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Student Involvement

The McGannon Foundation has a Student Involvement Program for students that are enrolled in post-secondary study programs in Risk Management, Insurance or related programs. The Foundation is offering a unique opportunity for these students to attend the annual RIMS Canada Conference. At this conference, students will learn about risk management at the educational sessions and network with professionals in all segments of our industry.

This is a great opportunity for the student who is enrolled at either a Canadian University or Community College with a major in finance, management, engineering safety and loss control acturiarial science, advanced statistics and accounting.

How to Apply

The 2013 Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, from October 6th - 9th, 2013. Application and all supporting materials must be received in a single mailing to the Foundation no later than April 1st, 2013.

If awarded, the Foundation will provide registration fees, hotel expenses, reasonable transportation to and from the conference, and a small honorarium to cover reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred during the Conference.

A Guide for Future Students

By Andrew Barker

The opportunity to attend the 2009 RIMS Canada Conference as part of the McGannon Foundation's 'Student Involvement Program' is one that I will forever be thankful for. The conference was extremely beneficial to me and complemented my risk management studies at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business perfectly. Being the first student selected to attend the conference in the foundation's history, I felt it was important to share my experience with future student attendees. There are several "must do's" at the conference in order to get the most out of the experience and this guide will hopefully steer students in the right direction. Hopefully, those students who attend in the years to come can enjoy the experience and take away as much information as I did.


#1: I was honored to have been chosen to attend the RIMS conference. It was an eye-opening experience. The tips and mentoring we received will last a lifetime; I look forward to eventually passing on the favor to younger generations of risk managers. What you are doing for students is invaluable and I hope to eventually contribute to your cause in a meaningful way.
- Ryan Martin, Conestoga College

#2: At the RIMS Canada Conference I noticed the infectious passion and welcoming personalities exhibited by the entire conference community. This has opened my eyes as to the many great benefits of a career in the risk and insurance industry. The people I met throughout the conference completely changed my perception of the risk and insurance industry. This feeling would not have materialized had it not been for the “inside look” into the industry I was given due to my attendance at the conference. I really enjoyed being introduced to the McGannon Board members and witnessing their passion for the Student Involvement Program. This contributed to one of the most valuable experiences I have had in my life.
- Steve Thompson, Carleton University Ottawa

#3: I really enjoyed meeting people from all different perspectives of the industry. I was already well aware of the diversity that this industry has to offer but having time to actually talk to so many people in so many fields really opened my eyes to how many options there are for me. I love to see how dedicated this industry is to their community and I hope to be involved in many of the non profit organizations such as the McGannon Foundation who help students entering such a wonderful field. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to attend such an exquisite event. The contacts I made will not be forgotten. 
- Lindsay McComb, Conestoga College

#4: I enjoyed this conference so much!! It was an unbelievable time and something that I will never forget. The time and effort you and everyone who was involved had put into it has really touched my heart. Such an honor to have been chosen to represent the McGannon Foundation, and my fellow students and faculty at Mohawk College here at the conference.
- Pat Deshane, Mohawk College


2012 Saskatoon Canada RIMS Conference


Patrick Deshane

Mohawk College, Ontario
2. Alena Chvets Bow Valley College, Alberta
3. Christina Garvey Mohawk College, Ontario
4. Ryan Martin Conestoga College, Ontario
5. Steve Thompson Carleton U, Ontario
6. Lindsay Mccomb Conestoga College, Ontario