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
Day Two Program Agenda - Wednesday January 23, 2019
7:30 - 8:30        Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Opening Remarks from the Chair
John Lark, Managing Principal, Coherent Advice Inc.
8:40 - 9:40
Risk Management in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Study - Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Michael Casey, Manager of Provincial Planning, Ministry of Transportation
  • The largest foresight planning process involving risk management ever undertaken in the public sector in Canada
  • How did it begin? It was a bottom up process with many valuable lessons to date
  • Setting goals with a 50 year horizon. Designing the process from scratch
  • Risk modelling in action from planning to future policies and infrastructure
  • Embracing the disruptors. Leveraging risk to improve system performance
  • Issue Papers - when and how to present the risks and opportunities
  • Creating the “most expected future” with systemic risk resilience and variation
9:40 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
Risk and Innovation in the Public Sector. Leveraging Opportunity
Ashley Jean-Marie, Senior Innovation Officer, Global Affairs Canada, International Business Development, Investment and Innovation
  • Risk and innovation go hand-in-hand. All levels of government need to embrace this fundamental concept domestically and internationally
  • The world today is extremely collaborative. Your mindset needs to adapt
  • Changing your tool set, engagement practices and development approach
  • The role of government and innovation in the new era of risk management
  • Science, Technology and Innovation forecasting for the future
11:00 - 12:00
Responding to The Toughest Challenges in Cybersecurity
Eric Belzile, Director General, Cyber Defence and IT Security Operations, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

The creation of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security is a major milestone in the way the Canadian government approaches cyber security. Launching in the fall of 2018, the CCCS is specifically designed to have

  • Clear points of accountability on cyber security;
  • Better coordination and collaboration between departments;
  • Greater clarity on how and with whom the private sector should engage; and
  • Greater federal leadership on cyber security
12:00 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Building Resilience: The Key to Risk Mitigation
Alexander Hay, Principal, Southern Harbour Ltd
  • Overcoming “disincentive” in government risk management. ERM is organizational culture and practice, not a process
  • Rewarding risk reduction, not just the crisis heroes. Make your case early
  • The duty of care and desire for accountability: upholding the public trust through impartial, efficient and transparent management of reasonably foreseeable risk
  • 10% of the decision makers are genuinely interested in the future, 90% are focused on today’s issues. How do we overcome this cultural bias?
  • Beneficial capability, value projection and avoiding stranded assets
  • Regions that lack resilience lack value and potential, and can take generations to recover from disaster
  • Building resilience is an active system. Learn your dynamic and act accordingly
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Risk & Resources. When to Spend on Mitigation and When to Stop
Brian Philbin, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Internal Audit Executive, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Fiscal impacts of risk and mitigation
  • Making it priority: Justifying expenditures on Enterprise Risk Management
  • Solid case studies provide valuable examples to show your boss it works
  • Out with the old. Getting rid of ineffective ERM habits to maximize the value you current have
  • Using data to better measure risk before engaging new stakeholders
  • Focusing resources where they are most needed
3:30 - 4:30
The Climate Lens. Long Term Infrastructure Planning with ERM
Moderator: John Lark, Managing Principal, Coherent Advice Inc
Chad Nelson, Principal Advisor, Sectoral Policy, Infrastructure Canada
David Lapp, Manager, Globalization and Sustainable Development, Engineers Canada
Greg Paoli, Principal Risk Scientist, COO, Risk Sciences International
Alexander Hay, Principal, Southern Harbour Ltd
  • The Climate Lens - vision for the future and what it means to you
  • Timescales and forecasting
  • Scope and boundaries
  • The risk management process + the climate lens. Review your mechanisms
  • Determining the level of risk analysis required
  • Preparing for and welcoming change
4:30        End of Day Two



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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