2024 Technical 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

2024 Technical Program

Wednesday 25 September 2024

Thursday 26 September 2024

08:00 17:00

Registration Opens

10:00 10:45

Good Urbanism> Emergency Kits: Fostering Resilient Communities Through Urban Design

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

Traditionally, emergency managers have focused their public education efforts on promoting individual, and household emergency preparedness. However, the effectiveness of many of the actions taken at the individual and household leve...(Read More)

Ben Gallagher

Manager, Office of Emergency Management

City of Mississauga

10:00 10:45

Indigenous Wildfire & Flood Emergency Response Coalition

Wildfire and Flood Management Theatre

Both urban and remote communities are increasingly exposed to the risk of wildfire and flood emergencies. This presentation with review the evolution of an indigenous-led multinational industry supported wildfire and flood emer...(Read More)

David Robinson

Executive Director

TechKnowledgey Group

10:00 10:45

Enhancing Disaster Resilience through One Water System Risk Management

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

Our water systems are critical pieces of our ecosystems and community infrastructure which not only provides a life sustaining role, also carries multiple values and benefits. This includes its role in the social and cultural s...(Read More)

Elise Paré

National Practice Lead, Climate Risk & Resilience

WSP Canada

10:45 11:30

Professional Identity Formation in Canadian Emergency Managers

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

Statistics Canada recently reported more than 12.4 million Canadians have directly experienced a major emergency with nearly three-quarters saying the event severely disrupted their daily lives. Specialists known as emergency m...(Read More)

Darren Blackburn

Program Director

Justice Institute of British Columbia

10:45 11:30

Multi-Risk Flood Mapping to Inform Emergency Management Planning Under a Changing Climate

Wildfire and Flood Management Theatre

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) will provide an overview of the uses and functions of the Risk and Return on Investment Tool (RROIT) as it relates to identifying multi-risk flood areas (including riverine, urban overland, sanitary b...(Read More)

Emma Haug-Kindellan

Senior Specialist

Credit Valley Conservation

Ben Gallagher

Manager, Office of Emergency Management

City of Mississauga

10:45 11:30

The Future Digital Mirror - Communities Seeing the Unprecedented and Designing Resilience For All

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

In the past century, many have overlooked the importance of generational thinking, ignored our world's interconnectedness, and pursued progress without considering adaptability. This presentation will showcase examples of commu...(Read More)

Myrna Bittner

CEO and Founder

RUNWITHIT Synthetics

11:30 12:15

Using a Social Capital Framework to Build a Whole of Society Approach

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

The World Bank identifies five dimensions of social capital – trust, social cohesion and inclusion, groups and networks, collective action and cooperation, and information and communications. This session will explore the five...(Read More)

Scott Cameron

Co-Founder

Emergency Management Logistics Canada

Dr. Jeff Donaldson

Principal Researcher

Preparedness Labs Inc.

11:30 12:15

Data-driven Resident Flood Communication & Outreach

Wildfire and Flood Management Theatre

Resident communication and outreach are fundamental aspects of floodplain management. If done successfully, they can have cascading positive effects. Providing the community with actionable flood risk information can empower th...(Read More)

Sophia Clavel

Account Executive

Forerunner

11:30 12:15

Climate Ready Calgary: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Climate Adaptation

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

The City of Calgary is facing increasing risks from climate change, such as extreme weather events, flooding, drought, wildfire, and heat waves. These hazards pose challenges for The City's infrastructure, e...(Read More)

Pippa Cookson-Hills

Climate Adaptation Specialist

City of Calgary

12:15 14:00

Lunch & Visit Exhibition

13:15 14:00

Building Emergency Resilience Using the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

Community and social resiliency are fundamentally linked to how closely connected we are to those around us and our access to social supports. Stress and social isolation have a profound impact on us individually and collective...(Read More)

Dave Brand

Director of Emergency Management

Red Deer County

14:00 14:45

Redefining Logistics and Sustainment in Disaster Response with Circular Utility Integration for Temporary Camps

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

In the realm of disaster response and recovery, the efficiency, scalability, and rapid deployability of utility systems are of paramount importance. Traditional Relocatable Temporary Camps (RTCs), employed by the Canadian Armed...(Read More)

Aarya Shahsavar

Chief Executive Officer

Innocorps Research Corp

14:00 14:45

Disasterfield - Utilizing Cutting-Edge Battlefield Technologies to Modernize Disaster Prevention & Response

Wildfire and Flood Management Theatre

VEXSL is a Canadian-based, veteran-owned, and operated industry leader, specializing in providing innovative and cutting-edge secure Disasterfield Logistics solutions with a primary focus on risk mitigation and proactive emerge...(Read More)

