From the structure to the content of the conference to the speakers, it was a very informative, interesting, and very beneficial conference. A very well-organized conference, and an excellent job done by the chairs. - Regional Emergency Manager
Ontario Provincial Government
18th Annual Event!

Canadian BCP & Emergency Management

Manage Emerging Threats to Your Organization and Get Actionable Strategies

January 29 - 30, 2019  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Featuring These Industry Experts

Trent Abbott B.A., MBCI, BCMS Auditor

Trent is a Senior Policy Advisor with Government of Canada (GC), and a business continuity management (BCM) consultant based in Ottawa. Trent has 10+ years of diverse business continuity, crisis and emergency management experience, in both Canada and New Zealand. Trent previously provided Policy on Government Security (PGS) BCM control and compliance guidance to federal organizations. While at the Treasury Board Secretariat, Trent also led a small team of analysts that worked with key GC stakeholders to design and develop core components of a future government-wide strategy to strengthen the continuity of government operations and support federal departments in strengthening their BCP programs. Trent holds the MBCI certification and is also an ISO 22301 certified Lead Auditor.

Imrann Ahmad, Partner, Miller Thomson

Imran Ahmad is a partner in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson and leads the firm’s national cybersecurity law practice. He also specializes in technology and privacy law. Imran is the author of Canada’s first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled A Handbook to Cyber Law in Canada which was published in the summer of 2017 by LexisNexis Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and teaches cybersecurity and privacy law. He can be reached at iahmad@millerthomson.com

Fanni Barocsi, Beneficiary Outreach Specialist, Canadian Red Cross

Fanni Barocsi works as a Beneficiary Outreach Specialist for the Canadian Red Cross. Her role includes facilitating social media outreach during natural disasters across Canada. This involves producing targeted social media content for impacted communities and developing outreach strategies. In addition, she works to foster conversations and build relationships with target communities.

Fanni has an MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement from the University of Edinburgh. She believes in supporting scientific research and knowledge translation and is passionate about communicating the complexities of the world and taking social action to solve global challenges.

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

Anthony Di Monte is the General Manager of Emergency and Protective Service for the City of Ottawa overseeing the municipality’s, By-law and Regulatory Services, Fire Service, Paramedic Service, Security and Emergency Management, Public Policy Development, and Special Events Unit. Mr. Di Monte has been involved in public service his entire career. He was certified as an Advanced Care Paramedic at Dawson College in Montreal. His management training was completed at McGill University and Université de Montreal (H.E.C.).

Mr. Di Monte has held several senior positions in numerous paramedic services starting as Regional Director for Urgences Santé Montreal. In 1999 he assumed the responsibility of York Region Emergency Medical Services and was the first Chief / General Manager of EMS. Under his leadership he structured and amalgamated the previous operators into one municipal government organization. In 2001 he became the first Chief of EMS for the newly amalgamated City of Ottawa and coordinated and implemented the delivery of an EMS service for the municipal government of our Nation’s Capital.

As General Manager, Mr. Di Monte has overseen several major projects that have impacted the community, including the Ottawa Fire Services Station Location Study which introduced a modern response standard for the City’s fire service based on the risk of each community, the Paramedic Service Review which has seen considerable investments into the service, and the implementation of the Vehicle-for-Hire By-law which led to the licensing of one Private Transportation Company.

Donna Dupont, Chief Strategist, Foresight & Design, Purple Compass

Donna Dupont is the Chief Strategist in Foresight & Design for Purple Compass, specializing in strategic foresight and design thinking for healthcare and emergency management.

Donna has held a variety of roles within Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in healthcare and emergency management, and is the recipient of several government awards at the provincial and federal level for her contribution to policy and planning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration, and is currently completing her Master of Design (MDes) in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University. Donna’s interests are at the intersection between climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. Her aim is to collaborate with communities and organizations, and use strategic foresight and design methods to strengthen local capacity, health, public safety and security.

Sara Falconer, Director, Digital Communications, Canadian Red Cross

As Director of Digital Communications for the Canadian Red Cross, Sara Falconer leads the national digital communications strategy for the organization, including managing an awesome group of experts in social media, web, video and more. During the 2016 Alberta wildfires, she led the communications team in Fort McMurray that transformed the use of social media in disaster response. She has planned and executed digital campaigns for some of the top brands in the world, including Google, RBC and WWF-Canada.

