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Canadian Risk Forum

2016 PRMIA Canadian Risk Forum

September 20 - 21, 2016

Toronto, ON

PRMIA Toronto is proud to host the 4th Annual Canadian Risk Forum, a two day gathering on The Known Unknowns—What's the Next Risk Frontier?

Canadian PRMIA practitioner members designed the program for dialog on leading though mixed with networking with your global peers. Risk management professionals are tasked to search for the next risk, devise a plan to proactively deal with the risk, and secure the future success of your organization—before a probability becomes a reality. But what is the next "Unknown"? How do you and your peers search for it? Do you truly know what you don't know?

Sessions & Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Lakshmi Shyam-Sunder
Vice President and
Chief Risk Officer
World Bank Group

Philippe Sarfati
Senior Director, Supervision Support Group, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

Barbara Zvan
SVP, Strategy & Risk, and Chief Investment Risk Officer
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Executive Roundtable
Gain first-hand insight from senior industry executives on the challenges—and opportunities—presented by the emerging risks in their fields and industries.

Keith McQueen
SVP & Head, Capital Markets Risk Management
TD Bank Group

Kerry Reinke
CRO, Canadian Division & Group Head, Enterprise Risk

Mark Engel
Enterprise Risk Management
The Canadian financial sector is on a solid footing after the Great Financial Crisis. As a good example, the banking sector has been ranked as the world's soundest by the World Economic Forum for the past eight years in a row. Was this always the case? Our panelists will discuss how enterprise risk management has propelled the financial sector to success.
  • Azer Hann, Partner and Leader in Risk and Capital Management, Enterprise Risk Services - Deloitte
  • Lois Tullo, Faculty, Schulich School of Business - York University
  • Stephen Hart, Chief Risk Officer - Scotiabank
Operational Risk
The operational risk session features speakers who will discuss the latest development in understanding and modelling operational risks, as well as various techniques for managing the risks.
  • Fred Barnachawy, Managing Director, Deshret Capital Corp.
  • Ross Griffiths, Associate Vice President, TD
  • Katherine MacPherson, Assistant Vice President, Operation Risk Management - Sun Life Financial
Cyber Risk Management—A Lifecycle Approach
Cybersecurity: what used to be the strict realm of IT professionals are now quickly emerging as a risk management issue that puts an organization (and its risk management practices) under the spotlight - in a much unwanted way.  A company's cyber-security program is only as strong as its weakest link. This session describes the components of an end-to-end cyber security framework, starting with prevention and ending with recovery. The presenters will illustrate the importance of this holistic approach by providing risk management takeaways from actual cyberattacks and near-misses, both publicized and not.
  • Doug Blakey, Director - Canadian Center for Cyber Risk Management
  • Steve Lindo, Principal - SRL Advisory Services

Stress Testing and scenario generation – two angles: macro-economic scenarios and IFRS9
Scenario generation is an established concept in stress testing. There has been an increased focus on the adoption of macro-economic scenarios. Among all, macro-economic scenarios are proposed to financial institutions, central banks and regulators, while asset owners are also interested in quantifying the impact of such macro-economic scenarios in their asset mix. Our speakers will share with you their insights and practical strategies on best practices for stress testing, and scenario generation for capital adequacy and loss provisioning under IFRS9.
  • Carlo Acerbi, Executive Director - MSCI
  • Grigoris Karakoulas, President - InfoAgora
Model risk management across the financial industry in Canada
Learn from practitioners in Banks, Insurers and Asset owners & managers (Pension plans): At a first glance, the Banks, Insurers and Pension plans seem to have different approaches to manage the model risk, approaches that are driven by business type, business strategies, regulations, professional standards. The speakers will share their insights and practical strategies on how to be effective when managing model risk, how the regulatory requirements can be/are being turned into value add to the business, to bridge the perceived expectations gap between the three lines of defence, and how the recent OSFI Guidelines E-23 could change the model risk management in the Canadian financial industry.
  • Alexander Shipilov, Partner - KPMG
  • Denis O'Donoghue, VP Model Risk Management - TD
  • Greg Frank, Director Model Validation - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Counterparty Risk
  • Justin Chan, FIS Global
  • Ray Westcott, Vice President, Capital Markets Risk Management - CIBC
Fundamental Review of Trading Book
  • Greg Caldwell, Capital Specialist - Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions of Canada (OSFI)
  • Andrew Aziz, Director, Strategy, Methodology & Quantitative Finance - IBM
Basel III
  • David Milne, National Leader - Quantitative Advisory Services - EY
  • Sanjiv Talwar, Head of Risk Capital and Stress Testing - Bank of Montreal
Technology in Risk Management
  • David Penny, Vice President, Development - IBM Risk Analytics
  • Steven Hurley, AVP, Global Information Risk Management - Manulife
  • Thomas Severance, Managing Director - Markit Analytics
  • Jonathan Caroll, Managing Director, Infrastructure and Integrated Services, Market Risk and Risk Capital Group - Bank of Montreal

PRMIA Thanks Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor - IBM
Gold Sponsor - FIS Global
Silver Sponsor - EY
Executive Roundtable Sponsor - Axiom SL


The Omni King Edward Hotel
37 King St E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 1E9


Reservations are made, modified, or canceled by calling Omni Reservations (+1 800-843-6664) and refer to the PRMIA Courtesy Room Block. At the time of reservation, each guest will be asked to provide a credit card number to guarantee their reservation. Any reservations that fail to cancel prior to Noon on the day prior to arrival will be charged one night room and tax. All guests are responsible for their own room, tax and incidental charges.

Registration Fees

Sustaining Members  


Contributing Members  




Group Registrations: Pease contact Marietta Ruppe, PRMIA Event Coordinator, for pricing and registration -

Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be made if formal notice of cancellation is received by 9:00 AM CST on September 1, 2016. We regret that no refunds will be made after that date. Substitutions may be made at no extra charge.

CRL/Education Credit

PRMIA Continuing Risk Learning (CRL) programs provide you with the opportunity to formally recognize your professional development, documenting your evolution as a risk professional. Employers can see that you are not static, making you a highly valued, dynamic, and desirable employee.

The CRL program is open to all Contributing, Sustaining, and C-Suite members, providing a convenient and easily accessible way to submit, manage, track and document your activities online through the PRMIA CRL Center.

As a participant in the CFA Institute Approved-Provider Program, PRMIA has determined that the conference program qualifies for 10.5 credit hours. If you are a CFA Institute member, CE credit for your participation in this program will be automatically recorded in your CE tracking tool.

Recommended CPE: 14.5
In order to receive CPE credit for any live program you must: stay for the entire program, and request a certificate at the end of the event by contacting

Important Notes
  • CPE credits will not be awarded to those who do not attend in person. PRMIA is prohibited from awarding CPE credits to those participants who do not satisfy the full attendance and participation requirements set forth.
  • Prerequisites: PRMIA live group events require basic financial markets knowledge at the BSc level. PRMIA live group events require a prerequisite knowledge and understanding of banking and finance.
  • Program level: Intermediate
  • Delivery Method: Group Live

PRMIA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

September 20th, 2016 8:00 AM   through   September 21st, 2016 4:00 PM
The King Edward Hotel
37 King St E.
Ontario, ON
Registration $ 695.00

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