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
19th Annual Event!

Canadian BCP & Emergency Management

Practical strategies for the decade ahead

January 28 - 29, 2020  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Day One - Tuesday January 28, 2020
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
9:15 - 10:00
Mass Shooting on Toronto's Danforth: Lessons Learned
Matthew Pegg, Fire Chief/General Manager, Toronto Fire Service
  • The shooting attack on the Danforth rocked Toronto to its core
  • Response and recovery efforts before, during and after the attack
  • Lessons learned
10:00 - 11:00
Ottawa/Gatineau Spring Flooding 2017 and 2019 - Lessons Learned - Past, Present and Future
Robin Bourke, Engineering Advisor, Flood Modelling, Natural Resources Canada
  • How did approach change between 2017 and 2019
  • What’s improved?
  • What is the government working on?
  • What is going on at Conservation Ontario
  • Lessons learned
  • Can flooding be managed?
11:00 - 11:15        Networking Break
11:15 - 12:00
The Modern Business Continuity Program
Martin Gierczak, Manager, Business Continuity Planning, CAA Club Group
  • Business continuity analytics and digital plans
  • How to drive resiliency based projects in your organization with the data
  • Business disruption management tools including plan automation
  • The relationship between BCM and Crisis Management
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 1:45
Heat Intervention Planning
  • The need for community-based interventions involving multiple partners
  • Management of heat islands by increasing vegetation coverage in boroughs
  • Enhanced measures to protect vulnerable individuals (residential, long-term and private seniors’ residences, low income and isolated individuals)
  • Targeting people and places at highest risk through interventions involving municipal, community and health network partners
1:45 - 2:00        Networking Break
2:00 - 2:45
Gaining Control of Wildfires - The Hunt for Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Nouriddine Benichou, Principal Research Officer, National Research Council

Fire seasons are longer, fire events are increasingly complex and severe. Experts say the area of annual burn will double by the end of the century. This session will discuss:

  • The need to prepare for a future of bigger, more intense and more complex wildland fires
  • Development of a national guide
  • Applying analytics to forest fire management
  • Fire resistance modelling and experimentation
  • The need for a comprehensive framework for assessing risk
  • The need for home grown solutions
  • What about a national system mapping vegetation and spatial data on fuels in relation to towns and infrastructure
  • What new tools do we need?
2:45 - 3:30
Resilient Buildings and Infrastructure – Lessons Learned From Earthquakes and the Way Forward
Jack Guo (PEng, PhD) – Seismic Risk Lead, Kinetica Risk
  • The “what”, “when”, “where” and “why” of earthquake preparedness
  • Making the business case for earthquake resilience in the Canadian context
  • NCR experience / Vancouver experience (Eastern and Western Canada)
  • Changes we need moving forward to achieve a resilient built environment
  • Embracing a unified resilience framework for earthquakes and climate-related hazards
3:30 - 4:15
Leveraging AI to Save Lives in Disasters
  • Enabling emergency professionals to self serve the info most relevant to their role and the task they are working on
  • Providing real time weather forecasting
  • Proactively preparing for weather events based on historical weather data
  • Knowing where and when the disaster will hit hardest
  • Predicting road hazards for first responders
  • Knowing when defensive systems will fail
  • Crowdsourcing rescue operations
  • AI in recovery efforts
4:15        End of Day One



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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