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  • Automated Vehicles Report Gaining Traction in the Insurance Industry

    Automated Vehicles ReportSince its launch in May, our report, Automated Vehicles: Insurance Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada, has received over 2,000 downloads and national media attention.

    The report raises many important questions that the insurance industry will need to address in the next 5-10 years to prepare for automated vehicles on Canadian roads. While 5-10 years seems far away, recent announcements like Uber’s plan to test its ridesharing service with driverless cars as an experiment in Pittsburgh and the fatal Tesla crash in early July shows that while automakers and consumers are ready for automated vehicles, the insurance industry still has many questions to answer.

    The purpose of the report is to address the burning questions that will affect road safety, the cost of repairs, and the ethical issues related to automated vehicles. It is important for the insurance industry to begin now to prepare for the extensive changes automated vehicles is expected to ultimately bring to the industry.

    These articles reference our report and provide you with even more insight about the insurance and road safety implications of automated vehicles in Canada:

     Date   Publication   Article
    May 5, 2016 Canadian Underwriter  Insurance Institute of Canada issues “call to action” on driverless vehicles
    May 6, 2016 Canadian Insurance Top Broker Critical time for insurance industry to get involved with automated vehicles
    May 25, 2016  Canadian Underwriter  Insurance industry ‘has to be ready’ for automated vehicles: Insurance Institute speaker
    May 26, 2016  Insurance Business Canada  Insurers have five years to adapt to self-driving cars
    May 27, 2016  Insurance Business Canada  Self-driving car experts question manufacturer liability promise
    June 23, 2016  Auto Service World  Insurance Institute releases report on automated vehicles
    June 27, 2016  Collision Repair Mag  Insurance Institute report examines challenges of insuring autonomous vehicles
    July 5, 2016     Insurance Business Canada     Accident shows insurers have much to learn about self-driving cars
    July 5, 2016 Tesla's recent self-driving accident may pit automaker versus insurance company
    July 5, 2016  BMW Blog  Will Tesla’s Autopilot accident stall autonomous progress?
    July 11, 2016   Thompson's World Insurance News Vehicle automation presents challenges (PDF)
    September 25, 2016 Toronto Sun Insurance companies take cautious approach to driverless cars
    September 26, 2016 Insurance Business Canada  Industry to welcome driverless cars with cautios optimism: IBC 

    Interactive media and articles related to automated vehicles

    What will an accident free future look like? View an interactive timeline exploring what the future may look like if driverless cars take over the roads by the middle of the century. (works best on Chrome)

    Google Self-Driving Car Project - Watch the Google car navigate through city streets

    Steeri self-driving car parody – You’ve already seen what Siri can do for your phone; watch this video to see what Steeri can do for your car

    Are humans prepared for the driverless car? Listen to this podcast that discusses the fascinating phycology behind the way humans respond to technology.

    Driverless cars in movie and television history. See the top 10 most memorable driverless cars in movie and television history.

    Consumers are ready for automated vehicles, but is the insurance industry? Read about the new
    Tesla Model 3
    and the consumer support behind its semi-autonomous “Autopilot” hardware. Learn more about the report, Automated Vehicles: Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada.

    Keep the conversation going on Twitter at #automatedishere.

    If you have any questions or comments about the upcoming automated vehicles report, contact us at


    Posted by CIP Society on 10/3/2016

  • The Heart of the Fire

    ""Forest fires are a common occurrence in Canada. But on May 1, 2016, when a fire southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta took hold, few could have imagined that two days later it would trigger the largest evacuation in Alberta and an unprecedented catastrophe (CAT) in Canadian insurance history – to the tune of $3.6 billion. The emergency response plans for the province as well as at insurance companies across the country and at Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) were invoked, but from the beginning, it was clear this CAT was different.

    IBC and insurers were there from the beginning to help influence and proactively guide decisions that would result in better outcomes for the industry, consumers and policyholders. Years from now, we may look back on it as a positive step towards a more coordinated and collaborative emergency strategy that put the insurance industry in the heart of the emergency operations and smoothed the way to recovery. This early industry participation is a first in disaster management in Canada and is likely to become a best practice for future responses.

    This fall, the CIP Society is offering a two-part webinar series examining the landscape of wildfires in Canada, and specific examples of how the industry prepared, responded, and changed the way the industry responds to emergencies when the next disaster strikes.

    Part 1: A Social media case study

    Discusses the critical role of social media during a catastrophic event, like the Fort McMurray wildfires. No longer just a tool for one-way communication, this webinar will show the various social media platforms can be an effective tool for customer service and empathy with examples before, during, and after the Fort McMurray evacuations. 

    Register today for this October 13th webinar!

    Part 2: Emergency & industry response case study

    Reviews the changing risk of wildfire, including causes, prevention, and risk management. It also discusses the industry’s strategy for a proactive and timely response during emergencies and disasters of this caliber, and how the industry can build from these experiences for future disaster management planning.

    Register today for this November 17th webinar!

    These webinars are presented by representatives from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), who were actively involved with the Fort McMurray wildfires either onsite or through social media.

    Space is limited – register for these webinars today!

    Related: ADVANTAGE Monthly Trends Paper – Wildfires in Canada


    Posted by CIP Society on 9/26/2016

  • Tackling the Risks in the World of Sports

    Rio 2016 Olympic logo

    Insurance in the world of sports has been attracting a lot of attention, especially as the 2016 Olympic Games commence in Rio. As the country battles a recession, contaminated water, the Zika virus and concerns over terrorism, there’s much to be concerned about as the International Olympic Committee battle through the press. Thankfully, most exposure to risk is held by a handful of large reinsurers, and insurance would cover a number of losses.

    While we typically associate sports insurance as a niche product intended only for professional athletes, much discussion around concussions and other risks that affect recreational athletes have scored some recent attention as well.

    There are a number of health related risks in the world of sports, from the Olympic level to close to home. In Canada, concerns over concussions at the professional and recreational level have led to a national concussion strategy aimed for 2017. Meanwhile, the NFL, CFL and NHL are facing separate legal battles between the league and the players regarding head injuries.

    A new risk for athletes comes in the shape of ground up car and truck tires that is used on soccer fields called crumb rubber. Recent studies are showing that this material may be toxic and most of the particles are either carcinogens or irritants, which can cause respiratory issues including asthma.

    There’s much to be learned in the world of sports insurance and the types of coverage available for athletes of all levels.

    Read this Trends Paper to get the full outlook of sports insurance.

    Sports Insurance Trends Paper

    Posted by CIP Society on 8/5/2016