News & Events

  • Blaneys Lawyers Named as Leading Practitioners in Insurance & Reinsurance

    May 2011

    Crawford Spratt, Roderick Winsor, Mark Lichty and Dominic Clarke, members of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group have been named to Legal Media Group’s 2011 Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers.

  • RMC Honoured by WICC

    April 2011

    On behalf of WICC Ontario Board of Directors, I am delighted to convey that RMC has been selected to be awarded WICC’s Gold Flame Award at our upcoming annual dinner gala, to take place on April 13, 2011 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.

    WICC’s main ambition is to raise funds and awareness to support research projects that will hopefully one day eradicate this terrible disease. We also hope to extend WICC’s name and its mission to as many people as we can – right across Canada, so that collectively we can make an impact!

    Risk Management Council was nominated and selected in appreciation for selecting WICC as the charity of choice for the donations and fund raising opportunities at your annual meetings. Since the first Monte Carlo event in 2007, silent auctions and donations RMC has contributed over $24,800 to help in the fight against cancer!

    This Gold Flame award will be presented at the 15th Annual Dinner on April 13, 2010 at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel. Over 600 industry colleagues will participate in the festivities of a ICONIC themed evening encompassing cocktails, dinner, silent auction and raffle. This event sells out every year, and if additional tickets are required, they can be ordered on-line at

  • McKercher Appoints Nicholas Cann to Partnership

    February 2011

    Nicholas Cann’s civil litigation practice focuses on professional liability defense, insurance law, and administrative law. He has represented clients at all levels of Court in Saskatchewan and has defended professionals before a variety of regulatory tribunals. Nicholas also has a great deal of experience as an investigator and prosecutor in matters involving professional competence and conduct. Read More

  • RIMS Canada Conference, Edmonton September 26-29, 2010

    September 2010

    RMC is pleased to be participating, once again, in the RIMS Canada Conference as an Exhibitor, and delighted to have been asked to present at the conference.

    On Monday, September 27, Risk Management Counsel of Canada (RMC) will offer:

    ‘The Law Doctors – Retrospective Business Risk Diagnosis: A Panel Discussion’

    Gregory A. Thompson, Q.C., Partner from McKercher LLP, in Saskatoon will act as panel moderator. Panel members include:

    Richard B. Lindsay, Q.C., Partner, Lindsay LLP, Vancouver B.C.

    Leslie Paetz, Partner, Chomicki Baril Mah LLP, Edmonton AB

    Domenic S. Venturo, Q.C., Partner, Scott Hall LLP, Calgary AB

    We look forward to seeing you in Edmonton!

  • RMC’s spring event: a great success and an opportunity to support WICC

    April 2010

    ‘Great Cooks on Eight’ was the location for Risk Management Counsel of Canada’s spring event. Members of RMC gathered for cocktails with their invited guests to enjoy both a presentation by Sarah Richardson, the well known Host of Sarah’s House on HGTV and also to support WICC, Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade.

    RMC was enthusiastic to once again offer its support to WICC. The RMC member firms graciously donated for the silent auction ‘home décor’ themed gifts from across the country. Two gorgeous silk embroidered throw cushions were generously presented by Sarah Richardson Design, which were a much sought after prize.

    The silent auction raised $2,172.00 for WICC and RMC complemented the auction proceeds with its own donation of $5,000.00, for an impressive grand total of $7,172.00.

    Everyone enjoyed Sarah’s lively and informative presentation on the ‘Secret’s to Great Style, while feasting on delectable confections from Great Cook’s Executive Chef Andrea Nicholson-Jack.

  • RIMS – Canada Conference September 13-15 2009 St John’s Newfoundland

    September 2009

    Risk Management Counsel of Canada (RMC) was delighted to once again participate at the RIMS-Canada conference in St John’s Newfoundland. Representatives from all RMC member firms across Canada were on hand to meet and visit with delegates at both the Conference and Exhibit Hall.

    In addition, RMC was proud to be invited to present a panel discussion at the Conference. Elizabeth Forster from the member firm of Blaney McMurtry LLP, Toronto ON, moderated the panel presentation entitled ‘Employer’s Dream: Insurer’s Nightmare! Employer’s Liability: the Need for a Canadian Model.

    Expert panel members included Geneviève Cotnam, Stein Monast LLP Québec City, QC; Jorge Segovia, Cox & Palmer, St John’s, NL, and RMC Vice President, Monika M.L. Zauhar, Cox & Palmer, Fredericton, NB.

    This unique presentation included animation by local actors Petrina Bromley and Brad Hodder who performed for the audience various roles in the presentation of four skits reflecting specific employment related scenarios.

    The panel discussion and theatrical presentations were extremely well received and offered a distinctive and dynamic view of employers’ liability insurance programs and insurance coverage offered by such policies.

