Risky Business

Welcome to Risky Business: Embracing Uncertainty 

Risky Business conferences first started in London UK in 2006 with the premise of learning from high risk industries to improve patient care and safety.  Over the past 12 years, important themes around leadership and culture, teams and systems, communication, preparation and training, debriefing and reconciliation have been explored.  High fidelity videos of many of the speakers from previous conferences are available on our website www.risky-business.com.  The fundamental aim is to share ideas and to inspire change.

Over the years it has become clear that while there have been many changes to reduce patient harm, mistakes still occur and risks in healthcare don’t away.  Rather they evolve and new risks arise for a variety of reasons, some of which may be related to cycles of education and training, others to changes in practices and systems and importantly, to changes in technology.  We continue to practice with degrees of uncertainty and the theme of this conference is to embrace uncertainty so that we can understand new risks and in particular the interaction between humans and technology.

The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has supported and sponsored Risky Business conferences for the past decade as part of their commitment to safety and quality and are once again very pleased to be involved with this conference.  We are also indebted to our sponsors who are deeply committed to improving patient safety and reducing harm, including RL Solutions, KPMG and HIROC (Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada).

Themes to be explored at this conference include sessions on artificial intelligence, the ethics and legal implications of risk, parents reflecting on risk, decision making and preparing for the unexpected.  We will hear from experts in other industries, particularly related to mountaineering and rescue, military, nuclear industry and motorsports.  We do hope you can join us and please feel free to contact us at any time for further information.


Organizing Committee, Risky Business: Embracing Uncertainty 
Peter C. Laussen, Chair
Andre C. Amaral
Trey Coffey
Jeff Mainland
Michael-Alice Moga
Patricia Trbovich
Richard Wray