Catastrophe Model & Technology Updates

December 2, 2021

10:00 am
Webinar Waiting Room Opens

10:20 am
Opening Remarks

10:30 am
Fire, Flood, and Earthquake: Latest Developments

This panel will review recent advances in natural peril models impacting Canada. Topics include an open-source flood model CanFlood and how it compares to existing vendor models, Canada’s Earthquake Early Warning Program, and adoption of new generation seismic hazard for Canada (SHMC 2020) in reinsurance modeling, as well as wildfire model developments.

Moderator & Presenter
Šárka Cerná

Product and Business Development
Aon Benfield Impact Forecasting

Heather McGrath

Heather McGrath
Geospatial Scientist
Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, Natural Resources Canada

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Henry Seywerd
Program Manager, Early Earthquake Warning
Natural Resources Canada

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Michael Young
Vice President, Model Product Management

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12:00 pm
Secondary Peril Problems and Solutions: Data, Monitoring, and Modelling

So-called ‘secondary perils’, including severe convective storm, are among the biggest insured loss drivers in North America. This panel brings together experts working on perils that tend to get less attention from insurance CAT modelers, including hail and windstorms.

Kimberly Roberts

Kimberly Roberts

Senior Vice President
Guy Carpenter

Tom Larsen
Principal, Industry Solutions

Dave Sills
Executive Director, Northern Tornadoes Project
Western University

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Andreas Weigel
Weather Peril Lead
Swiss Re

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1:30 pm
The Latest Climate Report: What it Means for Canada & the Financial Industry

This panel will explore implications of the latest IPCC report for Canada, particularly as they relate to risk mitigation and adaptation.

Robin Edger

National Director, Climate Change
Insurance Bureau of Canada

Jude Ellison

Judith Ellison
Catastrophe Modelling Manager
JBA Risk Management

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Gregory Flato
Senior Research Scientist
Environment and Climate Change Canada

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Josh Gilbert
Founder & CEO
Sust Global

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3:00 pm
Keynote Address
Climate & Risk Modelling: Looking Forward

Ms. Clark founded the first catastrophe modeling company and is credited with creating the catastrophe modeling industry. Karen Clark & Company (KCC) was most recently named 2021 Catastrophe Modeling Firm of the Year by Inside P&C for “precision, accuracy, and successful innovation in the science of catastrophe risk modeling.” In this talk, Ms. Clark will share her insights on the intersection of risk and climate modelling.

Karen Clark

Co-founder & CEO
Karen Clark & Company

4:00 pm
Closing Remarks

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