CIP Society Symposium

The premier industry event for insurance professionals

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Featuring inspiring keynote speakers, insightful seminars and our 'Leaders Unscripted' session, Symposium is the premier industry event for GTA's insurance professionals.

This annual event brings together bright minds who provoke engaging discussion about the future of our industry.

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April 16, 2020
Toronto Board of Trade
First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide Street W., Toronto
(King Street West at York)

Explore Symposium 2020


Breakfast Keynote Speaker

Tony Chapman

Keynote Speaker, Conference Host, TV and Radio Personality

“Stop Telling Your Story. Become Part of Mine. How to get the attention of the people that matter most to you.”


Morning General Session


Rethinking resiliency in a period of extreme climate risk

Severe weather and climate risks have had a significant impact on the insurance industry in Canada over the past 40 years. Managed well to date, these risks are expected to present opportunities for the industry in the short-term future. The Institute’s latest research report focuses on the implications of climate risks over the next 10 years, but also includes a warning that prospects over the next 50 to 100 years are not clear. In this session you will learn how collaboration and individual company action can help the industry address the underwriting and operational uncertainty resulting from the impact of climate change. You will also learn about effective loss reduction solutions based on scientific study and industry knowledge.



Paul Kovacs, Senior Researcher, Insurance Institute of Canada, Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Donna Ince, Senior Vice-President, Personal Lines, RSA Canada
Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Barbara Turley-McIntyre, Vice-President, Sustainability & Citizenship, The Co-operators Group Ltd.


Breakout Sessions (choose one)

Spotting black swans: A strategy for rethinking the unpredictable

Popularized by economist Nassim Taleb in 2007, the concept of black swan events—undirected events with unpredictable and far-reaching consequences—have captivated the attention of financial and political forecasters. Interestingly, the term is seldom applied in the context of insurance, but you don’t have to look far to find examples—the Missouri duck boat loss in 2018, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Fort McMurray wildfires in 2016. In this session, you will get to know black swan events that have both shaken and strengthened our industry. You'll explore how you can safeguard your organization from the impact of black swan events while building resilience for the future. You will also learn best practices for advising clients about the possibility of black swan events and how to prepare for them.

Anne Wilson, Property Expert, Property & Casualty Business Management, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation
Yvonne Steiner, SVP, Head of Property Lines, Zurich Canada
A. H. Hay, Principal, Southern Harbour Ltd.

The new case for parametric insurance

Parametric insurance solutions hit the marketplace in the early 1990s, but are currently in the midst of a renaissance. Advances in data analytics, increased computing power and increased influence of severe weather have made parametric insurance an attractive option for even mid-market and smaller corporate clients. Parametric insurance is different from indemnity-based insurance products because they are triggered by a pre-defined event (e.g. rainfall exceedance or deficit, earthquake intensity, etc.) and payout is automatic, regardless of damage. In this session, you will learn what makes parametric insurance an attractive option for both insurers and clients and possible future applications. You’ll also explore thought-provoking issues such as regulation and long-term effects of this offering on the marketplace.

Manuel Chirouze, Managing Director, West Coast Cat Modelling Lead, Guy Carpenter
Urs Uhlmann, CEO and Chief Agent at AXA XL Insurance Canada
Matthew Zuccato, National Practice Leader, Marsh Alternative Risk Solutions


Lunch Keynote



 “Health and wellness at work: an oxymoron?”


Leaders Unscripted


Gain a new perspective on leadership as executives share their personal insights in an intimate group setting.


Heidi Sevcik, President & CEO
Gore Mutual Insurance Company


Jason Storah, CEO
Aviva Canada


Brian Parsons, Head of Canada
Willis Towers Watson


Philomena Comerford, President & CEO/ Principal
Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP & Hargraft Schofield LP




8 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Breakfast Keynote Speaker
9:45 - 10 a.m. Networking Break
10 - 11 a.m. General Session
11 - 11:15 a.m.  Networking Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   Breakout Session
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Lunch Keynote Speaker
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Networking Break
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Leaders Unscripted Session
3:30 - 4 p.m. Cocktail Reception


Thank you to our sponsors


Canadian Underwriter


Aviva Canada
AXIS Capital
Crawford & Company
Markel Canada


Applied Systems
Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association (OIAA)
RSA Canada