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Glenn McGillivray

Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Western University

Glenn McGillivray is Managing Director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. An institute of Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, ICLR is the oldest university-based disaster risk reduction/climate change adaptation research institute in Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program at York University’s Emergency and Disaster Management program.

As an expert in (re)insurance and risk and as a popular insurance writer and commentator, his work has been widely disseminated across Canada. He has written more than 265 magazine and journal articles, newspaper essays, publications and blogposts on a range of issues for Canadian Underwriter, Canadian Insurance, Municipal World, Disaster Management Canada, Canadian Consulting Engineer, The Lawyers Weekly and The Globe and Mail, as well as for the International Journal of Insurance Law. He has appeared on CBC's The National and The Exchange, CTV's Your Morning and Power Play, CBC Radio's The Current and CP24, as well as several other television and radio news and interview programs. Additionally, he speaks and lectures regularly on subjects related to the area of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance.

He holds a B.A. in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University, a M.A. in political science from McMaster University, and a graduate diploma in corporate communication from Seneca College. He recently earned his Certificate in Risk Management from University of Toronto's School of Continuing Education.


  • 2005–2019
    Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
  • 1994–2005
    Assistant Vice President, Swiss Reinsurance Company Canada


  • 2017 
    University of Toronto (Continuing Education, Certificate in Risk Managment
  • 2010 
    McMaster University, Master of Arts (Political Science)
  • 1991 
    Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology, Graduate Diploma (Corporate Communication)


  • 2015
    The Arctic is Unravelling, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 2015, vol. 5, issue 1, 63-65