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Finding solutions as brokers face cancelled contracts

June 11, 2019 by Adam Malik

Real, sustainable solutions are needed to curb what’s being called a “devastating” time for some brokers in Alberta. The Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta (IBAA) has put together a task force to come up with ways to resolve what the

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Why a hard market calls for soft skills

June 10, 2019 by Adam Malik

With a hard market tightening its grip on the insurance industry, brokers will need to be on their toes. They’ll be facing pushback from customers as premiums increase with little relief in sight as there are no signs of the

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Should cyber insurance products become more standardized?

June 10, 2019 by Jason Contant

How far along is the Canadian insurance industry in terms of cyber product standardization? While some of the standard language for base coverage has become more standardized over the years, there is still an overall general lack of standardization. There

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Sexual abuse class-action against Montreal oratory can proceed

June 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you provide commercial liability coverage for religious organizations, you might want to check Friday’s Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal v. J.J. The decision paves the way for a class action lawsuit against Montreal’s St.

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Is your client covered from business interruption arising from terrorism?

June 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

What if a terrorist attack interrupts your client’s business, but causes no actual injuries or damage to that client? Some insurers today are covering non-damage costs and loss of attraction. This could come into play if there is a terrorist

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How an insurtech uses pre-fill data to a homeowner’s best advantage

June 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

One insurtech based in the United States is pre-filling data in home insurance application forms to help answer questions that customers may not be able to answer themselves. California-based home insurance company Hippo Insurance uses trusted public data sources like

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Another small-town Saskatchewan brokerage gets bought by large U.S. firm

June 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Hub International Ltd. has bought its second Saskatchewan property and casualty insurance brokerage in less than a month. Chicago-based Hub said Tuesday it has acquired Kamsack-based Cottenie and Gardner Inc. Kamsack is a town of about 1,800, situated near the

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When ‘residence employee’ is key in home insurance wording

June 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A coverage dispute, arising from severe electric shock injuries to a baby in a rented house, shows disagreement over the exact meaning of “residence employee” in a home insurance policy. Doris Wong and her brother Johnny Wong were sued in

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Brokerage fined for rebating premium to unhappy client

June 3, 2019 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba brokerage recently found itself in hot water with the regulator for rebating premium money to a dissatisfied client. Insurance Council of Manitoba ruled that Donbar Agency Limited, which operates as Crossroads Insurance, should not have rebated an unhappy

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Terrorism is changing. How coverage is following suit

June 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

As the terrorism threat shifts from large-scale attacks to softer targets, coverage options from insurance carriers are evolving as well. Some policies cover incidents when an attacker uses a gun, knife or acid for example, Tarique Nageer, Marsh LLC’s terrorism

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Regulator greenlights Echelon Insurance acquisition

May 31, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A $166-million deal aimed at getting CAA Insurance some new non-standard auto customers is a done deal. CAA Club Group’s acquisition of Echelon Insurance got final regulatory approval, Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. announced Thursday. The deal officially closed on May

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Brokers concerned about blanket approach to binding authority restrictions

May 31, 2019 by Jason Contant

With wildfires raging in northern Alberta and Ontario, brokers are reporting some funky outcomes associated with insurers’ binding authority restrictions. Under the restrictions, brokers cannot bind coverage in areas under civil authority, forest fire alerts, flood alerts and certain earthquake