RIMS’ Québec chapter (AGRAQ/QRIMA) hosted its November conference luncheon, which highlighted the challenges and vulnerabilities corporations face globally when protecting their workforces from threats of kidnap and ransom. Chubb and the Ackerman Group delegated their expert, H. Wesley Odom Jr. (formerly CIA) to speak about the pitfalls to avoid and the benefits of being prepared in advance of high-risk travel.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)’s president and CEO Don Forgeron gave a lunch address at the Economic Club of Canada, located at Toronto’s Intercontinental Hotel, on November 21. The presentation title was Adaptation Through Innovation: The MRAT Story.Forgeron discussed the municipal risk assessment tool (MRAT), a web-based aid to help calculate the probability of municipal sewer backflows now and that may also serve as an underwriting tool to calculate risk in future. Forgeron told attendees that MRAT is being launched as a pilot project in partnership with the communities of Coquitlam, B.C., Fredericton, N.B. and Hamilton, Ont. “Insurers and municipalities have a key role to play in preparing their cities for a new era of severe weather and we are pleased to be partnering with these three forward thinking cities,” he said. Called the first climate adaptation technology of its kind, MRAT is designed to help municipalities identify vulnerabilities in their sewer and stormwater infrastructures and to prioritize improvements to prevent sewer back-ups. Changing weather, resulting in more torrential rain and flooding, is overwhelming vulnerable sewer and storm water infrastructure and causing sewer back-ups and basement flooding. The genesis of MRAT “was the realization that infrastructure failure in Canada was responsible for the majority of evermounting insured losses that accompanied rainstorms across the country,” he said.
ENCON held a Toronto-area broker reception on November 21 at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel in Toronto. About 250 people attended the event, including 30 ENCON representatives from its Ottawa and Mississauga offices.
Arch Insurance Canada Ltd. hosted a broker reception at The Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto on November 21. Broker partners of Arch Canada enjoyed the surroundings, as well as the chance to meet with friends and take an opportunity to make new ones.
Hundreds of well-wisher’s attended a special event at The Eglinton Grand in Toronto on November 20, recognizing The Retirement of Robert Dempsey, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Guarantee Company of North America. Robert (Bob) Dempsey joined the Guarantee Company of North America in 1987 as branch manager of the company’s Woodstock office where he was responsible for Personal Lines and Surety. In 1993, Dempsey became Senior Vice President in The Guarantee’s Toronto office, responsible for the Ontario and Maritime Province operations. In 2000, Dempsey was promoted to Executive Vice President with his responsibilities expanding to include corporate business development in all lines of business. Then in 2006, Dempsey was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. Bob will now be looking forward to leisure time at his cottage, spending even more time with his grandchildren and perfecting his golf game. (with photos from Patrick Thompson)
Unica Insurance hosted its 9th Annual Executive Forum on November 18 at the Mississauga Convention Centre, with approximately 250 brokers and staff in attendance. During the morning session, Unica provided an overview of key industry trends and a synopsis of its own 5-year journey of change since La Capitale’s acquisition of Unica (then York Fire and Casualty). In addition, guest keynote speaker Michael Vickers rounded out the morning with his presentation, “Becoming Preferred: How to Outsell and Outposition the Competition.”
Swiss Re celebrated the major milestone of 150 years of managing risks around the world with a special event at the Carlu in Toronto on November 14. Swiss Re’s 150 Years Anniversary event, “Open minds connecting generations” provided the opportunity for Swiss Re staff to join dozens of property and casualty and life insurance industry executives to reflect on the past, look to the future and offer thanks for their partnership with Swiss Re. The event featured a cocktail reception; a “Connecting generations” photo exhibition; a display of historic artefacts from Swiss Re’s archives; dinner; presentations from Sharon Ludlow, President and CEO of Swiss Re Canada and Eric Smith, President and CEO of Swiss Re Americas; and a special keynote speaker – social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author and syndicated columnist Craig Kielburger – who inspired and engaged guests with new ways to think about sustainability.
The 58th Annual Black Tie Dinner of the Toronto Insurance Conference (TIC) was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto on November 7. The guest speaker was Amanda Lang, Canadian journalist and senior business correspondent for CBC News. Lang anchors the daily program, The Lang and O'Leary Exchange, on CBC News Network. The annual dinner saw a new record number of guests attend.
The Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) held its annual general meeting at the Arcadian Loft in downtown Toronto November 7. Attendees heard from outgoing president Bob Carter, who spoke about seminars held across the province, aimed primarily at principal brokers, that saw RIBO staff log more than 2,500 kilometres; how attention on the Ontario government mandated auto rate reduction affords brokers an opportunity to review clients’ existing coverage; and an initiative that will create a searchable database of insurance disciplinary decisions in Canada.
