RIMS Ontario chapter presentes Mark Day with 2016 Donald M. Stuart Award
Alberta government’s risk leader honoured for his commitment to advancing risk management in Canada
David Chipp presented with the 2016 Fred H. Bossons Award
Calgary — At the 2016 RIMS Canada Conference, RIMS Ontario Chapter presented the Donald M. Stuart Award to Mark Day, Executive Director, Risk Management and Insurance, Treasury Board and Finance for the Government of Alberta. Widely recognized as Canada’s highest honour within the risk management field, the Donald M. Stuart Award has been bestowed annually since 1979 by the RIMS Ontario Chapter (ORIMS) to celebrate Canadians who have made outstanding contributions in the risk management profession.
“To keep the risk management profession vibrant and integral to organizational success we rely on industry leaders, like Mark Day, to generously share their invaluable career experiences,” said ORIMS President Christina Gardiner. “ORIMS is proud to be able to present the prestigious Donald M. Stuart Award to Mark. As a lecturer, a teacher, an author and a mentor, he has had a profound impact on the careers of countless practitioners and has demonstrated a true commitment to the future of risk management in Canada.”
In his current role with the Government of Alberta, Mr. Day is responsible for the overall delivery of risk management, risk control, risk financing and risk identification to all departments of government, most provincial corporations, all of its committees, public and elected officials and its thousands of volunteers. He is an integral member of Alberta’s Assistant Deputy Minister Recovery Task Force, a group that has been instrumental in guiding the Province through a number of recent natural disasters.
As part of the organization’s risk management strategy, Mr. Day also initiated a quarterly newsletter for the Province that provides an update on the latest risks impacting government and the region. With more than 70 editions released, the newsletter has been pivotal to promoting a risk-aware culture throughout the governmental enterprise.
“Just like others did for me, I found it to be crucially important, and perhaps even my responsibility, to give back to the risk management community,” said Mark Day. “The value of the risk management function continues to gain traction and it has been exciting to be a part of this momentum. I am truly humbled to be named this year’s Donald M. Stuart Award recipient and to be recognized for a lifetime of work that I have felt so passionate about.”
Mr. Day served as President of the Northern Alberta RIMS Chapter on two separate occasions (1992-1993 and 2002-2003) and has held several chapter officer and RIMS Canada Council positions to support the country’s thriving risk management community. Additionally, Mr. Day served on the National Education Sub-Committee of the Canadian Risk Management Council, assisting with the development of course enhancements. He was the catalyst for the University of Alberta’s (Edmonton) decision to offer the CRM course.
In addition to his professional accomplishments and his volunteer work with RIMS, Mr. Day has cemented himself as one of Canada’s top risk management thought-leaders, sharing his expertise as a conference speaker, educator, an author and mentor.
Fred H. Bossons Award
Also presented at the conference was the Fred H. Bossons Award, which each year honours the risk management professional who earns the highest marks on the three courses required to receive the CRM designation. This year’s winner is David Chipp, Project Consultant, People, Performance and Culture for Efficiency Nova Scotia based in Halifax.