2019 Risk Management Symposium

It's Not Science Fiction imageReturning to the education calendar in 2019 is the AMO/Frank Cowan Company Municipal Risk Management Symposium. Join our subject matter experts as they lead discussions on Cybersecurity, Cannabis, Smart Cities, and much more.

Dates & Location

Dates: September 12 and 13, 2019
Location: Casino Rama, 5899 Rama Road, Rama, ON., L3V 6H6


Reservations:  A block of rooms has been held at the venue. Please quote group code ASSI19A and call 1.800.832.7529 and take advantage of the AMO rate of $139 per night, plus $15 resort fee. Please note all reservations are subject to applicable taxes and resort fees.


Day 1: September 12

9:00 AM - Keynote Speaker:

Michael Akpata, Senior Enterprise Account Manager (AtHoc Product Suite) – Blackberry 
Michael Akpata will provide delegates insight to the areas of cybercrime and risk mitigation. With experience in both the private and public sectors, Mike’s professional background make him an expert on cyber fraud, critical infrastructure hardening, and cyber risk mitigation.

10:30 AM - Cannabis

How will your community be affected by the recreational cannabis legislation? Hear from two municipalities -  one that opted in and one that opted out.

  • Warren Mar, Commissioner of Legal and By-Law Services/Town Solicitor, Town of Whitby
    • Warren was the Director of Legal and Legislative Services for the Town of Aurora before joining the Town of Whitby. He has over fourteen years of experience as a lawyer in both the public and private sectors, but Warren primarily practices municipal, real estate, and planning/land development law, and has appeared before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal representing municipal clients. Warren has addressed a wide variety of legal and business matters in his practice, including: by-law enforcement; risk management; public procurement; construction contracts and project planning; a local electricity utility merger; and the legalization of cannabis.
  • Dawn McAlpine, General Manager of Community and Corporate Services, City of Barrie
    • Dawn has been employed with the City of Barrie since 1991. Her time with the City of Barrie also included working in the area of business attraction, retention and expansion as an Economic Development Officer, and working in waste management as a Waste Reduction Officer. She held the position of Director of Legislative and Court Services/City Clerk prior to her current role. Dawn is a member of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO), and a past Chair of AMCTOs Municipal Elections Act Project Team. Dawn was awarded the AMCTO's Certified Municipal Officer designation in 2007.

11:15 AM - Smart Cities Shouldn’t Just Be Smart, They Should Be Street-Smart

A street smart approach to leveraging technology to benefit the users of a city that: is problem & opportunity focused; built piece by piece; and generates and sustains user buy-in.

  • Rocco Rao, Principal Research Director - Industry at Info-Tech Research Group
    • With over 35 years of IT experience in the public and private sectors, Rocco has experience in all information management and technology domains, and an expert level of knowledge in strategic planning; service management; outsourcing; IT financial planning and reporting; and vendor management. Prior to joining Info-Tech, Rocco served as the CIO for the City of Brampton, where he provided the senior IT leadership to digitally transform local government services. He also served as the City’s executive representative for the regional public sector network consortium.

1:00 PM - GPS and It’s Admissability in Court

This session will look at the use of GPS by municipalities and discuss its admissibility in today's court system.

  • C. Kirk Boggs, Insurance Defence Lawyer, Lerners LLP
    • Kirk is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation. In 2018, the Ontario Bar Association awarded Kirk with an award for excellence in insurance law. Also in 2018, he was recognized as “Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers” in the Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition, along with recognition as a leading practitioner in the areas of insurance, personal injury law, medical negligence, and professional liability. For the past seven years, Kirk was selected as one of “The Best Lawyers in Canada” in the areas of health care law, insurance law, and personal injury litigation.

3:00 PM - Cyber Security

Cyber threats are a reality for all Ontario municipalities. Learn how to identify and protect your municipality from the risks.

  • Frank Fazio, CySAT - Cyber Security Awareness Training
    • Frank provides cybersecurity training and phish testing to corporate employees, municipal staff, and CAOs across Canada. He has a degree in Computer Science and is certified in Incident Response and Advances Forensics. Frank competes in hacker competition across the U.S. and Canada.

Day 2:  September 13

9:00am (Part 1); 10:30am (Part 2)  -  Autonomous Vehicles

With the car industry promising self-driving vehicles in the near future, how can this benefit or harm municipalities and its citizens?

  • Sam Kodsi, President & Consulting Professional Engineer, Kodsi Engineering
    • Sam has been active in automotive engineering safety since 1995, and has specialized in accident reconstruction since 1997. He has been the lead engineer in more than 4,000 reconstructions involving motor vehicle collisions and other personal injury accidents.  Sam has been involved in peer-reviewed research and testing, and has provided expert evidence in the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, and Arbitrations in the following areas:  accident reconstruction (dynamics and speeds); biomechanics; mechanical failures; collision consistency; and driver perception and response.
  • James H. Bennett, Senior Litigator, Madorin Snyder LLP
    • James has over 35 years of practical and successful experience in resolving claims and disputes. His litigation practice is restricted to civil litigation primarily in the areas of personal injury, estate matters, shareholder disputes and insurance claims, and coverage.  Although Jamie’s civil litigation practice is wide ranging, he places emphasis on representing as preferred counsel liability insurers in the defence of claims brought against professionals, municipalities and police officers.
  • Fahad Shuja, Civil Engineer, Ontario Good Roads Association
    • Fahad is a Civil Engineer by trade, since 2005. He started his engineering career in the consulting world, working on various road infrastructure, transportation, and transit projects. He joined the Ontario Good Roads Association in 2011 where he has been working on a variety of projects, supporting municipalities across Ontario. He is also O.G.R.A.’s lead on the Autonomous Vehicles file.
  • Brian Anderson, Road Specialist, Frank Cowan Company
    • Brian joined the Frank Cowan Company as their Road Specialist in 2015.  Brian’s role is to provide Frank Cowan Company clients with assistance for such things as: confirmation of compliance with the Ontario Traffic Manuals; confirmation that the municipality’s practices, procedures and policies follow Ontario Regulation 239/02 Minimum Maintenance Standards; and provide advice on other road related issues.  Prior to joining Frank Cowan Company, Brian worked for both urban and rural municipalities; Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Good Roads Association where he provided guidance and technical support to municipalities regarding road maintenance and construction.

9:00am (Part 1); 10:30am (Part 2) - Climate Change

Extreme weather is affecting both rural and urban municipalities, causing property damage and affecting lives. Learn how to prepare for these natural disasters.

  • Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
    • Prior to joining ICLR, Glenn served as Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications for Swiss Reinsurance Company Canada. As an insurance writer and commentator, his work has been widely disseminated across Canada. Glenn has written more than 240 magazine and journal articles, publications and blogposts on a range of issues. Additionally, he speaks and lectures regularly on subjects related to the area of property and casualty insurance, and reinsurance and natural hazards. He recently earned his Certificate in Risk Management from University of Toronto's School of Continuing Education.


Dates & Location

September 12-13, 2019
Casino Rama, Rama, ON

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