2024 Strategic Program - CEPCA 2024

September 24-26, 2024

Shaw Centre | Ottawa, Ontario

September 24-26, 2024

Shaw Centre | Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Emergency Preparedness and
Climate Adaptation Convention

Shape the future of Emergency Preparedness and Climate Adapation

For the first time, Canada will host an unprecedented event that unites the entire emergency preparedness and climate adaptation industry. With public safety is at risk as natural disasters increase across the country, Canadian Emergency Preparedness and Climate Adaptation Convention (CEPCA) is a convention you don't want to miss.

The Strategic Conference is designed to foster collaboration to create more resilient communities by providing a dynamic platform for professionals to network, discover innovative solutions, and learn from one another. 

Be part of a collaborative effort ensuring that resilience strategies are sustainable and inclusive.

2024 Strategic Conference Program

Wednesday 25 September 2024

Thursday 26 September 2024

10:00 10:30

Opening Ceremonies, Remarks from the Chair, Elected Officials and Indigenous Welcome

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

10:30 10:45

Keynote Speech

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

Nahuel Arenas Garcia

Chief of the Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

10:45 11:00

A Proactive Approach to Emergency Management in Ontario

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

11:00 11:45

Keynote Panel: Taking a Systems Thinking Approach to the Canadian National Adaptation Strategy

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

The Canadian National Adaption Strategy (NAS) presents a shared vision for climate resilience in Canada and a framework to measure progress nationally and represented a major leap towards a coordinated and effective nationwide respon...(Read More)

Moderator:

Kathryn Bakos

Managing Director, Finance and Resilience, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation

University of Waterloo

Panelists:

Ryan Ness

Director, Adaptation

Canadian Climate Institute

David Etkin

Professor of Disaster and Emergency Management

York University

Beth Gooding

Director of Public Safety Service

City of Ottawa

11:45 12:00

Fireside Chat: Building Strong, Prosperous, Resilient and Sustainable Communities

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

Kathryn Bakos

Managing Director, Finance and Resilience, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation

University of Waterloo

12:00 13:30

Ministerial Lunch and Exhibition Visit

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

13:30 14:15

Panel Discussion: Disaster Resilience: Canada as a Global Leader in Emergency Preparedness

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

Disasters in Canada are increasing in frequency and severity across the country, and events such as flooding in Nova Scotia to wildfires across Canada, 2023 was dominated by climate-change-induced disasters, which overwhelmed authori...(Read More)

Moderator:

Jodi Manz-Henezi

President

Canadian Risk & Hazards Network

Panelists:

Erica Fleck

Director of Emergency Management

City of Halifax

Bernie Derible

Deputy Minister and Commissioner Emergency Management Ontario

Ontario Public Service Leadership

Adam McAllister

National Chair

UN-ARISE Canada

Michel Doré

Professor, Risk Management

Université du Québec à Montréal

14:15 14:30

Fireside Chat: Bridging the Gap Between the Public and Private Sector

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

Host:

Ron Hoffmann

Vice President, Business Development and Public Relations

Alexander Chemical Ltd

Speaker:

Adam McAllister

National Chair

UN-ARISE Canada

14:30 15:15

Panel Discussion: Building Collaborative Muscle Across Sectors in Emergency Management Implementation

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

Canada’s emergency management strategies are being hindered by silos where there is a lack of clear communication between policy makers, practitioners, nonprofits academia and the private sector. This panel will provide viewpoints fr...(Read More)

Panelists:

Josh Bowen

Vice President

Team Rubicon

Eustace (Sam) Roberts

President

IAEM-Canada

Nick Sealy-Thompson

General Manager

ATCO Frontec USA

15:15 15:45

Coffee and Networking

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

15:45 16:00

Fireside Chat: Indigenous Knowledge as a Beautiful Truth for Climate Resilience and Sustainability

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

16:00 16:45

Panel Discussion: A Wraparound Model for Recovery Operations

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

The 2023 wildfire season consumed seven times more forests than any other on record and destroyed hundreds of homes across Canada, saddling communities with complex recovery projects that many weren’t equipped to manage. Building up...(Read More)

Moderator:

Michael Higgins

Director, Climate Readiness and Community Recovery

Colliers Project Leaders

Panelists:

Derek Sutherland

General Manager, Community and Protective Services

Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Sean Strang

Director of Recovery and Mitigation

City of Merritt

Russell Gray

Director

Corporate Services with CIRNAC (Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada)

16:45 16:55

Closing Remarks from the Chair and Day One Close

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

10:00 10:15

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

10:15 11:00

Panel: Focusing on the Wellbeing of Emergency Management Professionals: How we Take Care of Ourselves and our Peers

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

The work of the emergency management professional is rewarding, but also challenging. First responders can witness life changing events, are under intense workloads and can oftentimes spend long periods of time separated from family....(Read More)

Panelists:

Danielle Trudeau

Founder and Executive Director

TopShelf Emergency Management

Tim Conrad

President

Butterfly Effect Communications Inc.

Caitlin Buxton-Carr

Manager Health Emergency Management

First Nations Health Authority

Rahul Singh

Founder and Executive Director

GlobalMedic

11:00 11:45

Panel: A Deep Dive into the Evolution of Climate Risk Assessments

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

Financial institutions are carefully planning how climate risk is being quantified and a more robust approach to climate risk assessment is being taken. Banking institutions are also working on mortgage portfolios to look at data to...(Read More)

Moderator:

Tyson Dyck

Partner

Torys LLP

Panelists:

Syzan Talo

Managing Director

Guy Carpenter

Ana Gonzalez Guerrero

Senior Manager, Climate and Cities

MaRS Discovery District

11:45 12:00

Fireside Chat: Calgary Emergency Management Authority (CEMA) Case Study

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

Host:

Dr. Jeff Donaldson

Principal Researcher

Preparedness Labs Incorporated

Speaker:

Susan Henry

Chief

Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)

12:00 13:30

Networking Lunch and Exhibition Visit

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

13:30 14:15

How Rapidly Evolving Technology in Emergency Management Is Changing Our Response

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

By harnessing the power of new and innovative technologies, emergency recovery efforts can be accelerated, resources can be optimized, and communities can rebuild and recover more resiliently and sustainably. These technologies provi...(Read More)

Panelists:

Myrna Bittner

Founder and CEO

RUNWITHIT Synthetics

Ben Kerr

Chief Executive Officer

Foundry Spatial

14:15 15:00

Panel: Implementing Nature-Based Climate Solutions and Emphasizing the Importance of Biodiversity for Adaptation

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

The United Nations (UN) have called Biodiversity, our strongest natural defense against climate change, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change includes wide-ranging steps to tackle the causes of biodiversity loss worldwide...(Read More)

Panelists:

Valérie Tremblay-Gravel

Head of the Riverbanks Section, Nature-Parks Management, Biodiversity and Riverbank Division

City of Montreal

Kerry-Ann Charles

Environment Partnership Co-ordinator

Cambium Indigenous Professional Services

15:00 15:30

Coffee and Networking

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

15:30 16:15

Minimizing the Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Canadian Workers

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)
  • What skills and knowledge do we need in order to adapt effectively to the challenges of climate change; how are we educating workers and trades to grow capacity and build resilience
  • Incorporated the economic valuation...(Read More)

Panelists:

Bea Bruske

President

Canadian Labour Congress

Rebecca Zenter-Barrett

Director

ESG Global Advisors

16:15 16:25

Closing Remarks from the Chair and Close of Conference

Ottawa Salon (Level Two)

Wednesday 25 September 2024

Thursday 26 September 2024

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Agenda and speakers are subject to change