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DRI Canada Regional Conference Focuses on Organizational Resilience

May 30, 2018 Leave a comment DRI Admin

Chloe Demrovsky, DRI International President

Natural disasters, data breaches, and other threats that can affect an organization were center stage at DRI’s latest one-day regional conference, May 17, 2018, at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta. This was DRI Canada’s second one-day conference. DRI Certified Professionals, practitioners, and students in related fields attended to meet, network, and learn from thought leaders on business continuity management and disaster recovery.

John Yamniuk, DRI Canada President

John Yamniuk, DRI Canada President said, “We were very pleased to collaborate with NorQuest College in this event and offer this opportunity – not only for DRI members but also local students.” The conference, themed “Working Together to Improve Organizational Resilience,” was held during Business Continuity Awareness Week and supported the DRI Foundation. A total of 57 delegates, 10 of which were students, attended.

“Organizations, large and small, find that many things ranging from severe weather to social media can strike their operations,” said Chloe Demrovsky, DRI International President and CEO. Demrovsky was at the conference to present the institute’s Annual Predictions Report. “By looking ahead at the serious consequences organizations could face, professionals are better able to strategize and be properly equipped.”

The April 2018 Humboldt Broncos hockey team’s traumatic accident was the conference’s most timely session, presented by Garth Tucker, who was Planning Section Chief in the Emergency Operations Centre in Humboldt, Saskatchewan the week following the incident. He said, “That team’s tragedy brought the town to a standstill. Crises are more than flashing lights. An enormous amount of work was needed after the emergency was over.”

In addition to co-hosting the recovery-focused conference, NorQuest College presented a session on cyber security/disaster recovery and business continuity management. “Most organizations would not be able to function if their IT was suddenly impacted,” said Claire Mechan, Business Continuity Coordinator at NorQuest College. “We are pleased to collaborate with the Disaster Recovery Institute Canada and share best practices in this vital area.”

A session on risk management/business continuity planning in a large municipal environment and a session on post-secondary business continuity management framework rounded out the day. An After Action Review was conducted and plans are underway for another one-day conference event hosted by DRI Canada and another post-secondary institution.

You can download the presentations from the conference by logging into DRI’s Resource Library.

Front row L to R: Ken Baker – Corporate Manager ERM, City of Edmonton; Patrick W. (Butch) Brennan – Business Continuity Planning Coordinator, City of Edmonton; Perry Ruehlen, Executive Director, DRI Canada; Garth Tucker, Manager – Emergency/Disaster Management, Covenant Health Canada Back Row L to R: Jim Ross – Director of Risk And Assurance Services, MacEwan University; Chloe Demrovsky – President & CEO, DRI International; Ed Kohel – Manager, Public Safety and Health Programs, NorQuest College; Dave Melanson – IT Governance and Internal Controls Specialist, NorQuest College; Claire Mechan – Business Continuity Coordinator, NorQuest College; Ramon Zulueta – Risk Management Manager, TELUS Communications Inc.; John Yamniuk, President, DRI Canada