An Important Conversation

CatIQ Connect is a content-driven discussion to foster collaboration before, during and after catastrophic events. This conference provides a detailed overview of catastrophes, discusses strategies in catastrophe management and explores sector perspectives. Overall themes are on preparedness and resiliency, available tools, and impacted stakeholders and policy makers working together for the greater good of all Canadians.

Who Should Attend?

CatIQ Connect brings together industry, academia and government to discuss Canadian natural and human-made catastrophes. Participants will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with experts from a variety of sectors. Past attendees include professionals from the following areas:

  • Insurers and Reinsurers
  • Government representatives from various levels
  • Academics & Researchers
  • Engineers
  • Emergency Managers & Emergency Responders
  • CAT Modelers
  • Risk Consultants
  • Regulators
  • Finance
  • Urban Planners
  • Builders
  • IT Executives supporting their business associates
What Past Attendees Have Said
The following are testimonials from those who attended CatIQ Connect 2020:
“It was a blast to participate in CatIQ Connect. The conference offered a fabulous opportunity for the insurance and risk management industries to think about how to handle increasing disaster load in Canada. We need creativity and financial innovation to rise to the challenge. Together we identified lots of low hanging fruit and areas that will require novel partnerships and ways of thinking. Can’t wait to see what people do over the next year.”." – Marjorie Brans, 2020 Co-Emcee and Director of Ecosystem Impact, School for Social Entrepreneurs Canada
The following are testimonials from those who attended CatIQ Connect 2019:
“My favourite part was that not only re/insurers joined the conference but so many people from governmental agencies and academia joined as well. This provided a great forum for much more thorough discussions and getting multiple angles on climate change issues. The topics covered were relevant and the speakers had great insights and opinions to share. It was also a great opportunity to network." – Dipika Deol, Swiss Re
“This is perhaps the top emergency management conference I've attended, for this reason - connecting the horizontal linkages between 'silos of excellence.’ The cross-section of industry, government and academia is a truly innovative approach to explore different perspectives with regards to disasters”. – Adam Davey, City of Prince George / PG Fire Rescue
“I had the chance to meet with representatives of different institutions, and discuss the questions and issues proposed in the workshop. It was rewarding to meet with new people, create connections, and solve the proposed problems by giving and connecting ideas from our broad range of backgrounds”. – Carlos Herrera, University of Victoria
“This was my first CatIQ Conference – it was really well done, and I will recommend it to others next year”. – Danny Cooper, OSFI
The following are testimonials from those who attended CatIQ’s 2018 Canadian Catastrophe Conference:
“I especially enjoyed learning the multiple perspectives held by stakeholders in the room and seeing the interdisciplinary effort being made to address issues surrounding risk preparedness, management and resilience, in a number of weather and climate contexts. I would definitely consider attending again or recommending this conference to others - it is a fantastic forum where much needed conversations between various stakeholders are happening in the same room, and the topics being discussed are very timely”. – Jennifer Spinney, University of Western Ontario
“This was my second year attending and found that I still learned from many of the presentations. This indicates good selection of topics/panelists so that it is not simply a repeat of previous years. The panel process allows for various points of view to be presented on similar topics which helps to illustrate some points of view that I may not have considered. Wide range of topics also helps to keep interest across the group”. – Ian Dixon, The Cooperators
“As a first-time attendee at C4 (2018), I was very impressed with the quality of the presentations and the opportunities to interact with the other participants. I felt that the conference topics were very relevant, and showed a clear path forward to address catastrophic losses in Canada. I am looking forward to the next conference to build on the relationships and knowledge gained”. – Dwight Wolfe, Tesera Systems