Agenda Halifax


8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Deborah Fleck, Senior Network Manager, National Security and Public Safety, The Conference Board of Canada

Trefor Munn-Venn, Co-Leader, Rhapsody Strategies

9:00 a.m.

Presentation and Discussion: Enhancing Resilience Through Insurance

David McGown, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives
Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance is widely recognized as being fundamental to the ability of communities and even countries to recover more quickly from disasters. Where government aid flows slowly, insurance operates more quickly. Where government aid only helps address basic needs, insurance can more fully indemnify home and business owners, allowing them to fully recover. Insurance can also help governments, by putting money in their hands quickly allowing them to address critical needs post disaster. Government aid programs contain no incentive to mitigate risk, but because insurance pricing is tied to risk, it rewards mitigation and helps create a culture of resilience

10:00 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Presentation and Discussion: Building Resilience Through the Regional Resilience Assessment Program (RRAP)

Maciek Hawrylak, Manager, Regional Resilience Assessment Program Public Safety Canada

The Regional Resilience Assessment Program (RRAP) is a comprehensive risk assessment program for owners and operators of Canadian Critical Infrastructure (CI). This program features site assessments to help organizations measure and improve their resilience to all hazards in Canada, such as cyber threats, accidental or intentional man-made events, and natural catastrophes.

11:15 a.m.

Presentation and Discussion: Practice Makes Perfect: Resilience Through Exercises

Richard Moreau, Director of Emergency Management Solutions Calian Group Ltd.

It is well recognized that one of the most cost-effective way to prepare and confirm readiness of an organization and its plans to deal with events is to exercise. Unfortunately, it is also true that exercise is often neglected in most emergency management programs. How many organizations have a fully funded, multi-year exercise program? Who has an exercise program linked to performance metrics and can track the return on investment for every dollar spent on training and exercise? Who works for an organization where senior management is afraid of pushing the envelope by fear of looking bad during an exercise? What about the feeling of being stuck in the infamous lessons learned trap? Would you be shocked to discover that most organizations have adopted the flash in the pan approach to exercises and have no dedicated resources to support the planning and conduct of exercises? In this presentation, Richard will share his personal experiences, best practices, point out some challenges and trends while sharing some strategies to get the most from your investment in exercises while directly contributing to building resilience in your organization.

12:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m.

Presentation and Discussion: BlackBerry

2:00 p.m.

Presentation and Discussion: Regional Perspective

Anthony Di Monte - General Manager, Emergency and Protective Services City of Ottawa

On September 21, 2018, the Ottawa region was struck by multiple tornadoes and high windstorms causing widespread damage and massive power outages. The moment the first tornado hit ground, the City of Ottawa’s Emergency Operations Centre activated into enhanced operations, mobilizing all City services. A number of factors contributed to the complexity of the response, including the fluidity of the storm and the large area it covered, telecommunications, politics and media. With his presentation, Mr. Di Monte will enlighten the audience on what it takes to coordinate an emergency response and relief effort across one of the largest geographical municipalities in Canada, and the challenges one may face along the way.

3:00 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Presentation and Discussion: Resilience from the Top: Leadership in Emergency Management

Trefor Munn-Venn, Co-Leader Rhapsody Strategies

In the after-action review of almost every major emergency management event, two themes almost always emerge: Leadership and Communications. In this talk, Trefor will walk you through a framework for leadership along with the corresponding best practices and emerging “next practices” that will define the future of leadership in emergency management.

4:15 p.m.


4:30 p.m.