2019 Speaker

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Paul Kovacs
Executive Director, ICLR

Paul Kovacs is Canada's leading authority on insurance and climate change. He is the founder of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at the University of Western Ontario and the President of PACICC.

Since 1996 Paul has been a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's leading forum for the study of climate issues and winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is presently preparing a special report for United Nations climate change negotiators promoting insurance as a mechanism to advance disaster risk reduction.

For more than thirty years Paul has been popular commentator on insurance, disaster safety and economic policy. He has written more than 200 publications and articles and he is a passionate champion for insurance, disaster resilience and adaptation to climate extremes.

Paul has worked in private industry, governments and academia. For almost twenty years his focus has been on insurance issues. Paul serves on a number of Canadian and international advisory boards, and he has a growing collection of bow ties..