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Southwestern Ontario Spring Seminar 2020
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CIAA Southwestern Ontario Spring Seminar
Thursday, March 5th, 2020 | Cambridge, ON 

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

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1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Registration 

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM - Accounting Update, presented by PwC

  • Scott Gilfillan - Partner, Southwestern Ontario Assurance Practice, PwC
  • Matt Densa - Manager, Southwestern Ontario Assurance Practice, PwC
  • Winnie Reitzel –Manager, PwC

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM - Climate Risk on the Rise: The Insurance Sector Must Aggressively Support Home Flood Protection
Presented by Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation

  • The most costly, yet most solvable, expression of climate risk across southern Canada is residential basement flooding.  The bad news is that basement flooding, and associated costs, is on the rise – the good news is that homeowners can mitigate their flood risk quickly, with no special expertise, generally for less than a few $100 per home, and often over a weekend.  The insurance sector is in the perfect position to promote home flood protection directly to homeowners – the presentation will focus on how this can be done, NOW.

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM - Coffee Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Young Leaders Panel Discussion,
Moderated by Josh Peterson, Enterprise Saas Sales - North American Insurance, Clearwater Analytics

  • Shawn Cottrill - Finance Manager & Corporate Treasurer, Howick Mutual Insurance Company
  • Lindsey Robinson - Manager of Finance, Risk & Administration Corporate Treasurer, Trillium Mutual Insurance Company
  • Adam Kuron – CEO, Yarmouth Mutual Insurance Company
  • Jennifer Thai - Corporate Financial Reporting Director, Co-operators

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Networking and Social Time

Member Rate -$125*
Non-Member Rate - $175*

*All tickets are taxable at 13%


Cancellation Policy
A cancellation fee of $100.00 applies after February 24th, 2020. Substitutions will be allowed at no additional charge.

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


CI Dr. Blair Feltmate
Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation 

Blair is the Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation. Previous positions he has held include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management; and President, Sustainable Systems Associates. Blair has written textbooks on Sustainable Banking (University of Toronto Press), and Aquatic Ecology (CAB International). He is generally interviewed by the media 100-150 times per year.

Blair is Chair, Adaptation Committee, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). He is on the Advisory Board on Climate Change, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), Ontario. Blair was Chair, Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Results, and Chair, Electricity Transmission and Distribution Adaptation Standard, Canadian Standards Association. He is former Chair of Pollution Probe, and he was Chair/Founder of the Sustainable Electricity Program, Canadian Electricity Association.

 Josh Peterson
Enterprise Saas Sales - North American Insurance, Clearwater Analytics

Josh works with insurers to identify their investment accounting and reporting needs and find solutions to improve their system architecture. He specializes in investment accounting, derivatives, and alternative assets. He has been with Clearwater since 2015.In Josh’s free time, he likes to spend time boating with his wife and two children. He is a passionate Toronto Raptors fan and is still smiling about their World Championship. Josh has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Boise State University.


 Scott Gilfillan
Partner, Southwestern Ontario Assurance Practice, PwC

Scott is a Partner in PwC’s Southwestern Ontario assurance practice based in Waterloo. Scott brings his focus on audit quality and financial reporting transparency to his clients. Scott has experience and expertise in IFRS, assisting clients with their transitions in both New Zealand and Canada. He has based his career on serving a diverse client portfolio that keeps him highly engaged in his work and he has a strong client base in insurance and other financial services/regulated industries.
 Matt Densa
Manager, Southwestern Ontario Assurance Practice, PwC

Matt is a Manager in PwC’s Southwestern Ontario assurance practice based in Waterloo. Matt has experience in a variety of industries throughout the region, including manufacturing, not-for-profits and financial services. He has assisted clients in their financial reporting requirements under IFRS, ASPE and US GAAP standards. Matt deals regularly with group reporting engagements in various jurisdictions such as Japan, France and the United States.
 Winnie Reitzel
Manager, PwC

Winnie is a Manager based in Waterloo who started her career with PwC in 2015. Winnie’s focus includes assisting clients with resolving financial challenges, leveraging business objectives and building long lasting relationships. Winnie works with a wide range of organizations in both the private and public sectors. She is well versed in a variety of reporting frameworks, including IFRS, ASPE, ASNPO and US GAAP.
 Shawn Cottrill
Finance Manager & Corporate Treasurer, Howick Mutual Insurance Company

Shawn has been a part of the senior leadership team at Howick Mutual for 2 years as the Finance Manager and Corporate Treasurer. He is responsible for all financial functions including day to day accounting functions, audit co-ordination and financial, investment and regulatory reporting. Prior to his time with Howick Mutual Shawn worked for 10 years as an accounting manager for a national public accounting firm.

Outside of work Shawn and his wife Katie compete as national level mixed doubles curlers, and have been ranked as high as first in Canada this season. Shawn and Katie are also expecting their first child in July.

Shawn is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Windsor along with a Business Administration – Accounting Diploma from Conestoga College.

 Lindsey Robinson
Manager of Finance, Risk & Administration Corporate Treasurer,
Trillium Mutual Insurance Company

Lindsey is the Manager of Finance, Risk & Administration and Corporate Treasurer at Trillium Mutual Insurance Company. Lindsey joined Trillium in 2011 as the Finance Team Leader before assuming the role of Manager in 2015. Prior to joining Trillium, Lindsey worked at Ward & Uptigrove Chartered Accountants as a Senior Accountant working with owner-managed businesses in a wide variety of industries. Lindsey was a tutor for three years at the CIAA’s Fundamentals of Accounting course and has been a presenter at OMIA’s Introduction to Insurance Seminar. Lindsey is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Honours Economics and Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University. Lindsey resides near Listowel with her husband Troy and daughters Aubrey and Alivia. Together they enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and raising their daughters to live their best county life.
 Adam Kuron
CEO, Yarmouth Mutual Insurance Company

Adam is the President & CEO of Yarmouth Mutual Insurance Company located in St. Thomas. Yarmouth Mutual has been providing insurance coverage to Elgin County and the surrounding area since 1881, writing property, liability and automobile insurance. Adam leads of team 14 staff and agents serving over 5,000 policy holders with direct written premiums of $13M.

Adam joined Yarmouth Mutual as their Chief Financial Officer in February 2015 before being named President & CEO in August 2019. Prior to Yarmouth, Adam spent 8 years at BDO Canada in Woodstock working in auditing and assurance as well as personal and corporate tax.

 Jennifer Thai
Corporate Financial Reporting Director, Co-operators

Jenn oversees the external financial reporting function at The Co-operators. She is a trusted finance leader who builds effective teams and works collaboratively with other areas to advance the mission of the organization.
With more than 7 years of accounting and tax experience in the insurance industry, Jenn has worked on several valuable projects, including the adoption of new IFRS standards and finance systems upgrades at the company.

Before joining The Co-operators, Jenn launched her career at Deloitte, where she was responsible for international tax planning and business tax compliance for multi-national organizations. As a former Director of Taxation turned AVP of Corporate Financial Reporting, Jenn has developed a unique perspective when it comes to providing practical business advice from complex, technical subject matter.