The premier industry event for insurance professionals

2018 Symposium

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Toronto Board of Trade
First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto ON, M5X 1C1
(King Street West at York Street)  

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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Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Morning General Seminar Session
Morning Breakout Seminar Sessions
Lunch Session
Up Close and Personal Session

5 Management RIBO hours are available.

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

8 a.m.


8: 30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

8:40 - 9:40 a.m.

Breakfast Keynote Speaker:
Fab Dolan | Head of Marketing, Google Canada

9:40 - 10 a.m.

Networking Break

10 - 11 a.m.

General Session

11 - 11:20 a.m.

Networking Break

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Breakout Session

12:20 - 12:40 p.m.


12:40 - 1:40 p.m.

Lunch General Session

1:40 - 2 p.m. 

Networking Break 

2 - 3 p.m. 

Up Close and Personal Session 

3 - 3:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Reception 


Fab Dolan
Google Canada’s Head of Marketing, Fab Dolan, knows how emerging technologies can redefine the way we do business. Dolan is a TEDx speaker, one of Marketing Magazine’s “30 under 30,” and a regular guest lecturer at Canada’s top universities. His dynamic talks explore the impact of technology on business strategy, economics, education and career development, and much more. Fab joins us to speak on the insightful topic: Impossible Minus One: How Technology is Redefining Possibility.


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


InsurTech: The Top New Products Changing the Industry
We all know the broad strokes of how insurance technology is affecting both the competitive landscape and consumer expectations. How can you take advantage of these new products? In this interactive session, we’ll start by unpacking the latest, cutting-edge technologies that will change the future of the industry. Then, we’ll discuss how smaller companies without big budgets can utilize these exciting new products.   

David Godwin | CEO, Slingshot Aerospace
Neil MitchellRisk & Insurance Advisor, Insurtech Investor & Advisor
Chris Murumets | Co-Founder, Cookhouse Lab
Patrick Vice | Founding Partner,, Inc.


1. Cyber 2.0. What’s Next?
Cyber insurance coverage is still a relative newcomer on the Canadian insurance scene and keeping up is hard to do with the tech space continually evolving. The type of claims today are different than they were five years ago, and today’s insureds need to be covered for tomorrow’s anticipated cyber risks. Do you know what they will be? Do you know how to discuss them? Join us for an engaging discussion on how cyber liability is evolving—and how you and the insured need to evolve with it.

Alex Cameron | Partner, Fasken Martineau
Catherine Evans | Vice President—FINPRO, Marsh Canada Limited
Miki Ho | Cyber Risk Underwriter, Beazley 

2. Succeeding in a Dynamic Environment

It is axiomatic that change is the only constant, yet the speed and dynamic nature of our world today suggests that even change is changing.  Unique developments in the global insurance world, changing financial and economic forces, and rapidly expanding client expectations about transparency and how they should be treated are just some of the currents disrupting the world.  

Join our panel as they discuss the changing insurance industry, new economic realities, and the impact of consumer protection laws and other consumer expectations on our future.  Explore how to ride the waves of change to successfully seize opportunities and mitigate threats.

Andrew Grantham | Senior Economist, CIBC Capital Markets, CIBC World Markets Inc.
Christopher Iliff | Senior Vice-President, Swiss Re  
Ellen Roseman | Personal Finance and Consumer Columnist, Toronto Star 


A Decade of Change: Implications for the Industry’s Workforce 
The Insurance Institute of Canada’s demographic research is showing significant changes have taken place in the industry’s workforce over the decade of studies. Where the concern has been about attracting youth to the industry, preliminary findings from the 2017 demographic research census are demonstrating a shift has taken place since 2007. In simple terms: 
In 2007, the biggest cohort of employees in the industry was ‘Baby Boomers’.
Now in 2017, the biggest cohort of employees in the industry is ‘Millennials’. 

This luncheon panel presentation will provide highlights on the demographic research study and discuss some of the key issues concerning HR and leaders in the industry, including:
impact of technology on job types, functions and skill requirements going forward;
increased competition for key talent with other industries;
significant advancements in risk, and to insurance products, services and delivery; as well as 
employee engagement issues like work/life balance, remote working, education and training, and diversity and inclusion.

Margaret Parent | Director, Professionals' Division, Insurance Institute

Michael Burt | Director, Industrial Economic Trends, Conference Board of Canada
Carl Dubé | HR Officer, Human Resources, Insurance – Desjardins 
Lynn Oldfield | CEO, AIG Canada


Heather Masterson | President and CEO, Travelers Canada
Charles Quenneville | Managing Partner, Platform Insurance Management Inc.
John Taylor | President, Ontario Mutual Insurance Association
Silvy Wright | President & Chief Executive Office, Northbridge Financial Corporation


Canadian Underwriter
Informco Inc.

DAS Canada

Gen Re

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