Operational Risk Management In Action At Financial Institutions 

November 19 – 20,  2019 – Toronto

Risk management is a key component of every financial institution’s governance framework. To identify, assess and manage risk effectively, risk-data must be collected, processed, aggregated and reported in a secure and well-controlled environment.  Additionally, compliance with regulations such as risk-based capital rules, specifically require challenging data quality and modeling standards to be met.


Risk management is a key component of every financial institution’s governance framework. To identify, assess and manage risk effectively, risk-data must be collected, processed, aggregated and reported in a secure and well-controlled environment.  Additionally, compliance with regulations such as risk-based capital rules, specifically require challenging data quality and modeling standards to be met.

This seminar addresses best practices with respect to steps required to turn source data into reliable information that can be used to enhance risk management and decision-making processes at financial institutions, and to comply with federal regulations and international standards. During this session, we will review Risk Data Management along the spectrum of governance:  identification, collection, tracking, modelling, internal/external reporting and impacts on regulatory capital.

Registration Fees

October 8, 2019
October 22, 2019
October 22, 2019
Operational Risk Management In Action $2,099.00 + HST $2,199.00 + HST $2,299.00 + HST

Our HST Number: R862562543

Group Discount: Fourth Delegate FREE!

If three individuals from one organization register at the same time, a fourth person may also be registered to attend free of charge. The free registration must be of equal or lesser value than the paid registrations. Please contact us to arrange for attendance of larger groups.

Your Registration Includes

Registration fees include all conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Parking and accommodation are not included.


As a registered delegate, you will receive a complete set of conference materials. These materials will serve as an invaluable guide, both during and after the event. The workbook will be distributed on the morning of the first day beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made at any time. If you are unable to attend, please make cancellations in writing and fax to (416) 504-6978 prior to 5:00 p.m. on November 5, 2019. A credit voucher will be issued to you for the full amount, redeemable against any other Acumen conference. If you prefer, you may request for a refund of fees paid less $250 administration fee. Registrants who cancel after above date will not be eligible to receive any credits or refunds and are liable for the entire registration fees.

Confirmed delegates who do not cancel before November 5, 2019, and fail to attend will be liable for the entire registration fees.

Acumen Information Services reserves the right to change the date, location and content for the event(s) offered herein without further notice and assumes no liability for such changes.

Early Bird Registration Discount

Register prior to to October 22, 2019, and you will obtain the following additional savings:

Second delegate: $100  Discount
Third delegate: $150 Discount
Fourth delegate: FREE

Please indicate that you are eligible for this offer on the registration page or your registration form if you are mailing in your registration.

Location – Accommodation

The conference will be held at:

Courtyard by Marriott
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1X7


Delegates can register at the Acumen service desk beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of the first day of the conference. Registration fees do not include hotel accommodation.

Program - November 19

Course Agenda


Cybersecurity Risk

  • Overview of recent incidents – the underlying risk/threat profile in play
  • Essential cyber/tech security functions typically in place
  • Assessing organizational readiness to prevent, detect and respond to risks/threats
  • Understanding cybersecurity business targets by key areas and related exposures to threats
  • Specific internal controls to implement/consider
  • Bridging communications issues with technology and security professionals
  • Training issues to ensure organizational compliance with risk management policies
  • Insider threats
  • Incident response

New Product Development

  • New Products and Initiatives
  • Product Development Lifecycle
  • New Product Policy
  • Methodology and Risk Assessment
  • Risk Register
  • Risk Pricing and Capital Allocation
  • Product Approval
  • Implementation, Post-implementation Review and Monitoring
  • Conclusion

Project Risk

  • Definitions of project risk, risk events and general variability
  • Human aspects of risk management, including attitude and heuristics
  • Initiating risk management – the plan, project-specific impact scales, risk tolerances
  • Risk identification and communication techniques using structured risk descriptions
  • The risk register – tracking risks. risk owners and action owners
  • Risk assessment – prioritizing risks using probability and impact
  • Inherent versus current risk exposure – assessing residual exposure after responding to a risk
  • Updating risk plans and keeping the process alive and relevant for the project’s entire life cycle

Regulatory Change

  • Introduction
  • Regulatory Change Management Workflow
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Information Architecture of Regulatory Change Program
  • Technology Support
  • Regulatory Classification Process
  • Mapping to Enterprise Risk Taxonomy

This two day course runs from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day including lunch as well as morning and afternoon breaks.

