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Canadian Underwriter, AIR Worldwide partner for earthquake risk webinar

December 16, 2013   by Canadian Underwriter

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Canadian Underwriter magazine and catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide have partnered to offer a webinar on seismic risk in Canada.

The webinar, Canada Earthquake Risk: From Science to Compliance, will also focus on the role that catastrophe models play in compliance with Guideline B-9 from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI).

The presentation will feature David Lalonde, senior vice president in the consulting and client services group at AIR Worldwide, and Jayunta Guin, senior vice president of research and modelling with the firm.

Lalonde has experience in the securitization of insurance risk and the use of dynamic financial analysis models for pricing, reserving, and corporate planning. He also leads AIR’s Capital Markets initiatives and manages the Decision Analytics, Reinsurer Client Services, and Regulation and Rating Agency teams.

Lalonde is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He received his B.Math. (Honours) in Actuarial Science with Statistics from the University of Waterloo.

Under Guin, the group has also developed a global suite of catastrophe models and is continuing its work to enhance model techniques. Guin also provides strategic input into AIR’s product development and consulting work for modeling insurance linked securities.

He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University in India and earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the State University (SUNY) of New York, Buffalo, with a specialization in dynamic soil-structure interaction and computational mechanics.

The webinar will be held Jan. 23 at 1:30pm EST. To register for the free webinar, participants can visit:

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