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CatIQ Issues Annual Update of Insurance Industry Exposure Database for Canada, Increased Flood Exposures

Toronto (April 30, 2021) – Catastrophe Indices & Quantification Inc. (CatIQ), a subsidiary of Zurich-based PERILS AG, today released the annual update of its Canadian insurance Industry Exposure Database (IED). Developed with the support of the Canadian P&C industry, the IED now contains 2020 year-end estimates of Canadian industry property sums insured.  

As in previous years, the database makes available industry property sums insured, number of risks and prevailing original insurance conditions by: 

  • Canada Post Forward Sortation Area (FSA) 
  • Peril (windstorm, hail, fire, flood, sewer back-up, earthquake and volcanic eruption) 
  • Line of business (personal, commercial, and motor hull) 
  • Cover type (building, vehicle, contents, business interruption and additional living expense, where applicable) 

The Canadian insurance market added overland flood coverage in 2015 and the steady growth is reflected in the Canadian IED. Since the start of data collection in 2016, there has been a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 82% in the personal line number of risks. In total, the personal flood exposure has more than doubled during that period and now stands at CAD 5 trillion.  

Launched in June 2018, CatIQ’s IED is based on detailed exposure submissions from a majority of the Canadian insurance market. Consistent with PERILS’ globally recognized methodology, CatIQ’s IED is updated annually from the ground-up. Also, with the support of the participating insurers, CatIQ produces industry loss estimates at the FSA level as follows: 

  • The same perils, lines of business and cover types as listed above 
  • Any catastrophe that results in an industry loss greater than C$300 million 

This detailed loss dataset is now comprised of five major events, including the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire, the 2018 May Windstorm in Ontario and Quebec, the Ottawa and Gatineau tornadoes of September 2018, the 2020 Fort McMurray ice jam flooding and the June Calgary hailstorm.  

Commenting on the announcement, Laura Twidle, Managing Director of CatIQ, said: “Insurers, along with the wider industry, now have access to five years of exposure data which allows for the improved analysis of specific trends.” She added that “The history and level of detail in the Canadian IED and the CatIQ Loss platform will provide immense value to insurers, reinsurers, broker and modelers.”  

Luzi Hitz, CEO of PERILS, added: “Today’s release of the Canadian IED completes the 2021 update cycle of the PERILS exposure databases. We now provide IEDs for 21 important Cat markets around the world. Each year they are constructed ‘from-ground-up using sums insured information sourced from the covered markets. We are convinced that they are the best IEDs available in the market and together with our industry loss information form a deep data pool for Cat risk analytics, market benchmarking and industry-loss-based risk transfer.” 

CatIQ’s IED module is available on CatIQ’s platform along with the Canadian catastrophe loss database. Primary insurers participating in the IED program receive the IED module at no extra charge. Furthermore, CatIQ’s Canadian IED and granular loss information is made available on the PERILS platform. In addition to Canada, PERILS’ Industry Exposure and Loss Database covers Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. 

About PERILS AG 

PERILS is an independent Zurich-based organization providing industry-wide natural catastrophe exposure and event loss data. The PERILS Industry Exposure & Loss Database is available to all interested parties via annual subscription. PERILS industry loss estimates, provided via the PERILS Industry Loss Index Service, can be used as triggers in insurance risk transactions such as industry loss warranty contracts (ILW) or insurance-linked securities (ILS) and currently covers the following 17 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The use of PERILS exposure and loss data other than in conjunction with a valid PERILS License and according to its terms, by a Licensee or an Authorized User as defined in the License, is illegal and expressly forbidden.

More information can be found at https://www.catiq.com and https://www.perils.org  

Contacts: 

Laura Twidle +1 416 368 1723 x1 laura.twidle@catiq.com

Nigel Allen +44 7988 478824 nigel.allen@perils.org 

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CatIQ Issues Annual Update of Insurance Industry Exposure Database for Canada

Toronto, June 30, 2020 – Catastrophe Indices & Quantification Inc. (CatIQ), a subsidiary of Zurich-based PERILS AG, today released the annual update of its Canadian insurance Industry Exposure Database (IED), developed with the support of the Canadian P&C industry. The IED now contains 2019 year-end estimates of Canadian industry property sums insured.

