Course Description

Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we are unable to offer the Canadian Risk Management courses in a classroom format.  We are currently seeking options for online delivery and will update the website as soon as a solution is found.  Thank you for your patience.


Risk management has become part of appropriate corporate governance and organizational decision making. Enterprise risk management, its processes, and framework, have been implemented throughout many organizations. In this two-day workshop you will learn:

  • What is risk management?
  • What is enterprise risk management?
  • Risk management standards and guidelines
  • An overview of the types of risks facing many organizations
  • Hazard risk
  • Operational, financial, and strategic risk
  • Risk management framework and process
  • Techniques for identifying, assessing and prioritizing organizational risks
  • Examining alternative options for risk treatment and risk financing
  • Techniques for selecting appropriate risk management strategies
  • Monitoring and reporting on the results of risk management initiatives
  • How to document risk management activities and implement compliance strategies

The workshop will include participation in “hands on” group and individual case studies and will provide participants with templates for risk identification and documentation which can be adapted for use on the job.

Who Should Attend

  • Managers, supervisors in all fields
  • Insurance, safety, and environmental professionals
  • Health care, finance, and education professionals
  • Entrepreneurs and small business operators

Course Outline

Registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. A light lunch is included.

Day 1

What is risk management?
What is enterprise risk management?
Risk management standards and guidelines
Types of Risks
- Property, Liability, Personnel, Income, Business/Strategic Risks
Risk management framework and process
Case Studies

Day 2

Techniques for Assessing & Prioritizing Risks
Examining Alternate Risk Management options
Selecting appropriate strategies
Monitoring and reporting the results of risk management
Documenting risk management activities and establishing compliance strategies
Case Studies


Karen MacWilliam is a self-employed consultant specializing in risk management and insurance analysis. She has worked in the insurance and risk management fields since 1985 as an underwriter, corporate risk manager and broker, and has operated a successful consultancy since 1997. Clients include a wide variety of public and private corporations. She holds a B.A. in Economics from UBC, her AIIC, FIIC designations from the Insurance Institute of Canada, and the CRM designation. She has been on staff at Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre in Vancouver from 1992 -2015 teaching risk management and advanced insurance curriculum, and has been a lecturer in risk management at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George from 2003 - 2010. Karen is a sought-after trainer for private clients and the Insurance Brokers’ Associations in B.C. and Alberta, and the Insurance Institutes in Northern Alberta, Southern Alberta, and Nova Scotia. In 2001, Karen authored a 200-page risk management and insurance reference book titled The Risk Management and Insurance Guidebook for Industry,© ABS/Government Institutes of Rockville, MD, which is the basis for an online study program and is used as a text by international colleges. In 2004, she was engaged by the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) to author the Canadian Supplement to the Risk Financing course in the CRM designation. She has created Canadian content for all 3 CRM courses.


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