Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction Managing Director to speak at ICMIF MORO Conference in Montreal

20 February 2018


ICMIF has unveiled details of one of its keynote speakers for its upcoming Meeting of Reinsurance Officials (MORO) in Montreal (Canada) taking place from 23-25 April 2018.

Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), will present an overview of the catastrophic loss landscape in a session on Managing risk in an uncertain world: Learning from catastrophes on the morning of Tuesday 24 April.

As an insurance writer and commentator, Glenn’s work has been widely disseminated across Canada. He has written more than 220 magazine and journal articles, publications and blogposts on a range of issues, and additionally speaks and lectures regularly on subjects related to the area of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and natural hazards.

In his MORO presentation, Global change and catastrophic loss, Glenn will speak about the increasing challenges faced by various stakeholders – most particularly governments and insurers – in managing risks associated with severe weather and seismic events. He will discuss how severe weather losses are rising across Canada and around the world and what can be expected through the next decade in terms of disaster loss claims and prevention. He will end with a discussion on ICLR’s work and its efforts to help insurers and others mitigate the impact of severe weather and earthquake events.

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is a world-class centre for multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research and communications. ICLR was established in 1997 by Canada’s property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry as an independent, not-for-profit research institute affiliated with Western University.

The focus of the ICLR is on five perils – water damage, extreme wind, urban earthquake, wildfires near the urban interface, and hail. They seek to secure and share scientific knowledge that will support action to reduce the risk that these hazards cause harm. ICLR’s plan concentrates on turning emerging research into action by homeowners, builders, governments and other stakeholders that build disaster resilience in Canada.

Glenn joined the ICLR in November 2005. Prior to this, he served as Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications for Swiss Reinsurance Company Canada and was Corporate Secretary for three Swiss Re operations in the country. He began his insurance career at The Personal Insurance Company of Canada in Toronto and went on to work for a major Canadian corporate law firm.

He holds a B.A. in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University, a M.A. in political science from McMaster University, and a graduate diploma in corporate communication from Seneca College. Glenn is author of the Swiss Re publications Cross-border litigation in the age of free trade; Twister: The professional reinsurer’s perspective; and Inside an Icestorm.

The MORO Conference is a unique, global gathering of reinsurance professionals from the mutual and cooperative sector that meets every two years. The conference is an outstanding opportunity to share reinsurance knowledge and discuss issues of common interest in a collaborative and supportive environment. The three day event includes high level presentations, discussion panels and one-to-one meetings, with a unique focus on how reinsurance issues affect mutual and cooperative insurers. The MORO theme for 2018 will be Reinsuring the mutual way.

For member-only strategic content on the cooperative/mutual insurance sector, ICMIF members have exclusive access to a range of online resources through the ICMIF Knowledge Hub.

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