The premier industry event for insurance professionals in Atlantic Canada.


The 2018 Symposium Atlantic was an unqualified success!


We've started planning for 2019; keep May 2, 2019 free on your calendar and watch for updates as they become available. 




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Friday, April 27, 2018

Atlantica Hotel, Halifax

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.

Here’s what attendees at other CIP Society Symposium events around Canada have said:

      “Quality sessions—all topics were relevant and informative.”
    •  “The sessions were very well planned and orchestrated.”
    •  “One of the best industry events I’ve attended—very well done!”

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

As of March 22, 2018, over 100 registrations to Symposium Atlantic have been sold! Space is limited: register early to avoid disappointment. 

Pre-registration required by April 20, 2018

Register now [PDF]


Morning Sessions
Lunch Keynote
Expert Panel
Hotel and other event information


Please scroll down for further information on each session.

8:30 am

Registration and networking

9:15 am

Welcome and greetings

9:30 am

SESSION A: Concurrent Sessions

10:30 am

Networking huddle / nutrition break

10:50 am

SESSION B: Concurrent Sessions

12:00 noon

Lunch Keynote

1:15 pm

Expert Panel

3:00 pm

Cocktail social and networking

4:00 pm

End of event


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. 

1. Weather Events and Impact on the Global Insurance Markets
Stay tuned for more information on this session.

Jim Abraham  |  Meterologist
Matt Wolfe  |  Aon Benfield

2. Cyber Liability New Developments: The Anatomy of a Cyber Liability Policy

This program will provide guidance to ensure insurance professionals are properly identifying foreseeable insurable cyber liability risks in both personal lines and commercial lines. In light of recent changes to Canadian private sector privacy law, including mandatory privacy breach notification requirements it is imperative that insurance professionals understand the various coverage options.
Insurance professionals will develop an understanding of the organizational risks and compliance obligations from a first party and third party perspective.
When you leave this session, you'll be able to:
•    Identify cyber liability risk exposures in personal lines and commercial lines from a first party and third party perspective.
•    Understand the structure and policy terms of cyber liability coverage.
•    Undertake a comparative review of coverage options to address the emerging mandatory privacy breach notification requirements.     

Mario Fiorino  |  Insurance Bureau of Canada

3. The Sharing Economy: Insurance repercussions of our changing landscape
Recent estimates suggest that over ten million Canadians use sharing platforms, for issues ranging from driving (Uber) to property rentals (AirBNB) to odd jobs (Taskrabbit).  Rarely do the users of these services consider their insurance implications.  In this session, we will review the societal shift toward a collaborative economy and examine the coverage gaps, additional risks and regulatory issues created by this change.  We will also examine the insurance industry itself and the changes the sharing economy might lead to in insurance products and services.

Ian Dunbar  |  McInnes Cooper

4. Technology in Insurance Investigations and Adjusting
Engineering developments in electronics, computer and software technologies have provided advanced tools that are now compact and easier to use. These feature‐filled apparatuses offer both new and affordable technologies to the average person. Come and join some of the engineering staff of Wentzell
Engineering Limited as they show you a few of the more interesting tools and explain their features and
benefits. Although used by Wentzell Engineering for their forensic investigation work, let your imagination dictate how the same technologies can benefit others involved in everything from building inspection to risk assessments.  Three speakers will present the following topics:
•    3D Models of interior spaces and associated software tools;
•    Compact Camera features/benefits (will be focusing on the Olympus Tough series);
•    Compact Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) and their applications; and
•    Drones: benefits and ‘red tape’ barriers.

Mark Wentzell  | Wentzell Engineering
Ryan Grimm  | Wentzell Engineering
Rick Fifield  | Wentzell Engineering


Lunch Keynote

The Future of Claims
Disruptive pressures and emerging technologies with a framework for making decisions in today’s complex environment.

Pat Van Bakel | CEO, Crawford & Company


Expert Panel

Join us to hear from a panel of senior industry managers!
Each panel member will be be given 5-7 minutes to key on specific areas relating to three of the topics that were covered in the morning sessions: Climate Change and Weather Related Losses, Cyber Risks, and The Sharing Economy

Each panel member will explain what their company is doing to recognize these issues in an ever-changing environment.
Specifically, they'll describe how is their company reacting/adjusting as it relates to:
•   Product Delivery
•   Changes to Product Offerings
•   Educating the industry on these changes

Once you're registered, you'll be given the opportunity to send us questions that could be discussed. We will also allow questions from the floor on the topics covered, time permitting.

Paul Croft

Panel Members:
Alex Rafuse  | Vice-President, Underwriting and Portfolio Management for Personal Insurance Canada, RSA Group
Ben Isotta-Riches  |  Chief Information Officer, Aviva Canada
Lynn Whitehead  |  Director, Government & Industry Relations, TD Insurance
Pat Van Bakel  | CEO, Crawford & Company


Thank you to our sponsors 

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 and other event information

Join us for the Nova Scotia Spring Networking Fling
The Insurance Institute of NS Spring Networking Fling will be held in Halifax on the evening of April 26 - the night before Symposium. Delegates are welcome to attend! Tickets are $40 + HST. Register online here.

Hotel Rooms:
The host venue for this event will be the Atlantica Hotel Halifax (Ph 1-888-810-7288) and a room rate of $149 plus tax (based on availability).  When booking, be sure to indicate you are with Symposium Atlantic 2018!

Register now [PDF]