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NAMIC Annual Convention - Where The Industry Comes Together, A NAMIC Event | September 25-28, 2016 | Vancouver, B.C.

Full Conference Agenda


Looking for an overview of all activities at the Convention? This is the place for you. The Annual Convention offers many options for networking, educational content, meetings with service partners and advisors, and a little free time to take in the local sights. The other pages featured in the event information will provide up-to-date details as you plan your convention experience.

Convention credentials are required to be worn at all times. Members of the press should contact NAMIC Public Affairs for a schedule of sessions and other activities that are open to media coverage.

If you would like more details about speakers and sessions, please click here.

Saturday, September 17 - Saturday, September 24

12 - 3 p.m.

Optional Activity: Pre-Convention Alaskan Cruise
Boarding for the cruise will occur from 12 - 3 p.m. Click here for more information.

Saturday, September 24

8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

NAMIC 2016 Annual Convention Golf Outing to Benefit the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation
The golf outing is always a great way to kick off the convention week as you reconnect with NAMIC friends on the golf course. Join us for a golf scramble at Furry Creek Golf Course. This 18-hole golf course, designed by Robert Muir Graves, offers panoramic ocean views and fjord-like vistas. It is just 35 minutes north of Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Registration for this event can be made while completing your online convention registration.

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Optional Activity: Whale Watching
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1- 6 p.m.

NAMIC Event Information Desk
The NAMIC Event Information Desk is the central location for getting your questions answered about the convention, picking up pre-registered attendee packets, registering on site for convention, and purchasing optional event tickets. The desk will be located in the Vancouver Convention Center.

1:30 - 5 p.m.

Optional Activity: Vancouver City Tour
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2 - 5 p.m.

Optional Activity: Walking Tour of Gastown and Chinatown with Tasting at Steamworks Brew Pub
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3 - 6 p.m.

NAMIC PAC Game Day – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids*
Football may be America’s favorite sport, but the other football, or soccer, dominates the world. The Saturday prior to convention, NAMIC PAC will take a small group to see the Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Colorado Rapids at BC Place – Vancouver’s premier stadium. Participants will enjoy VIP-level seating as well as food and beverage vouchers. This game will be a great way to kick off convention. $150/person suggested contribution. For more information, contact Laura-Grace Ashton at lgashton@namic.org or 202-580-6740.

5 – 6 p.m.

Prayer Service Choir Practice
If you are interested in joining the NAMIC choir, please contact Larry Baile at lbaile@namic.org or indicate your interest on the convention registration form.

Sunday, September 25

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

NAMIC Event Information Desk

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Prayer Service and Breakfast*
We invite you to join us for this optional, non-denominational prayer breakfast that features a guest speaker and the NAMIC choir. If you would like to attend, make sure to select this activity on your convention registration form.

9:30 – 11 a.m.

Farm Mutual Conference Board Meeting

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

NAMICO Board Meeting

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Optional Activity: Sea to Sky Tour
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11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Marketplace for Mutuals – Exhibitor Set-up

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Property Casualty Conference Board Meeting

12 - 5 p.m.

Optional Activity: Grouse Mountain/Capilano Suspension Bridge
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12:30 - 4 p.m.

Optional Activity: Vancouver City Tour
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12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

NAMIC PAC Optional Activity: Vancouver Boat Cruise and Tour*
NAMIC PAC is hosting a day cruise – a great experience for the whole family. The private chartered yacht will sail through the open sea, providing an opportunity to see incredible marine life and beautiful Vancouver landmarks. This three-hour tour includes an expert tour guide, indoor/outdoor seating, gourmet lunch, and an open bar. $150/adult, $100/child (under 16) suggested contribution. For more information, contact Laura-Grace Ashton at lgashton@namic.org or 202-580-6740.

