BMS Canada Risk Services launches Lions Gate Underwriting and appoints Shaun Johnston as Managing Director

Vancouver, Canada – BMS Canada Risk Services (“BMS Canada”) the Canadian arm of the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker BMS Group Ltd., today announces the launch of a specialist MGA Lions Gate Underwriting.

Lions Gate will commence underwriting immediately specializing in the following lines:

• Travel Medical Insurance
• Accident & Sickness
• War Risk & Terrorism Insurance
• Construction including annual and project specific coverages
• Professional Liability
• Cyber/Privacy
• Personal Lines
• Commercial General Liability & Umbrella Liability
• Residential and Commercial Property
• Large open-market risks

Lions Gate Underwriting is a leading Lloyd’s coverholder and underwrites on behalf of large A rated global insurers. Our products are distributed through licensed Canadian insurance brokers.

Shaun Johnston, who will be based in the company’s headquarters in Vancouver, has been appointed as Managing Director and holds national responsibility for the MGA including the Ontario presence.

Brian Gomes, CEO of BMS Canada, said:

“I am delighted to announce Shaun’s appointment and the re-launch of our MGA business. When we started looking for a Managing Director to Lions Gate, we knew that we needed someone with experience growing businesses and with an excellent knowledge and perspective on the current marketplace. Shaun’s experience stood out to us immediately and his track record in the provision of advisory, programme design and placement services for large complex projects as well as his market network will prove to be invaluable as we grow Lions Gate across Canada.”

Shaun Johnston, Managing Director of Lions Gate and COO of BMS Canada, said:

“This is a very exciting time for Lions Gate as we invest in key personnel and innovative product development. We are now at the next step in our strategic planning towards becoming the go-to business for specialized industries facing risks that require bespoke insurance solutions. We are better positioned than ever to fully service client requirements and our specialist, dedicated teams are ready to do business across the country. I’m greatly looking forward to announcing the various strategic developments over the coming months.”

BMS Continues customer driven innovation with launch of new iVision Hazard Module

BMS Intermediaries today announces the latest enhancement to iVision, its award winning catastrophe risk management system, that includes a new Hazard Module with storm surge features to support heightened user experience and functionality.

The new Hazard Module consolidates the extensive hazard map layers already available to iVision users with storm surge inundation heights above ground level, as defined by the National Hurricane Center’s Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model for category 1-4 hurricanes. The ability to visualize these storm surge hazard layers benefits users in their portfolio accumulation management, growth strategies, underwriting and rating territory evaluation.

“iVision’s latest enhancements, which were implemented following feedback from our clients, continues to demonstrate our commitment to providing innovation to suit their business requirements. In line with the start of the 2015 hurricane season, the new storm surge and hazard module features empower our clients making them better equipped than ever to prepare for severe weather events.”,

says Julie Serakos, Head of Cat Analytics for BMS Intermediaries, Inc.
iVision, part of a suite of analytical tools and services offered by BMS, is an easy-to-use catastrophe risk management system that is accessed via the internet. Built on the latest GIS technologies, it helps today’s insurance companies reduce cost and increase efficiency when managing their catastrophic risk.