2014 Call for Seminars


The 2014 Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Symposium Program Committee is soliciting seminars for the 2014 ERM Symposium. First held in 2003, the premier global conference on ERM will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2014, at the Swissotel in Chicago, IL. On Sept. 29 limited attendance pre-symposium seminars will be held concurrently, wherein topics will be explored in depth over the course of a full day. The ERM Symposium then officially begins with a reception on the evening of Sept. 29, with general and concurrent sessions being held from the morning of Sept. 30, 2014 through mid-afternoon Oct. 1, 2014.

The purpose of the ERM Symposium is to provide thought leadership to professionals and practitioners working in Enterprise Risk Management, including discussion of risk topics and challenges across a broad spectrum of industries, as well as to support the development of professionalism and best practices among ERM practitioners without regard to industry, sector or geography.

As outcomes to the Symposium, we aim to strengthen standards of ERM practice, grow and develop the current and next generations of ERM practitioners, and facilitate incorporation of best practices from other industries. We will achieve these outcomes by providing relevant, meaningful and useful content that can be taken away and put it into practice and by encouraging audience participation and collaboration.

The ERM Symposium Program Committee comprises volunteers drawn from a wide range of risk activities and industry sectors, and includes, but is not limited to, members of the Society of Actuaries (SOA), the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA), along with the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA).

ERM Symposium Seminar Proposals

Committee solicits proposals for the full-day interactive seminars to be held on Sept. 29, 2014. Unlike the general and concurrent sessions at the ERM Symposium, the full-day seminars are intended to allow for more in-depth coverage of specific subjects in ERM. The seminars are each eight-hours long with 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. Rather than a collection of separate presentations, we seek academic instruction and encouragement of active participation amongst attendees with continuity of topic running throughout 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

    In an effort to make the Symposium more accessible to those new to ERM, especially experienced professionals 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 advanced ERM topics. The topic chosen should be of current and broad interest.

Presenters must be excellent speakers with proven capabilities to provide stimulating, engaging and meaningful content to risk management professionals.

The seminars may also include pre-seminar assignments. Successful seminars have significantly engaged the audience by utilizing a wide variety of educational methods, in addition to lecture, such as group exercises, multi-media, individual exercises, question and answer and other engaging methods. The seminar presenters must submit material in advance electronically 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.

Proposal Requirements

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

  • Seminar proposals should be submitted by April 22. The Committee will respond to all such proposals by May 6.

The Committee reserves the right to accept no proposal if acceptable proposals are 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 Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), in collaboration with the 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 enterprise 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.