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CIAA Southwestern Ontario Fall Seminar 2019
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CIAA Southwestern Ontario Fall Seminar
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Langdon Hall
Ground Floor, Firshade Room
1 Langdon Drive, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8

Member Rate -$125*
Non-Member Rate - $175*
*All tickets are taxable at 13%

Please join us for the CIAA Southwestern Ontario Fall Seminar where we will have two engaging topics up for discussion, followed by a networking and social time.
The Fall Seminar will be held on November 20th, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, ON.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Registration
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Seminar
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Networking Reception

Seminar Presenters:
David Arbuthnot, Director, Innovation Outpost, Wawanesa
Lindsay Farlow, Head of Corporate Innovation Programs, Communitech 

David Kerr, Partner, Deloitte
Iain Klugman, President & CEO, Communitech Corporation

Jessica Stockie, Open Innovation & Partnerships, FairVentures Lab

Program includes:

What do Innovation Labs and Insurtechs in our region mean for Southwestern Ontario Insurers:
If insurance companies are to thrive and be competitive, insurers need to leverage and integrate Insurtech solutions, either through acquisitions, direct investments, innovation labs or services agreements.
We will be posing key questions to a panel of local experts:

  • What is an Innovation Lab and how does it differ from an Insurtech?
  • What do they do inside Innovation Labs?
  • What is the value proposition for investing in an Innovation Lab or an Insurtech?
  • How can local insurance companies benefit from the innovation in our region? 

How insurers can share data without putting their customers privacy at risk.
The value of data is often greater than the sum of its parts. In the financial services sector specifically, the use of data allows financial institutions to offer greater value and personalized services to clients and address business challenges such as fraud. However, the use of data raises privacy and security concerns from customers, institutions, and regulators - these competing obligations have historically prevented institutions from unlocking the full value of their data. Now, emerging privacy enhancing techniques (PETs) have the potential to fundamentally alter these dynamics by reducing or eliminating the privacy risks of sharing data and opening the opportunities to create value. This session will discusses five PETs that allow institutions, customers, and regulators to analyze and share insights from data without distributing the underlying data itself.

Cancellation Policy
A cancellation fee of $100.00 applies after November 11, 2019. 
Substitutions will be allowed at no additional charge.

For questions, please contact the CIAA Office:
416 494 1440 ext. 232 or



      David Arbuthnot
Director, Innovation Outpost, Wawanesa

David is the Director of the Wawanesa Innovation Outpost. The Outpost is located at Communitech in the heart of the Innovation District in Kitchener-Waterloo and serves as Wawanesa’s connection to the insurance ecosystem in the Toronto-KW Tech Corridor. The Outpost provides both Tech Scouting and Lab Development capabilities as part of the larger Wawanesa Innovation group. David joined Wawanesa in 2017 to open the Outpost.

Prior to Wawanesa, David spent the previous 5 years in product management at a leading telematics provider working on some of the largest UBI and Road Usage Charging implementations in North America and Europe. Over his 25-year career, David has held senior roles in a variety of companies ranging from global CPG to Management Consulting firms to being the CTO of an Ad-tech start-up. In all his roles, David has focused on delivering outstanding business results through the application of leading edge technologies.

David holds an MBA in Strategy & Finance from the Schulich School of Business, York University and a B.Eng & Mgmt in Computer Engineering from McMaster University.

      Lindsay Farlow
Head of Corporate Innovation Programs, Communitech

Lindsay leads corporate innovation programs at Communitech, where she works with clients to build their innovation systems and reshape their corporate culture into one of experimentation and adaptability. Lindsay began her career as a Hardware Design Engineer in Silicon Valley and has held roles in product development and innovation leadership in organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

      David Kerr
Partner, Deloitte

David Kerr is a Partner in Deloitte Canada’s Technology Consulting practice. He is an insurance industry and technology leader with 30+ years experience in emerging technology, industry solutions, business and market development, project delivery, strategic consulting, various forms of outsourcing, team building and leadership. He has previously held leadership roles at IBM and Accenture in Canada and abroad.

Based in Kitchener, he leads a number of large insurance technology delivery projects in Canada and manages Deloitte’s Emerging Technology Hub in the Kitchener office. 


      Iain Klugman
President & CEO, Communitech

Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community of more than 1,400 companies. Under Klugman’s leadership, Communitech grew from a little-known local industry association into a globally recognized innovation hub, providing facilities, programming and advocacy to a dynamic and growing community of 1,400 technology companies in Waterloo Region. During his tenure, Communitech partnered with local, provincial and federal governments to open collaborative work spaces and labs in Kitchener and Waterloo; launched Canada’s first accelerator for women-led companies; built a Canada-wide network of peer organizations; and pushed for policy improvements such as Canada’s Global Skills Strategy to help companies hire top international talent.



Jessica Stockie
Open Innovation & Partnerships, FairVentures Lab

Jessica leads open innovation and partnerships at FairVentures, an innovation lab for Fairfax Financial. She helps Fairfax companies innovate by exploring, evaluating and engaging with startups, scaleups, investors, academic and government organizations. Jessica has held various roles in business and corporate development. She sits on the Board of Directors at the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Due Diligence Committee for Social Investments at the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. Jessica believes that in a world captivated with digital technologies, human beings still matter the most and strives to build partnerships with remarkable people.