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Jan 11, 2021

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Today’s guest is Betty Clarke, the Manager of Corporate Risk and Recovery for the City of St. John’s! In December of 2020, ORIMS honored and acknowledged her with the Donald M. Stuart Award, which is widely recognized as Canada’s highest honor within the risk management field. Since 1979, the award has celebrated Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. 


In this episode, Betty speaks about her career and the steps that she has taken that have led her to these proud moments! She also speaks about the unique challenges she and the City of St. John’s have faced in 2020, how they are facing said challenges, how she is helping build a more “risk aware” culture within the City of St. John’s, and much more.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’ Global Membership.

[:25] About today’s episode.

[:31] Current RIMS features, offerings, news, and events.

[1:44] More about today’s episode with Betty Clarke.

[2:16] Justin welcomes Betty Clarke to RIMScast!

[2:22] What originally drew Betty to risk management.

[5:19] When and why Betty joined RIMS.

[5:47] Betty provides some background on the City of St. John’s and why risk management is needed there.

[7:17] The unique challenges Betty has faced in 2020 and the steps she has been taking to address them.

[9:29] Is Betty regularly working with government officials and elected officials in the City of St. John’s?

[10:25] Betty recently completed the ICS I-300 in Emergency Management/Business Continuity. She speaks about this experience and explains what it is.

[12:17] What ‘ICS’ stands for in ICS-300.

[12:31] What does it mean to build a “risk aware” culture? How has Betty’s definition of it changed over time?

[13:51] Betty speaks about her role in building a risk-aware culture within the City of St. John’s as well as some key lessons.

[15:41] In December of 2020, Betty was presented with the Donald M. Stuart Award by ORIMS. Betty expresses her gratitude and shares why she is so honored to receive the award.

[17:50] Betty shares how her involvement with the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of RIMS (NALRIMS) has enhanced or furthered her career.

[19:47] Betty shares some advice for rising risk professionals.

[20:53] Justin thanks Betty Clarke for joining RIMScast and shares some of the links to check out in this episode’s show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS News Release: “RIMS Ontario Chapter Honors Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Clarke with the 2020 Donald M. Stuart Award”

RIMS Risk Forum 2020 India — Register for On-Demand Content!

RIMS Ontario Chapter (ORIMS)

RIMS Canada Council (RCC)

Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of RIMS (NALRIMS) 

RIMS Webinars and Services:

Jan. 21st, 2021 — Risk Appetite Management Virtual Workshop — Register by Jan. 14th!

Webinar: Jan. 28th, 2021 “Strengthening Risk Management Capabilities to Navigate Social & Economic Concerns in Nigeria” — Register Today!

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

RIMS Content and Offerings:

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

Risk Management magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)


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