“Critical infrastructure refers to processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government. Critical infrastructure can be stand-alone or interconnected and interdependent within and across provinces, territories and national borders. Disruptions of critical infrastructure could result in catastrophic loss of life, adverse economic effects, and significant harm to public confidence.”
Public Safety Canada
From the national to community level, we are highly dependent on critical infrastructure. Increasing the resilience of our critical infrastructure is a core requirement for building resilience at any level of society.
Disasters are on the rise. Is our critical infrastructure resilient?
As human infrastructure continues to grow and spread, so too do the risks posed by a range of hazards including flooding, extreme weather, temperature fluctuations, major accidents, terrorism, cyber attacks and wildfires. Here in Canada, recent major events have tested our infrastructure to the limits, including flooding in urban areas, winter storms, widespread electrical power disruptions, wildfires, and rail disasters. Every governing body, from national governments down to municipalities, needs to face up to the challenges posed by an evolving hazard landscape on the functioning of critical infrastructure.
The resilience of Canada’s Critical Infrastructure is a topic of constant discussion among emergency management and public safety officials at all levels. The interdependencies in modern critical infrastructure are highly complex and failure in one area could have cascading effects across the broad range of critical infrastructure, magnifying the impact. Ultimately, Canada’s resilience, right down to the community level, is heavily dependent on the critical infrastructure that serves us.
While it is impossible to predict emergencies, the lessons learned from recent events can provide invaluable insights into building resilience to a variety of future hazards. So how resilient is our critical infrastructure now? And where do we go from here?
Discuss the issues with experts and leaders from both the public and private sectors
At Resilience 2018, we’ll focus on building resilience from an all-hazards perspective for a range of critical infrastructure including transportation, water, telecommunications, government and energy. Some of this discussion will be framed within the context of case studies from recent emergencies, including the impact on critical infrastructure from the floods that occurred in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia and the 2017 wildfire season in Canada.
Collaboration to build our capacity to face the challenges… and bounce back better
While not pleasant to think about, we are all faced with the threat of disasters on a daily basis and require the policies and tools to effectively deal with them. While disasters cannot always be prevented, the degree of destruction and costs of disaster recovery can be mitigated. No one can predict the next major disruption or catastrophe but we can control how we prepare for and respond to these challenges.
Resilience enables us to bounce back quicker and potentially stronger after a crisis. Join us as we discuss this very issue, and learn how to build communities and organizations that can recover better and thrive in the event of a future disruption.
Resilience 2018 will be held in Ottawa with a range of speakers from all levels of government, the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations contributing their insights into how we can improve the resilience of our critical infrastructure. Join us, as well as your peers from across the country, as we explore the new avenues for improving our collective resilience to a range of emergencies.
Building on Success
The Conference Board is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization. The Conference Board has a long standing reputation for developing and sharing the latest insights on resilience through its Council on Emergency Management (CEMT) and dedicated research on public safety and emergency management issues. Conference Board events attract top public and private sector leaders, and provide an insightful and enlightening learning experience for conference participants.
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