WestJet, Canada’s second largest airline, is now offering complimentary COVID-19 insurance for eligible passengers for travel to and from the US, Europe, the UK, Mexico and the Caribbean until August 31, 2021. The carrier joins Air Canada in offering free Covid-19 insurance in an effort to boost sales as more Canadians elect to stay home or travel domestically to avoid Canada’s 14-day quarantine for international travelers.

Originally WestJet’s insurance did not include US coverage but will now cover travel to the United States. On September 25, 2020 WestJet announced that “guests travelling to, through or from the United States are now eligible for the airline’s enhanced $200,000 CAD COVID-19 travel insurance coverage for air-only and vacation reservations. The enhanced coverage will retroactively include all bookings made as of September 18, 2020 and will increase by $100,000 CAD to include up to a maximum of $200,000 CAD at no additional charge to eligible guests.”

Eligible bookings include any WestJet air-only reservation, including WestJet Vacations bookings for travel to and from the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe (including U.K.) and inbound to Canada. These trips will be eligible for coverage for up to 21 days for travel into and including August 31, 2021. For one-way travel reservations, coverage is available for up to seven days.

Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer, said that “Our research shows that a lack of COVID insurance is a considerable barrier to travel and our guests were seeking the inclusion of U.S. destinations to our travel insurance offering. Eligible guests travelling to and from the destinations we serve can now have an added layer of confidence

AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “a” of International General Insurance Co. Ltd., (IGICL) (Bermuda) and International General Insurance Company (UK) Limited (IGIUK) (United Kingdom). Concurrently, the rating of International General Insurance Holdings Limited (IGI) (United Arab Emirates), now an intermediary holding company, has been withdrawn at the company’s request. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

At the same time, AM Best has assigned a Long-Term ICR of “bbb” to International General Insurance Holdings Limited (IGIC) (Bermuda). The outlook assigned to this rating is stable.

The ratings of IGI reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorises as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

On 17 March 2020, IGI and Tiberius Acquisition Corporation (Tiberius) announced the completion of their business combination. As part of the combination agreement, IGI exchanged its shares for common shares of IGIC, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary. IGIC is a new public company, listed on the Nasdaq, and is now the ultimate parent of the group. Tiberius and IGI raised approximately USD 146 million as part of the transaction, of which USD 41 million was added to IGI’s balance sheet.

IGI’s strong operating results have been underpinned by robust underwriting performance over the long term. However, the company’s performance is affected by foreign exchange movements, largely through exposure to GBP-denominated business from IGI’s growing U.K. book of business. The company reported a five-year average combined ratio of 92% (2015-2019), despite the impact of catastrophe losses in 2017. AM Best views IGI’s underwriting discipline as a key factor supporting its good financial results and expects the company to report strong, albeit potentially volatile, profits in prospective years.

In a desperate bid to get Canadian travelers to go abroad once again, Canada’s biggest airline, Air Canada, is offering passengers free Covid-19 medical insurance, even as the Canadian government continues to advise against non-essential travel.

Air Canada announced that it will now be including complimentary COVID-19 emergency medical and quarantine insurance for eligible passengers who book round-trip international flights. The coverage will be available for new bookings made in Canada from September 17 until October 31, 2020. The airline hopes that the free insurance will give customers added confidence when booking flights and travelling abroad.

“At Air Canada, we know people have personal, family and business reasons to travel. To give them greater confidence as they do so, we have engaged Manulife to offer all Canadian residents complimentary COVID-19 emergency medical & quarantine insurance when they book round-trip flights for travel outside of Canada. Combined with our industry leading airport and onboard biosafety protocols, including Air Canada CleanCare+, and our flexible rebooking policies, customers can be assured that when they book and travel with Air Canada their safety and well-being is our top priority,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada in the press release.

The plan (called the Manulife COVID-19 Emergency Medical Certificate of Insurance) is available only for new international, round-trip bookings made in Canada between September 17 and October 31, 2020, for travel completed by April 12, 2021. 

When abroad, if customers test positive for COVID-19, the Plan coverage includes:

  • Up to CDN $200,000 per insured for COVID-19 treatment medical expenses.
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NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chubb announced today that Nandini Mani has been appointed Executive Vice President, Claims for Overseas General Insurance, the company’s international general insurance business in 51 countries and territories. Currently, Ms. Mani is Deputy General Counsel and Head of Global Litigation. In her new role, she will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s international claims organization, both retail and wholesale, that supports Chubb’s property and casualty, accident and health, and personal lines insurance businesses in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Far East, and Eurasia and Africa.

Nandini Mani, appointed by Chubb to be Executive Vice President, Claims for the company's international general insurance business
Nandini Mani, appointed by Chubb to be Executive Vice President, Claims for the company’s international general insurance business

Ms. Mani will report to Juan Luis Ortega, Executive Vice President, Chubb Group and President of Overseas General Insurance, and Mike Smith, Senior Vice President, Chubb Group and Global Claims Officer. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Nandini brings a stellar background and a strong track record of performance to this role,” said Mr. Ortega. “Her appointment is another indicator of Chubb’s deep pool of talented leaders.”

“Our global claims organization is one of the finest in the world and we understand that claims is where we deliver on our commitments to clients. Nandini’s legal experience and knowledge of Chubb will be a valuable addition as she takes on this important role,” said Mr. Smith. “I look forward to working with Nandini.”

Ms. Mani joined Chubb in 2015, leading all global investigations and litigation. Previously, she served as Managing Counsel at BNY Mellon. Before that, Ms. Mani was an attorney with Debevoise & Plimpton.

Nandini is licensed to practice law in New York State. She also is admitted to practice in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District

Just like last year, markets like London and Amsterdam are well represented. For 2020’s list, newcomers from Leeds, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Johannesburg show that growth comes from everywhere. Here are the top 10 fastest growing international agencies by percent change in revenue. (Number in parentheses represents overall ranking.)

(Be sure to check out Adweek’s top 100 Fastest Growing agencies and 10 solution providers for the complete list.)


Thinkerbell (13)

  • HQ: Melbourne, Australia
  • Growth: 719%
  • Select Clients: Accor Hotels, The Iconic, Vegemite
  • Classification: Full-Service

Thinkerbell combines marketing sciences and creativity into a brand proposition it calls “measured magic.” Just 3 years old, the independent agency has already received plenty of awards in Australia, and its client list keeps growing. That growth comes from a consistent earned media approach as well as coverage in the marketing trade press for its work, new business wins, opinion pieces and business moves. Thinkerbell has launched three other agencies: DOA (Decade of Action), a social cause agency; Space, a conference-festival organization; and research agency Hocus Focus.


Animal (15)

  • HQ: New Delhi
  • Growth: 548%
  • Select Clients: AB InBev, Airtel, Uniqlo India
  • Classification: Full-Service

Animal courts diversity in its clientele and staff. The indie creative agency works with a diverse portfolio of Indian and global brands and has recently ventured into the U.S. market. Animal has produced a broad body of work, including designing streetwear, packaging, event programming, film production, animation, product design, AR, VR and UI/UX. The company ensures its teams come from diverse backgrounds in terms of discipline and collaborate with each other on projects for clients.


No Fixed Address (28)

  • HQ: Toronto
  • Growth: 265%
  • Select Clients: AstraZeneca, Little Caesars, SickKids Foundation
  • Classification: Full-Service

No Fixed Address keeps expanding its address book, with growth outside its Toronto base, including Montreal and New York, where