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Media Advisory: CAS Annual Meeting & Live Stream Sessions

10/31/2017 —


WHAT: Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Annual Meeting & Live Stream Sessions

WHO: Insurance professionals of all levels, including actuaries, predictive modelers, product managers and underwriters. Members of the press are welcome to attend sessions both in-person and via live stream and are asked to register in advance with Kate Niswander, CAS marketing and communications manager, at 703-276-3100 or

WHERE: Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim, California or remotely via the Internet live stream on November 7.

WHEN: November 5-8, 2017. Please note that all times are Pacific.

WHY: To discuss industry trends and emerging issues in property and casualty insurance, predictive analytics and risk management.

The meeting will consist of four general sessions as well as concurrent sessions. Five sessions will be made available for remote viewing via live stream on Tuesday, November 7. Topics to be addressed at the meeting include predictive analytics and data science, cyber security, emerging claims issues, captive insurance, automated vehicles, climate change risk and more.

General Sessions

Data Science and Behavioral Science - A Cognitive Collaboration
[Monday, November 6 – 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM]
This session will explore the "last-mile problem" of data science where algorithms can, but may not always, point us in the right direction. How can data science and behavioral science can work together in our continued evolution and collaboration of artificial intelligence and human decision-making?

    Jim Guszcza, FCAS, CSPA, Chief Data Scientist, Deloitte
    Dave Ingram, CERA, Executive Vice President, Willis Re

Are We Ready for the Future of Hail?
[Tuesday, November 7 – 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM]
This session will feature discussions on the future of hail losses, including the potential impact of climate change and methods to reduce property losses.

    Dr. Arindam Samanta, Director, Product Management and Innovation, Verisk Insurance Solutions
    John Allen, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Central Michigan University

Innovation in Commercial Lines: An Oxymoron? (Live Streaming)
[Tuesday, November 7 – 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM]
This session will address the necessity of the commercial insurance industry to innovate in the face of advanced data analytics and the connected economy. Because of loss, expense and combined ratios trending up across many lines such as excess casualty, commercial auto and medical malpractice, the industry needs to reassess the way it conducts business.

    Elizabeth Casas Leano, Managing Director, Energy & Insurance, Verisk Analytics
    Marya Propis, Head of Broker Engagement, AIG
    Gregory Massey, Senior Vice President, Property & Casualty Lines of Business, Zurich North America

Emerging Claim Issues and How to Price and Underwrite Them
[Wednesday, November 8 – 9:45 AM to 11:30 AM]
Panelists will explore emerging claim issues for cyber, social media, marijuana and the sharing economy, as well as the evolving legal implications of these issues. Panelists will also discuss how to price these new and emerging risks without the benefit of previous data.

    Eric Voigt, Partner, Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP
    Karen Landrum, FCAS, Consulting Actuary, Merlinos & Associates Inc.

Live Streaming Sessions

Innovation in Commercial Lines: An Oxymoron? (Live Streaming)
[Tuesday, November 7 – 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM]
See above for session description.

Rising Auto Insurance Costs: What and Why (Live Streaming)
[Tuesday, November 7 – 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM]
Panelists will shed light on which personal auto costs are rising and explore the general trends affecting this industry.

    Benoit Carrier, FCAS, Managing Director, Aon Benfield
    James Lynch, FCAS, MAAA, Chief Actuary & Vice President of Research and Education, Insurance Information Institute
    David Blades, Senior Industry Analyst, A.M. Best

Cyber and Data Security: Coverage and Compliance Considerations (Live Streaming)
[Tuesday, November 7 – 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM]
Panelists will consider the issues associated with some of the recent cybersecurity developments, as well as new cyber-related issues looming on the horizon. Common concerns regarding cyber liability insurance policies will be discussed, such as some of the pitfalls to look out for when purchasing such products. Finally, the panelists will explore issues arising from the recent breach at Equifax, and what others can learn from the fallout.

    Benjamin Zellner, Practice Group Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
    Lori Nugent, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
    Fred Karlinsky, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
    Robert Parisi, Managing Director, Marsh FINPRO

Easy Tree-sy: An Overview of Decision Trees (Live Streaming)
[Tuesday, November 7 – 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM]
This introductory session will illustrate the fundamentals of decision trees. Presenters will cover the mechanics and some high-level theory behind decision trees, including their benefits and drawbacks, ways to assess model fit and methods to improve predictive power.

    Linda Brobeck, FCAS, CSPA, Director and Consulting Actuary, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.
    Kudakwashe Chibanda, Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tesla vs. Google: What if Uber and Zipcar Had a Baby? (Live Streaming)
[Tuesday, November 7 – 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM]
This session will explore the potential benefits of highly automated cars and car services. How will on-demand autonomous cars propel us to switch from an ownership model to a streaming transportation model? What will be the impact of ownerless/driverless cars on risk management and insurance?

    Martin Frappolli, Sr., Director of Knowledge Resources, The Institutes
    David Aylor, Manager of Active Safety Testing, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
    Jared Smollik, FCAS, CERA, Director, ISO

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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.

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