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Past Tours

Building Resilience: Learning from the Boston Bombings and Hurricane Sandy

May 27–29, 2014: Brooklyn, NY and Boston, MA

The Boston Bombings and Hurricane Sandy challenged community resilience and local emergency response capabilities, with the latter also having significant impact on critical infrastructure: energy, supply-chain, communications, and medical response.

The Conference Board of Canada, with its Centre for National Security, invites you to be a part of a three-day executive study tour to New York City and Boston to explore how authorities and critical infrastructure operators responded to these events and the lessons that have been learned and implemented post-events. The tour will provide in depth briefings and discussion with those who were in leadership positions during the events. It will include site visits to affected locations as well as hands-on learning.

Developed in conjunction with Richard Serino, former Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Desiree Matel-Anderson, former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA, this Study Tour has been designed for the participant to experience first-hand how these cities and their response teams innovated in the wake of disaster, got supply-chains and communications up and running, and effectively managed the medical response.

Cyberspace and National Security: CNS Research Mission

November 3–5, 2010: Washington DC

The state of cyber insecurity has been described as an “economic and national security crisis,” whereas advancements in cyber security have been identified as a “strategic advantage.” The recent debate surrounding the discovery of the “Stuxnet” worm illustrates the worldwide concern about increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.

But we have also seen that the collective security challenges of cyberspace and national security are virtually inseparable from issues of organizational and individual security and privacy. As a result, both public and private organizations have been asking themselves how best to adapt their strategies, policies, and resources to a quickly evolving threat that has been difficult to identify, locate, and understand.

On this research mission, participants will engage with a diversity of recognized thought leaders and senior decision-makers to:

  • Dispel persistent myths about the cyber threat and separate fact from fiction;
  • Identify and analyse the strategic and policy issues;
  • Determine the business imperative and the value proposition of cyber security, and
  • Identify the opportunities to prepare all members of society for the cyber age

We hope you will find this CNS research mission both challenging and rewarding.

Disruptions to the Supply Chain: Lessons for Security and Continuity

June 2–4, 2009

Significant disruptions to supply chains can have ramifications far beyond a single organization. The 2002 lockout of longshoremen at ports on the U.S. West Coast and 2005 strike at the Port of Vancouver demonstrated this all too well. With the realization that many supply chains are fragile, public and private organizations have had to modify their business and security operations.

The tour will enable participants to exchange ideas and experiences from those who managed the response to the lockout and strike, and learn what mattered during the crisis and what changes have been made since.

This is your opportunity to discuss and see first-hand the challenges and changes to enhance supply chain and port security. Traveling to the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Vancouver, you will learn the lessons brought about by the stoppage of work at three of North America’s key ports.

Response and Resilience: Lessons on Information Sharing from 9/11

April 14–18, 2008: Boston, MA; New York, NY; and Washington DC

A key issue that became evident during the response to the terror attacks was the challenge of information sharing—between first responders as well as between the public and private sectors. This study tour offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet with senior individuals involved in the response, see first-hand the attack sites, and examine how information sharing practices have been radically transformed. This will be an intense and highly-focused event for senior leaders from public and private sector organizations responsible for the protection of critical assets, development of resilience and business continuity plans, and information sharing across organizations

Learning from Katrina

November 14–16, 2006: New Orleans, LA

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall, the city of New Orleans was devastated. The wind, rain and water exposed not only the weak infrastructure, but also the weak governance framework in place. The Conference Board of Canada led a study tour to New Orleans that gave participants direct access to the leaders of the response and allowed them to witness first-hand the devastation. Participants had in-camera access to a range of senior leaders from a range of organizations involved in the response including FEMA, Wal-Mart, US Coast Guard, Shell, Louisiana State Troopers and the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Louisiana. Participants left with a clear understanding of what really devastated New Orleans and actions they could take in their own organizations and with their partners to avoid a similar outcome


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Contact Us

For more information on how you can participate in one of our security-related initiatives, or to request a guest invitation to a network meeting, contact:


Deborah Fleck
Senior Manager, Executive Networks
613-526-3280x362
Email imagefleck@conferenceboard.ca

Ruben Vroegop
Senior Policy Officer
613-983-4894
Email imageRuben.Vroegop@cic.gc.ca

Björn Rütten
Analyst
613-993-1204
Email imagebjorn.rutten@rcmp-grc.gc.ca