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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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How to sell commercial coverage to small businesses

March 8, 2019 by Jason Contant

Brokers looking to sell commercial coverage to small businesses need to keep it simple, fast and client-specific, industry professionals told Canadian Underwriter Thursday. Sometimes when buzzwords like artificial intelligence, blockchain and chatbots dominate the conversation, the cart comes before the

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Wildfire catastrophe models need improvement: Reinsurer

March 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The world’s second-largest reinsurer is looking for partners in the artificial intelligence space to help the reinsurer get a better idea of how much insured damage future wildfires could cause. Swiss Re is working with the Massachusetts Institute of technology

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Cannabis: opportunities and risks for brokers — Part 1 of 2 [podcast]

March 8, 2019 by Canadian Underwriter

How will you as a broker seize on the opportunities associated with cannabis insurance? Legalized last year, cannabis possession in Canada is opening up a whole new world of potential business clients. Do you know the short-term and long-term risks

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How Aviva Canada’s profitability fared in 2018

March 7, 2019 by David Gambrill

Editor’s Note: This version of the article includes a correction showing that operating profit was flat at £46 million (approximately Cdn$82 million in 2018, and Cdn$78 million in 2017). A previous version incorrectly showed the operating profit of 46 million

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How innovation changes the underwriter’s job

March 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Technology and data will change the underwriter’s job but will not eliminate it, suggests Russell Johnston, chief executive officer for North America of QBE Insurance Group Limited. “At the end of the day, people still make the decisions,” Johnston said

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The insurance implications of digital healthcare

March 5, 2019 by Jason Contant

As the digital healthcare market continues to evolve, the insurance industry in Canada should consider gaps or exclusions in current policies and the need for a bespoke option. Digital healthcare will include a focus on two areas: Telemedicine – remote

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This technology can help attract talent

February 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Using technology like artificial intelligence can help insurers attract the right people and keep them engaged, suggests the head of a major Canadian insurer. “It’s a tough talent market right now across the leading insurance markets in the world. Canada

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How modernization of payment systems in Canada could increase cyber claims

February 26, 2019 by Jason Contant

While theft of funds remains a relatively minor source of Canadian cyber claims for one specialist insurer, it is expected to grow as further modernization of payment systems takes place in the country. CFC Underwriting released Friday its 2018 cyber

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The latest way cyber-criminals are attacking your clients

February 25, 2019 by Jason Contant

Cyber criminals are adapting their methods by using ransomware in targeted extortions, often with more severe and costly results than indiscriminate attacks. Targeted extortion is when cyber criminals set their sights on a particular, vulnerable organization and look to extort

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How much business Sonnet writes for Economical

February 22, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Direct writer Sonnet accounted for about 5% of Economical Insurance‘s premiums in 2018, the Waterloo, Ont. mutual reported Thursday. “While Sonnet requires additional scale to achieve profitability, we now have sufficient insights and experience to improve performance, and we have

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What the commercial underwriter of the future might look like

February 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

Commercial underwriting in the future may expand to encourage more cross-functional and hybrid responsibilities, potentially with engineering, claims, finance or operations, according to a new report from McKinsey & Company’s insurance practice. “To attract younger talent, companies need to recognize