Catherine Taylor, P. Eng., ARM, VP Risk and Insurance, Centerra Gold Inc.
Ms. Taylor is responsible for the Enterprise Risk and Insurance programs of Toronto based Centerra Gold Inc., an international gold mining company with operations in Canada, the US, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan.
Prior to joining Centerra, she held senior technical and risk management positions in a variety of private and public-sector organizations including mining, energy, construction, specialty chemicals, financial services, international insurance, corporate real estate and public safety.
A frequent speaker on risk management topics, Ms. Taylor is an instructor for the Rotman Directors Education Program and developed / taught the Risk Management and the Mining Sector course of the Ryerson Chang School of Continuing Education Certificate Program in Mining Management. Catherine has also been a guest lecturer on risk management for the Wilfred Laurier MBA program, the Schulich Global Mining Management MBA program and the Schulich Executive Education Masters Certificate in Risk Management & Business Performance.
Ms. Taylor is currently a member of the Electrical Safety Authority's ECRA Advisory Council. She was recently appointed by the Province of Ontario to their Natural Resources Sector Audit Committee. Previously she was a Public Appointee to the Board of Directors of the Regulator of Funeral Services in the Province of Ontario where she served as Chair of the Board.
Catherine is a long-standing member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Strategic Risk Council as well as the Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS). She is a graduate of the Engineering & Management program at McMaster University, a licensed Professional Engineer (Ontario) and holds the Associate in Risk Management designation.
Typically, organizations measure the significance of a risk in terms of the likelihood of the unwanted event and the impact on the business should it occur. Capital and resources are deployed to prevent the occurrence of risks but we often neglect to invest in tools and resources to react to and thus reduce the impact of risks that unfortunately manifest. Sailors know that you can’t direct the wind but you can adjust your sails. COVID-19 has shown us how ill prepared governments, companies and individuals are at not only reducing the likelihood of loss, but most importantly reacting to reduce the impact. Our discussion will focus on lessons learned about the strengths and weaknesses of risk management programs in the midst of a pandemic
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