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After the Pandemic: Getting Ready for the Next Black Swan

December 3, 2020

COVID-19 has led to a public health crisis, with devastating consequences on livelihoods, financial markets and government coffers. The last time the world experienced a viral outbreak of a similar scale was in 1918 with the surge of the Spanish flu. These kinds of low frequency-high impact events are often referred to as Black Swans. Though rare, their destructiveness is broad and long-lasting, requiring a proactive approach to improve societal and economic resilience. Canada is exposed to a series of Black Swan risks. The insurance industry has been modelling tail risks for a long time and has deep expertise in this matter.

Claudia Verno (Insurance Bureau of Canada) will host a panel session with Dipika Deol (Swiss Re), Grant Kelly (P&C Insurance Compensation Corporation) and Frank Chong (BC Financial Service Authority) to discuss what could be the next big shock to hit Canada and how to prepare.


About the Speakers


Claudia Verno

Claudia Verno, moderator

Director, Policy, Natural Catastrophe and Climate Change, Strategic Initiatives, Insurance Bureau of Canada


Dipika Deol

SVP and Head of P&C Underwriting, Canada & English Caribbean, Swiss Re


Grant Kelly

Chief Economist and VP Financial Analysis and Regulatory Affairs, Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC)


Frank Chong

Vice President and Deputy Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Regulation – BCFSA



Download the slides:

TABE Webinar – After the Pandemic Getting Ready for the Next Black Swan – Grant Kelly

Additional Reading recommended by our Panelists:

PACICC and Catastrophic Risks
The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance:

Canadian Earthquake Risk

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