As in previous years, the database makes available industry property sums insured, number of risks and prevailing original insurance conditions by:

  • Canada Post Forward Sortation Area (FSA)
  • Peril (windstorm, hail, fire, flood, sewer back-up, earthquake and volcanic eruption)
  • Line of business (personal, commercial, and motor hull)
  • Cover type (building, vehicle, contents, business interruption and additional living expense, where applicable)

Launched in June 2018, CatIQ’s IED is based on detailed exposure submissions from a majority of the Canadian insurance market. Consistent with PERILS’ globally recognized methodology, CatIQ’s IED is updated annually from the ground-up. Also, with the support of the participating insurers, CatIQ produces industry loss estimates at the FSA level as follows:

  • The same perils, lines of business and cover types as listed above
  • Any catastrophe that results in an industry loss greater than C$300 million

This detailed loss dataset is now comprised of three major events, including the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire, the 2018 May Windstorm in Ontario and Quebec, and the Ottawa and Gatineau tornadoes of September 2018. The Fort McMurray flooding from this past spring will also be added to the FSA level loss database at the 90-day estimate.

Commenting on the announcement, Joel Baker, CEO of CatIQ, said, “The update of CatIQ’s Canadian IED and Loss platform will provide immense value to insurers, reinsurers, brokers and modelers.” He added that, “the unprecedented level of detail available in the platform supports improved modeling, benchmarking and risk-transfer solutions. The new data combined with the powerful features added in Fall 2018, like the Exposure Map, create an opportunity for the industry to quickly review the exposure to forecasts and more.”

Luzi Hitz, CEO of PERILS, added: “An independent and reliable IED is crucial to understanding the Cat exposure of the Canadian insurance market. CatIQ applies the identical from-ground-up method as PERILS to produce the Canadian IED, namely by collecting sums insured information from the majority of the market each year and by calculating the industry exposure based on the collected data. It is the gold standard of IEDs and enables Cat model validation as well as risk-pricing of industry-loss-based risk-transfer instruments, such as ILWs and Cat bonds. In times of tight retrocession capacity, these industry loss products can be a valid and helpful alternative to traditional retrocession, and CatIQ’s IED and industry losses represent the most professional dataset available for this specialized market.”

CatIQ’s IED module is available on CatIQ’s platform, heralded as the most reliable source of CAT loss information in Canada. Primary insurers participating in the IED program receive the IED module at no extra charge. Furthermore, CatIQ’s Canadian IED and granular loss information is made available on the PERILS platform. In addition to Canada, PERILS’ Industry Exposure and Loss Database covers Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

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CatIQ Announces Major Platform Enhancements

Toronto (October 10, 2019) – CatIQ has today announced the implementation of a series of new features on their state-of-the-art platform, which includes the introduction of several powerful visualization tools.

The CatIQ platform houses the Canadian insurance industry’s loss and exposure database, as well as other catastrophe-related information. The platform enhancements make available additional tools for the visualization of pre- and post-catastrophe information and the Industry Exposure Database (IED).

To complement CatIQ’s existing catastrophe forecasts, upgrades to the platform introduce a series of new data feeds from external sources including:

  • Radar and cloud cover
  • Earthquakes
  • Hurricanes
  • Water levels
  • Wildfires
  • Significant weather outlooks

These augmentations provide CatIQ subscribers with quick access to comprehensive datasets to support quick and effective decision-making. IED Subscribers can now visualize industry and their own exposures and measure sensitivity to loss for catastrophe forecasts in real time. Participating primary insurance companies can also visually compare their own exposure to the industry at the FSA level (first three digits of postal code), by business line and peril type.

Commenting on the new platform capabilities, Laura Twidle, Managing Director at CatIQ, said: “Through our CatIQ platform, we aim to provide a one-stop-shop for catastrophe information. Having swift access to a wide range of information to help make informed decisions is critical to all industry stakeholders, and we believe that these platform enhancements enable exactly that.”

A webinar tutorial on the new platform capabilities will be available to CatIQ subscribers on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 1 pm EDT. For more information, please contact Laura Twidle at the details listed below.

The first Canadian IED was released in June 2018. The IED now contains year-end data for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The 2019 IED will be released in the spring of 2020.

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CatIQ Issues Annual Update of Insurance Industry Exposure Database for Canada, Developed in Partnership with PERILS

Toronto (May 9, 2019) – Catastrophe Indices & Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) today released the annual update of its Canadian insurance Industry Exposure Database (IED), developed with the support of the Canadian P&C industry and in partnership with Zurich-based PERILS AG. The IED now contains 2018 year-end estimates of Canadian industry property sums insured.

