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Biggest insurers will soon control more of the market: A.M. Best

September 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s Top 5 property and casualty insurers control nearly half the market, with the largest increasing their market share further, an A.M. Best Company analyst said Wednesday. About two-thirds of direct premiums written, in Canadian P&C insurance, are controlled by

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Thompson leaving RSA Canada following Intact acquisition

June 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

RSA Canada CEO Martin Thompson is leaving the company, says the insurer’s new owner, Intact Financial Corp. Intact and Danish insurer Tryg A/S announced Tuesday they have completed their acquisition of London-based RSA PLC. As part of the deal, Toronto-based

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What B.C. trial lawyers are asking of Canada’s top court in RSA dispute

May 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia is asking Canada’s top court to essentially make a “new law” barring a liability insurer from taking an off-coverage position after starting to defend a tort claim if the insurer previously had “presumed

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Next steps for integrating RSA into Intact

May 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

As Intact puts the “final touches” on its proposed acquisition of RSA Canada, Intact’s executives say they may be looking at “strategic alternatives” for some of the RSA plc operations it has agreed to acquire. During Intact’s 2021 Q1 earnings

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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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Brokers: pay attention to these insurance fraud ‘red flags’

April 7, 2021 by Jason Contant

If your client is trying to rush the insurance buying process or is not concerned about price, that’s often a red flag that the transaction is fraudulent, RSA told Canadian Underwriter recently. “We know the majority of customers aren’t looking

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Number of suspicious claims “at an all-time” high during COVID: RSA

April 6, 2021 by Jason Contant

Even though claims volume has significantly decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of claims flagged for possible fraud investigation remains comparable to pre-pandemic levels, RSA told Canadian Underwriter last week. “From RSA’s perspective… this indicates [claims] with concerning loss

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The biggest property risks for green energy

March 29, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Floods, hail, fire, and lightning strikes are among the concerns for underwriters who insure green energy projects, an expert with RSA Canada says. And also, solar panel placement. Perhaps not many would link solar panel placement with flood risk, but

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The rationale for Intact expanding its commercial appetite

March 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Mid-sized commercial clients are going to get bigger, so executives with Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer want to continue their expansion in specialty lines. “We are really scaling up our specialty lines capability here in North America,” Intact Financial

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M&A report: Where Intact-RSA sits among Canada’s largest Q4 deals

March 17, 2021 by David Gambrill

Intact and Danish insurer Tryg’s $10.4-billion play for RSA Insurance Group plc topped the list of Canada’s largest deals announced in 2020 Q4, according to a recent report by corporate law firm Miller Thomson. The report defines the largest M&A

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Auto claims alert: It’s Daylight Savings Time again

March 12, 2021 by Jason Contant

Despite a big increase in road injuries and fatalities following the switch to Daylight Savings Time (DST), 40% of Canadians are unaware of the risks on the road the day after DST begins, according to a new survey commissioned by

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How Intact will decide whether to keep RSA operations outside of Canada

March 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

It would have been difficult for Intact Financial Corp. to only buy RSA’s Canadian operation without buying other parts of London-based RSA plc, a senior Intact executive suggests. “It is difficult to pull [RSA Canada] away from the RSA Group