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Future Challenges for Emergency Management

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stated that “The World is changing in ways that can have major effects on the emergency management community.” Our environment is evolving at a rapid pace and the emergencies that we are encountering are evolving just as quickly in terms of scope and complexity. If we are to be resilient to the evolving emergency management challenges of the future, we need to build an understanding of what might be changing, as well as the skills and resources we will need to effectively cope with these challenges.

Live Webinar | December 2017 | Satyamoorthy Kabilan | The Conference Board of Canada

Harnessing the Power of Volunteers in Emergencies

There are generally two types of volunteers: affiliated and unaffiliated. Engaged citizens and spontaneous volunteers. Both have traditionally been neglected but both can be tremendously helpful, especially during disaster situations. Every community's volunteers and volunteer organizations, including Volunteer Corps and Citizen Emergency Response Teams, have essential local knowledge, not to mention proximity. And when a community is affected, social media tends to draw external (and virtual) spontaneous volunteers, dispersed and disparately-skilled people who want to contribute. In both cases, the key is to provide them tools to self-organize around actually-useful, non make-work tasks; tasks that take advantage of the skills and assets on-hand.

Live Webinar | November 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

The End of Secrets - Conflict in The Engagement Age

Eliot Higgins examines how the spread of digital technology has changed the way society engages with conflict, and how that engagement reveals what once was hidden in conflicts around the world.

Live Webinar | November 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Emergency Response to Terrorism Events: Six Key Insights

From Barcelona and London to Ottawa ON, terrorist attacks continue to make headlines all over the globe. These events differ in some ways from traditional emergencies, requiring responses that are complex, quick, and dynamic, all within a crowded stakeholder space. How prepared is Canada and its citizens to deal with emergencies resulting from terrorism events? What can we learn from recent events across the world that will help us to be better prepared to deal with an attack on home soil? In February 2017, The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for National Security and Council on Emergency Management held a joint meeting that brought together senior members of local, federal, and international law enforcement, and emergency response officials to discuss recent terrorist attacks, trends in emergency preparedness, and ways to move forward.

Recorded Webinar | October 2017 | Satyamoorthy Kabilan | The Conference Board of Canada

Cybersecurity and Legal Compliance – How to Strike a Balance

Organizations operating in the critical infrastructure space struggle to strike a balance between the need to dedicate the necessary resources to be compliant with regulations and responding to cyber attacks in real time. Given the ongoing expectation of cybersecurity-related compliance and the additional need to respond to scrutiny of cyber incident response readiness, organizations need to adopt a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates risk management, cybersecurity, and legal expertise. While one size does not fit all, this webinar will touch on four key steps that organizations can take to effectively respond to the dual requirement of compliance and overall cyber readiness.

Recorded Webinar | July 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Western Foreign Fighters: The Threat To Homeland and International Security

Scarcely a day goes by without news of yet another terrorist attack somewhere in the world. While most of these attacks occur in Asia and Africa, Western nations have been rocked as well: think Paris, Brussels, Orlando, Nice, Berlin, and Stockholm. Some of these attacks have been executed by individuals who have returned from fighting abroad with terrorist groups like Islamic State. More incidents are probable as reports indicate that more than 3,000 such individuals have performed jihad in Iraq and Syria alone. How can we stop these attacks from taking place? Who is best placed to do so? What can we do about those who return to our lands battle hardened and perhaps intent on carrying out mayhem? Join us for a frank discussion on these issues with former CSIS strategic analyst Phil Gurski. In his new book, “Western Foreign Fighters: the threat to homeland and international security”, Phil looks at why Canadians and other Westerners join terrorist groups like IS and what threat they pose to our security. Phil will discuss incidents in other countries and the likelihood we will see attacks in Canada, as well as present his latest research findings on how we may be able to manage these threats.

Recorded Webinar | June 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Ensuring Safety and Improving Collaboration During Large Events

Ensuring the safety of all during large planned events is a priority for all event organizers and government officials. When coordinating and managing events such as parades, festivals, and sporting events, situational awareness and the ability to make appropriate decisions that involve multiple parties are critical. So, what can governments and private corporations do to better prepare for and respond to emergency incidents at large events to ensure the safety of citizens, staff, and infrastructure?

Recorded Webinar | June 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

How IoT Turns Security Vulnerabilities into Safety Threats

These days, it seems like nearly everyone is excited about the potential of the Internet of Things. IoT devices have incredible potential to improve our lives, from connected thermostats helping us reduce energy costs to self-driving cars getting us to where we want to go faster and more conveniently than ever before. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – imagine coordinated networks of cars, trucks and buses removing the need for traffic signals and making traffic jams a thing of the past. The technology needed to support these types of futuristic use cases is available today, but there are two key issues standing in the way: safety and security.The Internet of Things fundamentally changes the threat profile of cyberattacks. Cybersecurity is no longer just about protecting against the loss of electronic data, it’s also about protecting against attacks with real-world consequences and potential loss of life. Over the past few years we’ve seen everything from cars to airplanes to even medical devices get hacked, and there’s no signs of the attacks slowing down.So what can be done to mitigate these new types of threats? How can we build a secure Internet of Things to keep us safe?

Recorded Webinar | May 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Ensuring Communications when Disaster Strikes – Lessons Learned by TELUS

The world is now connected in ways that seemed like science fiction only decades ago. And this is true not just of people, but of things as well. People connected to people, people connected to devices and devices connected to devices. Connectivity has become an essential dependency in our day-to-day lives, and an even greater necessity when disaster strikes. Telecommunications is the thread that connects all of us. In the event of an emergency, it is imperative that telecom companies have the capability to withstand adverse conditions and to recover critical services with minimal interruption. If not planned for accordingly, severe weather, flooding, wildfires and seismic activity pose a great risk to the critical infrastructure that connects us all. Well-known as one of Canada’s top telecommunications companies, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider. Join us for this webinar where Michael Galin and Jeff Hortobagyi from TELUS’ Corporate Business Continuity Office will discuss what it takes to keep this essential service operational when disaster strikes. Michael and Jeff will explore lessons learned from the management of multiple major incidents, such as the Fort McMurray wildfire, and a wide variety of other events, including floods, storms, and civil disorder. They will also examine the incident management “ecosystem”, which includes facilities, infrastructure, and teams specifically prepared for emergencies. Although developed in the context of a telecommunications company, these lessons and concepts are applicable to any organization that needs to stay up while others struggle to function. Whether you work in the public or the private sector, you won’t want to miss this important session on how to keep communications up when everything else is down.

Recorded Webinar | March 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Fighting Extremism: Counter-radicalization and the “Danish Model”

Extremist Islamist groups such as ISIS have been getting better at reaching and recruiting young Muslims since the Arab Spring. The massive migration of “foreign fighters” from both Western countries and the Middle East to ISIS and other extremist movements, as well as the recent attacks in European cities, are all worrying reflections of this phenomenon. So what can be done to stop it? In order to tackle this issue, we must first understand the drivers and processes of radicalization: why do radicalized youths risk everything to travel to Syria and Iraq? Why do some of the them go one step further and agree to support or participate in terrorism in their own countries? Most importantly, how do we handle these phenomena?

Recorded Webinar | February 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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