 As in the 2017 and 2016 year-end datasets, the industry property sums insured are by:

  • Canada Post Forward Sortation Area (FSA)
  • Peril (windstorm, hail, fire, flood, sewer back-up, earthquake and volcanic eruption)
  • Line of business (personal, commercial, and motor hull)
  • Cover type (building, vehicle, contents, business interruption and additional living expense, where applicable)

 Launched in June 2018, CatIQ’s IED is based on detailed exposure submissions from a majority of the Canadian Insurance market. Consistent with PERILS’ methodology, CatIQ’s IED is updated annually. Also, with the support of the participating insurers, CatIQ produces industry loss estimates at the FSA level as follows:

  • The same perils, lines of business and cover types as listed above
  • Any catastrophe that results in an industry loss greater than C$300 million
  • At three months, 6 months, 1 year and, if industry loss exceeds C$500 million, 2 years after the event

 This detailed loss dataset is now comprised of three major events, including the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire, the 2018 May Windstorm in Ontario and Quebec, and the Ottawa and Gatineau tornadoes of September 2018.

 Commenting on the announcement, Joel Baker, CEO of CatIQ, said, “The update of CatIQ’s Canadian IED and Loss platform will provide immense value to insurers, reinsurers, brokers and modelers.” He added that, “the unprecedented level of detail available in the platform supports improved modelling, benchmarking and risk-transfer solutions. We are thrilled that several large insurers have joined the IED in 2018 and 2019 and that the market share of participating companies now stands over 60%.”

 Eduard Held, Head of Products at PERILS, added: “The availability of both insured market exposure and market loss data, produced with the identical methodology and stemming from the same sources, ensures a high degree of consistency. Such consistency is essential when combining the two datasets, be it for the validation of nat cat risk models or for performing exposure and loss benchmarking. We are delighted that our partnership with CatIQ successfully led to such high-quality IEDs, benefiting the entire Canadian re/insurance market.”

 CatIQ’s IED module is available as an add-on to CatIQ’s existing services, heralded as the most reliable source of CAT loss information in Canada. Primary insurers participating in the IED program receive the IED module at no extra charge. Furthermore, CatIQ’s Canadian IED and granular loss information is made available on the PERILS platform. In addition to Canada, PERILS’ Industry Exposure and Loss Database covers Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

 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, meteorological and GIS analytics 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/reinsurance industry and is widely recognized as the most reliable source of Cat loss information in Canada. CatIQ is affiliated with MSA Research Inc., Canada’s dominant provider of financial analytics covering the P&C and Life/Health insurance sectors.

 About PERILS AG

 PERILS is an independent Zurich-based organization providing industry-wide natural catastrophe exposure and event loss data. The PERILS Industry Exposure & Loss Database is available to all interested parties via annual subscription. PERILS industry loss estimates, provided via the PERILS Industry Loss Index Service, can be used as triggers in insurance risk transactions such as industry loss warranty contracts (ILW) or insurance-linked securities (ILS) and currently covers the following 16 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The use of PERILS exposure and loss data other than in conjunction with a valid PERILS License and according to its terms, by a Licensee or an Authorized User as defined in the License, is illegal and expressly forbidden.

 More information can be found at https://www.catiq.com and https://www.perils.org

 Contacts:

 Laura Twidle                                                   Nigel Allen

+1 416 368 0777 x30                                      +44 7988 478824

laura.twidle@catiq.com                                 nigel.allen@perils.org

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FSA-Level Industry Loss Estimates Released for Fort McMurray Wildfire and May 2018 Southern Ontario and Quebec Windstorm

Toronto (August 23, 2018) – Catastrophe Indices & Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) today released its first insurance industry loss estimates at the level of Canada Post Forward Sortation Areas (FSAs), for the Fort McMurray Wildfire and the May 2018 Southern Ontario and Quebec Windstorm. Primary insurers participating with CatIQ’s Industry Exposure Database (IED) were surveyed to produce these estimates, 2 years after the wildfire and 90 days after the windstorm. Subscribers to CatIQ’s IED can now compare estimates of the insurance industry’s property exposure and loss by FSA for these events.

For the IED, CatIQ produces estimates of the Canadian insurance industry’s property exposure and loss at the FSA level. The exposure estimates are by:

  • FSA
  • Peril (windstorm, hail, fire, flood, sewer back-up, earthquake, and volcanic eruption)
  • Line of business (personal, commercial, and motor hull)
  • Cover type (building, vehicle, contents, business interruption, and additional living expense, where applicable)
  • Year (2016 and 2017 year-end are currently available)

The FSA-level loss estimates are as follows:

  • The same perils, lines of business and cover types as listed above
  • Any catastrophe that results in an industry loss greater than C$300 million
  • At three months, 6 months, 1 year and, if industry loss exceeds C$500 million, 2 years after the event

CatIQ’s IED launched in June 2018 and is based on detailed submissions from a majority of the Canadian insurance market. It was developed with the support of the Canadian P&C industry and in partnership with Zurich-based PERILS AG. Consistent with PERILS’ methodology, CatIQ will release new exposure estimates annually each spring.