12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

NAMIC PAC Optional Activity: British Columbia Beer Tasting*
The Northwest is widely hailed as home to some of the best craft beers in North America. NAMIC PAC will take those looking for an adults-only outing for a beer-tasting lunch to sample some of Vancouver’s finest local brews while enjoying great company. Attendees will visit the Craft Beer Market – a large restaurant with more than 150 beers on draft, located within the Olympic Village. With a tour of the 420-keg holding room, this event will be informative and fun. $150/person suggested contribution. For more information, contact Laura-Grace Ashton at lgashton@namic.org or 202-580-6740.

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Sponsor VIP Reception**

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Chairman's Reception
Begin the convention on a high note with an event that is complete with food and entertainment. Network with peers and enjoy a warm welcome to Vancouver.

Monday, September 26

7:30 – 9 a.m.

NAMIC Advisory Council Breakfast**

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

NAMIC Event Information Desk

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Marketplace for Mutuals Grand Opening
Join the fun and excitement when the exhibit show kicks-off as we connect with solution providers and resources. Visit NAMIC Central to learn all about NAMIC membership benefits and services available; fuel up with breakfast; and jump-start your networking – all in one convenient location.

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Opening Session & Keynote: The Sky is Not the Limit
Drawing on his experience from more than two decades as an astronaut, Col. Chris Hadfield will share multiple stories that highlight the fundamental necessity of inspiration as a vital component of success.

Chris Hadfield
First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)

11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Networking in the Marketplace for Mutuals
Filled with companies dedicated to the success of the mutual insurance industry, the Marketplace for Mutuals is the place to find strategic solutions and new partnerships to empower your company to excel. New for 2016, the marketplace is open for additional time, allowing busy executives and decision makers to connect with product and service providers when it fits within their schedules. Be sure to visit NAMIC Central, located in the Marketplace for Mutuals, to connect with NAMIC state advocacy staff and for information on NAMIC product and service offerings.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Attendee Luncheon Within the Marketplace for Mutuals

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Guest Networking Luncheon
All registered guests are invited to attend. Attendees are welcome to exchange their Attendee Luncheon tickets to participate in this event.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PAC Trustees Luncheon Meeting

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

NAMIC Merit Society Luncheon*
Join fellow members of the NAMIC Merit Society at this optional luncheon where new Merit Award recipients will be recognized and the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented. Honorary Merit Award recipient Paul Kovacs, founder and executive director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University, will serve as the guest speaker.

1 - 1:30 p.m.

Annual Conference Meetings of Members

  1. Property Casualty Conference Annual Meeting of Members

  2. Farm Mutual Conference Annual Meeting of Members

1:30 – 2 p.m.

Break

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

PFMM Session: Agency Relations & Development
This session is required for those registered for PFMM Credit at convention.

2 - 3 p.m.

Advocacy Sessions

  1. What the 2016 Elections Mean for the Property/Casualty Industry

  2. Update on CGAD

3 - 3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Strategic Planning – Aligning the Board & Management

  2. Emerging Industry Issues

  3. Leadership Track: Emotional Intelligence and the Neuroscience Connection

  4. Connecting With Customers Through Digital Marketing

  5. The Talent Gap – Insights on Attracting, Recruiting, and Retaining Top Talent

  6. Mutual Survival - The Next 100 Years

4:30 - 6 p.m.

Networking Reception and Grand Prize Drawing
Join vendors that specialize in serving the property/casualty insurance industry for a lively reception and a grand prize drawing in the Marketplace for Mutuals.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

NAMIC PAC Thank You Reception**

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

NAMIC Leadership Reception**

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

NAMIC Leadership Dinner**

Tuesday, September 27

6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Fun Run & Walk to Benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation
This is a great way to get a little fresh air and exercise during convention while helping a good cause. Participants can choose between a 5K run and a 3K walk. Proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund children’s cancer research. If you would like to attend, make sure to select this activity on your convention registration form. The event starts at 7 a.m.

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

NAMIC Event Information Desk

8 – 9 a.m.

