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 Two Program Agenda - Wednesday January 22, 2020
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
John Lark, Managing Principal, Coherent Advice Inc. and Co-Founder of Applied AI Canada
9:10 - 10:00
First and Last Chance: Managing Reputational Risk in the Age of Outrage
Huw Williams, President, Impact Public Affairs
  • Case study/data on reputational impact
  • Identifying reputational threats
  • Strategies before, during, and after an event
  • How to think about the reputation of your department
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:15
The State of Cyber Security 2020
Danny Timmins, National Cyber Security Leader, MNP LLP
  • Cyber Overview
  • Public Sector Vulnerability
  • Hacking and Social Engineering
  • Best Practices - What should your organization be doing?
11:15 - 12:15
Cyber Security Panel: Winning Strategies
Danny Timmins, National Cyber Security Leader, MNP LLP [Moderator]
René Vergé, Senior Director, Cyber Security and Privacy, PwC
Ken Hughes, Auditor General, City of Ottawa
Vanessa Henri, Associate Attorney, Fasken Martineau
  • Responding to the threat landscape: Technological defenses & Managerial approaches
  • Self Check: making sure you aren’t the vulnerability
  • Emerging privacy considerations
  • Pushing for maturity in public sector cyber and IT security
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Innovation & Internal Audit
Karen Zarrouki, Manager, Internal Audit Sector, Office of the Comptroller General
  • How can the auditing function be a friend to innovation
  • Opportunities for improvement in the way innovation and audit interact
  • Examples and best practices
  • What non-auditors and auditees can do
2:15 - 3:15
Understanding Blockchain
Nadia Diakun-Thibault, Digital Academy Fellow, Canada School of Public Service
  • Develop a mental model of blockchain that will help you make thoughtful, long term decisions regarding the technology
  • Understand how blockchain can mitigate risk
  • Explore the possibilities of blockchain with a case study
  • Avoid the risk of poor blockchain implementation
  • Explore the future potential of blockchain with forward looking theory
3:15 - 3:30        Networking Break
3:30 - 4:30
Achieving Integrated Risk Management
Melissa Cohoe, Director of Risk Intelligence, GRC, Iceberg Networks
  • How seperate teams can tackle risks together
  • The benefits of an integrated risk management effort
  • How tools and platforms can help you integrate
  • Success Stories: Gaining executive buy-in with small wins
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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