WICC Ontario Chapter held its Annual Breakfast for Cancer on November 6 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. More than 500 insurance industry supporters attended the sold-out event. Guest speaker was Greater-Toronto-Area, 18-year-old singer-athlete, Carley Elle Allison, who shared her courageous story with the early-morning audience. Eight months ago, Carley’s life as a Grade 12 student, athlete (competitive figure skater) and singer suddenly changed when she was diagnosed with a very rare tumour in her throat: a “clear-cell sarcoma.” The tumour was located against a nerve of her vocal cords. Carley moved the audience with details about how after months of treatment, chemotherapy, and surgery to remove the tumour and radiation — that her cancer is now in remission. Throughout this consuming and brave battle, Carley managed to graduate from high school and also begin skate training on the ice again in September. Two weeks out of radiation therapy and just days after the WICC Breakfast, Carley competed in a junior women’s figure skating contest. You can follow Carley’s courageous journey on her blog found at: http://carleyelleallison.wordpress.com
The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) presented its 2013 Awards of Excellence during the Gala on the final night of its 93nd Annual Convention in Toronto on October 25. This is the fourth year that the IBAO has recognized outstanding members for the work they do in the industry and in their respective communities. The Awards include the following categories: Broker of the Year, Young Broker of the Year, Brokerage of the Year and Affiliate of the Year. This year, the Wallace E. Wood Memorial Award was also presented. The names of the 2013 winners are listed below. IBAO Awards: IBAO President Debbie Thompson presented the following Awards (1-5) BROKER OF THE YEAR: Left to right: Debbie Thompson and Linda Papadopoulos, recognized as Broker of the Year. YOUNG BROKER OF THE YEAR: Left to right: Scott Sleightholm, Young Broker of the Year Award winner, and Debbie Thompson. AFFILIATE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Left to right: Debbie Thompson and Gillian Van Kempen, accepting the Affiliate Achievement Award on behalf of the Insurance Brokers Association of Durham Region. BROKERAGE OF THE YEAR: Left to right: Debbie Thompson and Jason Famme, Amanda May and James Famme of W.B. White Insurance in Oshawa, Ontario, Brokerage of the Year. WALLACE E. WOOD MEMORIAL AWARD: Bryan Yetman and Debbie Thompson present the Wallace E. Wood Memorial Award to Rick Orr (centre). KATHLEEN WYNNE SPEAKS: Left to right: Debbie Thompson greets the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario. Also in photo set, pics from IBAO Education Lunch (first 30 pics).
The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) held its 93nd Annual Convention at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, October 23-25. Among the numerous speakers, meetings, seminars and education sessions, two conference features drew “full-house” crowds: Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, at the AGM and the annual CEO Panel. CEO Panel: Left to right: Jean-Francois Blais, Randy Carroll, Chris Floyd, Evan Solomon, Michael Brattman, Brigid Murphy, Maurice Tulloch, Karen Gavan, Doug Heaman, Debbie Thompson, Tracey Boland, Alister
Campbell and Rick Orr pose for a picture.
More than 1,000 people made their way through the exhibit hall to visit the 75-plus exhibitors at the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario’s (IBAO) 93nd Annual Convention and Exhibition in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on October 23-24.
Cunningham Lindsey’s Commercial Risk Division held a cocktail reception for its clients and partners at Hy’s Steakhouse Cocktail Bar in Toronto, on October 24.
On October 22, at the Ritz-Carleton in Toronto, Aviva Canada colleagues, broker partners and friends from the insurance industry gathered for a send off of out-going Aviva Canada President and CEO Maurice Tulloch. A number of attendees took to the microphone with kind words and fond memories for Maurice as he moves to England to take on his new role as CEO of Aviva UK and Ireland General Insurance. (With photos from: Patrick Thompson)
Over 125 Toronto-area claims and underwriting professionals enjoyed themselves at the official office opening of Dolden Wallace Folick LLP’s new Toronto location at Second Floor - 366 Bay Street on October 17. A boutique insurance defence firm launched in Vancouver in 1994, DWF made a strategic move in 2012 to open a Kelowna, B.C. office and added the Toronto office this past April. DWF’s partners from Vancouver, together with the firm’s resident partner in Kelowna, Janis McAfee, were on hand to welcome industry guests and outline DWF’s vision as the firm moves forward in the Ontario market. DWF leaders in the new Toronto office include Mikel Pearce, formerly with London Guarantee before joining a Toronto insurance firm; Gerry Gill, who most recently worked in a senior claims position with GCAN/RSA in Toronto; and Matthew Miller, formerly of a Toronto insurance defence firm. Local guests were entertained well into the evening.
On October 17, AGRAQ/QRIMA (RIMS Quebec Chapter) held a conference luncheon where Tim Keane, operations Manager for FEDNAV Canartic operations spoke about the history of marine shipping within the Canadian Artic. Risk managers, brokers and other industry stakeholders received a better understanding of the risks at stake and what’s to come.
The Canadian Boiler and Machinery Underwriters Association held its 2013 Annual Engineering Insurance Conference at the St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre in Toronto on October 10. Touted as “the insurance industry’s premier annual forum on all things related to equipment breakdown,” the event marked the conference’s 40th year. The agenda featured a line-up of speakers on an array feature topics.
FirstOnSite Restoration hosted a Meet and Greet reception at the RIMS Canada Conference on October 8 at Spinakers Gastro Pub Brewpub in Victoria.
A.R.S. Assessment Rehabilitation Services and ProFormance Group held its RIMS Canada Conference cocktail reception on October 7 at the Bard and Banker Scottish Pub in downtown Victoria.
ARC Group Canada hosted a reception at the RIMS Canada Conference in Victoria at 10 Acres Bistro and Bar Market on October 7. The event included mingling and delightful appetizers and beverages.
AIG hosted its annual RIMS Canada cocktail reception on October 7 in the main Ballroom in the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia. Guests were able to mix and connect at the reception before venturing out to other conference-related functions throughout the city.
The opening ceremonies of the 2013 RIMS Canada Conference Victoria: ‘Discovery’, held October 6-9, started with an address from John Phelps, President of RIMS. Nowell Seaman, from the University of Saskatchewan, honoured the life of Glen Frederick with a heartfelt oration. Other speakers at the opening ceremonies included: Victoria conference co-chairs Dan Heaman, Central 1 Credit Union, and Steve Matterson, BC Ferries; Betty Clarke, Chair, RIMS Canada Council, City of St. John’s; Mary Roth, executive director of RIMS; and Joe Restoule, William H. McGannon Foundation. Plenary session, keynote and guest speakers included: Dr. Joe MacInnis speaking on ‘Deep Leadership: 5 Ways to Become a Better Risk Manager’; Colonel Chris Hadfield, astronaut and former Commander of the International Space Station, and Seth Mattison on ‘Work Force Trends and the Millennials. [with photos courtesy of RIMS Canada Council]
Catlin Canada hosted a hospitality suite on October 6 at the 2013 RIMS Canada Conference at the Laurel Point Inn in Victoria, British Columbia. Invited to the event were Catlin Canada’s broker partners, risk managers and other members of the risk management community, including members of the McGannon Foundation. Catlin Canada has been a strong supporter of the McGannon Foundation and its initiatives since 2009. The Mission of the McGannon Foundation is “to provide funding for the advancement of risk management and insurance to students, organizers and stakeholders”. In addition to providing scholarships and research grants to risk management and insurance students, the McGannon Foundation maintains a Student Involvement Program (SIP). This program allows students that are enrolled in post-secondary study programs in risk management, insurance or related programs to attend the annual RIMS Canada Conference. This year, six students were granted SIP awards, allowing them to attend the RIMS Canada Conference. The students, along with Joseph Restoule, President of the McGannon Foundation, attended the Catlin hospitality suite whereby Greg Joyce, Catlin Canada’s Chief Underwriting Officer presented a donation for $15,000 to the foundation.
