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Friday, 9 September 2016

Calling all Delegates!

CatIQ is proud to announce that registration for its second annual Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4 2017) is now open!

Join CatIQ, as well as delegates from across diverse agencies including insurance professionals, government, policymakers, academics, risk managers and more, as we dive into a content-driven discussion that is meant to encourage collaboration between industries before, during and after a catastrophic event.

The conference begins with an overview of natural and man-made catastrophes in 2016, which is immediately followed by a discussion on Canada’s costliest catastrophe to date: The Fort McMurray Wildfire.

Several sector perspectives are going to be explored, so there are sessions for everyone. Concerned about the societal impacts of catastrophes? Are you interested in the disasters themselves and how to better prepare for them? What about the financial implications of catastrophes? Of course, to prepare for catastrophes, access to Canadian hazard data is a necessity. Where can it be found? What format is it in?

All of these perspectives, topics and questions, plus student delegate presentations, an exciting presentation from storm chaser George Kourounis and two interactive workshops, will be tackled over the course of the three-day conference.

Trust us when we say, you don’t want to miss it!

Join us February 1-3, 2017 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto

For the full agenda and detailed session descriptions please visit

Take advantage of the early bird window!
Register by November 30, 2016 and save $100.
Save a further $100 by registering 3 or more delegates.

To learn more about our program details, or to get information on our sponsors, community partners and our exciting student scholarship program contact Carolyn Rennie: carolyn.rennie@catiq.com

Sessions and speakers include:

CatIQ’s 2016 CATs in Review
Carolyn Rennie (CatIQ)

The Fort McMurray Wildfire
Skip McHardy (CRU)
Darby Allen (Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo)

Societal Impacts
Rebecca Wagner (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
Dr. David Laplante (Douglas Mental Health University Institute)
Dr. Bill Tibbo (Bill Tibbo & Associates)
Dr. Liette Vasseur (Brock University)
Jean-Phillipe Tizi (Canadian Red Cross)

Terrorism Risk: International & Canadian Perspectives
Mazdak Moini (Aviva Canada)
Charlene Chia (AIR Worldwide)
Scott Bolton (Aon Risk Solutions)
Terry Chowanec (Cadillac Fairview)
Harris Silver (CBC Radio Canada)

Resilient Indigenous Communities
Pat Van Bakel (Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.)
Chief Matilda Ramjattan (Lennox Island First Nation)
Chief Steve Thomas (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne)
Regina Jacobs (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne)

CAT Models – Model & Hazard Uncertainty
Paul Cutbush (Aon Benfield Analytics)
Dr. Elliot Klein (AIR Worldwide)
Justin Moresco (RMS)
Maiclaire Bolton (CoreLogic)
Alexander Allmann (Munich Re)

Disaster Assistance
Mazdak Moini (Aviva Canada)
Jennifer Dolecki (Alberta Emergency Management Agency)
Matthew Godsoe (Public Safety Canada)
Johanna Morrow (Emergency Management BC)
Rod Story (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)

Lessons Learned from Ice, Flood & Hail
Kyle Winston (CRU)
Geoff Coulson (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
Sharon Pollyck (City of Airdrie)
John Duong (Halton Region)

Geomagnetic Storms – The Next Black Swan
Paul Cutbush (Aon Benfield Analytics)
Dr. Balz Grollimund (Swiss Re)
Dr. Luis Marti (Hydro One)

Municipal Mitigation Success Stories
Megan Meany (ICLEI Canada)
Fiona Dercole (District of North Vancouver)
(City of Montreal)
(City of Toronto)
(City of Halifax)

How to Create an Inventory of Canadian Hazard Data
Jason Thistlethwaite (University of Waterloo)
Jim Abraham (Canadian Climate Forum)
Nicky Hastings (Geological Survey of Canada)
Carl Lambert (Co-operators)
Steve Taylor (Canadian Forest Service)
(Environment and Climate Change Canada)

Wildfire Risk Management
Glenn McGillivray (ICLR)
Claudette Cantin (Munich Re)
Sean Russell (Guy Carpenter)
Ian Frost (Wawanesa)

Flood Workshop: Perspectives in Flood Risk Assessment and Mitigation (Sponsored by Partners for Action)
Shawna Peddle (Partners for Action, University of Waterloo)
Lapo Calamai (IBC)
Matthew Godsoe (Public Safety Canada)
Steve Litke (Fraser Basin Council)
Rehana Rejabali (TRCA)
Ingrid Robinson (Brookfield GIS)

Weather Workshop: Improving the Diagnosis of Extreme Weather – “From Forecasting to Reality” (Sponsored by AMEC Foster Wheeler)
Rebecca Wagner (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
Jim Abraham (Canadian Climate Forum)
Carolyn Rennie (CatIQ)
Shawn Allen (AMEC Foster Wheeler)

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