2009 Conference

 

Browse the NICC 2009 agenda here (click on speaker names to see their bios) or download our brochure here (pdf).

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009

Aon-Benfield NICC Golf Tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Course
(Tournament begins at 11:00 A.M) Golf registration required. 

Conference Registration Opens 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Cocktail Reception, Sponsored by GenRe

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2009
Full Breakfast sponsored by Riverfront Medical Services.

 Welcome and Introduction

Joel Baker, NICC President and CEO; and
Gregg Hanson, NICC Master of Ceremonies

OSFI Presentation

Julie Dickson, Federal Superintendent of Financial Institutions [Video Available]

 

Superintendent Julie Dickson will give an overview of the current economic environment, and what OSFI is seeing in the most recent property and casualty results. Ms. Dickson will also provide some insight into various regulatory initiatives, and discuss what she feels will be important issues in the coming quarters.  She will respond to questions at the end of her presentation.

Networking Break, Sponsored by MKA Canada

Muddy Waters, Shifting Sands - 
Implications of IFRS and Solvency II

Moderated by: Jonathan Simmons, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Panelists:

  • Doug Hogan, CFO, Dominion of Canada General Insurance
  • Ron Joas, Director Financial Reporting Analysis, Standard and Poor's (NY)
  • Mark Causevic, Director, Accounting Policy, OSFI

 

With January 1, 2011 fast approaching, Canadian insurers are picking up the pace to be ready for IFRS.  In the midst of a major accounting change, the model for insurance accounting is the subject of fierce debate: Europeans and Americans hold very different points of view, the International Accounting Standards Board is struggling to build consensus and, in the U.S,  the new government seems more interested in the well-being of its corporations rather than nailing its colours to the IFRS mast.  In the E.U., Solvency II, long heralded as the progressive answer to ensuring the financial strength of insurance company balance sheets, is under scrutiny. As market turmoil continues, will we see the trend to global financial reporting and regulation change tack? This expert panel will discuss the global and Canadian issues while also addressing the practical implications for management.

Lunch and presentation sponsored by The IBC

Luncheon Speaker: Terry O'Reilly, Host of CBC Radio's 'The Age of Persuasion'

Award-winning ad man and host of the popular CBC Radio show 'The Age of Persuasion', Terry O’Reilly, will share his insights into the seismic shifts that are taking place in the world of marketing. O’Reilly draws on knowledge gained over an impressive 25-year career, adding his unique style of humour and examples from historic campaigns to provide a fascinating look at how to win the hearts of consumers by building a powerful emotional connection.

Global Reinsurance - Back to Basics [Video Available]

Moderated by John Phelan

Panelists:

 

Join global reinsurance industry leaders as they discuss the implications of the global economic crisis, tight credit, scarce and expensive capital, a hardening market and more, for cedants and for reinsurers.

Networking Break, Sponsored by MicroStrategy

Concurrent Session:

Commercial Panel - Accessing the London Market

Moderated by John Chippindale, Vice-Chairman HKMB Hub International

Panelists:

 

Dating back to the inception of insurance, the London Market has always served as the nucleus for insurance capital on both a primary and reinsurance basis. As the world adapts to economic challenges, evolving risk exposures and the need for a new financial architecture to be shaped, the London insurance market is also adapting by addressing the fundamental importance of risk assessment, market access and the distribution of its products and services. This panel represents the wide range of participants involved in dealing with the London Market in terms of strategy and the alternative broker-MGA-direct models.

 

Concurrent Session:

Facility's Role in the Auto Cycle [Video Available]

Moderated by David Simpson, CEO, Facility Association

Panelists:

  • Rob Wesseling, COO and SVP, The Sovereign General Ins. Co. and Immediate Past Chair (as at Oct/09) of Facility
  • J. R. (Bob) Tisdale, President and COO, Pembridge Insurance Company
  • Ron Godin, Consumer Advocate, Office of the Consumer Advocate, New Brunswick

 

The last hard market brought Facility Association into the public spotlight and it could well be there again sooner rather than later. Join two former Facility Association Board Chairs, Bob Tisdale and Rob Wesseling, and the New Brunswick Consumer Advocate for Auto Insurance, Ron Godin, as FA President Dave Simpson asks them to  take a hard look at Facility’s role in the auto cycle.