Executive Hour in the Marketplace for Mutuals**
This is an invitation-only hour for executives and staff of insurance companies to conduct business with the product and service providers. Look for your invitation in your registration packet at the convention. A light breakfast will be served and a valuable raffle prize for executive coaching will be awarded to one lucky executive.

8:30 - 11 a.m.

State Affairs Committee Meeting

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Optional Activity: Visit to Lonsdale Quay Market
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9 - 10 a.m.

Tuesday Keynote
Cam Marston is the leading expert on the impact of generational change and its impact on the marketplace. As an author, columnist, blogger, and lecturer, he imparts a clear understanding of how generational demographics are changing the landscape of business.

Cam Marston
Multi-Generational Relations and Workplace Communication Expert
Mobile, Ala.

10 - 10:30 a.m.

Break

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Optional Activity: Parks, Homes and Gardens Tour
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10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Networking in the Marketplace for Mutuals
As the social hub of the convention, the Marketplace for Mutuals offers attendees opportunities to connect with colleagues during meals and attend lively receptions. It also has plenty of space for impromptu meetings. New for 2016, the marketplace is open for additional time, allowing busy executives and decision makers to connect with product and service providers when it fits within their schedules. Be sure to visit NAMIC Central, located in the Marketplace for Mutuals, for updates and information on product offerings from NAMIC.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

PFMM Session: Public Relations and Marketing
This session is required for those registered for PFMM courses at convention.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Emerging Technology and Board Responsibility in Insurance

  2. Attracting Diversity to the Board Room Panel Discussion

  3. Leadership Track: The Value of Executive Coaching

  4. Giving Back – Trends in Charitable Giving in the Property/Casualty Insurance Industry

  5. Demographic Data: Knowing the Characteristics of Existing and Potential Policyholders

  6. The Future of Labor Supply: Where the Jobs Are

  7. Learning Lab: Take Them Off the Wall: Leading From Our Values

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Attendee Luncheon Within the Marketplace for Mutuals

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

State Affairs Committee/Federal Affairs Committee Joint Luncheon**

12 - 1 p.m.

Past Chairmen's Luncheon**

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

PFMM Session: Management and Leadership Principles
This session is required for those registered for PFMM courses at Convention.

1 - 2 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Cyber Risk & Security Panel Discussion

  2. Board Effectiveness Panel Discussion

  3. Leadership Track: Executive Coaching – A Valuable Tool in Your Organization’s Success

  4. The Internet of Things and Digital in Insurance

  5. Detecting Fraud in the Underwriting Process

  6. Rise in Litigation and the Impact Within the Claims Department

  7. Learning Lab: Nailing It: Leading Engaging Environments

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Federal Affairs Committee Meeting

2 – 3 p.m.

Ice Cream Social, St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving and Exhibitor Raffles
The final hour within the Marketplace will feature ice cream treats, fellowship, and exciting activities. Enjoy an exciting dueling-stage environment while we raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The afternoon will feature the St. Baldrick’s shavee(s) losing their hair to the clippers intermixed with the popular must-be-present-to-win exhibitor raffles.

3 - 4 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. A.M. Best Methodology Update

  2. Predictive Analysis – Practical Considerations for Getting Predictive Analysis to Work in Claims

  3. How Middle Market Companies Attract & Retain Talent

  4. Compensation and Industry Hiring Practices

  5. Learning Lab: The New Normal: Leading in Complex Systems

3:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Dismantle Within the Marketplace for Mutuals

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

NAMIC PAC Silent Auction Closing
Stop by Advocacy Central near the general sessions to try your luck at NAMIC PAC’s prize wheel or to bid on the silent auction’s exciting trip experiences and one-of-a-kind items. Stick around to make sure yours is the winning bid and to participate in the auction’s closing reception. For more information contact, Laura-Grace Ashton at lgashton@namic.org or 202-580-6740.

