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Reporting on risk to the board

Those charged with reporting on risk to the board and to the executive team should understand what they are trying to achieve, what information they need to be successful and how they can help.

 

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Improve internal controls over fixed assets (Part 1)

Many organizations face challenges with recording and physically safeguarding fixed assets. Organizations must also meet disclosure and other requirements when they prepare audited or other financial statements, corporate tax returns (applicable to for-profit organizations) and T3010 Registered Charity Information Returns (applicable to charitable organizations). Accounting processes and procedures must facilitate these activities.

 

Is the goal of risk governance taking boards in the wrong direction?

The board is discharging its responsibilities to ensure stakeholders get the performance they should: value creation as well as (and not just) value protection. The board should make sure the management team is effective in running the organization, and that is not done by focusing on a list of harms. Effective governance of an organization is limited if the board focuses on risks.

 

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10 top ways to be a wildly effective compliance officer

Competition law

To be wildly effective, compliance officers should have a positive working relationship with the other functions in the business, especially Legal, Audit and Human Resources.

 

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How to protect trade secrets following the departure of a key employee

Employers must keep in mind the fact that there is a thin line between, on the one hand, confidential information belonging to a company that remains protected by virtue of the duty of loyalty and, on the other hand, the personal knowledge and skills that an employee has acquired throughout the years and is entitled to bring to a competitor.

 

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One objective but multiple risks

Some organizations and consultants are wedded to the idea that the level of risk can be quantified and calculated as the magnitude of a potential effect (or consequence) multiplied by its likelihood.

 

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Competition Act update

The Competition Bureau must generally be given advance notice of proposed transactions when the acquired assets in Canada or revenues generated in or from Canada from such assets exceed C$92 million, and when the combined Canadian assets or revenues in, from or into Canada of the parties together with their respective affiliates exceed C$400 million.

 

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Ontario ban on door-to-door sales in effect as of March 1st

Door-to-door sales contracts have been among the top complaints received by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. Starting March 1, 2018, Ontario has banned unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appliances to better protect consumers from aggressive and misleading contracting at home. This will bring about some changes for some companies business model and marketing strategies.

 

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New initiatives to hold companies accountable for human rights violations abroad

On January 17, 2018, the federal government announced two new initiatives to hold Canadian companies doing business and operating abroad accountable for human rights violations abroad.

 

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An example of game theory in risk management

One of the risks identified by many organizations as significant and included in the risk disclosures required in corporate filings, such as the annual and quarterly filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is the loss of key personnel.

 

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Risk and game theory

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The Cuban Missile Crisis is frequently cited as an example of the use of Game Theory. I am talking about the situation confronting the Kennedy government when they found that the USSR had installed missiles in Cuba that were capable of hitting American cities with nuclear weapons. Here is a link to a summary of […]

 

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Do we understand what a risk event is?

COSO ERM talks about the possible effect of an event on objectives, and in common parlance we are talking about something happening that has an effect on the organization. (COSO thinks of risk as the possibility of that event occurring; ISO talks about risk as the effect of what might happen on objectives.)

 

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CETA gets royal assent – what brand owners and users need to know

On May 16, 2017, Bill C-30, Canada’s legislation to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union, received royal assent.

 

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TPP-11 reach agreement on “core elements” of a deal

Since the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership within three days of President Trump’s inauguration, which many thought would result in a fatal blow to the deal, negotiators from the remaining TPP-11 have been quietly meeting to revive the agreement.

 

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COSO ERM explains the flaw in risk appetite statements

Devotion to remaining within risk appetite (if you can even express one that will proactively guide decision-makers) is likely to make you risk averse – and focusing on avoiding harm is the path to avoiding success.

 

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