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AUMA Public Risk Conference

The 2019 Public Risk Conference will be held on May 8 & 9, 2019 in Edmonton, at the Fantasyland Hotel. 


Event Information Package

Join us May 8 and 9 at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton to discuss hot topics in risk management such as Enterprise Risk Management, Asset Management, and Catastrophic Claims with real examples. 

Network with peers and subject matter experts from across Alberta and learn how to best manage the risks your municipality or organization face. 

Attendees will stay current with the latest emerging risk trends, learn new approaches from industry experts, uncover cost-savings solutions, be better prepared for the future and so much more. 


Please click on the PROGRAM & SPEAKERS tab at the top of the page for full details 

Appreciation Reception

Attendees can join us following day one's program for our Appreciation Reception. This will allow attendees to network with other municipalities, while enjoying light appetizers and drinks. Two drinks per person will be provided.

Who should attend?

  • Insurance and Risk Managers
  • CAOs and CFOs
  • Public Works, Parks and Recreation/Audit & Safety Staff
  • Corporate Services Staff
  • MUNIX Subscribers

What do you get?

  • Two days of interactive sessions
  • Digital takeaway materials
  • Peer networking, including a stand-up reception following day one
  • Breakout sessions for collaborative information sharing


  • AMSC Insurance Services Members: $125
  • Non-member: $330


May 8 - 9, 2019
Fantasyland Hotel

Wednesday, May 8*

7:30 am - 8:15 am Registration & Breakfast
8:15 am - 8:55 am                            

CEO Address & MUNIX Annual General Meeting

Speaker: Dan Rude, CEO, AUMA
9:00 am - 9:45 am                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Risk Management for Municipalities & Enterprise Risk Management

Christine Maligec, Director of Risk Management, AUMA 
Ken Baker, Corporate Manager of Enterprise Risk Management, City of Edmonton
Your municipality is never too small or too bit to manage risk. Municipalities use risk management in their day-to-day operations and might not know it. This session will provide brief overview of how risk management is used within municipalities at the various levels and how it can help achieve objectives. As well, a practical example of how the City of Edmonton implemented Enterprise Risk Management.
9:45 am - 10:00 am Coffee Break
10:00 am - 10:55 am        Wildfire Community Resilience
Speaker: Laura Stewart. Firesmart Specialist, Firesmart
Recent wildfire seasons have demonstrated the vulnerability of Canadian communities to wildfire, with the potential for devastating loss. It is the proactive implementation of FireSmart and all of its seven disciplines that will determine the degree to which Alberta’s vulnerable communities become more resilient to the impact of wildfire. Join Laura Stewart, President, FireSmart Canada as she walks us through the innovative programs, resources and tools that FireSmart Canada offers to support local FireSmart programs.
11:00 am - 12:15 pm Cannabis: What's Next?
Speaker: Kelsey Becker Brookes, Partner, Reynols Mirth Richards and Farmer LLP
With the legalization of cannabis, retail and processing facilities have become common place in municipalities.  Next up, the legalization of edibles and cannabis lounges.  We will discuss the actual impacts of cannabis legalization at the municipal level and delve into upcoming changes in the areas of planning and development, public consumption, employment and nuisance.
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Environmental Risk Management Panel
Ryan Krushelnitzky, Partner, Field Law
Merry Turtiak, Director, Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health
Gerald Feschuk, Alberta Energy Regulator
A multifaceted approach to environmental risk management.
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Coffee Break
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Managing Risk Through Sustainable Practices
Speaker: Trina Innes, Director, MCCAC
Organizations are recognizing environmental, social and economic risks and the need to ensure suitable management responses are put in place. Sustainability practices are emerging as a key component in risk mitigation. Participants will learn about how the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s programs help municipalities address climate change risks through renewable energy and energy efficiency grant programs.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Interactive Workshop 
Attendees will participate in an interactive group discussion on a top of mind risk issue 
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Closing remarks
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Networking reception 
Join us in the L1 Lounge for an opportunity to network with other attendees, and enjoy some light appetizers and drinks (2 drinks will be provided)

Thursday, May 9

7:45 am - 8:30 am    

8:30 am - 9:45 am                   

Community Resiliency & Disaster Recovery

Speaker: Rob De Pruis, Director, Consumer & Industry Relations, Insurance Bureau of Canada
Businesses are vital to communities and are key to the local economy. Severe weather has been increasing in frequency and severity over the past decade and insured losses across the country are exceeding $1 billion annually. Businesses need to assess their risk exposure and have continuity plans to ensure they are resilient to the perils they face. Hear from Insurance Bureau of Canada on the work happening on a national flood program, natural infrastructure and a business diagnostic tool to help businesses prepare for extreme weather.

9:45 am - 10:00 am      

Coffee Break


10:00 am - 10:55 am                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Effective Waivers

Speaker: Joe Chivers, Partner, Brownlee LLP
Focusing on the use of waivers in a public/municipal setting to control legal exposure to liability and the legal requirements for waivers, how they should be drafted and executed to ensure they are valid and enforceable in a court of law
11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Cyber Security

Speaker: Bud Venne, Manager, Cyber Risk & Security, Edmonton Police Service
Simple concepts related to risks and vulnerabilities most organizations face and includes some best practices and proven techniques to have the knowledge to keep organizations as safe as possible. Includes information security awareness as well as other techniques that are not used often enough. Walk away with ideas for safer activities in your organization and personal activities regarding cyberthreats.
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Are you smarter than a risk manager?

Speaker: Cam Vierboom, Director, Claims, AMSC
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

How does insurance work with the Disaster Recovery Program?

Jennifer Dolecki, Director, Community Recovery Services, Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Will Burtenshaw, Senior Director, Risk & Claims, AUMA

When a major event happens in a municipality, first responders and public agencies manage the emergency. But, how does a community fund its rebuilding and continuity efforts once the emergency is over? All municipalities have insurance, but not everything might be covered. What should you be aware of in your policy that is covered? What is not covered? How does the province’s Disaster Recovery program respond? This presentation will help to unpack how your insurance and disaster recovery work together to help during a catastrophic loss.
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Emergency Management Act Update

Speaker: Jennifer Dolecki, Director, Community Recovery Services, Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Alberta Emergency Management Agency’s (AEMA) is teaming up with Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC) to present the future of disaster recovery and responsibility at the 2019 AUMA Public Risk Conference. The Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation is being introduced on January 1st, 2020. Municipalities will become more autonomous with emergency roles and responsibilities as a result and will be expected to support their own resilience. Session attendees will learn what Disaster Financial Assistance looks like for Albertan municipalities and why insurance needs to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Come learn about different funding sources and their limitations, what changes will come into effect, and what supports that AEMA and AMSC can offer.
3:35 pm - 4:05 pm

Asset Management

Speaker: Ryan Osterberg, Policy Analyst, AUMA
Asset Management has emerged as an important discussion for municipalities across Canada. The Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) is leading to many new projects, approaches and discussions. The AUMA has worked with its partners to position Alberta municipalities to deal with this emerging field.  
4:05 pm - 4:20 pm Prize Draws & Closing remarks

*Agenda is subject to change. Descriptions and speaker information coming soon!

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