Canadian Catastrophe Conference — Gatineau, Quebec, Canada — Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2018

The Canadian Catastrophe Conference will take place on January 31-February 2, 2018 in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

There is no question that the frequency and severity of catastrophic events in Canada are on the rise. It is now increasingly common for Canadian annual insured losses from catastrophes to exceed CAN $1 billion. Canadian insured losses from catastrophic events in 2017 were CAN $1.33 billion, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ).

With hurricanes heavily impacting the US and the Caribbean, the worst wildfire season on record for both California and British Columbia, as well as severe flooding in parts of Eastern Canada, 2017 has been a year of extreme weather for Canada and its neighbors.

These catastrophic events, which directly impact the public, require industry, academia and government to work together before, during and afterwards. Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) organizes a conference to foster such collaboration in Canada.

CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference 2018, or C4 2018, is a content-driven forum for:

  • Insurance/Reinsurance Professionals;
  • All Levels of Government;
  • Academia/Researchers;
  • Risk Managers;
  • Other sectors/organizations dealing with resilience to catastrophes.

The keynote will be provided by Maryam Golnaraghi, Director, Extreme Events & Climate Risk at the Geneva Association.

Session topics include:

  • Canadian Disaster Mitigation Workshop;
  • Flood Risk Management All Over the Map: Bringing Some Cohesion;
  • Public Communication in Times of Crisis;
  • Democratizing and Improving CAT and Hazard Models;
  • Lessons Learned from Emergency Management Plans;
  • Building Back Better (Resilient Buildings & Climate Change);
  • Coping with Canada’s Hottest Peril – Wildfire;
  • Ensuring the Viability of the Alberta Property Insurance Market;
  • East vs. West – Understanding the Macro-Economic Impacts of Earthquakes.

The second annual conference took place in February 2017 and brought together over 230
delegates from across Canada.

A CatIQ spokeperson said, “We are thrilled to be hosting the national disaster mitigation workshop at the upcoming event.” The co-facilitator of the workshop and director of the Canadian Climate Forum, Jim Abraham, says, “This is such an important opportunity for diverse stakeholders from the private, public, and academic sectors to share best practices and lessons learned to enable our communities to be more resilient.

CatIQ delivers detailed analytical and meteorological information on Canadian natural and human-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.

Photo of Gatineau, Quebec via Adobe Stock.

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See CATIQ website.


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