Presentations 2015

CRHNet 2015 Symposium Presentations

Day 1: Wednesday November 4, 2015


Ron Kuban and Ernie MacGillivray, CRHNet Co-presidents
Shane Schreiber, AEMA Managing Director

Opening ceremony

Elder Leonard Bastien

Plenary Session – Keynote

Paul Kovacs, Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Adjunct Research Professor, Economics at Western University
Lessons from the 2015 World Conference of Disaster Risk Reduction for Hazards Research in Canada

Panel discussion

Trish McOrmond, AEMA Director Strategic Policy Integration and Evaluation. Alberta Flood: Lessons Learned
Susan Meltzer, VP Risk, AVIVA Canada
Adam Legge, President/CEO Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Learning from Alberta’s experience

Theme 1: Hazard & Risk Analysis

Patricia Martel
The Development and Implementation of the Ontario Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Program

Dr. Murray Journeay and F. Dercole
Performance Measures for Earthquake Risk Reduction

Michelle Marteleira and S.E. Chang
Adapting a Hazards Vulnerability Index for Indigenous Coastal Management in the Strait of Georgia

David Etkin
Fat Tails, Disaster Risk Analysis & the Denial of Catastrophe

Gregory Solecki
Prioritizing Critical Infrastructure Protection During Disaster

Nicky Hastings
Assessing natural hazard risks in Canada

Theme 2: Emergency Planning

Kathy AuCoin
Towards a better understanding of emergency preparedness among Canadians: Results from the Survey of Emergency Preparedness/Response

John Yamniuk
CSA Z1600-14 Standard, Emergency and continuity management program, a blueprint for success

Shaun Koopman
A New Hope - Gendered Perspectives on a Theoretical Disaster Recovery

Dr. Laurie Pearce
Exercise Black Fault: Evaluating Levels of Stress, Emotional Intelligence and the Value of Team Support Workers in EOCs

Sean Hobson
Business Continuity Plans - Emergency & Disaster Services. Has anyone actually PREpared?

Dr. C. Emdad Haque
Has there been a ‘Paradigm Shift’ in emergency and disaster management in recent decades? A comparative analysis of institutional changes

Theme 3: Mitigation & Disaster Response

Carly Benson
Harnessing the Power of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disaster Recovery

Zeenat Mackwani
Volunteers and the Alberta Flood Response: Insight into Voluntary Sector Readiness and Surge Capacity

Eva Bogdan, PhD (Cand.)
Doing it the “Dutch way”?: investigation of flood management in High River, Alberta

Alison Bird
How Scientists’ Communications Reduced the Psychosocial Effects of the October 2012 Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake and its Aftershocks

Bradley Hove, MADEM
Transformational Crisis Leadership During Catastrophic Events: A case study of the 2013 Southern Alberta Floods

Theme 4: Resilience & Recovery

Dr. Emdad Haque, Mahed Choudhury and M. Salimuddin
Role of local governance towards building community resilience to flood-risk and disasters: evidence from a wetland-community in Bangladesh

Beth Caniglia
Revealing the Resilience Infrastructure of Cities: Preventing Environmental Injustices-in-Waiting

Colin Murray
Framing Organizational Competencies That Enable Collaboration Within Canadian Communities

Dr. Liesel Ritchie
Deconstructing Community Disaster Resilience: The “State of the State” of Major Initiatives and Approaches

John Chapman and Lilia Yumagulova
Resilience 2.0: Creating Resilience Research Index for Canada

Day 2: Thursday November 5, 2015

Plenary Session – Keynote

Mayor Craig Snodgrass, High River
Recovery, disaster risk reduction and resilience-building: The High River experience

Concurrent sessions:

Theme 1: Hazard & Risk Analysis

Dr. Ehsan H. Chowdhury, Dr. Khan R. Rahaman, Victor B. Veiga MSc, Dr. Quazi K. Hassan
On the development of monitoring and forecasting systems for natural hazards

Darrell Sargent
Building Resiliency through Land use planning

H. Jithamala Caldera and Omid Ebadi
Statistical Analysis and Fatality-based Classification of the Historical Tsunami Events

M. Seemann, D. Cloutier
Exploring Perceptions of Seismic Risk on Southern Vancouver Island, BC

Khandakar Hasan Mahmud and Dr. C. Emdad Haque
Prospect of using HAZUS Model for disaster loss estimation in Canada: Application to flood scenarios in the RM of St. Andrews, MB

Rodney Yip
The exposure next door. How Small and Medium Enterprises are putting Canada at risk

