CatIQ Connect 2023

February 7 - 8, 2023 | Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Day 1 - February 7

8:00 am
Registration Opens

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Breakfast

8:45 am - 9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Laura Twidle

Speaker
Laura Twidle
President and CEO
Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc.

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Jim Abraham

Speaker
Jim Abraham
President
ClimAction Services Ltd.

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Marjorie Brans

Speaker
Marjorie Brans
Global Catalyst
The League of Intrapreneurs

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9:00 am - 9:15 am
2022 CATs in Review

The conference will begin with an overview of catastrophes that occurred in 2022. This comprehensive review will include a chronology of events, geographic footprints of impacted areas, related media and insured loss estimates provided by CatIQ.

Laura Twidle

Speaker
Laura Twidle
President and CEO
Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc.

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9:15 am - 10:15 am
Modelling Risk in the Future Climate

James Waller

Moderator
James Waller

Research Meteorologist
Guy Carpenter

Steve Bowen

Speaker
Steve Bowen
Chief Science Officer
Gallagher Re

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Brandon Katz

Speaker
Brandon Katz
Executive Vice President, Member
KatRisk LLC

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Michal Lorinc

Speaker
Michal Lörinc
Head of Catastrophe Insight
Aon Impact Forecasting

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Speaker
Michael Young
Vice President, Model Product Management
RMS

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10:15 am - 10:45 am
Networking Break

Session Sponsor

Morning Concurrent Session A
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Claims and Inflation

Jason Machtinger

Moderator
Jason Machtinger

Senior Vice President
Aon

Paul Gilbody

Speaker
Paul Gilbody
SVP, National Property and Specialty Claims
Aviva Canada Inc.

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Speaker
James Swayze
Executive
CoreLogic

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Cortney Young

Speaker
Cortney Young
VP Contractor Connection
Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.

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Morning Concurrent Session B
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Innovations in Canadian Flood Modelling

Greg Smith

Moderator
Greg Smith

President, Canada
Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.

Steven Frey

Speaker
Steven Frey
Senior Scientist
Aquanty

John Pomeroy

Speaker
John Pomeroy
Director, Global Water Futures Programme
University of Saskatchewan

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11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Keynote Address
Lunch and Keynote

Chris was a weather presenter and journalist on The Weather Network for more than two decades, and is the author of the upcoming book Weather Permitting: Twenty-Five Years of Ice Storms, Hurricanes, and Extreme Climate Change in Canada. From the hurricanes to hailstorms, ‘Canada’s Favourite Weatherman’ had a front row seat to a quarter-century of Canada’s catastrophes. Chris will share insights from his unique perspective on extreme weather and its impact on the country.

Chris St. Clair

Speaker
Chris St. Clair
Journalist and Author

Afternoon Concurrent Session A
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Atmospheric Rivers, Derechos, and Other Scary Things - Meteorology 101

Derechos and atmospheric rivers and heat domes, oh my! Weird, wild weather phenomena have made a tremendous impact on the Canadian CAT world in the past couple of years, but what do all these terms mean? Join us for a fun, interactive session that will test your knowledge of Canada’s weather and offer a look back at notable examples of some of the worst weather has to offer.

Steve Bowen

Moderator
Steve Bowen

Chief Science Officer
Gallagher Re

Caroline Floyd

Speaker
Caroline Floyd
Director
CatIQ

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Chris St. Clair

Speaker
Chris St. Clair
Journalist and Author

Afternoon Concurrent Session B
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Indigenous Communities and Insurance

Marjorie Brans

Moderator
Marjorie Brans

Global Catalyst
The League of Intrapreneurs

Brandon Baglien

Speaker
Brandon Baglien
Vice President, Account Executive
Aon

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Michelle Laidlaw

Speaker
Michelle Laidlaw
AVP, National Product Portfolio (Home)
Co-operators General Insurance Company

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Kevin Smart

Speaker
Kevin Smart
Owner
Risk Mitigation Strategies Inc.

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Afternoon Concurrent Session A
2:35 pm - 3:35 pm
West Coast Earthquake - The Known Unknowns

For Canada, the next big Quake isn’t a matter of “if” but a question of “when”. The science is evolving. The models are getting more accurate. And the consequences are now better understood. This panel will cover what every engaged Canadian needs to know…before it happens.

