Legalization of Cannabis: Emergent Insurance Issues & Potential Fire Risks

CIP Society Breakfast Seminar

Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 W. Hastings Street, Coal Harbour Ballroom B, Vancouver, BC, V6E 4R5 [Map]
Date and Time: January 31, 2019 8:30am - 11:30am PST

8:30am Check-in | 8:30 - 9:30am Hot Breakfast Buffet & Networking | 9:30 - 11:30am Seminar


With the legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018, the recreational cannabis business is booming and is predicted to continue to grow. This change in the law requires Insurers to consider how much risk they are willing to assume given the new realities. Not only is it more prevalent & available, there is an increase in potential hazards associated with the legalization of cannabis. From policy terms to subrogation options, it is time to understand what cannabis means for our industry.


  • Discuss required modifications to homeowner policy property damage exclusions for cannabis grow operations
  • Identify common risk factors on coverage for commercial cultivation and sales of cannabis
  • Understand fire and explosion risks related to grow operations, including butane extraction and ignition sources
  • Identify methods to secure evidence to increase subrogation potential


    John Vamplew, Director, Whitelaw Twining Law Corporation
    John focusses on insurance coverage and complex insurance defence matters, with an emphasis on product liability, professional liability, fire loss, class action and health and disability claims. John co-chairs Whitelaw Twining's Subrogation Group and with his team, has been able to achieve tremendous results for their clients.

    Barbara Kott, Associate, Whitelaw Twining Law Corporation
    Barbara practices in the area of general insurance litigation, with a focus on personal injury, professional liability, construction and insurance coverage matters. Barbara is at all times a passionate advocate for her clients - she has successfully defended them at mediations, administrative tribunals and before Alberta's Provincial Court and Court of Queen's Bench, and at all levels of court in British Columbia.

    May Mehrabi, Associate, Whitelaw Twining Law Corporation
    May practices in the area of general insurance litigation, with the majority of her work being in professional liability, construction and insurance coverage matters. May is focused on effectively and efficiently helping clients achieve the best possible outcomes in their legal matters. She has appeared on behalf of clients at all levels of court in British Columbia.

  • Tom Hoppe, Fire and Explosion Investigator, Origin and Cause
    Tom has over 15 years of industry experience as an investigator and is a qualified expert witness in Federal criminal cases. His forensic specialties include complex and large loss investigations, incendiary fires and explosions, and claims with fatalities.

    Number of Continuing Education Credits:  2 Technical
    Please be aware that tardy arrival or early departure to/from the seminar will preclude IIBC from issuing a CE certificate for this seminar.

    Registration Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2019

    Fees: The price for this seminar includes hot breakfast buffet and GST.
    $125 CIP Society Members (Graduates)
    $150 IIBC Members
    +$80 Non-Members - IIBC Membership Fee of $80 (expiring May 31, 2019) is applicable. Please register manually.

    Corporate Rate: $115 per attendee for corporate groups of 6 or more (membership is additional for non-members). To register with a corporate rate, please contact Winnie  in advance at .

    Manual Registration: Please download and complete our Manual Registration Form [pdf]   and return it via email to Winnie at

    Cancellation Policy: No Refunds. Participant substitutions accepted 48 hours prior to seminar (substitute must be current member). IIBC reserves the right to cancel the seminar due to unforeseen circumstances. Should this occur, registration fees will be refunded.