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Aviva just embedded earthquake coverage into B.C. home policies. Quebec could be next.

April 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

Aviva Canada is embedding earthquake coverage in all of its homeowner and tenant insurance policies in British Columbia, coverage that is typically offered as an endorsement. The insurer is also conducting a needs analysis to determine if it will introduce the

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The ‘conundrum’ of how to convince Quebeckers to buy earthquake insurance

April 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

It will take insurers an “extended period of time” to convince even one-quarter of Quebec property owners to buy adequate coverage, an industry executive suggests. Only three to four per cent of homeowners near Quebec City have earthquake coverage, Edouard

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Profitable global cyber market one incident away from a correction, analyst warns

March 27, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Globally, commercial insurance customers are getting a great deal on cyber insurance right now, but this will only last until a major cyber incident causes a huge, one-time loss for the property and casualty insurance industry, a computer security expert

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Insurer losses not yet translating into property price hikes: broker

March 24, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers expecting to see price hikes in property lines after last year’s devastating hurricanes may have good news for clients, at least in the short term. “Long term, all of the carriers will need to increase pricing and they would

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Ask B.C. residents if they are covered for wildfire. 25% will tell you this…

March 21, 2018 by Jason Contant

As many as 25% of British Columbians say they don’t know if they have insurance for wildfire and severe weather emergencies, according to a survey released Monday by the provincial public safety ministry. Fewer than half of British Columbians have

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The meeting that every risk manager should have

March 6, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Risk managers concerned about insurance exclusions should consider asking their brokers to brief senior managers explaining what exactly the insurance covers and what it excludes, a Willis Towers Watson executive advises. Steve Sachs, co-chair of the Willis Towers Watson Real

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Insurers urged to play a role in rebuilding economies after disasters

February 9, 2018 by David Gambrill

Insurers should be giving more thought to planning how to rebuild economies in the aftermath of a crisis, a reinsurance executive urges. “To my mind, what is often seemingly forgotten is the piece of economic resilience,” says Alex Kaplan, head

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Why insurers aren’t rushing to offer earthquake insurance in Quebec

February 4, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadian insurers are not rushing in to correct a gap in earthquake coverage in eastern Canada right now, primarily because they have a lot of risk on their plates already, an industry representative told the C4 2018 conference in Ottawa

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Insurers urged to share cat models to help map flood risk

February 1, 2018 by David Gambrill

Catastrophe models that Canadian insurers use to predict flood damage should be open-sourced, free and accessible to everyone, says the chief executive of an open source cat modelling platform. A common theme at the C4 conference in Ottawa, organized by

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Natural disaster recovery: Who owns the risk?

January 31, 2018 by David Gambrill

Canadians are not fully aware of their exposure to natural catastrophe risks, triggering a conversation at the C4 2018 conference in Ottawa about who is responsible for shouldering the heavy load of mounting disaster recovery costs. Organized by Catastrophe Indices

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What if the Alaskan earthquake happened in Canada?

January 24, 2018 by Jason Contant

A recent earthquake off the coast of Alaska, which prompted a brief tsunami warning for British Columbia, resulted in no immediate reports of damage — but what if it did strike Canada’s westernmost province? A 2013 study by catastrophe modelling

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Tsunami fears send people in B.C. to higher ground

January 23, 2018 Terri Theodore and Beth Leighton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A tsunami warning issued for coastal British Columbia was cancelled Tuesday morning after people living along parts of the province’s coast evacuated to higher ground when a powerful earthquake struck off Alaska. Residents in some coastal communities were