Registration for the first of CatIQ's Connect Quarterly Webinar Series has opened. It will run online on October 14, 2020

Toronto, August 18, 2020 – CatIQ and MSA Research are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the first of the Canadian catastrophe conference’s online webinars. The upcoming CatIQ Connect quarterly webinar series will be held in October and December of 2020 and February and June of 2021.

“Given the uncertainty of the global pandemic, we made the decision to host an online quarterly series from October 2020 to June 2021,” said Joel Baker, CEO, of CatIQ and MSA Research “As we all know, catastrophes do not stop for a pandemic, and this year has already been memorable with the impactful Fort McMurray flooding and Calgary hailstorms.” CatIQ Connect is a platform where industry, all levels of government, and academia come together to discuss mitigation and adaptation strategies, technological advancements, and sector perspectives around catastrophe management.

Registration is now open for:

October 14, 2020 – The Financial Sector on Catastrophes & Climate Change

“This forum will examine how banks, insurers and institutional investors are subject to the evolving threat of physical climate change. For those working in the capital markets, the forum will provide practical guidance to limit risk that might otherwise prove challenging to the financial services sector,” says Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo.

The half-day will be capped off with a keynote discussion between Mike Pedersen, Chair of the Business Development Bank of Canada, and Blair Feltmate, Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation. The pair will focus on the threat of physical climate risk, and how Canada’s banks can provide stability to the Canadian economy.

Session highlights for October 14:

  • Risks and Opportunities for the Capital Markets with Alyson Slater, Global Risk Institute. Moderator: Andrew Castaldi, PERILS AG

  • Innovative Insurance Strategies from Low to Middle Income Countries and How to Apply Them in Canada with Kathy Baughman McLeod, Adrienne Arsht–Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, Atlantic Council. Moderator: Marjorie Brans, School for Social Entrepreneurs Canada

  • Evolving Perspectives on the Impacts of Physical Climate Risk for Canada’s Housing Sector with Steve Mennill, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Moderator: Joanna Dafoe, Insurance Bureau of Canada

Save the dates for the full webinar series line up:

  • December 3, 2020 – New in Catastrophe Technology & Modelling
  • February 11, 2021 – Pandemic: One Year Later
  • June 10, 2021 – Collaborating to Mitigate Loss to Catastrophes and Climate Change

As always, the conference Steering Committee brings together leading organizations concerned with adaptation and management related to Canadian catastrophes, including: 

Jim Abraham

ClimAction Services Inc.

Caroline Floyd

Assistant Director of Catastrophic Loss Analysis, CatIQ

Anthony Black
National Catastrophe Manager,
RSA Insurance Group

Karen Francis

Vice President,

Guy Carpenter

Marjorie Brans

Director of Ecosystem Impact,

School for Social Entrepreneurs Canada

Paul A. MacDonald

EVP, Registrational Insurance,
Economical Insurance

Michael Butler

Senior Business Development Manager-Commercial, ServiceMaster Restore

Glenn McGillivray

Managing Director,


Andrew Castaldi
Representative Consultant,

Dwayne Torrey

Director, Construction & Infrastructure, Standards, CSA Group

Lindsey Collins
Senior Catastrophe Analyst,

Laura Twidle
Managing Director,

Joanna Dafoe
National Director of Climate Change,
Insurance Bureau of Canada

Rebecca Wagner

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

Dipika Deol

Head of P&C Underwriting, Canada and English Caribbean, Swiss Re

Kyle Winston

Co-founder & President,

CRU Group Inc.

Dr. Blair Feltmate

Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaption, University of Waterloo

Anna Ziolecki
Partners for Action

To register for the October session, and to keep up to date on the latest announcements for future sessions, 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) is a subsidiary of Zurich-based PERILS A.G. and 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, 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 catastrophe loss information in Canada. CatIQ also partners with MSA Research to host the Canadian catastrophe conference, CatIQ Connect, which will run quarterly online until Feb 2022 when it will be back in-person on an annual basis. 

Media contact:
Laura Twidle
1 (289) 401-3269

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