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Improving the availability of masks and respirators during COVID-19

On March 24, 2020, Health Canada announced its plan to fast-track the Medical Device Establishment License (“MDEL”) application process for companies that want to manufacture, import, or distribute Class I masks.

 

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COVID-19: key issues every organization should consider

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The COVID-19 pandemic raises critical and unprecedented issues for all organizations. How an enterprise responds to these challenges will influence how it fares through the crisis and its positioning for recovery afterwards. We believe that the issues below warrant special attention by senior management and directors.

 

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New ERM Guidance from COSO

Creating and Protecting Value: Understanding and Implementing Enterprise Risk Management is based on COSO’s 2017 update of its 2004 ERM Framework. Their intent is to explain how effective ERM can add value to an organization, and to give some guidance on how to implement or upgrade it.

 

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COVID-19 Considerations from our bankruptcy & restructuring experts

Because of the speed with which the recent adverse circumstances have developed, businesses that may have otherwise been able to adapt may not have had an opportunity to do any meaningful contingency planning.

 

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Contractual rights and obligations in the context of COVID-19

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The significant disruption caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic brings threats to stable contractual relations and the economic expectations that come with them. Here are pragmatic and legal next steps that organizations can take.

 

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Boasting about internal audit value

Richard Chambers, President and CEO of the global Institute of Internal Auditors, is a friend whose leadership at the IIA and of internal audit practices I value and respect. Recently, he wrote a blog, One Mistake Internal Audit Cannot Afford to Make in 2020.

 

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Let’s meet – just not in person: Taking your annual shareholder meeting online (in a coronavirus world)

Increased concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus are prompting companies to look at alternatives to their in-person annual meeting of shareholders, including holding the meeting partly or even wholly online with streamed audio and/or video content. This could potentially accelerate a recent trend in Canada towards considering alternatives to the traditional in-person shareholder meeting, […]

 

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Which comes first, risk or control?

Can you assess the overall system of internal controls without considering risk management? I don’t think so, and neither does COSO. That is why there is a risk component in their internal control framework.

 

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A new code sets back the status and practice of internal auditing

he Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (the UK affiliate of the global Institute of Internal Auditors) is usually a thought leader, promoting and explaining best and leading internal auditing practices. For example, they have done excellent work on [enterprise] risk-based auditing.

 

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Entering the era of operational resilience

Operational resilience is the ability of a business to tolerate shocks and maintain normal operations. Those shocks can be all sorts of things — IT failures, natural disasters, terrorism, cyberattacks — but they’re typically sudden shocks, happening within hours or even minutes, that threaten your company’s ability to provide whatever it is you provide to customers.

 

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Back to basics – Signing your documents correctly

Gowling’s non-contentious engineering and construction experts provide their top ten tips for executing documents.

 

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Risk and consequences

I like to think that effective risk management helps the managers of an organization, at all levels, make the informed and intelligent decisions necessary for success – reliably achieving enterprise objectives considering all the things that might happen, both positive and negative.

 

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4 reasons why your organization isn’t seeing internal hotline reports

When it comes to effective internal whistleblower hotlines, silence is never a sign of success. It is usually a sign that the compliance program, and its internal reporting systems, are not resonating with employees and is therefore, not effective. In these cases, we have to ask ourselves why?

 

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New guidance for risk committees

A new publication by the Risk Coalition (a group of organizations in the UK that includes their Institute of Directors, a couple of risk management associations, and the organizations for internal and external auditors) merits our attention. Raising the Bar: Principles-based guidance for board risk committees and risk functions in the UK Financial Services Sector has some interesting content. For example, it says:

 

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A risk case study

I returned this week from a vacation in Mexico, including a day at the Copper Canyon. Our tour guide took about 20 of us down the mountain side to see some Tarahumara Indian homes. I decided that I wanted to come back ahead of the group, finding my way back up the path and steps to our hotel at the top. What might happen along the way? In other words, what would a risk manager put on a list or heat map?

 

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