Our Mission

The Global Risk Institute is the premier organization that defines thought leadership in risk management for the financial industry globally. It brings together leaders from industry, academia, and government to draw actionable insights on emerging risks globally.


Canada’s Federal Budget Renews Funding for Global Risk Institute

$12.5 million commitment over 10 years supports research into risk management for the financial services sector Toronto, March 20, 2019 – As part of its 2019 budget released yesterday, Canada’s federal government announced that it plans to renew its commitment to the Global Risk Institute (GRI) and increase its funding for the organization’s world-renowned work… View Article


As a leader for risk management professionals in the finance sector, Global Risk Institute focuses on investigating and exploring the most critical issues facing global institutions today.


Financial institutions, governments, policymakers and regulators are all seeking growth and stability in an uncertain world. The Global Risk Institute responds by providing them with better intelligence, information and training.

Building Risk Professionals

Global Risk Institute believes in engaging directly with our members in order to assist them in building knowledge and strengthen their risk management team capacity. We do that through hosted events, publications and education programs.

Our Themes

  • Technological Disruption

    Technological advances are challenging the way the finance sector operates. We study to these innovations and equip you with knowledge to help mitigate the threats, identify the trends and capitalize on new opportunities.

  • Climate Change

    GRI is engaged in expanding financial sectors understanding of climate-related risks and costs.

  • Regulation

    GRI is working with our members to help in improving processes, governance and offering strategies to cope regulatory changes.



How We Engage

  • Seminars and Workshops

    GRI members have access to presentations, workshops and forums presented by leading experts.

  • In-house Presentations

    GRI executive team is regularly invited to give special presentations to business and Risk Management divisions.

  • Annual Conference

    Global Risk Institute’s annual conference is focused on bringing together risk management professionals in a collaborative environment featuring interactive discussions and case studies by world leading experts.

  • Education Programs

    Global Risk Institute has several programs underway to improve the skills of risk managers, from students graduating from University to C-Suite executives to board members.


Artificial Neural Networks in Financial Modelling

In this paper, we discuss Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), one of the most common and complex Machine Learning tools. After a non-technical introduction to ANNs, we examine the risks associated with the application of this algorithm to financial data.

Power Shifts? Elections Around the World in 2019

In 2019, some of the largest emerging economies in Asia, Africa and Latin America could undergo disruptive political changes, while populist and anti-establishment parties are set to expand their reach in the European Union. This article provides a preliminary assessment of the policy implications of these elections and the risks for global financial institutions.

Quantum Risk Assessment Report – Part 4

Public-key cryptography, which underpins the security of most of the tools we rely on today including cloud computing, payment systems, the internet, and IoT, are all susceptible to being broken by quantum computers in the not-so-distant future.


Is the future of banking “Open”?: A case study on the strategic implications of open banking in Canada and the US

Is the future of banking “Open”?: A case study on the strategic implications of open banking in Canada and the US Technological and digital innovation has often been credited for having significant strategic implications for firms by shifting the competitive landscape and changing the market dynamics in an industry (Porter, 1985). It is also believed… View Article

Cryptocurrency Exchange Rates

Digital currencies (DC) represent one of the most disruptive innovations ever in consumer finance, and the Wall Street Journal refers to” one of the most powerful innovations in finance in 500 years.” (Casey and Vigna, Jan. 23, 2015) DC have become the platform for a thriving community of venture-backed start-ups.

Climate Extremes: Aging Dams and Failure Impacts

Climate Extremes: Aging Dams and Failure Impacts Flood insurance has been one of the more challenging products to develop for the industry. Flood risk changes due to climate variations as well as land use change, including increasing development and exposure in areas “protected” by dams and levees. Further, in many cases, recognizing that this is… View Article