Valerie Barber, Acting director, insurance and risk management – Department of Finance
Province of Manitoba
After spending five years in accounting and a decade in claims, Valerie Barber joined the Government of Manitoba in 1999 as a manager of agency claims and loss prevention. She was then promoted to insurance and risk manager in 2015; earlier this year, she assumed her current role as acting director of insurance and risk management for Manitoba’s Department of Finance.
Barber is responsible for making arrangements for risk financing, including the centralized purchasing of commercial insurance, establishing and maintaining self-insurance plans for Manitoba departments and agencies, and providing advice on insurance-related legislation and contracts. Barber has taught risk management courses at the University of Winnipeg and is an active member of the Manitoba chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society. She has served as the Manitoba representative on the RIMS Canada Council [RCC], as well as RCC treasurer and co-chair of the 2014 RIMS Canada Conference. She is currently involved with the National Conference Committee, a subcommittee of the RCC.