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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
Confirmed Speakers Include:

Anat Cohn, Manager, Corporate Communications Ottawa Police Service

Anat Cohn has always been fascinated with communications – the messaging, its measurement and the psychology behind it. She completed her undergrad in Mass Communications from Carleton University and a Masters in Communication Management with the University of Southern California. Anat has more than 10 years of experience working at all levels of government and in various fields from policing to health and social services. She has been with the Ottawa Police Service since 2008 and is currently their Manager of Corporate Communications. Anat’s experience in Crisis Communications ranges from natural disasters to cyber attacks, mass casualties, and a terrorist-driven shooting in Ottawa in 2014. She’s curious

Cynthia (Cindy) Kearns-O’Hara, President, CKOH CONSULTING INC.

Cindy retired in 2017 where she was Corporate Manager of Business Continuity for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. After a southern US multistate roadtrip, she returned to Defence in May 2017 and has been there since! She is currently busier than ever advising and advancing the business continuity and emergency management programs for both the Policy Group and the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Group! Cindy is DRI certified (MBCP pending late 2019) and she has been actively and happily mentoring through the DRII Women in Business Continuity Management initiative since 2018. Cindy sits as Executive Support on the Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (Ottawa Chapter). She is pleased to be part of the Infonex Faculty and share her experience.

Jack Guo (PEng, PhD) – Seismic Risk Lead, Kinetica Risk

Jack is the head of Kinetica Risk, the risk consulting branch of Kinetica, which is a Toronto-based consultant in building resilience technologies. Jack leads a team of professionals whose goal is to support owners and businesses in the development of effective plans to minimize operational and financial impacts in hazard-prone critical property portfolios. As a practicing earthquake engineer, Jack was involved in the seismic risk assessment and protection of a wide spectrum of buildings from heritage properties in the Parliament of Canada to international landmarks such as Chile’s Baha’i Temple of South America.




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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