Registration for the Fifth Annual Canadian Catastrophe (CAT) Conference has Opened

Toronto (September 11, 2019) – CatIQ is pleased to announce that registration for its fifth annual Canadian catastrophe conference, CatIQ Connect, is now open. CatIQ Connect is being held February 3-5, 2020 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  CatIQ Connect will kick off with a review of the events from 2019, which is sure to be interesting, given the weather activity in 2019 so far.

Canadian insured catastrophic losses have reached nearly $900 million thus far in 2019 and these do not include the impacts from Post-Tropical Storm Dorian according to CatIQ (Catastrophe Indices & Quantification Inc.). Impactful weather events are on the rise, and government and industry must look to implement solutions to mitigate the increasing cost of catastrophes.

CatIQ Connect is a content-driven conference designed to foster collaboration between sectors relating to resilience and recovery in the face of catastrophes. “We are thrilled to be hosting the fifth annual catastrophe conference and, once again, our steering committee has put together a phenomenal agenda,” said Laura Twidle, Managing Director of CatIQ. “The 2020 event will focus on solutions; we want attendees to leave with information on how they can take the next step in mitigating risk and planning.”

CatIQ Connect is designed for:

  • Insurance/Reinsurance Professionals
  • All Levels of Government
  • Academia/Researchers
  • Risk Managers
  • NGO’s
  • Other sectors/organizations dealing with resilience to catastrophes


  • Roy Wright, President & CEO, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

The CatIQ Connect 2020 Agenda features 30+ expert speakers. Highlights include:

  • Interactive Workshop
  • Leadership and Financial Solutions to Climate Change
  • Financing Climate Resilient Infrastructure
  • The War Story - 48h Post-CAT
  • Resilience: The Whys and Hows
  • Mental Health and Disasters
  • The Fort McMurray Rebuild
  • Different Views of Earthquake
  • Communication Tools for Preparedness and Recovery
  • Flood Resilient Design for New Residential Communities
  • Governmental Views on Moving Out or Staying Put
  • Risk Assessment - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Save $100 by registering early and save a further $100 per person by registering three or more at  

Once again, this year’s Steering Committee includes leading organizations concerned with adaptation and management related to Canadian catastrophes, including:

Jim Abraham

2020 Co-emceeand President, ClimAction Services Inc.

Glenn McGillivray

Managing Director,ICLR

William Belzile

GIS Advisor, Desjardins General Insurance Group

Ryaz Mohamed

Director, Corporate Reinsurance, The Co-operators Group

Alister Campbell


Shawna Peddle

2020 Co-emcee and Director, Disaster Risk Reduction, Canadian Red Cross

Claudette Cantin

SVP, Chief Actuary and CRO, Munich Re Canada

Sean Russell

Managing Director, Guy Carpenter

Paul Cutbush

SVP Catastrophe Management,Aon Benfield Analytics

Craig Stewart

VP, Federal Affairs, IBC

Esaie Djossou

AVP of Reinsurance, CAT Underwriting, International Underwriting and Data and Insights functions, Aviva Canada

Genevieve Thouin

Project Director, MCIP, FCM

Dr. Blair Feltmate

Head, Intact Centre onClimate Adaption,University of Waterloo

Dwayne Torrey

Director, Construction & Infrastructure,Standards, CSA Group

Dr. Maryam Golnaraghi

Director, Climate Change and Emerging Environmental Topics, The Geneva Association

Rebecca Wagner

Associate Director,Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Sean Hobson

VP, National Programs, WINMAR (Canada) International Ltd.

Kyle Winston

Co-founder & President,CRU Group Inc.

Anna Ziolecki

Director, Partners for Action>

To register for CatIQ Connect 2020, or to keep up to date on the latest announcements, visit You can also follow CatIQ on Twitter at @CatIQ_Inc or through the hashtag #CatIQConnect.

 About CatIQ

Toronto-based Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) delivers detailed analytical and meteorological information on Canadian natural and man-made catastrophes. Through its online subscription-based platform, CatIQ combines comprehensive insured loss and exposure indices and other related information to better serve the needs of the insurance / reinsurance / ILS industries, the public sector and other stakeholders. CatIQ was established in 2014 with the support of the overwhelming majority of the Canadian insurance and reinsurance industry and is widely recognized as the most reliable source of CAT loss information in Canada. CatIQ is a subsidiary of PERILS AG.

For more information, please contact:

Laura Twidle, Managing Director, CatIQ Inc.

120 Adelaide St. W., Suite 1420, Toronto, ON, M5H 1T1

Tel: 416-368-0777 x30