Thursday, May 23, 2019
Reality Check Workshops
The conference kicks off with four concurrent workshop sessions designed to provide insights and information to startups and others. The workshop programs will allow you to select two 45-minute sessions from the following topics:
Workshop A: Understanding the P&C Industry
A P&C industry primer - this workshop is an opportunity for insurtechs and delegates to learn about the industry, the challenges and opportunities company leaders are facing, and to understand the technological needs and strategic drivers of that industry.
Workshop B: Meeting the Expectations of VCs
Understand what VCs expect and what they can do to drive your ideas, dreams and solutions forward. Understand what VCs are looking for, how they select winners and connect them with business opportunities.
Workshop C: Understanding the Life/Health Industry
The Life/Health Workshop is a dynamic educational mini-tradeshow offering attendees a unique opportunity to immerse themselves into 4 Life/Health insurtech related topics and come away better informed about the industry itself and better equipped to engage incumbents in the insurtech cycle. The tradeshow will consist of the following 4 topics:
Life/Health Key Products and Claims Scenarios
Reinsurance – Importance and Relevance
Incumbent Survey: Putting key industry learnings into practice
Regulatory landscapes and pitfalls
AVP, Product Management, Marketing Illustrations and Electronic Applicationivari Canada
Workshop D: The Value Proposition of Accelerators - Focusing through OKRs (Objectives and Key Results)
This fast-paced interactive workshop has room for no more than 50 people in each session. Each Insurtech will be matched up with several ""Advisors"" (i.e. carriers, other participants, etc.). The facilitators will present the OKR method, followed by each InsurTech working on their actual OKRs with their assigned Advisors. At the end of the session, each Insurtech will pitch their most pressing OKRs to the room, whereby other Insurtechs and Advisors can reach out to them after for future potential collaboration opportunities.
Workshops A-D to repeat again
View from the Top
The tone on the direction and appetite for innovation comes from the top. So, understanding how CEOs perceive the changing insurtech landscape is critical. Join this discussion featuring three esteemed leaders who have a bird’s-eye view on the P&C, Life/Health and wider financial industry heading into the third decade of the millennium. They will set the stage for InsurTech North 2019. You won’t want to miss it.
Breaking the Insurtech/Incumbent Technological and Cultural Logjams 2.0
Insurtech investing is now well past the hype stage with a new sustainable approach based on partnership between incumbents and insurtechs who are now collaborating in identifying opportunities that are truly scalable that can generate sustainable revenue growth and a path to profitability. The proof is in the pudding, however. This panel will discuss the impediments the parties face during integration and solutions to breaking the logjams that stand in the way.
Networking Break Sponsored by XRM Tandem
Wolf Pack Startup Pitch Competition
Industry insiders put forth the best of their den to take on InsurTech North’s Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack will put the startups through their paces and draw out the best. See which startup shows they are strong enough to run with the pack, and maybe even lead the industry forward! Insurtech nominations will come from our supporting sponsors: MaRS, oneeleven, Holt Fintech Accelerator, Communitech, and Global Insurance Accelerator
Expo & Marketplace Sponsored by Deloitte
Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Deloitte
Friday, May 24, 2019
Breakfast Sponsored by EY
Build, Buy or Partner? Pros and Cons of the Decision Framework
When defining innovation, most companies have an easy time getting to the “why”, “when” or “what” but many struggle with the question of “how”: because ideation is often easy and implementation never is. Whether to Build, Buy or Partner - now that is the question and each choice comes with its own set of implications and challenges. Join this session to hear three impassioned perspectives and what drove their insurtech strategy.
Scaling Without the Wheels Coming Off - A Conversation
Starting an insurtech is one thing, finding funding is another and securing incumbents to partner with is yet another step. But what happens when you succeed? What happens when you are facing exponential growth and scaling challenges? How do you cope and scale smoothly without showing cracks or failing in your deliverables and SLAs? Find out from someone who's pulled it off, Tim Attia, founder of Slice. He walks the walk.
Networking Break Sponsored by The Co-operators
AI in Insurance - A Discussion
AI is set to revolutionize the entire P&C and Life/Health industry food chain and society in general. This fast-paced discussion will focus on the key developments and timelines in this rapidly evolving field.
Partner, Strategy & Artificial Intelligence, Financial Services & Insurance Leader
Omnia AI at Deloitte
RegTech: A case study for how to solve industry challenges through open innovation
The insurance industry has a deep culture of collaboration; working together to form best practices, discuss common issues and develop industry guidelines so why don’t we see more collaboration on the digital front? If you asked around most people would tell you that industry collaboration to build a platform is too complex, high risk and it just won’t work. Join Tonya Blackmore, CEO of Apexa, who will share a case study of how they broke through these barriers to launch an industry platform to monitor regulatory compliance of life insurance advisors across Canada. During this session Tonya will discuss how they rallied the support of the industry, kept them engaged, created a unique business model and why RegTech is ripe for more digital collaboration.
Expo & Marketplace
Barbarians at the Gate
Much has been said about the threat to the insurance industry status quo emanating from the startups like speedboats, buzzing around the incumbent battleships. The real game-changing upheaval is more likely to come from huge external players with unmatched consumer reach in other industries, like alien spacecraft, who are looking to take a bite out of insurance distribution and perhaps even manufacturing from above. Enter the Barbarians!