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Covid-19: Risk Management, Legal and Practical Issues While Navigating Uncertainty

Author(s): Catherine Hansen-Stamp| Steve Smith| Association for Experiential Education
Video Release Date: April 14, 2020
Video Source: YouTube

Covid-19’s quick, pervasive and continuing impact has fundamentally affected current outdoor, adventure and experiential programming, and importantly, how that programming will operate into the future.  Cathy and Steve will provide insight into the risk management, legal and practical ‘points on the map’ that organizations should consider as they move forward in this fluid and uncertain time.  

Disclaimer:  In this webinar, we offer general information only, and are not providing specific legal, medical, or risk management advice.  Consult with local health authorities, or other professionals (e.g. legal, risk management, insurance) for specific guidance regarding your unique business or operation.  You may also contact either of us separately for support. Our opinions do not necessarily represent AEE’s official position on these issues. 


Specific questions about Insurance? Contact Mark Vermeal from Fred C. Church Insurance

Presented by: Catherine Hansen-Stamp & Steve Smith

About Catherine Hansen-Stamp, Esq.- Recreation & Adventure Law and Liability: 

Catherine Hansen-Stamp is an attorney in Golden, Colorado.  For the last 25 years, her practice has focused solely on advising recreation, adventure and/or experiential program providers and related organizations on law, liability and risk management issues.  Cathy speaks and writes frequently on these issues, both regionally and nationally. She has presented at the Annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference since its inception in 1994, and is currently on the Steering Committee.  She co-authors articles regularly for American Camp Association’s CampLine with Reb Gregg. Cathy received her B.A. from  Colorado College in 1981 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming in 1985.  She is a member of both the Wyoming and Colorado Bar Associations and the University of Wyoming College of Law Advisory Board.  Cathy can be reached at: [email protected]www.hansenstampattorney.com.

About Steve Smith – Experiential Consulting, LLC:

Since 2008, Steve Smith has provided risk management support to outdoor / experiential programs through his Seattle-based consulting company, Experiential Consulting, LLC.  Steve has worked in the outdoor industry for over thirty years, including leadership roles at organizations such as Outward Bound and The Student Conservation Association. A regular speaker at national conferences, he served as the Chair of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference for three years. He volunteers on safety committees and accreditation committees for various organizations. Steve has been creating resources and webinars to support organizations through the pandemic, and there is a page devoted to COVID-19 on his company’s website, which you can find at www.outdoorrisk.com. He has a master’s degree in teaching English, along with years of university-level teaching experience, and earned a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Society for Human Resources Management, all of which help him view outdoor education through a variety of educational and administrative lenses.  

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