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Saskatchewan spotlights steep distracted-driving fines

Five hundred and eighty dollars. And … four demerit points. That’s how much a first offence for using a cell phone while behind the wheel will cost a Saskatchewan driver, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) said as part of an October

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Investors and insurers examining ESG risks, reports note

Like insurers, Canada’s institutional investors are examining how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors weigh into their operational decisions. A new EY report on global institutional investors that includes Canada showed 74% are more likely to divest from companies with

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Insurance Institute of Ontario- Pandemic Business Interruption Insurance

The pandemic sent many businesses into a tailspin and generated a lot of questions and even initiated a number of class actions on coverage. Join us for a dynamic plenary discussion as to the state of COVID-19 business interruption case

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Insurance Institute Of Ontario- Crime & Fidelity Insurance

Workplace crime can be disruptive to daily operations and can have devastating impact on a company and its bottom line. It’s crucial to help your clients protect their businesses from the threat of crime by employees and outsiders. In this

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Insurance Institute of Ontario-Underlying Risks of Solar Panels

Solar energy is a hot topic in the news and a rising market for personal and commercial use. Many of us know about solar energy, but not about the risks associated with solar panels and solar farms. Join us in

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Insurance Institute Of Ontario- Global Change, Catastrophic Loss and the Insurance Professional

Climate change and catastrophic loss affect every nation on the globe. Whether at a micro or macro level, understanding the affects of these natural events is critical to all professionals in the industry. Join the Insurance Institute for an informative

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Insurance Institute of Ontario- Symposium2021: The Power of Ecosystems

SYMPOSIUM 2021: THE POWER OF ECOSYSTEMS 2020 was the year we all stayed home. Despite this, our connectedness revealed itself to us—from how we interact with others, how we work, and how we conduct business. This year’s Symposium theme—The Power

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Why some insurance professionals are looking forward to back-to-the-office

Anna McCrindell, vice president of commercial insurance with Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, likes the energy she gets from heading back into the office. McCrindell said during an Insurance Institute of Ontario webinar Nov. 23 that in her current role, she’s

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Can we blame climate change for B.C. ‘atmospheric river?’

We can’t say for sure that climate change has caused the heavy rainfall and severe floods and landslides currently affecting British Columbia, but global warming is making disasters like this more likely, a Swiss Re speaker suggested Thursday. “Warmer air

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Drought, wildfires, COVID-19 drive up Saskatchewan deficit to record $2.7B

REGINA – Saskatchewan’s latest financial report says drought, wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have heavily contributed to what is projected to be a record deficit. The mid-year report released Monday shows a deficit of $2.7 billion, an increase of $97

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December 2021

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The Best Way to Protect Your Clients If Their Classic Car is Completely Totaled

It’s every classic car owner’s nightmare: A collision on the road. A fire or a flood. An accident at home or at the storage garage. The end result of all of these could be a completely totaled, undriveable yet irreplaceable

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Strategies for successful digital transformation

Enlisting digital transformation enthusiasts and starting with a keystone change are key to successfully implementing a digital transformation strategy, according to a new blog from Harvard Business Review. “The first thing that every transformation must confront is resistance,” said the

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QBE names new director of Canada

Ben Hunter joins QBE in January 2022 as director of Canada. Currently vice president, head of marine, energy, construction & risk services at Liberty Mutual Canada, Hunter’s also held leadership roles at Travelers Canada and Chubb Insurance. In a release,

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Why this accident benefits claim from 2018 Toronto van attack was denied

A Toronto firefighter who suffered psychological injury after responding to the deadly 2018 van attack is not entitled to auto accident benefits, the Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal has ruled. In Travis v Aviva Insurance Company, released Nov. 25, LAT adjudicator

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Alberta rolls out new rules forcing industry to pay for abandoned well cleanup

CALGARY – Alberta’s oil and gas regulator has rolled out new rules aimed at addressing the growing problem of inactive and abandoned wells in the province. The new rules will require the energy industry to spend $422 million next year

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BBCG Group’s Art Goguen Retires, Michel Prud’homme Appointed as incoming Managing Director

