Back by popular demand!

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After a successful inaugural event with over 150 attendees, Symposium Atlantic is back—at a fresh new location!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Halifax Convention Centre

Registration opens March 1


Featuring inspiring keynote speakers, insightful seminars and great networking, Symposium brings together bright minds who provoke engaging discussion about the future of our industry.

Join us for a robust day of thought-provoking and engaging seminar sessions to energize you and your team.

Feedback from last year's event:

•   "I found the presentations great and very interesting."
•   "Great speakers - very interesting and timely topics."
•   "Very organized event and on schedule."
•   "I hope it will be an annual event. Great work!"

Symposium Atlantic is brought to you in partnership with the Insurance Institutes of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

Morning Sessions
Lunch Keynote
Expert Panel
Hotel and other event information


Please scroll down for further information on each session.

8 to 8:30 am


8:30 to 9 am

Welcome Networking

9:00 to 9:15 am

Welcome & Greetings

9:15 to 10:30 am

SESSION A: Concurrent Sessions

10:30 to 10:45 am

Networking Huddle / Nutrition Break

10:45 to 12 pm

SESSION B: Concurrent Sessions

12 to 1:15 pm

Lunch Keynote: A Talent Strategy and HR Panel

1:15 to 3:15

Cannabis: A Deep Dive

3:15 to 4 pm

Cocktail Social and Networking

Spring Fling

At 6 p.m., the Insurance Institute of Nova Scotia will be holding their annual Spring Networking Fling, conveniently timed so that those attending Symposium Atlantic can attend both events if they wish. Learn more about the Spring Networking Fling.


Your choice of seminar for each of two sessions.

Designed by insurance professionals for insurance professionals, the CIP Society Symposium Atlantic is a full day of progressive learning aimed at increasing your skill and knowledge level.

We're currently confirming speakers and will update this page as more details are confirmed!

1. Social Engineering
Fraudsters can hide in the anonymity of cyber space and can infiltrate even the most secure firms through social engineering.  Join our panel of experts to learn more about this increasingly important topic.
Speakers: TBA

2. Ethics in Insurance
If you work in the insurance industry, ethical dilemmas are a way of life. Why? Like any business, there could be number of reasons, but having multiple obligations is one of the biggest issues. Join us for this informative session on how it affects you in today’s complex world!
Speaker: TBA

3. Large Loss Project Management
Confirmed presenter:
Steve Agnew, VP, Specialty Risk Division  |  ClaimsPro - Ontario/Central Canada

4. Condo Insurance
Confirmed presenter:
Ken De Decker, Director, Specialty Lines, Insurance Solutions - Commercial  | Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

Lunch Keynote

A Talent Strategy and HR Panel

Technological disruption. Demographics. Shifts in markets and consumer needs. These are some of the primary factors influencing the industry’s talent and HR landscape.
Whether you are a part of a larger organization or a small to medium enterprise, it has never been more critical for insurance employers to have a proactive approach to responding to their talent and workforce development needs.
Underpinned by the Institute’s Demographic Research, you will come away from this session with the latest in data, trends, and issues specific to Atlantic Canada and that are in play across the country.
A panel of thought leaders will share real life examples, best practices, and concrete strategies for:
-    attracting and retaining top talent
-    leadership development and career management in times of disruption, and
-    in-demand skills that are now deemed critical for the insurance industry with the intent of helping your organization to maximize its approach to talent management both today and beyond…

Speakers: TBA

Afternoon Session

Cannabis and Insurance: A Deep Dive

Speakers: TBA

Thank you to our sponsors from 2018

We are confirming sponsors for this year; stay tuned.
Interested in sponsoring Symposium Atlantic? Email Kent Hudson.

Event Presenting Sponsors:

Crawford Canada

Seminar, Lunch, Panel and General Sponsors:
Paul Davis
ServiceMaster Restore
Maritime Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
McInnes Cooper
Wentzell Engineering
Marsh Adjustment Ltd
Strum Consulting
Burns & Wilcox
Hrycay Consuting Engineers
Pembridge Insurance
Portage Mutual
Ritch Williams Richards Law

Hotel information

The host venue for this event will be the Halifax Convention Centre and we have secured conference hotel rates at two nearby properties. All properties have limited availability.

Four Points by Sheraton Halifax  |  $184/night  |  Phone 1.866.716.8133
Cambridge Suites Halifax  |  $189/night   Phone 902.420.0555 or 1.800.565.1263

Ask for “Symposium Atlantic 2019” rate.


Registration for Symposium Atlantic opens March 1