2014 Call for Proposals


The 2014 Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Symposium Program Committee is soliciting presentations 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 Concurrent Session Presentations

Throughout the course of the Symposium we will have an immersive track of sessions on the theme of Stress and Scenario Testing. Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA), Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP) and many other current ERM topics will receive focus as well.

The Committee seeks proposals for concurrent session presentations and we encourage that the purpose, outcomes, theme, and current ERM topics be covered by proposed presentations. We will give preference to presentations which incorporate any or all of these. We also give preference to presentations covering the following:

  1. Case studies of successful and unsuccessful attempts at using ERM to meet the challenges posed to the organization;
  2. Technical/quantitative presentations of a practical nature that will impart immediately applicable information or approaches regarding specific ERM activities;
  3. Presentations which will draw significant audience participation;
  4. Presentations focused on higher-level principles or of a more theoretical nature, either of general interest to ERM practitioners or regarding specific ERM challenges;
  5. Case studies highlighting value added by the ERM organization and/or use of risk considerations in decision making.

We recognize there are ample ERM topics and will certainly consider all meritorious proposals. Particular preference will be given for presentations by practicing risk managers who support their arguments with practical examples.

The following is a sample list of 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.

  • Stress and Scenario Testing
  • Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA)
  • Successes and failings of ERM
  • Cybersecurity
  • Responses to new regulatory and rating agency challenges.
  • Systemic Risk: How are organizations dealing with exposure to systemic risk and other macroeconomic challenges? How can ERM be improved in these areas?
  • ERM’s role in decision making and value creation
  • Case studies or discussions of actual ERM programs in the non-financial sectors (such as transportation, commodity/energy, 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
  • Comparisons of risk management across the financial sector, such as (1) banks and insurance or (2) different lines of insurance, or between the financial sector and other industries

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 April 15. The Committee will respond to all such proposals by April 29.

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.