poster for 2020 Virtual CRHNet Symposium & DRR Roundtable


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Together we will support and advance Canada’s domestic implementation of the Sendai Framework through the Emergency Management Strategy for Canada, by addressing two priority areas;

  • enhance whole-of-society collaboration and governance to strengthen resilience;
  • and improve understanding of disaster risk in all sectors of society.

We welcome presentations that reflect these goals.

With the change to a virtual format, the presentation format will be different than the in-person 30-40-minute presentations followed by questions.  Engagement of the audience is crucial and so the Committee is dedicated to exploring ways to ensure that we are able to retain the audience’s full attention and interest.

Great content is essential to the success of any event.  Here are suggestions on topics for presentations.

There are a variety of different presentation styles that will be considered including;

      • Keynote Address
      • Live Stream: Person or persons speaking live to the audience (20-30 minutes)
      • Panel Discussion:(20-30 minutes) Ideally sessions will multiple perspectives
      • DEM Talks – TedTalk-esque presentations from up to two SME experts
      • Project Updates Pre-Recorded or live: 5-10 minutes from previous events.

There will be some opportunities for pre-recorded content and will support those presentations as needed.

Hot Topics

  • Business Continuity in EOC
  • CBRN (Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense)
  • Child Protection
  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Community Resiliency
  • Crisis Management
  • Disaster Management vs Disaster Medicine
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Emerging Professionals
  • Evacuations During Pandemic
  • Gender/GBA
  • Indigenous Community Resilience and Indigenous Insights
  • Industry Development
  • Mental Well-being During Marathon Responses
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • Rapid Recovery Strategies
  • Resilience Realized
  • Risk Communication
  • Science and Research Updates
  • Simultaneous Incident Responses
  • Technology (Virtual EOCs, Contact Tracing, Alerts)
  • Trends and Challenges
  • VUCA (Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity)

Previous Presentations

Have your previously presented at a CRHNet Symposium or DRR Roundtable?  We’d love an update on where you are now with the topic you discussed.  We can improve the future by reviewing progress and advancements.

Have you got a regional update?  A collaborative project?  Need feedback from othe rs on a project you are working on?  Not all contributors need to give a standard presentation.  Do you have a hot topic you’d like to discuss with our industry professionals?  Let us know and we’ll see if we can fit get it on the agenda.

Going Virtual Tips

1. A few things to keep in mind before you get started.

We’d love to have you contribute to this event.  Don’t let the virtual part scare you!  Here is some info for you to consider before submitting your abstract.  We’ll support you through this process.

You’ve got this!  Most people have sat in on virtual meetings and some have attended virtual events, think back to those experiences on what you appreciated most in this environment; what kept your attention?  Plan your presentation – Delivering a virtual presentation is different than an in-person session. People’s attention has many other directions it can swerve to… checking email, social media, working while watching.  It’s important that a virtual presentation allows and plans for engagement.  Reflect on presentations that have held your attention and think about that as you are developing your presentation.

  • Your presentation slides/videos etc. should compliment and support what you verbalize. Do not narrate what is on the slide deck.
  • Are there ways you can engage you audience during your presentation? Do you want to poll them on something, ask specific questions, show them something and give a hat tip or shout out to?

2. A few things you will need to have access to in order to participate as a speaker at the event for live or pre-recorded content include;

    • Connectivity to the internet, a computer, a web camera (built in on most laptops)  and speaker/Mic
    • A quiet space where you won’t be disturbed.

We will work with all speakers to find the best session type for their information. Download our

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