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RIMS Canada Conference September 24-27, 2017

Keynote Speakers

Ted Childs, Workplace Diversity Expert

Opening Keynote
Monday, September 25, 9:30 am10:30 am

Ted ChildsWhen Ted Childs started at IBM over 39 years ago, equal opportunity was considered a core principle of the company’s values, with a strong history of focus on gender, race and disability. Through the leadership of Childs, IBM broadened the definition of diversity to include sensitivity to cultures, sexual orientation and age. As a leading corporate diversity expert, Childs understands the importance of embracing diversity and the advantage it provides in the war for talent and an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

His success with IBM has been attributed to looking beyond the internal factors of the organization to the diverse external entities that affect a company’s success, such as customers, advertisers, suppliers, the applicant pool, and community at large. Childs believes that in order for an organization to achieve its highest potential, it must pay close attention to changing global demographics and emerging issues, and embrace them as opportunities for growth.

Captivating and eloquent, he challenges organizations to become fully vested in diversity and take ownership of it. With almost 40 years of success in corporate America, Childs gets straight to the bottom line and proves that a healthy diversity policy is essential to achieving the ultimate competitive advantage.


Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Catastrophic Risk Management Expert

Plenary Presentation
Tuesday, September 26, 9:00 am10:00 am

Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan is a world-renowned authority on risk management who works on the cutting edge of what it takes (in theory and practice) to cope with extreme events in our contemporary world. Now, more than ever, his work provides a crucial set of tools for navigating an increasingly complex and catastrophic world. We’re barely out of the first decade of this century, he argues, but already we have witnessed catastrophes of a totally new dimension on almost every front: large-scale natural disasters, global climate change, international terrorism, energy crises, technological accidents, major corporate failures, and a historical financial crisis that had a seismic effect worldwide. In this keynote, Erwann gives a unique and highly informed perspective on how your organisation can adapt to changing conditions to make itself better prepared to survive - and even thrive - in a difficult world. 

He has advised several heads of state, corporations and international organizations on these topics. From 2008 to 2017, he served as Chairman of the OECD Secretary-General Board on Financial management of Catastrophes which advices the Finance Ministries of the 35 member countries. Until recently he was the Executive Director of the Wharton Business School's Center for Risk Management and also served on the advisory board to the CEO and Chairman of insurance giant AXA. One of the founders of the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report initiative in 2004, he continues to serve of the advisory board of the World Economic Forum for this work. Award-winning author of 7 books and 100 publications, his work has been covered by most leading media.​


Jeff Rubin, Economist

Economic Panel Plenary

Wednesday, September 27, 8:30 am—9:30am

Jeff Rubin is an internationally-renowned economist—a trusted voice on the future of oil and energy and how they relate to the economic outlook. His critically hailed book Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller is a must-read, not simply for people in oil-related industries, but for anyone interested in understanding the future of every industry. His next book, The End of Growth, paints a picture of our economic future, where the end of cheap oil brings an end to endless economic growth. His new book is The Carbon Bubble, which addresses Canada’s national economic future—and the financial security of all Canadians. His insights appear regularly on the front page of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a fixture in the media (ABC, CNN), where he comments on federal budgets and other key economic events with a candor and a level of insight rarely matched by economic experts. From 1992-2009, Rubin was Chief Economist at CIBC World Markets, where he made headlines at home, and earned a solid international reputation for his prescient calls on oil prices and their economic impacts. Rubin also penned a Globe and Mail column, Ahead of the Curve.


Shachi Kurl, Executive Director at Angus Reid Institute

Economic Panel Plenary

Wednesday, September 27, 8:30 am—9:30am

As Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute, Shachi Kurl can be found offering analysis on CBC’s “At Issue,” Canada’s most-watched political panel, as well as in The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and other influential forums. At the Institute—one of North America’s premier nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and public opinion polling organizations—she works to further public knowledge, debunk myths, and contribute to debate and discussion in meaningful ways, enhancing the understanding of issues that matter to Canada and the world. She brings nearly two decades of public policy expertise to her role, spending the first part of her career as political reporter.

Kurl is a recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster Award for Best TV Reporting. Along with former Australian and UK Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Margaret Thatcher, she is an Alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Her expertise has been sought by policymakers who have invited her to testify before parliamentary committees at the House of Commons. She holds a degree in Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University.