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Intergovernmental Forum on Risk Management 2015

Monday September 28 - Tuesday September 29 2015 Shaw Centre Ottawa, Ontario

Forum Overview

Citizens expect governments to protect them, help in emergencies, and be prudent managers of resources.

Risk managers are the eyes and ears of government, looking ahead at what could go wrong and the potential consequences, and offering advice on prudent courses of action. As such they help ensure trust in government agencies, and play a critical role in service delivery.

Risk management’s role often isn’t appreciated unless something goes wrong. Little thought was given to trains running through communities until disaster struck, and few were concerned with parliamentary security until a lone gunman rampaged on Parliament Hill.

Austerity, innovation, and risk.

Restraint often requires innovation and transformation to increase efficiency, and this has risk implications. Doing more with less has become the norm for governments, making risk decisions even more difficult and important.

Not only that, the media and public are now anticipating scandals, misappropriations, and poor project and financial management decisions. It’s not easy to successfully manage risk with higher stakes, diminished resources, and even closer scrutiny.

Explore the positive potential of risk management.

We will learn from past risk management issues, and we’ll also discuss how to realize the positive potential of risk management, and how risk managers can contribute to public sector innovation.

Learn from the public sector risk innovators.

The experts will offer practical advice from their risk management experiences, explaining how they identify, classify, communicate, and mitigate risk. This foundation will help you benchmark your risk strategy, and ensure it delivers results.

As always, we’ll also examine the latest public sector risk threats, including:

  • national security—emerging international threats, and how they should be managed and communicated to citizens
  • cyber-security—citizens’ privacy, and how governments and corporations use and store their information
  • the economy—being more prepared for unexpected economic risks, such as the drop in oil prices in the latter half of 2014
  • climate change—will climate change risk increase in importance in the next year?

Participate in Canada’s top public sector risk conference.

Over one thousand public sector risk leaders have participated in the Intergovernmental Forum on Risk Management since its inception. Consistent quality is what sets this event apart, and many delegates return each year to stay current and network with their peers from across the public sector.

Learn from a wide range of knowledgeable speakers from inside and outside government, and benefit from their insights and practical guidance on risk planning, management, measurement, delivery, and the latest public sector risk innovations.

Building on success.

The Conference Board is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization. Its events attract respected public and private sector experts, and provide an insightful and enlightening learning experience for all participants.


The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

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2014 Event

Last year's Intergovernmental Forum on Risk Management 2014 took place October 1-2, 2014 at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

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Sponsor this event!

Don’t miss this chance to showcase your organization to some of the top leaders in the country. To learn more about exhibiting, reception and luncheon sponsorship, and exclusive sponsor benefits, please contact Rhonda Bradbury at (647) 692-5797 or bradbury@conferenceboard.ca.