Student Involvement Program

The McGannon Foundation provides 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 the conference, students will learn about risk management and insurance at the educational sessions and network with professionals in all segments of our industry.

This is a great opportunity for students who are enrolled at either Canadian Universities or Community Colleges with a major in finance, management, engineering, safety and loss control, actuarial science, advanced statistics and accounting. All students selected are required to follow a pre-set agenda.

The Foundation will pay for the following expenses for selected applicants:

  • Registration fees
  • Hotel expenses
  • Reasonable transportation costs to and from the conference
  • Reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred during the Conference

How to Apply

The 2024 Student Involvement Program will take place at the RIMS Canada Conference to be held in Vancouver from October 6 – 9, 2024.  The deadline for application is May 30, 2024.  Apply by completing the Student Involvement Application below.

What Successful Students May Expect

  • An introduction to the Risk Management discipline.
  • To learn firsthand how the Risk Management & Insurance Society (“RIMS”) works across Canada and the United States.
  • Unique practical opportunities to learn from seasoned professionals just what the risk management process is all about as it pertains to a wide spectrum of businesses and non-profits.
  • Access to a coach and mentor throughout the conference in order to maximize the learning opportunities.

How the Mentor/ Coach Will Help You

  • Will be available to assist in all your reasonable requests for assistance and answer your questions about the discipline and profession
  • May accompany you to the sessions that you pick out from the Conference Program.
  • Make certain your costs that we have agreed to pay are covered.
  • Provide opportunities for networking within the industry and introduce you to many professionals in the risk management and related support fields.

What the Foundation Expects From You

  • To act appropriately in all social and learning sessions, and to represent your school in a professional manner.
  • To share what you have learned with your fellow students by making a special presentation which will earn marks towards one of your courses.
  • To attend all the general and seminar sessions over the two and a half days. (No excuses!)
  • If things are not going right or expectations are not being met, you will immediately advise your mentor/ coach in order that both of you can find a solution.

For more information on the expectations of the Foundation, please review our Social Media Policy and Code of Conduct documents.

Student Eligibility

  • Students must be over the age of majority in the jurisdiction where the conference will be held
  • Nominated students must be enrolled as full time students with sufficient credit hours to be classified as a senior or in your final year at a Community College or a graduate student. The nominated student’s major must be in finance, management, or accounting, actuarial science, statistics, engineering with related courses of risk control or safety, or other related fields of study.
  • An institution may nominate up to three students.
  • Students that have attended a past conference may be eligible for selection to the current conference.
  • Applications must be complete in every respect, and be received by May 31, 2024 or earlier .

Important Information

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applicants who who are accepted to participate in the Student Involvement Program expressly grant the McGannon Foundation permission to publish their name as a McGannon Scholar on the website and in other written and social media formats.

Statement From a Department Head

  • Confirmation that the institution offers Bachelors, Graduate Degrees, or a Diploma in related risk management & insurance disciplines or allied courses of study such as finance, management, engineering safety, loss control, and actuarial science advanced statistics, and accounting.
  • A statement that a student who is being recommended for this program would directly benefit from this learning experience.
  • Confirmation that the student is currently enrolled in a degree or diploma program.
  • A statement that upon completion of the student’s attendance at the Conference that the student will be given marks toward a grade standing in one of their courses in the forth coming year, with the additional understanding that the student will be given an opportunity to make a presentation to their fellow students at on what his learning’s have been.
  • A listing of the students courses of study for the upcoming year or the previous year that reflects appropriate courses of study in risk management, insurance or allied disciplines.
  • A copy of the syllabus of the pertinent courses that will be taken by the student in the upcoming year.
  • A separate letter of recommendation from a professor or senior instructor.

Student Involvement Application