John Lark, Principal

Mr. Lark is an accomplished manager with broad experience in the management of staff, budgets and deliverables. He has managed research teams, chaired federal-provincial committees, and facilitated workshops at the Board level of large-scale organizations with domestic and international operations. He is a leader in risk management whose skills have been recognized internationally. He has worked with Canadian federal and provincial governments as well as the OECD, the US EPA, the Canadian Standards Association and ISO, the International Organization for Standards. Mr. Lark has also been an invited speaker on Enterprise Risk Management, Operational Risk, Risk for Boards of Directors, and Internal Audit Control and convened an invited session of global leaders in risk management.

Mr. Lark has been a leader in the implementation of Integrated Risk Management since 2000. He has developed tools, approaches, tailored measures and risk profiles for a wide range of organizational entities from small groups with a limited focus and span of control to entire federal and provincial departments. Mr. Lark has worked with clients to implement Integrated Risk Management in organizations large (13,000 employees) and small (6 employees), for operational departments, special agencies and policy organizations. The Auditor General for Canada has retained him as a risk management expert and in November of 2009 he chaired a forum of global leaders in risk management in Cairns, Australia, which considered Climate Change Risks in Australia.

He is a highly regarded global expert and has been an invited keynote speaker at international conferences in Washington D.C., Biel Switzerland and Canberra Australia. Mr. Lark worked as a delegate to ISO Committee that developed the working draft of a new global risk management standard, ISO 31004 and was a member of a team which wrote Canada's new risk management standard Q 31001:2011.

See information on ISO 31000 Risk Management - A Practical Guide for SMEs authored by John Lark.