Umbrellas were integrated into every aspect of the Travelers Canada's RIMS Canada Conference dinner décor, helping transform the Victoria Public Market into a truly unique space. On October 6, over 80 guests enjoyed cocktails and live swing music before moving into a distinctive dinner layout under a canopy of umbrellas.
The RIMS Canada Conference Victoria: ‘Discovery: 2013’, October 6-9, kicked off the event with a welcome reception on October 6 at the Victoria Conference Centre. Delegates sampled signature martini drinks, indulged in a variety of cocktail fare and mingled with the exhibitors within the tradeshow area.
More than 60 companies and organizations providing products and services filled the Exhibit Hall at the 2013 RIMS Canada Conference in Victoria, October 6-8.
About two dozen risk managers from throughout British Columbia gathered at Milestones in Victoria on October 6 for the BCRIMA Brunch, held during the 2013 RIMS Canada Conference in Victoria, B.C. this year. On the menu was good food, excellent conversation and plenty of risk talk. For more than 50 years, BCRIMA has been an integral part of promoting risk management in both the private and public sectors by providing education and networking opportunities for its members.
Crawford and Company (Canada) Inc. held its annual RIMS Canada Conference dinner on October 5 at Belmiro’s Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, British Columbia.
Cunningham Lindsey held its annual RIMS Canada Conference dinner on October 5 at Café Brio Restaurant in Victoria.
SCM Insurance Services hosted a cocktail party on October 5 to help kick off the RIMS Canada Conference, Victoria at the Union Club of B.C.
Granite Claims Solutions, CKR Global, Rochon Engineering and Sibley and Associates (Granite Global Solutions companies) held their annual RIMS Canada Conference, Victoria, ‘Kick-Off’ reception on October 5 at The Clubhouse at the Strathcona Hotel in downtown Victoria, British Columbia.
Gilbertson Davis Emerson LLP held its annual Fall Reception for its clients and industry partners on October 3, at The Albany Club in Toronto.
The 6th Annual Wish Upon a Star Charity Golf Tournament was held in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation on October 2 at Deer Creek Golf and Country Club. Generous golfers at the sold-out event teed up to help make a difference in the life of children. Tournament organizers presented more than $45,000 to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. For more than 20 years, the foundation has committed itself to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries. The foundation provides entertainment, education and family activities to help cope with any pain, fear and isolation associated with prolonged illness.
The Harmonie Group’s 2013 Fall Conference was held in Toronto at the Ritz-Carleton Hotel, September 26-28. During the Conference, The Harmonie Group and Canadian Litigation Counsel hosted a reception at the Ritz-Carleton on September 26 attended by conference delegates and industry guests. Earlier that day the two firms co-hosted a golf day at The Club at Bond Head in Beeton, Ontario.
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Toronto Chapter) and the Canadian Association of Special Investigations Unit (Trillium Chapter) held the Annual Fraud Forum on September 25. The event held at Le Parc Conference Centre in Thornhill, Ontario featured a mix of both general and insurance fraud seminars, in addition to a tradeshow.
The Property Loss Restoration Expo (PLR Expo) held Canada’s largest restoration conference in Toronto, Ontario at the International Plaza Hotel from September 23-25. The event featured a tradeshow and seminars covering a wide variety of timely restoration industry topics. Over 50 exhibitors filled the exhibit hall and the tradeshow floor bustled with delegates from across Canada. The booths offered opportunities for learning, networking and sharing.
The seventh annual National Insurance Conference of Canada (NICC), held in Gatineau, Quebec from September 22-24, featured speakers such as Amanda Lang, Senior Business Consultant, CBC News, emcee of 2013 NICC; Dr. Kurt Karl, Chief Economist, Head of Swiss Re Economic Research and Consulting, Swiss Re; Julie Dickson, Superintendent of Financial Institutions, OSFI, and The Honourable Jean Charest, 29th Premier of Quebec and Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, to name a few. In addition, there were numerous speakers on a variety of panels as part of concurrent sessions taking place at the conference. The conference raised $19,000 through donations made in lieu of speaker gifts and a silent auction and raffle for WICC, the 2013 NICC charity of choice. Over $100,000 has been raised for WICC at NICC since 2008. [Photos courtesy of NICC].
The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) hosted an Urban/Basement Flooding Symposium on September 19, bringing together representatives of the insurance industry and municipalities. Held at The Board of Trade in Toronto, more than 140 stakeholders learned about the causes and complexities of urban/basement flooding, mitigative best practices, how various municipalities have dealt with the increased frequency of floods. Presentations discussed the application of household-level measures and infrastructure measures to reduce risk in new and existing homes and subdivisions, as well as innovative Low-Impact Development programs and the impacts of climate change on urban sewer infrastructure.
The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) held it 92nd Annual General Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in historic, joyful and screech-worthy St. John’s on September 19-21. Attendees networked and took part in social functions that ranged from viewing the stark beauty of Cape Spear, the easternmost point in North America, tasting the goodness of a Newfoundland kitchen party meal and hearing music steeped in tradition and wit. Ken Meyers was welcomed as IBAC’s new president, emphasizing the need for brokers to take hold of opportunities before them, while past executive members were honoured.
