CIP Society Symposium 2018 - Edmonton

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A new industry highlight event for Edmonton insurance professionals.


'Change: Awareness, Adaptation, and Inspiration'

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Coast Edmonton Plaza

10155-105 Street,
Edmonton, AB


What is Symposium?

The second annual CIP Society Symposium in Edmonton provides a full day of professional and leadership development alongside multiple networking opportunities with insurance and business leaders.

The event brings together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter. With prominent keynote speakers, expert insurance and business presenters, CIP Society Symposium provides you with a fresh outlook on where the industry is headed.


We would like to thank these companies for their generous support of this event:

Intact Insurance - Gold
Claim Assist - Gold
Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Canada - Silver
Wawanesa Mutual - Bronze

Sessions and Speakers

'What's on the economic horizon for Edmonton and Alberta?'

John Rose  |  Chief Economist, City of Edmonton
John is a seasoned economist with over 30 years’ experience in economic analysis, forecasting and consulting to private and public sector organizations. Before joining the City of Edmonton in 2010 he was Director of Economics with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto. Prior to this he held various positions with IHS Global Insight, Deloitte & Touche and Standard & Poor’s. John also served with the Canadian Foreign Service in Europe and Asia where he focused on trade development and investment promotion.
John appears regularly as an economic commentator on CBC radio and TV, Global TV, The Edmonton Journal and other various media outlets. He is a member of the Canadian Association for Business Economics and the Economics Society of Northern Alberta where he serves on the Board. 

'Flood coverage in Canada - how the industry is evolving'

The flood risk is not new to Canadians, but the way the insurance industry responds to flood is evolving. More and more insurers are providing overland flood coverage and the flood risk has caught the attention of the Federal government. Hear from the IBC on what has been happening and the work that is going on in the industry to address this issue.

Rob de Pruis | Director, Consumer and Industry Relations, Western and Pacific
With 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, Rob has held various senior management roles in the areas of claims and risk management for some of the leading insurance companies in Canada. Rob joined IBC in May 2016 as the Insurance Industry Claims Liaison where he served as the primary claims liaison for the insurance industry in Fort McMurray and was instrumental in facilitating insurance assistance to those impacted by the wildfire. In his current role Rob directs the activities of the Consumer Information Centre for the Western and Pacific region. He acts as a liaison between IBC's member companies and consumers to find negotiated solutions on issues that impact both parties. He also provides insight on insurance to consumers and facilitates collaboration between industry and relevant stakeholders.

'Climate change adaptation: Not adapting is not an option.

The costs of natural catastrophes in Canada have escalated to historical highs. Flooding is the key driver behind this trend, giving rise to increased household insurance premiums, health concerns, mortgage defaults and lawsuits. This presentation will outline the need for climate change adaptation today and share practical and cost-effective initiatives underway in Canada to mitigate against growing economic and social climate-related challenges. The role of insurance sector in fostering climate change adaptation will be discussed.

Natalia Moudrak | Director, Infrastructure Adaptation Program, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
At the Intact Centre, Natalia advocates the business case for climate adaptation across multiple industry sectors, government and non-government organizations, and advances the development of best practices for flood-resilient community design in Canada. Prior to joining the Intact Centre, Natalia worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada, Risk Assurance Services. Natalia holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo. Natalia is a member of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association national committee on climate change; a member of the National Research Council of Canada committee on flood resilience; and a subject matter expert representing Canada on the ISO standards development committee, storm water management.

'Sharing Economy: Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada'

To coincide with the publication of the 2017 Institute report, Sharing Economy: Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada, this seminar will help shed light on how the p&c insurance industry can better prepare to serve the emerging market and to manage new competition.

You will learn more 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. We’ll also discuss 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.

Paul Kovacs | Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Paul is widely known and respected in the industry as the founder and executive director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), president and CEO of the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC), and is also an Adjunct Research Professor, Economics, at the University of Western Ontario. The Insurance Institute was pleased to contract with Paul Kovacs & Associates to research and write the 2017 Emerging Issues Research Report on the "Sharing Economy: Implications for the Insurance Industry in Canada.

'Cannabis: Implications and Opportunities'

This session will provide an overview of the Cannabis legislation, including some discussion on the changing landscape of the industry. We will delve into the potential insurance issues with respect to the industry in terms of industry recalls/class action suits and product liability concerns. There will be an overview of potential insurance concerns in terms of landlord/tenant relationships and determining levels of intoxication with respect to the operation of motor vehicles. Lastly, cyber security issues and insurance considerations for shipping from the industry perspective will be discussed.

Jillian Swainson | Partner, Brownlee LLP
Jillian Swainson is a business lawyer. She handles a variety of business law matters, including corporate, commercial, intellectual property, and securities work. In addition to her general practice of business law, over the past few years she has developed an expertise in providing general counsel and advisory services to clients within the heavily regulated and increasingly complex cannabis industry. What Jill brings to all aspects of her business law practice, is a strong ability to break down complex issues, determine what’s important and what’s not, and come up with a proactive solutions-based approach to her clients’ needs.

Angela Kos | Partner, Brownlee LLP
Partner Angela Kos is a litigator whose practice focuses on insurance defence, including product liability, defence, construction, coverage disputes, fire, occupier’s liability and personal injury.
She also has experience with various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediations and judicial dispute resolutions. Angela gives back to the community by volunteering with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre.



'State of the insurance industry and market conditions'


David Christoffel - Director, Investigative Services, IBC

Erick Phillips - Director, HR West Intact Insurance Company

Chris Huebner - President, Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Warren Martinson - Director, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, AIC