 Market (Mis) Conduct - Shades of Grey

Moderated by Justin MacGregor, Executive VP, Martin Merry and Reid, and President Elect, IBAC

Panelists:

 

This panel will explore several market conduct issues including broker independence, control versus control-in-fact; Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) schemes as an alternative to traditional and expensive prosecution methods; and perspectives on market conduct issues, including Part XIII of the ICA, from a provincial regulatory angle. This session promises to be lively.

Cocktail Reception sponsored by Standard & Poor’s
Gala Dinner sponsored by Guy Carpenter
Dinner Wine sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers
Entertainment sponsored by Guidewire Software Inc.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2009
Full Breakfast sponsored by Towers Perrin

Global Economic Outlook

Presented by: Dr. Christopher Probyn, Chief Economist, State Street Global Advisors

 

From his vantage point as Chief Economist at State Street Global Advisors, Ltd., Dr. Probyn will provide an analysis of the economic picture in the US, Canada and EAFE in these unprecedented times of global economic stress.


Show Me the Money - Insurance Stocks and the M&A Outlook

Moderated by Neil Parkinson, Partner, KPMG

Panelists:

  • George Cochran, Co-Chairman Fox-Pitt Kelton Cochran Caronia Waller
  • John Reucassel, Managing Director, Financial Services Research, BMO Capital Markets
  • David Skurka, Managing Director, Scotia Capital

 

Is capital coming back? This expert panel of outspoken investment bankers and equity analysts will debate current and prospective capital market and private equity appetite for Canadian, US, and global insurers, brokers and reinsurers.  They will also discuss the current M&A climate and the outlook for acquisitions going into 2010.

Networking Break sponsored by Lloyd's

Concurrent Session:

Emerging and Latent Risks - What is lurking around the corner?

Moderated by Susan Watts, Senior Vice President, Claims, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada

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This session will be of interest to managers of risk, brokers, underwriters and claims professionals alike.  

Come and listen to two very distinct perspectives from two industry experts.  What are emerging issues in product losses?  What new product losses are around the corner?  What mistakes are made in evaluating plaintiffs' cases?  What are the implications of the economic crisis on the D & O and E & O worlds?  How will automobile lines be impacted?  What will happen to the frequency and severity of loss costs?  Will the recession impact claims? Are our models working on natural catastrophes?

Concurrent Session:

What Does the Consumer Want?

Moderated by Robin Spencer, President and CEO, Aviva Canada

Panelists:

  • Lubo Li, Senior Director, J.D. Power and Associates
  • James Daw, Business Columnist, The Toronto Star
  • Mary Lou O'Reilly, Vice President, Public Affairs & Marketing, IBC
  • Catherine Swift, Chairwoman, President and CEO - Canadian Federation of Independent Business

 

As market conditions become increasingly challenging, insurers and brokers cannot forget the consumer. Even in the best of times, understanding client needs and friction points is important to insurers and brokers of personal lines home and auto as well as commercial clients. in the best of times. Now in the midst of a hardening market and a brutal recession, getting a fix on these issues is critical. The panelists will provide insights their diverse perspectives.

Lunch sponsored by the CIP Society
A Conversation with The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien

 

Be privy to a conversation with Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.  Mr. Chrétien will be interviewed live on stage by Allan Gregg, chairman of Harris/Decima Research and host of the television show, “Allan Gregg In Conversation With...”.  Mr. Chrétien will share his experience, insights and opinions on a wide range of topics.  At the close of what is certain to be an engaging conversation, you will have the chance to ask questions.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to encounter one of Canada’s most savy political leaders.

Social Guests Welcome

Conference Wrap Up

Joel Baker, NICC President and CEO

Conference Sessions Conclude 2:30PM

 

Post-Conference Networking Meetings (Optional)

We know that for many NICC delegates, networking is a big part of why they come year after year.  In recognition of this, we have adjusted the agenda this year to create additional meeting opportunities at the conclusion of the conference. We’ll do this by opening up the main plenary space for meetings. Delegates will be able to reserve a table and invite other delegates to join them.  
Click here for more details.

Post-conference meetings conclude 5:00PM