CBMU Fall Conference 2023

November 28, 2023

12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

2023-11-28 12:00 PM 2023-11-28 10:00 PM CBMU Fall Conference 2023 Toronto, ON America/New_York


Thank you for attending, we had a wonderful time!

We look forward to seeing you in Montreal for the Spring Conference 2024!

If you have questions about registration please contact registration@cbmu.com.

Event Venue:

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West,
Toronto, ON, M5H 2M9

A block of rooms has been reserved for the CBMU delegates at a group rate of $389 per night (single/double occupancy). The cut-off date for accepting reservations into this room block has been extended to November 2nd, 2023. After this date rooms are subject to availability and higher rates.

To reserve your accommodations please click here or contact the Sheraton Hotel Toronto on 1-888-627-7175 and ask for the CBMU reservations.

Directions, transportation & parking details can be found here.  



All sessions to be held in the Civic Ballroom North and dinner to be held in the Willow Room



1:00pm - 1:20pm

Opening Remarks and President's Report

Keeley Wylie, CBMU President, Liberty Mutual Canada
A welcome to the Fall Conference and review of the past year in the Canadian marine insurance industry.

Keeley Wylie is a marine insurance professional with eighteen years in the industry. She is an Assistant Vice President and Marine Industry Leader at Liberty Mutual Canada where she oversees the marine insurance portfolio. She specializes in all lines of marine insurance including Hull and Protection & Indemnity, Liabilities, Cargo, and Specie.

She is President of the Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters and a member of the International Union of Marine Insurer’s Legal and Liability committee.

Keeley holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and Fellowship of the Chartered Insurance Professional and Canadian Risk Management designations.

1:20pm - 1:30pm

Highlights of the 2023 IUMI Conference

Michael Dearness, Burns & Wilcox, CBMU IUMI Bursary Recipient
A review of the IUMI 2023 conference from the IUMI Bursary Recipient of 2023

Michael joined Burns & Wilcox Canada in January of 2022 as the Freight Services leader. He started in Marine insurance when he joined the Aon Toronto Marine department in May 2014. Prior to joining Burns & Wilcox, Mike spent some time with the Marsh Marine department, rising to the position of North American Shippers’ Interest Leader.  Michael took on the role of Underwriting Committee Chair in March of 2023 and is looking forward to representing Canada and the CBMU at the 2023 IUMI conference in Edinburgh. 

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Update on IUMI: Current IUMI Projects, Policy Matters & IUMI Edinburgh Statistics

Lars Lange, Secretary-General, International Union of Marine Insurance
A global perspective on the Marine Insurance industry, recent developments and looking forward.

Lars Lange, who was born in Wolfenbüttel in 1968, is a qualified maritime lawyer by training and graduated from Göttingen University in 1995. Mr. Lange started his pro-fessional career as a maritime lawyer with the law firm Blaum Dettmers Rabstein in Bremen. From 1999 onwards he dedicated his professional life to marine insurance: first as head of the marine insurance department, underwriting and claims, with C. Wm. König GmbH & Co. KG based in Bremen. In October 2008 Mr. Lange took over the position as head of the marine and aviation insurance department at the German Insurance Association (GDV) in Berlin. 

In January 2013 he moved to his present position when he took over the office as Secretary General of the International Union of Marine Insurance e.V. (IUMI) where he takes – beyond others - care on IUMI’s IMO and EU activities and fosters the rela-tions to other maritime stakeholders such as ship-owner associations, class, salvors, average adjusters, shipper and forwarders. In his capacity, Mr. Lange holds a number of honorary posts in the maritime environment, for example as the Chairman of the International Quality Assessment Review Body IQARB under the auspices of the IMO, as a member of the Advisory Committee to the IACS QSCS, as technical expert to the BIMCO Safety and Security Committee, and as a board member of the Green Award Foundation.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Transport Canada Update on Marine Liability Act

Caitlin O’Boyle, Manager, Liability and Compensation, Transport Canada, Marine Policy
An update on key Transport Canada marine files, including an overview of recent amendments to the Marine Liability Act, sanctions, the dark fleet, work at the International Maritime Organization, and Oceans Protection Plan initiatives

Caitlin O’Boyle is the Manager of Marine Liability and Compensation at Transport Canada, where she has spent more than 10 years of her career working on various maritime files. She is responsible for policy, legislation and regulations related to liability, compensation, and insurance matters, including the Marine Liability Act, the Wrecked, Abandoned and Hazardous Vessels Act, the Marine Insurance Act, the Marine War Risk Act, as well as the implementation of international conventions in the domestic regime. She has a BA in Political Science and a MA in Public Policy and Public Administration, both from Concordia University.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Legal Updates and Case Study

Rui Fernandes, President, Canadian Maritime Law Association, Gardiner Roberts LLP
Rui Fernandes will discuss yacht P&I insurance, and the effects of suspensive conditions, warranties and specifically the pleasure craft warranty and public/commercial use on coverage. He will discuss limitation of liability and use two case studies to demonstrate the issues that can arise after an incident.

