1. Keynote on Leveraging Perspective
Our keynote speaker Warren Macdonald is a testament to what people are capable of when they confront challenges with the right mindset. He lost both of his legs in a climbing accident, but that didn’t hold him back — instead he became the first double leg amputee to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. He’ll be sharing his inspirational story with us and showing us how we can affect change and strive for excellence in business.
2. Refreshed CEO Panel
This year we have one returning panelist and four new panelists on our CEO Panel, as well as a new moderator, analytics guru, David Coletto. David brings his fresh, data-driven approach to the panel to ask top executives about the future of their businesses and facilitate a debate-style Q&A. And if you can’t attend, you can still participate with our live webcast!
3. BIP Talks
This year we have a stellar lineup of BIP Talks speakers for you. On the same day as Cannabis legalization we have an expert on the business of cannabis. In keeping with this year’s theme — #FeedTheFireWithin — we’ll hear from the former Fire Chief of Fort McMurray. A representative from the Ministry of Finance will discuss Ontario Auto. A technology expert will outline the potential impact autonomous vehicles will have on the future of the industry. And three influential brokers will outline their strategies for success and how they got there.
4. Biggest Trade Show Yet
If you buy new shoes for Convention, make sure you break them in before you attempt to walk this mammoth trade show. With this year’s new Convention app IBAO2018 — available on the Apple and Google Play stores — you can compete with other attendees to see who can visit the most booths for the chance to win cash prizes.
5. Insurer Town Halls
Company representatives and guest speakers will discuss the ideas, innovations and initiatives that are driving them into tomorrow. Connect with top insurers as they each bring their own unique approach to the town hall format.
6. Members’ Meeting and an Important Vote
Get caught up on all the initiatives that we’re carrying out on your behalf. We’ll also hold a vote on the dues structure of our association, which has the potential to affect every one of our members. Staying engaged is the best way to get the most out of your membership.
7. Awards of Excellence
Comedian James Cunningham returns to MC our Awards Gala, where we’ll celebrate achievement in the broker channel, honorary members and milestone anniversaries.
8. The Falls
One of Canada’s most spectacular sights will be at the doorstep of #IBAO18. Depending on your accommodations, you might be able to enjoy it with your morning coffee.
9. Hospitality Night
A lot of important networking and relationship-building happens at Hospitality Night. But, let’s be honest, it’s also a great time. Top insurers will take over numerous locations around the Fallsview Casino to cap off Convention in style.
No matter how good our planned events are, everyone’s favourite part is always catching up with colleagues and friends, and making some new connections along the way. This is certainly what we’re most looking forward to.
Our 98th Annual Convention takes place on October 17-18. Register at ibao.org/convention.
Keep up with all things Convention by downloading our app IBAO2018 or following along on social media using the hashtag #IBAO18.