2012 ERM Symposium Call for Presentations

  1. Overview

    The 2012 Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Symposium Program Committee is soliciting presentations for the 2012 ERM Symposium. First held in 2003, the premier global conference on ERM will be held April 18-20, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference begins on April 18, 2012 with three one-day limited attendance ERM Seminars, held concurrently, wherein topics are explored in depth over the course of a full day. The ERM Symposium begins with a reception on the evening of April 18, with general and concurrent sessions being held from the morning of April 19, 2012 through mid-afternoon April 20, 2012.

    By bringing together ERM knowledge from a variety of industries, the ERM Symposium and Seminars aim to to expand knowledge in this area and provide a discussion forum for a wide range of professionals, including risk management practitioners and senior managers in the insurance, energy, and financial sectors.

  2. ERM Symposium Concurrent Session Presentations

    The ERM Symposium Program Committee is composed of volunteers drawn from wide range of risk activities and industry sectors, and includes members of the CAS, CIA, CONAC, ERMII, PRMIA, and the SOA. The Committee seeks proposals for concurrent session presentations, and will give preference to the following types of presentations. Other meritorious proposals will be considered. Particular emphasis will be given to presentations by practicing risk managers who support their arguments with practical examples.

    • Case studies of successful and unsuccessful attempts to meet the challenges of embedding ERM into an organizationís culture or using ERM to meet the challenges posed to the organization, especially the challenges presented by the events of the past few years;
    • Technical / quantitative presentations of a practical nature that will impart immediately applicable information or approaches regarding specific ERM challenges;
    • Presentations focused on higher-level principles or of a more theoretical nature, either of general interest to ERM practitioners or regarding specific ERM challenges.

    The Committee strives to construct a rich program addressing issues, applications and insights across a broad spectrum of industries and fostering cross-pollination and collaboration of ERM professionals without regard to industry, sector or geographic location.

    Presentations that address the challenges of ERM during periods of increased uncertainty are particularly encouraged. The following is a sample list topics and/or potential presentations of greatest relevance to the Committee; it is not exhaustive. Other presentations of interest to ERM professionals will be considered.

    • ERM in action: insights gained from and reactions to recent cataclysmic events (such as the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico) and how such events change the risk landscape.
    • Systemic Risk: How are organizations dealing with exposure to systemic risk and other macroeconomic challenges? How can ERM be improved in these areas?
    • Case studies or discussions of actual ERM programs in the non-financial sectors (such as transportation, manufacturing, non-commercial entities, etc.) that may lead to new ways of thinking about and managing the risks faced by finance and insurance risk practitioners.
    • The challenges to embedding ERM into organizational culture.
    • Comparisons of risk management across the financial sector, such as (1) banks and insurance or (2) different lines of insurance.
    • Designing risk indicators that are dynamic and truly capture the organizationís risk profile.
    • Appropriate responses to new regulatory and rating agency challenges.
    • How does one meet the specific challenges of designing models to quantify/evaluate risk without being seduced by the models themselves? Are there best practices for embedding risk models into the effective risk management? Practical case studies and comparisons of risk metrics and quantification methodologies are particularly encouraged.
  3. ERM Seminar

    In addition to the above, the Committee solicits proposals to for full-day Seminars be held on April 18, 2012. The full-day Seminars allow for more in-depth coverage of specific subjects in ERM. The Seminars are each six-hours long with additional refreshment and lunch breaks. The successful proposer will prepare a full-day program agenda that may be delivered individually or with a group of experienced ERM peers. There needs to be continuity in the complete Seminar program.

    The Committee is interested in high value Seminar proposals that will deliver significant practical educational content to the attendees. In particular, the Committee is interested in proposals for full day Seminars in the following areas:

    • ERM Fundamentals

      The target audience for the ERM Symposium is primarily experienced risk management professionals and senior managers in the insurance, energy, and financial sectors. In an effort to make the Symposium more accessible to those new to ERM, particularly experienced professionals in the target business sectors whose responsibilities are being expanded to include aspects of ERM, the Committee wishes to present a high caliber one-day introductory Seminar on ERM Fundamentals.

