This conference helped me to find practical ways to integrate risk management in day-to-day operation.
- Chief of Active Risk
Surveillance Economic
Development Canada
12th Annual Event!

Risk Management for the Public Sector

Improve Capability in Risk Management to Meet Accountability Expectations

January 22 - 23, 2019  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Last Year's Day One Program Agenda (2018)
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Darren Budd, Partner, Orbis Risk Consulting Inc.
9:10 - 10:10
Creating and Sustaining a Values-Based Organization: the Importance of Understanding and Managing Ethical Risk
Ann D. E. Fraser, Executive Director, Values, Integrity and Conflict Resolution Directorate, Human Resources Branch, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Learn what a values-based organization is and why it is so important and powerful Understanding and managing ethical risk contribute to an organization being values-based
  • Steps taken to create an Ethical Risk Profile
  • What CFIA learned and continues to learn from this process of ethical risk management
10:10-10:30        Networking Break
Project Risk Management: Why Projects Fail
Sahir Khan, Executive Vice-President, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy
  • Lessons learned from the Phoenix IT Disaster
  • Identifying, quantifying, and managing project risks
12:30 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:30
The Journey toward Risk-Based Decision-Making in the Management of Risks to the Public
Greg Paoli, Principal Risk Scientist and COO, Risk Sciences International
  • What are possible meanings of the adjective "risk-based"?
  • Why might organizations strive to be "risk-based or "risk-informed"?
  • Foundational elements that need to be in place to support risk-based decision-making
  • Understanding the relationship between public risk management and corporate risk management
  • Principles to guide risk assessment and risk management in the public interest
2:30 - 2:45        Networking Break
2:45 - 3:45
Effective Fraud Risk Management
Kas Rehman, Partner, Forensic Services, KPMG
  • Understanding fraud risks
  • Outline clear roles and responsibilities
  • A COSO-consistent process for fraud risk management
  • Executing appropriate procedures
  • Communicating fraud management results
3:45 - 4:45
Preparing Your Organization for a Cyber Attack
Olivier Henchiri, Manager, IT Security, Privy Council Office
  • Identifying potential cyber risks
  • Dealing with cyber risk within a public sector entity
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of cyber risk management policies
4:45        End of Day One



Risk is inherent in everything we do. Despite best efforts it is impossible to control everything. Organizations face numerous risks that can prevent the entity from achieving desired outcomes. No one, least of all those working in the public sector, can ignore risks -- they must be managed. Unfortunately, like most things, this can be easier said than done. Risk management can be tricky, but when done right it can be invaluable.

INFONEX's two-day Risk Management for the Public Sector will bring together thought leaders to discuss and identify ways to continually optimize your organization's risk management practices. Our expert faculty of speakers will share timely information and proactive approaches for manoeuvring and anticipating likely eventualities, both good and bad.

Transformation is a key activity in government at all levels. The need to respond to changes in the economy, policy direction and an increased focus on effectiveness and results, taken together, create a strong business case to review, streamline and enhance your implementation of risk management. In some departments, agencies and organizations risk management has degraded and become an obligatory "tick box" exercise, the same risks continue to be assessed and no effort is made to remove risks that no longer apply or to identify new and emerging risks that are arising from changes in the economy, security and governance.

Get a better understanding your organization's culture and potential threats posed by the wrong corporate culture. Hear best practices for integrating planning, risk management, and performance reporting. Examine the best practices for integrating internal controls into your risk management program. Find the balance between reducing cyber-related risks and managing business demands. Learn how to develop a forward-looking approach will mitigate threats to your organization's reputation.

Attend Risk Management for the Public Sector and walk away with practical strategies for taking your risk management practices to the next level. Register today!

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