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BFL Canada acquires B.C. brokerage

May 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

Large commercial brokerage BFL Canada announced Tuesday the acquisition of British Columbia-based Summit Insurance Brokers Inc. Summit, based in Prince George, was founded in the late 1990s and brings expertise in industrial, commercial and farm risks to BFL Canada. Summit

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Flexible schedule tops list of summer wants

May 14, 2019 by Adam Malik

When it comes to summer perks, Canadian employees want their bosses to give them a more flexible schedule. Almost half (49%) of the 400 respondents to a survey from staffing firm Accountemps said they wanted more opportunities to work from

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Munich Re Canada appoints new president and CEO

May 14, 2019 by Jason Contant

Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada and Temple Insurance Company (a part of Munich Re) has appointed Claus-Ulrich Kroll as president and CEO of both companies. In his new role, Kroll will be responsible for the operation of all of Munich

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Why digital transformation gives brokers the edge over directs

May 14, 2019 by David Gambrill

It’s a common misperception that large direct insurance companies have lots of money to invest in the best, most innovative technology, creating a divide between them and smaller, “have not” brokerages. But digital transformation is actually levelling the playing field

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Canadian companies paying high cybercrime bills

May 13, 2019 by Adam Malik

Malicious insiders and malware attacks are costing Canadian companies. New research from global professional services company Accenture and data protection research firm Ponemon Institute pegged the average cost of cybercrime to a Canadian company at more than $12 million in

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How far can employee confidentiality agreements go?

May 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

If you leave your brokerage with some confidential information stored to memory as opposed to a physical document, can you use that information? A recent ruling from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that even committing to memory confidential

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CU Total Loss Series: Where are the bottlenecks?

May 13, 2019 by David Gambrill

Total Loss Series, Part 2: Bottlenecks Imagine Canada’s auto insurance industry saving millions of dollars each year in total loss costs and passing that along to Canadian drivers in the form of premium decreases. And all by simply reducing total

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How Fairfax’s Allied World acquisition is working out

May 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Old medical malpractice claims with Allied World Assurance Company are still affecting the bottom line of Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., which bought the majority of Allied World nearly two years ago. With a combined ratio of 102.3%, Zug, Switzerland-based

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Are you prepared for insurance quotes through Google Home and Amazon Echo?

May 10, 2019 by David Gambrill

“Google Home, Amazon Echo, buy me auto insurance for my new, black 2019 Hyundai Sontata.” If you are a broker, would you be able to handle this voice request for an auto insurance quote? If not, you’d better start strategizing

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ICBC plants seed for online auto renewals

May 8, 2019 by Adam Malik

A day many British Columbia policyholders have been calling for finally appears to be on the horizon. But it may force some brokers to change how they do business. While hosting an AMA (ask me anything) session on popular social

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Former Economical Insurance CEO joins another board

May 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Karen Gavan, former CEO of the first Canadian property and casualty insurer to start the demutualization process, is now on the board of directors of HSBC Canada. Gavan (pictured) was CEO of Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical Insurance from 2011 through 2016.

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Brokers urged to unite with insurers to end Alberta cap

May 7, 2019 by David Gambrill

With a new government in Alberta, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is calling for a united front with the broker channel to come up with a new auto reform package and put an end to the province’s 5% cap