September 18, 2007 by Canadian Underwriter
Nowell Seaman of Saskatoon is the 2007 recipient of the Donald M. Stuart Award, originally created by the Ontario Chapter of RIMS in 1979 to recognize outstanding contributions to the Canadian risk management community.
Seaman, manager, risk management and insurance services, University of Saskatchewan, received the award at a special awards presentation at the 2007 RIMS Canada Conference in Halifax.
Erin Magilton-Morneau, president of RIMSs Ontario chapter, presented the prestigious award to Seaman. In her speech, Morneau described Seaman as a person who serves his community by inspiring and motivating his peers with his leadership, his openness and his vision for RIMS in Canada, she said.
The reasons why Seaman is worthy of the award extend beyond his involvement with RIMS, Magilton-Morneau continued.
Seaman has developed a benchmark in the practice for enterprise risk management for his employer, and having done so is always willing to share his experiences and ideas for the benefit of other risk managers, she said.
He began his career in risk management in 1983, after a successful career as a guitarist in a Grammy-nominated band, she said, and in addition to all of this, is the father of five children, ranging in ages from three to 19.
Seaman extended his thanks to his RIMS colleagues for this extraordinary award.
While he didnt have the pleasure and privilege to know Don Stuart personally, he gained a glimpse of him through a letter he received from Stuarts wife while serving as chairman of the Canada Council at the time of Stuarts passing he told the crowd.
In her letter, Stuarts widow told Seaman of the countless hours Stuart dedicated to the society and the enjoyment he gained from his long association with RIMS.
I am so honoured to receive this award in his name, Seaman said.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the evolving risk management community in Canada, and to be associated with such a fine group of people, he said.
I have received far more than I have given.