The IED is available as an add-on to CatIQ’s existing services, heralded as the most reliable source of catastrophe loss information in Canada. Primary insurers participating in the IED program receive the IED at no extra charge. Furthermore, CatIQ’s IED will be made available on the PERILS platform.

CatIQ also hosts the annual Canadian catastrophe conference, CatIQ Connect, formerly C4. The highly anticipated event will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre February 4-6, 2019. CatIQ Connect is a content-driven conference designed to foster collaboration between sectors relating to Canadian catastrophes with an objective to mitigate the impacts of extreme events on communities and organizations.

CatIQ Connect keynotes:

  • Howard Kunreuther, Co-Director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, University of Pennsylvania, will present The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Underprepare for Disasters
  • Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of Netherlands, in a fireside chat with The Co-operators’ President & CEO, Rob Wesseling
  • Ed Struzik, a Canadian author and photographer, will present a view of how wildfires will shape the future

CatIQ Connect Agenda Highlights:

  • Interactive Workshop
  • Climate Concerns in Financial Services
  • Lessons Learned on Hurricanes
  • Meltdown: A Nuclear Catastrophe
  • Local Perspectives on Recent Events
  • Are Critical Services Adapting?
  • Risk Communication and Personal Perception
  • Codes and Standards
  • Mortgage Impairment Due to Earthquake Loss
  • New Technologies and Techniques
  • A Scientific View of Climate Change

To register for CatIQ Connect 2019 in Toronto, or to keep up to date on the latest announcements, visit www.catiq.com/connect or follow CatIQ on Twitter at @CatIQ_Inc or through the hashtag #CatIQConnect.

Download the full PDF press release.

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, meteorological and GIS analytics 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/reinsurance industry and is widely recognized as the most reliable source of Cat loss information in Canada. CatIQ is affiliated with MSA Research Inc., Canada’s dominant provider of financial analytics covering the P&C and Life/Health insurance sectors. CatIQ also hosts the annual Canadian catastrophe conference, CatIQ Connect, which will next run Feb 4-6, 2019 in Toronto.

More information can be found at www.catiq.com.

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CatIQ Launches Insurance Industry Exposure Database for Canada, Developed in Partnership with PERILS AG

Toronto (June 27, 2018) – Catastrophe Indices & Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) marks a milestone today by launching Canada’s first ever insurance Industry Exposure Database (IED), developed with the support of the Canadian P&C industry and in partnership with Zurich-based PERILS AG. The IED contains 2016 and 2017 year-end estimates of Canadian industry property sums insured by:

  • Canada Post Forward Sortation Area (FSA)
  • Peril (windstorm, hail, fire, flood, sewer back-up, earthquake and volcanic eruption)
  • Line of business (personal, commercial, and motor hull)
  • Cover type (building, vehicle, contents, business interruption and additional living expense, where applicable)

CatIQ’s IED is based on detailed exposure submissions from a majority of the Canadian Insurance market. Consistent with PERILS’ methodology, CatIQ’s IED will be refreshed annually each spring effective 2019. Further, with the support of the participating insurers, effective immediately, CatIQ will be producing industry loss estimates at the FSA level as follows:

  • The same perils, lines of business and cover types as listed above
  • Any catastrophe that results in an industry loss greater than C$300 million
  • At three months, 6 months, 1 year and, if industry loss exceeds C$500 million, 2 years after the event

The first such industry loss estimates will be released in August 2018 for the 2016 Fort McMurray Fire and the damaging windstorm that occurred in early May 2018 across southern Ontario and Quebec.

