Day One: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
10:00 EST15 min
10:15 EST45 min
11:00 EST45 min
- Priority themes the Network will work on
- Understanding fire in a changing world
- Managing ecosystems
- Delivering innovative fire management solutions
- The wildland urban interface
- Using machine learning in fire management solutions
- Interaction between fire and insects
- Preparing for severe weather
- Defining wildfire risk in Canada
- Managing ecosystems around communities to increase resilience
11:45 EST30 min
Communication has a major impact on emergency response. Events can escalate quickly without an effective emergency preparedness and response strategy, and even a minor incident can cause major problems if an organization cannot communicate with its intended audience.
This session will examine the importance of critical communication on business disruptions and emergency response, and outline best practices and lessons learned from recent events into this strategy to minimize risk, protect people, and effectively manage resources.
12:15 EST45 min
13:00 EST45 min
In addition to the challenge of Covid many organizations have faced protesters and the potential for violence. Hear from an expert who can provide an analysis of what has transpired in the past few months including the good, the bad and the ugly.
- Crowd management vs. crowd control – What is the difference?
- Crowd control tactics – kettling, wedge formation, diamond formation
- Logistics command control
- What strategies have been effective?
- What are the common errors?
- Lessons learned
13:45 EST45 min
Selecting data to answer emergency and continuity program management-related questions requires careful consideration. In a field as broad as ours, it will be tempting to collect large swaths of data, but not everything will be useful and relevant to us as we strive to build robust emergency and continuity programs. Establishing a solid framework for data collection can be even more important than the data collection itself.
In this session and through the lens of Toronto Hydro’s Disaster Preparedness Management Program, we will explore the process by which we can establish a data management framework that will empower leaders to make more effective decisions regarding the programs they administer.
14:30 EST15 min
14:45 EST45 min
Canada’s Alert Ready System has been operating successfully with respect to natural hazard warnings and amber alerts, but in 2020 it has also faced challenges related to alerts concerning hazards with technological and social origins. This presentation will consider both the opportunities and challenges faced by Canada’s Alert Ready System in our contemporary hazard environment.
- Challenges – What happened with the false nuclear alert?
- Challenges – What happened in Portapique, Nova Scotia?
- What the public expects from an alert system
- Policy challenges for alert system operation
- Implementation challenges for alert system operation
15:30 EST45 min
End of Day One
Day Two: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
10:00 EST10 min
10:10 EST50 min
Canadians experienced $4 to 5 billion a year in losses from extreme weather. Losses have been doubling every 5 to 10 years, due in part to climate change. It is important to break this alarming trend.
- What is happening in the private sector?
- How insurance companies, homeowners, building owners, builders are dealing with climate change?
- Is there scope for the private and public sector to work together?
- What can be done to improve resilience to severe weather events?
11:00 EST45 min
- How CAF mobilized the largest contingent of reservists since World War 2
- Uniqueness of Land Component Control (LCC) of Operation Laser, staffed entirely by reservist officers from within the Atlantic Region.
- How these reservist officers were suddenly called upon to assume senior military positions
- Key lessons learned
11:45 EST45 min
12:30 EST45 min
Insider risk relates to people working within an organization to subvert the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information contained within the walls of that entity. Public Safety Canada is pleased to provide an informative and insightful talk where participants will hear case studies of related events and learn what organizations can do today to protect their systems from the “threat from within”.
- What if the keys to the castle were in the hands of those that you were trying to defend against?
- What if the contractor building your IT infrastructure was working for your competitor?
- What if your most important asset was also your biggest vulnerability?
13:15 EST30 min
In an emergency, every second counts when trying to reach your audience quickly and securely. In this session, we’ll share best practices and use cases on how to harness limited resources to ensure safety, accountability and continuity of operations across different communities.
13:45 EST45 min
Your company’s resilience has been tested.
- How did your approach to crisis management stand up?
- How did the team coordinating everything from internal and external communication to risk assessment, management and mitigation do?
- What do you need to consider in addressing business continuity and resilience for what lies ahead?
14:30 EST15 min
14:45 EST60 min
- Overview of climate change: Key Issues in impact and Adaptation in Canada
- The National Assessment Process
- Reports being produced
- Key climate change risks and vulnerabilities
- Climate change and health assessment
15:45 EST45 min
Factors that may impact food security include border closures, restrictions on foreign farm workers, transportation and import bottlenecks, covid outbreaks in meat plants, panic hoarding and delayed harvesting.
- What is the potential for scarcity?
- Critical weaknesses in vital networks including health care and food supply chain
- Engaging community action on food resiliency
End of Day Two