IFRS 17 – Insurance Contract Accounting

December 11 – 12, 2018 – Toronto

This updated conference has been specifically tailored to provide a thorough examination of the new standard. Looking not only at the direct accounting consequences but also at operational, regulatory and capital markets implications.

IFRS 17 – Insurance Contract Accounting reflects the input from industry participants and leading insurance accounting experts to target key implementation issues and challenges. Our top-flight faculty will examine these issues with a focus on addressing their practical implications in order to address your ongoing project needs.

                                            Streamed Sessions – Life and P&C

In addition to looking at key issues in-depth, IFRS 17  –  Insurance Contract Accounting  offers 6 full hours of sector-specific discussion.  Both Life and P&C participants will obtain a wealth of information targeted specifically to their needs by leading Canadian insurance accounting experts.

This updated conference has been specifically tailored to provide a thorough examination of the new standard. Looking not only at the direct accounting consequences but also at operational, regulatory and capital markets implications, including

  • IFRS 17 Transition Resource Group Update
  • Financial Information and Data – Actions Being Taken Around Data, Systems and Technology
  • Meeting the Communication/Disclosure Challenge – Financial Statements, Internal and External Reporting
  • Reinsurance Treatment Under IFRS 17
  • How IFRS 9 interacts with IFRS 17
  • Income Tax considerations for IFRS 17
  • IFRS 17 Systems Solutions and Vendors – Trends, Capabilities and Strategies

Registration Fees

Registration Fees

October 31, 2018
November 13, 2018
November 13, 2018    
IFRS 17 - Insurance Contract Accounting     $2,199.00 + HST $2,299.00 + HST $2,399.00 + HST

Our HST Number: R862562543

Group Discount: Fourth Delegate FREE!

If three individuals from one organization register at the same time, a fourth person may also be registered to attend free of charge. The free registration must be of equal or lesser value than the paid registrations. Please contact us to arrange for attendance of larger groups.

Your Registration Includes

Registration fees include all conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Parking and accommodation are not included.


As a registered delegate, you will receive a complete set of conference materials. These materials will serve as an invaluable guide, both during and after the event. The workbook will be distributed on the morning of the first day beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made at any time. If you are unable to attend, please make cancellations in writing and fax to (416) 504-6978 prior to 5:00 p.m. on November 27, 2018. A credit voucher will be issued to you for the full amount, redeemable against any other Acumen conference. If you prefer, you may request for a refund of fees paid less $250 administration fee. Registrants who cancel after above date will not be eligible to receive any credits or refunds and are liable for the entire registration fees.

Confirmed delegates who do not cancel before November 27, 2018, and fail to attend will be liable for the entire registration fees.

Acumen Information Services reserves the right to change the date, location and content for the event(s) offered herein without further notice and assumes no liability for such changes.

Early Bird Registration Discount

Register prior to to November 13, 2018 and you will obtain the following additional savings:

Second delegate: $100  Discount
Third delegate: $150  Discount
Fourth delegate: FREE

Please indicate that you are eligible for this offer on the registration page or your registration form if you are mailing in your registration.

Location – Accommodation

The conference will be held at:

Hyatt Regency Hotel
370 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 1J9

Tel: 416-343-1234

Delegates can register at the Acumen service desk beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of the first day of the conference. Registration fees do not include hotel accommodation.

Program - December 11

9:00 a.m.  –  9:05 a.m.
Opening Remarks from the Chair

Janice Deganis, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP 

9:05 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
IFRS 17 Transition Resource Group Issues Update

Neil Harrison, Partner, Deloitte LLP 

  • Review of important issues discussed to date
  • Upcoming meetings and agenda items
  • Looking at specific issues considered by the TRG

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Financial Information and Data – Actions Being Taken Around Data, Systems and Technology

James Zante, Risk & Regulation Technology Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

