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.

Jim Abraham

Speaker
Jim Abraham
President
CMOS

Marjorie Brans

Speaker
Marjorie Brans
Global Catalyst
The League of Intrapreneurs

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.

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

This panel will focus on catastrophe modelling issues under climate change. The panel will open with an overview of climate model projections and their limitations, and discuss how these projections can inform views of catastrophe risk under climate change scenarios. Key use cases for business decision making will be highlighted. A brief overview of non-modelled perils and extreme events will close the session along with next steps in the modelling world. Panelists will include industry experts in reinsurance, climate science and catastrophe modelling.

James Waller

Moderator
James Waller

Research Meteorologist
Guy Carpenter

Steve Bowen

Speaker
Steve Bowen
Chief Science Officer
Gallagher Re

Brandon Katz

Speaker
Brandon Katz
Executive Vice President, Member
KatRisk LLC

Michal Lorinc

Speaker
Michal Lörinc
Head of Catastrophe Insight
Aon Impact Forecasting

Speaker
Michael Young
Vice President, Model Product Management
RMS

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Networking Break

Session Sponsor

Morning Concurrent Session A
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Catastrophe Claims in the New Economy

Claims processes for major events like Hurricane Fiona and the BC floods would have looked quite different had they happened prior to 2020. The many variables that go into resolving a claim are much more dynamic than they were just a few short years ago. How have inflationary pressures altered the claims landscape? The panel will consider supply chain, duration of settlement, claims satisfaction, negotiation and other top-of-mind topics.

Jason Machtinger

Moderator
Jason Machtinger

Senior Vice President
Aon

Jennifer Delorey

Speaker
Jennifer Delorey
National Claims Leader (AVP), Property Claims
Aviva Canada Inc.

Speaker
James Swayze
Executive
CoreLogic

Cortney Young

Speaker
Cortney Young
VP, Contractor Connection and Platform Solutions
Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.

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

Flood is one of the most impactful perils each year for Canadian communities. This session will include presentations on how flood is evolving in the changing climate, short-term forecasting, monitoring improvements, and flood risk modelling.

Greg Smith

Moderator
Greg Smith

President, Canada
Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.

Šárka Černá

Speaker
Šárka Černá
Head of Client Solutions, Impact Forecasting
Aon Impact Forecasting

Steven Frey

Speaker
Steven Frey
Senior Scientist
Aquanty

John Pomeroy

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

11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Keynote Address
Lunch and Keynote - Weather Permitting: Twenty-Five Years of Ice Storms, Hurricanes, and Extreme Climate Change in Canada

Chris was a weather presenter and journalist on The Weather Network for more than two decades, and is the author of the recently published 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

Chris St. Clair

Speaker
Chris St. Clair
Journalist and Author

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

With the fastest growing demographic in the country, Canada’s Indigenous communities refer to First Nations people, Métis and Inuit. The Indigenous population averages 8.2 years younger than the non-Indigenous population overall. Why then is this group underserved by Canada’s insurance industry? What are the barriers to extending protection to Indigenous households and businesses? This panel will explore some of the challenges and exciting opportunities to serve Canada’s original peoples, and promote Truth and Reconciliation at the same time.

Marjorie Brans

Moderator
Marjorie Brans

Global Catalyst
The League of Intrapreneurs

Brandon Baglien

Speaker
Brandon Baglien
Vice President, Account Executive
Aon

Michelle Laidlaw

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

Kevin Smart

Speaker
Kevin Smart
Owner
Risk Mitigation Strategies Inc.

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, Head of Canadian and Caribbean Catastrophe Management
Aon

Speaker
Tiegan Hobbs
Research Scientist
Natural Resources Canada

Sara McBride

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

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

James Heigh

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

3:35 pm - 4:05 pm
Networking Break

Session Sponsor

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

The 2021 BC flood is arguably the most impactful event ever to occur in Canada. This panel will review the preceding conditions and atmospheric mechanisms that led to the devastating flooding, and dive into local perspectives on impact and response.

Linda Brown

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

Tribal Chief Tyrone McNeil

Speaker
Tyrone McNeil
President & Tribal Chief
Stó:lo Tribal Council

Bobby Sekhon

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

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.

Shaieree Cottar

Shaieree Cottar
PhD Candidate & Coordinator for Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum
University of Waterloo

Marina Giannitsos

Marina Giannitsos
Master of Science, Agriculture & Resource Economics Candidate
University of Alberta

Preetish Kakoty

Preetish Kakoty
PhD Candidate, Engineering for Seismic Resilience Lab
University of British Columbia

Session Sponsor

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cocktail Reception

Session Sponsor

Day 2 - February 8

7:45 am
Registration Opens

If you haven’t checked in yet, say hello and pick up your badge at the registration desk, outside of Room 718.

7:45 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast

Fuel up for a day of catastrophe content!

8:30 am - 9:30 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

Julie Dabrusin

Speaker
Julie Dabrusin
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Government of Canada

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Networking Break

Session Sponsor

Morning Concurrent Session A
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Insurance Adjusting Challenges and Opportunities

Canada is no stranger to major floods and fires, but events of the past few years have taken place against a different economic backdrop than previous catastrophes. Being boots on the ground in this new environment brings some unique challenges – but new opportunities as well.
This panel discussion will speak to the latest challenges that have surfaced but also potential avenues to continue to serve the policyholder in the best way possible.

Stephen Coombs

Moderator
Stephen Coombs

Vice President Insurance Programs
WINMAR

Janak Lally

Speaker
Janak Lally
CIAA National President and Assistant Vice President, Lower Mainland & BC Interior
ClaimsPro

Hall Noble

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

Kyle Winston

Speaker
Kyle Winston
Chair
CRU GROUP

Morning Concurrent Session B
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Getting Out of Harm's Way with Managed Retreat

Being reactive after major disasters like floods can be costly to community members, both financially and emotionally. When does it make the most sense to move away from the risk? This session will cover what managed retreat looks like in Canadian communities.

Brent Doberstein

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

11:05 am - 12:20 pm
The BC Floods - Claims Perspective

Though it was one of the most impactful catastrophes to ever occur in Canada, the 2021 BC Flood resulted in a relatively small insured loss total. This panel will discuss how claims, incurred and uninsured, were handled amid supply chain disruptions, inflation, lack of labour and fragmentation of cover.

Moderator
Dipika Deol

Senior Client Manager, Vice President, Public Sector Solutions
Swiss Re

Joe Fidilio

Speaker
Joe Fidilio
Chief Claims Officer
Zurich Canada