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February 5, 2019

PRINCETON AND TORONTO, ON – Councillors and municipal employees have a new option for risk management training thanks to a collaborative effort between Frank Cowan Company, a public sector managing general agent (MGA) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

The Frank Cowan Company Municipal Institute of Risk Management offers online, municipal-specific education focusing on risk management best practices. There are two streams currently available – one to help new and returning Councillors, and the other focuses on municipal employees.

The Institute opened its virtual doors to all Ontario municipalities on January 30th with its first course, Introduction to Common Municipal Liabilities. A second course, Making Your Community a Safer Place, will be available in late February. There are plans to add more courses to the roster in the near future.

“Frank Cowan Company wrote the book on municipal risk management and who better to partner with than the respected team at AMO? We want to offer all municipal employees in Ontario education to help enhance their role by gaining a better understanding of risk management practices. It’s important and very in-demand. We’re asked to come out and present to municipalities all the time – we’re still going to do that, but these courses can reach a larger audience,” says Barb Szychta, Vice-President, Risk Management, Frank Cowan Company.

“Municipal liability and risk management issues cost municipal governments millions of dollars every year. That is why AMO is so pleased to partner with Frank Cowan Company on this Institute, which can be accessed from anywhere online,” said Jamie McGarvey, AMO President. “It will help municipal employees better understand existing and emerging risks and learn how to manage them. This will help reduce both the frequency and severity of claims, protecting our residents and the property taxpayer.”

To view the course online, or to register, visit
About Frank Cowan Company
Frank Cowan Company is a Canadian leader in providing specialized insurance programs, including risk management and claims services for municipalities and public service, healthcare, education, community, children’s and social service organizations across Canada. Proven industry knowledge, gained through over nine decades of partnering with insurance companies and independent brokers, gives Frank Cowan Company the ability to effectively manage the necessary risk, advisory and claims services for both standard and complex issues. Frank Cowan Company’s head office is located in Princeton, Ontario with a branch office in Cambridge, Ontario. Clients and broker partners receive support out of both locations. For additional information about Frank Cowan Company visit

For more information, contact:

Caryn McLean
Director, Marketing & Communications
Frank Cowan Company
1-800-265-4000 ext. 55344 |

About the Association of Municipalities of Ontario
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

For more information, contact:

Brian Lambie
AMO Media Contact, Redbrick Communications
416-729-5425 |