  • Keep the end-state in mind
    • -striking a balance between tactical compliance with IFRS 17
    • In Practice:  Legacy systems issues – weighing the cost/benefits
    • -implications for all of your non-insurance accounting and reportin
  • Emphasize Data
    • -Setting a data governance commitment and creating a dedicated data workstream
    • In Practice:  establishing a data governance model where none exists
    • leveraging the model into a data workstsream
    • defining the most important data controls and how to avoid overdoing it?
  • Partner with your key vendors
    • understand their ability to complete the full solution and bet on those you trust
    • In Practice:  avoiding costly RFP/RFI process by focussing on real capabilities and use cases
    • how vendors line up in terms of software vs. slide-ware
    • how can you leverage your relationships to get commitment?
  • Elevate IT
    • appoint an ‘IFRS 17 IT Owner’ on the leadership team – role, responsibility, authority-
    • In Practice:  -what does the ‘IFRS 17 IT Owner’ profile include
    • responsibilities in the overall program?
    • what team members, owners, skills, and third-party support should be defined and
    • staffed immediately?
  • Don’t underestimate change management
    • incorporating this into a plan that addresses your target system architecture
    • In Practice:   -what does the plan look like and how does it tie into the overall plan
    • using the program governance models and helping to design/identify effective controls? 

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  – Morning Networking Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Meeting the Communication/Disclosure Challenge – Financial Statements, Internal and External Reporting

Dana Chaput, Partner, KPMG LLP
Anthony Buonaiuto, Manager, KPMG LLP

    • Understanding the disclosure requirements - reported amounts for long and short duration contracts
    • Internal and external reporting – considering the target audience
    • Change management – how to educate and involve various stakeholder groups
    • Early observations from global and local first-movers

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.   Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  –  Streamed Life and Property/Casualty Session – Part A
(There will be a 15 minute refreshment break during this session)

Life Insurance - Part A - 1

CSM – A Deeper Dive Into Practical Issues Using Examples 

Bobby Thompson, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP 

  • An interactive workshop whereby participants will work through a live example to determine and record journal entries required for compliance with IFRS 17. Topics will include:
    •  Journal entries to record cash impacting transactions
    •  Journal entries to roll forward BEL, RA and CSM
    •  Journal entries for a change in discount rates
    •  Journal entries for differences between expected and actual results
    •  Journal entries for an assumption change
    •  Journal entries for reinsurance

Participants will use journal entries to derive a set of financial statements to help enhance understanding of the mechanics of IFRS 17 allowing for practical insights for your organizations.


Property and Casualty - Part A - 2

P&C – Implementation Hot Topics and Acquired Books 

Dana Chaput, Partner, KPMG LLP
Amit Chalam, Senior Manager, KPMG LLP

  • Issues and solutions for implementation hot topics:
    • balance sheet presentation
    • insurance acquisition cash flows – differences from DAC
    • reinstatement premiums
    • materiality and the application of judgment
  • GMM for P&C products – claims acquired in the settlement period
    • initiation
    • Year 1 – contracts behave as expected
    • Year 2 –experience adjustment
    • Year 3 – change in expectation relating to cash flows

4:45 p.m. – End of Day 1

Program - December 12

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Opening Remarks from the Chair

Janice Deganis, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

9:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Streamed Life and Property/Casualty Session – Part B
(There will be a 15 minute refreshment break during this session)

Life Insurance - Part B - 1

Variable Fee Approach, Transition Approaches and LICAT Interaction

 Variable Fee Approach Issues and Worked Example

Simon Couture, Actuarial Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Applying the VFA model
  • Key issues in practice
  • Illustrative example with journal entries

Transition Approaches

Owen Thomas, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Illustrative examples of transition approaches and adjustments
  • Full retrospective approach
  • Modified retrospective approach
  • Fair value approach

Interaction with LICAT

Mike Palmer, Actuarial Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Interaction of IFRS 17 with LICAT
  • Draft LICAT guidance for 2021
  • Considerations for your transition project


