2018 Agenda

Bringing Together Industry, Academia and Government to Discuss Canadian Natural and Man-Made Catastrophes
C4 is a content-driven discussion to foster collaboration before, during and after catastrophic events. This conference provides a content driven overview of catastrophes, discusses strategies in catastrophe management and explores sector perspectives. Overall themes are on preparedness and resiliency, available tools, and impacted stakeholder and policy makers working together for the greater good of all Canadians.

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Wednesday, January 31 - Day 1
Registration Opens
Interactive Workshop The development of an Emergency Management Strategy for Canada requires collaboration from all levels of government, business, non-government organizations, and academia. The workshop will be conducted where invited stakeholders provide their perspective. Subsequently, valuable input will be gathered from participants of the C4 Conference. The outcome of the workshop would be two-fold:
  • Participants would gain a better understanding of the state of disaster prevention, mitigation and risk reduction in Canada, as shared by a panel of knowledgeable speakers, and through sharing ideas at smaller breakout tables. In addition to gaining knowledge, they would also be able to share their input, thoughts and ideas to inform policy decisions made by Public Safety Canada.
  • Public Safety Canada will be able to use the outcome of this workshop to inform policy decisions, helping to advance an Emergency Management Strategy for Canada, and use the wealth of knowledge collected by the over 250+ attendees of C4 2018. Additionally, a summary of outcomes from the discussions will also help inform planning and strategy decisions by other stakeholders in industry, NGO’s and other levels of government. Furthermore, the workshop will enable collaborative opportunities between stakeholders.
Canadian Disaster Mitigation Workshop Part 1
Jim Abraham
C4 2018 Emcee and
Director, Canadian Climate Forum
Deirdre Laframboise
Executive Director,
Canadian Climate Forum
Manager, Research Unit,
Public Safety Canada
Senior Special Advisor
Emergency Management, Housing,
Infrastructure & Emergency Services,
Assembly of First Nations
Head, North America and SVP, Global Partnerships,
Swiss Re
Senior Water Resources Engineer,
City of Ottawa
Manager, Policy and Research, Policy and Government Relations,
City of Ottawa
Networking Break Sponsored by Munich Re
Canadian Disaster Mitigation Workshop Part 2
Opening Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Aon Benfield
Thursday, February 1 - Day 2
Registration Opens
Welcome & Acknowledgements and Intro Address
Director, Catastrophic Loss Analysis,
CatIQ Inc.
C4 2018 Emcee and
Director, Canadian Climate Forum
2017 CATs in Review
Director, Catastrophic Loss Analysis,
CatIQ Inc.
9:15 - 10:15am
Flood Risk Management All Over the Map: Bringing Some Cohesion
David McGown
SVP, Strategic Initiatives,
Chairman and President & CEO,
Mayor of Mississauga
The Senate of Canada

The severe weather consequences of climate change affect every Canadian and every level of government. Some focus on mitigation; others on adaptation. Bringing municipal and insurance leaders together, this panel will explore the challenges facing municipalities in planning and funding large scale infrastructure investments, and how the insurance industry could respond.

10:15 - 10:45am
Networking Break Sponsored by Swiss Re
10:45 - 11:45am
Public Communication in Times of Crisis
Shawna Peddle
Director, Partners for Action,
University of Waterloo
Community Manager, Canadian Red Cross
Director of Communications and Events,
PhD Candidate,
University of Western Ontario
Director, Public Affairs,
Public Safety Canada

The impacts of natural disasters are personal, and often overwhelming to homeowners and communities. These impacts can be lessened by actions taken before, during, and after an event. We cannot assume that providing information alone will automatically result in personal preparedness. So how can we effectively communicate risk to drive action? Join our panel of communicators to discuss how to engage and motivate communities to prepare, react, and recover from extreme weather events.

