Day One: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

11:45 EST

60 min
Denley W. McIntosh

The Risk for Not Being an Anti-Racist Organization

Denley W. McIntosh, Change Management Lead, Ontario Ministry of Government & Consumer Services

As the world continues to be in the throes of a global movement of anti-Black racism, many organizations are looking for ways to join in the fight for equality and justice. Although civic sentiment and social action is commendable, organizations may be underestimating the need to fight for equality and justice within the four walls of their offices and cubicles. Organizations that fail to act in clear, measurable ways to meet the moment will face an ever-increasing negative risk that has a potential, dire consequence for C-suite executives and their organizations

Government entities are not excluded from this call to action. If they overlook and/or ignore the issues within their spaces, they will likely face fallouts such as lower engagement scores, higher sick days and disability leave, increase grievance and human rights violation and poorer customer/citizen service to name several

This session addresses these potential risks for government organizations in detail and ways to avoid or mitigate their impact to their BIPOC staff and organization at large. Key foci will include the following:

  • Discussing Racism within the Enterprise
  • Defining Anti-Racism, Allyship and Inclusion
  • Assessing Racism through Risk Analysis
  • Discussing Key Impacts
  • Discovering Key Corrective Actions

12:45 EST

45 min


14:15 EST

45 min
Yat-Sing Cheng

Enterprise Risk Management Is Not Actually About Risk

Yat-Sing Cheng, Chief Executive Officer, BlueShift Advisory

  • ERM is a one-stop framework to manage any organization
  • Understanding one key concept to kick-start or evolve your ERM
  • Misconceptions and fighting risk management legacies
  • Critical building blocks for your inaugural implementation
  • The importance of iteration in an ERM program

15:00 EST

45 min
Julie Bastarache

Risky business: an ARTFUL approach to transforming risk culture

Julie Bastarache, Director General, Evaluation and Integrated Risk Management, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Government of Canada

Organizations see their fair share of successes and failures – risk management being a key contributing factor to both successes and failures. PSPC is no exception. The challenging roll-out of the Phoenix pay system, the ongoing rehabilitation of Parliamentary Precinct buildings and the massive mobilisation of PPE and vaccines in response to the pandemic over the last year are just a few examples. To improve its odds of success, to help build its resilience to weather storms, and to provide decision-makers with valuable information, PSPC has been undertaking a review and modernization of its risk management approach and taking steps to transform its risk culture. This session will explore some of the key ARTFUL elements of this approach which is still very much a work-in-progress

  • Accessible – Adopting a philosophy that risk management is everyone’s responsibility, we aim to keep it simple to use and relatable to everyone
  • Relevant – Adapting and evolving are the name of the game, we travel towards our future by looking forward
  • Tailored – Ensuring that the diversity and complexity of the department’s business lines see themselves in the approach and can adapt it to their specific and evolving needs
  • Fun – Not taking ourselves too seriously is at the foundation of our outreach strategy so we aim to make tools memorable, engaging and interactive
  • User-centric – Informing our strategy and our tools by what our users need is at the heart of our approach where users are in the driver’s seat
  • Learning-based – Creating safe spaces where everyone is a teacher and a learner so that there is no such thing as failure, only opportunities to learn

15:45 EST

15 min


Day Two: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

10:45 EST

60 min
Sue Lajoie

Avoiding Becoming the Next Privacy Breach Headline

Sue Lajoie, Executive Director, Compliance, Intake and Resolution Directorate, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

  • Mandatory reporting of privacy breaches became mandatory under federal private sector privacy law in 2018
  • For federal public sector, mandatory breach reporting has been in place since 2014 via a Treasury Board policy instrument
  • The presentation will highlight some observations from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner with respect to privacy breach reporting, some trends, and best practices

11:45 EST

60 min
David Weiss

De-Risking Innovation

David Weiss, President & CEO, Weiss International Ltd

In our fast-paced public sector environment, adaptable organizations have a strong capability to respond to complex issues in innovative ways. However, some organizational efforts fail largely because leaders and managers do not manage the risks associated with innovation. This session examines how to de-risk innovation. It focuses on what is the innovation gap and its root causes, how to mitigate risks of proposed innovative solutions, and what are some traps to avoid that make innovation riskier.

  • What is the innovation gap and its root causes?
  • How to mitigate risks of proposed innovative solutions?
  • What are some of the traps to avoid that make innovation riskier?

12:45 EST

45 min


13:30 EST

45 min
Sam Stephens

Objective Based Risk Assessments – Integrating the “WHY”

Sam Stephens, Senior Manager, Security Operations, City of Vancouver

  • Using the development of the City of Vancouver security risk assessment process as a case study, this presentation will provide an overview of an approach to provide value by connecting stakeholders with the “Why”
  • By providing more accessible language and approaches as a way forward, this presentation will demonstrate how concepts such as risk appetite are critical to success, but vastly underutilized
  • Will provide attendees with insights and mechanisms for comparing risk categories across diverse and complex portfolios