Sharing Economy: Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada

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Date and Time: June 14, 2017 1 p.m. EDT - 2:15 p.m. EDT


Sharing Economy: Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada

To coincide with the publication of the new report, Sharing Economy: Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada , this webinar will help shed light on how the p&c insurance industry can better prepare to serve the emerging market and to manage new competition.

Join our panel of experts to learn about the social, economic and technological drivers behind the emergence of the sharing economy; the social benefits of sharing; challenges with regulation; and the potential for disruption in the insurance industry. Also, hear recommendations for how the industry can better serve sharing platforms, providers, and consumers, as well as recommendations for how the industry can better manage competition from insurtech and peer-to-peer insurance providers.


Karim Hirji, SVP, International & Ventures, Intact Financial Corporation
Karim Hirji has been Senior Vice President, International & Ventures of Intact Financial Corporation since October 2015. In this role, Karim is responsible for IFC's international expansion efforts, as well as deploying capital to expand IFC’s core competencies and invest in new ventures. As part of his mandate, he is leading the advancement of products and partnerships within the sharing economy. Karim is keenly interested in how consumers’ expectations and demands are changing and how the industry is responding.

Ryan Stein,  Director, Policy, Insurance Bureau of Canada
Ryan leads a team of analysts who work with insurance companies to develop solutions to the various legislative and regulatory issues that affect their businesses in Canada. Ryan is a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and holds an undergraduate degree in international business and a master’s degree in international affairs from Carleton University.
Ryan poses the questions: Is all disruption innovative? And is all innovation disruptive? He’ll speak to navigating the sharing economy together as an industry.

Paul Kovacs, Research Consultant + Report Author, Insurance Institute of Canada
For more than 35 years Paul Kovacs has been a popular commentator on insurance, disaster safety and economic policy. He has written more than 200 publications and articles and he is a passionate champion for insurance, disaster resilience and adaptation to climate extremes. Paul has worked in private industry, the public sector and academia, and is a member of a number of Boards and Advisory Panels. The Insurance Institute has been proud to contract with Paul to research and write the first three reports in our Emerging Issues Research Series. He will present on the findings of his research, the changes that the sharing economy is expected to bring to the industry, and the recommendations identified in the report.

Registration deadline:
Tuesday, June 13

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