Commenting on the announcement, Joel Baker, CEO of CatIQ, said, “The release of CatIQ’s Canadian IED and Loss platform will provide immense value to insurers, reinsurers, brokers and modelers that European and Australian markets have long benefited from via PERILS’ services.” He added that, “the unprecedented level of detail available in the platform will drive improved modelling, benchmarking and risk-transfer solutions that will definitely contribute to market efficiency. In fact, CatIQ has recently been selected as a reporting agent for an ILW, and we expect more such transactions now that the IED has been released”

Luzi Hitz, CEO of PERILS, added: “We are delighted to have partnered with CatIQ to establish the IED for Canada. By providing both industry loss and industry exposure data, we are essentially creating a situation where one plus one equals more than two. The industry exposure data provides an ideal benchmark against which industry loss data can be compared. The resulting damage ratios can then be correlated with physical intensity measures, making it possible to derive valuable information about the damageability of insured property assets. This trove of information is a crucial component of any Cat risk model. I am therefore convinced that the addition of the IED to CatIQ’s loss data will benefit the entire Canadian re/insurance market.”

CatIQ’s IED module is available as an add-on to CatIQ’s existing services, heralded as the most reliable source of Cat loss information in Canada. Primary insurers participating in the IED program receive the IED module at no extra charge. Furthermore, CatIQ’s Canadian IED and granular loss information will be made available on the PERILS platform.

The addition of Canada brings to 16 the number of territories currently covered by the PERILS Industry Exposure and Loss Database, which also includes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

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CatIQ Announces Agreement with Aon Impact Forecasting

Toronto (9 Aug 2017) – CatIQ and Aon Impact Forecasting have entered into an agreement whereby Aon Impact Forecasting’s Canadian flood footprints will be made available as a layer on CatIQ’s CatHUB module for the benefit of CatIQ’s users effective immediately.

Adam Podlaha says “Aon Impact Forecasting’s Canadian flood footprints for events which hit Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia during May 2017 are now available on CatIQ’s CatHUB module. This will enable CatIQ’s users to more accurately analyse their risk exposure and prepare for future floods.

Commenting on the announcement, Joel Baker, CEO of CatIQ said: “The addition of Impact Forecasting’s footprints will be invaluable to our subscribers” adding that “We are delighted to be working with Adam Podlaha and his outstanding team on this initiative”.

Aon Impact Forecasting flood footprints are now available on the CatIQ platform for “Eastern Canada Flooding” (2017-05-CAT-0085) and the “Kelowna Flooding” (2017-05-NE-0020).

More information can be found on www.aon.com/impactforecasting/impact-forecasting.jsp and www.catiq.com

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PERILS ENTERS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH CATIQ; PROVIDES INDUSTRY LOSSES FOR CANADA

Zurich (1 Feb 2017) – PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organisation providing industry-wide catastrophe insurance data, has today announced that it has entered a strategic alliance with Toronto-based Catastrophe Indices & Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) to provide industry loss data for Canada via the PERILS Industry Loss Index Service.

With immediate effect, PERILS will make available industry loss data for any natural catastrophe event in Canada causing a market loss of CAD 300m or above. This includes all natural perils which Canada is exposed to, such as earthquakes, floods, various types of storms, wildfires, and volcanic eruptions.

The loss data will be made available by Canadian province and by the following lines of business: Private Property, Commercial Property and Motor Hull (Auto). Loss reporting for qualifying Canadian events, i.e. event losses of CAD 300m or above, will follow the standard PERILS reporting schedule, with the first loss report being made available 6 weeks after the event, followed by a minimum of three updates 3, 6, and 12 months after the event.

The industry loss data provided by PERILS are compiled by Toronto-based CatIQ. The firm collects event loss data on catastrophic events from the overwhelming majority of affected insurers in the Canadian insurance market. CatIQ is guided by a ten-member advisory board which includes senior representatives from three major Canadian primary writers and one global reinsurer on a rotation basis, as well as permanent representatives from Aon Benfield, Guy Carpenter, JLT Re, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and Canada’s federal agency, Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The addition of Canada brings to 16 the number of territories currently covered by the PERILS Industry Loss Index Service, which also includes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

The PERILS Industry Loss Index Service is widely used for industry loss-based risk transfer products such as Industry Loss Warranties and Insurance-Linked Securities. To date, more than USD 14bn of PERILS data-based risk limits has been placed in more than 200 individual transactions.

Commenting on the announcement, Luzi Hitz, CEO of PERILS, said: “We are extremely pleased to be announcing our partnership with CatIQ. The firm’s excellent market reputation has enabled it to secure the support of most of the Canadian general insurance sector. Providing CatIQ data through the PERILS Industry Loss Index Service fits perfectly with our mission to increase data availability for the insurance industry. It also reinforces our ability to provide a one-stop-shop for state-of-the-art industry loss triggers, thereby helping to increase the efficiency of this specialised risk transfer market.”

