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Economical policyholders give final thumbs-up to demutualize

May 20, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance has “overwhelming support” from policyholders to demutualize. This is the result of the third and final policyholder vote, held Thursday. “We expect to be a public company by the fall of this year,” Economical Insurance CEO Rowan Saunders

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Former RSA exec Ince joins major Canadian P&C mutual

May 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

After a 25-year stint at RSA Canada, Donna Ince has joined Economical Insurance as vice president, personal insurance, regional operations. Ince joined Economical Monday, a spokesperson for Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. Ince worked at RSA Canada until

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The ‘low hanging fruit’ for claims innovation

April 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Collecting high-resolution images, making it easy to report a loss, and integrating the service providers into the claims process are claims innovations carriers need to bring in if they are not already, InsurTech North speakers suggested last week. “Make it

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Economical sets date for final policyholder vote on demutualization

March 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A key step in Economical Insurance’s demutualization process, the third and final policyholder vote, is scheduled May 20, the Waterloo, Ont.-based insurer announced this week. If a client had a policy – either mutual or non-mutual – with Economical in

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Court sides with condo insurers that used the wrong policy to deny a $4.4-million water damage claim

January 20, 2021 by David Gambrill

Six subscription policy insurers that denied coverage to a condo corporation in a $4.4-million water damage claim — a denial based on reference to the wrong policy — have had the matter tossed out of court. The Court of Queen’s

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Appeal court dismisses lawsuit against Economical over additional insured endorsement

October 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A solar energy developer has lost its appeal against Economical in a commercial coverage dispute regarding an additional insured, in which the policy wording referred to “liability arising out of the operations” of the insured. “Contractual insurance obligations and additional

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O come, let us demutualize

December 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If any of your clients have Economical Insurance policies, changing to a stock-owned company could make them joyful and triumphant, especially if they have mutual policies. “O come all ye policyholders” is something the industry could hear soon from Waterloo,

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Could CGL policy have to cover this dry cleaning pollution claim?

December 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A coverage dispute over pollution exclusions might bring two of Canada’s largest insurers before the Supreme Court of Canada. West Van Lions Gate Cleaners Ltd. has operated a dry cleaners in Vancouver since 1976. Until 1999 an automotive repair business

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How Economical returned to profitability

August 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Editor’s Note: In an earlier version of this story, Canadian Underwriter incorrectly reported Economical Insurance’s net loss in 2017. Canadian Underwriter regrets the error. Commercial premiums for Economical Insurance are down more than 10%, but that does not mean prices

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How Sonnet’s working out so far for Economical

August 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Direct writer Sonnet, launched three years ago by Economical Insurance, has doubled in size in one year. “We are getting a broader base of customers. It’s not just millennials,” Rowan Saunders, president and CEO of Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical, told Canadian

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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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Economical clears major hurdle to demutualization

March 20, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Economical Insurance is a step closer to demutualization and becoming publicly traded on the stock exchange. An overwhelming majority (99%) of the insurer’s mutual policyholders voted Wednesday in favour of a demutualization proposal released in January. Several more steps are