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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.

News

A Message from Sonia Baxendale, President & CEO, Global Risk Institute

Watching Amanda Gorman bravely take the stage today at the Presidential Inauguration, is a moment many of us will long remember. Under a clear blue sky, where just two weeks ago we watched violence and destruction reign, this young woman recited her magnificent poem “The Hill We Climb”.

Research

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.

Engagement

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.

Research 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.

Our
Model

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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.

Publications

Sustainable Finance and Climate Risk: Outlook for 2021

As we emerge from a year of unparalleled disruption, we look ahead to a 2021 that will continue to be shaped by the global pandemic, pressing human health issues, and the ensuing economic fallout. Many points of connection and comparison have been drawn between the pandemic and another external risk of global proportions – climate change. From big picture global forces right down to expected milestones in the Canadian financial sector, here are the trends that will shape the sustainable finance and climate risk agenda in 2021.

In Sickness and in Debt: The COVID-19 Impact on Sovereign Credit Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic provides a unique setting in which to evaluate the importance of a country’s fiscal capacity in explaining the relation between economic growth shocks and sovereign default risk. For a sample of 30 developed countries, we find a positive and significant sensitivity of sovereign default risk to the intensity of the virus’ spread for fiscally constrained governments. Supporting the fiscal channel, we confirm the results for Eurozone countries and U.S. states, for which monetary policy can be held constant. Our analysis suggests that financial markets penalize sovereigns with low fiscal space, thereby impairing their resilience to external shocks.

Geopolitical Risk Commentary: U.S. Elections Debrief

This commentary offers some initial thoughts on the election returns and their consequences for political uncertainty. It then reflects on the specific implications of the “Biden Minus Blue Wave” scenario for Canadian financial institutions, as manifest in American domestic policy, U.S.-Canada relations, U.S.-China relations, and the larger U.S. global role.

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