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Tuesday, October 13 • 9:20am - 10:35am
It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle!

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (aka: drones) have been in the news and continue to raise issues of liability. Many colleges and universities operate drones for academic instruction and research, including the California State University (CSU). CSU surveyed all its 23 campuses and 90 + auxiliary organizations regarding the ownership and operation of drones. The survey identified uses by CSU involving academic research, instructional uses, student projects, competitions, demonstrations, graduation ceremonies and sports events among other uses. Additionally, some engineering schools design and test drone prototypes. The responses also unveiled a need to provide special insurance to cover aviation liability with an option to include aircraft “hull” for damage to, or loss of, the drone itself.

Whether you are a risk manager, university counsel or procurement & contracts representative, it is important to understand Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, certificate of authorization, liability risks and insurance availability surrounding drones.

As a result of participating in this session:
 Attendees will be informed on the risks associated with owning and operating drones, and the types of insurance that can be obtained.

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Michael Colson

Senior Underwriter, ACE USA
Mike Colson joined ACE USA’s airport and special risk unit in June 2013. Mike is responsible for underwriting all domestic-based aviation related risks submitted to ACE. He specializes in general aviation hull and liability operated by government entities, general liability, airports (commercial and GA), aviation products, fixed-base operators (FBO’s) including other aviation operations, and corporate nonowned risks. | | Prior to... Read More →
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Zachary Gifford

Director, Systemwide Risk Management, California State University
Zachary Gifford is director for systemwide risk management with the California State University, Office of the Chancellor and has worked for CSU since 2008. Mr. Gifford provides direct assistance to the systemwide CFO and campuses by providing the day-to-day oversight of the CSU’s property and casualty, workers’ compensation, environmental health & safety, emergency preparedness, and business continuity programs. | | His career at CSU... Read More →
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Robert Leong

First Vice President, Alliant
Mr. Leong joined Alliant in 2000. He has significant expertise as a consultant for workers’ compensation, property, general liability, professional liability, auto liability, medical malpractice, internships, athletics, etc. As a program administrator for the California State University Risk Management Authority (CSURMA), he provides risk management consultation for 23 CSU campuses and 90+ auxiliary organizations. Previously, Mr. Leong was a... Read More →
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Jerry Ruth

Senior Vice President, ACE USA
Mr. Ruth joined ACE USA’s airport and special risk unit in December 1998. In April 2006 he became a vice president with responsibilities in underwriting, management and business development within the airport and special risks unit, which specializes in underwriting of commercial airport risks, airline products risks and aircraft owned and operated by government entities. January 1, 2012, he was promoted to senior vice president of... Read More →

Tuesday October 13, 2015 9:20am - 10:35am
Minneapolis Ballroom B Hilton Minneapolis