Governance and Risk Management Forum 2018

Come together with like-minded professionals and address the latest issues shaping the governance and risk management landscape — aligning people and process within a framework of strategy, culture and technology. 

Our expert speakers will empower you with market-leading knowledge and skills to help you tackle the challenges that you face in your role.

Due to popular demand, we revamped the forum into a two day event to give you more focused insights each day. 

  • Day one frames trends and contexts for governance leadership and best practice. 
  • Day two focuses on the future of risk management and the mechanisms to build a healthy, responsive risk ecosystem. 
  • Threaded through the two-day agenda — the advance of technology, including automation, AI and analytics as they influence the nature of risk and governance.

Your state event

Attend the forum in your state for relevant domestic insights. You can register for both days or select the day that best supports your role. 

Sydney Perth  Adelaide Melbourne Brisbane
Thursday 3 and Friday 4 May Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May  Thursday 24 May Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June


Who should attend?

The forum is suitable for a variety of sectors including those working in governance and risk management roles in the listed, non-listed and not-for-profit space, including:

  • directors
  • company secretaries
  • governance professionals
  • risk managers and chief risk officers
  • legal counsel and lawyers
  • C-suite, executive and senior management

Program overview

Day one — Corporate governance 

  • OPENING ADDRESS: The future of work — There is a profound transformation in the way we work. What then is the consequent evolution of governance thinking, standards and practice?
  • Economic update — National and global economic trends and indicators for 2018 — laying out the contexts and conditions in the immediate 12 months for investment, innovation and growth and structural changes impacting business
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Blockchain and the possibilities of democratisation — The promise of blockchain and its potential for productivity, efficiency and value and the challenges and opportunities for governance, risk management and business value
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Reinforcing culture in a climate of low trust — Translating organisational culture into relevant and resonant behaviours and outcomes and analysing real impact on organisational function, productivity and value
  • FOCUS SESSION: Optimising board function to deliver effective governance and organisational performance — Mechanisms to assess board function and effectiveness, and how company secretaries and supporting managers can provide the insights and organisational contexts to inform board function and drive performance
  • FOCUS SESSION: A practical guide to shareholder engagement in the age of activism — Practical strategies to prepare companies for effective shareholder engagement and inbuilt mechanisms to manage ongoing transparent, agile and productive engagement
  • 2017 Review and a look ahead at governance contexts for 2018-2019 — This session will be in three parts — the first a review of 2017’s notable successes and failures and the implicit lessons for 2018-2019, followed by a look at the contexts for the year ahead and finally some regulatory insights and a legal update

Day two — risk management 

  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The future of risk — When change is the only constant, then risk is around every corner. What are some of the key trends that will transform the nature of business and consequently reshape the strategy and scope of risk management?
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Climate change as a business risk — Mapping vulnerabilities and risks for operations, production, customers and supply chains, designing asset-level risk assessments and building a nimble and resilient, mitigation and adaptation plan
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Risk Culture — Defining and communicating risk culture for your organisation, assessing the level of maturity of risk culture and conduct risk, and laying out the roles and accountabilities from leadership through to every level of business
  • FOCUS SESSION: Transforming risk management into an enabler for performance, innovation and growth — Excessive risk aversion in strategy and decision-making can be a deterrent for growth and innovation. How can Enterprise Risk Management deliver smarter and responsive risk taking for leveraging of growth opportunities?
  • FOCUS SESSION: Critical elements for a cybersecurity framework — Attributes of a strong cybersecurity framework that resonates with the nature, scope and scale of your business across all domains – people, process and technology — while underpinning confidentiality, integrity, availability and agility of data
  • FOCUS SESSION: Understanding risk maturity —Building a progressive and agile risk maturity model that focuses on strategic risk, clarifies risk appetite and proactively aligns risk profile, and exposure with strategy
  • CLOSING PANEL: What the CRO is thinking about for 2018 — The most urgent issues exercising our CROs for the coming 12 months - innovation, regulation, geo-political and economic indicators, technology, compliance, resilience and sustainability

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Corporate governance practices are an important component of market integrity. Company secretaries are at the front line in maintaining Australia's outstanding reputation for capital markets' integrity. Belinda Gibson, former Deputy Chair, Australian Securities & Investments Commission