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Insurers, society face irreversible climate change: reinsurance board exec

December 19, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Wildfires that hit British Columbia earlier this year and that continue to affect California are among the effects of climate change, says Karen Gavan, former CEO of Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical Insurance. “Literally California has been burning all fall,” said Gavan,

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Property Loss Update: The importance of good fire investigation

December 19, 2017 Glenn Gibson and Andrew Eckart

I’ve been writing on topics that impact front-line loss adjusters for over 25 years. I have now expanded things a bit by adding lawyer Andrew Eckart to form a writing team with me. I had the good fortune to have

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Message from the President

December 19, 2017 Monica Kuzyk, President, Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association

Imagine the evacuation order has been issued, and you have an hour to gather your family, emergency supplies and head to a designated safety zone or an evacuation centre. What do you take when your life is disrupted? For many

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La Plume du Président

December 19, 2017 Monica Kuzyk, President, ACEI

Imaginez qu’un ordre d’évacuation a été émis et que vous avez une heure pour rassembler votre famille, vos provisions d’urgence et pour vous diriger vers une zone de sécurité désignée ou un centre d’évacuation. Qu’emportez-vous lorsque votre vie est menacée?

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Disruption, collaboration and claims

December 19, 2017 Emily Atkins, Editor

As the new president of CIAA, Monica Kuzyk, who took over the reins from Heather Matthews at the annual general meeting in Kelowna on September 9, wants to open dialogue within the association. She is particularly concerned about the new

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‘Resilient, but tired:’ Mental effects of wildfire lingering in Fort McMurray

December 18, 2017 The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Firefighter Mark Stephenson says he can’t drive through Fort McMurray without being brought back to May 2016. That’s when, in the thick of battling a ferocious wildfire that destroyed 10 per cent of the northern Alberta

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Court upholds fake gun exclusion, but not because they are illegal

December 18, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

An Alberta judge has taken a dim view of a mutual insurer’s argument that fake guns made of plastic with bright plugs in the barrels are actually replicas prohibited by federal law and therefore excluded from contents coverage under a

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A Duty of Care in Medical Exams

December 18, 2017 Danielle Rode, associate, Martin Whalen Hennebury Stamp

The duty of care independent medical examiners owe examinees has undergone a significant shift in Canada in the last 20 years. A recent decision of the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal, Rubens v Sansome, 2017 NLCA 32, confirms independent

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FirstOnSite Restoration strengthens employee focus with newly-created role – Manager, Talent Acquisition

December 14, 2017 FirstOnSite Restoration Limited

MISSISSAUGA, ON., Dec. 14, 2017 /insPRESS/  – FirstOnSite Restoration, Canada’s leading independent disaster restoration services provider, has strengthened its commitment to current and future employees with the creation of a new role: Manager, Talent Acquisition. Filling the role is Leah Pearson,

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The best way to remember the password “&^$$%$&*11GHHffff”

December 14, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Almost all (99%) of U.S. business professionals surveyed in the third part of Intermedia’s 2017 Data Vulnerability Report admitted to doing at least one potentially dangerous action that increased the likelihood of a workplace data breach. These risky actions included

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Marketplace should set minimum standards for flood cover: CEO

December 12, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Minimum standards should be established for overland flood coverage offered by Canadian property and casualty insurers, an industry executive told Canadian Underwriter. Offering his personal perspective, Alain Thibault, chairman, president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Direct Relationship Insurers

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Burning Questions

December 11, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

What is needed to create enhanced focus and kick-start more action with regard to the wildfire peril in Canada? Approaches deserving of a look (or a closer look) range from improving stakeholder understanding of the potential related losses to rethinking how the peril needs to be modelled and addressed within insurance policies.