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Sep 14, 2021

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


Joining Justin in today’s episode is a very exciting guest; 2021 RIMS Canada Conference keynote speaker, Séan McCann!


Séan is an Order of Canada recipient and a co-founder of the renowned Canadian folk band, Great Big Sea. He has spent the past seven years touring the country as a musical keynote speaker, singing and sharing his story with front-line workers, teachers, students, patients, inmates, veterans, and anyone who has been affected by addiction or abuse. After 20 years with Great Big Sea, Séan embarked on a solo career that has furthered his professional voyage. In addition, Séan has also co-authored a powerful book with his wife, Andrea Aragon, called, One Good Reason: A Memoir of Addiction and Recovery, Music and Love.


In this episode, Séan shares what he has in store for his 2021 RIMS Canada Conference keynote performance, his experiences performing as a solo act vs. a group act, his insights on how risk and music are related,  and his key takeaways and words of hope regarding addiction and recovery.


Be sure to catch his live performance on Oct. 5th at 12 p.m. EST at RIMS Canada 2021!


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’ Global Membership.

[:12] About the RIMS buyer’s guide.

[:49] About today’s episode with Séan McCann.

[:57] Register now for the upcoming RIMS ERM Conference!

[1:11] Upcoming RIMS current virtual offerings.

[2:12] More about today’s episode with Séan McCann.

[3:01] Justin welcomes Séan McCann to RIMScast!

[3:09] What does Séan have planned for his keynote performance at the 2021 RIMS Canada Conference?

[4:24] Is it difficult to gauge the vibe and the feedback in a virtual space vs. a physical space as a performing artist?

[5:40] Will Séan be appearing as a solo act at the RIMS Canada Conference?

[6:22] Parallels between risk management and music.

[8:54] About Séan‘s book, One Good Reason: A Memoir of Addiction and Recovery, Music and Love, that he co-authored with his wife, Andrea Aragon; and the risks he was exposed to in being part of a hugely successful band.

[11:58] Séan’s reflections on this year’s theme of the RIMS Canada Conference, Revision, and how it relates to his experiences personally and professionally.

[15:57] About the RIMS Mobile App and Spencer’s Risk Manager on Campus program.

[17:19] Will Séan be telling stories and sharing insights in between his musical performances for his keynote at RIMS Canada Conference?

[19:22] Did Séan ever have a second choice for a career if he hadn’t pursued music?

[22:12] Séan’s favorite guitar to write music on.

[25:07] Séan and Justin reflect on the Anthony Kiedis quote, “Just because you’re out of rehab doesn’t mean the party is over for everybody else.”

[28:06] Séan shares an impactful experience he had with a fan.

[32:00] A sample of Séan’s music.

[32:32] Justin thanks Séan McCann for joining RIMScast and shares some of the links to look out for in this episode’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

RIMS Canada Conference 2021: Register now!

RIMS ERM Conference 2021 will be held Nov. 11th & 12th in NYC


RIMS Buyers Guide

Upcoming Webinars:

September 15, 2021 | “Thrive Through COVID in a Delta Variant World” | Sponsored by Aon

September 21, 2021 | “10 Essential Steps to Rethinking Risk Assessment” | Sponsored by OneTrust GRC

September 30, 2021 | “Prepare to Plug into a High-Powered Opportunity” | Sponsored by Travelers

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“What Could a CRO Do for Your Business?” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

“Hard Reality: A Look at Rising Rates in Property & Excess Casualty” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Property Valuation Deep Dive” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

“Property Loss Control Engineering” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers

Virtual Workshops:

RIMS-CRMP Exam Prep Virtual Workshops (October 2021) — Gain an edge with the RIMS-CRMP; the only internationally accredited risk management certification!

RIMS Virtual Workshops: Claims Management — Register now for Nov. 8‒9th

Spencer’s Risk Manager on Campus Program — Volunteer Today!

Related RIMScast Episodes:

“Talking RIMS Canada 2021 and Risk Management with Steve Pottle and Jacqueline Toering”

“Career Notes: RIMS Live 2021 Speaker Jade Simmons Talks Risk and Music”

“City-Wide Risk Success with Betty Clarke, ORIMS Donald M. Stuart Award Winner (2020)”

“Live On-Site at the RIMS Canada Conference 2019!”

“The State of Risk Management in Canada with Christine Maligec and Nicole Cebuliak”

“Risk in the Context of Music with Kai Kight”

RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

RIMS Virtual Workshops

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

Risk Management Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series — New interview with RIMS 2021 Risk Manager of the Year, Michael Harrington!

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring guests, Charles Vu and Steve Pottle!

Spencer Educational Foundation

RIMS Advocacy


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Follow up with Our Guest:


One Good Reason: A Memoir of Addiction and Recovery, Music and Love, by Séan McCann and Andrea Aragon


Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“What I’ve learned as a person in recovery is that it really helps to hear the truth of others who have been successful because it proves that you can be successful.” — Séan McCann


“If the guy from Great Big Sea can quit drinking, anyone can.” — Séan McCann


“We might not have the reach of 2 or 5 years because we don’t know where the economy is going to go right now, but we do know what just happened [with the pandemic]. And we can take those lessons and practically apply them.” — Séan McCann


“A good father is a good risk manager.” Séan McCann


“You won’t be successful as an artist unless you abandon ‘plan B.’” — Séan McCann


“In order to be, in my opinion, a true artist and a songwriter, you need to be fearless of the unknown. You need to be able to go places and be in a situation where you really don’t know what the answer really is.” — Séan McCann


“I know what it’s like to live in darkness, to carry a secret, and to suffer through addiction. I would spare anyone that. … Having lived through that, I don’t wish that on anyone.” — Séan McCann