Day One: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

10:15 EST

60 min

How to Build a More Robust and Nimble Business Continuity Plan (Including the Impact of COVID-19 on Your BCP) -- Case Study at Metrolinx

Shannon Colquhoun, Senior Advisor, Business Continuity, Metrolinx

  • What makes a plan robust and useful?
  • Why do some plans sit on the shelf?
  • What commonly goes wrong/ missteps to avoid
  • Issues arising as a result of Covid
  • How to ensure your plan works
  • Who should be consulted in preparing your BCP?
  • Determinning scope – key objectives and goals
  • Designating the BC Team – command and control, task-oriented, sub-teams
  • Singling out key business areas and critical functions
  • Preparing a Business Impact Analytic Report (BIA)
  • Determining minimal acceptable downtime for critical functions
  • Creating a plan to maintain operations
  • Testing to identify weaknesses – why, how, how often?

11:15 EST

45 min
Norma McCormick

Managing Psychological Health: A Critical Part of Your BCP ISO 45003 and the Impact of COVID on Employees

Norma McCormick, President and Senior CONSULTANT, Project leader for ISO 45003, Corporate Health Works Inc.

  • Why safeguarding the mental health and wellbeing of employees has become an essential part of business continuity planning
  • New dimension of worry for employees as a result of covid
  • The “always on” culture
  • Impact of the sudden change in our routine and habits
  • From anxiety and stress to burnout and depression and increases in LTC leaves
  • Adopting people centred processes in times of crisis to mitigate risk
  • Processes to mitigate risk
  • How to integrate health into an organization’s culture
  • Accessing mental health services through the workplace
  • Self assessment – Is what you are doing effective?

12:00 EST

60 min


13:45 EST

45 min

Business Continuity Management and Climate Change: Planning for the Unexpected?

Quentin Chiotti

  • Expectation that climate change will have an even larger impact on business than Covid
  • Why the COVID-19 crisis portends unforeseen business continuity challenges related to climate change
  • Unforeseen consequences of climate change and the rapidly changing risk landscape
  • Physical, transitional and liability risk
  • Interconnectedness, global and local supply chain issues
  • ESG issues including carbon tax, sector stigmatization etc.
  • Aligning business continuity and sustainability frameworks
  • Including climate risk in risk assessments

14:30 EST

15 min


14:45 EST

45 min

How to Protect Your Organization From Cyber Security Threats

15:30 EST

45 min

In the Eye of the Storm - Responding to Supply Chain Disruption

The impact of Covid on the public and private sector, consumers and investors is unlike anything the supply chain community has ever seen. Leaders need to make rapid decisions and take immediate action to deal with the short term crisis and enable  economies to rebound over the long term.

  • Impact of Covid on the supply chain
  • Risks and challenges
  • How to respond
  • Long and short term implications
  • Supply chain planning, priorities for immediate action, planning for the future
  • Key actions to address Covid 19’s impact on logistics

16:15 EST

45 min

What You Need to Know About Wildfires

  • Devastating impact of wildfires to civilizations and wildlife and in destroying entire ecosystems
  • The need for contingency plans and preparedness including handling the aftermath
  • Mitigation/ prevention
  • Preparation – changing behaviour or processes to reduce impact
  • Response – assembling teams or units of emergency service to the area of disaster
  • Recovery – restore the area affected by the disaster to its condition prior to the disaster.
  • Providing resources to allow communities to build responsibly in natural surroundings
  • Wildfire risk factors
  • Causes of wildfires
  • Burn intensity

17:00 EST

End of Day One

Day Two: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

11:00 EST

45 min
Michael G. Sherrard

Safety and Return to Work: Do’s and Don’ts in the Time of COVID-19 - Employer Best Practices During COVID-19

Michael G. Sherrard, Partner, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

As an employer you are obligated to keep employees safe but we continue to be in an evolving public health context.  This session will provide do’s and don’ts for attendees to consider in their own workplaces.  Specifically,

  • How to keep employees safe as we ramp up post pandemic return to the workplace
  • Specific protocols to consider implementing for return to work and maintaining a safe workplace
  • Additional strategies if a portion of your workforce is not vaccinated?
  • Can you make vaccination mandatory? Options.
  • Proof of vaccination protocols and employee privacy considerations?

11:45 EST

45 min

Group Incident Management: Assessing a Hypothetical Disaster for Response Planning

12:30 EST

60 min


13:30 EST

45 min

New Challengers: Cyber Security Threats for Remote Workers – Lessons Learned

14:15 EST

45 min


15:00 EST

15 min


15:15 EST

60 min

Droughts and Flooding: Managing Extremes in Saskatchewan

16:45 EST

End of Day Two