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McGill University risk manager, Janice McGraw, wins RIMS’ Donald M. Stuart Award


September 15, 2009   by Canadian Underwriter


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The Ontario chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) named Janice McGraw, manager of risk management and insurance at McGill University in Montreal, as the 2009 recipient of the Donald M. Stuart Award.
McGraw received the award at the RIMS Canada conference in St. John’s Newfoundland on Sept. 15.
The annual award was created to recognize a Canadian that has contributed and shown innovation, leadership and dedication to the RIMS community and the risk management profession at large.
McGraw has 25 years of experience in the field of risk management. She has continued to contribute to the advancement of the profession in both the community and her workplace, Steve Pottle, president of ORIMS said.
In the late 1990s, McGraw was a member of the board that led to creation of a reciprocal insurance exchange for Canadian Universities, also known as CURIE. 
Since 1987, she has “willingly shared her passion and enthusiasm” by serving on several committees of RIMS, the RIMS Canada Council and the Quebec Risk and Insurance Association, Pottle said. She has been vocal in the creation of what is now known as the RIMS Fellow designation.
“Janice is one of the most enthusiastic, kind, generous individuals in our industry,” Pottle said. “In an industry that relies on the relationships we build to support and achieve our goals and objectives, it is a testament to the character of someone like Janice when we see the strength of these business relationships and how they breed friendship as well.”
In her acceptance speech, McGraw emphasised the importance of the friendships that she has forged throughout her time in the RIMS community.
“Winning this Don Stuart Award changes everything,” she said. “Suddenly what you habitually do every day has a different meaning because of this recognition.”