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Why Uber Canada dropped Intact as its insurance provider

September 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ride sharing firm Uber Canada chose Economical as its insurance provider because Uber would not agree to Intact’s pricing, a senior Intact executive said Tuesday. “We had a very good relationship, we just couldn’t agree on the price,” Intact CFO

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UPDATED: What emergency relief will insurers offer customers? Here’s what they told us

July 27, 2020 by Adam Malik

Editor’s notes: This story has been updated to include additional information from CAA Insurance. Insurance Bureau of Canada announced that its members are offering reductions in auto insurance premiums for consumers whose driving habits have changed significantly. You can read

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What’s next for Economical’s demutualization

June 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Editor’s note: This story was updated to reflect a June 30 announcement by Economical Insurance Economical Insurance is still in the process of demutualizing but the next policyholders’ vote is not going to happen this year, the Waterloo, Ont. based

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Will COVID-19 affect the timing of Economical’s IPO?

April 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance continues to work on converting from a mutual to a publicly traded firm, but officials with the Waterloo, Ont. carrier are keeping a close eye on the stock markets. “The outbreak of COVID-19 has adversely affected economic and

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What’s coming to the forefront of commercial insurance

November 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

How do you insure intangible assets like intellectual property or data on the cloud? If you are not thinking about this now, you could be in a few years, insurance company executives told brokers attending Canadian Underwriter‘s Top Broker Summit

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Two-year window to dispute auto claim denial not a ‘hard limitation,’ court rules

November 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The two-year time limit to take auto accident benefits disputes to Ontario’s Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) is not a “hard limitation” period, the province’s appeal court has ruled. In Tomec v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company, released Nov. 8, the Court

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You don’t always have to be first in innovation

May 29, 2019 by Adam Malik

If you ain’t first, you’re last. That’s the mantra Ricky Bobby lives by in the movie Talladega Nights as a race car driver. But when it comes to innovation, if you ain’t first, you’re probably better off. It can be

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What you will be insuring in 10 years (hint: not so much auto)

May 27, 2019 by Adam Malik

Expect to write less auto coverage with the rise of autonomous vehicles in 10 years’ time, and more coverage related to climate change, property lines, and emerging risks. Thanks to the progress expected of autonomous vehicles, auto insurance will plateau,

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How clients can cash in on demutualization

February 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance clients looking forward to cashing in on demutualization might have to hold on to their shares in the company for nearly six months. In Economical’s demutualization proposal, one restriction on common shares (issued as a benefit to demutualization)

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Estimated value of Economical’s demutualization for mutual policyholders

February 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Mutual policyholders of Economical Insurance could get more than $300,000 each if the Waterloo-based insurer demutualizes. A conversion proposal that Economical submitted to the regulator last year calls for 20% of benefits going first to eligible mutual policyholders, of which

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How brokers can benefit from Instagram

November 30, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers should be using Instagram and other social media sites to establish themselves as “thought leaders,” Economical Insurance advises. “Instagram is a great channel to share content and share your team culture because at the end of the day, I

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The trade-off to using artificial intelligence to speed up claims

August 29, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian insurers wanting to handle claims like Lemonade are going to have to accept some trade-offs, a Claims Summit speaker said Tuesday. New York City-based Lemonade Insurance Company uses artificial intelligence and says it can handle some claims in three