MISSISSAUGA, ON, DECEMBER 1, 2021/insPRESS/ – BBCG Group, an SCM Company serving clients as part of ClaimsPro’s Specialty Risk Division, announced today that Art Goguen, a founding partner of BBCG and current Managing Director, will be retiring in January. Michel Prud’homme,

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Sébastien Dubé Appointed as Territory Manager at NEW On Side Laurentides Branch

MIRABEL, QC, DECEMBER 1, 2021/insPRESS/ – On Side Restoration Ltd. (“On Side Restoration”, “On Side” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of local Laurentides resident Sébastien Dubé as Territory Manager of the new Laurentides branch, now open

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Beard Winter LLP welcomes five new lawyers to its Insurance Defence group

TORONTO, ON, DECEMBER, 1, 2021/insPRESS/ – Beard Winter LLP is pleased to welcome James E. Dunn, Michael J. Huclack, Lauren N. Bloom, Tessie Kalogeras and Juliano Pichini as the newest additions to the firm’s Insurance Litigation practice area. Meet the

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InsureLine launches an exclusive Managing General Agency (MGA) – InsureLine Solutions Inc.

PORT COQUITLAM, B.C., DECEMBER 1, 2021/insPRESS/ – InsureLine is excited to announce the official launch of its new MGA called InsureLine Solutions. This MGA will be available exclusively to InsureLine franchisees. The intention is to help fill gaps in current

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Brokerage launches its own exclusive MGA

Brokerage InsureLine Brokers Inc. has officially launched its new managing general agency (MGA) – InsureLine Solutions Inc. Available exclusively to InsureLine franchisees, “the intention is to help fill gaps in current coverages, and also identify lines of high-risk or niche

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Canadian amateur sport organizations returning to play in a post-pandemic landscape

As the Canadian sports industry emerges from COVID-19, advising your clients on the right risk management strategies is essential for the return to safe play, a Markel Canada executive suggests. For an industry that’s been one of the hardest hit

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Talking to clients about the importance of cyber security and coverage

All lines of insurance have challenges, but lately cyber’s been bringing brokers ever-changing complexities. “It’s really the new problem child in the insurance world,” said Kevin Neiles, president, western Canada & chief markets officer, with Gallagher, at a November Gallagher

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Who is now leading Willis Towers Watson Canada

Laura Samaroo (pictured, above) is the new Canadian region leader for Willis Towers Watson PLC, the Dublin-based brokerage announced Tuesday. Samaroo is based in Vancouver. She had been Willis Towers Watson’s Western Canadian market leader and Canada co-leader until being

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Southwestern N.L. mayor says climate change talks needed after another dump of rain

CHANNEL-PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. – The mayor of a small town on the southwestern tip of Newfoundland says it’s time to have serious conversations about the impact of changing weather on communities like his, after another night of heavy rain.

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Ecclesiastical Insurance 2021 Community Impact Grant Recipients Announced

TORONTO, ON, NOVEMBER 30, 2021/insPRESS/ – Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc is excited to announce the recipients of our 2021 Community Impact Grant. Community Impact Grants are provided to registered charitable organizations across Canada for specific projects that make a positive

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More P&C brokers set sights on employee benefits M&A: brokerage exec

More P&C brokers than ever are recognizing long-term opportunities in what has become a hot employee benefits M&A market in Canada, a brokerage executive said. “The trend of P&C brokerages moving into the employee benefits space will continue to grow

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Commercial claims spike as global pandemic wreaks havoc

A surprising reveal in Canadian Underwriter’s Trusted Advisor 2021 survey is that 23% of business client respondents said they’d contacted their broker to make a commercial claim over the past two years. That’s up from 20% in the 2020 survey.

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How this insurer is calculating rates for Gender X auto clients

Starting Wednesday, The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company will start applying the female rates to Nova Scotia auto clients who identify as Gender X. In a ruling released Nov. 19, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board approved The

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More flood warnings, watches issued in B.C. as province braces for third rainstorm

VANCOUVER – Flood warnings are posted for a section of British Columbia’s southern Interior and flood watches or high water advisories cover large parts of the province, as it deals with the consequences of a second major rainstorm in as

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