Online Conference
24 September 2021
08:45-12:40 ET | 13:45-18:40 BST



In recent years, financial crises, climate change, technological transformation, political and social instability, rising inequality and most prominently the Great Pandemic of the early 2020s have dramatically highlighted the often-extreme risks and radical uncertainty that has become part of the operational environment of business and government. How can decision-makers approach risk in this new context? How is it evolving? And, how can our past experience guide us in confronting this grand challenge?

The Long Run Institute and the Bank of Montreal are delighted to welcome Niall Ferguson, author of Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe and Carol Ann Northcott, Chief Risk Officer of the Bank of Canada, as the keynote guests. This free half-day conference also brings together a group of international, interdisciplinary experts on risk to discuss these vitally important questions.

The first 100 registrants will receive a copy of Doom, Professor Ferguson’s brilliant best-selling synthesis of our contemporary and long-run experience with risk and uncertainty.


  • Professor Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Carol Ann Northcott, Chief Risk Officer, Bank of Canada
  • Patrick Cronin, Chief Risk Officer, BMO Financial Group (Conference Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Laurence B. Mussio, Historian and Chair, Long Run Institute (Conference Co-Chair)


  • Caryl Athanasiu, Independent Board Director, Varo Bank / Varo Money
  • James Bradshaw, Banking Reporter, The Globe and Mail
  • Dr. Bruce Choy, Managing Director, Research, Global Risk Institute
  • Dr. Warren Hatch, CEO, Good Judgment Inc
  • Tim Hogarth, Chief Architect (Technology & Engineering), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)
  • Dr. Cosimo Pacciani, former Chief Risk Officer, European Stability Mechanism
  • David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail (Moderator)

 Event Co-Sponsors:

  • BMO Financial Group
  • The Long Run Institute (LRI)