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
13th Annual Event!

Public Sector Risk Management

Cultivating a Proactive Understanding

January 21 – 22, 2020  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda - Tuesday January 21, 2020
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
John Lark, Managing Principal, Coherent Advice Inc. and Co-Founder of Applied AI Canada
9:15 - 10:00
Communicating The Why: The Utility of Ethics in Risk Culture
Claudine Hebert, Manager, Internal Audit, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Strategies for developing an ethical risk culture
  • Onboarding new employees
  • Effective approaches to communication
  • Getting buy-in from leadership
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:15
Moving Beyond the Risk Register: Communicating Risk in the Public Sector
Phil Racco, Senior Manager, Enterprise Risk Services, MNP LLP
Sarah Dionne, Manager, Enterprise Risk Services, MNP LLP

Programs always get stuck in the transactional process of updating a risk register - this can result in a risk-management program becoming a compliance exercise motivated by the need to 'check a box' instead of generating real discussion around the threats and opportunities that may impact an organization's strategy.

An organization's focus should be on creating a Risk Culture that promotes two-way communication about risk and uses tools such as:

  • Risk appetite
  • Risk measures
  • Risk dialogues

Underpinning these tools is ensuring a solid risk governance structure is in place so that an organization can have confidence that they are addressing risk at the right-level.

11:15 - 12:15
Opportunities in Risk
Wendy Saschenbrecker-Tang, Director, Enterprise Risk Management, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Finding opportunity in risk
  • Using uncertainty to drive conversation
  • Using risk in resource allocation decisions
  • Using risk in prioritization models
  • Case study
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Artificial Intelligence and Risk
John Lark, Managing Principal of Coherent Advice Inc. and Co-Founder of Applied AI Canada
  • How AI can reduce risk in complex logistical and service delivery systems
  • Case Study: AI-based transaction auditing in federal organizations
  • Case Study: A tool to test for algorithmic bias in AI decision-making
  • Case Study: Identifying and managing the risks associated with AI solutions
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Data Theft – Fighting Fraud in the 21st Century
Edward Asare-Quansah, Senior Manager, Forensic and Litigation Support Services, MNP LLP
  • Understanding modern threats
  • Mitigating modern insider threats
  • Working with partners - expanding the scope of internal controls, and sharing standards
  • Addressing fraud risk in the short, medium, and long term
3:30 - 4:30
Third Party Cyber Risk: Vendor Due Diligence and Management
Vanessa Henri, LL.B, LL.M, CDPO, Associate Attorney, Fasken Martineau
  • Why do I need a vendor on-boarding and management program?
  • What are the key considerations in establishing a vendor on-boarding and management program?
  • What are the controls to look for in performing a vendor due diligence review prior for on-boarding?
  • When is a privacy risk assessment required?
  • What are the impacts of vendor due diligence on contractual negotiations?
  • Are there any specific concerns that should be raised regarding vendors of emerging technologies?
  • What about off-boarding?
4:30        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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