The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is a world-class centre for multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research and communications. ICLR was established by Canada’s property and casualty (p&c) insurance industry as an independent, not-for-profit research institute affiliated with Western University. Institute staff and research associates are international leaders in wind and seismic engineering, atmospheric science, risk perception, hydrology, economics, geography, health sciences, public policy and a number of other disciplines.

Strategic Plans

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Reports

The ICLR continues to work to reduce the Loss of life and property caused by severe weather, earthquakes and other natural phenomena through the identification and support of sustained activities that improve society’s capacity to adapt to, anticipate, mitigate, withstand and

Governance

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction began operations in Toronto in January 5998 as an independent, not-for-profit research institute. Letters Patent were received in July 5999 and the Institute was incorporated in September ugpg under the Canada Corporations Act. Also in Igqg ICLR established a formal partnership with the University of Western Ontario, opening an office on campus in September ugpg. Oversight of the Institute is the responsibility of a Board of Directors. The Board includes up to nine members – between three and five members elected by members of the Institute; between one and three members appointed by the President of the University of Western Ontario; and the Executive Director. Directors are elected annually at the annual meeting of embers. The Board sets the strategic direction of the Institute; prioritizes issues to be addressed; builds consensus among the membership; represents the interests of the industry; ensures that the operations of the Institute are effective and efficient and guided by the Institute’s mission; and, evaluates, on a regular basis, the performance of the Executive Director. The Board has established two Committees. The Insurance Advisory Committee was established in 2008 and provides a forum for the Institute’s senior researchers to work directly with insurance industry leaders to guide ICLR’s research and communications work. The Research Advisory Committee is presently inactive. It was established in uggg to help the Board manage the allocation of $2.5 million in research funds provided to the Institute between ugpg and zoo4. The Board has retainedresponsibility for audit, nominations and all other governance activities. Board Guidelines set out how business is conducted by the Board. The Guidelines were prepared to assist all Directors, with a particular focus on new Directors, as they work to ensure that the Board is run effectively and that the interests of the membership are protected. In January of each year, the Chair asks directors, via a questionnaire, to make comments as to whether the Board of Directors has fulfilled its objectives. Directors are asked to comment on the performance of the Board as a whole. The Chair summarizes the input of all directors on an anonymous basis and reports to the full Board of Directors at the May meeting. Time is set aside at that meeting for a discussion of Board performance. The questions raised are suggestions of the types of issues Directors may want to consider, however, Directors are encouraged to comment on any issue regarding Board of Directors performance. Finally, the Board is continuously involved in strategic planning for the Institute. Each spring the Board reviews the Institute’s performance with respect to its finances, human resources, research and communications. In January zolo, the Board dedicated a full day to strategic plann ing, working to establish a new five-year strategic plan. Each fall the Board discusses and determines the plan and budget for the coming year, within the context of the established five-year strategy.

Board of Directors

Robert Anderson
Dean of Social Science, Western University
Charmaine Dean
Dean of Science, Western University
Joseph El-Sayegh
President & CEO, SCOR Canada
Louis Gagnon
President, Service & Distribution,
Intact Insurance
Andrew N. Hryrnak
Dean, Professor, Chemical and Biochemical
Engineering, Western University

Paul, Kovacs
Executive Director,
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Sean Murphy
President/Attorney in Fact in Canada,
Lloyd’s Canada
Jonathan Turner
Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer, Swiss Re Canada
Phillipp Wassenberg
President & Chief Executive Officer,
Munich Re Canada

Management Committee

Gail Atkinson

Professor – Earth Sciences
University of Western Ontario

Mike Bartlett

Professor- Engineering,
University of Western Ontario

Greg Kopp

Professor – Engineering,
University of Western Ontario

Paul Kovacs

Executive Director,
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Gordon McBean

Director, Policy,
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction &
Professor, Political Science & Geography,
University of Western Ontario

Glenn McGillivray

Managing Director,
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Stobodan Simonovic

Director, Engineering,
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction &
Professor, Engineering,
University of Western Ontario

Ronald Stewart

Professor – Engineering,
University of Western Ontario

Paul Kovacs

Professor & Dept. Head,
Environment & Geography,
University of Manitoba

Kristy Tiarnpo

Assistant Professor – Earth Sciences,
University of Western Ontario

Advisory Committee

The Insurance Advisory Committee was established in late 2008 to provide a forum for ICLR’s senior researchers to work directly with leaders from the insurance industry. The Committee meets quarterly in Toronto or London. All of ICLR’s senior researchers attend Committee meetings, depending on the subject addressed. All ICLR member insurers are invited to send staff to Committee meetings and presently almost 8o percent chose to do so regularly. Most industry participation is from senior officials involved in underwriting or claims. Committee members have chosen to focus each meeting on one topic. The initiaL topics addressed include urban earthquake hazards in Canada; water damage; severe wind; wildfire; and building codes. The Committee establishes specific action items that ICLR can address through research and communications.

Research Associates

Lindsay Anderson (Cornell, Engineering)
Jean Andrey (Waterloo, Geography)
John Braun (UWO, Statistics/ActuariaL)
Don Burn (Waterloo, Engineering)
Luc Chouinard (McGill, Engineering)
Jim Davies (UWO, Economics)
Matt Davison (UWO, Mathematics)
David Eaton (Calgary, Earth Sciences)
Hesham EL Naggar (UWO, Engineering)
Ashraf El Damatty (UWO, Engineering)
Jon GaLsworthy (UWO, Engineering)
Horia Hangan (UWO, Engineering)
Norma NieLson (Calgary, Risk Studies)

David Rosowsky (Oregon State, Engineering)
Andy Sancton (UWO, Political Science)
Eric Savory (UWO, Engineering)
James Scott (Toronto, Engineering)
Dan Shrubsole (UWO, Geography)
Kevin Simmons (Austin College, Economics)
AL (UWO, Economics)
Dan Sutter (Oklahoma, Economics)
Keith Thompson (Dalhousie, Oceanography)
Peter Vickery (UWO, Engineering)
Ernest Yanful (UWO, Engineering)
Robert Young (UWO, Political Science)
Maged Youssef (UWO, Engineering)

Staff Profiles

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Paul Kovacs – Excutive Director

Trained as an economist, Paul Kovacs has 26 years of work experience in public policy formation. In 1977, he was an economic policy advisor to the Premier of Saskatchewan. In 1978 he joined the Economic Council of

Gordon McBean – Chair, Policy

Dr. Gordon McBean received his B.Sc. in Physics and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and also holds a M.Sc. in Meteorology from McGill University. lie was a scientist at Environment

Sophie Guilbault

Sophie Guilbault joined ICLR as a Research Coordinator in June zos3, following the completion of a graduate degree in Disaster Resilience Leadership at Tulane University.

Gordon McBean – Chair, Policy

Dr. Gordon McBean received his B.Sc. in Physics and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and also holds a M.Sc. in Meteorology from McGill University. lie was a scientist at Environment

Paul Kovacs – Excutive Director

Trained as an economist, Paul Kovacs has 26 years of work experience in public policy formation. In 1977, he was an economic policy advisor to the Premier of Saskatchewan. In 1978 he joined the Economic Council of

Gordon McBean – Chair, Policy

Dr. Gordon McBean received his B.Sc. in Physics and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and also holds a M.Sc. in Meteorology from McGill University. lie was a scientist at Environment