11:45am - 1:15pm
Lunch and Presentation Sponsored by CRU Group
Addressing the Climate Change Challenge: What Does It Mean for the Insurance Industry, As Underwriters and Institutional Investors?
Keynote Speaker:
Maryam Golnaraghi
Director, Extreme Events & Climate Risk,
Geneva Association
1:15- 2:15pm
Democratizing and Improving CAT and Hazard Models
Dr. Blair Feltmate
Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaption,
University of Waterloo
Chief Resilience Officer,
City of Toronto
Chief Executive,
Oasis Loss Modelling Framework

As a prerequisite to adapting to climate change, extreme weather events (e.g. flood, drought, heat, hail, wind, etc.) and over-taxed and aging infrastructure, CAT and Hazard models must be updated and made broadly available. In the absence of contemporized models, adaptation will be based on a combination of outdated profiles and guesswork, neither option of which will lead to a well-functioning end state. Accordingly, time is not a luxury regarding the need for improved and available CAT and Hazard models, as will be profiled in the session.

2:15 - 2:45pm
Networking Break Sponsored by RMS
2:45 - 3:45pm
Lessons Learned from Emergency Management Plans
Paul Kovacs
Executive Director,
Manager, Research Unit,
Public Safety Canada
Regional Emergency Management Coordinator,
New Brunswick EMO
Chief Resilience Officer,
City of Montreal

This session will explore the role of local, provincial, and federal officials in disaster management in Canada. We will discuss actions taken to assess and understand hazards, clarify roles and responsibilities for stakeholders, invest in risk reduction, and plans to 'build back better' after a disaster.

3:45 - 4:45pm
Building Back Better
Heather Auld
Principal Climate Scientist,
Risk Sciences International, Inc.
Research Council Officer, Construction,
National Research Council Canada (NRC)
Managing Director,
Insurance Litigation Lawyer,
Monaghan Reain Lui Taylor LLP

When a natural disaster strikes a community, it tests the resiliency of the system. Last year we saw catastrophic flooding right in our backyards, which led to hundreds of millions in insured and economic losses. To prepare for the changing climate and future events, we need to be ready ahead of time to build back better in order to mitigate risks and impacts in the longer term.

4:45 - 5:00pm
Student Delegate Presentations
6:30 - 7:30pm
Cocktail Reception
Dinner Sponsored by IBC
Friday, February 2 - Day 3
8:00 - 9:00am
9:00 - 10:00am
Coping with Canada's Hottest Peril - Wildfire
Paul Cutbush
SVP Catastrophe Management,
Aon Benfield
SVP, Claims,
Intact Financial Corporation
Senior Research Officer,
National Research Council
Co-founder & President,
CRU Group Inc.

The 2016 and 2017 wildfire seasons have pushed Canada's insurers, emergency managers and claims adjusters to the extreme when dealing with the sheer number and extent of new challenges. This session attempts to delve into lessons learned over the last two years, with a focus on saving lives and property. This panel will include points of view from three Canadian professionals intimately involved with the recent wildfire activity:

    1. Kyle Winston (President at CRU Group Inc.) – providing a catastrophe claims adjuster viewpoint;
    2. Steven Gwynne (Sr. Research Officer at the National Research Council Canada) – giving a perspective on the growing science of wildfire prediction and evacuation modeling;
    3. Patrick Barbeau (Senior Vice President, Claims at Intact Insurance) – offering an insurer’s experience on how dealing with wildfires is changing rapidly.

10:00 - 10:30am
Networking Break Sponsored by Guy Carpenter
10:30 - 11:30am
Ensuring the Viability of the Alberta Property Insurance Market
Sean Russell
Managing Director,
Guy Carpenter
President & CEO,
SCOR Canada Reinsurance
Senior Manager, Consulting and Client Services,
AIR Worldwide
Executive Director, Recovery Operations,
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

Hail, Flood, Fire, what is next for Alberta? How can we ensure there are viable and affordable insurance products in Alberta in light of recent catastrophic events? How are government, insurance companies and reinsurance companies adapting to these catastrophic events and what can be done to curb the trend?

11:30am - 12:30pm
East vs. West - Understanding the Macro-Economic Impacts of Earthquakes
Craig Stewart
Vice President, Federal Affairs
Deputy Chief Economist,
The Conference Board of Canada
Head Treaty Underwriting,
Canada & English Caribbean,
Swiss Re
Senior Product Manager, Model Product Management,

Montreal and the Next Big Quake; when Canadians think of earthquake risk, they invariably think of Canada's west coast. However, an equally devastating scenario is plausible in the St Lawrence corridor. Join seismic experts and economists to learn about the risk to Quebec's largest city, the implications and what is being done to prepare.

12:30 - 2:15pm
Networking Lunch
Conference Wrap Up