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The critical piece of mapping out the claims process

September 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Insurance providers who are paying for consultants to help change claims processes may be missing a piece of the puzzle. “There are a lot of vendors who would like to spend a lot of time with you,” said Erin Fischer,

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Judges & insurers disagree: Who really rented this truck?

September 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A 2018 Ontario court ruling in favour of Wawanesa, arising from a collision involving a truck rented to deliver furniture, has been overturned on appeal. On Oct. 29, 2010, Hy Kiet Liu was in a vehicle that was rear-ended by

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You can’t teach claims adjusters this skill

September 11, 2019 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

As the chief claims officer for Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, Erin Fischer hears one question all the time. “The Number 1 question I get is: Do you need to hire claims people who are technical experts?’” Fischer said Wednesday. Although

News Insurance

One auto insurance discount that’s disappearing

July 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Discounts on auto insurance for clients with an autonomous emergency braking system could get harder to find. In Nova Scotia, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company offers a 15% discount for vehicles with a model year of 2010 or higher that have

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Where Canada’s largest mutual is putting its new Winnipeg headquarters

June 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Four years from now, all of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company’s Winnipeg workers should be in a new office building. Wawanesa announced June 13 it will have a new North American headquarters at the southwest corner of Carlton Street and Graham

News InsuranceLegal

Top court sides with insurer in unidentified vehicle coverage dispute

March 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released today means Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company does not have to cover a claimant who says he drove off the road to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Andrew Funk was injured after he drove his

News InsuranceLegal

A driver is convicted of assault after a collision. Is the vehicle’s owner vicariously liable for the crash?

February 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The registered owner of a pickup truck could be held liable for injuries to an accident victim even though the at-fault driver of the pickup truck was convicted of assault as a result of a collision, the Court of Appeal

News BrokersInsurance

Customer retention advice for brokers from Wawanesa

January 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Every time a client submits a claim to their carrier, you as the broker  need to follow up with a phone call, suggests Carol Jardine, president of the Canadian property and casualty operations of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company. “I would

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Why it’s not so easy for an insurer to go direct

January 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Wawanesa’s decision to write insurance in Canada through brokers only came as a shock to some consultants. “If you talk to the consultants down on Adelaide Street [in Toronto] in their big offices, what are they going to tell an

News InsuranceLegal

Auto insurers’ bitter costs dispute draws rebuke from judge

November 29, 2018 by David Gambrill

A bitter cost dispute between two auto insurers over an abandoned court action has led to a rebuke from a judge, who ordered Wawanesa to pay Dominion its legal fees. In doing so, Ontario Superior Court Justice Darla A. Wilson

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A ‘lessee’ is not necessarily the person who paid for the rented vehicle

October 2, 2018 by David Gambrill

A “lessee” under Ontario’s Insurance Act is the person whom the rental company would sue to enforce the rental contract, a court reaffirmed Monday. In Aviva v. Wawanesa, the Ontario Superior Court decided a recent priority dispute between insurers. The

News InsuranceTechnology

‘Lots of people don’t like telematics,’ insurer reports

December 14, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Opportunities for “broker-driven” usage-based auto insurance are likely to be down the road, but brokers are telling a large Canadian mutual that their insurance customers don’t want their insurers monitoring how they use their vehicles. “Our brokers are advising us