ARC Group Canada held its 2013 Annual Seminar and Cocktail Reception at the St. Andrews Club and Conference Centre in Toronto on September 19. This year’s seminar saw a panel of experts present on the topic of ‘Defending Brain Injury Claims’ including speakers: Dr. Charles Tator, Neurosurgeon, Toronto Western Hospital; Dr. Grant Iverson, Ph.D, Harvard Medical School; Ms. Laurie Walker, Executive VP, Granite Claims Solutions; David Cameron, Burchells LLP, ARC Group - Nova Scotia Affiliate; panel moderated by Ronald Silverson, Gasco Goodhue St-Germain LLP, ARC Group - Quebec Affiliate. Attendees had the chance to network and discuss the activities of the day at a cocktail reception after the event.
The Toronto Insurance Women’s Association (TIWA) held its September dinner meeting on September 17 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (King Street) in Toronto. Special guest speaker was Stuart Knight who delivered an intimate and interactive presentation on The Art of Powerful Conversation, focusing on the importance of face-to-face communication and bringing the human factor back to the office, in an age where technology plays such a prominent role. Knight is the author of You Should Have Asked – the Art of Powerful Conversation, and strongly believes that the daily interaction we have with one another, will strengthen the bond we have with our customers.
AGRAQ - QRIMA (RIMS Quebec Chapter) held its 2013 Season opening cocktail on September 13. The event was held at the Montreal museum of fine arts. Guest from across Canada present at the event where offered a private guided tour of the world-renowned Chihuly glass exhibit.
Sensational jazz crooner Sophie Milman entertained a crowd of insurance industry professionals at La Maquette Restaurant in Toronto on September 12. The 'Evening of Jazz' was presented by CKR Global Investigations and Beard Winter LLP. Guest’s had the pleasure to enjoy an evening of a live jazz, fine cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres.
The Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association (CIAA) held its 29th Annual General Meeting and Conference in beautiful Banff, Alberta at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel from Sept. 12-15. More than 100 attendees joined together for a packed trade show, education sessions, social events and the member meeting. The President’s Banquet & Ball saw Marie Gallagher of Granite Claims Solutions take over the reins as president of CIAA for the 2013-14 year. She succeeds outgoing president John Seyler.
A.M. Best Company’s 2013 Insurance Market Briefing - Canada was held in Toronto on September 11. More than 250 insurance executives attended to hear A.M. Best rating analysts discuss the impact of current economic conditions and rating trends on members of the insurance industry in Canada. Attendees heard panelists discuss Canadian life, property and casualty and reinsurance.
Totten Insurance Group held its 18th annual Dog Guides Charity Invitational Golf Tournament in support of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides on August 29 at the Glen Cedars Club in Pickering, Ontario. Since 1983, more than 1,700 Canadians between 4 and 90 years of age have successfully graduated with a dog guide from Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. The impact these dog guides have had on their handlers’ lives ranges from simplifying everyday tasks, such as picking up a dropped item, to getting help when it is needed most. Dog guide skills include canine vision; hearing ear; special skills; seizure response; and autism assistance to name a few. Heather Masterson, President & CIO of Totten Insurance Group commented, “We are so pleased with the turnout at this year’s annual tournament. The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides plays a crucial role in the lives of Canadians with disabilities and we are very proud supporters of such a valuable charity. Thanks to all of our sponsors and attendees for making the tournament such a success, we couldn’t have asked for a better day!”
Over 30 supporters from the insurance industry rallied and attended a Wine Tasting and Silent Auction fundraising event for Team Mammosa (including industry participants Dawn Finnegan & Carri Wells) in their efforts to walk in the The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers Benefiting The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – a 2-day, 60-kilometre or 1-day 32-kilometre walk through the neighbourhoods of Toronto. The event was held at Toni Bulloni’s Restaurant in Toronto and raised $5,000 for the team.
WICC Ottawa held its 3rd Annual ‘Drive for Hope’ Golf Tournament on Monday August 19, at the Camelot Golf and Country Club in Cumberland, Ontario. Foursome’s competed in the day-long event that included complimentary use of driving range, putting greens and pro staff; box lunch; dinner; silent auction as well as prizes and raffles. Leave a little extra room here for possible cheque for $10,000 was donated copy when actual copy arrives.
QRIMA, RIMS Québec Chapter hosted their annual golf tournament on August 12. This event has been held for over 30 years at the prestigious Hudson, Québec’s Whitlock Golf and Country Club. This year’s tournament was won by the foursome of Daniel Desjardins, Keith Jones, Pierre-Alexandre Lussier and Glenn Lucas. Among the guest who came from across Canada to this annual happening, three honorary members of RIMS were present, Diane Wolfson, Brian Hammond and Marc Darby.
Giffin Koerth held its annual golf tournament, the “Giffin Koerth BIG DIVOT” on July 19 at The Club at Bond Head in Bond Head, Ontario. On the links, players were treated to dramatic hole elevation changes and beautiful fairways. TSN has used the famous north course sixth hole in commercial shoots. Guests also enjoyed a fabulous lunch, a wonderful assortment of prizes and the ceremonial presentation of the “BIG DIVOT” trophy.
This year, 214 golfers attended the 14th Annual WICC Ontario Golf Tournament on July 8 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario. Attendees enjoyed shopping for their giveaway in the Pop-Up store, a gourmet box lunch, silent auction, raffle and delicious dinner. A WICC cheque in the amount of $125,000 was presented by Golf Committee Chair, Kim Hrycko to the Canadian Cancer Society.
The Newtron Group hosted its annual Summer Picnic at Albion Hills Conservation Area on July 6. Guests were treated like family and spoiled with a BBQ feast, live music and the now famous “Italian Grape Juice.”
In June, RSA hosted an exclusive broker preview of this year’s visiting exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia, for which RSA is the presenting sponsor. In addition to a private viewing of the exhibition, brokers enjoyed a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres from the Middle East, while hearing from Rowan Saunders, RSA’s President and CEO, and Tony Hayes, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. The museum was closed to the public for the preview of this exhibition, which officially launched on June 22.
