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Women in Insurance Summit Canada returns in 2024 with a live summit dedicated to empowering women and allies, developing the next generation of leaders, and celebrating the achievements of women in insurance.

The event has been designed to enable insurance professionals to make new connections, discover new ideas and disruptions, explore the hot topics and key challenges women face in the industry and get inspired to advance in their careers.

Featuring influential speakers from leading companies, a packed agenda and powerful networking opportunities, the event aims to inspire and empower the industry to continue to make positive change in its goal to close the gender gap and provide equal opportunities for men and women to flourish.

Join us in person in Toronto on June 18, 2024, to celebrate the resilience of this innovative and forward-thinking industry and unite as part of the summit’s global conversation.

Why attend?

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    Enhance your career with skill-building leadership strategies

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    Make meaningful connections and network with top insurance leaders  

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    Get the latest updates on market trends, emerging opportunities and risks

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    Support the next generation of young women – proceeds from our on-site silent auction will go to local charity GEM

2023 SPEAKERS


Susan DuHamel  
Susan DuHamel  

Chief Marketing Officer, Global Risk Solutions 
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Julie Angus
Julie Angus

Explorer, Scientist, & Bestselling Author

Jean-Pierre Galipeault
Jean-Pierre Galipeault

President & Chief Regional Executive
Arch Insurance Canada

Ruby Rai
Ruby Rai

Cyber Practice Leader – Canada
Marsh Specialty US & Canada

Colette Taylor
Colette Taylor

Chief Operating Officer
Sovereign Insurance

Tendai Moyo
Tendai Moyo

Senior Vice President, Cyber Insurance Practice Lead
Hugh Wood Canada

Marcela Abreu
Marcela Abreu

Vice President, Head P&C Solutions Canada & English Caribbean
SwissRe

Melissa Bajwa
Melissa Bajwa

Vice President, Compliance and Broker Network Operations
PROLINK Insurance Inc. & PROLINK Broker Network

Dionne Bowers
Dionne Bowers

Owner, D.B. Solutions
Canadian Association of Black Insurance Professionals

Robyn Campbell
Robyn Campbell

Managing Director, FINPRO Practice Leader
Marsh Canada

Kesha Christie
Kesha Christie

Senior Cyber Placement Broker
WTW

Chaya Cooperberg
Chaya Cooperberg

Executive Vice President, Chief People and Communications Officer
AmTrust Financial Services Inc.

Catherine A. Décarie
Catherine A. Décarie

Associate Vice President, Affinity Market Group
TD Insurance

Lisa Fisher
Lisa Fisher

Assistant Vice President, National Distribution Manager
Arch Insurance Canada

Sarah Fong
Sarah Fong

Assistant Chief Economist and Head of Industry Data
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)

Nicole Hackney
Nicole Hackney

Training and Research Officer
Ontario Mutual Insurance Association

Cindy Manek
Cindy Manek

Senior Vice President, Technology Professional Liability
Ridge Canada

Edwina McKennon
Edwina McKennon

Founder & Host
Move Her Forward

Amanda Nordstrom
Amanda Nordstrom

Vice President Personal Lines West
Intact Insurance

Melike Oz Pasaogullari
Melike Oz Pasaogullari

Senior Vice President, Head of Business Process Management
Arch Insurance 

Lauren Ritchie
Lauren Ritchie

Certified High Performance & Career Coach

Gary Saarenvirta
Gary Saarenvirta

Chief Executive Officer
Daisy Intelligence

Kyle Sparkman
Kyle Sparkman

Chief Operating Officer
Allianz Global Assistance

2023 AGENDA


All times in ET
  • Registration and breakfast
  • Opening remarks from chairperson
    Susan DuHamel  
    Susan DuHamel  

    Chief Marketing Officer, Global Risk Solutions 
    Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Welcome Address
    Jean-Pierre Galipeault
    Jean-Pierre Galipeault

    President & Chief Regional Executive
    Arch Insurance Canada

  • Opening Keynote introduction
    Catherine A. Décarie
    Catherine A. Décarie

    Associate Vice President, Affinity Market Group
    TD Insurance

  • Opening Keynote: Rowboat in a hurricane – Dealing with change and unexpected setbacks

    Imagine surviving a hurricane with nothing more than a rowboat to shelter you. When Julie Angus set off on a quest to become the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland this was not what she anticipated. But Julie soon realized that to be successful she’d not only need to deal with adversity and uncertainty but embrace it and use it as an opportunity to grow and prosper. Not only did she succeed but she was awarded National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” for her incredible achievements. Julie shares techniques to deal with changing environments including altering our perception, preparing for the unexpected, assessing risks, and improving communication.

