Directors Global Risk Consulting Inc. (DGRCI) is a Canadian professional services firm which focusses in three areas: Enterprise Risk Management; Risk Training for Boards and Executive Teams; and general Risk Management Consulting...with experience working with some of Canada’s top performing organizations.
Who we are
Clients of DGRCI are located from coast to coast in Canada and some are listed among “Canada’s Best Managed”, “Profit 500 Fastest Growing” and “Canada’s Best Employers” (see “Clients/Testimonials”). We are considered a Canadian thought leader on risk management and our papers have appeared in numerous publications including New York Times #1 Best Seller “The Handbook of Board Governance” (Wiley Press 2016 and 2020 editions), and in “Enterprise Risk Management: Todays Leading Research and Best Practices for Tomorrow’s Executives, 2nd Edition” (Wiley Press, to be released July 2021).
We bring years of risk consulting experience from having serviced some of Canada’s largest corporations and some of Canada’s most complex risks in numerous industries, including in Professional Services/Accounting, Financial Institutions including Insurance Companies, heavy Manufacturing, Health Services, Food and Food Manufacturing, Electrical and Water Utilities, Property Management, Energy and others.
Our teaching and speaking engagements include at the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Governance Professional of Canada, and at York University’s Masters in Financial Accountability program and at other Universities across Canada.
Directors Global is now 100% dedicated to Risk Management Consulting. Effective June 1, 2018 Directors Global ceased to offer insurance products (our insurance operations merged with Benson Kearley IFG).
Visions, Missions, Values
We aim to be one of Canada’s most highly respected risk management consulting firms.
To provide value through the provision of superior risk management advice, equipping organizations to meet and exceed corporate objectives with more predictability.
Directors Global seeks to conduct ourselves with the principles of absolute honesty, integrity and fairness in everything we do, and we’ll always do the right thing. We aim to protect our clients’ achievement of organizational objectives with focus on quality first- not always the cheapest price short-term; agility; innovation; creativity; customization; intensity; and discipline… we’ll always do what we say we’ll do.
Stephen (“Steve”) served as a director on two Canadian Government Federal Crown Corporations, including at VIA Rail Canada (2012-2017) where he served as Chair of the Governance, Risk, and Strategy Committee, and at the Standards Council of Canada (2008-2012) where he sat on the Audit Committee. Since 2011, he has served on Canada’s CSA/ISO/TC262 Mirror committee: Risk Management.
Steve has provided risk management education to hundreds of executives, directors, and business students across Canada including at the Institute of Corporate Directors DEP/ICD.D program, at the Governance Professional of Canada (GPC) accredited program, and at York University to students in the Masters Financial Accountability program.
Prior to founding his own firm in 2007, he served as CEO, Managing Director and Region Head within two of Canada’s largest insurance brokerages. In 2018 Directors Global divested its insurance brokerage operations to Benson Kearley IFG and Steve also serves at that firm advising large commercial clients.
He has led teams providing funding for water wells supplying nourishment to 15,000 people in Africa. Steve is a frequent public speaker, is regularly quoted in business publications, and has written two papers appearing in the New York Times #1 Best Seller “The Handbook of Board Governance” (2020 and 2016 versions, Wiley Press).
Steve and his wife Jill have three wonderful children, and two very energetic grand children.
The former President and CEO of AIG Canada, Gary McMillan retired in 2012 after thirty-six years but remains the Non-Executive Chairman and Chair of Canada’s Board of Directors. After joining AIG Canada in 1976, Gary was named President of AIG property and casualty companies in 1980. In 2003, Gary was named President and Chief Executive Officer of all AIG companies in Canada, which consisted of eight companies involved in various aspects of Financial Services. During his tenure, Gary led AIG to become the largest commercial insurer in Canada through the establishment, licensing and acquisition of numerous AIG companies.
In his personal time, Gary served as the Head Coach for a travelling Rep baseball team for 11 years. The team played throughout Southern Ontario and tournaments in Ohio and Michigan.
Gary is proud father to two successful children, and has been married for many years to his wife Charlene.
In his capacity as New Brunswick Chair for TEC, Mike currently advises numerous CEO’s of some the most successful organizations in New Brunswick.
Mike has served as a judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Awards. In addition to building two companies, Mike developed a strategic marketing program for the province of New Brunswick, was also a partner at HarleyMallory Inc., a marketing and public affairs firm.
Mike’s formal education includes a BBA from the University of New Brunswick, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and a certificate in French from La Sorbonne in Paris. Mike has taught marketing communications and human resource management to business students at the University of New Brunswick.
Mike and his wife Norah live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, and have four successful children and six grand children.
Andy Poprawa is a former regulator with 40 years of experience in senior financial, risk management and leadership roles. He currently serves on the boards of a number of financial institutions including Educators Financial Group, Motus Bank, the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation as well as several other corporate and not-for-profit organizations.
Eric has an established background in providing consulting advice to insurance brokerages, as well as several major insurers. He is experienced in assurance services and a broad range of specialty services including operations management, corporate finance, acquisitions and divestitures, valuations, tax, sales and regulatory matters. As a founding partner of CooksonWalker LLP, now part of Baker Tilly LLP, Eric has been consulting to insurance organizations for over 20 years in nearly every province of Canada. Recognized by the courts as an expert in the valuation of brokerages, Eric is a Chartered Business Valuator. He has developed and led seminars that have been attended by hundreds of brokers on issues ranging from operations management to enhancing the value of brokerages.
Eric’s education and qualifications include: a Master of Business Administration, McMaster University 1979; Honours Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, 1977; Chartered Accountant (C.A.), 1982; Chartered Business Valuator, 2001; Certified Fraud Examiner, 1996.
Prior to starting CooksonWalker, Eric worked at Ernst & Young Inc. (formerly Clarkson Gordon Inc.) performing financial statement assurance, operations consulting, and insolvency services. Eric is a regular speaker to the insurance industry, and regularly writes articles for Canadian business publications.
Eric and his wife Marnie are proud parents of three successful kids.