Matthew Godsoe, Manager, Research Unit, Public Safety Canada

Lauren Hebert, Corporate Emergency Manager, Corporate Security & Resiliency, Bell

Lauren Hébert is part of Bell Canada Enterprises’ Corporate Security Emergency Management team, which focuses on the safety and security of all employees, infrastructure and assets across Canada and globally. As a Corporate Emergency Manager, Lauren is responsible for managing all high-risk incidents within her region, the province of Ontario, along with conducting emergency preparedness activities such as employee training, awareness campaigns and drills.

Lauren holds a Masters Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management (MDEM) from York University, as well as a certificate in Security, Intelligence and Counterterrorism from George Brown College. Lauren is also a member of Women In International Security – Canada (WIIS – Canada).

Prior to joining Bell, Lauren worked with Waterloo Fire Rescue, Canadian Armed Forces IA Company, and Halton Region Paramedic Services where she conducted work in both Emergency Management and Business Continuity.

Carolyn Levering, Emergency Management Administrator, City of Las Vegas

Office of Emergency Management (OEM), develops and maintains emergency response plans, manages federal and state grant programs, and conducts routine training and exercises. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been a Certified Emergency Manager since 2005.

Prior to leading the Las Vegas OEM, Mrs. Levering served as Plans and Operations Coordinator for Clark County, NV and Chapter Operations Director for the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada.

Mrs. Levering is adjunct faculty to UNLV’s Executive Master of Science in Crisis and Emergency Management program, teaching the Community Preparedness course since 2007.

Current appointments include: Chair, Nevada State Emergency Response Commission- Planning and Training Sub-committee; Senior member, Nevada Commission on Homeland Security Finance Committee; Nevada State Emergency Management Coordinators Committee and Advocacy Chair for the Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association.

Mrs. Levering has served as President of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) USA - Region 9 and has served as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning SubGroup for the national InterAgency Board.

Vito Mangialardi, Senior Manager, Enterprise Business Continuity Management, METROLINX

Vito Mangialardi is a motivated and experienced Senior Business Continuity Management (BCM) professional with a strong record (20 years) of leadership and achievement in the telecommunications sector delivering Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Recovery Planning, Emergency Management, Risk Management and Incident Management.

He currently leads METROLINX in the coordination and development of a comprehensive enterprise wide Business Continuity Management framework with organizational resiliency as the destination. Managing governance, knowledge, instituting best practices, coordination (internally and with key external partners), and cross business unit planning to enhance Metrolinx’s ability adequately prepare for, respond to and recover from significant disruptors especially those with an enterprise wide operational impact.

Vito has a proven track record articulating strategy, developing plans, conducting training and exercises (testing). Seasoned hands on crisis response leader with the management of threatening risks or real events impacting people, process, information, technology and facilities.

He received the National Award for Achievement in Business Continuity Management from the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness in 2012. Vito is the past Executive member of the Canadian Telecom Emergency Preparedness Association (CTEPA).

Prior to the telecommunications sector experience; Vito’s career included public and private sector program and project management delivering technology, facilities and operational initiatives to support business protection and growth in the nuclear, transportation, environmental and engineering sectors.

Vito has written numerous articles, blogs and given strategic and leadership organizational resiliency presentations on the topic of Business Continuity, Emergency and Incident Management. Vito functions as a Business Continuity Management (BCM) Strategic Advisor where he can identify, share. deliver information and knowledge related to the many variations of organizational resiliency; all associated with risk management and business disruption planning.

Des O'Callaghan, Fellow, Business Continuity Institute

Des O'Callaghan FBCI is an independent Business Continuity Management consultant in Toronto, having retired in 2010 after devoting the previous 21 years to building and leading several corporate BCM programs in the financial sector. He is also an educator in business continuity, having developed and delivered a BCP certificate program at George Brown College in Toronto from 2006 to 2010 and now teaches for several training providers.