The 2013 version of the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life featured one of the largest-ever number of insurance industry participants. The Relay is a tribute to the lives of loved ones who have been touched by cancer. Teams took part in the 12-hour, overnight, noncompetitive relay, taking turns walking, running or strolling around a track. In Ontario, more than 1,000 friends and members of the insurance industry formed teams under the ‘WICC Ontario Relay For Life’ banner, participating in the Ontario Relay of their choice across various locations. Dozens of teams raised more than $269,300 in pledges; sponsorships raised the total to $383,300. Relay For Life is now WICC Ontario’s largest fundraising activity. WICC Ontario’s headquarters Relay event was Relay For Life in North York held at Esther Shiner Stadium on June 21. Approximately 440 team members participated on over 60 teams at this Relay location (Photos taken at Relay For Life North York, June 21).
The Toronto Insurance Women’s Association (TIWA) celebrated summer in style with its 10th Annual Summer Social entitled “Solstice Celebration” on June 20. Insurance industry guests enjoyed a summer evening at The Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Toronto.
Insurance broker Canfinse Group Inc. held a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres event on June 19 to celebrate the opening of its new office, its 15th anniversary and the launch of Canfinse Group’s new venture – a broker intermediary company named CFSU. Representatives from various insurer markets attended and enjoyed the chance to toast the new Canfinse offices, as well as the launch of the new wholesale firm CFSU.
Aviva Complex Risk and Aviva National Special Risk Casualty divisions hosted a Soccer Event (FIFA Confederations Cup) for some of its local brokers at The Duke of Westminster Pub in Toronto on June 19. Broker guests enjoyed food and refreshments while watching some of the soccer action on the big screens.
Ralph Palumbo, vice president for Ontario at the Insurance Bureau of Canada discussed the hot button issue of Ontario auto reforms, as well as government promises of insurance premium cuts, during a presentation in downtown Toronto on June 18. Reforms spelled out in Ontario’s recent budget “are all helpful – but as I have stated several times – they are not enough to bring costs and rates down now to meet the government’s own premium target reductions,” Palumbo said during the At the Forefront Breakfast, presented by the Insurance Institute of Canada.
The Restoration Contractors Organization of Canada (RCOC) held its inaugural Annual General Meeting and Supplier Exposition at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario on June 17–18. RCOC was formed two years ago by eight contractors - Winmar, Canadian Disaster Restoration Group, DKI Canada (then Disaster Kleenup Canada Ltd.), BELFOR, FirstOnSite Restoration, Service Master of Canada, First General Services Ltd. and Paul Davis Systems – to represent contractors in matters such as safety and regulatory affairs. As of mid-June, RCOC had 35 members.
Brovada hosted insurers, brokers, and industry partners at their second Brovada Innovation Day on Jun. 11 at 1 King West in Toronto. At the event, Brovada announced the imminent addition of quoting to their PandC transaction suite. “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do,” said Karl Greenlaw, founder and CEO of Brovada. “Giving brokers the ability to launch quoting from their BMS is a natural evolution for Brovada. We have over 12,000 brokers using our solution every day for the majority of their insurer interactions. Quoting makes our offering that much more complete.”
The GTA Fellows and their guests gathered for the CIP Society’s Annual Fellows’ Golf Tournament on June 10 at ClubLink’s Wyndance Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario. Everyone had a fabulous time despite the rain. The day was capped off by cocktails, dinner and prizes. Thanks to the attendees of the tournament, a $2,560 donation was made to the John E. Lowes Insurance Education Fund.
CSN Collision and Glass held its 7th annual Golf Tournament on June 5 at Piper’s Heath Golf Club in Milton, Ontario. Guests enjoyed a fabulous day on the links where they were able to participate in a variety of on-the course contests through the purchase of a Make-A-Wish package. The evening concluded with dinner and prizes, with CSN donating $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity that makes real difference in the lives of children and their families.
More than 100 young brokers attended the 9th Annual IBAO Young Brokers Council (YBC) Conference held June 5-7 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. YBC Exhibitor Casino / Hospitality Night held at Niagara Fall’s Planet Hollywood on June 6 provided an evening of games, fun and networking. YBC attendees played at various company and vendor exhibitor-hosted gaming tables.
Friends, colleagues and guests gathered on May 29 within Toronto’s historic Distillery District (once the renowned Gooderham and Worts whiskey distillery) to celebrate ServiceMaster’s 60th Anniversary in Canada. Held at Archeo Restaurant, one and all gathered together to celebrate the six decades of restoration excellence by enjoying an evening of wine, food and good conversation.
A record turnout of 200+ industry representatives attended the 54th Annual Reception of the Quarter Century Club on May 23 at the Albany Club in Toronto. The event was a roast for claims industry veteran James Giffen, owner/director of Malik, Giffen and Burnett (MGB) Claims Consultants Inc. James has been a loss adjuster since 1987 and was previously the Director of Technical Services Canada for Crawford and Company in Toronto. In May 2010 (along with partners Shawn Malik and Shawn Burnett) he launched MGB Claims Consultants Inc.
CCR’s 12th Annual Blues Night was held at Fionn MacCool’s in downtown Toronto on May 21. Guests were treated to an evening of great food and a musical performance by the blues band “Fathead”. The evening was also cause for further celebration as it honoured Andre Fredette and his retirement from CCR as Senior VP and Chief Agent, a position he held for over 12 years. Congratulations Andre!
Risk managers from across Ontario gathered on May 15 for the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (ORIMS). The AGM was held at The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. During the event, ORIMS 2012-13 president David Beal passed the cup to ORIMS 2013-14 president Suzanne Barrett.
