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Canadian Rendezvous: Speakers

Lunch, Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Eric J. Andersen
Chief Executive Officer
Aon Benfield

 

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Eric Andersen serves as Chief Executive Officer of Aon Benfield, the world’s leading reinsurance intermediary and full-service capital advisor.  Aon Benfield provides Treaty and Facultative brokerage service and advice, and provides investment banking, analytic, claims, and management consulting services and advice to insurance and reinsurance companies.

 
He also plays a key role as a member of Aon Risk Solutions’ Global Executive Committee, which guides the operations of both ARS and Aon Benfield.
 
Career
Eric most recently served as CEO of Aon Risk Solutions Americas, based in New York City.  In this role, he was responsible for leading Aon’s largest geographic unit with 14,000 colleagues on teams in the United States, Canada, Bermuda and throughout Latin America.
 
Throughout his 19-year career at Aon in Aon Risk Solutions, Eric has served in a number of important leadership positions including ARS U.S. Retail field leader, CEO of Aon Global Americas’ global account segment, national co-Managing Director of Aon’s Financial Services Group, and Resident Managing Director of Aon in Southern California.
Eric first joined Aon in 1997 via the acquisition of Minet.  Prior to that, Eric also worked in London for a period at Alexander Howden in London’s Devonshire Square. 
 
Education/Service
Andersen earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Colgate University.
 
He sits on the board of Covenant House New Jersey, an organization that helps homeless, at-risk and runaway youth in New Jersey. 
 
 
Lunch, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
 
Paul Kovacs
Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Adjunct Research Professor, Economics, The University of Western Ontario
President & CEO, Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC)
 


Paul Kovacs is founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University, and CEO of PACICC.
 
Since 1996 Paul has been a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's leading forum for the study of climate issues. The Panel won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change". He is Canada’s leading authority on insurance and climate change and has been a contributing author to numerous international and Canadian reports on reducing the risk of loss from earthquakes, flood and severe wind.
 
For more than thirty-five years Paul has been a popular commentator on insurance, disaster safety and economic policy. He has written more than 200 publications and articles and he is a passionate champion for insurance, disaster resilience and adaptation to climate extremes.
 
Paul has worked in private industry, the public sector and academia. He is Co-Chair of the Infrastructure and Housing Working Group of Canada’s Adaptation Platform. He is Co-Chair of the Science and Technology Working Group of Canada’s Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction. Paul is also a member of a number of Boards and Advisory Panels. He is a proud husband and father, with a growing collection of bow ties.
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