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Joining a new industry is an exciting time and means you can (and should!) take advantage of new opportunities. We want you to step into the world of property and casualty (p&c) insurance confidently, meet the right contacts and understand the impact of emerging trends so you can accelerate the pace of your career. We know you want to stand out in a busy market. That’s why we want to connect you to resources, events and people that will help you achieve your goals.

Upcoming events

Career Change: The Insurance Pivot

Thursday April 27, 2023 | 1:00-2:00pm

We have assembled an inspiring group of industry leaders who have pivoted from other fields to pursue a career in insurance. In this panel discussion we will learn about their path into insurance and discover how the industry captured their hearts.

- Abby Thorsell: Senior Vice-President of HR at HUB Canada - moved from the airline industry into insurance
- Jason Court, BBA, CIP: Business Development Manager, Business Insurance at Travelers Canada – transitioned to insurance from hospitality
- Maria Sandu: Commercial Underwriter at Northbridge Insurance – new to Canada and chose an insurance career
- Michael Brennan, BA, DC, CIP: Senior Underwriter, Specialty - Healthcare & Life Sciences at CNA Insurance – formerly practiced as a chiropractor
- Emily McGinnis, CIP: Program Manager with the Insurance Institute of Ontario - discussion moderator

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Networking Masterclass

If your networking skills have gotten rusty over the past few years, take a look at this Networking Masterclass featuring two industry leaders discussing the importance of building your professional network, and tips on how to do so effectively.

- Renée-Léa Soucy: CIP Senior Manager, Commercial Lines Co-operators and CIP Society National Leadership Award Winner 2023
- Tisha Hamid: B.A., CAIB Client Services Manager, BFL Canada and Vice-President Young Insurance Professionals of Toronto

Networking Masterclass: 57mins


Unpack the Hack: Cyber 2.0

Cybercrime remains a major emerging issue for Canadian businesses. We gathered Canada’s leading Breach Consultant and Cyber Threat Hunters to share their insights on the dramatically escalating cyber landscape.

The experts were:
- Imran Ahmad: Partner and Head of Technology, Co-Chair Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity at Norton Rose Fulbright
- Jason Marilla: Co-founder of Joseon Group, Solutions Architect, Threat Hunter, and best-selling Author
- Tristan Kim: Managing Partner at Joseon Group – Disciplined Security Advocates

Unpack the Hack: Cyber 2.0 discussion: 55mins


Get to know the industry

Onboarding buttonOur p&c Onboarding Course is a free one-hour program that provides an introduction to the p&c insurance industry in Canada, reviews the variety of roles and functions within it, and establishes the first steps for career success. It's ideal if you are new to P&C insurance or have recently switched to a new role.

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Inclusion in Insurance Panel Discussion

We assembled a panel of industry experts to discuss inclusion in insurance, what it is, what it isn’t and what it needs to be. The talk was moderated by Trevor Buttrum, Executive Director at Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers. The panel shared their inspiration and vision for the future.

The panelists were:
- Renee (Xiaobo) Wang: Senior Client Manager at Willis Towers Watson
- Angie Singh: Diversity, Inclusion & Organizational Development Manager at Definity
- Erik Johnson, CIP: Incoming Active Underwriter Syndicate 5183 at MIC Global
- Simon Rinaldi, CIP: District Sales & Branch Manager at Federated Insurance Company of Canada

Inclusion in Insurance Panel Discussion: 74mins


The Future of Insurance

We explored questions around the Future of Insurance with Karim Hirji, CIP, CFO of Intact Canada & Managing Director at Intact Ventures.

Karim has over 20 years of experience at Intact where he primed the launch of Intact Ventures, deployed over $300MM in start-up capital to p&c disruptors, and led the launch of their new AI Lab in Hong Kong.

Our discussion with him covered:
- how the latest technologies might be leveraged to evolve our industry
- what role AI could play in assisting insurers to assess risk, detect fraud and prevent future loss
- the role of machine learning and big data in driving hyper-personalization
- the skills that will be required on insurers in the future

The Future of Insurance: 70mins


Women of Influence: Power Panel Discussion

In celebration of women and their allies during International Women's Month, we sat down and chatted with:

- Lynn Oldfield, ICD.D, President & CEO of AIG Insurance Company of Canada
- Debbie Coull-Cicchini, EVP at Intact and
- Tina Osen, President, Canada Region at HUB International

Hear these women talk about their career, mentorship, finding their voice and what it means to them to be women in leadership for the P&C Industry.