The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) is working to build on the progress it has made over the past year to transform its vision to improve broker channel efficiencies and deliver leading-edge technology standards from words to concrete action, CSIO chairman Steve Whitelaw suggested during the CSIO’s annual general meeting at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on May 14. Read the full news item at: http://bit.ly/csioagm13
Canada’s insurance community raised $246,204 for Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada at the 19th Annual Starlight Insurance Gala – “Venetian Renaissance Ball” held May 11 at the Carlu in Toronto. Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada is dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight’s programs are designed to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone. According to 2013 Starlight Insurance Charity Gala co-chairs, Alison Porter and Sara Runnalls, in the Starlight Insurance Gala’s first 18 years (not including proceeds from this year’s gala), the event has donated more than $3 million to Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada; fulfilled over 884 wishes; placed 75 fun centres in pediatric wards across Ontario; and brought thousands of smiles to the faces of seriously ill children. The 20th Annual Starlight Insurance Gala will be held May 10, 2014.
Aviva Canada’s National Special Risk Casualty division hosted an Afternoon Tea Event at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto on May 10. Since 1927, Tea at the Windsor Arms has been synonymous with elegant, afternoon indulgence. Aviva guests relaxed in majestic purple tea room with its original working fireplace and indulged in dainty sandwiches and other delicacies as well as a selection of pastries and sweets, each exquisitely hand-crafted on site.
The Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association (OIAA) held its 2013 Provincial Claims Conference hosted by OIAA Niagara Chapter on May 9 and 10 in Niagara Falls at the Niagara Fallsview Casino. The event hosted 112 exhibitors at the trade show portion as well as six seminars. The lunch speaker on May 9 was David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns.
The Insurance Brokers of Toronto Region (IBTR) held its annual Friendship Night at Le Parc in Thornhill, Ontario on May 9. The “Hollywood” themed event hosted the annual mix-and mingle for brokers, CSRs, TSRs, producers, support staff, insurers, underwriters, claims adjusters and a spectrum of industry vendors and suppliers.
The life of insurance industry veteran John Raney (who passed away on Mar. 19, 2013) was honoured at a special event 'A Celebration of Life for John Raney' on May 9, in Toronto. The event was held at the offices of McCague Borlack and saw dozens of family, friends and co-workers gather together to share memories and listen to a number of guests speak of Raney's love of the outdoors, his hospitality, and loyal devotion to his profession, industry and clients. Raney began his working life with Allstate, having worked primarily in the claims field and enjoyed an exceptional career with the company for over 19 years until 1986 when he moved to the broker side of the business – joining Aon – initially as VP Claims and Toronto Branch Claims Manager. In 1989, he took on a national role for Aon and was promoted to SVP with their Claims Advocacy Group and in 1991 became Aon's National Advocacy Group Leader. According to one speaker – sentiment that was echoed in other speakers' comments, “John was a great friend, a caring mentor and a loyal caring colleague who left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He was one of the true gentlemen in our business.”
CSN Collision & Glass hosted is 4th Annual Date Night on May 7, with food, cocktails and a private screening of the new release, The Big Wedding. The CSN Team and its shops invited insurance adjusters and industry partners with their dates to join them for a night out. The festivities began in Jack Astor’s at Square One in Mississauga, Ontario, where everyone enjoyed great food and refreshments. The evening then continued at the Mississauga Coliseum, where the movie was on the big screen for the private audience of 140.
In May, the Lloyd's of London Under 30's Study Tour of Canada and North America, passed through Canada and the USA on May 5 to May 20, due to the importance of the North American market to Lloyd's. The trip was comprised of 30 Lloyd's Representatives from a wide section of the market, being Underwriters and Brokers of varying classes of Non-Marine insurance and reinsurance business, and Lloyd's. The participants selected on the trip travelled not only as representatives of their individual companies, but also of the Lloyd's market. The Lloyd's Non-Marine Under 30s Group was established some 30+ years ago, with the aims and objectives of the group to provide a forum for topical comment and to encourage members to be aware of the many rapidly changing facets of the insurance industry as a whole. As part of their study tour agenda, they attended meetings with clients, conducted site visits and risk inspections as well as attended various lectures. On May 6, the Lloyd's Under 30 Tour gathered at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto for a presentation by Lloyd's Canada and several of Lloyd's service companies, followed by a reception.
Winmar Toronto/Brampton hosted their annual “Spring Fling” on May 2, at the Watermark Irish Pub in Toronto. The event was created as a way to raise awareness of brain injury research and also served as a fundraiser for St. Michael's Hospital. 100s of industry friends were entertained by guest singer “Roxanna” and everyone enjoyed an evening of good food and beverages.
Kernaghan Adjusters held its 60th Anniversary Celebration on May 1, at the University Club of Toronto. In honour of this milestone, President and CEO Patti Kernaghan thanked all who attended and shared in the celebration, as well as all those within the industry for their support over the years.
The Insurance Institute of Ontario held its 9th CIP Society Symposium, entitled 'Insurance Without Borders!' at the Toronto Board of Trade on Apr. 25. The CIP Society symposium committee welcomed more than 100 current and future leaders. The full-day program provided a platform for learning about a variety of issues, including session topics: Regulations: What's Keeping You Awake At Night?; The Direct Writing Landscape; Think Global, Act Local; Bringing Innovative Products To Market; Your Customers Are Talking. Are You Listening? In addition to a CEO Leadership Panel that included a half dozen CEO's from a variety of organizations, this year's luncheon speaker was Alister Campbell, CEO of The Guarantee Company of North America.
The 13th annual Ontario Pond Blue Goose Scotch Nosing took place on Apr. 25 at the Shangri-La Hotel (Toronto) in its beautiful Queen's Park Ballroom. More than 200 Ganders and guests attended raising funds in support of Camp
Oochigeas – A Camp for Children With Cancer. Once again, Ed Patrick, president and founder of the International Order of the Companions of the Quaich Whisky Appreciation Society, presided over the nosing and led the tastings.
