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Risk Management: Changing Times

September 1, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

No one would disagree that the world of risk management has changed completely over recent years. Risk managers of today have to contend with corporate scandals and property risk exposures that before the 9/11 terrorist attacks were inconceivable. For many risk managers this is also the first real hard insurance market they have encountered during their careers. It is in such times that the role of professional bodies become invaluable to their members. And, as veteran risk managers Glen Frederick and Anne Chalmers prepare for this year’s RIMS Canada conference to be held in Victoria, B.C., they promise that the event will be very much focused on the tools and solutions available to risk managers during such volatile times.


Partnerships in Risk

September 1, 2003 Garry McDonell, senior vice president at Aon ReedStenhouse

The complexity of today’s business environment is largely a result of both the volume of change and the speed at which it occurs. Driven by shareholder expectations, the scrutiny of regulators and the demands of consumers, corporations are learning that managing risk is significantly different than it was even three years ago.


Building Boom, Insurance Bust

August 1, 2003 Craig Harris

Insurance costs are hammering Canada’s rapidly growing construction industry as rates go through the roof and capacity caves in. Builders are harder hit than many other commercial policyholders because underwriters are skittish about large-loss exposures. Many in the construction industry want rate relief and the return of stable markets.

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Associations drawing up enterprise risk framework

July 24, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

Several financial associations are working together on a framework for enterprise risk management (ERM). The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), which combines five accountancy and finance organizations, commissioned the framework from Pricewaterhouse Coopers early last year.

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Lloyd’s gets “thumbs up” from A.M. Best

July 18, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

In affirming the “A-” (excellent) rating of Lloyd’s of London, rating agency A.M. Best says the outlook for the world’s oldest insurance market remains stable.Strong capitalization, stable investment returns and a new focus on risk management are all factors leading


Catastrophe Modeling: Shifting Perceptions

June 1, 2003 Eric Gobble and Don Windeler at RMS

As Canada’s insurers seek to quantify their catastrophe exposure, earthquake models offer an insight into how technology can further underwriting. Even events south of the border illustrate the wealth of new information at insurers’ fingertips to better comprehend large losses that can have a significant impact on reinsurance and reserves.


OSFI’s Supervisory Ratings: Rating the Risk

April 1, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

In 1999, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) – Canada’s federal regulator of financial institutions – released its “Supervisory Framework” outlining an innovative approach to supervision. The framework is risk-based and enhances OSFI’s ability to intervene on

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Recognition of risk management growing, survey shows

February 18, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

Financial institutions are showing an increased understanding of the need for enterprise-wide risk management (EWRM), says a survey of financial institutions from The Risk Management Association (RMA) and First Manhattan Consulting Group.Among 30 U.S.-based financial institutions, the study found that

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France, Germany face almost $1.5 billion loss from windstorm

January 8, 2003 by Canadian Underwriter

Windstorm Calvann, which swept across France and Germany late last week, has produced Eur900 million in insured damages (Cdn$1.47 billion), according to preliminary estimates from Risk Management Solutions Inc.The California-based catastrophe risk management solutions provider says the January 2 storm

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Government works towards risk management program for farmers

December 5, 2002 by Canadian Underwriter

In the wake of devastatingly bad conditions, both drought and flood, damaging crops this year, governments are working towards a risk management program for the agriculture industry.This week, federal, provincial and territorial agriculture departments met to review proposals on the


Into the Fire

September 1, 2002 Brian Jones, president of Jones Brown Inc.

Devastating condominium fires, such as the most recent blaze at Calgary’s Waterford complex, have created challenges for the construction industry and builders risk insurance market. Are the actions of insurers justified relative to loss experience, and how are insureds reacting to the tighter terms and pricing of cover?

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Cost of risk declines in 2000, but signs point to hardening

December 6, 2001 by Canadian Underwriter

The cost of risk declined in 2000, according to a survey released by the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). The annual Benchmark Survey, conducted with Ernst & Young, asks more than 830 risk managers in the U.S. and Canada