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What’s going on in the Canadian MGA space?

February 6, 2020 by Jason Contant

The managing general agent space in Canada has been busy over the past few months, with the launch of one MGA and the expansion of another. On Jan. 20, three industry veterans – Jeff Hart, Bruce MacKinnon and Tommy Truong

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An MGA can land in “big trouble” if it fails to do this

January 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Technology could make it easier to start up new managing general agents – which is good news for some and bad news for others, panelists suggested during a recent webinar. “If you [as an MGA] are sitting there thinking, ‘Oh

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Why brokers need to keep abreast of regulatory changes for cannabis

January 3, 2020 by Jason Contant

Brokers with cannabis clients need to keep an eye on the changing legal landscape and cannabis companies’ evolving needs, paying particular attention to directors’ and officers’ liability, a managing general agency told Canadian Underwriter recently. Recreational cannabis became legal in

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The latest acquisitions in the Canadian brokerage space

December 17, 2019 by Jason Contant

As we near the end of 2019, the trend in brokerage acquisitions shows no sign of slowing down. In the past week-and-a-half, one Ontario brokerage purchased another Ontario brokerage, a different brokerage bought a managing general agency, a large brokerage

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Who will be who in the Intact commercial specialty crew

December 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. announced Tuesday some key executive appointments in its commercial specialty and managing general agent business. Effective Jan. 1, Carla Smith will be senior vice president of specialty solutions for Intact. Pete Weightman, currently Intact’s senior vice president

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Brokers should look for these three things in a cyber insurance policy

December 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

Cyber insurance policies still tend to be confusing for brokers, but there are three areas that they should focus on, recommends Nathan Rose, senior underwriter and business development specialist with Burns & Wilcox Canada. This includes: 1) policies that have

News Insurance

So when is the P&C industry going to make real money in cyber?

November 28, 2019 by David Gambrill

There’s a huge opportunity for Canadian brokers during this hard market and it’s hidden in plain sight — cyber insurance. Cyber protection has been a dominant fixture in industry discussions for the past several years. The product has evolved considerably,

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How Trump’s ethical follies can benefit Canada’s P&C industry

October 29, 2019 by David Gambrill

All the talk in the White House these days about “whistleblowers” and “no quid pro quo” echoed in the discussions about ethics last Thursday between Canadian insurers and their brokers at the 2019 Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) Convention.

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New brand name for MGA Encon

October 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Encon Group Inc. is changing its brand name to Victor Canada, the managing general agent announced Monday. Ottawa-based Encon, whose coverages include professional liability for architects and engineers and builders’ risk, is part of Victor Insurance Holdings, the managing general

News InsuranceLegislation / RegulationMGAs

Regulator reviewing the role of MGAs in the sales process

October 2, 2019 by Jason Contant

While Ontario’s new financial regulator will not license managing general agencies (MGAs), it is taking a look at the entire sales process as part of its insurance conduct initiatives. “I don’t have the authority to do that, so I’m not

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Is vaping liability covered?

September 30, 2019 by Jason Contant

Liability surrounding vaping is being thrust into the spotlight after a London, Ont. high school student was temporarily put on life support from a suspected “severe respiratory illness” associated with smoking electronic cigarettes. “There were lawsuits many years ago to

News Insurance

The state of insurers’ risk appetite one year after pot legalization

September 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Business clients in the cannabis industry are having a hard time finding some insurance coverages, A.M. Best Company Inc. warned in a report released Thursday. “Coverage available to canna-business owners remains in short supply,” A.M. Best said in its annual