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Canada's kaleidoscope.

There is no better word [ban "kaleidoscope" to describe [he ever changing landscape of the risk management profession in Canada. From increasing professional liability and expanding government regulation to the varied methods of loss prevention and control, it is little wonder that the 1992 Canadian Risk Management Conference held Oct. 4-7 in the nation's capital was aptly tagged "Ottawa Kaleidoscope" or "OK '92." According to Conference Chair Len Marks, "the theme reflects the wide array of risk management tools that are available to cover the increasing number of new situations facing risk managers today as compared to 10 years ago."

At the opening ceremonies, RIMS First Vice President J.A. Tony Bridger, stated that for a Canadian risk management conference, "we've come a long way from 85 attendees in Toronto in 1975 to almost 700 attendees here today in Ottawa. We have made our American friends much more aware of our Canadian needs. This will be expanded in the future through direct contact with the Canadian Chapters Committee, expanded legislative activity, education and even conference management." As evidence of this increased awareness, he noted that some 18 attendees from the United States-the largest contingent ever for the Canadian conference - were present. Mr. Bridger added that "RIMS especially wants our Canadian members to feel ownership in the organization."

This year's conference, hosted by The Canadian Capital Region Chapter, also reportedly boasted the highest attendance by risk managers belonging to Canadian organizations. Two attendees were singled out for honors. Bill Tully, director of insurance and risk management for Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd. in Vancouver, British Columbia, was awarded the prestigious Don Stuart Award recognizing, as voted on by fellow Canadian RIMS deputy members, outstanding contribution to risk management in Canada. Also being honored was Ron Stokes, director of insurance for Bata Industries Ltd. in Batawa, Ontario, who took home the annual Canadian Chapters Committee Education Award for achieving the highest grade point average in Canadian risk management designation courses.

The program featured over 35 educational sessions to choose from-many held twice due to overwhelming demand. Topics ranged from construction insurance and tenant's legal liability to employee benefits and export credit insurance. "While the conference is growing, it's doing so at a manageable speed where attendees can still attend their first choice sessions," Mr. Marks added.

According to Program Chair Grant Suffel, OK '92 offered for the first time a program divided to target different audience levels. Several sessions were designed for delegates with senior executive responsibility. Mr. Marks found these executives "keen on staying abreast of what is happening around them and eager to be updated on world market conditions." These sessions also help risk managers by improving their bosses' understanding of the risk management process.

Risk managers will have less than a year to recuperate from OK '92. The 1993 Canadian Risk Management Conference, hosted by the Nova Scotia Chapter, will be held September 15-18 in Halifax.
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Title Annotation:Canadian Risk Management Conference
Author:Kurland, Orin M.
Publication:Risk Management
Date:Dec 1, 1992
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