Program - November 20

Course Agenda

Model Risk Management

  • Background
  • Model use
  • Model development, implementation and use
  • Model validation and verification
  • Governance, Policies and Controls
  • Three Lines of Defense
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • IT and Spreadsheet Controls
  • Effective Challenge

Third Party Risk

  • Major Risks
  • Critical Activities
    • Risk Management Lifecycle
    • Planning
    • Due Diligence and Selection
    • Contract Negotiations
    • Ongoing Monitoring
    • Termination
  • Oversight and Accountability
    • Board of Directors
    • Senior Management
    • Bank Employees
  • Documentation and Reporting
  • Independent Reviews 

Reputational Risk

  • How reputation risk differs from other corporate risks
  • The consequences of damage to reputation
  • Damage limitation and recovering trust
  • Metrics for measuring reputation risk
  • Attributing responsibility for managing reputation risk
  • Best practice in reporting
  • Effective risk mitigation strategies

Business Resiliency

  • Fundamental principles of Business Continuity (BC)
  • Risk analysis and Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
  • Design and implementation of a business continuity process
  • Development of a BC training, awareness and communication program
  • Development of business continuity plans
    • business Continuity plan
    • IT Recovery plan
    • emergency plan
    • crisis management and communication plan
    • incident and emergency management

This two day course runs from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day including lunch as well as morning and afternoon breaks.

Course Leader
Mario Mosse
President, MMosse Consulting, LLC

Mario Mosse has 40 years of experience in enterprise risk management, internal audit and regulatory compliance at financial services companies. He is the president of MMosse Consulting, LLC, where he provides risk management advice and training to the financial services industry. Previously, he was the head of Operational Risk Management at Prudential Financial, Inc.  Prior to joining Prudential,  Mr. Mosse was with The Chase Manhattan Bank, where he held several senior positions in Internal Audit and Risk Management, including South America Regional Audit Executive and Head of Risk Management for the Corporate Finance Sector. Mr. Mosse has been actively involved in provided information session for PRMIA and other risk management organizations.

Who Should Attend

This conference has been specifically designed for, and in consultation with, experts in accounting for financial institutions as well as standard setters. The event has been developed with the professional responsibilities of our audience as our focus. As well, auditors, financial advisors, analysts, lawyers and other advisory professionals would benefit from staying current on the information provided at this timely event. In particular, our experience indicates that individuals in the following positions would mostly likely be in attendance:

  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Risk Officers
  • VPs, Directors and Managers
    • Risk Management
    • Financial and Regulatory Reporting
    • Finance
    • Regulatory Compliance
  • Risk Managers
  • Actuaries
  • Internal Auditors
  • Audit Committee Members
  • Audit and Assurance Professionals
  • Industry Regulators and Standard Setters

To obtain a copy of the brochure, please send a request to the email below or click on the image of the brochure on this page.

e-mail at info@acumeninformation.com

Comments from Past Delegates to Acumen Conferences

"…provided a very good high level summary of the key impacts of IFRS to financial institutions.”

Associate Chief Accountant, Bank of Montreal

“Presentations were clear even though topics were complex.”

Chief Financial Officer, Société Générale

“Best conference I’ve ever attended.”

Senior Manager, Enterprise Hedge Accounting and Derivative Reporting, Royal Bank of Canada

“Suffice it to say that the conference delivered on my expectations…A lot has been taken away from this conference…$ well spent…”

V.P. Risk Management Advisory, New Brunswick Credit Union Stabilization Board

“Finally a course that communicates true technical knowledge”,

Director, Operations Finance NAV Canada

“This seminar was fantastic – very informative and has some extremely interesting and knowledgeable speakers.”

Manager, Corporate Accounting Brascan Power

“Great balance between theory and practical application/issues. Perfect level of detail…”

Treasury Manager CHC Helicopter Corporation
“Speakers were very knowledgeable, materials were current…examples and materials were relevant and well presented.”

Derivatives Accountant, Agrium Inc.

To submit questions to be answered at the conference, please send us an email at this address at  info@acumeninformation.com