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Measuring ethical culture

This presents a discussion on how to measure ethical culture. I just read an interesting article by Scott Moritz of Protiviti. Measuring Ethical Culture – Tapping into Open Secrets is an easy read and covers the main points. He suggests that employees are more likely than in previous years to answer a survey honestly, assuming […]

 

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Identifying, assessing, and evaluating risk is the easy part

COSO ERM 2017 talks about strategy selection, which is a very important decision, and how you need to assess each option. The selection process includes understanding what might happen under each option (risks and opportunities in their language), weighing all the pros and cons, and then choosing the one that makes the most business sense.

 

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Key developments in Canada’s economic sanctions and export controls during 2017 & what to expect in 2018

This article begins with a summary of parliamentary recommendations to improve Canada’s sanctions regime, and then launches into reforms that have already taken shape, such as the creation of a publicly-accessible sanctions database and the adoption of a new Magnitsky Law. Second, it discusses recent updates to Canada’s export controls and economic sanctions laws. Third, we explore Canada’s preparations to join the Arms Trade Treaty with Bill C-47, including expected developments in 2018.

 

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Key principles of successful risk management

Somehow, we need to move the practice away from a periodic review of a list of risks (which Jim refers to as enterprise list management) and to increasing the likelihood and extent of success.

 

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Is asking about risk culture the right question?

If you don’t have a consistent attitude towards taking risk among the few members of the executive team, how can you expect to have a consistent attitude among the population of employees and decision-makers?

 

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Alberta Court of Appeal reaffirms importance of considering factual matrix in contractual interpretation

The rules of contractual interpretation have evolved significantly in the last several years in Canada. At one time, the circumstances surrounding the preparation of a contract were rarely considered by the courts; the courts preferred to look within the “four walls” of the contract to interpret ambiguous phrases or to resolve uncertainties. More recently, however, the courts have begun to consider all of the circumstances involved in the drafting of the contract in order to give meaning to it and to ensure that the intention of the parties is carried out.

 

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Name is psychological safety but my friends call me culture

psychological safety

Psychological safety refers to the climate in which people operate, think and speak. A psychologically safe climate is one in which people feel comfortable being themselves and expressing themselves without the fear of retribution. This concept is directly applicable to the group dynamics of teams trying to spitball the next big thing; however, when we expand this view to our largest corporate group, the employee base, we start to see a lot of overlap with a true speak-up culture.

 

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Mitigate the risks associated with IT systems acquisition

Any organization which acquires IT systems must do so carefully. Among other reasons, systems may be costly, they may be critical to business operations, and they may create significant risks (for example a risk of security breaches). The following suggestions will help to mitigate some of the risks associated with IT systems acquisition:

 

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Is it about managing risk?

Managing risk absent the context of your objectives leads you to manage what may be irrelevant and miss what may be crucial.

 

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Bill 141 – Proposed amendments to the Act respecting the Autorité des marchés financiers with regard to whistleblowing

Following the example of the Ontario Securities Commission, the Authority implemented a whistleblower program in June 2016. Contrary to Ontario, Quebec’s program does not give financial awards to whistleblowers, but it does guarantee a framework that ensures confidentiality and protects whistleblowers against reprisals. However, no legislative amendment guaranteeing these protections has been introduced until now.

 

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Getting risk management right

In this commentary on a recent article by Doug Anderson, an advisor on behalf of the IIA on the COSO ERM update project, examples are provided on getting risk management right.

 

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Should you adopt the updated COSO ERM Framework? My assessment

It has been 13 years since the original COSO ERM Framework and eight years since ISO 31000:2009 was published. The updated COSO ERM Framework was an opportunity for COSO to “leap forward”. But did it?

 

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How well did COSO address comments on the ERM draft?

My impression is that COSO only tinkered with the draft. But, have they done enough to move practices forward, in the right direction? Will this update change the percentage of executives answering the piercing question by Deloitte, “Does risk management support, at a high level, the ability to develop and execute business strategies”, up from 13% close to 80%?

 

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No priority for pension claims in Wabush CCAA

Wabush is a welcome decision for third-party lenders to companies with defined benefit pension plans, and employers who sponsor defined benefit pension plans who may have had issues in accessing capital as a result of the SCC decision in Indalex.

 

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Which are the best principles for effective risk management?

I will let you decide which is the best set of principles: which is clearer in setting expectations for the effective management of risk and which is better as a basis for assessing the maturity of risk management.

 

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