Cole Fouillard

Chief Executive Officer

VEXSL

14:00 14:45

Addressing Information Incident Threats and Improving Information Ecosystem Resilience Through Research as a Service

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

From coordinated harassment campaigns (e.g. spamouflage, Oct 2023) to information interference (e.g. Meta’s new block in Canada, Mid-2023), information incidents are increasing in speed, magnitude and complexity. A holistic app...(Read More)

Jennie Phillips

Research Lead, Project on Infrastructure Ecosystem Resilience

Media Ecosystem Observatory, McGill University

14:45 15:30

Building Community Resilience: Working with and Learning from Equity-Deserving Groups

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

This presentation is a case study of working with equity-deserving groups in Calgary, Alberta. Equity-deserving groups are unequally impacted by disasters. They often have higher levels of social vulnerability and face barriers...(Read More)

Samantha Burdett

Business Continuity and Recovery Planner

Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), City of Calgary

14:45 15:30

The Flood Risk Life Cycle - Lessons from Mega Projects in Saudi Arabia

Wildfire and Flood Management Theatre

The County of AlUla, Saudi Arabia, which is approximately 25,000km2 (3.5x Greater Toronto Area) is on an ambitious mission to create a global destination for cultural and environmental preservation, centred around the existing...(Read More)

Mark Davin

Water Resources Manager

AECOM

14:45 15:30

Climate Resilience: Unlocking Cities for Disaster Relief

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

2023 has the dubious distinction of being the hottest year on record, synonymous with burning highways and firefighter sacrifice. Future climate data tells us that summer 2023 likely represents the new baseline - hot, dry days,...(Read More)

15:30 16:15

Forging Stress-Resilient Partnerships: Local Government and First Nation Collaboration Through Disaster Recovery

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

The inclusion of Indigenous governing bodies alongside local governments is key to fostering resilience and promoting holistic solutions across all phases of emergency management (mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery...(Read More)

Kayla Pepper

Principal

Colliers Project Leaders

Anthony Moore

Emergency Response Services Manager

Nisga’a Lisims Government

15:30 16:15

Transforming Flood Risk Assessment: A Dynamic Approach to Canadian Vulnerability Functions

Wildfire and Flood Management Theatre

Flood risk assessments (FRAs) are fundamental for community resilience and adaptation, yet a persistent challenge lies in the lack of current, transparent, and transferable vulnerability data across Canada. In response, NRCan i...(Read More)

David Sol

Planner (RPP)

Arcadis

15:30 16:15

Empowering Communities: A Collaborative Approach to Extreme Heat Resilience

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

Extreme heat events (EHEs) pose a significant challenge, particularly for vulnerable populations who often face heightened risks and barriers to accessing resources during such events. This presentation aims to outline a commun...(Read More)

Elaine Scott

Emergency Management Consultant

Innomergence Solutions

16:15 16:15

End of Day 1

08:00 17:00

Registration Opens

10:00 10:45

Lessons Learned from Utilizing Recreational Facilities as Emergency Housing

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

Municipal recreation centres are an integral part of a community’s social fabric. While the primary purpose of these centres varies based on local needs, and building design and construction, most are not intended for sheltering purp...(Read More)

Terry Piche

Director, Training, Research and Development

Ontario Recreation Facilities Association

10:00 10:45

Planned Relocation Policy Impacts in Flood-Affected Communities of Southern Québec, Canada

Wildfire and Flood Management Theatre

The frequency and severity of floods in Québec province, Canada, necessitated the implementation of the Special Intervention Zone (ZIS) policy after significant flooding events in 2017 and 2019. This policy aimed to prevent the repai...(Read More)

Mahmood Fayazi

Researcher

Centre RISC (Centre de recherche innovant en sécurité civile du Québec)

10:00 10:45

Implementing Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy through Climate Data

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

Canada’s climate has warmed and will continue to warm in the future, causing impacts including the intensification of weather extremes such as heatwaves, drought, wildfire, intense precipitation, and flooding. As climate impact...(Read More)

Casey Clunas

Policy Analyst

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Christian Araújo

Policy Analyst, Climate Change Adaptation Policy

Environment and Climate Change Canada

10:45 11:30

Capability, Capacity, Collaboration, Credentialing, The ingredients for a resilient emergency management system through standards compliance.

