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May 5, 2020

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


This week on RIMScast, Justin Smulison is in a festive mood! Recently, RIMS announced its 2020 award winners for the Richard W. Bland Memorial Award and the Rising Star Award, and in this episode, Justin is interviewing both of them! 

First up to speak with Justin is Richard W. Bland Memorial Award recipient (and return guest), Mark Humphreys! Mark is the Vice President of Litigation and Risk Management at Watt Companies in California, as well as the Chair of the RIMS External Affairs Committee. Mark was presented with this award due to his commitment in the area of legislation and regulation.


The second guest of the episode and the recipient of the Rising Star Award is Katherine Dawal, Manager of Risk and Insurance at K+S Potash Canada and Vice President of the RIMS Saskatchewan North Chapter. She received the honor of Rising Star for demonstrating exceptional initiative, volunteerism, professional development, achievement, and leadership potential.


In this episode, both guests briefly discuss their work and careers and share how they are leading their companies and RIMS groups amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS Membership.

[:50] About today’s episode and guests.

[1:00] About RIMS Coronavirus Information Center.

[1:14] About the newest RIMS webinar!

[1:42] More about today’s first guest, Mark Humphreys.

[2:13] Justin welcomes Mark to RIMScast!

[2:22] Justin congratulates Mark on winning the Richard W. Bland Memorial Award.

[2:38] Mark speaks about the award and shares why it is significant to him.

[4:27] Mark speaks about what has inspired his passion for advocacy.

[7:47] Last time Mark and Justin spoke, they discussed drafting legislation for the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA). Mark gives an update on some of the developments that have happened regarding it since then.

[9:45] Do they often advocate on behalf of an idea as opposed to an actual piece of legislation?

[11:37] Does Mark feel like most actions that he’s taking within his company and with the external affairs committee will have some sort of tie to pandemic response for the next three to five years?

[12:57] Did Mark ever feel like a pandemic would happen?

[13:45] Mark shares some of the other ways the pandemic is impacting his work and day-to-day operations in commercial real estate.

[16:50] Mark leaves listeners with some parting thoughts regarding the award he won as well as advice for risk management professionals.

[18:21] Justin introduces the next guest, Katherine Dawal!

[18:51] Justin welcomes Katherine to the podcast.

[18:59] Katherine shares the location she is speaking from and gives an update on what the current COVID-19 statistics are where she’s from.

[19:55] Justin congratulates Katherine on winning the Rising Star award and Katherine speaks about how it feels to receive such an honor.

[21:10] Katherine fills listeners in on what her role is at K+S Potash Canada.

[22:50] Katherine explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted her work at K+S.

[26:52] Katherine speaks about her role as a RIMS leader for the Saskatchewan Chapter and how the pandemic has impacted the work that she does there.

[29:35] Since Katherine was so well-prepared for the pandemic, does she think that her work at K+S will resume a little bit faster than the rest of the world?

[32:11] Justin gives his thanks to both guests for joining the episode, previews the next episode of RIMScast, and highlights some of the links to check out in today’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

Risk Management Magazine: Risk Manager of the Year 2020 Digital Edition

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Advocacy: Coronavirus Advocacy Information

RIMS Advocacy

RIMS Webinar — May 7th: “Emerging Risk Issues with Point of Service Manufacture and Use of 3D Printed Medical Devices”

RIMS Webinar — May 12th: “Executive Perspectives: Global Trends and Issues Impacting Risk Management”

RIMS Webinar — May 13th: “Mitigating the Impact & Disruption to the Global Supply Chain: COVID-19”

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RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

New Feature: RIMS-CRMP Stories

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