CIP Society Symposium
The premier industry event for insurance professionals
Featuring inspiring keynote speakers, insightful seminars and our 'Up Close and Personal' session, Symposium is the premier industry event for GTA's insurance professionals.
This annual event brings together bright minds who provoke engaging discussion about the future of our industry.
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April 16, 2020
Toronto Board of Trade
First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide Street W., Toronto
(King Street West at York)
Explore Symposium 2020
Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker, Conference Host, TV and Radio Personality
“Stop Telling Your Story. Become Part of Mine. How to get the attention of the people that matter most to you.”
Morning General Session
Rethinking resiliency in a period of extreme climate risk
Severe weather and climate risks have had a significant impact on the insurance industry in Canada over the past 40 years. Managed well to date, these risks are expected to present opportunities for the industry in the short-term future. The Institute’s latest research report focuses on the implications of climate risks over the next 10 years, but also includes a warning that prospects over the next 50 to 100 years are not clear. In this session you will learn how collaboration and individual company action can help the industry address the underwriting and operational uncertainty resulting from the impact of climate change. You will also learn about effective loss reduction solutions based on scientific study and industry knowledge.
Paul Kovacs, Senior Researcher, Insurance Institute of Canada, Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Donna Ince, Senior Vice-President, Personal Lines, RSA Canada
Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Barbara Turley-McIntyre, Vice-President, Sustainability & Citizenship, The Co-operators Group Ltd.
Breakout Sessions (choose one)
Spotting black swans: A strategy for rethinking the unpredictable
Popularized by economist Nassim Taleb in 2007, the concept of black swan events—undirected events with unpredictable and far-reaching consequences—have captivated the attention of financial and political forecasters. Interestingly, the term is seldom applied in the context of insurance, but you don’t have to look far to find examples—the Missouri duck boat loss in 2018, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Fort McMurray wildfires in 2016. In this session, you will get to know black swan events that have both shaken and strengthened our industry. You'll explore how you can safeguard your organization from the impact of black swan events while building resilience for the future. You will also learn best practices for advising clients about the possibility of black swan events and how to prepare for them.
Anne Wilson, Property Expert, Property & Casualty Business Management, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation
Yvonne Steiner, SVP, Head of Property Lines, Zurich Canada
The new case for parametric insurance
Parametric insurance solutions hit the marketplace in the early 1990s, but are currently in the midst of a renaissance. Advances in data analytics, increased computing power and increased influence of severe weather have made parametric insurance an attractive option for even mid-market and smaller corporate clients. Parametric insurance is different from indemnity-based insurance products because they are triggered by a pre-defined event (e.g. rainfall exceedance or deficit, earthquake intensity, etc.) and payout is automatic, regardless of damage. In this session, you will learn what makes parametric insurance an attractive option for both insurers and clients and possible future applications. You’ll also explore thought-provoking issues such as regulation and long-term effects of this offering on the marketplace.
Manuel Chirouze, Managing Director, West Coast Cat Modelling Lead, Guy Carpenter
Urs Uhlmann, CEO and Chief Agent at AXA XL Insurance Canada
Matthew Zuccato, National Practice Leader, Marsh Alternative Risk Solutions
Dr. Joy Albuquerque, MD, MA, FRCPC
Medical Director, Physician Health Program, Ontario Medical Association
Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
“Health and wellness at work: an oxymoron?”
Gain a new perspective on leadership as executives share their personal insights in an intimate group setting.
Philomena Comerford, President & CEO/ Principal
Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP & Hargraft Schofield LP
Saad Mered, CEO & Chief Agent
Heidi Sevcik, President & CEO
Gore Mutual Insurance Company
Jason Storah, CEO
||Welcome and Introduction
|8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
||Breakfast Keynote Speaker
|9:45 - 10 a.m.
|10 - 11 a.m.
|11 - 11:15 a.m.
|11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
|12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
||Lunch and Lunch Keynote Speaker
|1:15 - 1:30 p.m.
|1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
||Leaders Unscripted Session
|3:30 - 4 p.m.
Thank you to our sponsors
Crawford & Company
Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association (OIAA)