    Julie Angus
    Julie Angus

    Explorer, Scientist, & Bestselling Author

  • Panel: Competitive intelligence – Market trends and the future of insurance

    Digital disruptions, including AI, deep learning technologies and Blockchain, post-pandemic and environmental factors, are changing the insurance market and the way products and services are delivered. As we move out of the pandemic, what are the latest market trends, opportunities, and technologies shaping insurance today? In this session, hear from key industry leaders as they dive into the current and future insurance market – and learn what you need to know to remain an informed and effective leader. Among the topics and questions to be explored: 

    • What are the latest market trends and what do they reveal? 
    • Discover current thinking on ESG priorities, big data, and analytics  
    • Addressing emerging trends in natural disasters and climate risk   
    • What’s next? Anticipating market trends and industry changes in 2023 and beyond  
    Moderator
    Kesha Christie
    Kesha Christie

    Senior Cyber Placement Broker
    WTW

    Panelists
    Sarah Fong
    Sarah Fong

    Assistant Chief Economist and Head of Industry Data
    Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)

    Tendai Moyo
    Tendai Moyo

    Senior Vice President, Cyber Insurance Practice Lead
    Hugh Wood Canada

    Gary Saarenvirta
    Gary Saarenvirta

    Chief Executive Officer
    Daisy Intelligence

  • Networking coffee break
  • Panel: Pursuing better together – Harness the power of intersectionality to help you achieve your potential

    Embracing different perspectives and ideas creates more effective, productive, and sustainable organizations. As an industry, we’ve come a long way, but we still are growing. It is vital for industry leaders to evolve current thinking on diversity, equity, and inclusion to include considerations of intersectionality, an academic term that recognises how different aspects of a person combine to create overlapping areas of privilege and oppression (Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, 1989). In this session, our panel will explore how to build on current DEI programs to understand how intersectional groups experience the workplace. By including intersectionality, we can advance opportunities for all and enable each other to succeed.

    • Learn about intersectionality and why is it important to overcoming inequality in the workplace
    • Discover how to apply intersectionality to empower your workforce and your team
    • Examine issues in the workplace through an intersectional lens and learn practical tips and actionable takeaways
    Moderator
    Melike Oz Pasaogullari
    Melike Oz Pasaogullari

    Senior Vice President, Head of Business Process Management
    Arch Insurance 

    Panelists
    Lisa Fisher
    Lisa Fisher

    Assistant Vice President, National Distribution Manager
    Arch Insurance Canada

    Edwina McKennon
    Edwina McKennon

    Founder & Host
    Move Her Forward

    Ruby Rai
    Ruby Rai

    Cyber Practice Leader – Canada
    Marsh Specialty US & Canada

  • Breaking the taboos – Supporting women’s health at every career stage

    Women face health issues and challenges throughout their lives, and introducing a specific women’s health strategy can provide practical advice on how to enable women to thrive in the workforce. How can we create an open culture in which women feel supported, confident, and safe in talking about health issues like menopause and miscarriage? How can you take control of your own health in the workplace? Hear how our speaker has implemented a culture that prioritizes women’s health, and the strategies you can implement in your own organization. Among the issues to be discussed: 

    • Conversations to expand line managers’ awareness and understanding 
    • Discover how small adjustments can have a significant impact 
    • A breakdown of common taboos around women’s health issues for the benefit of your workplace 
    Nicole Hackney
    Nicole Hackney

    Training and Research Officer
    Ontario Mutual Insurance Association

  • Networking lunch
  • Panel: Fighting fatigue – How to remain on top of your game

    With competing priorities and stressful working environments, many managers and executives are experiencing various levels of burnout. How can we prioritize well-being, and in turn create a culture of empathy and support? This session will discuss strategies to fight fatigue, boost resilience, and focus on self-care and mental well-being to lead by example. Among the topics and questions for discussion: 