Wednesday, September 28

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Property Casualty Conference Senior Executive Breakfast**
Senior executives and future leaders from NAMIC Property Casualty Conference member companies are invited to join us for a roundtable discussion on issues impacting their businesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to suggest topics and lead discussions in small groups based on company size.

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Professional Farm Mutual Manager Roundtable Breakfast**
Certified Professional Farm Mutual Managers are invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on current issues. The NAMIC PFMM designation formally recognizes the educational accomplishments and dedication to professionalism of the progressive farm mutual manager. To become certified, individuals must fulfill several requirements and complete a series of courses. For more information, visit the PFMM webpage.

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Farm Mutual Director Certification (FMDC) Roundtable Breakfast**
Certified Farm Mutual Directors are invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on current issues. Newly certified FMDC designees are also invited to this breakfast. The FMDC program formally recognizes the educational accomplishments and dedication to professionalism of the progressive farm mutual director. To become certified, individuals must fulfill several requirements and complete a series of courses. For more information, visit the Directors' Education web page.

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

NAMIC Event Information Desk

8 - 10 a.m.

NAMIC Community Service Activity

9:30 - 10:20 a.m.

Annual Meeting of Members
Participate in the association’s governance and member community during NAMIC’s Annual Meeting of Members. The election of the 2016-17 board of directors will take place at this time.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Closing Keynote: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America
In this joint keynote speech, Washington pundits and USA Today columnists Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel take on the contentious issues that divide the nation along party lines, seeking common ground that can end the stalemate in Washington, D.C. They emphasize bipartisan cooperation and a commitment to ending cross-aisle political conflict.

Bob Beckel
Author
USA Today

Cal Thomas
Author
USA Today

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

NAMIC PAC 10th Annual VIP Luncheon*
Please join NAMIC PAC for its 10th annual luncheon that will feature a photo opportunity with Wednesday’s General Session speakers, political analyst Bob Beckel and media veteran Cal Thomas. Enjoy getting the inside scoop on Washington and what’s to come in the presidential elections. For more information, contact Laura-Grace Ashton at lgashton@namic.org or 202-580-6740.

1 - 3 p.m.

Investment Workshop

1 - 4 p.m.

PFMM Session: HR & Personnel Management
This session is required for those registered for PFMM Credit at convention.

1 - 4 p.m.

Optional Activity: Seawall Bike Tour
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1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Optional Activity: Walking Tour of Gastown and Chinatown with tasting at Steamworks Brew Pub
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6 - 7 p.m.

Bubbly in B.C.*
Prior to the Closing Celebration, join NAMIC PAC for a special diamonds and champagne reception. All who attend will receive a glass of champagne – each will hold a pair of earrings – but only one will hold the winning item. Will you be the lucky one to win this gorgeous jewelry valued at more than $4,000? Join us to find out. Enjoy the opportunity along with complimentary cocktails and light fare prior to dinner. For more information, contact Laura-Grace Ashton at lgashton@namic.org or 202-580-6740.

6 - 7 p.m.

Closing Celebration Reception – Cash Bar Available

7 - 10 p.m.

Closing Celebration and Entertainment
Join us for a celebration as we close out the 121st Annual Convention in Vancouver. We’ll embark on a journey through the world of Kaleidoscope: A Jazz Circus. This multi-disciplinary spectacle, including cirque and music, is brought together to create a one-of-a-kind theatrical dining experience. starting during the reception, and ending the evening with a dance band. The show is directed by Canadian-based musician and producer David Buchbinder and built around a fusion of his JUNO-Award-winning band Odessa/Havana.

10 p.m.

121st Annual Convention Concludes

Thursday, September 29, 2016

8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Optional Activity: Whistler Alpine Excursion
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*Optional Ticketed Event

**By Invitation Only

Session Proposals


Interested in speaking at this convention? Complete the Session Proposal Template to Crista Hassett.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:59:43 PM. Modified: Friday, July 29, 2016 8:00:50 AM.

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