Des is closely involved with the Business Continuity Institute, holding the highest level of professional certification as a Fellow of the Institute (Canada's first FBCI). He was recognized for his many contributions to the profession as the 2009 recipient of the National Award of Excellence for Business Continuity presented by the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness. In November 2015 he received a Global Achievement Award from the BCI.

Christian Rousseau, Executive Director, Canadian Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC), Government of Canada

Christian Rousseau is the Executive Director of the Canadian Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC). ITAC is the Government of Canada’s Centre for the independent production of integrated, comprehensive and timely assessments on terrorism threats to Canada and Canadian interests, at home and abroad.

Prior to that, as a member of the Canadian Forces, he had served as Chief of Defence Intelligence and Founding Commander of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (2010-2014), Director of Operations (Defence and International Security) within the Privy Council Office (2009-2010) and Director General Military Engineering and Chief Engineer of the Canadian Forces (2005-2007).

His international operational assignments include Afghanistan (2007-2008), East Africa (1996) and the Middle East (1990-1991). He has been appointed to the Canadian Order of Military Merit at the rank of Commander and the US Legion of Merit at the rank of Officer.

Sarah Thompson, Risk Management Specialist, Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management | AEM | ABCP

Sarah has been an active member of the Emergency Management community in Canada for 10 years. During that time, she has completed work for the National Energy Board, the Red Cross and various municipal agencies. She has managed a range of government emergency management programs, including rapid damage assessment at the City of Burnaby, volunteer Emergency Social Services (ESS) team management with the City of Vancouver, and change management for the special events planning program at the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management. She graduated from York University Master of Disaster and Emergency management in 2016 and served as a board member with the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers from 2016-18.

Sarah is currently the Risk Management Specialist for the Emergency Management Program Development unit at Emergency Management Ontario. In this role, she leads the redevelopment of the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment program, including methodologies and associated tools and resources for Ministry and Municipal Emergency management Coordinators.

Dr. Suzanne Waldman, Researcher, Defense Research and Development Canada

Dr. Suzanne Waldman is a researcher for the Government of Canada with expertise in managing risks and optimizing benefits of social media use. At Defense Research and Development Canada, she extensively researched how public agencies as well as spontaneously emergent networks of citizens can use social media strategies to enhance emergency response and recovery. She continues to collaborate with emergency management colleagues on research in this area while being employed by Public Safety Canada in the national security sector.

David Wright, CBCP, Business Continuity Manager, Royal Canadian Mint










The current environment poses more threats than ever before! Dramatic climate change and the resulting increase in dangerous events including heat-related deaths, record setting rain fall and flooding, hurricanes and tornadoes; Terrorism and seemingly random violence that seem to come out of the blue; the ever present risk to cyber security in a society completely dependent on in tact cyber space and vulnerable to threats from an infinite number of sources.

As the professional responsible for emergency and business continuity planning in your organization, you need to be prepared to respond professionally to this unlimited list of ever-changing, ever-expanding threats. You need to leverage the latest, most innovative and effective ways of protecting your business, as well as the latest best practices in continuity planning and emergency management. You, your reputation, individual safety and your organization are all at risk. Take active steps now to reinforce and expand your strength and capacity and reduce vulnerability in this important area.

INFONEX's two-day course, Canadian BCP & Emergency Management, is specifically designed to provide what you need to do your job as effectively as possible. A faculty of experienced BCP and Emergency Management experts will share insights derived from their own experiences and understanding of best practices and the latest innovations in the field.

Attendees will learn what others have learned the hard way in the wake of violence, heat and weather-related deaths. You will learn how to use BCP to build resilience and adapt to climate change. You will hear how to conduct BCP audits that can provide the feedback necessary to take your organization to the next level. You will learn how to develop and implement an effective emergency management strategy, use social media to enable volunteering, protect critical infrastructure, prepare for expected cyber threats in 2019, facilitate the rapid repair, replacement and expansion of telecommunication systems, protect your data and so much more.

Take a few moments to review the agenda. Consider the value of investing in your own continuing professional development in an area that is changing more rapidly than it ever has before. Return to your organization inspired with new ideas, aware of new strategies, processes and procedures and able to network with professionals who share your interests and goals. Then call us immediately to reserve your place. We look forward to seeing you.

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