CRHNet Annual Symposium 2019

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
May 28-30, 2019

Call for Session Papers Now Closed but Call for Poster Presentations open until March 30

Watch for preliminary Program coming soon!

In our industry we understand that cyclical and schedule disruptions are often beyond our control.  CRHNet understands this and will evaluate abstract submissions received post deadlines on a case-by-cae basis and as agenda space allows. 

For those of you who wish something different from the ‘same-old same-old’ you are invited to the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet) symposium. Unlike the usual conferences where you are fed a steady-stream of presentations, the symposium offers opportunities to explore concept and experience-based ideas. This forum links academics and practitioners.

CRHNet is a broad-based network of practitioners and academics engaged in disaster risk reduction, emergency/disaster/crisis management, and business continuity. Its members include employees or representatives of the diverse orders in the public sector, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), private sector companies and Industry, as well as community-focused organizations. CRHNet is focused on advancing dialogue and collaboration towards a more-successful approach to disaster management.

You are invited to submit proposals for special sessions and abstracts for paper presentations, for the 16th Annual CRHNet symposium which will be held May 28-30, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel Downtown in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Proposal submission details with link to Proposal submission form.

This symposium promotes disaster resilience by exploring the many ways that knowledge, resources, technologies and strategies are multiplied through collaboration and partnerships.

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) has been found to be the most cost-effective way to reduce or eliminate the otherwise tremendous costs brought about by emergencies, disasters or crises. DRR requires much thought, planning and resources; all are expensive, although the return on their investment is often high. Collaborative effort, often through partnerships, is one of the most effective ways to reduce the costs of DRR. The program of the 16th Symposium will focus on strategies and tools to enhance such collaboration.

The symposium program also includes a field trip, discussion groups, plenary and targeted sessions. It will appeal to people from many disciplines, sectors (private, academia, government, community, and voluntary), and operational level (local to international).

The program will be presented along the following tracks:

     The Human Interface:
Relating the issues, strategies and best practices relating to the ‘human factors’ in collaboration towards better DRR.

     The Integration of Systems:
Relating to challenges and remedial strategies that effectively link diverse and otherwise independent systems or programs into supportive DRR networks.

     Knowledge Sharing:
Relating to challenges and remedial strategies leading to shared understanding of available DRR data or information.

     Collaboration through technologies:
Relating to the application or shared-use of available technologies to promote synergies and collaboration towards DRR.

     DRR in Indigenous Communities:
Relating to the unique challenges, solutions or contributions that Indigenous Communities provide to disaster risk reduction.

Abstracts and special sessions on a broad range of topics related to the above general themes are welcome. Themes that would be considered include:

Sharing and managing volunteers
Advancing communication strategies during chaos and fear
Decision making strategies across jurisdictional or cultural boundaries
Communicating decisions through organizational or cultural barriers
Integrating policies, procedures and plans across organizational or cultural boundaries
Funding collaborative DRR strategies
Integration of DRR-related legislation
Integrating DRR into ‘normal’ land-use planning
Partnership of DRR practitioners and public officials (at all levels)
Partnership with the Aboriginal community towards local Disaster Risk Reduction
Data sharing strategies for disaster planning and response
Partnering for DRR-related communication: Challenges and solutions
DRR in Indigenous Communities
Inclusive command and control in disaster: Challenges and solutions
Technological tools that promote DRR-related partnership and collaboration

Submission Information

Prospective presenters – for presentations (single or panel) and posters - are encouraged to complete online proposal form which is automatically emailed to the 2019 Program Chair – Dr. Ron Kuban, at Each accepted paper will have a maximum of 45 minutes for presentation and discussion.

Registration for the conference is at

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstract: February 14, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2019
  • Deadline for poster presentation abstract: March 30, 2019
  • Copy of presentation submitted: April 30, 2019
  • Symposium: May 28-30, 2019

All Accepted Authors

…are entitled to discounted registration fees if they become a CRHNet member. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to have your abstract and presentation slide deck and poster papers posted on the CRHNet website. This will give you the opportunity to have your experiences, research, findings and recommendations available for viewing in forthcoming years.

For further information, please contact Dr. Ron Kuban at

See you at the CRHNet 16th Annual Symposium!!  Registration now open

REMEMBER: The 2019 CRHNet Symposium has migrated to May.

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