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Payouts from insurance policies may fuel ransomware attacks

September 20, 2019 Kathleen Foody - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO – The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000. No way, thought County Commission

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This is what’s putting the industry ‘at a tipping point’

September 20, 2019 by Adam Malik

Technology has been great for the insurance industry. But it’s also been creating problems, specifically creating a difficult market cycle. And it’s not the only reason why one panellist at the recent RIMS Canada Conference said the industry is “at

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How should you approach risky projects?

September 19, 2019 by Adam Malik

Debating on taking that risky project others seem to be shying away from? One insurance leader believes you should jump all over it. There was a point in her career when people told Christine Lithgow to not take on a

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Three things young insurance pros want from their bosses

September 18, 2019 by Adam Malik

Young insurance professionals want their older managers to wrap their heads around a few concepts when it comes to working with young people: flexible work environments, mentoring and being open-minded. Those were the suggestions from the “Four Under Forty” panel

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Focus on these three areas when developing AI best practices

September 17, 2019 by Jason Contant

Financial institutions looking to adopt and develop best practices on the responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) should focus on three areas: explainability, bias and diversity, experts say. A new TD Bank Group survey of 1,200 Canadians found that a

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She captured women’s feelings in the workplace with this response

September 16, 2019 by Adam Malik

Christine Lithgow had one simple response to her employer when they offered her a position that was junior in comparison to the one she left six years prior after the birth of her first child. “I had to remind them:

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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

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Electrical grids need rethink in era of intense storms, experts say

September 11, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – In an era when storms with hurricane-force winds are expected to keep battering Atlantic Canada, experts say the region should make major changes to electrical grids, shoreline defences and even the types of trees being planted. Work continues

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Scheer promises to create ‘Canada Cyber Safe’ certification for digital

September 9, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer is trying to reassure Canadians that if elected, his government would better protect their personal information following recent high-profile security breaches at major corporations that compromised the data of millions of Canadians. A

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Making the most of a bad reputation

September 1, 2019 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Amplified by the speed and global breadth of social media, it takes seconds to shred a good corporate reputation. Corporate boards are worried. Can insurance help?

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First conviction in Canada for driving a canoe while impaired causing death

August 30, 2019 by David Gambrill

For the first time in Canada, someone has been convicted of impaired driving charges causing death while paddling a canoe. “This is a unique case in that it is the first time [that] charges have been prosecuted respecting the operation

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A new real-time model for predicting urban flood resilience

August 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

A newly-proposed flood model can provide a real-time prediction of urban flooding caused by heavy rainfall in a changing climate, but it may not be of particular interest to insurers. “The model can be used not only for real-time flooding