Donald Barrett


Donald started his risk management and insurance career as the Risk Management Analyst with Newfoundland Telephone in August 1980.  In December 1985 he became the first Newfoundlander to receive the Canadian Risk Management designation. That same month he accepted the position of Risk and Insurance Manager for the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro Group of Companies. Although he held these responsibilities until his retirement in November 2004, he also was responsible for Corporate Affairs from December 1989 to February 2002. The Hydro Group is the fourth largest generator of electricity in Canada, and includes the Churchill Falls hydro generating facility, a 5428mW plant and its related community in central Labrador.

In 1981, the Newfoundland and Labrador Risk and Insurance Chapter was accepted by RIMS as its newest Canadian chapter. As a founding member, Donald was the first Vice-President and held several executive positions, including six terms as President until his retirement. He was also involved in the 1999 and 2009 Canadian Risk Management conferences held in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His terms as Society Director included representing his chapter at RIMS Board meetings and also at meetings of the Canadian Chapers Committee, the forerunner of RIMS Canada. This included two consecutive terms as Chairman, during which time the Committee became accepted as a formal RIMS committee.

Donald served as a member of the Risk Management Committee of the Canadian Electricity Association, including a two year term as Chairman. Additionally, he served on its Critical Infrastructure Committee following the events on 9/11 until his retirement.

Donald and his wife Sheila recently returned to live in Newfoundland following a six year hiatus and are looking forward to the birth of two more grandchildren this year.