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The hard part of managing wildfire risk

February 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Your clients may be doing all the right things to manage their wildfire risk, but what about the property halfway down the street? “You can have four homes in a row that are perfectly maintained, just the way they are

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The thinking behind IBAC’s ‘light-hearted’ flood and earthquake education campaign

February 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

While the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) is encouraging homeowners to contact brokers about earthquake and overland flood risk, it is not aiming to shock or scare the living daylights out of consumers. “We consciously chose not to use

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Advice to Canadian industry from former U.S. government flood insurance CEO

February 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A former head of the United States National Flood Insurance Program has some frank advice for Canadian insurance professionals concerned about the lack of affordable overland flood coverage insurance for high-risk properties. “Look at what they have done south of

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What underwriters can learn from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

February 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Hail is a major driver of insured property damage in Canada, but testing resilience of roofing material by dropping steel balls on it has limited value, a CatIQ Connect speaker suggested Wednesday. Roy Wright, president and CEO of the Insurance

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How this year’s CAT losses are trending

July 3, 2019 by Adam Malik

Canada is well on its way to cracking the $1-billion threshold in insured catastrophe losses yet again as we enter the second half of 2019. Catastrophe Indices and Quantification (CatIQ) told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday that the estimated catastrophic insured loss

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What the industry paid out for severe weather in 2018

January 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The industry lost nearly $2 billion last year in Canada alone from the combined effect of several weather catastrophes. “No single event caused the high amount paid out for losses,” the Insurance Bureau of Canada said Wednesday in a release.

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Marketplace should set minimum standards for flood cover: CEO

December 12, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Minimum standards should be established for overland flood coverage offered by Canadian property and casualty insurers, an industry executive told Canadian Underwriter. Offering his personal perspective, Alain Thibault, chairman, president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Direct Relationship Insurers

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Wildfire has ‘very very different pattern’ of impacted areas: CatIQ Catastrophe Conference speaker

February 8, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

When determining accumulation of risk, wildfire presents an “additional complexity” for insurers and reinsurers, a speaker suggested at a recent conference. “Wildfire is a really complex peril,” said Manuel Chirouze, managing director, natural hazards and geoscience for the Americas at

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Nearly $3.6 billion in insured losses from Fort McMurray wildfire: CatIQ

July 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured damage from the recent wildfire affecting Fort McMurray, Alta. is estimated at $3.58 billion, Insurance Bureau of Canada’s vice president western and Pacific, Bill Adams, said Thursday. A third of the $3.58 billion loss is commercial property, 5% is