Rui Fernandes is a partner at Gardiner Roberts LLP in Toronto Canada. He represents domestic and international clients involved directly and indirectly in transportation, insurance and related industries. He advises clients with respect to contract and commercial law including risk analysis and regulatory matters. He provides corporate and commercial advice to foreign clients setting up and doing business in Canada. His insurance practice includes policy drafting, coverage issues, errors and omissions claims, professional liability claims, marine and aviation, inland marine, property and casualty liability defense, products liability and subrogation. 
Rui has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds certificates from the University of Windsor for its ADR Workshop and for its Advanced ADR Workshop and Pepperdine University for its STAR program (Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies). He is a qualified arbitrator and obtained his Q. Arb. designation in 2019 and his FCIArb in 2020. Rui has conducted numerous mediations and arbitrations both as counsel and as a mediator or arbitrator.
Rui has run a number of successful businesses including vessel chartering, biotechnology, small hydroelectric and publishing.
He has appeared as senior counsel in trial and appellate courts and agencies across Canada: The Supreme Court of Canada, The Federal Court, Ontario, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Canadian Transportation Agency, Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, and the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario Discipline Committee.

        3:00pm - 3:15pm

Coffee Break

3:15pm - 3:45pm

Short Sea Shipping

Gina Delle Rose-Ash, Supply Chain & Strategic Innovation Lead, Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority
An overview of short sea shipping and how service offerings on the Great Lakes can improve supply chains and provide social benefits.

Gina is a certified logistics professional with over 13 years of experience in maritime transportation. She joined the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority in 2018. A graduate of Brock University, she earned her Honours degree in Business Communications. She holds a Certificate in Marine Transportation through the Shipping Federation of Canada & Concordia University and is a Certified Logistics Professional through the CITT program.   Gina sits on the Board of Directors for The Marine Club and the Niagara Industrial Association and is an Advisory Committee member for the McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics. 
Gina is a 2023 recipient of Niagara’s 40 under Forty Business Achievement Awards, which recognizes individuals who make significant positive contributions to the local economy, community and business ecosystem. Passionate about inclusion and women empowerment, Gina pioneered the annual “Women in Logistics” event and supported the development of the Great Lakes Seaway Review’s Impact! Award which annually recognizes an outstanding woman in the maritime industry

3:45pm - 4:15pm

        Consideration in the War for Talent

Brad Neal, Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Insurance Institute
The insurance industry has experienced a number of challenges around talent in recent years. Join Brad Neal, VP at the Insurance Institute of Canada, as he shares insights from the Institute’s 2023 Demographic Research Report. 

Brad began his career on the insurer side of the business.  Starting as an underwriter trainee, over the span of 15 years he held progressively senior roles in Underwriting and Business Development for two international insurers.  
He then joined the brokerage side of the business where he worked as the managing partner at a commercial brokerage. During that time, he also served as President of the Local Broker’s Association.  He subsequently joined a large regional broker as VP personal lines before joining the Institute in 2018. Brad holds an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University along with earning his ACIP and CRM designations. He is currently pursuing his FCIP.


4:15pm - 5:00pm 

        Supply Chain Security

A discussion on the current trends, supporting data and recovery prospects surrounding security in supply chains from a private security and police perspective.  


Ronald Greene, SVP, OverHaul




Jim Rovers, SVP, AFIMAC

Jim Rovers is Senior Vice President and General Manager for AFIMAC Canada. Mr. Rovers is a security practitioner having worked extensively in Canada for the past 30 years. Jim has responsibility for all Canadian operations. Specialities: High Value Cargo Escorts, Cargo Theft Investigations, Threat Risk Assessments, Protection & Investigations.


Acting Detective Sergeant Mark Haywood, Peel Police

A/D/Sgt. Haywood is a 25 year veteran with Peel Regional Police.  He began his career in law enforcement in 1998.  A/D/Sgt. Haywood started as a front line uniform officer and worked in such investigative units as the Neighborhood Policing Unit, 21 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau, Break, Enter and Auto Theft Unit, 11 Division Break and Enter and 6 years in the Major Drugs Bureau as an undercover operator, investigator and Opioid Expert.  Mark is presently one of two Officer in Charge of Intelligence Services - Commercial Auto Crime Bureau, where he has held those duties since 2020. 


Moderated by: Cathy Prior, Zurich Canada

        6:00pm - 10:00pm

        Reception and Gala Dinner


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