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How federal budget could improve cyber underwriting

March 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Insurance Bureau of Canada officials are hoping a $145-million commitment by the federal government towards cyber security will help the industry better understand how much a cyber incident could cost. In the 2019-20 budget document tabled Tuesday, federal Finance Minister

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BFL Canada appoints vice chair

March 19, 2019 by Jason Contant

Commercial insurance brokerage BFL Canada has announced the appointment of Norman M. Steinberg as vice chair. Steinberg was appointed to BFL’s board of directors in June of 2018. He was previously global chair of international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.

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How the Big 5 banks insure their directors’ liability

March 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s five biggest banks are paying nearly $8 million a year collectively in premiums, for billions in directors’ and officers’ liability insurance with no deductibles, recent security filings show. The total coverage limit and the circumstances under which those policies

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Zurich Canada names new head of property

March 11, 2019 by David Gambrill

Yvonne Steiner has been named head of property for Zurich Canada. She will be a member of the Zurich Canada executive team and report to Zurich Canada CEO Saad Mered, effective Apr. 15. “We are very excited to have a

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Steps to scale innovation at your company

March 8, 2019 by Jason Contant

Scaling innovation across a business can be a challenge, as most organizations start innovation in a “pocket, team or lab,” a speaker said late last month at the Insurance-Canada.ca Technology Conference. Simon Chan, head of corporate innovation thought leadership at

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Captive insurance programs target commercial auto in Canada

February 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

eCaptiv, which provides alternative and captive insurance solutions in Canada and the United States, will be forming two group captives through an exclusive group of independent insurance brokers to “combat commercial auto trends in Canada.” The programs are in the

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Why post-tropical storms can be worse than the original storm

February 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

Inland flood damage arising from post-tropical storms can be an even greater risk than wind damage, a meteorologist from Aon said last week at the CatIQ Connect conference in downtown Toronto. “That’s concerning because here in Canada, as in the

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Why your clients will buy insurance only after a disaster

February 12, 2019 by Jason Contant

Due to six decision biases, consumers will typically not protect themselves against low-probability, high-consequence events until it is too late, a keynote speaker said recently at the CatIQ Connect conference in Toronto. When consumers decide not to purchase insurance or

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Top court won’t hear appeal of controversial waiver decision

February 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A 2018 Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling on waivers, described as “great news” for liability insurers, is now final. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will not hear an appeal of Schnarr v. Blue Mountain Resorts Limited,

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MSA Research hires former Guarantee VP as COO

February 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Marilyn Horrick, a former executive with The Guarantee Company of North America, is now executive vice president and chief operating officer of MSA Research Inc. The appointment took effect Friday. Toronto-based MSA’s reports include financial information on most of Canada’s

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Why the cyber market has become so crowded

January 31, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Clients shopping for cyber insurance today can choose from among far more carriers than they could a few years ago, because it’s such a profitable line of business. However, one reason cyber is more profitable than other lines of coverage

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This province lacks ‘reasonable’ cyber security: privacy commissioner

January 15, 2019 Keith Doucette - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A pair of reports slam the Nova Scotia government for failing to protect personal information, saying the risk management around its freedom-of-information website was inadequate and a privacy breach last year was preventable. In his report released Tuesday