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Intergovernmental Forum on Risk Management 2014

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

Forum Overview

The only event in geared specifically to Risk Management professionals in the Canadian government.

This event is now in its 8th year, and as the attendance grows, so too does risk itself grow in importance for public sector leaders. Citizens expect all levels of government to keep them safe from threats.

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 demonstrate poor risk management in action.

What about innovation?

Doing more with less has become the status quo at all levels of government. The current environment of fiscal restraint makes an already difficult job even more challenging, and means every decision must be scrutinized more carefully.

With restraint comes 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?

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

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’re asking our speakers to get even more practical, with details on how they go about identifying, classifying, communicating, and mitigating risk. This will give you the practical detail and approaches you’ll need to benchmark your risk strategy.

Canada’s top public sector risk conference.

This event has delivered essential risk management information and insight to over one thousand public sector risk leaders since its inception, with delegates learning from their peers and the speakers’ insights and experiences.

Consistent quality is what sets this event apart, and this year you’ll hear from 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.

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.

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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