Virtual Symposium BC 2020: Resilience in Action Webinars (PST) - Full Event


Online Webinars, PST, BC [Map]
Date and Time: April 21, 2020 12:00pm - 5:00pm PST


Tuesday & Wednesday, April 21-22, 2020

CIP Society's Virtual Symposium BC can help you continue your professional development and attain your CE credits!
5 Webinars | 2 Afternoons | 1 CE Credit/Webinar | Register for individual webinars or full event for all sessions!

Why a CIP Society Symposium?
The CIP Society Symposium will offer fresh perspectives and an opportunity to shape the future of the insurance industry.
Join our prominent speakers to provoke conversations in insurance on a range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and innovation.


CEP Forensic | Hagerty Canada | Winmar Property Restoration | Envista Forensics | Origin and Cause | BCIT
Thank you to our sponsors for their continuous and dedicated support! 


Q:  Why are Virtual Symposium webinars in the afternoon only?
A:  We're being mindful that the volume of usage for internet and phone services is likely higher in the morning, especially for those who correspond with counterparts across Canada.  Hosting the webinars in the afternoon will alleviate pressure on connectivity capacity and minimize potential connectivity issues during prime morning hours.

Q:  If my circumstances change and I can't attend anymore after I've registered, can I get a refund?
A:  Yes.  Due to ongoing developments related to COVID-19, we're offering flexibility and consideration in our offerings.  Please email your cancellation request to Winnie at for refund by April 20, 2020.

Q:  How many CE credits do I get for attending Virtual Symposium BC?
A:  1 CE credit per webinar session.  There are 5 webinar sessions available for Virtual Symposium BC.

Q:  Do I need to be technology-proficient to access the webinars online?
A:  No, you don't have to be a technology wiz to attend our webinars.  The idea of accessing webinars may be daunting for some but we're here to help.  To better assist you in this process, we'll be offering login testing sessions in advance and phone assistance on both webinar days.


Times in PST | 75 minute webinars | 30/45 minute break between same-day sessions | 1 CE credit/webinar

Day 1 - Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Session A     1:00 - 2:15 pm   Navigating a Difficult Market to Success
Session B     3:00 - 4:15 pm   Cyber Claims & Privacy: The Epidemic of Connectivity in Canada

Day 2 - Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Session C    12:00 - 1:15 pm  Business Continuity Planning: An Essential Tool in Disaster Risk Management
Session D  1:45 - 3:00 pm   Climate Change: Municipal Legal Risks & Risk Management
Session E  3:30 - 4:45 pmMegafires: Adapting Urgently to Build Resilience


Day 1 - April 21 | Session A at 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Navigating a Difficult Market to Success
     Mark Woodall,
President – Special Risk Insurance Managers
The insurance industry is moving into an era of hard, changing and unstable markets. The capital within the insurance community is being reduced which in turn reduces the amount of insurance coverage available and consequently, tightens the market. In the next couple of years, we can expect a reduction of insurance coverage/capacity which will necessitate a change of approach by insurance professionals. Discover strategic approaches to navigate an unstable and difficult market. Learn how to tackle the traditional pit falls of a changing market and be successful in difficult times.

Day 1 - April 21 | Session B at 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Cyber Claims & Privacy: The Epidemic of Connectivity in Canada
     Jason Conley,
Digital Forensics Examiner – Envista Forensics
Canadians have been slow to recognize the value of transferring risk with insurance policies. Yet, the increase and impact of highly organized cyber criminals continue to rise at an alarming rate. In November 2018, the Data Privacy Act took full effect, making it mandatory for Canadian organizations of all types to report suspected data breaches to both the Government and to the victims. What are the statistics telling us? What steps should be taken to adjust to a new threat landscape that isn't going away?

Day 2 - April 22 | Session C at 12:00 - 1:15 pm
Business Continuity Planning: An Essential Tool in Disaster Risk Management
     W. Scott Raesler, CD, Dip (CS), BA, MA,
– 3Si Risk Strategies Incorporated
Business continuity plans (BCP) are focused on minimizing preventable disruptions to the essential programs and services of an organization. It describes processes and practices to restore and resume business as efficiently as possible when disaster strikes. To be truly effective in these extreme circumstances, BCPs need to be part of a larger dynamic emergency and risk management program that is integrated into daily operations. BCPs need to be practically tested to mitigate a combination of the most likely and severe threats an organization faces. Case studies will be used to highlight how embedding these concepts within the culture of an organization will significantly enhance the resiliency of a business and limit the impact of even the most destructive disasters.

Day 2 - April 22 | Session D at 1:45 - 3:00 pm
Climate Change: Municipal Legal Risks & Risk Management
     Adrienne Atherton,
– Civic Legal LLP
Insurers are well-aware of the impacts of climate change, which include an increase in extreme weather events, resulting in property damage and increased liability risks. Case studies will be used to identify the liability and regulatory risks and impacts that climate change may have on local governments. What are the potential legal defences available to local governments when faced with claims, including those anticipated in the newly developing area of natural asset management? Risk management strategies applicable to local governments in the development of their climate change resiliency plans will be discussed.

Day 2 - April 22 | Session E at 3:30 - 4:45 pm
Megafires: Adapting Urgently to Build Resilience
     Dr. Lori Daniels, 
– University of British Columbia
Wildfire is an essential process in forest ecosystems but can be incredibly destructive in the wildland-urban interface. Successful adaptation must include individuals and communities learning how to coexist with wildfire. Land-use change, fire exclusions and global warming have made many forests highly susceptible to intense, volatile fires that are difficult to control, and thus spread quickly. What actions should citizens take to improve societal resilience to climate change and coexist with wildfire?


Login testing sessions will be scheduled prior to the webinars to test your connection.
Phone assistance will be provided on both webinar days to assist you with connectivity issues.


1 CE credit per webinar.  5 CE credits for attendance at all 5 webinars.
Login with full name required for credit letter issuance.  Please be aware that tardy log-in or early log-out to/from the webinar will preclude IIBC from issuing a CE certificate for this education session.


Include GST.  Insurance Institute membership required.
Participant substitutions accepted up to 48 hours prior to webinar (substitute must be current member). IIBC reserves the right to cancel the webinar due to unforeseen circumstances.
Cancellation requests for refund can be emailed to Winnie at by April 20, 2020.

    Full Event - 5 Webinars      Individual Webinar
CIP Society Member$ 200$ 59 / webinar
Insurance Institute Member$ 230$ 69 / webinar
Corporate Group Rate
 - max 10 attendees/group
 - email attendee list to Winnie      
$ 1,000-


Winnie Hon, CIP, Seminars & Events Specialist
Insurance Institute of BC
T: 604.681.5491 x21


New members: IIBC Membership Fee of $80 (expiring May 31, 2021) is applicable.  For assistance to renew or process a new membership, please contact or 604 681 5491.