Risk Management Principles and Practices – ISO 31000

Organizations of all types and sizes face internal and external factors and influences that make it uncertain whether and when they will achieve their objectives. They all manage risk to some degree. Some are better than others at managing risk because they have adopted consistent processes within a comprehensive framework to help ensure that risk is managed effectively, efficiently and coherently across the organization.

Dates: TBA
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Fee: $895 plus applicable taxes (including "ISO 31000 Risk management - Principles and guidelines " document valued at $100)


This workshop is based on ISO 31000 and explores the set of components that provide the foundations and organizational arrangements for designing, implementing, monitoring, reviewing and continually improving risk management throughout the organization. The foundations to be examined include the policy, objectives, mandate and commitment to manage risk; organizational arrangements to be examined include plans, relationships, accountabilities, resources, processes and activities.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for those who:

  • Are responsible for developing risk management policy, processes and practices within their organization (including owners of SMEs);
  • Are accountable for ensuring that risk is effectively managed within the organization as a whole or within a specific area, project or activity;
  • Need to evaluate an organization's effectiveness in managing risk.


At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Acquire solid understanding of ISO 31000
  • Establish or improve risk management processes;
  • Assess risks and risk management processes;
  • Participate in and/or support risk management teams;
  • Monitor the functioning of risk management processes.

Topics Covered

All topics covered by the ISO 31000 standard including:

  • Risk management terms and definitions;
  • Risk management principles;
  • The risk management framework: mandate and commitment, design, implementation, monitoring and continual improvement;
  • The risk management process: communication and consultation, establishing the context, risk assessment, risk treatment, monitoring and review.


Walter Moschella, CPA, CA, CIA, ICD.D, CRMA
Walter Moschella is a Partner with MNP LLP in Montréal where he leads the Enterprise Risk Services practice area. Walter specializes in helping boards and senior management teams improve organizational performance and reduce the frequency and severity of unpleasant surprises through the judicious application of sound governance, risk and control principles.

Mr. Moschella works closely with clients to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of business processes in order to make recommendations for improving governance and performance. He has in-depth knowledge in several functional areas, including strategy, human resources, marketing, finance and accounting, operations, information technology and systems implementations and capital project management. He is very familiar with a variety of industries, such as distribution, manufacturing, media, natural gas distribution, real estate and transportation.

Walter is adept at helping clients identify and assess strategic and business process risks and comply with CEO/CFO certification requirements (Sarbanes Oxley and the Canadian equivalent NI 52-109), which deal with disclosure controls and internal controls over financial reporting. He has taught finance and accounting-related courses in various organizations and is fluent in English, French and Italian and functional in Spanish.

A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D), Walter also holds the Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) designation. He is a past president of the Montréal chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Internal Audit Committee of the Ordre des comptables agrées du Québec. He is presently a member of the Ordre des CPA du Québec, the IIA and the Institute of Corporate Directors. Walter is also a part-time lecturer at McGill University where he teaches Corporate Governance, Accounting and Internal Auditing.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing to pd.conted [at] mcgill.ca.
Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received up to 14 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
No Refunds are issued if your cancellation request is received within 7 days of the start date of the workshop, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.
Please note that if no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.
McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd.conted [at] mcgill.ca