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Intergovernmental Forum on Risk Management 2014

Wednesday October 1 - Thursday October 2 2014 Ottawa Convention Centre Ottawa, Ontario

Featured Speakers

John Delaney

John G. Delaney
Manager, RCN Integrated Risk Management
Department of National Defence
Royal Canadian Navy

Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan

Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan
Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight
The Conference Board of Canada

Chandrasekhar Krishnamurthy

Chandrasekhar Krishnamurthy
Director, Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management
Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.

Paule Labbé

Paule Labbé
Executive Director, MAF and Risk Management Directorate
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Joanna M. Makomaski

Joanna M. Makomaski
Vice-President, Enterprise Risk Management
Toronto Organizing Committee for the 2015 Pan /
Parapan American Games

Forum Overview

Risk Management is essential for public sector leadership.

Citizens expect all levels of government to keep them safe from threats, help in emergencies, and be prudent stewards of the nation’s resources. Whether it’s project management, responding to an ice storm, transforming government, or developing infrastructure, risk management lies at the heart of what governments do.

When things go wrong, it’s likely risk has been mismanaged. An unforeseen event, a rapid unexpected increase in demand, or a badly flawed budget each demonstrates poor risk management in action.

What about innovation?

Doing more with less has become the status quo in all levels of government. Today's environment of fiscal restraint makes an already difficult job even more challenging, and means every decision must be scrutinized more carefully than ever.

With restraint come renewed calls for innovation and transformation. What are the implications for risk management when the stakes are raised, results more closely scrutinized, and resources reduced? How can risk management thrive in this environment?

Learn about new approaches to risk and innovation.

This event takes an in-depth look at how the public sector can marry risk with innovation, through new processes, and new ways of organizing. This includes innovations such as ‘tiger teams,’ and new approaches such as foresight. We’ll explore both, including an interactive exploration of foresight for both threats and opportunities.

Risk management has been in the spotlight, usually for its failures.

No one goes into risk management to bask in media attention. With media always looking for the next scandal, misappropriation, project gone bad, or example of poor financial management, risk managers can’t help but feel increased public scrutiny.

Since our last Intergovernmental Forum on Risk Management, public sector risk management has made the news many times and on many different fronts:

  • transportation risk—the terrible tragedy of Lac-Mégantic, and increasing concerns about the risks and benefits of pipelines and rail transportation
  • municipal emergency management—the flooding in Alberta and the winter storms in Ontario
  • technology—Edward Snowden’s exposure of controversial U.S. and Canadian surveillance practices
  • public service transformation—organizational change exposes new and often unforeseen risks, but also creates new avenues for risk management to flourish

These are just a few of the developments and issues the public sector risk innovators will address at this enlightening event.

Identification, classification, communication, and mitigation.

As always, the core of this event will be real life examples of risk management in action. This year, we’ll get even more practical, with details on how the experts identify, classify, communicate, and mitigate risk. This will give you the approaches and practical detail you need to benchmark your risk strategy.

Don’t miss the in-depth exploration of strategic foresight!

We presented highly rated strategic foresight sessions in 2012 and 2013, and you asked for more. We’ve responded by including a discussion of foresight that deliberately expands the conversation to include its use to detect and prepare for possible future threats in the environment, and identify possible future business opportunities. Could this be the tool that will allow risk managers to play a bigger role in innovation? Join us to find out.

What can you learn from the energy transportation controversy?

Behind the headlines on Keystone XL, Northern Gateway, and the LacMegantic tragedy, there are important lessons for all risk managers. The need for more robust risk assessments is one, and better risk communication to stakeholders is another. These situations also highlight the need to understand how risk and reward are distributed across the economy.

The concept of social licence may shed some light on this. We’ll also consider how the lessons learned can apply to other situations where an understanding of the risk and reward balance might determine the difference between success and failure.

This is Canada’s top public sector risk conference.

This event has delivered essential risk management information and insight to more than one thousand public sector risk leaders since its inception.

Consistent quality is what sets this event apart, and this year you’ll meet a wide range of knowledgeable speakers from inside and outside the public sector. Benefit from their insights and practical guidance on risk planning, management, measurement, and delivery, and learn about 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 innovators, and provide an insightful and enlightening learning experience for all participants.


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

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

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Message from the Program Developer

John Brewer

Risk management made the headlines again in 2013.

Optional Workshop

This event features a post-conference optional workshop on October 2nd. Don't miss out!

2013 Event

Last year's Intergovernmental Forum on Risk Management 2013 took place October 2-3, 2013 at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

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