    • What are the best strategies for fighting fatigue, and how can we develop them? 
    • How can managers and organizations encourage and prioritize a culture that supports well-being? 
    • Overcoming common challenges such as time management, multiple responsibilities, and burnout 
    Moderator
    Robyn Campbell
    Robyn Campbell

    Managing Director, FINPRO Practice Leader
    Marsh Canada

    Panelists
    Cindy Manek
    Cindy Manek

    Senior Vice President, Technology Professional Liability
    Ridge Canada

    Amanda Nordstrom
    Amanda Nordstrom

    Vice President Personal Lines West
    Intact Insurance

    Kyle Sparkman
    Kyle Sparkman

    Chief Operating Officer
    Allianz Global Assistance

    Colette Taylor
    Colette Taylor

    Chief Operating Officer
    Sovereign Insurance

  • Speed networking

    Expand your network, make new connections, and meet fellow delegates in a structured networking session.  

    Susan DuHamel  
    Susan DuHamel  

    Chief Marketing Officer, Global Risk Solutions 
    Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Networking coffee break
  • Know your worth – How to negotiate during pay discussions

    Gender pay inequity exists at all levels in the insurance profession. This empowering session will provide you with the confidence to negotiate your remuneration while meeting the needs of your organization. Among the topics that will be discussed: 

    • How to prepare for the conversation to get the outcome you want 
    • Understanding your compensation expectations, incentives, and career progression  
    • Alternative compensation models that value performance and outcomes  
    Lauren Ritchie
    Lauren Ritchie

    Certified High Performance & Career Coach

  • Fireside chat: Accelerating your career – the latest scoop on skills development

    The industry is rapidly changing, and leaders need to be at the forefront to deliver business objectives. How can you ensure you are performing at your best through self-driven learning and development? This fireside chat on skills development will discuss strategies to develop capabilities and skillsets for career advancement. Among the issues to be explored: 

    • What are the top three emerging leadership skills, and how can we develop them?  
    • How can managers and executives encourage and prioritize learning and development for themselves and their teams?  
    • Overcoming challenges, such as leading inclusively and authentically in a hybrid environment, juggling multiple responsibilities, and collaboration among multi-generational teams  
    • Tips on how to take the next step in your career
    Moderator
    Chaya Cooperberg
    Chaya Cooperberg

    Executive Vice President, Chief People and Communications Officer
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc.

    Panelists
    Marcela Abreu
    Marcela Abreu

    Vice President, Head P&C Solutions Canada & English Caribbean
    SwissRe

    Melissa Bajwa
    Melissa Bajwa

    Vice President, Compliance and Broker Network Operations
    PROLINK Insurance Inc. & PROLINK Broker Network

    Dionne Bowers
    Dionne Bowers

    Owner, D.B. Solutions
    Canadian Association of Black Insurance Professionals

  • Closing remarks from chairperson
    Susan DuHamel  
    Susan DuHamel  

    Chief Marketing Officer, Global Risk Solutions 
    Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Networking drinks reception

2024 SPONSORS


Event Partner

  • Sovereign Insurance

Silver Sponsors

  • AON
  • Travelers
  • Trisura

Associate Sponsor

  • TD

VENUE


The Carlu

TRAVEL PLANS

Preferred Accommodation

Hotel room rates are subject to all applicable taxes and fees. Rooms are subject to availability in each hotel from June 20/21 – June 22. We recommend that you book as soon as possible.

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

525 Bay Street, Toronto, On. M5G2L2

Book your group rate by calling 1-800-905-0667, use the group name Women In Insurance Summit Canada to secure the discounted rate until May 23, 2023.

 

Room Rate: $399.00 per standard room/night

Cut off date: May 23, 2023

Check in: 3pm Check out: 12pm

Hotel parking: $45.00 with in/out privileges

Book your group rate for Women In Insurance Summit Canada

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

123 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9

Book your group rate by calling 1 (888) 627-7175, use the group name Women In Insurance Summit Canada to secure the discounted rate until May 23, 2023.

 

Room Rate: $475.00 per standard room/night

Cut off date: May 23, 2023

Check in: 3pm Check out: 12pm

 

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