Douglas Barlow (1907-1998)


Douglas Barlow was a risk management pioneer whose career spanned decades as a risk manager, attorney and educator. A Rhodes scholar who earned law degrees at Oxford University and McGill University in Montreal, Mr. Barlow made his mark as a risk manager for Toronto-based farm equipment manufacturer Massey-Ferguson Ltd. from 1959 to 1972. There he was credited with creating the first global insurance and risk management program, encompassing all of the company’s worldwide exposures. In 1965, he launched one of the earliest captive insurers to write Massey-Ferguson’s primary property and liability coverages. He also formulated the now-familiar concept of “cost of risk” and was the first risk professional to don the title of risk manager. Long active in RIMS, Mr. Barlow was the first risk manager elected to the Insurance Hall of Fame and was also a recipient of RIMS’ highest honor, the Dorothy and Harry Goodell Award.

Before joining Massey-Ferguson, Mr. Barlow worked as general counsel for an insurance brokerage in Quebec  City, was a professor of Insurance at Laval University in Quebec and briefly ran his own law office. He was president of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. from 1971 to 1972.