“Not looking like that will come to fruition”: CICA conference may not go ahead

The Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) looks like it may cancel its annual conference.

CICA holds one of the largest annual captive conferences in the US. Usually the event happens in March each year, with 2021’s conference due to be held from 14-16 March in Scottsdale, Arizona.

However, Arizona led the world in Covid-19 cases last week and more government restrictions are likely, according to CICA president Dan Towle.

“We are in contact with the Westin Kierland and expect to make a final decision on the conference very soon,” Towle said in an email to CICA members.

“While we had hoped we would safely be able to host our annual conference in person in March, it is not looking like that will come to fruition.”

Towle said that the CICA committee would continue to monitor the situation, but that “things have not gone well”.

“As we move into the new year, we continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and whether or not we will be able to safely gather for the CICA International Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona in March,” he said.

“While we were hopeful that things would improve and the vaccine roll out would give reason for optimism, things have not gone well.”

If the conference is cancelled, Towle said that the content and panels scheduled for the March event would be delivered online.

In 2020 CICA was the first captive association forced to cancel its conference following the outbreak of Covid-19. They then presented many of the panels scheduled for the March 2020 event online.

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