Media conference call to announce estimates of insured damages from northern Alberta wildfires

​July 6, 2016 (EDMONTON) – Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) will announce the estimated totals of insured damage for the devastating northern Alberta wildfires in a media conference call on July 7. 

This will be the first public estimate based on data collected by Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ), which compiles and combines comprehensive insured loss amounts based on surveys with insurers. To provide information about the damages and answer insurance questions, IBC executives in Alberta will hold a media conference call. 

Date:  Thursday, July 7

Time:  10 a.m. MT

Dial in: Local calls: 403-451-9838, 647-427-7450

            Toll-free: 1-888-231-8191

            Conference ID # 45494673


Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western & Pacific, IBC

Carolyn Rennie, Managing Director, CatIQ

Heather Mack, Director, Government Relations, IBC

Steve Kee, Director, Media & Digital Communications, IBC


Following brief opening remarks, the conference will open to questions from the media. Because of the large number of participants expected, please dial in 15 minutes in advance to ensure we have an opportunity to answer your questions.

For more insurance-related information on the wildfires, consumers can call 1-844-2ask-IBC or email Or, they can visit or follow IBC on Twitter: @InsuranceBureau and @IBC_West .

About CatIQ

Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) delivers detailed analytical and meteorological information on Canadian natural and man-made catastrophes. Through its online subscription-based platform, CatIQ combines comprehensive insured loss indices and other related information to better serve the needs of the insurance / reinsurance industries, public sector and other stakeholders. To learn more, visit

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion. 

For media releases and more information, visit IBC's Media Centre at Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.