Beazley launches environmental coverage in Canada

New York, July 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Beazley, a leading provider of specialist environmental liability insurance, has launched its local environmental coverage in Canada.

Nick Bidwell, an experienced underwriter of environmental risks, has joined Beazley to develop business in Canada, focusing on fixed site and operational liability risks. Prior to joining Beazley, Mr Bidwell was the Canadian national underwriting lead for site liability at Zurich. Before that, he held environmental consulting positions at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates/GHD in Canada and WSP Environmental in the UK. He is based in Beazley’s Toronto office.

Beazley covers a wide range of environmental risks including operational coverage for businesses that may face claims for polluting the premises of third parties; professional liability coverage for environmental consultants; protection for ongoing fixed site operations; contractors’ pollution liability; and brownfield site remediation. Key target industries are the manufacturing, industrial, real estate, hospital and educational sectors.

Jayne Cunningham, Beazley’s environmental focus group leader, said: “We’re excited to expand Beazley’s specialist environmental coverage to the Canadian market and look forward to developing creative solutions for local clients. Nick is extremely knowledgeable about the environmental risks faced by local organizations and will help Beazley build local distribution for risks that don’t typically reach the London market.”



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Beazley plc (BEZ) is the parent company of specialist insurance businesses with operations
in Europe, the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.  Beazley manages six Lloyd’s syndicates and, in 2016, underwrote gross premiums worldwide of $2,195.6 million. All Lloyd’s syndicates are rated A by A.M. Best. 

Beazley’s underwriters in the United States focus on writing a range of specialist insurance products.  In the admitted market, coverage is provided by Beazley Insurance Company, Inc., an A.M. Best A rated carrier licensed in all 50 states.  In the surplus lines market, coverage is provided by the Beazley syndicates at Lloyd’s.

Beazley is a market leader in many of its chosen lines, which include professional indemnity, property, marine, reinsurance, accident and life, and political risks and contingency business.

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Beazley Group