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CIAA Annual Conference 2019: Embrace the Road Ahead
September 15-18, 2019 | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


In 2018 we travelled to Montreal for our Annual Conference (September 23-26).
Our flagship event brought together members and speakers from Canada and the US to meet, learn and network.

This year we travel to beautiful Saskatoon on September 15-18, 2019 - and we hope to see you there!

REGISTRATION is now open! Click below for more information.



TICKETS - Early Bird ends July 31st!

Member Delegate Ticket - $1550* (Early Bird - $1395)
Member Companion Ticket - $675 (
Early Bird - $525)

Non-Member Delegate Ticket - $1850* (Early Bird - $1695)
Non-Member Companion Ticket - $1075* (
Early Bird - $925)

*All tickets are taxable at 5%.


601 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, S7K 3G8 Canada
+1 306 244 5521


We are excited to continue the new tradition with our Canadian Insurance Accountants Association Conference Awards Program! This is an opportunity to recognize your colleagues and active members of the industry!  

All recipients will be honoured at the 2019 Annual Conference in Saskatoon, SK.

DEADLINE to submit nominations for the Lifetime Achievement, Volunteer and Up And Coming awards is August 7, 2019. Nominations for the conference spirit award will be accepted at the 2019 CIAA Conference.


Lifetime Achievement Award
Volunteer Award
Up And Coming Award
Annual Conference Spirit Award

Svitlana Nechyporenko
(416) 494 1440 x 232



        Shawn Kanungo
Disruption Strategist


Shawn Kanungo is a strategist who operates at the intersection of creativity, business, and technology. He has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space after 12 years of working at Deloitte. Shawn's mandate at the firm was to help corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation.

Now, as General Partner of Queen & Rook Capital, Shawn is focused on applying exponential technologies and new business models to mature businesses. He is a practitioner who has worked hand-to-hand with hundreds of organizations on their journey to digital transformation, and he has adopted the concepts of behavioural economics, user-centered design, crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence, drones, and film to help create world class client experiences.

Shawn's work and interviews have been featured in Forbes, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, CBC and CTV. In 2016, he was recognized as Avenue Magazine's "Top 40 Under 40". He spoke at TEDx in 2017, and was named to Inc's "100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers" in 2018. His podcast, The Remix with Shawn & Wang, can be currently found on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.

    Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan
Performance Consultant to the NHL, NBA and Olympians 


Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan lives by her philosophy of embracing challenges and pushing boundaries to achieve your highest potential. She was the first female Performance Consultant for the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Edmonton Oilers. Her passion for motivating audiences to reach their fullest potential has received praise from international corporations and sports organizations alike, including Visa, Johnson and Johnson, the NHL, and the NBA.

She has worked at five Olympic Games with the gold medal winning teams of the Women’s Hockey Team, Cross Country Ski Team, and Speedskating Team. The Canadian Olympic Committee appointed her as the Lead of Sport Psychology for the entire Olympic team for the 2010 Vancouver, 2012 London, and 2014 Sochi Olympics.

For her groundbreaking work, she has received awards such as the Globe and Mail’s Top Power 50 List, WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. Companies worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies Johnson & Johnson, VISA, General Mills, and Royal Dutch Shell have hired her to motivate them to achieve sustained high performance.



      Debbie G. Coull-Cicchini, B. Econ., MBA, FICB
Executive Vice President, Ontario, Western & Atlantic Canada
Intact Financial Corporation


Debbie Coull-Cicchini, Executive-Vice President of Intact Insurance, oversees the operations of Intact Insurance in Ontario, Western and Atlantic Canada. Prior to this role Ms. Coull-Cicchini was Senior Vice President, of the Ontario Division. During this time she played an integral part in the integration of three successful acquisitions and led the implementation of numerous key strategic priorities.

Prior to joining IFC in 2005 Ms. Coull-Cicchini worked for a US Bank as EVP Wealth Management, Retail Banking & Marketing., while residing in the US. Previous to this role she was instrumental in launching two On-Line Banking start-ups which included President's Choice Financial in Canada and Amicus Bank in the US. She has also held various Retail Banking executive roles in Personal & Commercial Banking within CIBC.

Ms. Coull-Cicchini holds a BA in Economics from McMaster University in Hamilton and an MBA from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

      Byron Mack, CPA, CA
Regional Managing Partner, MNP


Byron Mack, CPA, CA, is the Regional Managing Partner for North Saskatchewan and a Partner in MNP’s Assurance Services group in Saskatoon.

Byron leads the Northern Saskatchewan Region, including the firm’s offices in Saskatoon, Humboldt, Lloydminster, Melfort and Prince Albert. He heads up a team of close to 300 team members working with a diverse group of clients and oversees many of the firm’s service areas.

Drawing on more than a decade of experience, Byron has an in-depth understanding of his clients’ needs and is acutely aware of what is required to help them succeed. He develops innovative and practical business solutions for clients, including business planning, annual filing requirements, reviews, governance and audits with extensive experience leading large audits.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Byron is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA), qualifying in 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Regina.

