Professional Insight

The iCAS Community of Practice Event Goes Virtual with New Webinar Series

For the past three years, The CAS Institute (iCAS) Community of Practice has been held the day before the Ratemaking and Product and Modeling (RPM) Seminar and has brought together predictive analytics professionals for pertinent presentations and roundtable discussions.

When the COVID-19 outbreak forced the postponement of the 2020 RPM Seminar in March, the iCAS Continuing Education Committee also had to suspend its annual event. The committee decided to replace the cancelled event with a series of six webinars occurring from June to October.

Developed with feedback from holders of the Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics (CSPA) credential, the iCAS webinar series focuses on topics such as data architecture, artificial intelligence and text analytics. The intent of the Community of Practice event is to provide more in-depth discussions than possible during introductory sessions found at other multipurpose events. The iCAS webinars are geared towards individuals with previous experience in predictive analytics, but they are open to everyone, including those without the CSPA credential.

On June 24, iCAS kicked off its first Predictive Analytics Community of Practice Webinar Series with a presentation on text analytics led by Brendan Gallagher, a data engineer at RiverStone, and Will Frierson, CSPA, a data scientist with Octo Telematics Inc. Adam Scarth, CSPA, who leads a small startup analytics team at Northbridge Insurance, moderated the session.

The CAS Institute hopes to see you at an upcoming webinar. Registration can be purchased for the entire series (at a discount) or for individual webinars within the series. More information on the series can be found on the education page at See the table below for future webinar dates, topics and presenters.

Registration is open until the date of each event. Those registrants who are unable to attend one or more of the webinars will receive access to a recording at no additional charge for a limited period of time.