Spring 2024  Bermuda College is proud to partner with St. John’s University, and the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR) to offer this uniquely relevant and timely online series of lectures.

ABIR Course & Lecture Series

Branwen Smith King
Bermuda College Interim President,
Mrs. Branwen Smith-King
John Huff
President & CEO of ABIR,
Mr. John Huff


Special Topics in Insurance

The Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR) has partnered with Bermuda College and St. John's University in New York to develop diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to recruit the next generation of re/insurance leaders in Bermuda.

Special Topics in Insurance is a 14-week course designed to cover the evolution of Bermuda's re/insurance industry and its economic significance including topics on climate risk and Bermuda's leading position in providing natural catastrophe reinsurance, Bermuda's growing legacy run-off industry, life and annuities, collateralized reinsurance, captive reinsurance and Bermuda's world-class regulatory framework.

The course is free to all participants courtesy of ABIR.

Courses can be signed up for on an individual basis depending area of interest or as a full course.

Dates for the Special Topics:

Jan 15, 2024 6:00PM Introduction to Course – Socio-Economic impact of international business in Bermuda Roundtable
Hon. Jason Hayward JP, MP | Minister of Economy and Labor, Government of Bermuda Mark Cloutier | Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer, Aspen and Deputy Chair of ABIR
Suzanne Williams-Charles | Director of Policy ad Regulation, Corporate Secretary & Data Privacy Officer, Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR)
Craig Simmons | Economist, Bermuda College

Jan 22, 2024 6:00PM The Evolution of International Insurance in Bermuda (Captive & Commercial Market)
Catherine Duffy | Country Leader of Bermuda American International Group (AIG) Author Held Captive: A History of International Insurance in Bermuda

Jan 29, 2024 6:00PM Life, Health & Annuity Reinsurance
Chantal Cardinez | CEO, Hannover Re

Feb 5, 2024 6:00PM Mind the Gap: Bermuda’s Reinsurance Role in Helping to Close the #ProtectionGap
John Huff | CEO, Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR)

Feb 12, 2024 6:00PM Climate Change, Sustainability and Partnerships
Angela A'Zary | SVP, Client Risk Analytics RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences

Feb 19, 2024 6:00PM Captive Insurance
Grainne Richmond | Executive Vice President, Head of Captives, Aon
Timae Flood | Assistant Director, Insurance Supervision, Bermuda Monetary Authority  (BMA)

Feb 26, 2024 6:00PM Collateralized Reinsurance
Taijaun Talbot | Assistant Director - Insurance Supervision, BMA
Natasha Osborne | Hiscox

Mar 11, 2024 6:00PM Cyber Risk
Lloyd Holder | Chief Information Security Officer, SiriusPoint
George Alayon | Deputy Director, Supervision (Insurance), Bermuda Monetary Authority

Mar 18, 2024 6:00PM
A unique networking opportunity for eligible participants designed to facilitate meaningful connections between course participants and professionals in the re/insurance industry in Bermuda. Tune in on Monday evenings for more information.

Mar 25, 2024 6:00PM Insurance Careers, Utilizing LinkedIn and other Social Media
Vicki Wells | Assistant Director, The Ellen Thrower Center for Apprenticeship and Career Service, School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science, St. John's University
Tai Hong Kim | Assistant Director, The Ellen Thrower Centre for Apprenticeship and Career Service, School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science, St. John's University

Apr 1, 2024 6:00PM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel Discussion
Judy Gonsalves | Vice President, Chubb Group & Division President, Chubb Bermuda
Jevon Willliams | General Counsel, Chubb Bermuda
Karen King | Excess Liability Claim Handler, Chubb Bermuda

Apr 8, 2024 6:00PM Issues in Catastrophe Reinsurance Underwriting: The Underwriting Cycle and Adverse Selection
Mark Browne | Professor & Faculty Chair, Maurice R. Greenberg, School of Risk Management, Insurance & Actuarial Science, St. John's University

Apr 15, 2024 6:00PM The Role of Regulation in Insurance: Bermuda Monetary Authority
Gerald Gakundi | Director, Insurance Supervision, Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA)

Apr 22, 2024 6:00PM Run Off Insurance

What is so special about this course?
This course integrates insights from industry thought leaders in the Bermuda re/insurance sector, offering an overview of its dynamic re/insurance market. Participants will gain a broad understanding of current trends, challenges and opportunities within the re/insurance industry. This firsthand knowledge will equip individuals taking the course with practical insights that will provide a foundation for entrance into the complex landscape re/insurance in Bermuda.

When is the course?
The course is held every Monday for 14 weeks from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. beginning January 15th, 2024.

What is the format of the course?
The course will be remote/online using Zoom.

What will I need to take the course?
You will need access to a computer with a camera and microphone.

Do I have to be a Bermuda College student to attend the lecture?
You do not have to be a Bermuda College student to attend the lectures. The course is open to all, at no charge courtesy of ABIR.

How do I register?
Click here to register
for any one of the webinars between January 15th - April 22nd.

For further information?
For more information contact Craig Simmons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Mikkail Crockwell    |   BC ALUMNI
Programme - Associate of Arts (Business Administration)
Thomas College - Class of 2014 - B.SC (Management)


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"I was young and not too interested in College, but I knew I would need some form of post-secondary education to survive in Bermuda's economy. I entered into the business programme at Bermuda College because that's what everyone else was doing, and I knew that our economy was heavily reliant on local and international business.

Once I started, I realised that I was capable of so much more than I thought I was, based on my interactions with the faculty and staff. They were communicative, empathetic, and I began making meaningful connections and friendships. For me, it was more about finding myself than taking classes, and the teachers understood that. Mrs. Parsons, my accounting teacher, was wonderful and made sure I kept my head above water when I needed assistance the most.

Bermuda College helped me step outside my comfort zone and learn how to become a leader for myself first. I recognise that you only lose once you quit."

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