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ACT Chapter: Risk Odyssey 2017

17 May 2017 08:45 AM
Ernst & Young Canberra, 121 Marcus Clark Street


ACT Risk Odyssey 2017

Driving innovation through collaboration between government, industry and consulting firms.

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Location: Ernst & Young Canberra, 121 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points: 6


  • RMIA Members: $290 inc.gst
  • RMIA Certification holders (CCRO, CPRM, CPRA, CRMT): $246.50 inc.gst (please contact RMIA for discount code)
  • Non-members: $370 inc.gst.

Do you want to feel empowered to share your expertise? Do you want the opportunity to have an unfiltered exchange of innovative ideas? Do you want the chance to nominate a topic for discussion? This year’s Risk Management Institution of Australasia (RMIA) ACT Risk Odyssey will address these questions and more. To address these questions; and to drive innovation between government, industry and consultancy; the odyssey will be run in an ‘unconference’ format where you will be empowered to determine the topics you want discussed.

Risk Management Leaders

A number of eminent government and consultancy risk management leaders will also be participating in the discussion groups alongside you as equal participants and providing their insights to each groups’ participants. This provides you with a unique opportunity to leverage their expertise. The risks management leaders involved include but are not limited to:

· Andrew Metcalfe AO, former Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, and current EY Oceania Central Government Agencies Lead Partner

· Stephen Bartos, CEO, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)

· Rear Admiral (retired) Rowan Moffitt AO, former Deputy Chief of Navy, and current EY Oceania Defence Lead Partner

· Peter Wilkinson, EY Risk Transformation Partner


The ACT Risk Odyssey will follow the following program:




Arrival and sign-in


Conference opening – Mark Sullivan ACT Chapter President


·Unconference format is explained

·Risk Management Leaders explain their ideas to participants

·Ideas are solicited from all participants and grouped up into discussion topics


Morning tea


Breakout session 1


Breakout session 2




Breakout session 3


Afternoon tea


Unconference group presentations


Wrap up

4.15 onwards

After conference networking and refreshments at EY

Our facilitator will work with participants in the 9.15 session to create an agenda that aligns with your interests for the breakout sessions (10.45am, 11.45am and 1.30pm).

What is an ‘unconference’ ?

An unconference is an innovative, participant-driven meeting featuring open discussions. This is in contrast to a traditional conference, which typically features a series of consecutive speeches. If you have ever felt that the most valuable takeaway you receive from conferences is the connections you make and the corridor conversations you have—then the Odyssey unconference is for you. The unconference is designed to maximise these outcomes.

The Risk Odyssey unconference will be facilitated by an experienced unconference facilitator who will be responsible for soliciting ideas from participants and helping prioritise and refine those ideas into concise and useful topics for discussion.

Former APS senior executives, risk management leaders from the public service, industry and consulting firms will participate as equal participants in the discussion groups providing the opportunity for you to leverage their expertise which may not normally be accessible or affordable to you.

It is important to emphasise that the unconference format is not an anarchistic, chaotic and directionless format. On the contrary, the unconference format has been demonstrated to achieve higher levels of engagement, relevance and participant satisfaction in a variety of contexts. Furthermore, it offers an unparalleled opportunity for engagement, building connections and sharing ideas.

Benefits for you

The Risk Odyssey unconference will provide you with:

· Opportunities to actively engage in relevant and insightful facilitated conversations

· A fast paced and highly engaging dynamic that fosters innovation and creativity

· Opportunities to form authentic and enduring relationships between governance, risk and compliance professionals through collaboration on shared problems

· Opportunities for participants with business problems to exploit the skills and experience of the other professionals attending

· Unprecedented levels of collaboration across and between government, industry and consultancy.

How will it work?

At the ACT Risk Odyssey you will:

· Raise any topics you would like to discuss around risk management issues or the profession

· Work with our facilitator to set the agenda—that is which topics will be discussed at each of the breakout sessions (10.45am, 11.45am and 1.30pm)

· Then break into groups to discuss the topic that interests you most at each of the breakout sessions. There will be three breakout sessions like this during the day.

The Odyssey’s organisers will not pre-determine topics for discussion or divide you up into discussion groups. We recognise that you are an expert in your field and organisation and best able nominate topics and join discussion groups that are relevant to you and worth exploring in detail. The participants create the agenda not us!

Suggested topics from attendees include:

· How risk management can establish a common information set and language to facilitate communication and activity between multi jurisdictional stakeholders

· Risk management’s role in Innovation

· Risk management’s role in preparing for and taking advantage of disruption in the digital age

· How risk management facilitates government policy development

· Industries who will benefit from increasing automation and digitisation of risk management activities

· How the current review of the ISO31000 risk management standard will impact risk management practice internally into the future

Nominate a topic: After registering for the ACT Risk Odyssey, if you wish to nominate a topic for discussion in the discussion groups, either raise it on the day, or email it to before the day.