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What’s new: In brief (July 14, 2004)

July 14, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Kingsway Financial Services has promoted Claude Smith to the role of vice president and chief information officer. Smith has been with the company four years, and most recently held the same titles with subsidiary Kingsway General Insurance. Kingsway Financial has

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Global warming will lead to more extreme weather events: Benfield

July 13, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Even as some countries prepare to comply with the Kyoto Protocol, new research suggests greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise, and the global warming impact of these emissions will surely cause more intense weather events for insurers to deal

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Hub buys California brokerage

July 12, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Broker consolidator Hub International Ltd. has purchased California-based Payne & Co. Insurance Brokers Inc.The brokerage, acquired for an undisclosed amount of cash, brings in about US$2 million in annual revenue, largely focused on middle market commercial business benefits and personal

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What’s new: In brief (July 12, 2004)

July 12, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade is hitting the track, the horse track that is, with a “Night at the Races” planned for Wednesday, September 1. The evening of fine dining and thoroughbred racing is slated for Toronto’s Woodbine racetrack,

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What’s new: In brief (July 11, 2004)

July 11, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Anthony Clark International Insurance Brokers has named Patti Runnalls to its board of directors. She is a chartered accountant and controller for Onyx Energy Inc. U.S. insurers are unimpressed with a draft “best practices” document produced by the National Association

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Western Financial buys two Alberta brokerages

July 5, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Western Financial Group has picked up two new Alberta brokerages, bringing the total number of offices in the WFG Agency Network to 55.Page Insurance Ltd. of Drumheller, Alberta and Bru Agencies Ltd in Hanna, join WFG, with Ray Page and

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Robey retires after 36 years of service

July 5, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

On June 29 Aon Re Canada held a staff reception to recognize the retirement of Chris Robey after 36 years of service at Aon Re and its predecessor companies. Robey was instrumental in the growth of the company, says John

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Hub buys pest control broker

July 4, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Hub International Ltd. says it has acquired a New York brokerage specializing in pest control and lawn care programs for other agents, brokers and retail clients, including member of the U.S. Professional Lawn Care Association.White Plains-based B & DA Weisburger

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Pricing for kidnap and ransom on the rise: Willis

July 1, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

In its latest market commentary, broker Willis notes the rising interest in kidnap and ransom (K&R) coverage in light of the high-profile abductions taking place in the Middle East. The televised kidnappings in the conflict zones of Iraq, Afghanistan and

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What’s new: In brief (June 29, 2004)

June 29, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

The Alberta government is seeking input on potential changes to its Health Information Act (HIA). An all-party committee is reviewing the legislation, put in place three years ago to limit access to personal health information. A consultation guide is available

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Earnings volatility continues to decline: Aon

June 27, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

Property & casualty insurers have seen a combination of underwriting discipline and capital management lead to lower earnings volatility in 2003, according to an annual study by international broker Aon Corp.The study measures earnings volatility over one, two, three and

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What’s new: In brief (June 24, 2004)

June 24, 2004 by Canadian Underwriter

SIAA Canada has signed its newest master broker, Brokers Helping Brokers Alliance, and its founders, Rhodes & Williams Ltd. of Ottawa also join the SIAA network. BHB Alliance will cover eastern Ontario, and will help small to mid-size brokers obtain