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Another Drop September 2018

The United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) is pleased to invite you to its next free, public lecture! 

Water-Related Catastrophes and What They Mean for the Insurance Industry

Catastrophes not only disrupt communities and people’s lives, but they also have a major financial toll. In 2017 alone, Canadian insured losses from catastrophic events totaled more than CAN $1.3 billion. It is becoming increasingly common for annual insured losses to exceed $1 billion; already in 2018, insured losses have surpassed this mark, and the year is far from over. Water is becoming a bigger player for the insurance industry as more companies begin to offer overland flooding and sewer backup coverages. In addition to the industry becoming more exposed to water, Canada has seen significant flooding events over the past several years. Laura will speak to how water-related events have impacted the insurance industry over the past decade.

WHEN: Tuesday September 25, 2018

6:45pm (Refreshments)
7:00pm (Lecture)

McMaster Innovation Park
Conference Room 1AB
175 Longwood Road South
Hamilton, ON. L8P 0A1

ADMISSION COST: Absolutely free!


Please note that seating is limited. 

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Guest Speaker

Ms Laura Twidle is the Director of Catastrophic Loss Analysis at Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Laura forecasts weather-related disasters across Canada, reports on natural and man-made catastrophes using GIS and meteorological tools, and analyzes insurance loss data. Laura also organizes and sits on the steering committee for the annual Canadian catastrophe conference, CatIQ Connect. The upcoming event will take place in Toronto Feb 4-6, 2019.
Before joining
CatIQ, Laura worked as an operational meteorologist at Wood Group, formerly Amec Foster Wheeler, where she forecast Canadian weather for a variety of clients. Laura attained a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University, with a focus in meteorology and mathematics, while on both athletic and academic scholarships. Laura then went on to complete her Master of Science degree from McGill University in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, where she researched extreme precipitation events.
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