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Why now is the time for brokers to talk about intellectual property insurance 

August 27, 2021 by Jason Contant

While the technology and life sciences sectors have been traditional areas of focus for intellectual property (IP) insurance, one specialist insurance provider says now is the time for brokers to open up discussions to include other industries. Maddi Brown, intellectual

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This line of business needs to be simplified, MGA says

August 24, 2021 by Jason Contant

The insurance industry needs to move forward and simplify intellectual property (IP) coverage for the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) market, a specialist insurance provider said. IP insurance typically involves long, complicated proposal forms, a fee charged to get a

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What to do when restaurant and hotel clients can’t find coverage

August 20, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial brokers wanting to place coverage for restaurants and hotels need to understand how those clients were affected by the pandemic and make the best case on their risk profile to carriers, says the CEO of Insurance Brokers Association of

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How Lloyd’s insurers will react to capacity reductions in Canada

August 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

“Constant churn” helps restore some capacity withdrawn by syndicates, though not always at the same terms and conditions, Lloyd’s Canada’s new president suggests. “When capacity is scarce in one or more syndicates, other syndicates likely view this as an opportunity,”

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CEOs becoming easy targets of ‘spear-phishing’: cyber insurance provider

August 3, 2021 Canadian Underwriter Staff

With C-Suite email credentials sold on the dark web for as little as $250 per user, Canadian CEOs could become increasing targets for “spear-phishing” attacks, a cyber insurance provider warns. The digital scam involves sending fraudulent emails from what appears

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Boom or bust: What MGAs are seeing in commercial lines

July 27, 2021 by Jason Contant

With many people still working from home, one marine underwriter has seen the pleasurecraft line of business “take off.” But that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing for marine underwriting. It can still be difficult finding capacity for small- or mid-sized

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How new MGA association president wants to reach out to brokers

July 26, 2021 by Jason Contant

The new president of the Canadian Association of Managing General Agents (CAMGA) is looking to bring some recognition and change to the MGA industry during her two-year term. CAMGA president and board member MaryKate Townsend told Canadian Underwriter Friday that

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Hybrid office: What brokers can learn from the parable, Who Moved My Cheese?

July 21, 2021 by David Gambrill

Ontario brokerage Mitchell & Whale is allowing its staff to return to the office in any way they choose, a hybrid work model inspired by the 1998 best-selling book, Who Moved My Cheese? Authored by Dr. Spencer Johnson, Who Moved

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Doubled pricing, two-year recovery predicted for cyber lines, post-COVID

July 13, 2021 by David Gambrill

Brokers can foresee cyber pricing doubling over the next year — and it could take up to two years after the pandemic is over before the market shows signs of softening again. “I think the price has to reflect the

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Canadian MGA association selects MaryKate Townsend as president

July 12, 2021 by Jason Contant

MaryKate Townsend of Pacific Marine Underwriting Managers (PMU) has been named president of The Canadian Association of Managing General Agents (CAMGA), a national trade association representing MGAs in Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry. Michael Lough of Intact Public Entities

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Looking for a quick D&O rebound after COVID? Don’t hold your breath….

July 9, 2021 by David Gambrill

Brokers looking to see directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance pricing and capacity rebound quickly after the pandemic had better not hold their breath — especially with the Canadian government now starting to pull the plug on certain COVID relief measures

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Westland buys two digital brokerages

July 8, 2021 by David Gambrill

Westland Insurance has acquired two digital brokerages in a move intended to expand its tech offerings to brokers, renters, and homeowners. In the first of two deals announced Thursday, Agile Underwriting Solutions, owned by Westland, has acquired managing general agency