The Toronto Insurance Women's Association (TIWA) Wine and Cheese Reception was held at The Hyatt Regency in Toronto on Feb. 21. More than 1,200 guests attended the association's annual signature event.
McCague Borlack LLP hosted its seventh annual ski day event on Feb. 21 at the beautiful Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood, Ontario. Raffle proceeds were donated to Darearts, a charity devoted to empowering "at risk" children through access to the arts.
The CIP Society Ontario Council's annual Fellows' Reception was held at The National Club in downtown Toronto on February 12. The newest FCIP graduates were greeted and recognized as part of a reception featuring good food and good company. James Cameron, FCIP, CRM, C. Arb, president of Cameron & Associates Insurance Consultants, was honoured with the 2012 GTA Fellow of Distinction Award. This award, created to recognize outstanding achievement in the insurance industry in Toronto, is presented annually to Fellow Chartered Insurance Professionals nominated by industry peers and colleagues.
More than 150 exhibitors from across Canada showcased their works at the Ontario Insurance Adjusters' Association (OIAA)'s Professional Development & Claims Conference in Toronto on Feb. 6, 2013. The event featured a trade show and seminars covering a wide variety of timely claims topics.
Hundreds of insurance claims industry guests attended the 7th Annual Post CICMA/CIAA Joint Conference
Cocktail on Feb. 5, 2013. Entitled The Big Mingle, the event featured a Big-Top theme. Giffin Koerth Forensic Engineering and Blouin Dunn LLP hosted the event, held at the Maison Mercer in Toronto.
The CICMA/CIAA Ontario Chapter's 46th Annual Joint Conference was held on Feb. 5, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The theme of the conference was ‘Can We Talk? Customer Service: the Good, the Bad
and the Ugly'. Guest speakers were Brian Maltman, executive director, General Insurance OmbudService; Stephen Scullion, director professional development, Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.; and keynote speakers Carl Van, president and CEO, International Insurance Institute, Inc.
To kick off the New Year, RSA hosted an Executive Road Show on January 31, welcoming about 300 brokers in Toronto for an afternoon. Rowan Saunders, president & CEO, and Shawn DeSantis, executive vice president, shared market insights, an update on 2012 and highlights of 2013 plans.
RIMS the Risk Management Society has donated $30,000 to The William H. McGannon Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization that provides funding and resources to support the advancement of the risk management and insurance professions in Canada. The donation was presented on January 31at the McGannon Foundation's 10th Anniversary Luncheon in Toronto by RIMS executive director Mary Roth. "RIMS" mission is 'to advance risk management for your organization's success and contributing to charitable organizations like McGannon Foundation is key to ensuring that our profession continues to thrive," Roth comments in a statement. "RIMS believes that this support is crucial and we're delighted to be able to provide it." The Mc- Gannon Foundation was established following the release of a study by the RIMS Canada Council in 1999 that evaluated the need for a Canadian organization to support the future of risk management in Canada. It was established to provide resources in the form of grants to advance risk management by way of education, research, mentorship programs and work experience programs. "With a large number of risk practitioners entering the twilight of their careers, fostering educational programming, scholarships and other resources that benefit the next generation of this profession is a RIMS priority," RIMS president John Phelps says. "We are proud to be able to lend our support to help further the McGannon Foundation's exceptional work and commitment to the future of the profession," Phelps adds. "As president of the William H. McGannon Foundation, I am proud to state that our success is directly attributed to our dedicated Board of Directors and our many financial supporters," Joe Restoule, the foundation's president, says. "Since our inception 10 years ago, RIMS has been one of the key contributors, generously supporting the promotion and development of new risk practitioners in Canada. There is no doubt RIMS' commitment will take us to new heights in the next decade."
More than 400 repairers, insurers and suppliers representing the insurance claims and collision repair industries attended the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) meeting on Saturday January 25 in Toronto. Speakers included Tom Bissonnette, Parr Autobody, Saskatoon and CCIF chairman; Mike Bryan, CCIF administrator; Andrew Shepherd, Automotive Industries Association of Canada on behalf of I-CAR Canada; Leanne Jefferies, CCIF Skills Program; and Matthew Ohrnstien, Symphony Advisors, who provided a detailed and thorough perspective of the current state and future trends shaping the collision repair industry. Discussing top CCIF action items, a panel moderated by Ohrnstien included: Flavio Battilana, CSN Collision & Glass/ Carrossier ProColor, Canada; David Low, Wolf Collision, Halifax; Michael Macaluso, CARSTAR Automotive, Canada; Kevin Machell- Cox, Craftsman Collision, Vancouver; Sam Piercey, Budd's Collision, Oakville, Ontario; and Paul Prochilo, Prochilo Brothers, Toronto.
The Insurance Institute of Ontario held its 114th Annual Convocation & Awards Night on January 24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Randy Bushey, president of the Insurance Institute of Ontario, served as MC. Maurice Tulloch, chairman of The Insurance Institute of Canada, addressed the more than 400 Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) graduates. The keynote speaker was Yvonne
Camus, participant in the "Eco-Challenge," the world championship of adventure racing conceived by Mark Burnett of Survivor fame (hers was the first rookie team to complete the grueling competition).
The Greater Toronto Area remains Ontario's trouble spot for auto despite the fact that the September 2010 reforms are working well on the accident benefits side, Brigid Murphy, president and CEO of The Dominion, said in a speech January 22. "The changes in the regulations have worked incredibly well on the accident benefits side, better than expected. That's the good news. The bad news is people who were living off accident benefits coverage have moved over to the tort side," Murphy noted during the Insurance Brokers of Toronto Region (IBTR) January luncheon. She praised the approach used by the Ontario Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force, saying the group looked at the system as a whole.
Quebec's RIMS chapter, QRIMA's Market Update session held January 17was a great success. Top quality, dynamic speakers discussed results for 2012 in the P&C market, which had been looking quite positive until Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern seaboard. The speakers; Carsten Scheffel (Allianz), Bill Lacourt (Swiss Re) and David Dienesch (Euler Hermes) discussed the North American and E.U. economies, the impacts on our organizations and how credit risk insurance can help mitigate some of the risks. Close to 100 people from Montreal and Toronto attended this annual tradition, where key players offered their predictions for the year to come. Photos courtesy of QRIMA
McCague Borlak LLP ushered in the New Year on January 15, by hosting industry guests at its annual "Christmas in January," a traditional reception of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The event gave guests a chance to mix and mingle at McCague Borlak's office on King Street West in Toronto.