CIP Society Symposium 2018: Emerging Risks

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A new industry highlight event for Calgary insurance professionals.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Calgary Marriott Downtown
110 9th Ave., SW, Calgary


The Inaugural IISA Symposium event will be held in Calgary, with the theme “Emerging Risks”. The event will bring together world class leaders to share their thoughts and strategies on some of the most critical emerging risks of our time.

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Registration closes March 5, 2018 secure your spot in your seminar of choice now!


7:30 am - Registration and Breakfast
8:15 am - Welcome
8:30 am - Keynote Speaker:
Successful Adaptation to Unwanted Change, Todd Hirsch, ATB Chief Economist
9:40 am - Breakout Seminars:
    Medical and Legal Cannabis and It's Impact on Insurance, Erika Carrasco , Field Law
    Enabling Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems into the Commercial Environment, Ron Campbell, SGS Aviation Compliance
10:20 am - Networking Break
10:40 am - Calgary Police's Approach to Cybercrime. Constable Carter Duchesney, CPS
11:40 am - Strolling Lunch Break - Sponsored by ServPro Calgary
12:25 pm - Emerging Risk from a Risk Managers Perspective Panel
    Christine Maligec, Rob Groves, Darius Delon and moderated by Crystal Ellis
1:25 pm - Sharing Economy & the Internet of Things, Mario Fiorino, IBC
2:25 pm - Networking Break
2:45 pm - Climate Risk and Adaptation, Natalia Mourdrak, University of Waterloo
3:45 pm - Emerging Technology in Insurance, Gerry Baert, IBAA PResident
4:30 pm - Ice Cream Social

CE Credits: 6.5 CE Hours - All Classes, Alberta

Sponsorship opportunities available:

Give your organization exposure and access to local insurance industry decision makers, brokers, direct writers, underwriters and adjusters.
Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities! [PDF]

Seminar and Speaker Information:

Successful Adaptation to Unwanted Change

PRESENTER: Todd Hirsh, Chief Economist, ATB and Author

Author Todd Hirsch will explore the idea of adapting to very sudden and unwanted change. Through profiles of Canadian entrepreneurs, businesses, educators, athletes and community leaders, we learn about the traits of great adapters. The stories of “spiders spinning webs in space” are both inspirational and instructional.

For over 20 years, Todd has worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the University of Calgary and provides economic commentary for many Canadian media outlets. He released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline in 2012, his second, Halfway Home in 2016 and his third, Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change in 2017.


Breakout Seminars 

(Please choose one)

OPTION 1: Enabling Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems into your Commercial Environment

PRESENTER:  Ron Campbell, Transportation, Aviation Advisor SGS Aviation Compliance
With the ever changing legislation in the Transportation Act, and the increase in drone use, the insurance industry needs to better understand possible risks involved and provide guidance to clients and executives on developing a comprehensive risk assessment and mitigation strategies for adopting this evolving technology.


OPTION 2:  Medical and Legal Cannabis:  Its impact on the insurers and their insureds

PRESENTER: Erika Carrasco, Partner, Field Law
In July of this year, legalization of cannabis in Canada and medical cannabis in Canada will be legal.  Gain an understanding of how cannabis laws will impact various types of insurers and how policy wordings and coverage might be impacted in various settings. The session will use the workplace as an example to illustrate the potential issues that can arise with medical and legal cannabis use.


Calgary Police’s Approach to Cybercrime

PRESENTER: Cst. Carter Duchesney, Calgary Police Services

      Sponsored by Travelers Canada

Learn how crime is migrating online, ways malware is used to target us, the challenges of maintaining control of our personal information and the importance of developing a protective mindset when operating online. Gain an understanding of most of the current concerns for individual users, police services, governments and businesses.


PANEL: Emerging Risk from a Risk Managers Perspective

Crystal Ellis, DAS Canada

Christine Maligec, Alberta Blue Cross
With over 15 years of insurance and risk management experience, Christine is able to bridge her understanding across multiple industries and disciplines to look at risk from a holistic perspective. As an active Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) member, Christine has been involved with her local RIMS chapter for almost a decade and is currently the President of the Northern Alberta chapter.

Darius Delon, Risk Management 101
Darius has over 25 years of risk and insurance experience having started as an insurance adjuster, worked as a commercial underwriter, commercial broker, insurance/risk instructor and presenter at various risk based conferences. In addition, successful incident management (prior Director of the Emergency Operations Centre) has helped lead the organization down a path of quick response and recovery, and positive communications, with various stakeholders.  In his spare time he helped the risk management community as the President of the Southern Alberta Risk and Insurance Management Society (SARIMS) and as the Chair of the RIMS Canada Council.

Rob Groves, Calgary Catholic School District
With over 25 years as a risk manager in a public setting, Rob has seen the ups and downs of managing risk. Rob provides a common sense, practical approach to managing ever evolving issues in risk management. Rob has been an active member of the Southern Alberta Risk and Insurance Management Society (SARIMS) over the years, having served on the Executive for a number of years.


Sharing Economy & the Internet of Things

PRESENTER: Mario Fiorino, B.A, LL.B, M.ED, IBC

      Sponsored by Claim Assist Canada

With the rapid escalation of the sharing economy and the internet the will be a focus on the emerging liability and coverage implications arising from these developments from a broker’s perspective. The sharing economy is redefining traditional business relationships and reshaping consumer behavior. Innovative uses of the traditional personal automobile, commercial use of residential premises, the evolution of the internet of things and autonomous automobiles will dramatically alter the nature of traditional risk exposures and corresponding insurance solutions.


Climate Change: Not Adapting Is Not an Option

PRESENTER: Natalia Moudrak, Director, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Faculty of Environment University of Waterloo

      Sponsored by Intact Insurance

There is a growing need for climate change adaptation in Canada as manifested in escalating insurance premiums, growing concerns with mortgage defaults, lawsuits and psycho-social distress following extreme weather events. Natalia will reflect both on the macro drivers for climate change adaptation efforts in Canada and specific programs and initiatives that insurance industry professionals could leverage to provide additional value to customers.


At the Intact Centre, Natalia advocates the business case for climate adaptation across multiple industry sectors, government and non-government organizations, and advances the development of best practices for flood-resilient community design in Canada.


Emerging Technology in Insurance and Changing the Future

PRESENTER: Gerry Baert, IBAA President


Are you feeling frustrated by Broker Management Systems that are handcuffing the industry? Are you feeling squeezed by Insurance Company technology? The industry needs to move forward into the future.
This session will have you asking yourselves. Should we be accepting what is currently available or not?‎ Information gathered from the National BMS evaluation committee and the direction in technology from insurance companies will be shared.
The insurance industry has been technologically frozen compared to other industries. Customers expectations and knowledge levels have changed over the years. There is a vested interest from all faucets of the insurance industry to work together and build our future.

With over 25 years in the Insurance industry, Gerry started BlueCircle based on a very simple idea. Come to work everyday and work with other motivated, compassionate and hard working people, all striving towards excellence in our personal and professional lives. How fun and fantastic is that? He is currently the president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta and President of Blue Circle Insurance.



Please send any questions to

or call IISA at 403-266-3427


Thank you to our generous Sponsors:


Prestige Sponsors

Intact Insurance

ServPro Calgary South

Gold Sponsor

Travelers Canada

Claim Assist Canada

Silver Sponsor

AVIVA Canada

The Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company



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