      Thomas Marlatt
Global Insurance Solutions - UKI, EU, and Canada, Clearwater Analytics


Tom Marlatt has been with Clearwater since 2011. He specializes in helping global insurers maximize the efficiency of their investment accounting and reporting processes by solving challenges associated with integration, reporting, and accounting. He provides expert insights into the world of investment accounting, best practices, and industry updates and changes. Tom often facilitates collaboration between investment accounting teams and key stakeholders, finding portfolio management solutions that apply for all teams involved in the investment accounting process.

Tom has a bachelor’s in accountancy from Boise State University.

      Liam McFarlane
Partner, Insurance and Actuarial Services, Ernst & Young LLP


Liam has 30 years of experience in the Canadian property and casualty insurance and reinsurance industry. Before joining EY in 2009, he gained extensive experience as a senior insurance executive, and as a consulting actuary working with insurers, reinsurers, captives, professional associations and financial institutions across most of the major lines of insurance in Canada.

He’s been involved in the evaluation of all major automobile insurance reforms in the Canadian marketplace since the early 1990’s; Liam was active in evaluating the impact of the changes on premiums, creating revised rating structures, filing revised rates as required by various rate regulatory bodies and, from time to time, appearing at hearings in support of proposed changes. Liam currently acts as Appointed Actuary to approximately 10 insurance and reinsurance companies in the Canadian market both domestic and foreign branches. He has deep expertise in the valuation of policy liabilities as well as the assessment of financial condition through Dynamic Capital Adequacy Testing.

He continues to assess the impact of automobile insurance regulatory changes on expected costs from a pricing and valuation perspective on behalf of a number of clients.

      Alex Ng, B. Math, MCSE, MCPD
National Practice Lead, Data & Analytics, BDO Canada LLP 


Alex is the practice-lead for Data & Analytics at BDO Canada LLP IT Solutions practice. Having worked across all lines of insurance of Health, Property & Casualty, and Life, Alex has deep industry and technical knowledge providing Analytics solutions to meet the needs of the Digital Insurer.

Alex is a technically proficient, customer-dedicated delivery manager with 20+ years of experience and cross-functional ability in the design and architecture, programming and testing of large-scale, highly complex solutions, with emphasis on Data, Cloud, and Web technologies.  Alex is skilled in redesigning processes to strengthen development cycle while introducing strategies that generate product/process improvements.

      Lynn Oldfield
President & Chief Executive Officer, AIG Insurance Company of Canada


Lynn Oldfield leads AIG Canada as President and CEO. Lynn joined AIG in 1991as an underwriting manager and since that time she has held a variety of progressive management positions before assuming the role of President in 2008. Lynn participates on a number of industry related Boards of Directors; IIC, PACICC, Global Risk Institute, GCIA and Laurier’s Risk and Audit Committee.  Lynn holds a MBA from McMaster University and an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has earned her FCIP and CRM designations.  She has been the recipient of a number of business and academic awards for her contributions to diversity, leadership and community engagement.  Lynn is a lifelong learner, leads passionately from the front, and believes that if we treat our employees well, they will take care of our clients and partners.  

      Daryl Senick
Partner, BDO Solutions Technology 


Daryl is a results-driven IT executive focused on strategic planning, execution excellence, and delivering value for our clients through the BDO Technology Solutions Practice.  National responsibility for managing and growing the BDO Technology’s practices of Data Analytics, Application Modernization, Digital & Collaboration, and Productivity Automation.  

In addition, Daryl is BDO’s national Industry lead for Insurance serving P & C, Health, and Life insurers, as well as Brokerages, TPAs, and Associations, with Assurance, Tax, and Advisory solutions to enable successful business transformation. We have assisted hundreds of clients looking to streamline their businesses and make technology work for them, winning many awards along the way.

Responsible for a broad range of services from digital and data strategy to enterprise solutions implementation to full service managed support programs.  We support our clients at every stage of their digital transformation.  Daryl assists clients with digital strategies, solution design and architecture, business / technology alignment and providing thought leadership on best practices around the rapidly evolving big data / analytics, cloud enablement and digital transformation space.

      Akif Siddiqui
National Insurance Assurance Leader, PwC


Akif is a partner in the Financial Services Assurance practice and provides audit and advisory services, mainly to insurance companies. He brings diversified experience of  22 years working with insurance companies in Canada, the UAE and Pakistan. As a Chartered Professional Accountant and a change agent, Akif has a keen interest in the future of audits and remains involved with transformations and innovation initiatives.
As an audit partner Akif is responsible for overall seamless service delivery to his clients, maintaining strong working relationships with management and Board members, while adhering to PwC’s quality standards.
      Jeffrey Stepan, CPA, CA, CFA, ICD.D
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Risk Officer, Saskatchewan Government Insurance

Mr. Stepan joined SGI in August 2008 as Treasurer, and became the Chief Financial Officer in November 2010 with the Chief Risk Officer responsibilities added in 2013. Prior to joining SGI, Mr. Stepan spent 17 years as an institutional investment consultant with Hewitt Associates and its predecessor company James P. Marshall, Inc. where he consulted to clients in the pension, endowment and insurance sectors. Mr. Stepan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees' Pension Plan and Chair of the Investment Committee for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation. Mr. Stepan is a member of the Financial Executives International Regina Chapter, Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan, the CFA Institute and the Risk and Insurance Management Society, and is an avid volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.