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 Two Program Agenda (2018)
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Darren Budd, Partner, Orbis Risk Consulting Inc.
9:10 - 10:10
Evolution in Privacy Risk Management
Michael Power, Managing Director, Privacy, Valencia IIP Advisors Limited
  • Emerging trends in privacy law
  • How to define privacy and security requirements for cloud adoption
  • How to review privacy program controls
  • How to customize your breach playbook
10:10 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 12:00
Workshop Session
Governance-Related Risk Analysis
Margaret McKay, Senior Advisor to the Vice-President, Policy and Governance, National Research Council (NRC)

The processes and structures in place for organizational governance form a critical aspect of the risk management structure for that organization's internal risks. Public sector organizations typically have diverse stakeholder groups and ensuring that the interests of management are appropriately balanced and aligned can be challenging.

  • Key factors in analyzing governance-related risk
  • Articulating governance-related risks and mitigation strategies

Participants will have the opportunity to conduct their own analysis in small groups, examining governance-related risk in their organization, expressing existing risk indicators and mitigation approaches, and considering options to enhance awareness and management of governance-related risk.

12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:00
ERM Implications: Modernization of Canada's Payment System
Patrick Hart, Lead, Enterprise Risk Management, Payments Canada
  • Background: Who is Payments Canada and what do we do?
  • Why modernize Canada's payments systems, from a risk management perspective?
  • Our risk-management approach on the modernization program
  • The link to Payments Canada's enterprise risk management program: enterprise-wide risk considerations
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
2:15 - 3:30
Developing a ERM Framework: Enterprise Risk Management at Government of BC
Anna Maria Campbell, Manager, Enterprise Risk Management, Government of British Columbia
  • Lessons learn from ERM implementation at the provincial ministry level
  • Early strategies, hits and misses
  • Evolution of policy, reporting processes and strategies to sustain ERM model at provincial level
3:30 - 4:30
Corporate Risk Management at Global Affairs Canada
Arun Thangaraj, Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada
  • Development of a integrated risk management system at global affairs
  • Financial risk management
  • Budgetary controls
  • Methodologies and policies adopted
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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