Synergy Session & Webinar – What’s at Stake? Why Municipalities Must Manage Strategic Risks

12:00-1:30 pm, Earth Sciences Building, Room ER-4002, Memorial University, St. John’s
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy & Development invites you to a Synergy Session & Webinar featuring Dr. Tom Cooper, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. Events like Hurricane Igor demonstrate that managing risk is an essential part of municipal governance in Newfoundland and Labrador. Municipalities in this province are faced with situations which carry various types of risk (economic, environmental, operational, etc). Citizens now expect proactive risk management from their municipalities. So how should municipalities manage their strategic risks, and what is the role of the Provincial Government in providing advice and in sharing these risks? This session will outline the findings of a recent analysis of 150 municipal plans from Newfoundland and Labrador, assess how risk is managed in municipalities elsewhere in Canada and around the world, and propose a model for better integrating risk management practices and concepts into strategic planning for municipalities in this province. Tom Cooper has significant expertise in the area of risk management consulting and education with over twelve years in the field. Prior to taking his position at Memorial University, Tom worked as a senior manager with Pricewaterhouse-Coopers’ Performance Improvement Consulting and advisory practice in the United Kingdom and was team leader of their Governance, Risk and Compliance Financial Services practice. Since returning to Newfoundland and Labrador, he has worked with a wide range of clients across a number of different areas predominantly focusing on strategic planning and performance improvement. Attend in person at Earth Sciences Building, Room ER-4002, Memorial University, St. John’s. Or sign up for the WEBINAR. You will require a computer connected to the Internet; high-speed connectivity is preferred but not necessary. Register early, as you will need to download software ahead of the session. Deadline for registration: Wednesday, November 24th at 1:00 pm NST. Admission is free, but registration is required. For those attending in person, lunch and parking are provided free, but space is limited, so register early. To register, contact Kathy Mason at (709) 737-3143 or