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Media Advisory: Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Virtual Annual Meeting

WHAT: Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Virtual Annual Meeting

WHO: Insurance professionals of all levels, including actuaries, predictive modelers, product managers and underwriters. Members of the press are welcome to attend this virtual conference and are asked to register in advance with Kate Niswander, CAS director of marketing and communications, at 703-276-3100 or

WHERE: Internet live stream on November 9-12, 2020.

WHEN: November 9-12, 2020. Please note all times are Eastern.

WHY: To discuss industry trends and emerging issues in property and casualty insurance, predictive analytics and risk management. The meeting will consist of five general sessions as well as 29 concurrent sessions. Topics to be addressed at the seminar include predictive analytics, innovation and emerging trends, artificial intelligence, climate change and more.

General Sessions

CEO/Executive Roundtable: Perspective on 2020 and Outlook for 2021
[Monday, November 9 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM EST]

This session will bring together industry leaders to discuss the state of the industry after a unique and challenging year. For this panel, discussion topics might include:

  • Perspectives on 2020, such as the implications of COVID-19, catastrophes, and other issues affecting the industry over the past 10 months.
  • What does 2021 have in store for the insurance industry?
  • How can we better address diversity, equity, and inclusion as an industry?
  • The role of actuaries and potential opportunities for expanding beyond traditional roles.

Steve Armstrong, FCAS, CAS President
Victor Carter-Bey, D.M., Chief Executive Officer, Casualty Actuarial Society
Elizabeth Haar, FCAS, Executive Vice President, President of Emerging Markets, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM)
Sean Kevelighan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Information Institute
Ryan Michel, FCAS, President & CEO, Allstate Insurance Company of Canada

COVID-19’s Impact on the P&C (Re)Insurance Industry
[Tuesday, November 10 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST]

Two CAS Fellows will share how COVID-19 has impacted the industry as a whole, including the latest available insight into impacts by line of business and into losses at a reinsurance company.

Brian Brown, FCAS, Consulting Actuary, Milliman, Inc.
Justin Brenden, FCAS, EVP, Chief Reserving Actuary, Third Point Reinsurance Ltd.

The Actuary and Social Justice
[Wednesday, November 11 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST]

This session will explore ways in which actuaries can use data-driven approaches to uncover and take action against inequality.

Mary Francis Miller, FCAS, Select Actuarial Services
Jessica Leong, FCAS, Zurich North America
Talithia Williams, Associate Dean and Associate Mathematics Professor, Harvey Mudd College
Tomantha Kyle, Senior Data Scientist, PayPal

The Opioid Epidemic and Insurance
[Wednesday, November 11 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST]

This session will give a quick overview of the opioid crisis, its impact on tort liability and insurers and anything insursers can do to mitigate it.

Kevin Harris, Adventist HealthCare
Mark Pew, Senior VP, Preferred Medical

Grey Swans and Black Elephants: Why We Keep Getting Surprised and What We Can Learn from Them
[Thursday, November 12 2:15 PM to 4:00 PM EST]

This session will explore the response to 9/11, including how aggressive risk mitigation has significantly reduced the exposure to physical terrorism and explore how the threat may be evolving to cyber risks in our interconnected world.

Rade Musulin, ACAS, Principal, Finity Consulting Pty Ltd
Stephen Lowe, FCAS
Leigh Wolfrom, Policy Analyst, OECD
Steven Armstrong, FCAS, Allstate Insurance Company

Concurrent Sessions

Tesla “Summons” a Future Without Auto Claims
[Tuesday, November 10 2:15 PM to 3:30 EST]

This session will examine the history of how technology moves us from loss compensation to loss prevention and do a specific drill-down on how modern automakers are poised for the next big advance.

Martin Frappolli, Principal, Longhorn Knowledge Resources

Job Losses and the Pandemic – What We Know and What’s Next
[Tuesday, November 10 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM EST]

A chief actuary and a lead economist will present a summary of the current state of the workers compensation environment.

Donna Glenn, FCAS, Chief Actuary, NCCI Holdings, Inc.
Leonard Herk, Senior Economist, NCCI Holdings, Inc.

The New Workplace: Trends for 2021 and Beyond
[Wednesday, November 11 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM EST]

This session will present the results from a recent comprehensive survey of members of CAS Student Central, the CAS’s membership program for university students. CAS Student Central includes over 8,500 members from over 700 different universities. The survey will inform actuarial hiring managers, candidate program coordinators and recruiters about the actuarial talent pipeline. The session will also include a presentation from the International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA) on its IABA Work Culture Survey, which explored attitudes from IABA members in areas such as relationship management, work environment and career development within their companies.

Gloria Asare, ACAS, Specialist Actuary, AXA XL
Tamar Gertner, Director of Engagement, Casualty Actuarial Society
Kendall Williams, FCAS, Staff Actuary, Casualty Actuarial Society

Climate Change and Risk Management – Extending the Time Horizon
[Thursday, November 12 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM EST]

This session will present a case study that quantifies the current countrywide exposure to flooding, how it could be impacted by climate change, how this could affect the financial health of residential householders, whether it could impair their ability to meet their mortgage obligations and what resulting effects might impact other parties.

David Evans, Survey Manager and Senior Compensation Analyst, FCAS, Milliman, Inc.
Cody Webb, FCAS, Actuary, Milliman, Inc.
Brandon Katz, Vice President, KatRisk LLC

For more sessions and additional meeting information, visit

*Note on the Featured Speaker: Local media to cover the presentation portion of this event and is permitted to record the first three minutes of remarks for b-roll footage. No other recordings by the media will be permitted.

About the Casualty Actuarial Society

The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) is a leading international organization for credentialing and professional education. CAS credentials demonstrate the expertise to identify, analyze and advise on the potential financial impact of risk and uncertainty. Professionals educated by the Casualty Actuarial Society empower business?and government to make well-informed strategic, financial and operational decisions.