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ORIMS presents Tony Lackey with 2017 Donald M. Stuart Award at RIMS Canada Conference


September 26, 2017   by Canadian Underwriter


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RIMS Ontario Chapter (ORIMS) has presented the Donald M. Stuart Award to Tony Lackey, director of risk and insurance services for Carleton University in Ottawa.

Tony Lackey with Tina Gardiner, president of RIMS Ontario Chapter.

Lackey was presented the award at the RIMS Canada Conference, RIMS said in a press release on Monday. The award has been bestowed annually since 1979 by ORIMS to celebrate Canadians who have made outstanding contributions in the risk management profession and is “widely recognized as Canada’s highest honour within the risk management field,” RIMS, the risk management society, said in the release.

“Risk professionals continue to be seen as vital contributors to achieving strategic goals and the key to unlocking great potential for the organization,” Tina Gardiner, ORIMS president, said. “Individuals like Tony Lackey demonstrate the undeniable value we can deliver. Not only is he an exceptional risk manager, he is selfless and passionate about advancing this profession. It is an honour to present him with the Donald M. Stuart Award.”

Upon joining Carleton University in 2001, Lackey assumed responsibility for the university’s risk management program, which included the development and implementation of its annual enterprise risk assessment, the management of operational risks, as well as its risk financing and business continuity programs, RIMS explained. Additionally, he serves as co-chairman of the university’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

As one of the first universities in Canada to implement enterprise risk management practices, Lackey and his team have been involved in its continuous implementation and improvement. Lackey also developed the university’s operational risk management manual, an “essential tool that enables the university to successfully complete over $240 million in new construction projects, effectively manage reputation risks, while protecting the well-being and safety of more than 26,000 full- and part-time students and 3,000 staff members who partake in academic endeavours around the globe,” the release said.

“I am truly overwhelmed by being the Donald M. Stuart Award winner this year,” Lackey said. “Over my career, I have seen risk management evolve, and am very honoured that my efforts in promoting risk management through education and my participation with RIMS has been recognized with such a prestigious award from my peers.”

Lackey became a member of RIMS in 2001 and immediately volunteered on the board of directors of the Canadian Capital Chapter. He has held various board positions with the chapter, including serving as its president from 2003 to 2007. Lackey maintains a position on the chapter board and is credited for forging its strong relationship with Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business to promote and administer CRM programming. Lackey also served as co-chairman of RIMS Canada Conference Program Committee in 2011.

Lackey has been a strong supporter of, and proponent for, insurance and risk management education. After obtaining his Associate of the Insurance Institute of Canada (AIIC, now CIP), he became an instructor, teaching the CRM course at the Sprott School of Business. He has been a guest lecturer of risk management topics at key industry events including RIMS Canada Conference, Ontario Higher Education Risk Management Symposium, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, Bank of Canada and others, RIMS reported.

Also presented at the conference, which runs until Wednesday, was the Fred H. Bossons Award, which each year honours the risk management professional who earns the highest average mark on the three examinations required to attain the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation. This year’s winner is Deborah Moor, vice president, HIIG Underwriters Agency (Canada) Ltd. The CRM designation is a widely recognized qualification that provides risk professionals a foundation of knowledge and skills needed to identify, assess, monitor and limit risks, RIMS explained in the release. Recognized by RIMS and awarded by the Global Risk Management Institute (GRMI), the designation demonstrates a level of professional commitment and proficiency.