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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

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.

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Morning Sessions
Lunch Keynote
Afternoon Session
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.

Morning Seminar Sessions

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.
Rene Fenez, VP Atlantic | EGA Sedgwick
Alison Penney, VP | Chubb
Sponsor: Sedgwick

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!
Tipper McEwan, Partner, Stewart McKelvey
Sponsor: Stewart McKelvey

3. Large Loss Project Management
Confirmed presenters:
Steve Agnew, VP, Specialty Risk Division  |  ClaimsPro - Ontario/Central Canada  (Hamilton, ON)
Michel Roy, Specialty Risk Division |  ClaimsPro (Moncton, NB)
Michael Connolly, Specialty Risk Division  |  ClaimsPro (Halifax, NS)
Sponsor: ClaimsPro

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

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…


"Demographic research results for the Atlantic region"
Todd Crawford
| Conference Board of Canada

"Technological disruption in the insurance industry, attracting and retaining top talent, as well as in-demand skills and strategies specific to brokerages and small/medium businesses."
Angus MacCaull
| AA Munro

"Transitioning into the workforce."
Chantal Brine, CEO 
| EnPoint

(Moderator) Trevor Buttram 
| Career Connections

Sponsor: Crawford & Company

Afternoon Session

Cannabis and Insurance: A Deep Dive

Join us for an in-depth look at the world of cannabis from an insurance perspective, featuring the following:

Carol Messervey, ClaimsPro - Intro to Cannabis
Chad Morrison, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Jillian Kean, McInnes Cooper - Legal Issues
Michael Roy, ClaimsPro - Physical Damage of Grow-Ops
Katie Benjamin/Stephen Agnew, ClaimPro - Adjusting
Q&A Panel - facilitated by Paul Croft

Sponsors: McInnes Cooper and Agile Underwriting Solutions

Thank you to our sponsors

Interested in sponsoring Symposium Atlantic? Email Kent Hudson.

Event Presenting Sponsors:

IFS Financial Services Inc

Cocktail Social & Networking Sponsor

ServiceMaster Restore

Registration Desk Sponsor
Maritime Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

Lunch Keynote Sponsor
Crawford & Company

Nutrition Break Sponsors
HRYCAY Consulting Engineers

Seminar Breakout Sponsors

Stewart McKelvey Lawyers

Cannabis Afternoon Session
McInnes Cooper
Agile Underwriting Solutions

General Event Sponsors

Contrast Engineering
The Cooperators
Economical Insurance
Intrepid Investigations
Intact Insurance
Fix Auto Canada
Marsh Adjustment Ltd
Pembridge Insurance
Portage Mutual
Ritch Williams Richards Law
Wentzell Engineering

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.

~ Residence Inn by Marriott ~ $184/night ~ 1.902.422.0493 ~ Online Registration Link
~ Four Points by Sheraton Halifax
~ $184/night ~ 1.866.716.8133 ~ Online Registration Link
~ Cambridge Suites Halifax
~ $189/night ~ 902.420.0555 or 1.800.565.1263 ~

Ask for “Symposium Atlantic 2019” rate.

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HR Trends and Issues in Canadian P&C Insurance - Todd Crawford
Ethics in Insurance - Tipper McEwan
Loss Control Practices
Cannabis - Jillian Kean
RCMP - Chad Morrison
Cannabis - Katie Benjamin 
Condominiums - An insurance perspective - Ken De Decker

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