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Prime Minister says Bank Act position fulfills campaign promise

October 19, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper positioned his government’s support for independent brokers in the recent Bank Act review issue as a simple matter of fulfilling a campaign promise.He made his remarks during a speech to more than 1,500 people attending

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IBAO excludes insurer-owned brokerages from voting membership

October 19, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance brokerages controlled by “financial institutions” such as insurance companies, credit unions, trust companies or banks have now been excluded from voting membership in the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO), according to a bylaw the association passed at its

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Insurance lobby secures changes to Bill 18 in Ontario (vicarious liability)

October 17, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

Answering the lobby of several insurance groups and associations, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has announced it is amending the Ontario Automobile Policy (OAP 1) and a number of related forms as a result of Bill 18, which

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Western Financial buys two southern Alberta brokerages

October 13, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

Western Financial Group has recently completed the acquisition of two insurance brokerages in Southern Alberta Thomsen Fisher Agencies and Willow Creek Agencies.Thomsen Fisher Agencies is located in Alberta’s seventh-largest city, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Willow Creek Agencies is based in Claresholm,

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper to address IBAO Convention

October 6, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has confirmed his acceptance to address members at the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO)’s 86th annual convention, to be held at the Brock Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls on Oct. 18-20.Harper will be speaking to

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New online tool to aid brokers

October 4, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

Markel Insurance Co. of Canada has launched an online endorsement processing service for Markel insurance brokers servicing the Canadian trucking industry. Silvy Wright, president and CEO of Markel explains that mid-term endorsements are a time-consuming endeavor for brokers. “Our answer

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Attorneys General file motion regarding Zurich settlement

September 29, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

Ten state Attorneys General recently filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for New Jersey opposing the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents’ (PIA)’ position regarding the proposed class action settlement against Zurich American Insurance Co, which alleges improper

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Global insurance brokers face future challenges (September 27, 2006)

September 27, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance brokers worldwide face challenges as a result of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s investigation into bid-rigging in the insurance broker industry, according to a recent report published by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services.S&P’s report, entitled “Challenges Still Loom

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What’s New: In Brief (September 25, 2006)

September 25, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

ICBC is planning to drop a car from a 50-foot crane at the PNE fairgrounds in Vancouver to illustrate graphically the damage of a head-on crash between a car moving at 60 km-h and a stationary object.The public event will

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Integro and Indemnis partner up

September 25, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

Integro Insurance Brokers has implemented a new business venture with Indemnis Trade Risk Management, which will allow the broker to offer new trade risk management programs to its North American clients. “We are enthusiastic about our firm’s collaboration with Indemnis

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Willis North America welcomes new CEO

September 22, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis North America has appointed Don Bailey to the position of chief executive officer. Bailey succeeds Mario P. Vitale, who, after six years at Willis, will leave the brokerage to take the position of CEO of Zurich’s Global Corporate North

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Popularity of reinsurance modelling increases

September 19, 2006 by Canadian Underwriter

Companies attempting to optimize their reinsurance programs are turning to reinsurance modeling more and more, A.M. Best reports.The ratings agency notes Raju Bohra, a senior vice president at Willis Re Inc., made the observation at the 111th National Association of