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IIBC – Symposium BC: Adapting to a Changing Market

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by Insurance Institute of BC
April 10, 2019
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown | 6083 McKay Ave., Burnaby

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2019
NEW – Corporate Rate for 6/+ attendees! 
 Email Winnie to find out more.

IIBC’s Symposium has made an impression as the premier industry event for insurance professionals from all over BC since 2016.  Take part in the conversations on how we are Adapting to a Changing Market.

“ Great variety of subject matter. Excellent speakers.
“ Great way to get your CE credits when you live and work remotely. I come back every year.
–  Symposium 2018 Attendees


 8:00  –  8:45 AM  Registration & Breakfast
 8:45  – 10:00 AM Seminar Session A
10:15 – 11:30 AM Seminar Session B
11:30 – 1:00 PM   Lunch & Keynote Speaker
  1:15 – 2:30 PM   Seminar Session C
  2:45 – 4:00 PM   Industry Leaders Panel
  4:00 – 5:00 PM   Cocktail Hour


“Changing Environment of Denials & Bad Faith Claims”
Registered attendees are invited to submit questions in advance for this engaging panel discussion. 

Aaron Sutherland, Vice-President, Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canada
Samantha Ip, Partner, Clark Wilson LLP
Rena Novotny, Claims Manager, Square One Insurance Services

Andrew Janzen, President, Janzen Insurance Brokers Ltd.


“Rowboat in a Hurricane” – Julie & Colin Angus at
Julie and Colin are National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, fellows of the Canadian Geographic Society and two of North America’s leading adventurers. Through engaging and entertaining stories, they will take you on their expeditions, from rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to trekking through Siberia in the winter, and demonstrate how to make the seemingly impossible possible.  Uncertainty is guaranteed and being able to adapt to change is key to success.  They’ll share strategies you can use to embrace change, reach monumental goals and always go a step further.


Session A, Keynote and Industry Leaders Panel will be attended by all.   Concurrent seminars for session B & C (your choice of two). 

Seminar Session A (attended by all)

High Times: Recreational Cannabis Use and Insurance  
Since the legalization of recreational cannabis use, insurers are adapting to the changing landscape by reconsidering their policy language and underwriting guidelines.  To continue to guard against the risks associated with cannabis, both the federal and provincial legislative framework for legalization must be considered.  This seminar will review the insurance considerations raised by the production, sale, and use of cannabis in Canada as it applies to property, auto and commercial policies, both now and in the future. 
Presenter: Satinder Sidhu, Partner – Clark Wilson LLP

Seminar Session B (your choice of one)

Option 1 
Are We Ready for Extreme Weather Events? An Engineering Manifesto
Climate change and global warming have resulted in increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. As such, extreme weather conditions are experienced around the globe as never seen before. This presentation will provide a high-level overview of the potential risks for our industry associated with extreme weather, as well as a discussion of various engineered solutions to address and mitigate such risks. 
Kamran Tabarraee, M.A.Sc., P.Eng, Sr. Project Engineer, Electrical – Envista Forensics
Payman Hosseini, P.Eng, M.Eng, Project Engineer, Civil/Structural – Envista Forensics 


Option 2 
Environmental Contamination & Coverage – Who Knew it was Fun!
New forms of pollution and contamination are continually being discovered which requires pollution liability insurance products to evolve, ensuring coverage for this unique exposure.  This seminar will trace the development of pollution exclusions, discuss current relevant exclusions, and shed light on the challenges of handling these types of claims. 
Presenter: Nigel Trevethan, Partner – Harper Grey LLP 

Seminar Session C (your choice of one)

Option 1 
The Changing Direction of Wildfires
Catastrophic wildfires such as Kelowna, Slave Lake and Fort McMurray have burned faster and spread farther than anyone could’ve imagined.  Understanding the effect of climate change and using this knowledge to predict future large loss wildfires is just the beginning.  While this presentation starts with a climate change discussion, it quickly moves to the impact this has on the insurance industry.  Using case studies, subrogation will be explored in depth including topics such as ignition sources, human and government liability, building materials, and landscaping. 
Presenter: Shirley Niven, P.Eng. CFEI, WFBS, Forensic Engineer – Origin and Cause 


Option 2 
Social Media Meltdown: The Online Economy and Insurance Risks
The emergence of apps and websites that users publicize and monetize aspects of their lives pose new insurance risks.  Whether driving for Uber, renting out their house on AirBNB or cultivating followings on social media, the new economy and new ways of expression pose unique insurance challenges.  This seminar will discuss insurance risks arising out of the “gig economy” and online publications, gaps in existing insurance coverage, and products that have emerged to address these shortfalls. 
Presenter: Daniel Reid, Associate– Harper Grey LLP

CE Credits

1 CE credit per hour of seminar including panel session.
4 credits for full day attendance.
and sign-out required.


Include breakfast, lunch, 1 drink ticket for Cocktail Hour & GST.
$320 IIBC Members
$275 Corporate Rate for group of 6/+ (please email Winnie)

+$80 Non-Members (membership to May 31, 2020)

All attendees must be members of the Insurance Institute.  No refunds. Substitutions welcome.


Thank you to our generous sponsors! 

Origin and Cause ~ Keynote & Panel Sponsor
CEP Sintra ~ Lunch Sponsor
 ~ Breakfast Sponsor

Envista Forensics ~ Seminar Sponsor
Winmar Fraser Valley  ~ Seminar Sponsor
BCIT ~ Cocktail Hour Sponsor


Host hotel offers room rate of $185 + taxes per night.  To reserve your room, please email or call the hotel at 604.438.1200, ask for in-house reservations and quote confirmation #3502354124.  See hotel website for hotel amenities & services.

Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
6083 McKay Avenue | Burnaby
Group Block Reference: SymposiumBC
Room Rate: $189 + taxes /night

Winnie Hon
Seminars & Events Coordinator
T: 604.681.5491 x21

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