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The first priority for the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario

January 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Reforming auto insurance is top of mind for Jeff Gatcke, the new president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario. “Our Number 1 priority would be working with insurance companies and the government on changes to the auto insurance product

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Why Canadian insurers are reticent to enter the cannabis space

January 8, 2019 by Jason Contant

With signs of a hard insurance market in Canada, it appears that a lot of insurers are still reticent about entering the cannabis space. “When an insurance cycle goes a little bit harder, when insurers are trying to put their

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2019 Executive Outlook | Martin Thompson, RSA Canada

January 4, 2019 Canadian Underwriter

Canadian Underwriter approached Canadian P&C industry executives with two questions: 1) What is the single most important change the industry must make looking forward into 2019? 2) How might this change be brought about? Their answers, featured in our 2019

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Calgary claims vendor now owned by CoreLogic

December 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

CoreLogic Inc. announced Wednesday it has closed its acquisition of Symbility Solutions Inc. Irvine, Calif.-based CoreLogic – which provides risk data on properties to property and casualty insurers – already owned 28% of Symbility, a Calgary-based vendor of claims processing

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What could stop insurers from being ‘uberized’

December 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Amazon and Google may disrupt the insurance industry some day, but don’t expect either of these firms to start underwriting, suggests the head of one of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurers. “The Googles and Amazons of this world might

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Why A.M. Best gave the global reinsurance segment a ‘stable’ outlook

December 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that A.M. Best had changed its outlook for the global reinsurance sector from ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative.’ In fact, the outlook changed to ‘Stable’ from ‘Negative.’ Canadian Underwriter apologizes for the error.

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An insurer’s take on the multi-solution era of data exchange

December 3, 2018 by David Gambrill

An old adage states that a broker must be able to communicate with clients in the way in which the clients wish to communicate – be it through online portals, telephone, email, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Similarly, in a multi-solution era

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Why brokers need to talk about ransomware

November 28, 2018 by Jason Contant

Ransomware attacks are increasing, and as a result, there will likely be a shift in brokers and clients alike starting to recognize the value of the business interruption component of a cyber insurance policy, a specialist insurer said Monday. “Cybercrime

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Why this commercial line is unprofitable

November 27, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial brokers could see fewer carriers offering directors and officers (D&O) liability in the future. That’s because “market consolidation is something that you might see on the carrier side,” said Ian Fraser, assistant vice president of technology, cyber and professional

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What carriers want from this insurtech brokerage

November 27, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Some insurers are looking for brokers who can help them use big data to customize products for small businesses, an insurtech founder suggests. “Big data is a loose term,” Mark Morissette, founder and CEO of Foxquilt said Tuesday in an

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How consolidation can “regenerate” MGAs

November 27, 2018 by David Gambrill

Consolidation could potentially wind up regenerating Canada’s broker channel generally and managing general agents (MGA) specifically, a senior executive told delegates attending the 2018 MGA Symposium in Toronto on Tuesday. Organized by insurance-canada.ca, the event featured a panel of MGA

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Why brokers shouldn’t focus on breach notification law when selling cyber

November 26, 2018 by Jason Contant

The nation-wide mandatory data breach law that came into effect Nov. 1 is “a good way and a reminder to start the conversation with their clients,” but brokers should ultimately focus selling efforts on the crime and business interruption aspects