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CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4 2018)Call for Topic Suggestions

Toronto (May 12, 2017) – CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4 2018) issues a call for topics to help shape the agenda for the third annual conference. Responses are being collected via an online survey. The aim of C4 is to facilitate content-driven discussions to help foster collaboration before, during and after catastrophic events. C4 2017, which took place last February, brought together a very diverse crowd of catastrophe experts and stakeholders from industry, government and academia; proceedings for the conference have been made available online for more information.

The community of experienced, passionate and forward-thinking delegates who attend C4 have offered guidance and presented many suggestions over the past two years. Canadians are not strangers to catastrophic events but the frequency and severity of these events is increasing and the current risk management efforts are no longer working.

The newly convened C4 2018 Steering Committee strongly believes that a multi-level stakeholder discussion on better flood mitigation and forecasting is not only needed but is essential! Last year, wildfire was the topic of conversation but the current flooding situations across Canada in B.C., Ontario, Quebec and in the Atlantic Canada highlight the obvious need for collaboration and discussions specific to flooding. Most catastrophic events are discrete, localized occurrences but floods are an issue that impact every province and territory in Canada. In an ideal world, a catastrophic flooding event occurs and a homeowner would be assisted, but whose responsibility is it to assist them?

“Property owners deserve to know what a flood could mean for their families and homes to be empowered to act,” said Shawna Peddle, Director of Partners for Action, based in Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment. “Governments and stakeholders, such as realtors and insurers, must meet homeowner demand for more information.”

Although there will be a strong focus on flooding, the C4 2018 Steering Committee would like to get additional feedback on specific topics of interest under the general themes of:

  1. Natural & Man-Made Catastrophes
  2. Catastrophe Response, Communication & Mitigation
  3. Data, Technology & Standards
  4. Additional Perspective & Impacts

Those interested in providing feedback and topic suggestions are invited to complete the brief survey by May 26, 2017C4 2018 Call for Topics Survey

C4 2018 will take place January 31- February 2, 2018 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau-Ottawa. Organizers will be working hard over the next several months to finalize the conference program and open registration in September. To learn more and view archived information, such as past conference proceedings, photos and agendas, visit: www.catiq.com/c4.

C4 2018 is being organized by a Steering Committee of subject matter experts including:

  • Jim Abraham Director, Canadian Climate Forum & C4 2018 Emcee
  • Balz Grollimund Head Treaty Underwriting, Swiss Reinsurance Company
  • Megan Meaney Director, ICLEI Canada
  • Anne Ruel Senior Actuarial Advisor, Risk Management, Desjardins General Insurance Group
  • Pat Van Bakel President & CEO, Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.
  • Nathalie Bleau Coordinator, Built Environment Program, Ouranos
  • Stacey Johnson Reinsurance Specialist, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
  • Shawna Peddle Director, Partners for Action, University of Waterloo
  • Sean Russell Managing Director, Guy Carpenter & Company
  • Rebecca Wagner Associate Director, Prediction Services Operations – Central Region, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Matthew Godsoe Manager, Research Unit, Public Safety Canada
  • Glenn McGillivray Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
  • Carolyn Rennie Managing Director, CatIQ
  • Jason Thistlethwaite Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo
  • Kyle Winston President, CRU Group Inc.
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CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4 2017) Call for Topic Suggestions

Toronto (May 11, 2016) – Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) is pleased to announce that after a very successful inaugural conference in 2016, CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4) will be returning as an annual event. The goal of the conference remains the same, to bring together Industry, Academia, and all levels of Government to discuss natural and man-made catastrophes.

Taking into account the feedback received from delegates, there will be improvements made to ensure that the conference can continue to provide engaging sessions, speakers and a diverse crowd with multiple networking and learning opportunities. Breakout sessions and workshops at C4 2017 will provide delegates with further engagement and discussion on key topics of interest.

The recent devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray has highlighted the need to discuss strategies and preparation before, during and after a catastrophic event. The resiliency, strength and courage of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Alberta Government, the public, and the insurance industry have reframed our discussions at work, at home, and here at C4.

In order to create a dynamic conference which touches upon topics of most interest to past and prospective delegates, CatIQ is providing an Open Call for Topic Suggestions.

Overall themes for C4 2017 will include:

  1. Natural & Man-Made Catastrophes
  2. Catastrophe Response & Communication
  3. Data, Technology & Standards
  4. Additional Perspective & Impacts

Past participants and those with interest in attending C4 2017 are invited to share their opinions on Topic Suggestions using the following survey link: Call for Topic Suggestions Survey no later than June 3, 2016.

Additionally, topic suggestions and additional feedback can be sent directly to CatIQ’s Managing Director, carolyn.rennie@catiq.com.

C4 2016 Emcee Glenn Gibson, who is also Vice-Chairman of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be returning again for C4 2017. Feedback from delegates included his positive energy, the very interesting relation of football to Catastrophe Management, updates on Groundhog Day forecasts and the creation of the “Best Sock” competition for speakers.