    • Advanced ERM Topics

      The Committee is also interested in receiving proposals to present a one-day Seminar on an advanced ERM topic. The topic chosen should be of current and broad interest so that it can attract 50 to 75 members of the target audience; the presenter(s) must be excellent speakers with proven capabilities to provide stimulating, engaging and meaningful content to experienced risk management professionals.

    The Seminars may also include pre-Seminar assignments and should include group exercises or other methods to engage the audience. The Seminar presenters must submit material in advance electronically to the CAS for distribution to Seminar participants. The presenters may in addition deliver material via a computer and LCD projector on the day of the Seminar or bring paper copies of the material.

    Expected Seminar attendance will be 50 to 75 persons.

    The successful proposer(s) of an ERM Seminar will be reimbursed for the costs of producing Seminar materials and for reasonable travel expenses. Requests for other reasonable remuneration will be considered. Proposers should include detailed cost estimates in their response to this call.

    The presenters must adhere to the same requirements and deadlines imposed on all ERM Symposium presenters, in terms of working with Committee session coordinators, allowing review of material by session coordinators, and meeting material submission deadlines.

  4. Proposal Requirements

    Please submit your proposed session title, description, presenter(s) and other requested information using the online submission form.

    • Concurrent session proposals should be submitted by October 14, 2011. The Committee will respond to all such proposals by October 28, 2011.
    • Seminar proposals should be submitted by Oct. 21, 2011. The Committee will respond to all such proposals by November 4, 2011.
    The Committee reserves the right not to accept any proposal if an acceptable proposal is not received.

    The ERM Symposium is a collaborative effort of the Society of Actuaries (SOA), the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA), along with the Professional Risk Managersí International Association (PRMIA), in collaboration with the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Asociacion Mexicana De Actuarios, Enterprise Risk Management International Institute (ERMII), and Colegio Nacional de Actuarios (CONAC). Each of these organizations is extensively involved in the development of risk management, and the annual ERM Symposium presents a unique opportunity for members of these organizations and outside parties to gather and explore previously untapped synergies.

Online Submission Instructions & Guidelines

There are 4 steps to the online submission process, each step must be completed before you can advance to the next step:

  1. Session/Seminar Title

    Enter the Session Title, Submitter's Email Address, Session Track; and Calculator Rating.

  2. Speaker(s)

    Provide the names and personal contact information of the Moderator and Panelist(s) who are associated with the session.

    A session may have the following people associated with it:
        * Moderator - Maximum of 3 per session
        * Panelist(s) - Maximum of 6 per session

  3. Session/Seminar Description (for Seminar, include full-day, 6-hour agenda divided into modules of 30 to 90 minutes).

    *Session Description must be 400 words or less.
    *No images, tables and/or figures are permitted
    *The only text styles allowed in the Session Description are bold and italic
    *The following file types may be uploaded:
    • plain text document (*.txt)
    • HTML document (*.htm)
    • HTML document (*.html)
    Or simply cut & paste the text from your document file.

  4. Confirmation

    Make sure the information on the "Confirmation" page is correct. In addition, receipt of the Confirmation page does not guarantee that the submission was completed correctly, or free of errors. If necessary, changes can be made to the submission between now and the online deadline. Please note, the online system does not send an email confirmation upon completing the online submission process.

Begin a New Session Submission

Online Session Submissions Deadline has been Reached

Once you have submitted the title of your presentation you will automatically receive an email that includes a password-protected hyperlink. If you must interrupt the submission process before finishing it, you can resume at any time by clicking on the hyperlink in that email. For help in submitting an abstract online, e-mail technical support.


Abstract submissions and revisions are no longer being accepted.

But you can still view your abstract. If you can find the confirming email mentioned above (from cas@confex.com) then you will have found a direct link to your submission. If you remember the abstract ID# and password, enter those codes below.

Abstract ID#       Password      

If all else fails, click here and we will send you another email with a link to your abstract.


Presented by:

CAS Canadian Institute of Actuaries PRMIA SOA


And in collaboration with:
  Asociacion Mexicana de Actuarios, A.C.     ERM-II     CONAC