Bermuda Premier Michael Dunkley will be a keynote speaker at the 2017 RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia, April 23–26. Mr. Dunkley will speak about the historical ties between the United States and Bermuda, the island's global economic impact, and how it will be affected by a new Executive Leadership Track debuting at this year's conference.
This new Executive Leadership Track will feature 10 executive speakers, including Brad Kading, president and executive director of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, and Stephen Catlin, executive deputy chairman of Bermuda-headquartered XL Catlin and chair of the Insurance Development Forum.
"We're delighted to see Bermuda represented so strongly at RIMS 2017, especially via the new Executive Leadership sessions. There have been very few, if any, Bermuda speakers at RIMS in recent years," said Ross Webber, CEO of the Bermuda Business Development Agency.
"I feel very privileged to represent Bermuda so prominently at an industry event that has been very significant to our island over many decades," said Mr. Dunkley.
"The government is grateful to RIMS for the opportunity to highlight Bermuda's unique and substantial role as a world-respected international financial centre," Mr. Dunkley added. "The evolution of Bermuda's highly respected market, our top-tier regulatory environment, our role in facilitating globalisation and covering losses from the world's worst disasters—these are topics that should be interesting and relevant to the RIMS audience."
Other noteworthy sessions will focus specifically on captive insurance including, "Cutting-Edge Captives: How to Combat Hail, Hackers and Non-Human Drivers." This session features Bermuda's Brian Quinn, founding director and chief underwriting officer of Granite Management, and Alan Gier, president of Bermuda Captive Owners Association and global director of Corporate Risk Management and Insurance at General Motors.
A statement by RIMS Vice President of Events and Education Stuart Ruff-Lyon underscored just how important Bermuda is to the insurance industry. "Bermuda plays an important part in the insurance industry and has been a long-time supporter of RIMS initiatives. Bermuda's Premier is a great addition to the RIMS Executive Leadership Track. He brings a wealth of knowledge and is a well-respected leader who will provide attendees with a unique perspective on the country's very large impact on the world's economy."
Pictured above is Premier Michael Dunkley with a full Team Bermuda at the Bermuda Business Development Agency booth at last year’s RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. (Photo courtesy of the Bermuda Business Development Agency.)