BII Conference To Focus On Transformation

August 16, 2019

Topics ranging from cannabis and opioids to climate change are set to take centre stage at a major insurance conference.

The Bermuda Insurance Institute [BII] will hold its annual conference on October 3 and has chosen ‘transformation’ as the overall theme.

Matthew Irvine, Conference Chair, said: “Every generation feels that their period in time is seeing great change in the world and that is typically true, usually affecting one or two key areas, whether it be financial, political, technological, regulatory, economical or territorial.

“However, the unprecedented speed of the transformation in all of these key elements is what really differentiates the world now from prior periods of change.

“Transformation was typically at a steady pace, which allowed for trial and error, but with the rapid change we now experience, we often do not have the luxury to ask ourselves whether the transformation will always make sense, either financially or socially.

“At the BII, we always try and choose themes for our annual conference that will interest our members, attract high caliber speakers and will have the conference attendees engaged. Our goal is always to make the BII conference a must attend event.

“Bermuda as a [re] insurance marketplace has always been at the forefront of transformation to find solutions for its clients, both in products and efficiencies so it seemed like a perfect theme for a conference that will be of great interest to all our members and other stakeholders Bermuda.”

The Keynote address will be given by John Gale, CEO, Reinsurance Bermuda of AXA XL, on the topic of the “Insurance Gap”‘

Panels will include:

  • Opioids [How much pain can we take] and the moderator is Kirstin Beasley, from Willis.
  • Cannabis [How high is the cost], with moderator Mark Simons, from Marsh.
  • Wellbeing in the Workforce [The benefits to healthy work force] and the moderator is Jacqueline Perreault, from Colonial.
  • Climate change [The storm approaches]. The moderator is to be confirmed.
  • The Bermuda Healthcare panel – The challenges and opportunities] with anelists Michelle Jackson from BF&M and Dr Ricky Brathwaite of the Bermuda Health Council.
  • CEO panel [The view from the top] with moderator Rees Fletcher

Mr Irvine added: “When we pick the topics for the conference, we ensure they fit in with the conference theme. So this year it is areas, products or industries that are experiencing dramatic transformation.

“The topics, however, also need to be in areas that that our members will find of interest both professional and personally. Therefore, we always look for topics that our members are already thinking about themselves, with the goal of providing insight and education in these areas of interest.”

The conference takes place on October 3 at O’Hara House, on Bermudiana Road, from 8.30am to 4.30pm, tickets available by contacting the BII office on 295-1596.

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