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POSTPONED – YRMC Boot Camp in Toronto – April 2, 2020

February 24, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak we have postponed the boot camp until the autumn of 2020.  Stay tuned for details.




Our YRMC Boot Camp series for new claims handlers and adjusters resumes with a more detailed look at three types of claims frequently managed by insurers new to the litigation process.  Our program will c0ver:

  1. Auto Claims
  2. Occupier’s Liability and Damages for Personal Injury
  3. Property Damage

Part 1 – Auto Claims

Our panel will provide an overview of the different rules and process for handling auto claims in key Canadian jurisdictions.  From there, the panel will discuss:

  • Accident Benefits and tort litigation in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia
  • Recent court rulings from Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia in MVA actions
  • Strategies for handling threshold files in Ontario
  • Why, when, and how to seek expert opinions

Presented by

Corey Critch – SVR Lawyers, Calgary

Callan MacKinlay – Lindsay LLP, Vancouver

Brian Murnaghan – CBM Lawyers – Edmonton

Jennifer Therrien – Kelly Santini LLP – Ottawa

Part 2 – Occupier’s Liability and Damages for Personal Injury

In part 2 of the Boot Camp, our panel will review the common issues that arise in Occupier’s Liability claims, including:

  • Occupier’s Liability – the basics
    • Who is an occupier
    • The duty of care
    • Minimizing risks as an occupier
    • First steps when a file hits your desk
  • Damages for personal injury – the basics
    • Assessing non-pecuniary damages
    • Assessing other heads of damage
      • Special damages
      • Cost of past and future care
      • Loss of earnings/earning capacity
      • Lost homemaking capacity/family income

Presented by:

Katherine Melnychuk – McKercher LLP, Regina

Terri Higdon – Cox & Palmer, St John’s

Kamara Willett – McKercher LLP, Regina

Lydia Yu – Blaney McMurtry LLP, Toronto

Part 3 – Property Damage

The Boot Camp will conclude with a look at handling property claims, including water damage and damages on condominiums. Our panel will cover in detail:

  • Water Damage – the Basics
    • What is nuisance
    • What is the test for nuisance
    • Nuisance versus negligence
  • Handling a Property Damage Claim
    • The Policy – what is covered and what is not covered
    • The Loss Notice
    • Interviewing insured and witnesses
    • Obtain the Proof of Loss
    • Obtain relevant documents
    • Finalizing the amount of loss
  • Condo Laws
    • New changes around Canada
    • New provisions in the Acts, Regulations, or Bills in Alberta and Quebec

Presented by:

Messica Bari – Donati Maisonneuve, Montreal

Jason Lai – CBM Lawyers, Edmonton

Vincent Lemay – Stein Monas, Quebec City


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