Women of Influence: Power Panel Discussion: 73mins


P&C Pride: LGBTQ2S+ Insurance Professionals & Their Allies

In this session a panel of experienced LGBTQ2S+ industry professionals explored themes of inclusion, Pride, career development, allyship, and emerging trends in the sector.

Our guests were:
- Allison Bullock, Claims Adjuster; Workers’ Compensation Board - Alberta
- Ann Hildreth, CIP, CRM; Vice President, Technical Risk Underwriting Solutions HSB Canada; Director, Diversity & Inclusion, ORIMS
- Jeff Ince, BA; Vice President, Global Placement; Marsh Canada Ltd.
- Desmond Marryshow, CIP, CRM; Commercial Claims Analyst; AIG Canada

P&C Pride: LGBTQ2S+ Insurance Professionals & Their Allies: 75mins


Learn more about the Insurance Institute's flagship program, the CIP and where it could take you.

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The Human Element: Critical Skills to Embrace in the Emergence of AI

Watch our recent fireside chat exploring the different ways AI and big data are expected to impact in-demand and workplace critical skills in the insurance industry. The panel guests were: Chloe Lyons, Director, Recruitment, APOLLO Insurance, and Arnab Guha, Senior Manager, Deloitte.

The chat recommendations stem from the Insurance Institute’s latest research report focused on AI & Big data.

The Human Element: Critical Skills to Embrace in the Emergence of AI: 75mins


From Facial Recognition to DNA: Biometrics and the Future of Insurance

Biometrics are unique human characteristics that can identify us such as fingerprints, facial expressions, DNA and more. In this talk, presenter Wemba Opota, Artificial Intelligence Enterprise Solutions Lead, Microsoft Consulting Services, discussed the possibilities new technologies offer the insurance industry, covering the ways biometrics are used today, legal, regulatory and ethical issues, and possible future uses.

From Facial Recognition to DNA: Biometrics and the Future of Insurance: 60mins


Career Insights: All Pros

The Institute's "All Pros" campaign highlights the incredible array of people who study with the Institute. Meet the real people behind the campaign! Discover how they have navigated their own career journeys and what they have undertaken to craft a personal brand that empowers their insurance career and maximizes their potential.


Career Insights: All Pros: 7mins



Delegated Authority - How MGAs Provide Certainty in Challenging Times: 57mins


Career Insights- Personal Branding to Elevate Your Career: 61mins


Unpack the Hack - Cyber Incident Perspectives: 69mins


Mission Critical - Responding to Covid-19: 60mins


Voices of Experience - Leadership in the face of uncertainty: 53mins

Organizations you can join

Young Insurance Professionals of BC
YiP BC is a network of like-minded professionals that serves as a resource within the modern insurance landscape. They seek to drive collaboration and foster support for members who are looking to grow their career.

Young Insurance Professionals of Toronto
YIPT is Toronto’s platform for insurance industry professionals to engage, grow and give back to the community. Initiatives are held throughout the year giving members access to peer-to-peer networking, mentorship programs, and relationship building. YIPT is a non-profit organization with over 1000 members in Ontario.

Canadian Association of Insurance Women
CAIW is a national association of insurance professionals. CAIW focuses on education, networking, and personal development of individuals affiliated with the insurance industry, both directly and indirectly. CAIW provides insurance professionals with a forum to showcase their dedication to the consumer and the industry through programmes such as the Insurance Information Campaign.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries
The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) is the national, bilingual organization and voice of the actuarial profession in Canada. Members are dedicated to providing actuarial services and advice of the highest quality. The Institute holds the duty of the profession to the public above the needs of the profession and its members.

Insurance Technology Association
Provides members with opportunities to collaborate, educate, network, share and use knowledge related to insurance technology. The ITA provides the insurance technology community with a resource solely dedicated to serving this specialized sector of the industry.

The Toronto Insurance Women's Association is a not-for-profit association comprised of members of the insurance industry. Through monthly meetings and social events, the association provides skills and education needed to stay current and successful in the insurance industry.

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