Canadian delegates of the 2013 RIMS Conference and Exhibition in Los Angeles gathered with their U.S. and international friends at Canada Night on Apr. 23, sponsored by SCM Insurance Services and the Canadian Litigation Counsel. The event provided a chance to catch up and share stories to the benefit of the William H. McGannon Foundation. RIMS Canada Council Chair Betty Clarke, on behalf of the RIMS Canada Council, presented a donation of $10,000 to McGannon Foundation president and director Joe Restoule.
The Ron Judd “Heart of RIMS” Award pays tribute to the legacy of Ron Judd, who served as RIMS executive director for 22 years. Individuals are nominated by chapters for outstanding performance in furthering risk management at the chapter level. This year, there were two “Heart of RIMS” Awards winners presented with the award at the RIMS 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Los Angeles on April 22. Karin McDonald, Director of Risk & Insurance for Hydro One Networks Inc., was presented with the award for her work with the RIMS Ontario Chapter (ORIMS). Scott B. Clark, risk & benefits officer for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and former RIMS President (2011), was presented with the award for his work with RIMS Greater Miami Chapter. Photo: RIMS Executive Director, Mary Roth, and RIMSPresident, John Phelps presents Karin McDonald (centre) with the Ron Judd “Heart of RIMS” Award
More than 400 exhibitors filled the Exhibit Hall at the RIMS 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition Apr. 21-24 in Los Angeles. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, the show floor bustled with thousands of delegates from throughout North America and around the globe. The booths offered unlimited opportunities for learning, networking and sharing.
Risk professionals from around the world came to sunny Los Angeles, California for the 2013 Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Annual Conference and Exhibition on Apr. 21-24. The Opening Night Reception was held Hollywood-style on April 21 at L.A. Live! At the open-air reception, Canadian delegates connected with peers and contacts from around the world.
ProFormance Group Inc. hosted its 3rd Annual Wine Tasting & Charity Event on Apr. 18 at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. The evening included two grand prizes, a silent auction, a 50/50 draw and door prizes. $10,000 was raised and went to the Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity – funds which will go to help approximately 10 families with children that have serious illnesses “when love is not enough”. Wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres were available throughout the evening. Jennifer Valentyne of Breakfast Television emceed the event.
WICC Ontario held its 17th Gala Dinner, 'Star Struck – An intimate evening with Chantal Kreviazuk' on Apr. 11 at The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. WICC dinner co-chairs and evening emcees Marian Adamson and Michael Butler introduced WICC cochairs Ellen Moore and Jean Faulkner to present a $250,000 cheque from WICC to Martin Kabat, CEO of the Ontario division of the Canadian Cancer Society. Board member Marilyn Horrick acknowledged WICC's Tribute Recognition initiative – the seven WICC Tributes currently established having raised over $110,000, including Tributes for: Leona Charbonneau; Cristina De-Vargas; Linda Hajekerou; Mary Goodbrand; Jamie Knowles; Jim McRae; and Micki Traikos. Gold flame Awards, recognizing significant contributions to WICC, went to Chubb Insurance Company of Canada; Ross Totten and Team Totten; National Insurance Conference of Canada (NICC) and Joel Baker; First General Services (Ottawa) and Kelly Santini LLP (Ottawa). The Lew Dunn Memorial Award was presented to Elisa Gutierrez, executive assistant, Enterprise Rent-A-Car. WICC Relay for Life chair Paul Martin spoke about the industry's commitment to the event and 2013 Relay for Life plans and goals. Since
WICC's inception in 1996, the Canadian P&C insurance industry has raised more than $6 million for cancer research.
On Apr. 10, the BC Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC BC) board hosted their third annual spring gala. The sold-out fundraiser was held at the Vancouver Art Gallery and aptly named “Springtime at the Gallery”. WICC BC proudly presented a cheque for $40,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society at the gala and guests stayed long into the night enjoying food, art and wine!
The WICC Ottawa 3rd Sugar Bush Breakfast took place at the National Arts Centre on Apr. 5. Surgical oncologist and Ottawa scientist Dr. Rebecca Auer, updated a record crowd of 280 on her research work which focuses on finding a way to boost a patient's immune system following cancer surgery. Dr. Auer is the recipient of a $200,000 innovation grant awarded by the Canadian Cancer Society and named after WICC Ottawa, Ontario Chapter. A $30,000 cheque representing the proceeds from the WICC Ottawa Wine and Cheese event was presented to Mary Hobbs and Heather Gray of the Canadian Cancer Society. Samantha Iturregui of Kelly Santini LLP and Gerry Denomme of First General Services were both presented with a Gold Flame plaque from WICC Ottawa, in recognition of their continued generous support over the past three years. The breakfast event was enjoyed by all and preliminary results would indicate that over $13,000 was raised toward cancer research. The WICC Ottawa Breakfast committee wishes to thank all the sponsors, donators and participants for their generous support.
Insurance industry technology provider Applied Systems held the launch of its broker management system Epic 7.0, available in Canada for the first time, on April 3, 2013. Dozens of brokers and members of the P&C industry gathered at the National Club in downtown Toronto to hear a presentation from various speakers on the benefits of the company's latest BMS. Jeff Purdy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Applied Systems Canada, Inc. introduced the speakers, including Applied CEO Reid French. Presentations were made from executives of firms that have adopted the system, including Canada's Jeff Burke - President and CEO, Western Financial Group and Joe Pratts - COO of Hoffman Brown Company (based in California). Randy Carroll, CEO of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario, also made a presentation on how brokers can leverage technology to meet new consumer expectations.
