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RIMS ERM Conference sessions are divided into the following three categories:

  • Core: Offers you solutions to build or maintain a successful program.
  • Innovative: Provides you with practices for expanding value.
  • Strategic: Helps you integrate risk management with strategic planning and execution.

Monday, October 24

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7:00 am – 6:30 pm Registration

8:30 am – 9:30 am Welcome Breakfast

9:30 am – 9:45 am Opening Remarks

Hear opening remarks from the RIMS 2016 President.

  • Julie C. Pemberton, Director, Enterprise Risk and Insurance Management, Outerwall Inc.

9:30 am – 10:45 am
Keynote Address
Choices and Decisions: How to Win in a Changing World

Many have discussed the need for ERM to inform strategy, but few have done it. At this session, we will discuss the “how” and what challenges this presents for risk managers.

Keynote Speaker:
  • Martin Vilsøe, Director, Implement Consulting Group

10:45 am – 11:00 am Coffee/Networking Break

11:00 am – 12:15 pm “Operationalizing" Excellence with ERM

Learn how two organizations are standardizing their approach to operational risk management within the context of ERM to provide consistency to the process, rather than prescribing the exact method of operations. Discover how this approach can be applied for organizations with diverse operational streams and different business outputs.(Level: Core)

  • Andrew Bent, Regional Risk Manager (North America),Sage Software Inc
  • Wesley Morgan, Consultant, Wilson Perumal & Co., Inc.

It's a Wonderful Risk: Engaging Process Owners as Risk Managers

Value creation via the ERM process can take place at all levels of the organization. The key is getting people to think beyond their piece of the operation, and to better understand how their daily work aligns not only with achieving the overall strategic goals of the organization, but also the management of the associated risks.(Level: Core)

  • Randy Hogan, Risk Manager, State Compensation Insurance Fund of CA
  • Lisanne Sison, Director Risk Management Consulting, Bickmore

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Luncheon

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Lessons Learned from Board Reporting

An "ERM hack" that will reveal unique, effective tools you can use to improve your program right away. (Level: Core)

  • Steven Minsky, CEO, LogicManager
  • Paul Walker, Schiro / Zurich Chair in Enterprise Risk Management, St. John's University

Managing Cyber Risk Presented by Cyber Extortion and Other Emerging Threats

How can the risk presented by the recent surge in ransomware incidents and other emerging cyber trends be managed properly? Presenters will examine recent case studies and the actions that could have mitigated the risk or prevented it altogether. (Level: Core)


  • Ondrej Krehel, CEO, LIFARS
  • Paul Kubler, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Examiner

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Coffee/Networking Break

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Can SRM Methods Improve M&A Performance?

The RIMS Strategic Risk Management Development Council is currently undertaking research to better understand the operational impact strategic risk management methods and tools might have on various phases of mergers and acquisitions efforts. The purpose of this panel is to report on the current state of the SRMDC’s current research and provoke conversation among ERM practitioners on their role in this important facet of today’s business landscape.

  • Andrew Bent, Regional Risk Manager (North America), Sage Software Inc
  • Ward Ching, Managing Director, Aon Risk Solutions

4:15 pm – 6:00 pm Networking Reception

Tuesday, October 25

<< See Monday

8:00 am – 4:00 pm Registration

7:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast and Networking

9:00 am – 10:15 am General Session
Predictive Analytics and the Risk Function: Using Your
Data as a Crystal Ball

Join the Senior Director of Risk Management at Paychex as he explains the underused powers hidden in your data.

  • Frank Fiorille, Senior Director Risk Management, Paychex

10:15 am – 10:30 am
Coffee/Networking Break

10:30 am – 11:45 am Cool Tools for Building a Risk-Intelligent Culture

This session will provide a case study on enabling risk-informed decision making and in turn building risk culture. It will include a discussion of the foundational elements of risk culture such as the risk framework, ERM processes, risk training and awareness, and will focus on the “cool” tools that have been implemented. (Level: Innovative)

  • Jody Hamade, VP ERM, Ontario Power Generation
  • Rupak Mazumdar, Director, ERM / George Weston Limited

Macroeconomic Factors and Your Enterprise Risk Management Effectiveness

Learn how macroeconomic factors such as GDP, housing market metrics and employment can aid in a company's ERM processes across three categories of risk: preventable, strategic and external. (Level: Core)


  • Jim Presmanes, VP Risk Management and Insurance, Haverty's

11:45 am – 1:00 pm ERM Leaders Recognition Luncheon

Join us to hear about the latest model ERM programs, and how they are using RIMS' Risk Maturity Model to advance their organizations.

  • Steven Minsky, CEO, LogicManager

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Risk Sensing: Identifying Risks of the Future

Presenters will walk participants through General Motors' journey to establish a Risk Sensing function. The journey will offer participants an understanding of the steps taken at General Motors to institute the practice of identifying emerging risks and opportunities, as well as failures and successes along the way. (Level: Innovative)

  • Kristie Bidlake, Risk Sensing Lead, General Motors
  • Krysta MacDonald, Risk Response Strategy Senior Manager, General Motors

SRM: Leading Value Creation in Your Organization

Through real organization success stories, proven value creation tools and open discussion, this session will provide you with an valuable toolkit that can be used to uncover hidden value (and possible risk) within your own organization. (Level: Strategic)

  • Allen Smith, Senior Manager, Operating Risk and Risk Review, Paychex

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Coffee/Networking Break

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Enterprise Best Practices in the Cyber World

Data risks may hold unrecognized implications for your organization’s strategy. Unifying your organization’s internal functions in a comprehensive data risk and controls gap assessment creates efficiencies while protecting the findings. Attendees will learn how to manage data risk well, which delivers undeniable advantages and protects an organization's standing within its market.

  • Drew Graham, Partner, Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
  • Patrick Powell, Attorney, Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
  • Rich Magrath, Regional Director Western US, Lloyd's
  • Grace Crickette, Interim AVP Business Operations, SFSU

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Closing Remarks

Please note: this agenda is subject to change.


Thank you to our sponsors

Logic Manager 




Beecher Carlson