Risk Management and Insurance

Academic Areas

Risk management and insurance are interdisciplinary fields that draw theory and methodologies from a number of founding disciplines including economics, law, finance, psychology, and statistics. To learn more about the research interests of our faculty, please view the bios of the risk management and insurance faculty members below.

Please note:  Applicants interested in financial risk management should visit the section for finance.

Spotlight on Research

Spotlight on Research

The role of insurance in reducing the frequency and severity of fire losses

Mary Kelly, Anne Kleffner, Martin Halek and David Nickerson

Fires, whether in urban areas, the wildland–urban interface (WUI) or on undeveloped land, create significant losses in Canada. The risk associated with fire varies across urbanization, land use, fire services, vegetation, weather, and other factors. From mega–cities to suburban neighbourhoods to remote communities, the risk associated with fire and the response to fire events differs substantially. The underlying risk is also evolving due to both shifting populations and climate change. To better understand fire risk, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners, the Canadian Safety and Security Program, and Public Safety Canada, with the assistance of Statistics Canada, launched a program in 2015 to collect and standardize fire information statistics from across the country. The National Fire Information Database (NFID) program was created to gather and unify over a decade of fire related information from across the entire country to create Canada's first national system of fire statistics. The overarching goal of this collaboration is to create a database to enable researchers to gain a greater understanding of the nature and extent of fire incidents across the country.

This report is published on the website for the National Fire Incident Database.