RIMS Canadian Conference by the Sea

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RIMS Canadian Conference by the Sea


Nova Scotia is a land with close ties to the sea. Lighthouses, fishing villages, shipbuilding towns, and the legends and lore of the seafarer's life make up the allure of Canada's "Kingdom of the Sea." Both fresh-and saltwater fishing have been a dominant part of Nova Scotia's economy since the French and Portuguese fished its waters in the 16th century. Today, the fishery industry still comprises a large part of the regional economy. Nova Scotia's fisheries are highly diversified; besides lobsters and salmon, the fisheries also land scallops, cod and pollock. The province also is rich in other natural resources, including forests, rich farming land and mines. Nova Scotia is one of Canada's principal producers of coal, and is also the source of 70 percent of the country's gypsum. Other industries include manufacturing, transportation, offshore oil and gas exploration, and shipping.'

Considering Nova Scotia's natural beauty, it is no surprise that tourism is a billion dollar industry. Visitors come here to explore the various seaside trails and see the numerous quaint communities and historical sights. Others visit to hike, kayak, observe the local wildlife, and search for the fossils and semiprecious stones found on the beaches and cliffs near Parrsboro.

Halifax, Nova Scotia's provincial capital and largest city, is situated on the world's second largest natural harbor. This convivial, cosmopolitan city has a busy international port and is the province's commercial hub. Halifax offers choice restaurants, historical buildings, art galleries, museums, universities and a bustling harborfront.

HALIFAX CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Just as Nova Scotian fishermen must navigate their vessels through choppy and often treacherous waters, so must contemporary Canadian risk managers guide their companies through the ever-turbulent 1990s. In keeping with this theme, the 1993 Canadian RIMS Conference is entitled "Navigating the 1990s," says Robert Patzelt, risk manager for Scotia Investments Ltd. in Halifax, president of the Nova Scotia Chapter and conference chairperson. "The planning committee's objective was to create a hard-hitting, topical educational program that emphasizes a practical approach to risk management issues," he says. "Therefore, the sessions are not mere theoretical analyses of these issues, but instead emphasize a 'how-to' approach to solving risk management problems."

On Thursday, September 16, plenary speakers Knowlton Nash and Steven W. Poole will focus on media and business relations and their impact on the corporate community, says Mr. Patzelt. "Mr. Nash, who is a distinguished Canadian journalist with over 40 years of experience, will discuss business/media relations from the media's perspective," he says. Formerly chief correspondent and anchor of the Canadian television news program "The National," Mr. Nash has also served as director of television news and current affairs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) Radio and Television, as well as CBC's director of information programming and as a Washington, D.C., bureau reporter for several Canadian newspapers.

Throughout his career. Mr. Nash has interviewed prominent world figures such as U.S. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan; Canadian Prime Ministers Pearson, Diefenbaker, Clark, Trudeau and Mulroney; and British Prime Ministers Churchill, Eden, Lord Hume and MacMillan.

As director of corporate communications for Gerber Products Co., Mr. Poole will discuss how to handle the media in times of crisis. Responsible for crisis communication, media relations and product publicity at Gerber, Mr. Poole has created and directed communication plans for corporate crises such as plant closings, product tamperings, product recalls and consumer boycotts. In the wake of the Tylenol tampering scare in 1986, Mr. Poole helped develop Gerber's successful strategic response to media reports that saboteurs were lacing its baby foods with glass, pins and pills. …

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