XL Catlin Appoints Urs Uhlmann to Lead Insurance Business in Canada

Press Release:

XL Catlin has appointed Urs Uhlmann as CEO, Country Manager for Canada. In his new role, Mr. Uhlmann will lead XL Catlin’s regional business strategy and overall insurance operations in Canada.

Commenting on the appointment, Kelly Lyles, Chief Executive Client and Country Management said: “Urs brings extensive knowledge of commercial P&C insurance and broad international experience that will support our growth objectives in Canada. Clearly driven and experienced across large corporations as well as middle market business, he shares our motivation and commitment to the exciting growth opportunities in the country across all business lines and sectors.”

Doug Howat, Chief Executive of Global Lines said: “We are excited to have Urs join our team of country leaders who oversee our growing portfolio of global lines which include aerospace, energy and fine art and specie insurance. His strategic and critical thinking skills and proven track record for growing commercial insurance businesses will help us put XL Catlin at the top of the list of Canadian insurers.”

Joe Tocco, Chief Executive of North America added: “Given XL Catlin’s extensive industry and underwriting expertise to address complex risks across industries such as construction and technology, we’re pleased to have Urs join the North America insurance team to lead our growth efforts in Canada. I am confident that our Canadian brokers and clients will find Urs and our talented team of experts to be thoughtful and innovative risk management partners.”

Mr. Uhlmann joins XL Catlin after serving five years as CEO Global Corporate for Zurich Canada. He has also served as senior vice president of Global Corporate where as a key member of the Canada Commercial Markets Strategy team he was influential in developing the unit’s middle market business. Mr. Uhlmann will be based in XL Catlin’s Toronto office and oversee offices in MontrealCalgary and Vancouver.

About XL Catlin’s Insurance Operations
XL Catlin insurance companies offer property, casualty, professional, financial lines and specialty insurance products globally. Businesses that are moving the world forward choose XL Catlin as their partner. To learn more, visit xlcatlin.com.

About XL Catlin
XL Catlin is the global brand used by XL Group Ltd.’s (NYSE: XL) insurance and reinsurance companies which provide property, casualty, professional and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world.  Clients look to XL Catlin for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. To learn more, visit xlcatlin.com.

SOURCE XL Catlin

Hub International Acquires The Shares Of Ontario-Based GMS Insurance (SWO) Inc.

Hub International Limited (Hub), a leading global insurance brokerage, announced today that it has acquired the shares of GMS Insurance (SWO) Inc. (GMS Insurance). Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Based in Kitchener, Ontario, GMS Insurance is an independent benefit consulting firm that services clients in Southwestern Ontario and the greater Toronto area. GMS Insurance provides a complete solution for its clients’ retirement and employee benefit needs by bringing expertise and leveraging carrier relationships to guide corporate teams in achieving their plan objectives. GMS Insurance engages a number of consultants who specialize in different markets for companies ranging from small start-ups to large national or international corporations.

GMS Insurance will join Hub Ontario and Jonathan Shantz, President of GMS Insurance, will report to Greg Belton, Executive Chairman of HUB Ontario.

About Hub’s M&A Activities
Hub International Limited is committed to growing organically and through acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint and strengthen industry and product expertise.  For more information on the Hub M&A experience, visit WeAreHub.com.

About Hub International
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Hub International Limited is a leading global insurance brokerage that provides property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services from offices located throughout North America.  For more information, please visit hubinternational.com.

 

SOURCE Hub International Limited

The Co-operators Announces Retirement of Chief Financial Officer

The Co-operators today announced the retirement of Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bruce West, effective June 1, 2018.

West joined The Co-operators in 2007 as CFO, and over the past 11 years has made significant contributions including the implementation of the organization’s innovative approach to sustainable investing through which he further developed an impact investing strategy. With a reputation for challenging the conventional and raising the standard, he has a penchant for asking the difficult questions, and built a team with that same commitment and vision.

“Under Bruce’s guidance, we recognized substantial increases in the sophistication and efficiency in areas such as enterprise risk, portfolio and capital management, as well as staff development and succession planning,” says Rob Wesseling, president and CEO, The Co-operators. “I’m confident we’ll continue to reap the benefits of his leadership for years to come. We thank Bruce for the impactful and enduring contributions he has made to our industry, our organization and its people.”

