Insight. Innovation. Insurance. 


Why you should attend

About the event

CFC Summit brings together hundreds of brokers from across Canada and the USA to discuss the hottest topics in specialty insurance. This dynamic in-person event promises engaging talks, plenty of networking and a first-look at the exciting innovation that’s powering CFC and changing insurance! Don't miss out!

Watch 2023 highlights
  • 12 speakers
  • 350 attendees
  • 15 products
  • 5 hours of valuable learning

The talks

10:00 - 11:00

Registration and morning refreshments

11:00 - 11:10


Pat Brice, Distribution Director, CFC

Pat Brice profile image Pat Brice  
Distribution Director
11:10 - 11:25

The next frontier: building for the future

Louise O'Shea, Group Chief Executive Officer, CFC

Join Group CEO Louise O’Shea as she shares her vision for building the insurance business of the future.

Louise O'Shea profile image Louise O'Shea  
Group Chief Executive Officer
11:25 - 11:40

Insurance: the dinner date turn-off?

Andy Holmes, Chief Executive Officer, CFC

Insurance has a bad public rep. And don’t we know it! For those of us who work in the industry, the moment we dread at a dinner party or on a dinner date is when we’re asked “what do you do for a living?”. But does it have to be this way, or do we as the first tech-enabled insurance generation have a unique chance to improve our dinner dates?

Andy Holmes profile image Andy Holmes  
Chief Executive Officer
11:40 - 12:00

Fireside chat with Shannon Groeber and special guest

Shannon Groeber, Chief Executive Officer, USA, CFC

Shannon Groeber profile image Shannon Groeber  
Chief Executive Officer, USA
12:00 - 12:20

Questions and discussions

12:20 – 13:20


13:20 - 13:40

Carbon insurance and you: a critical force in the fight to prevent climate disaster

George Beattie, Head of Innovation, CFC

Around the world people are waking up to the reality that our seasons have become more extreme. As the world gets hotter, putting pressure on Earth’s ecosystems and causing more severe and commonplace natural catastrophes, the urgency of climate change intervention is increasing. In this session, Head of Innovation, George Beattie, will give an overview of the climate crisis, a look at what role carbon credits could play and finally how CFC plans to lead in insuring the transition, with your help.

George Beattie profile image George Beattie  
Head of Innovation
13:40 - 14:00

The latest on CFC's tech innovation

Jason Hart, Head of Proactive Insurance, CFC

At CFC, being 100% broker-intermediated is our cornerstone. It has provided us deep insights into the daily operations, needs, and significant challenges faced by brokers. In this talk, CFC’s Head of Proactive Insurance, Jason Hart, will showcase how we are leveraging advanced technology to directly address these challenges. Jason will provide insight into CFC's innovations, focusing on our pioneering cyber and proactive services. This session will highlight how CFC is harnessing technology to enable brokers to succeed in a rapidly evolving technology-enabled market.

Jason Hart profile image Jason Hart  
Head of Proactive Insurance
14:00 - 15:00 Keynote

Keynote: Innovation and advancement

Chris Hadfield, Astronaut, Business Leader, Tech Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author,

Chris served more than three decades with the military, NASA, and the Canadian Space Agency. Throughout his distinguished career he’s been a fighter/test pilot, flown three space missions, built two space stations, performed two spacewalks, crewed the Shuttle and Soyuz, and commanded the International Space Station. Safe to say he is no stranger to innovation and advancement. Chris will draw from his experiences in space exploration and lessons-learned to share the best strategies and tactics to help leaders prepare for and meet the challenges of our changing world - whether it’s remaining relevant, building for the future, or continually innovating.

Chris Hadfield profile image Chris Hadfield  
Astronaut, Business Leader, Tech Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author
15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon break

15:30 - 15:50

What lies ahead?

Dan Trueman, Chief Underwriting Officer, CFC

CFC’s Chief Underwriting Officer, Dan Trueman, will share his perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the insurance industry. What shifts and transformations are we seeing, how can we capitalise and are we up to the task?

Dan Trueman profile image Dan Trueman  
Chief Underwriting Officer
15:50 - 16:10

Cyber: The Greatest Missed Opportunity

Lindsey Nelson, Cyber Development Leader, CFC

The digital revolution has changed the way we think about business exposures around the world, as crime has shifted from the physical world to the electronic.  Equally, cyber-attacks are happening at a greater frequency and severity than ever before to businesses of all sizes.  Cyber products are broader than they have been to meet the need of the customer, more accessible than ever through streamlined and digital underwriting processes and working tirelessly to prevent global threats for businesses.

