MEH awarded for their operations safety


EAST HANTS: Frank Cowan Company presented the Municipality of East Hants with the annual Excellence in Municipal Risk Management Award at the Frank Cowan Company Reception during the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference in Ottawa, ON.

The Municipality developed and implemented a safety program at their operating sites that improved organization of material, eliminated inadequate inventory control and mitigated safety hazards such as blocked emergency equipment. This risk management solution included three initiatives all of which helped to reinforce a culture of safety rooted in sound risk management practices within the Municipality.

“It is important to note that the success and benefits of implementing effective risk management depends on the quality of the program and the identified risk mitigating actions,” says Warden Jim Smith, Municipality of East Hants. “Understanding this leads to proactive rather than reactive risk management. Our Infrastructure and Operations Department has succeeded in accomplishing this and works diligently to raise the bar every day.”

Frank Cowan Company, a Corporate Partner of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, is dedicated to assisting municipalities develop strong risk management practices, which is why it launched the Excellence in Municipal Risk Management Award. This award recognizes the progression of the practice of risk management in the municipal sector.

“We believe in recognizing municipalities for their risk management achievements. I would like to thank all who applied and congratulate the Municipality of East Hants on winning the Excellence in Municipal Risk Management Award. Our hope is that other municipalities can learn from East Hants and advance their risk management strategies,” says Larry Ryan, President, Frank Cowan Company.

The award, valued at $10,000, is open to every municipality in Canada. To qualify, a municipality needs to have recognized a risk within their operations and developed and successfully implemented a solution that prevents harm or injury to its assets or a third party. The risk management solution must also have the potential to be adopted by other municipalities.

Frank Cowan Company, a leader in municipal insurance for over nine decades, continues to invest heavily in its risk management program in an effort to help clients become more proactive and enabled. A solid risk management plan helps municipalities control costs associated with claims, litigation and expenses.

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Abby Cameron is the Editor of The Weekly Press and the Laker. She grew up in Shubenacadie and loves serving her home community. She has been with The Weekly Press for almost 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, coaching, and spending time with her partner and two dogs.