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How Northbridge is advising clients to prepare for second COVID-19 wave

September 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

One key component of preparing for the anticipated second wave of COVID-19 cases in Canada is for businesses to assess how they responded to the first wave of the disease, Northbridge Insurance is telling its commercial clients. “Many businesses that

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How clients may argue BI covers pandemic if no physical damage occurs

September 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some clients seeking business interruption coverage arising from the COVID-19 pandemic are looking to the courts for a “generous” interpretation of policy wording, a Canadian lawyer says. “In the context of property damage claims related to the novel coronavirus, many

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Insurers adding pandemic exclusions in commercial policies that go beyond just BI

September 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Many insurers that did not start adding pandemic exclusions this past July may have to do so in January, a Winnipeg-based executive with commercial brokerage Gallagher reports. “The majority of insurers – or all insurers – are adding specific wording

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MGAs finding it harder to place this kind of commercial coverage

September 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you are finding it difficult to place business interruption insurance for restaurants, hotels and event venues, you aren’t alone. Aurora Underwriting Services Inc., an Alberta-based managing general agent and Lloyd’s coverholder, is still placing insurance for restaurants, company owner

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What could happen when carriers disagree over commercial property pandemic exclusions

August 31, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

With commercial insurers adding pandemic exclusions to property and business interruption, it can be difficult to place a risk with multiple insurers unless they agree on what that exclusion should look like, a Quebec broker suggests. Some clients, especially during

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Insurer working on future pandemic coverage for school boards, post-COVID

July 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the Ontario government prepares its school re-opening plan, the insurer for the majority of the province’s boards is working on a plan to provide pandemic coverage, albeit for future pandemics and not for COVID-19. Within the next six to

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Lloyd’s proposes “open source” frameworks for future pandemic coverage

July 6, 2020 by David Gambrill

Lloyd’s of London is proposing three “open-source frameworks” to provide a blueprint for better protecting society against systemic catastrophic events such as pandemics, after noting the market will pay out between $3 billion and $4.3 billion to its global customers

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How Lloyd’s is handling claims differently with COVID-19

June 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Lloyd’s market is changing the way claims are handled when multiple syndicates write one risk. “One challenge with COVID-19 is the subscription nature of the market, whereby it is often several syndicates writing

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Opinion: COVID is nasty and impactful, but it’s not a Black Swan

May 19, 2020 Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Since the “black swan” metaphor was coined in the 2007 book of the same name, it has become fashionable to label virtually all low probability/high impact events black swans. But the danger of making an occurrence like the COVID-19 outbreak

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Wimbledon cancellation could ‘change the entire way of looking at insurance’: Broker

April 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The cancellation of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, and the associated nine-figure insurance payout, is going to change the way the industry offers pandemic coverage, a Canadian commercial broker suggests. A report by Britain-based GlobalData says the Wimbledon organizer paid for

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The “dark side” of working from home: How to avoid an isolated workforce

April 21, 2020 by David Gambrill

Before COVID-19, there was a lively debate within the Canadian P&C industry about the virtues and pitfalls of working from home, featuring the industry’s skeptics (a.k.a.  the “Boomers”) and proponents (the “Millennials”). Well, guess what? The pandemic has made us

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Predicting possible outcomes to coronavirus and other pandemics with models and simulations

April 20, 2020 Gabriel Wainer, Professor, Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University - THE CANADIAN PRESS

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site Lately, our daily lives include reading complex news items with analysis