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RIMS Ontario Chapter Awards Highest Canadian Risk Management Honor 9/15/2009

Winner of prestigious Donald M. Stuart Award announced at 2009 RIMS Canada Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

New York, NY (September 15, 2009) — The Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) Ontario Chapter today presented the Donald M. Stuart Award to Janice McGraw, CRM, RF, manager of risk management and insurance at McGill University in Montreal. Presented at the 2009 RIMS Canada Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, the award is widely recognized as Canada’s highest honor within the risk management field. The Donald M. Stuart Award has been bestowed annually since 1979 to acknowledge those Canadians who have made outstanding contributions in the field of risk management.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to pay tribute to Janice, who is now deservedly ranked among the greatest minds in our field,” says Steve Pottle, president of RIMS Ontario Chapter and risk manager at York University. “Her commitment to risk management is second to none and we are grateful for the talent, innovation and integrity she has brought to the Canadian community of risk managers.”     

McGraw, a RIMS fellow holder, is a part-time lecturer at McGill University’s Centre for Continuing Education. She has served as a member of RIMS Canada Council’s National Education Committee (NEC) and is a past member of RIMS board of directors, RIMS Conference Programming Committee and the Global Risk Management Institute (GRMI) board of directors. McGraw is also a past president of the Québec Risk and Insurance Management Association (QRIMA), and is currently a member of the QRIMA board of directors. She is the recipient of the 2007 QRIMA “Excellentia” Prize, created by QRIMA in 2005 to promote advancement in the field of risk management and insurance.

“It is a great honor to accept the 2009 Don Stuart Award,” says McGraw. “This award is particularly meaningful to me considering the influential group of awardees that precedes me. Recognizing the list of past recipients, and their significant contributions in the field, crystallized my belief that each of us is entrusted with ensuring that the legacy endures for those who will follow us. Volunteering in RIMS ensures the sustainability of these fine organizations, through mentorship and public service, and it gives me incredible satisfaction knowing that I am a part of this enduring legacy.”

Also presented during the conference was the Fred H. Bossons Award, which each year honors the risk management professional who earns the highest marks on the three courses required to receive the Canadian Risk Management designation. This year, a tie resulted in two winners: Samuel Holliss, risk analyst at Magna International Inc. and Brian Jeans, regional technical dangerous goods inspector at Transport Canada.

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