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

Capability-Capacity-Collaboration-Credentialing, The ingredients for a resilient emergency management system through Standards compliance. Capabilities are met, capacities are recognized, collaboration are sincere and genuine, and cr...(Read More)

Todd Livingston

Training Coordinator

Emergency Management Accreditation Program

10:45 11:30

Response to the BC 2021 Atmospheric River Impact on Highway 8

Wildfire and Flood Management Theatre

On November 14th, 2021, British Columbia experienced an atmospheric river event which caused flooding in several major watercourses and catastrophic damage to the provincial highway network that completely cut-off access between Vanc...(Read More)

Shawn Clough

Business Centre Practice Lead

Stantec

Jonathan Melvin

Project Manager

Stites Consulting Inc

10:45 11:30

Regional Climate Change Risk Assessments in Canada's North - Opportunities and Challenges

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

Not only are communities in Canada’s north experiencing climate change impacts at an accelerated rate compared to the southern portion of the country, but the population is exposed to a vast quantity of climate-induced landscape haza...(Read More)

Rebekah Richardson-Duffy

Climate Risk and Resilience Advisor

WSP Canada

11:30 12:15

Recommendations to Support Pandemic Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Among Persons with Disabilities

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

People with disability are at a heightened risk for more severe impacts of disasters based on intersectional, sociocultural, economic, and other factors that create conditions of vulnerability and/or resilience. The continuation of i...(Read More)

Michelle Yang

PhD Candidate

University of Ottawa/ NRC

11:30 12:15

Ground Search and Rescue Incident Command System (GSAR ICS) Project – Funded by Public Safety Canada

Wildfire and Flood Management Theatre

The GSAR ICS technology solution integrates a state-of-the-art SaaS incident management application with real-time tactical situational awareness capabilities.  GSAR ICS will soon be accessible online for testing...(Read More)

Don Williams

Founder & CEO

CounterCrisis Tech

11:30 12:15

Location of Hazardous Chemical Facilities at your Fingertips

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

Did you know that Public Safety Authorities can gain access to valuable data assisting them in the preparation and response to chemical accidents in their jurisdiction. It’s a free service and the portal leverages data gathered under...(Read More)

Pierre Manseau

Manager Environmental Emergency Prevention

Environment and Climate Change Canada

12:15 14:00

Lunch & Visit Exhibition

13:15 14:00

Use PPOST To Create An Initial Disaster Recovery Plan In Less Than 72 Hours

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

OBJECTIVES/SCOPE: This presentation introduces the audience to operational applications of the PPOST methodology in emergency management planning. It focuses on disaster recovery & introduces examples for advance planning &...(Read More)

Steven Newton

President & CEO

Innomergence Solutions Incorporated

14:00 14:45

Join Us to Explore the Future of Mass Care in British Columbia and Beyond

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

What is mass care? Who provides mass care services? How can mass care service providers better coordinate their work? These questions and more were explored by researchers from the Justice Institute of British Columbia, as part...(Read More)

Darren Blackburn

Program Director

Justice Institute of British Columbia

14:00 14:45

An Early Warning System for Extreme Precipitation Risk

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

Complex networks of linear infrastructure crisscross North America, with pipelines, railways, and roads facilitating the movement of people and goods. Much of this infrastructure was designed on the assumption that climate is s...(Read More)

Ben Kerr

Chief Executive Officer

Foundry Spatial

14:45 15:30

Building Bridges: the Role of Women in Long-Term Disaster Recovery in St. Martin

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

The island of St. Martin in the Caribbean has had its share of disasters over the last decade: repeated devastating hurricanes and COVID-19 have meant economic meltdowns on their US and European-dependent tourism economy. In a natura...(Read More)

Carole Therrien

PhD Candidate, Anthropology and Political Economy

Carleton University

14:45 15:30

Planning and Pre-Positioning to Support Climate Resiliency with Rapid-Response Shelter

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

Wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, and a variety of other destructive events are contributing to an escalating number of populations displaced by disaster. While each community is uniquely affected, there is an urgen...(Read More)

Amy King

Chief Executive Officer

Pallet Shelter

15:30 16:15

An Overview of the Community Disaster Resilience Planning Tool

Disaster Response and Recovery Theatre

Building disaster resilience across all phases of a disaster from planning, response to recovery is the cornerstone of effective emergency management. Resilience allows for increased capacity to absorb a shock to the system (such as...(Read More)

Bettina Williams

Program Manager, Credential Programs

Justice Institute of British Columbia

15:30 16:15

Cargo Delivery Robotics for Emergency Response and Environmental Management

Climate Adaptation and Innovation Theatre

In the face of evolving climate challenges and the growing importance of emergency preparedness, the integration of ground delivery robotics has emerged as a transformative solution. This abstract explores the value and possibi...(Read More)

Cameron Waite

Chief Executive Officer

Real Life Robotics

16:15 16:25

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