Symposium BC 2020: Resilience

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown | 6083 McKay Ave., Burnaby

Corporate Rate available for 6/+ attendees!  Email Winnie to find out more.

Why a CIP Society Symposium?

The CIP Society Symposium will connect you with business leaders and provide professional development and networking opportunities. Prepare for fresh perspectives and an opportunity to shape the future of the insurance industry.

Join our prominent keynote speakers and experts in insurance to provoke conversations on a range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and innovation.

Breakfast Keynote
Industry Leaders Panel
Lunch Keynote
Seminar Sessions
CE Credits


Registration Deadline: April 10, 2020


Thank you to our generous sponsors! 

Origin and Cause Lunch Keynote & Panel Sponsor
Hagerty Canada Breakfast & Breakfast Keynote Sponsor
CEP Sintra Lunch Sponsor
Envista Forensics Seminar Sponsor
Winmar Property Restoration       Seminar Sponsor
BCIT Cocktail Hour Sponsor


 8:00  –  8:45 AM  Breakfast & Keynote
 8:45  – 10:00 AM Seminar Session A
10:15 – 11:30 AM Seminar Session B
11:30 – 1:00 PM   Lunch & Keynote
  1:15 – 2:30 PM   Seminar Session C
  2:45 – 4:00 PM   Industry Leaders Panel
  4:00 – 5:00 PM   Cocktail Hour


“Climate Risks: Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada”
Paul Kovacs,
Senior Researcher, Insurance Institute of Canada
* Founder & Executive Director, ICLR at Western University
* Past President & CEO, PACICC
* Contributing author to the IPCC, the world's leading forum for the study of climate issues and winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

Severe weather and climate risks have replaced fire to become the most important peril for P&C insurance in Canada. Join Paul Kovacs to learn about the findings of the Institute's new research report, Climate Risks: Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada.


"Resilience in a Period of Extreme Climate Risk"

Rob de Pruis, Director, Consumer & Industry Relations, Western, Insurance Bureau of Canada
Tamsin Mills, Climate Change Adaptation & Sustainability Planner, City of Vancouver
Stefan Tirschler, FCIP,  Product & Underwriting Manager, Square One Insurance Services
Carrie Baron, Drainage Manager, City of Surrey

Paul Kovacs, Senior Researcher, Insurance Institute of Canada


“Laughter & Humour: Building Blocks of Strength & Resilience”
David Granirer
, Counselor & Stand-up Comic
* Author & Founder of Stand Up For Mental Health (SMH)

David has received multiple prestigious awards including an Award of Excellence from the National Council of Behavioral Health and a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada.  In today’s world, change, stress and tension are major challenges to everyone’s well-being! Laughter is the cure, the best medicine, a cod liver oil for the soul. But unlike cod liver, a dose of laughter is not only good for you, it also feels good to take!  Discover how to use humour as a form of self-care, to build resilience, and to cope with change and adversity in all facets of your life.


Session A, Keynote and Industry Leaders Panel will be attended by all.   Concurrent seminars for session B & C (your choice of two). 

Seminar Session A (attended by all)

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.

Seminar Session B (your choice of one)

Option 1
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?


Option 2
Climate Change: Municipal Legal Risks & Risk Management
     Adrienne Atherton,
Partner – 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.

Seminar Session C (your choice of one)

Option 1
Megafires: Adapting Urgently to Build Resilience
     Dr. Lori Daniels, 
Professor – 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?


Option 2
Business Continuity Planning: An Essential Tool in Disaster Risk Management
     W. Scott Raesler, CD, Dip (CS), BA, MA,
President – 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.

CE Credits

1 CE credit per hour of seminar including panel session.
4.5 credits for full day attendance.
and sign-out required.


To reserve your room, please email or call the hotel at 604.639-3757, ask for in-house reservations.  See hotel website for hotel amenities & services.

Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
6083 McKay Avenue | Burnaby
Group Block Insurance Institute of BC
Room Rate: $194 + taxes /night (group rate based on availability)


Include breakfast, lunch, 1 drink ticket & GST.

$350  Insurance Institute Member
$325  CIP Society Member
$315  Corporate Rate for group of 6/+ (please contact Winnie)

+$80  NewMembers (membership to May 31, 2020, subject to rate increase)

All attendees must be members of the Insurance Institute.
No refunds. Substitutions welcome.


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