On behalf of IRMSA
It is with great sadness that we advise the recent passing on of one of IRMSA’s most esteemed members, Dr Gert Cruywagen. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
Gert had a longstanding relationship with the Institute as an esteemed Fellow member. Honorary Life Membership was conferred to Gert in recognition of his contribution to risk management. In addition, he was one of the first individuals to successfully receive the highly sought-after designation Certified Risk Management Professional (CRM Prof). Gert won the coveted award ‘Risk Manager of the Year’ in 2001 and 2009. After being voted as South Africa’s Risk Manager of the Year for the second time, he founded the Cruywagen-IRMSA Risk Foundation which went on to support countless young risk professionals with internships in South Africa and in the United States of America. In 2019, he was elected The International Federation of Risk and Insurance Management Associations (IFRIMA) President which led to the continents profile being raised globally.
We are most appreciative of his contribution to the risk fraternity. He had a huge impact in the risk community in South Africa and globally. Gert will always be remembered as a committed member and it has been an honour for so many of us to work with him, particularly with his love and passion for IRMSA and Risk Management.
Gert will be sorely missed by so many.
Gert had a great passion for wildlife and was involved with a number of wildlife organisations. The family have indicated that should you wish to pay your respects, you can do so by making a donation to the San Parks K9 Project Watchdog.