More than 150 exhibitors from across Canada showcased their works at the Ontario Insurance Adjusters' Association's (OIAA) Professional Development and Claims Conference in Toronto on February 5, 2014. The event featured a trade show and seminars covering a wide variety of timely claims topics.
Hundreds of insurance claims industry guests attended the 8th Annual Post CICMA/CIAA Joint Conference Cocktail on February 4, 2014. Entitled The Big Mingle, the event featured an “all-things Canadian” theme, with a nod to the (then) upcoming Winter Olympics. Giffin Koerth and Blouin Dunn LLP hosted the event, held at The Fifth Social Club in Toronto.
The CICMA/CIAA Ontario Chapter’s 47th Annual Joint Conference was held February 4, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The theme of the conference was “Technology Supporting Claims… It’s in the Clouds.”
Guest speakers were master of ceremonies Brian Maltman, executive director of General Insurance OmbudService; Jo-Ann Eccleston, past president of the Ontario CICMA Chapter; Dorothy Lowry, president of the Ontario CIAA Chapter; Carol Kreiling, vice president at Swiss Re; Steven Dubenow, national manager at SIU, CKR Global; John Kotsopoulos, president and CEO of iAutoConnect; and the keynote speaker, Amber MacArthur, entrepreneur, bestselling author, well-known blogger, keynote speaker and TV host. MacArthur started her career during the dot-com boom in San Francisco and has since been at the forefront of reporting on and participating in digital innovation.
A total of 377 repairers, insurers and suppliers representing the insurance claims and collision repair industries attended the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) meeting on February 1 in Toronto. Leanne Jefferies, director of collision programs for AIA Canada, welcomed the group and introduced speakers of the day. These included Tom Bissonnette of Parr Autobody in Saskatoon, outgoing CCIF chairman; Larry Jefferies, CCIF chairman for 2014; Andrew King, managing partner at DesRosiers Automotive Consultants; Marc Honorat, founder of Haiti ARISE; and Doug Kirk, global services support manager at Akzo Nobel. Discussing top CCIF action items, a panel discussion ensued, with input received from members of the CCIF Steering Committee: Joe Carvalho of Economical Insurance; David Adams of Global Automakers of Canada; Paul Prochilo of Prochillo Brothers Collision; and Bruce Hemstreet of CARSTAR, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat).
The AudaVision 2014 Toronto symposium, held by auto claims technology provider Audatex Canada on January 31, 2014, offered its claims outlook for the coming year. “There’s a seismic shift happening across the entire claims ecosystem that’s being driven by a wide range of digital technologies.” Various speakers presented throughout the day, including George Cooke, president of Martello Associates Consulting, and former CEO of The Dominion, as well as Glenn Gibson, CEO of Crawford Consulting Services (Canada) and president of business operations, Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The Insurance Institute of Ontario held its 115th Annual Convocation & Awards Night on January 23 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Donna Ince, president of the Insurance Institute of Ontario, served as MC. Silvy Wright, 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 Neil Pasricha, bestselling author of The Book of Awesome.
With more than 250 in attendance, McCague Borlack LLP hosted its 19th Annual “Christmas in January” party at its Toronto offices on January 21, 2014. McCague Borlack LLP is the Ontario affiliated firm of the Canadian Litigation Counsel (CLC). As such, CLC members and The Harmonie Group, together with clients and guests from all facets of the insurance industry across Canada, embraced the mid-January event to get together, look to the year ahead and discuss the latest news and developments in the industry.
More than 100 people attended the Quebec Risk and Insurance Management Association’s (QRIMA) annual Market Update session held in Montreal at Club Saint-James on January 16, 2014. The speakers included Ellen Moore, president and CEO of Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, Jacques Dufresne, EVP, Eastern Region for BFL Canada, and Pierre Cleroux, vice president of research and chief economist for the Business Development Bank of Canada.