to brokers

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Why reinsurers are now ‘hesitant’ to support some Canadian insurers

October 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

One lesson from the economic disruption from COVID-19 is the importance of telling clients exactly what risks are and are not covered, an Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario panelist suggested Thursday. “Business interruption class action litigation does not attract capital

News BrokersMGAs

How Lloyd’s says the industry can make commercial policies easier to read

October 21, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Traditional insurance policies can be hard to read on mobile devices and legalistic language can make them difficult to understand, Lloyd’s suggested in a recent report. The design and format of policy documents is important, Lloyd’s said in Building simpler

News Insurance

How COVID accelerated broker tech by 4-5 years

October 21, 2020 by David Gambrill

COVID-19 has been good for the broker channel, in the sense that it has accelerated digital growth at brokerages by at least four to five years, a digital broker told the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) virtual convention Wednesday.

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Continuity during COVID: Executive of national broker association stands pat

October 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Kent Rowe, vice president of commercial lines for Wedgwood Insurance, is staying on for another year as president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. IBAC held its annual general meeting Sept. 23. IBAC announced Monday that its 2019-20 executive

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Switching your client’s carrier? Don’t forget to tell the client

October 19, 2020 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba broker received a $250 fine recently for failing to advise a client that his policy had been moved to a different insurer until two weeks after the policy had expired. In its decision, the Insurance Council of Manitoba