Koerner Hall | JUNE 14, 2018 | 1 PM - 6 PM

One day can change everything. Following tremendous feedback from participants, we're delighted to announce that next June we will be hosting Fast Forward again. Fast Forward 2018 will take place on Thursday June 14 at the stunning Koerner Hall at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, widely recognized as one of North America’s top venues. The day will start with inspiring talks from illustrious Canadians Rick Mercer and Peter Mansbridge followed by dynamic panel discussions with some of the leading voices in our industry. We'll let you know who they are soon.

Dubbed ‘Inspiring Talks, Real Solutions’, Fast Forward 2018 will once again focus on the key issues driving rapid change in our industry including changing weather patterns, broker distribution, customer expectations, technology and the future broker. Building on the launch of Padlock, Fibaro and the CSIO digital pink slip, the afternoon discussions will each end with more real solutions from Gore Mutual to help brokers compete in the modern market. Register for your chance to attend below.

Inspiring Talks | Meet our 2018 Keynote Speakers + Hosts

Rick Mercer

An award-winning broadcaster and author, Rick Mercer is one of the country’s most popular comics and a political satirist who knows exactly what matters to regular Canadians. Known as “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” he’s never been one to shy away from hot button topics. Expect more of the same at Fast Forward as Mercer shares his unique insights about our ever-changing world.

Peter Mansbridge

One of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures, Mansbridge’s sterling career at the CBC is without precedent. For five decades, he has guided us through the political, economic, and cultural events that have shaped our nation. He’s witnessed large amounts of change throughout his career and believes the best way to see the change you want is to participate in it.


Fast Forward will open with insights from Gore Mutual President and CEO Heidi Sevcik. Our Chief Marketing and Distribution Officer Paul Jackson and Senior Director of Finance Lyndsay Monk will co-host the day's industry panels in an entertaining talk show format. Waypoint Insurance CEO Tony Hayes will be our reporter in the stands, interviewing audience members throughout the afternoon.

Real Solutions | 2018 Panels + Panelists



We'll reflect on a tumultuous 2017, and examine opportunities and threats that demand attention from brokers and insurers in the next 18 months. Panelists will discuss emerging business models, new technology, weather catastrophes and the insurance broker of the future.

PANELISTS: Hendrik Baumann, Account Executive, Munich Re | Don Forgeron, President and CEO, IBC | Tina Osen, President, HUB International | Paul Kovacs, Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction | Colin Simpson, CEO, IBAO

Technology and the Customer Experience


Panelists will discuss how technology can help brokers create workplace efficiencies using AI, automation and APIs, and how brokers, insurers and InsurTechs can work together to eliminate pain points,
transform customer experience and reduce costs.

Thomas Accardo, Co-Founder, BrokerLift | Mukul Ahuja, Senior Manager, Monitor Deloitte | Randall Howard, Angel Investor and Board Director, Gore Mutual | Catherine Smola, President and CEO, CSIO

Broker of the


Proven change leaders will unveil surprises about their own journeys and discuss what they're doing to secure the future of the broker channel. Gore Mutual will also share its vision for future brokers and explore opportunities including the retailization of insurance and an omni-channel customer experience.

PANELISTS: Igor Bubic, Director, Marketing, Gore Mutual | Shawn DeSantis, President and CEO, Navacord | Lance Miller, CEO, SurexDirect | Brian Timmis, Managing Director, Dalton Timmis Group



Tickets for Fast Forward are now sold out. Thank you to everyone who applied to attend.

Hall of Fame | Some of the great Fast Forward speakers from the past

Chris Hadfield


Col. Chris Hadfield has been called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong.” The first Canadian to command the International Space Station, he used social media to make outer space accessible to millions renewing interest in his industry – something brokers are working hard to do in their own industry. He wowed our audience with the lessons about change, leadership, teamwork, collaboration and technology.

David Suzuki


An award-winning scientist, broadcaster and author, Dr. David Suzuki is one of the world’s most acclaimed and influential environmentalists. Throughout his career, he has raised public consciousness about environmental issues. He gave us a compelling and sometimes frightening look at the state of our environment – it continues to be one of the most important topics for our industry and the entire planet with severe weather on the rise.

Jim Carroll


An author, media commentator and consultant, Jim Carroll is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading global futurists on trends and innovation. He’s garnered praise from clients such as NASA, Disney and Johnson & Johnson. He taught us to anticipate change, embrace the future through innovation and start preparing for tomorrow's economic and social trends, today.

Event Inquiries

For more information and general inquiries please contact us at stayingintouch@goremutual.ca or contact your Director of Business Development below.


Lori Bader

Senior Director of National Sales & Business Development



Stephen Corea

Director, Business Development



Ian Shaw

Director, Business Development