Back by popular demand!
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.
Hotel and other event information
Please scroll down for further information on each session.
8 to 8:30 am
8:30 to 9 am
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
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
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
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)
4. Condo Insurance
Ken De Decker, Director, Specialty Lines, Insurance Solutions - Commercial | Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Sponsor: Wawanesa Insurance
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
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
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
Agile Underwriting Solutions
General Event Sponsors
Fix Auto Canada
Marsh Adjustment Ltd
Ritch Williams Richards Law
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.
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