Living with Wildfire - Managing Wildfire Risk to Home and Communities Webinar (IIBC)


Insurance Institute of BC, BC [Map]
Date and Time: March 07, 2023 9:00am - 10:45pm PST


The threat of wildfire to homes and communities in much of British Columbia is a reality during the spring, summer and early months of fall. Despite being part of a natural cycle in many ecosystems, structure loss attributed to both convective processes (direct flame contact or firebrands) and radiant heat are a reality and have been increasing across the province. As a result, the need for an effective and comprehensive hazard and mitigation assessment tool to evaluate risk and mitigate loss has never been more important. Gain insight on the latest wildfire risk assessment processes and the implications on home insurance, neighbourhood and community scale desirability.


• Review the latest wildfire hazard assessment identification and mitigation tools available through FireSmart BC; including The Home Partners Program (HPP)
• Understand home and community risk posed by wildfire and the implications on home insurance including premium reduction opportunities/incentives and insurance exclusion during active wildfires
• Discuss how effective wildfire mitigation and hazard reduction work can be conducted and opportunities to integrate into both community planning and insurance incentivization
• Examine the relationship between wildfire, wildfire loss and home insurance in BC


Joel Hamilton, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Provincial Coordinator, Fire Chiefs Association of BC - FireSmart BC
Joel draws from his background in emergency management, which includes work at federal, provincial and municipal scale governments in both operational and management functions including time on national incident management teams, wildland firefighting, structural firefighting, search and rescue, emergency operations center coordination and forest fuels program management. In his role with FireSmart BC and the Fire Chiefs Association of BC (FCABC), Joel provides project management and coordination to the FireSmart Home Partners Program, supporting local government and First Nations implement FireSmart programs and practices within their regions while engaging with related industry.

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Number of Continuing Education Credits:  1.5 Technical CE Credit (BC)
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Registration Deadline: Monday, March 6, 2023

Fees: Before GST. Insurance Institute membership required

$71.43 IIBC Member
$61.90 Corporate Rate (group of 6+) - Contact Winnie to register groups.

+$85.71 Insurance Institute membership for New Member (membership exp May 31, 2023 )

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Insurance Institute of BC
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