    Click here to read Elisabeth Forsters’ article on EPL.

  • RMC Seminar – Insurers Sued?! Defence & Discovery Revealed

    April 2009

    Insurers Sued?! Defence & Discovery Revealed was the subject of a dynamic seminar hosted by Risk Management Counsel of Canada [RMC], at The Advocates’ Society on the afternoon of Thursday April 23, 2009 in downtown Toronto.

    RMC’s seminar was very well received by the attendees who enjoyed the two part presentation. President, Anthony (Tony) C. Fletcher was both Master of Ceremonies and moderator for the seminar.

    The first hour was devoted to presentations by Greg Thompson, [McKercher LLP], Colin Empke, [Blaney McMurtry LLP], and Richard Lindsay, [Lindsay LLP]. The focus of the discussion was how to best prepare the Claims representative for Discovery. Panellists offered tips on how to properly document the insurer’s file, avoid pitfalls of poor language in insurance logs, risks of documenting subjective impressions of claimants, as well as the types of documents which are covered by privilege.

    The second part of the seminar was a lively and informative Mock Discovery moderated by Geneviève Cotnam, [Stein Monast LLP]. Additional participants were from Carfra & Lawton Lawyers, Chomicki Baril Mah LLP, Cox & Palmer, Fillmore Riley LLP, Kelly Santini LLP, and McKercher LLP. The exercise offered a demonstration of proper responses when under oath, and the potential consequences of inadequate preparation. Following the presentations and Q&A sessions, guests were entertained at a cocktail reception.

  • RMC Seminar – Mediation Skills & Strategies

    April 2009

    Calgary, Alberta Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Perry Sirota was the guest speaker at a seminar hosted by Risk Management Counsel of Canada [RMC], held at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, on Wednesday April 22, 2009. The subject of RMC’s afternoon event was Mediation Skills & Strategies.

    The well attended seminar also included presentations from Dean Lawton, [Carfra & Lawton Lawyers], Corinne Petersen, [Chomicki Baril Mah LLP] and Stephen Kelly, [Kelly Santini LLP]. The panel focused on various methods of alternative dispute resolution across Canada, factors to consider in weighing private versus judicial dispute resolution processes, and helpful hints in making mediation successful.

    Cocktails followed a Q&A session and were enjoyed by all.

    - PDF presentation from Dr Perry Sirota

  • CRIMS Conference – Sept. 21 to Sept. 23 2008 The Sheraton Centre

    September 2008

    Risk Management Counsel of Canada (RMC) was delighted to participate at the very successful 33rd RIMS-Canada conference held in Toronto, September 21 -24, 2008. There were over 2000 attendees at the conference including exhibitors, delegates and special guests. This year’s conference also featured such high profile as speakers Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Stephen Lewis.

    Many representatives from RMC member firms came from all corners of the country to attend. Tony Fletcher, RMC President from Fillmore Riley LLP in Winnipeg was on hand to greet delegates and participate at the conference exhibit hall. Among many others from RMC, he was accompanied by Vice-President Stephen Kelly from Kelly Santini LLP in Ottawa.

    By all accounts the ‘Vintage Hollywood’ theme was a great hit with the participants as was the popcorn machine draw held at the RMC booth. RMC is looking forward to the next RIMS-Canada Conference in St John’s Newfoundland in September 2009.

  • RMC Spring Event Steam Whistle Brewery

    April 2008

    Event Location : Toronto, Ontario

    Once again the sun was out for Risk Management Counsel of Canada, RMC, when they held their spring celebration event at The Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto on April 17th, 2008.

    Guests were welcomed to RMC’s version of “Canad-opoly” by a Mountie Mime, East Coast Celtic Music and a Canad-opoly game. Throughout the evening guests were treated to fabulous regionally-themed food, Steam Whistle Beer and a host of other delectable treats and drinks. At the four food and game stations guest were encouraged to play the game as well as to enjoy the various foods from across the country. For example, at the Atlantic Region station guests were invited to try freshly shucked oysters on-the-half- shell and at the Prairies station a chef was on hand to carve-up succulent Alberta beef tenderloin.

    In addition to mingling and playing the game, many who attended also took tours of the Steam Whistle Brewery. While playing the game led to the possibility of winning one of 13 different prizes, there was also an opportunity to donate to WICC, Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade.

    RMC was delighted, once again, to have an opportunity to give to WICC. Michael Butler, Chair of Chapter & Industry Relations attended the event and spoke on behalf of WICC. RMC President, Geneviève Cotnam thanked Michael Butler and spoke of the valuable work at WICC. In addition to Mr. Butler, RMC was delighted to have Lyna Newman; Secretary and Treasurer of WICC, Barbara Haynes, Chair, National Sponsorships and Steve Wilson, Chair, Media Relations for WICC attend the event.

    RMC wishes to thank WICC for their support as well as the support of all who attended.