Theme 2: Aboriginal, First Nation Resilience

Anne Garland, Regional Cooperation, Operability and Org. Partnerships (RE-COOP):
Using Game Theory to Assess Integration in Tribally Inclusive Geographic Areas for DRR

Anne Garland, Liane E. Benoit, Kathleen Fischer, Brenda Murphy Arctic Risk Mgm’t (ARMNet) Network:
Linking Practitioner, Researchers and Communities Across the Arctic Regions of Canada and Alaska

Colleen Malone
Not “One Size Fits All:” Addressing Children’s Needs in Emergency Preparedness Planning

Irving “Bing” Leblanc, P.Eng, Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
Update on Emergency Issues

Tom Littlechild, Fire Chief, Siksika Nation Fire/Rescue
Flood of June 2013

Dr. Stephanie Montesanti & Reynold Medicine Traveller
A Community-driven Public Health response to Southern AB 2013 Flood

Tina Pelletier, Chair
Prince Albert Grand Council – Panel Discussion including
Grand Chief Ron Michel, Vice Chief Brian Hardlotte, Vince Robillard, Lonnie Penner, and Cliff Beuttner
The 2015 Wildfire Evacuations in Northern Saskatchewan: Lessons Learned

Theme 3: Mitigation & Disaster Response

Claire Mechan for Dr. Faisal Arain
Empowering Disaster Management Team: A knowledge-based approach

Joe Fournier
Next generation deployable communications to support enhanced situational awareness for first responders

Jim Stanton
High River: Post-flood communication

Samanthi Durage
Mitigation of the Impact of Tornadoes in the Canadian Prairies

Colin Swan
Impacts of Public Land Fuel Management Treatments on Private Land in the Wildland Urban Interface

Dr. Simona Verga
Communications technologies for disaster response and emergency management

Jim Stanton
The "Myths of Panic" in crisis

Theme 4: Resilience & Recovery

Jeremy Stone and Lily Yumagulova
Municipalities on the front lines: Impacts and costs for local governments following oil spills

Dr. Elizabeth English
Thriving with water

Dr. Simona Verga
Building resilient communities from the ground up – how science and technology can help

Dr. Suzanne Waldman and Kate Kaminska
Bridging Municipal Emergency Management Organizations with Social Media Emergent Volunteer Organizations

Lilia Yumagulova and Ilan Vertinsky
Institutional determinants of urban and regional resilience: a case study of Metro Vancouver Region

Dr. Laurie Pearce
Fostering Connections Post Mass-Casualty Events: A Healing Journey Through Reunification and Support

Christopher J. Carter
Mobilizing Resilience: A Social Vulnerability and Ecosystem Approach to Integrated Flood Risk Management Planning in Squamish BC

Day 3: Friday November 6, 2015

Plenary Session

Melanie Goodchild, National Director, Aboriginal & Northern Disaster Management, Canadian Red Cross
When Hope & History Rhyme – living up to the rhetoric of resilience that we espouse, through Indigenous knowledge, as a path-breaking innovation.

Concurrent sessions:

Theme 2: Aboriginal, First Nation Resilience

Dr. Duane Gill
Examining Resilience among Indigenous Peoples using a Community Capitals Framework

Drs. Brenda Murphy and Laurie Pearce
Aboriginal Disaster Resilience Planning Project: Overview and Lessons Learned

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
First Nation victims of the 2011 Manitoba floods

Theme 4: Resilience & Recovery

Herve Gazeau and Lucia Cipullo
Community resilience, from local to global: Southeast Asia perspective in reducing risks

Flore Tangay-Hébert, Jean Bernard Guidon
Risk communication, governance and weather-related hazards: Lessons learned from the Calgary and Richelieu floods

Alexandra Rutledge
The consideration of Managed Retreat as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in Vancouver

Jishnu Subedi
Construction project management in the post-disaster reconstruction


Workshop 1: Incident Management Systems

Ron Robinson, Instructor for the Criminal Justice Program Emergency Planner at the Medicine Hat College

Workshop 2: Using social media in disaster

Const. Mark Smith, Calgary Police Service Digital Communications Unit

Constable Mark Smith (@CstSmith) demonstrates the importance of actively engaging communities through social media, pre/during & following disaster. During the workshop, real life examples will be reviewed including the 2013 Calgary Floods where social media played a major role in allowing emergency services to provide critical real-time information. Interested in learning how to set up and run an informative and engaging disaster response social media account? All this and much more will be covered, including top must know tips to avoid common errors.

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