In the Beginning
In Alberta, a RIMS chapter was first formed in July 1965 as ARIMS. Edmonton risk managers participated in this chapter but the meetings were mostly held in Calgary and it was felt there was enough need and interest to form a separate chapter in Edmonton.
Dave Murray enlisted some Edmonton newcomers, Ladis Vegh and John Grunde both from QRIMA and George Wilkinson from ORIMS and the new group began meeting informally over lunch at the Mirabelle Restaurant. More recruits were actively pursued and eventually ten corporate members were enlisted. The NARIMS chapter was incorporated on July 10, 1979 – the sixth RIMS chapter in Canada. Ladis Vegh, who spearheaded that first membership drive, became the first NARIMS president.
The original members were:
Canadian Utilities Limited - Ladis Vegh, Shelley Hall
Government of Alberta - Dave Murray, Rich Whitehouse
Luscar Ltd - John Grunde
Syncrude Canada Ltd - George Wilkinson
R. Angus Alberta Ltd - Terry Connell
Alberta Gas Chemicals Ltd - Bob Woods
Allarco Developments Ltd - Eric Berry
City of Edmonton - Don Shaw
Alberta Government Telephones (later Telus) - Frank Parrota, Hal Neldner
Great Canadian Oil Sands (later Suncor Ltd) - Doug Martin