West distinguished himself as an exemplary leader and mentor, innovator and catalyst for sustainable reporting. During his tenure he championed fresh thinking through his leadership and oversight of the financial management, strategic planning, and corporate development functions for The Co-operators.

In December 2017, his professional achievements were recognized when he was awarded the prestigious Fellow designation by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario. He is also a founding member of the Canadian chapter of Accounting 4 Sustainability’s CFO Leadership Network, a member of the Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Honouree of the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo.

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian co-operative with more than $48 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products.  The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt and Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. For more information, visit www.cooperators.ca.

SOURCE The Co-operators

Hub International Acquires The Shares Of Saskatchewan-Based Kindersley Insurance Ltd.

 Hub International Limited (Hub), a leading global insurance brokerage, announced today that it has acquired the shares of Kindersley Insurance Ltd. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Kindersley, Saskatchewan with an office in Dodsland, Kindersley Insurance Ltd. is a full-service, independent personal and commercial insurance brokerage that specializes in insurance solutions for the agriculture, oil field and trucking industries.

Principals Mark Stockford and Barry Andrew will join Hub Manitoba and report to Doug Trapp, Vice President of Hub’s Saskatchewan Region.

About Hub’s M&A Activities
Hub International Limited is committed to growing organically and through acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint and strengthen industry and product expertise. For more information on the Hub M&A experience, visit WeAreHub.com.

About Hub International
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Hub International Limited is a leading global insurance brokerage that provides property and casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services from offices located throughout North America.  For more information, please visit hubinternational.com.

CONTACT:
Media: Marni Gordon
Phone: 312-279-4601
Marni.gordon@hubinternational.com
M&A: Clark Wormer
Phone: 312.279.4848
Clark.wormer@hubinternational.com

 

SOURCE Hub International Limited

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SSQ Insurance takes another step toward health and wellness with its new telemedicine service

Press Release:

In line with its ongoing mission to provide innovative products and services, SSQ Insurance is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Dialogue virtual platform to provide its employees and insured members with instant access to health professional services. Founded more than 70 years ago on the principle of making access to healthcare easier, SSQ Insurance remains true to its origins by launching the Dialogue platform.

The telemedicine platform allows users same-day access to a health professional via a secure videoconference. The services offered through this virtual healthcare technology include secure video consultations with general practitioners, live chats with nurses, prescriptions and renewals, as well as referrals to specialists.

SSQ Insurance has a long-standing commitment to the health of its customers, both in prevention and treatment, particularly through its Health InSight program. The introduction of the Dialogue platform to its group insurance offering also emphasizes the importance of modernizing employee benefits to meet the needs of today’s workplace. Convinced of its value, SSQ Insurance has decided to provide access to this innovative technology to all of its employees.

“Since March 2017, we have been working closely with Dialogue on how best to integrate their solution into a group insurance context. We have confirmed the relevance of this platform to employers and are convinced of the benefits for them as well as for all of their employees,” said Louis Régimbal, Vice-President of Strategy and Innovation at SSQ Insurance.

“The potential of group insurance as our distribution platform mechanism is undeniable. Our special relationship with SSQ Insurance has allowed us to strengthen our positioning in Canada, and we are happy to work with them to help improve the well-being of their customers,” added Cherif Habib, co-founder and CEO of Dialogue.

In actual fact, SSQ Insurance already refers some of its group insurance customers to Dialogue, offering them great pricing, and is now paving the way for full integration with the Dialogue platform to be incorporated into its group insurance offering across Canada in the coming months. Eligible employers will be able to offer their employees a better work-life balance, while helping to reduce absenteeism.

ABOUT DIALOGUE
Dialogue is a virtual platform offering integrated health care services for employers to keep their employees happy, healthy, and performing at their highest potential. A full range of health professionals (nurses, physicians and allied health practitioners) is available at the click of a button to help employees optimize their work-life balance. To learn more, visit dialogue.co.

ABOUT SSQ INSURANCE
Founded in 1944, SSQ Insurance is a mutualist company that puts community at the heart of insurance. With assets under management of $11 billion, SSQ Insurance is one of the largest companies in the industry. Working for a community of over three million customers, SSQ Insurance employs 2,000 people. Leader in group insurance, the company also sets itself apart through its expertise in individual life and health insurance, general insurance and the investment sector. For more information, go to ssq.ca/telemedicine

SOURCE SSQ Insurance

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