Property and Casualty - Part B - 2

Calculating Claim Liabilities Including Discounting and Offsetting 

Raj Matharu, Senior Manager, Deloitte LLP
Lingling Liu, Manager, Deloitte LLP

  • Measuring claim liabilities under the PAA
  • Understanding when discounting is not required
  • Top-down vs. bottom-up – why results may differ
  • Discounting for longer tail contracts
  • Applying the General Model rules for discounting incurred claim liabilities for property/casualty contracts
  • Risk adjustments for non-financial risks
  • Offsetting risks arising from product diversification
  • Understanding and managing the scope of new information, and related data, required
  • Reinsurance with risk attaching

1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Reinsurance Treatment Under IFRS 17

Rebecca Rycroft, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
Munich Reinsurance Company Canada Branch (Life)

  • Outlining the position of
    • cedent (insurer)
    • reinsurer (issuer)
  • Investigate the accounting mismatches under IFRS 17 (e.g)
  • Method differences, assumed vs. held
  • CSM and release of CSM
  • Grouping
  • Discounting
  • Is there any matching?

1:40 p.m. –2:45 p.m.
How IFRS 9 interacts with IFRS 17

Kathryn Gardiner, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP 
Bruce Langstroth, Actuarial Associate Partner, Ernst & Young LLP  
Bobby Thompson, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP 

  • Overview of IFRS 17 and differences from CALM
  • Introduce time value of money under IFRS 17
  • Bottom up versus top down (i.e. residual credit risk left in top down, discuss duration matching issues, etc.)
  • Key differences in time value of money from CALM
  • What is the risk free rate + illiquidity premium (discuss upcoming IBOR changes, discuss swap curve vs treasury curve, how will illiquidity be modelled)
  • Discuss new income statement and how assets and liabilities emerge into income through subsequent measurement
  • Why is IFRS 17 accretion and IFRS 9 classification and measurement so key
  • Why portfolios for liabilities will determine asset portfolio mix on a product by product basis
  • Practical issues including how OCI treatment of liability accretion can cause asset issues
  • Practical issues on EIR for IFRS 9 versus curve accretion for IFRS 17 and mismatch that can cause
  • Do assets backing CSM need to be structured differently from those backing FCF and RA?
  • Segregated fund hedging derivative needs changes, IFRS 17 risk mitigation and the variable fee approach

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Afternoon Networking Break

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Income Tax considerations for IFRS 17

Jason Swales, Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Overview of principal tax areas that may be impacted by IFRS 17, for Life and P&C companies
  • Anticipated process of dealing with tax authorities to address required rule changes, including role of industry working groups
  • Where do we go from here? What Life and P&C companies should be thinking about...

 3:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
IFRS 17 Systems Solutions and Vendors – Trends, Capabilities and Strategies

Richard Brayley, Principal, Braylson Group
Eduardo D`Alma, Partner, Q-PERIOR Inc.

  • What are we seeing in the market (three case studies)
  • Characteristics of an integrated IFRS 17 finance and risk solution
  • Review leading vendors and their coverage of IFRS 17 requirements
  • Target operating model and deployment strategies
  • Implementation approaches and timelines
  • Organizational readiness and how to enable your team

4:45 p.m.  End of Conference

This conference has been specifically designed for, and in consultation with, experts in accounting for financial institutions as well as standard setters.  The event has been developed with the professional responsibilities of our audience as our focus.  As well, auditors, financial advisors, analysts, lawyers and other advisory professionals would benefit from staying current on the information provided at this timely event.  In particular, our experience indicates that individuals in the following positions would mostly likely be in attendance:

  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Accountants
  • Chief Risk Officers
  • VPs, Directors and Managers
    • Finance
    • Accounting
    • Financial  Reporting
    • Regulatory Accounting
    • Risk Management/Reporting
  • Controllers
  • Internal Auditors
  • Audit Committee Members
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Risk Managers
  • Audit and Assurance Professionals
  • Industry Regulators and Standard Setters
  • Financial Analysts

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Manager, Financial Reporting & Analysis
Empire Life

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Associate Chief Accountant
Bank of Montreal

“Presentations were clear even though topics were complex.”

Chief Financial Officer,
Société Générale

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Royal Bank of Canada

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New Brunswick Credit Union Stabilization Board

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Meridian Credit Union

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Empire Life Company

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Derivatives Accountant
Agrium Inc.

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