CIP Society Symposium West


Sympsium West 2018 logo: Challenge Everything: Transform the Norm

Thursday, August 23
Cambridge, Ontario

"Challenge Everything: Transform the Norm"

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What is Symposium?

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

Now in its fourth year, the event provides a full day of professional and leadership development alongside multiple networking opportunities with insurance and business leaders.

Symposium West is held for insurance professionals in the Southwestern Ontario, Hamilton/Niagara and Conestoga chapter areas. It brings together bright minds to give talks that a idea-focused and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.

The event features:

• Inspiring keynote speakers
• Insightful seminar sessions
• Senior leadership panel: Up Close & Personal
• Unparalleled networking opportunities

Previous year attendees 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!”

RIBO Credits are available. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018  |  Cambridge, Ontario
Host: Ontario Mutual Insurance Association
350 Pinebush Road, Cambridge, ON N1T 1Z6. View map

Social Media:
Follow your local chapter on Twitter: @IIOConestoga | @IIOHam_Nia | @IIOSouthWest
Hashtag: #SymposiumWest

Keynote Speakers
Seminar Sessions 
Up Close and Personal: Senior Leadership Panel

The price of Symposium West includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and drinks.

2018 Sponsors  

We would like to thank these sponsors who have already signed up - more being confirmed: Contact your local chapter now to find out how you can benefit from sponsorship of the Symposium West 2018!

Prestige Level:
Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan Inc.
Ontario Mutual Insurance Association (Venue host)

Gold Level:   
Applied Systems Canada  |  The Co-operators | Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. | Economical Insurance | Trillium Mutual Insurance Company | Kent & Essex Mutual Insurance Company | South Easthope Mutual Insurance | Halwell Mutual Insurance Company  | MNP | OTIP/Curo Claims Service) | Strigberger, Brown, Armstrong LLP

Silver Level: 
Ayr Farmers Mutual  |  BCM Insurance Dumfries Mutual | Gore Mutual Lambton Mutual Insurance Company | MCCG | Middlesex Mutual Insurance Co. | The Ostic Group Portage Mutual Town & Country Mutual | West Wawanosh Mutual


Join us for a robust day of thought-provoking keynote speakers and engaging seminar sessions to energize you and your team. Choose from several workshops for each session. See the Seminar Sessions section for more details.

 8:00 - 8:45 am
 Breakfast and Registration
 8:45 - 9:00 am  Welcome and Introduction
 9:00 - 9:30 am  Morning Keynote Speaker
 9:30 - 9:45 am
 9:45 - 11:00 am  Seminar Session A
 11:00 to 11:15 am
 11:15 am - 12:30 pm     Seminar Session B
 12:30 - 1:15 pm  Lunch
 1:15 - 2:30 pm  Up Close & Personal - Senior Leadership Panel
 2:30 - 3:00 pm
 Ice Cream Social
 3:00 - 4:00 pm
 Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speakers   

Morning Keynote Speaker

Dr Barry Kay  |  Political Expert and Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr Kay is a respected commentator on the local and global political environment we live in - and will speak to effects on the industry. His academic research has focused upon public opinion and elections, and he has authored or co-authored over thirty-five articles in research journals, ten in the Canadian Journal of Political Science alone. He has also been quoted widely in the popular press, appearing in virtually every significant media outlet in Canada as well as a number internationally. His columns have appeared in various newspapers including the Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen, as well as the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury. He has also developed an electoral seat projection model which has been widely quoted in the media, and is accessible at the website. In recent elections he has served as a political consultant and election analyst for Global Television and CTV-Southwest Ontario.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Max Valiquette  |  Innovation, transformation and marketing expert
Anointed by Marketing Magazine as one of Canada’s “most influential Marketers,” Max has worked with some of the biggest companies in the world to help them transform their organizations, their businesses, and their brands. For over twenty years, Max Valiquette has been at the forefront of what’s now, what’s new, and what’s next. He is an award-winning marketer and market researcher; an author; a broadcaster; and a journalist who relishes engaging with audiences.

Morning Seminar Sessions A&B

Please select your two preferences:

1. Autonomous Vehicles and Ethical Considerations
Autonomous vehicles are on the road. Within the next five years we should expect fleets to be taken over by AVs, first with a safety driver on board, then with no driver at all. In ten years, AVs will be regularly available to personal consumers. As an industry, are we ready and positioned for this seismic shift? From the way Ontario’s automobile legislation, regulations and policies are framed, to our adjusting, liability and litigation management, many changes need to be made. Join Kadey BJ Schultz of Schultz Frost LLP for an interactive discussion, including a live digital survey exploring the impact of AV ethical reasoning on consumer choice from a liability perspective.

Kadey Schultz  |  Partner, Schultz Frost LLP
Charles Gluckstein  |  Partner, Gluckstein Lawyers

2. Cannabis Legalization and Socioeconomic Realities: Cutting Through The Haze
We all know how the legalization of cannabis in Canada provides tremendous opportunities and significant challenges for us in the industry. In this engaging session, our panel of guest speakers will provide up-to-the-minute insights into the size of the market and regulatory issues, challenges facing police services and a fresh look at the impact on impaired driving.

Bryan Larkin  |  Police Chief, Waterloo Regional Police Services
Trina Fraser  | Partner, Brazeau Seller Law
Robert Solomon  |  Professor, Western University

3. Artificial Intelligence: Leveraging its Potential to Transform Your Sales and Service
Machine learning and AI are an ever-growing reality in the insurance industry, offering myriad opportunities to those who leverage that potential, large insurers and small brokerages alike. With Chatbots and enhanced data analytics already in play, what other possibilities does A.I. hold for the industry, and are you strategically preparing your business to take advantage of them? 
And as A.I. begins to replace some of the more “repetitive” tasks in industry roles, how will this affect your career path, and what steps can you take now to stay ahead of the curve?
This dynamic and interactive session will leave you enlightened and excited at the prospect of enhancing the “Customer Experience” you offer by incorporating A.I. into your everyday business and industry role.

Rob Fursey  |  Consultant, IBM GBS
Andrew Lo  |  President and CEO, Kanetix Ltd.  
Hashmat Rohian  |  Sr. Director & Managing Enterprise Architect, Architecture, IT Strategy & Applied Innovation | The Co-operators Group Ltd.

Up Close and Personal: Senior Leadership Panel

Join these senior industry leaders Up Close and Personal:

Monica Kuzyk  |  Vice President Claims, Curo Claims Services
Paul MacDonald  |  Executive Vice President, Personal Insurance, Economical
Tim Shauf  |  President & CEO, Commonwell Mutual
Dave Smiley  |  President & CEO, UNICA Insurance

Kadey Schultz - Partner, Schultz Frost LLP

Ice Cream Social    

Enjoy networking with a delicious afternoon treat.

RIBO Credits

Will be available; please stay tuned for details closer to the event.

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2018 Delegate Package [PDF]