2012 RIMS Canada Conference Explores the Evolution of Risk Management -- September 9 - 12 -- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

August 29, 2012

SASKATOON (August 29, 2012) — The RIMS (the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.) Saskatchewan Chapter will host the annual RIMS Canada Conference: “Horizons - Where Today's Risks Meet Tomorrow's Solutions” at TCU Place, September 9 - 12, 2012 in Saskatoon. The conference brings together some of Canada’s and the world’s most renowned risk and insurance management leaders who will explore the evolution of the risk management discipline, the significant role risk practitioners now play within their organizations and the future of the profession.

Plenary speakers will include: Award-winning author and journalist, Dan Gardner; the Senior Director of Strategic Risk Management at LEGO Group, Hans Laessoe, M.SC.; attorney, mediation and alternative dispute resolution expert, Kenneth R. Feinberg; and former CBC TV "Dragon" and celebrated entrepreneur and philanthropist, W. Brett Wilson.  The conference will also feature panel discussions on many relevant risk management and insurance topics including “Are We There Yet? – The Evolving Role of the Risk Management Professional” moderated by RIMS Board Member and Corporate Risk Manager for the City of Ottawa Kim Hunton, RF, FCIP, MPA.

“The role of the risk manager has evolved from one that focused on risk mitigation or aversion to one that is now centered around value creation,” said Doug Brown, conference co-chair and the risk manager for the City of Regina – Office of the City Solicitor. “RIMS Canada Council is proud to host this nationally acclaimed event and provide today’s risk practitioners with the tools to take their risk programs to the next level.”

In its 38th year, RIMS Canada Conference attracts more than 1,000 risk and insurance professionals at all experience levels, business executives with risk management interests, brokers, insurers and service providers for the ultimate educational and networking experience. Conference educational offerings will feature more than 25 concurrent sessions on topics ranging from enterprise risk management and cyber risks, to property and directors and officers insurance.

Lisa Brost, conference co-chair and senior analyst, risk, diamonds and specialty products for BHP Billiton said, “We are very excited about this year’s star-studded lineup of plenary speakers.  Our program committee has worked tirelessly to attract exceptional speakers with diverse backgrounds to speak on a number of current and emerging topics well suited to all attendees.  Our speakers’ stories about success, miscues and the challenges they have encountered in their professional careers will truly resonate with attendees and, we hope, inspire them to accelerate their risk management programs and further advance the profile of the risk management and insurance professions.”

Featured keynoters include:


Award-Winning Author and Journalist

Getting Risk Right

Dan Gardner is a columnist and senior writer for The Ottawa Citizen and The National Post, specializing in criminal justice and other investigative issues.  He served as the senior policy adviser to the Minister of Education of Ontario and social policy adviser to the Premier of Ontario.  On Monday, September 10 at 9:30 a.m., Mr. Gardner, author of the international acclaimed bestseller “Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear,” will explore a new way of thinking about the decisions we make and delve into cognitive and social psychology to explain where our perception of risk comes from and why it so often doesn’t match reality.



Senior Director of Risk Management, LEGO Group

Creating Value at LEGO Through Strategic Risk Management

Hans Laessoe is LEGO Group’s head and senior director of Strategic Risk Management – a function he established in 2006/2007.  With more than 30 years’ experience at LEGO Group, Mr. Laessoe draws on his strong business insight and network to drive the task of proactive strategic risk management.  He is a founding member of a Danish ERM network, an executive member of the European Council of Risk Management, a specialist member of the Institute of Risk Management, and serves on RIMS’ Strategic Risk Management Development Council. On Monday, September 10 at 1:45 p.m., Mr. Laessoe will share his award-winning approach to risk management and how it can create value for an organization.



Attorney, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Expert

Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges

Kenneth Feinberg is a leading expert in mediation and alternative dispute resolution.  His unique insight has developed through key roles in the settlement of some of the most catastrophic events in recent history including his designation by the Obama Administration and British Petroleum (BP) as administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in 2010; his leadership role working with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001; the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech University; and TARP Executive Compensation, an entity that determined annual compensation packages for senior corporate officials at companies that received the most taxpayer financial assistance.  On Tuesday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m., Mr. Feinberg will share his professional experiences and explore best practices in risk and crisis management.   



Former CBC TV “Dragon”, Celebrated Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

W. Brett Wilson is the co-founder of one of Canada’s leading investment banks, FirstEnergy Capital Corp., and spent three seasons as the lead deal-making Dragon on CBC TV’s Dragon’s Den.  He is the founder of the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan, was recently named to the Order of Canada, as well as Alberta’s Business Person of the Year in 2009 and recognized as a Canadian Nation Builder for his role encouraging entrepreneurship among youth.  On Wednesday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m., Mr. Wilson will share stories about risk, opportunity, success, loss, and finding balance, inspiring attendees to achieve their goals both in business and at home.


Networking Events

There will be a number of networking and fundraising opportunities for risk practitioners during the conference including: the 8th Annual McGannon 5 KM Fun Walk/Run on September 9th, Pub Night presented by Marsh on September 10th, and a Tailgate Party closing the conference on September 11th.  Additionally, the Exhibit Hall will feature more than 60 companies, offering the latest in products and services for the risk management profession, including insurers, claims services, disaster recovery, brokers and much more.


More information on 2012 RIMS Canada Conference: Horizons is available online at www.rimscanadaconference.ca.

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About RIMS Canada Council

The RIMS Canada Council (RCC) is a standing committee of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS).  The RCC addresses the strategic initiatives of RIMS and risk management issues in Canada.

For more information, contact:

Josh Salter, Director of Communications, (212) 655-6059 or JSalter@rims.org

About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to promoting the profession of risk management, RIMS, the risk management society®, is a global not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS is committed to advancing risk management capabilities for organizational success, bringing networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 10,000 risk management professionals who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit www.RIMS.org

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