Yet, less than 10% of businesses outside the US purchase a Cyber policy.  Where have we gone wrong – and crucially, how do we change it?

Cyber Development Leader, Lindsey Nelson, will review the evolution of the global cyber market, how it plays a leading role in protecting society, and what our most successful cyber brokers are doing around the world to help grow the market. 

Yet, less than 10% of businesses outside the US purchase a Cyber policy. Where have we gone wrong – and crucially, how do we change it? Cyber Development Leader, Lindsey Nelson, will review the evolution of the global cyber market, how it plays a leading role in protecting society, and what our most successful cyber brokers are doing around the world to help grow the market.

Lindsey Nelson profile image Lindsey Nelson  
Cyber Development Leader
16:10 - 17:00 Panel

Panel discussion - ask our product experts

Margaret Murphy, Claims Director, CFC

Angus Marshall, Head of Transaction Liability, CFC

Kate Lyes, Head of Specialty Lines, CFC

Timothy Boyce, Head of Professions & Healthcare, CFC

Michael Brunero, Head of Tech, Media & IP, CFC

Representing both traditional and emerging risks lines as well as claims, our expert panel have their finger on the pulse of technology trends, new tech-enabled products to market, cross selling opportunities and how these can benefit brokers. Ask all your burning questions here.

Kate Lyes profile image Kate Lyes  
Head of Specialty Lines
Angus Marshall profile image Angus Marshall  
Head of Transaction Liability
Margaret Murphy profile image Margaret Murphy  
Claims Director
Timothy Boyce profile image Timothy Boyce  
Head of Professions & Healthcare
Michael Brunero profile image Michael Brunero  
Head of Tech, Media & IP
17:00 - 17:10


Pat Brice, Distribution Director, CFC

Pat Brice profile image Pat Brice  
Distribution Director
17:10 - 21:30


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About Evergreen Brick Works

Nestled in the heart of Toronto’s lush ravines, surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings, Evergreen Brick Works offers a truly unique setting for CFC Summit. Once an industrial brick factory, it is now an award-winning public space and an internationally renowned showcase of sustainability and green design.

Suite 300, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON, M4W3X8

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CFC Summit is FREE! Yeah, you heard that right. But space is limited.

You’re in for a treat! Your registration provides access to:

  • an innovative, irreverent conference program

  • all day refreshments, to keep you recharged and energized

  • networking session to keep the conversations going

The only thing we ask is that delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Once you’ve registered online, you should receive an email within 24 hours to confirm your spot.

Please tell us as soon as possible so that we can cancel your registration.

If you have a colleague who can attend in your place, we can accept substitutions up to three working days before the event…but you have to let us know in advance!

Yes, you can…as long as they have a confirmed registration for the event. Please ask them to complete the registration form here.

Tickets to this exclusive event are limited and we’ll close registration once we’re booked out!

Yes! Interested in sponsoring CFC Summit? Please contact to discuss further.

Yes, we do have limited spaces reserved for press. Please contact for more information.

Yes, we have negotiated special rates with the Intercontinental Toronto Centre.

Hotel address: 225 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2X3, Canada

Rooms start from CAD $339 per night plus taxes, subject to availability.

Contact the reservation team:

All rooms will be released from the block on Monday 22 April, unless sold out prior.

Evergreen Brick Works Suite 300, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON, M4W3X8

Please follow the recommendations from the venue here.

Coat check facilities will be available at Evergreen Brick Works.

Car spots are charged at $10 per car per day. There is a limited number of spots available onsite and the car park is managed by an external party, Indigo. See full parking details here.

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024 08:45 - 17:15

Time: 10am – 8:15pm

Venue: Evergreen Brick Works Suite 300, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON, M4W3X8

Wondering if CFC Summit is right for you? We’ve designed Summit 2024 for our partners – brokers across North America – who want to know about the biggest trends and topics in insurance that will impact their clients and their jobs.

We also welcome attendees from across the insurance industry. So, if our hot topics tickle your fancy, come along and join the fun.

CFC is a pioneer in emerging risk so it’s no surprise this will be a major focus at our Summit. Whether its cyber insurance, artificial intelligence, digital healthcare, IP, digital distribution or big picture state of the industry ‘stuff’, you’re sure to be inspired and have FUN!

Plus, we’ll be showcasing the latest in our tech innovation and how this ultimately will help contribute to new business growth and revenue targets.

We’re excited to have you join us at CFC Summit for a day of learning, networking and fun. We also hope you’ll join us in upholding our standards of behaviour – treat everyone with respect, consume alcohol responsibly, and no illegal substances.

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