Joel Baker, Founder and CEO of CatIQ, added: “We are thrilled to be working with the esteemed PERILS team to bring CatIQ’s analytics and loss indices to the wider risk transfer market. We consider this a win-win-win for ourselves, PERILS and the markets we serve. The CatIQ team looks forward to working closely with our new partner, PERILS, to bring additional innovative solutions to the global market.”

About PERILS

PERILS is an independent Zurich-based organisation providing industry-wide natural catastrophe exposure and event loss data. The PERILS Industry Exposure & Loss Database is available to all interested parties via annual subscription. PERILS industry loss estimates, provided via the PERILS Industry Loss Index Service, can be used as triggers in insurance risk transactions such as industry loss warranty contracts (ILW) or insurance-linked securities (ILS) and currently covers the following 16 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The use of PERILS exposure and loss data other than in conjunction with a valid PERILS License and according to its terms, by a Licensee or an Authorized User as defined in the License, is illegal and expressly forbidden.

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CatIQ Provides Comprehensive Insured Loss Estimates on all Canadian Catastrophes since 2008

Toronto (January 28, 2016) – Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) is pleased to announce the release of catastrophic insured loss estimates from 2008-2012.

Now available on CatIQ′s Platform (www.catiq.com), this release brings CatIQ′s detailed database to 69 catastrophic events (CATs)1 along with an additional 70 notable events (NEs)2 from Jan 1, 2008 to the present. Incurred losses relating to all events over the past eight years exceed C$11 billion, averaging C$1.4 billion per year (on a nominal basis). This rich dataset will prove invaluable to the Canadian and global insurance/reinsurance/ILS industries as well as other stakeholders dealing with catastrophe management.

With the overwhelming support CatIQ receives from the insurance industry3, CatIQ is confident that its loss estimates are by far the most accurate and reliable in the market.

The CatIQ Platform provides GIS footprints, postal codes, meteorological & damage information, photos, videos and related media for both CATs and NEs, along with comprehensive insured industry loss estimates for CAT events, specifically. CatIQ’s industry loss estimates are based on surveys of the overwhelming majority of affected insurers and can be accessed in Bulletin View, CatHUB View, Query View and the Analysis Dashboard. Additionally, companies who submit data are able to compare industry CAT losses to their own losses.

With almost 140 events catalogued which can be overlaid and analyzed, there is an unparalleled wealth of knowledge available on our platform. There are so many interesting statistics and trends which can be used to explore known catastrophe risk to specific locations all across Canada by event type, loss size and specific peril, states Carolyn Rennie, CatIQ′s Director of Catastrophic Loss Analysis. We owe a debt of gratitude to all the participating insurers and to the members of CatIQ′s industry advisory committee whose input continues to be invaluable.

CatIQ will be running an exclusive WebEx for subscribers on February 26th: Canadian Catastrophes in Review

1 Catastrophes (CATs) are events which impact multiple insurers and insurance companies causing property damage with losses great than $25M
2 Notable events (NEs) are events which do not meet the CAT threshold but still cause significant property damage with losses between $10M and $25M (estimated at $17.5M)
3 CatIQ’s current participation rate amongst Canadian insurers exceeds 80% when measured on a DPW basis.

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Save the Date CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4)

becoming the norm and extreme events like the Calgary and Toronto Floods in 2013 have caused unprecedented economic impacts. These catastrophic events, which directly impact the Canadian public, require industry, academia and all levels of government to work together before, during and after these events.

With such a great need to build collaboration and resilience, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) today announced its inaugural conference to address what is foremost on all our minds. CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4) will take place on February 1 & February 2, 2016 at the Toronto Region Board of Trade in Toronto, Ontario. The conference will provide an overview of catastrophes, discuss strategies in catastrophe management, and explore sector perspectives.

The C4 event is being shaped by a senior 14 person Advisory Committee from the key sectors impacted. The two-day conference which will bring together panels and speakers is being designed to “Connect the Dots” between Industry, Government and current research taking place in Academia.

The Senior Advisory Committee Members for C4 2016 include:

  • Jim Abraham, former Director General, Weather Environmental Monitoring, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment Canada
  • 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


We are delighted to have assembled such a stellar advisory committee that truly bring cross-sector and multi-regional perspectives to the complex area of catastrophe management,” said CatIQ’s Director of Catastrophe Loss Analysis, Carolyn Rennie. “Thanks to them, the agenda that is taking shape will resonate across all sectors that are impacted by CATs”.

Registration information and the complete agenda will be released in September on www.catiq.com/c4/savethedate.