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Thursday, 12 May 2016

CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4 2017) Call for Topic Suggestions

Allstream Centre, Toronto - February 1-3, 2017

Toronto (May 11, 2016) – Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) is pleased to announce that after a very successful inaugural conference in 2016, CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4) will be returning as an annual event. The goal of the conference remains the same, to bring together Industry, Academia, and all levels of Government to discuss natural and man-made catastrophes.

Taking into account the feedback received from delegates, there will be improvements made to ensure that the conference can continue to provide engaging sessions, speakers and a diverse crowd with multiple networking and learning opportunities. Breakout sessions and workshops at C4 2017 will provide delegates with further engagement and discussion on key topics of interest.

The recent devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray has highlighted the need to discuss strategies and preparation before, during and after a catastrophic event.  The resiliency, strength and courage of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Alberta Government, the public, and the insurance industry have reframed our discussions at work, at home, and here at C4.

In order to create a dynamic conference which touches upon topics of most interest to past and prospective delegates, CatIQ is providing an Open Call for Topic Suggestions.

Overall themes for C4 2017 will include:

1.       Natural & Man-Made Catastrophes
2.       Catastrophe Response & Communication
3.       Data, Technology & Standards
4.       Additional Perspective & Impacts

Past participants and those with interest in attending C4 2017 are invited to share their opinions on Topic Suggestions using the following survey link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C42017-Topics no later than June 3, 2016.

Additionally, topic suggestions and additional feedback can be sent directly to CatIQ’s Managing Director, Carolyn.Rennie@catiq.com.

C4 2016 Emcee Glenn Gibson, who is also Vice-Chairman of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be returning again for C4 2017. Feedback from delegates included his positive energy, the very interesting relation of football to Catastrophe Management, updates on Groundhog Day forecasts and the creation of the “Best Sock” competition for speakers.

 C4 2017 Steering Committee Members include:

Jim Abraham
Director, Canadian Climate Forum

Nathalie Bleau
Coordinator, Built Environment Program, Ouranos

Claudette Cantin
 SVP & Chief Actuary, Munich Re

Paul Cutbush
SVP, Catastrophe Management, Aon Benfield Analytics

Glenn Gibson
C4 2016 Emcee, Vice-Chairman Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Steve Johnston
Director of Reinsurance
The Co-operators

Paul Kovacs
Executive Director, ICLR and CEO, PACICC

Megan Meaney
Director, ICLEI Canada

Mazdak Moini
VP Commercial Lines & Reinsurance, Aviva Canada

Shawna Peddle
Director, Partners for Action (P4A)

Jason Thistlethwaite
Director, CCAP, University of Waterloo

Pat Van Bakel
President & CEO, Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.

Rebecca Wagner
Manager, Prediction Services Operations – Central Region, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment & Climate Change Canada

Kyle Winston
President, Catastrophe Response Unit (CRU) Group Inc.

C4 2017 will take place on February 1-3, 2017 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The full conference program will be released and registration will open in September. Additionally, CatIQ will also continue the C4 2017 Student Delegate Program which will award five students with the opportunity to share their research related to natural & man-made catastrophes at the conference.

To learn more and view archived information, such as C4 2016 photos and program, visit www.catiq.com/c4.

About CatIQ
Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) delivers detailed analytical and meteorological information on Canadian natural and man-made catastrophes. Through its online subscription-based platform, CatIQ combines comprehensive insured loss indices and other related information to better the needs of the insurance / reinsurance industries, public sector and other stakeholders. www.catiq.com

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For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Carolyn Rennie
Managing Director
Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ)
133 Richmond St. W. Suite 605
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2L3
416-368-0777 x 28