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Insurance Institute of Ontario- CIP Society Symposium

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by Insurance Institute of Ontario
April 09, 2019
Toronto Board of Trade First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON, M5X 1C1

Featuring inspiring keynote speakers, insightful seminars and our Up Close and Personal session, Symposium is the premier industry event for GTA’s insurance professionals.

This annual event brings together bright minds who provoke engaging discussion about the future of our industry.

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Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Morning General Seminar Session
Morning Breakout Seminar Sessions
Lunch Session
Up Close and Personal Session


8 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Breakfast Keynote Speaker
9:45 – 10 a.m. Networking Break
10 – 11 a.m. General Session
11 – 11:15 Networking Break
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Breakout Session
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Lunchtime Keynote Speaker
1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Networking Break
1:30 – 3:15 p.m. Up Close and Personal Session
3:15 – 4 p.m. Cocktail Reception


Mark Bowden

Voted #1 Body Language Professional in the world, Mark Bowden is passionate about giving people the most influential and persuasive communication techniques to stand out, win trust and build credibility every time they speak. Mark’s memorable talks not only education, but have proven life changing for audiences, helping their businesses grow across all industries and sectors.


A new era of risk: Blockchain and the crypto ecosystem

As the world transitions from the physical to the digital, there are new intangible and inherent risks to contend with. Blockchains are revolutionizing transactions with our customers and each other. From contracts to currency, the digital future will arrive sooner than we think. This session will demystify and touch upon key technologies such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies, digital assets, smart contracts and the impact they will have on the insurance industry. Participants will also gain insight into how insurance organizations should be preparing and building strategies around this new era of risk.

Andrew Brown | Senior Vice President, Financial Institutions and Professional Services Practice, Marsh Canada Limited

Ari Ramdial | 


1. Dazed and Confused: An update on cannabis-associated risks and what’s to come

As cannabis-related auto and property losses begin to enter the Canadian legal domain, panelists will explore lessons from other jurisdictions that can be applied in a Canadian context. In particular, participants will discover how legalization has impacted the US insurance industry. Panelists will review automobile claims data as well as explore anticipated and unexpected claims scenarios. Panelists will also explore cannabis use in the workplace and the risk it creates for employers, especially as companies seek to modify their own drug use policies.

William J. Baumann | Vice President, Gen Re
Lisa Simon | Property & Casualty Business Management, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation
Shirley Stobnicky | President, Creative Partners in Performance Inc.

2. How data can navigate the unknown

In today’s competitive insurance marketplace, companies are going to bat with decision-making that’s driven by data. With more data continually available to insurers, the quest to find hidden opportunities and threats is a key competitive advantage. Participants will discover how data can be used to advance operations and how to spot trends that create new opportunities. They will also gain insight how data can make businesses more resilient and adaptable to unknown threats.

Marc Lipman | Chief Operating Officer, AIG Insurance Company of Canada Inc.
Michael Loeters | Senior Vice President, Commercial Insurance & Risk Management, PROLINK Insurance Inc.
Steve Whitelaw | VP – IT Planning & Execution and Operational Effectiveness, Travelers Canada


Sarah Robson | President & CEO, Marsh Canada Limited | MMC Country Corporate Officer


Nick Creatura | President & CEO, CNA Canada
David Crozier | President, Markel Canada
Dianna Fioravanti-Ashikwe | CEO, Nacora International Insurance Brokers
Mike George | President & CEO, Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company

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