Cunningham Lindsey Canada Claims Services Ltd. (Cunningham Lindsey) announced the firm's 90th anniversary in Canada on April 1, 2013. “March 2013 marked Cunningham Lindsey's 90th anniversary in Canada, an amazing milestone in our firm's history,” said President and CEO Rob Seal. “90 years is a very long time and a huge accomplishment for any business. I attribute this success and longevity to our employees and customers for their support and commitment that has enabled us to grow and diversify into a leading claims solutions provider here in Canada and around the world.” Cunningham Lindsey's story began in March 1923 when founder Manley Morden first opened his one man one office operation in Hamilton, Ontario. These humble beginnings transformed into a national network of over 500 employees in 85 offices across Canada and through strategic growth, a global platform of over 7000 employees in 65 countries around the world. “I would like to extend a personal 'thank you' to our employees who, for over 9 decades, have demonstrated a commitment to this industry, their profession and to Cunningham
Lindsey. And to our customers who have been trusted partners and strong supporters of our services, we thank you for your support and look forward to serving you for the next 90 years,” said Seal.
On Mar. 21, Quebec's RIMS chapter, QRIMA hosted a conference on the latest development of Cyber Risk, attended by the leading players within the Montreal region. Risk managers, insurers, lawyers and claim adjusters listened to Ben Beeson from Lockton Companies in the UK and Alexis Heroux from BFL Canada speak of Cyber Risk in general, with an emphasis on the liability regarding data breach. The conference was held along a short mixer and a lunch at the St-James Club of Montreal.
Beach & Associates hosted their 6th Annual St. Baldrick's event on Thursday Mar. 21, raising spirits, hope and funds towards childhood cancer research. Beach & Associates has been proud to be part of this event since 2007, then president Jonathan Beach raised over $50k to shave his head at an event in New York. In 2008, Beach & Associateswere the first group to organize an event in Canada – and including this year's event, $390k in funds has been raised in support of St. Baldrick's. In Canada, St. Baldrick's has partnered with the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation –Canada's leading foundation dedicated entirely to the fight against childhood cancer. Childhood Cancer Canada's mandate is to raise funds for research, and to provide support and programming for children with cancer and their families. On March 21, the following individuals participated and together raised $65,000 towards childhood
cancer: Lisa Rutherford – Beach & Associates; Chris Rain – Arch Canada; John Brienesse – LIU Canada; Ken Mok – Guy Carpenter; Erick Carreon – Swiss Re; John Tung – AXIS Canada. Special thanks to Lisa Rutherford who surpassed her goal of $35,000 and is now the reigning female St. Baldrick's top fundraiser in Canada!
The Ontario Mutual Insurance Association (OMIA) held its 131st annual meeting as part the annual convention on Mar. 20-22, in downtown Toronto. The convention offered a mix of information and fun. Attendees had an opportunity to hear presentations by General Rick Hillier, former chief of the defence staff for Canadian Forces, and personal finance expert Patricia Lovett-Reid, as well as attend concurrent sessions on an array of topics of interest to the industry. There was also a bit of fun at OMIA's annual banquet, which featured Eddy & The Stingrays.
On Mar. 20, the Insurance Brokers Association of Durham Region hosted a luncheon at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club with guest speaker Alister Campbell from The Guarantee Company of North America. Campbell engaged an audience of over 50 Durham Broker affiliate members with his insights on 'Innovating and Winning in a World of Change'.
Those attending the Ontario Risk and Insurance Management Society's (ORIMS) Professional Development Day on Mar. 19, in Toronto were treated to a full slate of information sessions. A mock trial on a case involving transportation law, presented by “players” from McCague Borlack LLP, kicked off the day. The ORIMS PD Day also offered plenary speaker Brian Lambie and three specific tracks — legal risk issues, insurance risk issues and business risk issues — featuring topics ranging from privacy issues to legislation updates, cyber insurance, business continuity and climate change.
Over 400 attendees enjoyed a fun night of live music, refreshments and appetizers at Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub for the 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day Charity Social on Mar. 14, 2013. Event sponsors Forensic Investigations Canada, ClaimsPro, CIRA Medical Services, RMS and OPTA hosted insurance industry partners and associates in an effort to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The Canadian Insurance Claims Managers' Association (CICMA) Ontario chapter held its general meeting Mar. 6 at the Ontario Bar Association conference centre in Toronto. Ron Bouwmeister, vice-president of Lindsay based
Farmers Mutual Insurance Company and a former CICMA Ontario chapter president, was presented with the CICMA Award of Merit in recognition of outstanding and valued service to the association. After the formal portion of the meeting, four speakers talked about the use of computer software to detect fraud in auto claims. They were: Karin Ots, senior vice president of regulatory and government relations, claims and customer service operations at
Aviva Canada; Elizabeth Kepes, section manager for claims and investigations at Desjardins General Insurance
Group; Steve Turner, national manager for RSA Canada's special investigations unit; and Neil Ringwood, vice president of consulting at computer service firm CGI Group Inc. The CICMA Ontario chapter holds four meetings per year.
CMW Insurance Services Ltd., an insurance brokerage based in Vancouver, recently welcomed its insurer partners to an Old Hollywood-themed cocktail party to thank them for their continued business. The Oscar-worthy thank-you was held on Feb. 28, 2013 at the Villa Amato Ballroom. As guests enjoyed “casaBLANCa” martinis, they were treated to VIP sightings of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Munroe mingling with the guests!
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.
WICC BC held a Valentine's Lunch fundraiser at Vancouver pub Moose's Down Under, raising $4,006.50 towards the fight against cancer. 200 insurance industry professionals attended the event.
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.
The Ottawa Insurance Brokers Association (OIBA) held its 5th Annual 'Charity of Choice' Poker Event on Feb. 8, raising $30,500 in total for local charities (this figure includes $10,000 to charities chosen from the top four finalists). 180 players registered to compete with prizes for the winners and big money for their charity of choice.
This year's winners and charities were: 1st place: Sophie Lapointe: $5,000 for La Fondation (Gus Group table); 2nd place: Jeff King: $2,500 for Project Upstream; 3rd Place: Scott Sleightholm: $1,500 to Ride for Dad (Smith Petrie Carr & Scott table); 4th Place: Trudy Deline: $1,000 to WICC and (Economical table). OIBA notes that this charity fundraiser would not be possible without the generous support of our Corporate Sponsors and individuals who participated in this one-of-a-kind spectacular industry event.
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.