2017 Steering Committee

  • Jim Abraham Director, Canadian Climate Forum
  • Paul Cutbush SVP Catastrophe Management, Aon Benfield Analytics
  • Paul Kovacs President & CEO, PACICC and Executive Director, ICLR
  • Shawna Peddle Director, Partners for Action (P4A), University of Waterloo
  • Pat Van Bakel President & CEO, Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.
  • Nathalie Bleau Coordinator, the Built Environment Program, Ouranos
  • Glenn Gibson President & CEO, The GTG Group
  • Megan Meaney Canadian Director, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Carolyn Rennie Managing Director, CatIQ
  • Rebecca Wagner Manager, Prediction Services Operations – Central Region, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change
  • Claudette Cantin SVP, Chief Risk Officer, Munich Re of Canada
  • Steve Johnston Director, Reinsurance The Co-operators Group
  • Mazdak Moini VP Commercial Lines & Reinsurance, Aviva Canada Inc.
  • Jason Thistlethwaite Director, Climate Change Adaptation Project Canada,
    University of Waterloo
  • Kyle Winston President, Catastrophe Response Unit (CRU) Group Inc.

C4 2017 will take place on February 1-3, 2017 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The full conference program will be released and registration will open in September. Additionally, CatIQ will also continue the C4 2017 Student Delegate Program which will award five students with the opportunity to share their research related to natural & man-made catastrophes at the conference.

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Registration Now Open for CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference

Toronto (October 7, 2015) – With the help of the CatIQ′s Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4) expert Senior Advisory Committee, CatIQ announced that registration is now open for C4 2016. The full two-day event will provide attendees with a content driven platform to foster collaboration before, during and after catastrophic events.

Very recent meteorological disasters in South Carolina and the Bahamas remind us of the need for this type of organized gathering. I′m looking forward to the productive conversation among stakeholders on a collaborative approach to enable our communities to become more resilient, said C4 2016 Advisory Committee Member Jim Abraham, Director, Canadian Climate Forum and former Director General, Weather Environmental Monitoring, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment Canada.

C4 2016 Emcee Glenn Gibson and Vice-Chairman Hamilton Tiger-Cats agreed by saying, I do think that events like the past few days shown the value proposition of the insurance policy. You pay a premium for something you hope never happens. It′s difficult at times to equate a premium payment′s value until an extreme weather event occurs.

C4 is geared towards:

  • Industry executives, including the Canadian Insurance & Reinsurance Industries, as well as other sectors impacted by catastrophic events
  • The academic and professional community conducting research related to natural or man-made catastrophes, engineering, and emergency management
  • All levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) tasked with preparedness and resiliency from catastrophes
  • Policy makers and risk managers

The full program is now available online at www.catiq.com/c4 featuring over 40 outstanding speakers from industry, academia and government. C4 2016 sessions centre around three main themes: Catastrophes (An Overview), Strategies and Tools in Catastrophes Management and Sector Perspectives. Additionally, attendees will hear from two keynote luncheon speakers: George Kourounis, Storm Chaser & Host of Angry Planet, and Butch Bacani from the United Nations Environmental Program Finance Initiative.

Sessions include:

  • Connecting the Dots
  • CatIQ 2015 CATs in Review
  • Lessons Learned from Recent Events
  • View From on the Ground
  • Preparing for Man-Made Catastrophes
  • Dealing with Hail Risk
  • Floods – Where Do We Stand & What′s Next?
  • Modeling Catastrophes
  • Who Pays the Bill?
  • Are we Getting Through? Effective Communication
  • Resilient Cities
  • Public Sector Perspective
  • Claims Executives
  • Building a Framework for Resilience

Delegates who register before November 30th receive a discount of $100 and a further discount if three or more delegates register. Additionally, C4 2016 features a discounted Academic Rate available to students and professors at Academic Institutions.

Carolyn Rennie, Director of Catastrophic Loss Analysis stated, It′s been a busy couple of months preparing the program, but the overwhelming support and encouragement from our speakers, sponsors and community partners has made the hard work worthwhile.

Current partnerships include:

  • Gold Sponsors: Aviva, Co-operators & CRU Group
  • Silver Sponsors: Aon, IBC, Munich Re & Swiss Re
  • Community Partners: CMOS, Ouranos, ICLR, ICLEI, Canadian Climate Forum & CRH Net

To register, visit www.catiq.com/c4, and obtain more conference information overall and information on partnerships.

C4 2016 Advisory Committee Members:

  • Jim Abraham, Director, Canadian Climate Forum and former Director General, Weather Environmental
  • Joel Baker, President and CEO of MSA Research Inc. & CatIQ Inc.
  • Glenn Gibson, C4 2016 Emcee, Vice-Chairman Hamilton Tiger-Cats & former EVP and Global Chief Strategy Officer of Crawford & Company
  • Steve Johnston, Director of Reinsurance, The Co-operators
  • Paul Kovacs, Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) & CEO, PACICC
  • Caroline Larrivée, Team Leader ‐ Vulnerability Impacts & Adaptation, Ouranos
  • Skip McHardy, VP Canadian Catastrophe Operations, Catastrophe Response Unit (CRU) Inc.
  • Mazdak Moini , VP Commercial Lines & Reinsurance, Aviva Canada
  • Christoph Oehy, Head Treaty Underwriting – SVP, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.
  • Carolyn Rennie, Director of Catastrophic Loss Analysis, CatIQ Inc.
  • Sean Russell, Managing Director, Guy Carpenter Canada
  • Jason Thistlethwaite, Director, Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), University of Waterloo
  • Pat Van Bakel, President & CEO, Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.
  • Rebecca Wagner, Manager, Prediction Services Operations ‐ Central Region, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment Canada