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Alberta rules on distracted driving supported by industry

April 1, 2015 by Claims Canada

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is applauding proposed requirements in Alberta – which received the green light in the provincial legislative assembly – that seek to curb distracted driving by beefing up fines and penalties for texting while behind

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Federal government wants more insurance for railways

April 1, 2015 by Claims Canada

A bill proposing to mandate specific levels of insurance for Canadian railway operators – of $1 billion in some cases – was tabled March 30 in Ottawa for second reading in the House of Commons. MPs debated Bill C-52, the

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Leakage!

April 1, 2015 Craig Harris, Freelance Writer

The notion that insurers can better control their claims/indemnity spend through streamlining, cost cutting and efficiency initiatives has gained momentum in Canada in recent years. Many insurance companies are finding ways to plug financial “leakage” in claims handling – a term not always popular with claims managers. Independent adjusters understand the reasons behind this focus on costs, but caution that a proper approach to claims adjudication should prevail.

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Water damage claims increasing: Aviva Canada

April 1, 2015 by Claims Canada

With the late winter thaw happening around the country, Aviva Canada Inc. noted recently that the frequency and severity of water damage claims is on the rise. “2013 was our worst year for water damage in part due to flooding

Jonathan Hodes, partner, Miller Thomson
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Fire, Pollution and Exclusion

April 1, 2015 Jonathan Hodes, partner, Miller Thomson

Pollution resulting from fire is not necessarily subject to insurance exclusion, says B.C. Court.

Mary Allen, principal, InsightaaS
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Location, Location

April 1, 2015 Mary Allen and Michael O'Neil, principals, InsightaaS

New technologies, such as location-based intelligence, are helping insurers mitigate catastrophe risk.

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The Cat Issue

February 1, 2015 Craig Harris, Freelance Writer

Emergent trends in catastrophe management involve the use of location intelligence, satellite imagery and even early experiments with drones. The goal for insurance companies is to gather highly specific information to efficiently dispatch adjusters to target areas hit by natural disasters. However, the 48th annual joint CICMA/CIAA conference held in Toronto February 3 showed that catastrophes often extend to more than “just the weather.” And when it comes to dealing with CATs, attendees learned that the core fundamentals of adjusting haven’t really changed.

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Adapting to Extreme Rainfall

February 1, 2015 Sophie Guilbault, research coordinator, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction celebrates leadership amongst Canadian cities in its latest publication.

Trevor Cortese, president and owner, TC Insurance Adjusters
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AB Adjusting, Diversified

February 1, 2015 Craig Harris, Freelance Writer

Trevor Cortese has a passion for and niche in helping injured people get appropriate compensation. That hasn’t, however, stopped his London, Ontario-based firm, TC Insurance Adjusters Ltd., from spreading its wings.

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Top 10 Insurance Decisions

February 1, 2015 Chris Dunn, partner; and Josiah MacQuarrie, associate, Dutton Brock LLP

A review of the ten most important insurance coverage cases of 2014.

Randy Henderson, Arcon Forensic Engineers
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Water: The Structural Enemy

February 1, 2015 Randy Henderson

An exploration of the sources and causes of property damage claims

Albert Poon, President, Canadian Independent Adjusters' Association
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Message from the President

February 1, 2015 Albert Poon, President, Canadian Independent Adjusters' Association

 The start of a New Year marks a fresh beginning – and so it is for our national association. In early February, the CIAA membership concluded our mid-year meeting with the affirmation of our strategic plan. This will guide our