Moderator
Alister Campbell

President & CEO
PACICC

Dennis Chua

Speaker
Dennis Chua
Senior Vice President
Aon

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Speaker
Tiegan Hobbs
Research Scientist
Natural Resources Canada

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Sara McBride

Speaker
Sara McBride
Research Social Scientist
U.S. Geological Survey

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Afternoon Concurrent Session B
2:35 pm - 3:35 pm
The Lytton Recovery

Canada’s hot spot in 2021, Lytton, BC, recorded a temperature in excess of 49 degrees. In late June of that year, a wildfire tore through the community, destroying most of the residential and commercial buildings throughout the Village. This area is of significant historical importance as Indigenous people have occupied the area for over 10,000 years. This panel discussion will walk us through the recovery challenges and lessons learned as our industry addressed the damages from this very unique community.

Moderator
Rob de Pruis

National Director, Consumer & Industry Relations
Insurance Bureau of Canada

Trevor Grieve

Speaker
Trevor Grieve
Director Personal Strategy
Wawanesa Insurance

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James Heigh

Speaker
James Heigh
Recovery Project Manager
Village of Lytton, B.C.

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3:35 pm - 4:05 pm
Networking Break

Session Sponsor

4:05 pm - 5:05 pm
The BC Floods - Local Perspectives

Moderator
To Be Announced


Linda Brown

Speaker
Linda Brown
Former Mayor
City of Merritt, B.C.

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Bobby Sekhon

Speaker
Bobby Sekhon
Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Prediction Services - West
Meteorological Service of Canada, ECCC

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Speaker
To Be Announced

5:05 pm - 5:30 pm
Student Delegate Presentations

Winners of our Student Delegate Program representing universities from across Canada will offer brief presentations of their work relating to catastrophes.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cocktail Reception

Session Sponsor

Day 2 - February 8

8:00 am
Registration Opens

8:00 am - 8:45 am
Breakfast

8:45 am - 9:45 am
Morning Keynote - Federal View on Disaster Risk

Day Two kicks off with a fireside chat featuring exclusive insights into the federal government’s initiatives related to disaster mitigation and adaptation.

Jason Clark

Moderator
Jason Clark

National Director, Climate Change Advocacy
Insurance Bureau of Canada

Speaker
To Be Announced

9:45 am - 10:15 am
Networking Break

Session Sponsor

Morning Concurrent Session A
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Insurance Adjusting Challenges and Opportunities

John Neville

Moderator
John Neville

Vice President National Commercial Accounts
WINMAR

Hall Noble

Speaker
Hall Noble
Senior Manager CAT Response, National Catastrophe Claims
TD Insurance

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Kyle Winston

Speaker
Kyle Winston
Chair
CRU Group Inc.

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Morning Concurrent Session B
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Getting Out of Harm's Way with Managed Retreat

Brent Doberstein

Speaker
Brent Doberstein
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management
University of Waterloo

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11:20 am - 12:20 pm
The BC Floods - Claims Perspective

Moderator
Dipika Deol

Head P&C Treaty Underwriting, Canada & English Caribbean
Swiss Re

Shana Johnston

Speaker
Shana Johnston
Senior Claims Manager, Catastrophe & Vendor Relations
BCAA Insurance Corporation

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Speaker
Emily Pietropaolo
Vice President, Recovery
Canadian Red Cross

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12:20 pm - 2:00 pm
Keynote Address
Lunch & Keynote - Has the Time Come for CAT Bonds in Canada?

With annual losses routinely topping the $2 billion mark, has the time finally come for CAT bonds and other alternative risk transfer mechanisms in Canada? This discussion will help us understand the state of the ILS/ILW markets at home and abroad, and what hurdles and opportunities CAT bonds present for the Canadian market.

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm
2023 Catastrophes: The Forecast Says?

Following another highly active year for natural catastrophes in 2022 across North America, the focus shifts to 2023. This session will give a quick overview on clues as to what Mother Nature could bring for the rest of the year, including a look at current ENSO conditions.

Steve Bowen

Speaker
Steve Bowen
Chief Science Officer
Gallagher Re

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2:20 pm - 2:30 pm
Closing Remarks

Laura Twidle

Speaker
Laura Twidle
President and CEO
Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc.

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