Program 2013

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** October 28, 2013 **
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Program CRHNet 2013


Technical program inquiries should be directed to the program chair Mieka Cleary.


CRHNet annual symposium technical programs consist of three days of talks, posters, demonstrations and organizational exhibits. The morning plenary session hosts a keynote speaker on a topic of national and international importance in disaster risk reduction.

Following the morning refreshment break, approximately four concurrent thematic and general sessions provide avenues for talks, discussions or posters. These concurrent sessions continue into the afternoon. Plenary poster viewing times in late afternoon are hosted with receptions, and the exhibits.

Organizations wishing to host meetings concurrent with the Symposium are encouraged to do so and should contact the Symposium Program Committee to coordinate usage of shared space.

The CRHNet Annual Symposium in 2013 will be preceded by the 4th annual Roundtable of the Canadian Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and the annual meeting of the Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM).

The technical program is accompanied by an uniquely Saskatchewan Social Program

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Keynote Speakers (confirmed)

Pierre-Yves (P Y) Bourduas

Born in Laval, Québec, Pierre-Yves Bourduas joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1975. As a young patrol officer, he was initially posted to New Brunswick; then redeployed to the position of specialized investigator with the RCMP Federal Investigations Branch. In 1989, he was appointed first coordinator of the newly-created Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit in Fredericton. In 1994, he received the RCMP’s highest award, the Commissioner’s Commendation, for a courageous act performed while on duty and in 1994, received the ‶J″ Division Commanding Officer’s Commendation for his involvement in Operation ‶Jules″, to this day, one of the largest cocaine seizures in Canada. Shorty after, he was commissioned as the officer in charge of the Montreal Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit where he rose to become the District Commander of the Quebec RCMP’s North West District. In 1998, he became part of the RCMP Headquarters’ Familiarization Program; and was concurrently assigned to the International Crime Prevention Centre until June 1999, when he joined the RCMP Alignment Action Team. In October 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent in his capacity as National Organized Crime Officer for the Atlantic Region. In this role PY steered the National Ports Security Program and initiated the implementation of an integrated action plan to secure the marine ports of Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver.

On December 3, 2002, PY became the 28th Commanding Officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Québec and in 2005, was appointed a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada. On December 2, 2005, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Federal Services and Central Region where he was responsible for Federal and International Operations, Protective Policing and for ‶A″, ‶C″ and ‶O″ Divisions of the RCMP. He retired from the RCMP on May 1, 2008.

After retirement, he founded P-Y Public Safety Management Inc, which provided strategic advice to Chiefs of Police for the cities of Québec and Montréal. He has since:

  • served as Contributing Researcher for a multi-disciplinary team, which consolidated and assessed a national database of existing global research on Organized Crime for Public Safety Canada, co-authored a report entitled “The Global Literature on Organized Crime: An Interpretive Report on the Development and Meta-Analysis of an Annotated Bibliographic Database for Canadian Policy Makers”,
  • served as consultant and facilitator for the province of Saskatchewan on the Public Safety Review Committee, which consists of representatives from municipal, and First Nations communities together with a wide range of fire and emergency service providers,
  • co-authored a report entitled “An Operational Plan for Regional Application of the Saskatchewan Public Safety Grid Concept” and,
  • conducted a thorough review of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Canada Border Services Agency.

Colin Lloyd

Colin Lloyd was born and raised in the United Kingdom. He has 23 years in emergency management experience that began in his previous career with the New Scotland Yard, London, UK. There, he held posts ranging from senior homicide investigator and counter-terrorism operative to leading the Extradition and International Fugitive unit in partnership with Interpol.

He travelled extensively while with Scotland Yard assisting countries like Jamaica, Slovakia, South Africa, and Trinidad and Tobago build credible systems for safety and security. When he retired in April 2004, he was Scotland Yard’s lead on Witness Protection in April 2004. He holds a high commendation for professionalism and leadership from the London Metropolitan Police Service for his work in the immediate aftermath of the 1999 Paddington rail disaster in London, England when 32 passengers lost their lives in a train collision.

Colin immigrated to Canada with his wife and two children in May 2004, settling in St Albert, Alberta. He was hired by the Government of Alberta in August 2004 to work as a business continuity professional with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency. He progressed through the Agency to become Executive Director, Provincial Operations.

On December 1, 2011, Colin was appointed Managing Director for the Agency. In this role, he leads a team responsible for ensuring coordinated, integrated and effective responses when a public safety issue threatens the functioning of government or communities. His work is focused on creating the relationships, partnerships and opportunities in the public safety system to ensure collaboration on effective strategies to deal with hazards that could affect Albertans, their property, the environment and the economy. These strategies are focused on emergency mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

As well as working with colleagues to strengthen the public safety system in Alberta, Colin also works with provincial, territorial and federal senior officials responsible for emergency management. In this role, he advances Alberta’s position on public alerting, emergency mitigation, aboriginal emergency management, critical infrastructure and community based capacity building amongst other issues.

Colin thoroughly enjoys his new life in Alberta. He balances interesting and challenging work with a keen desire to reduce his golf handicap, remain upright while skiing and explore the great outdoors with his family.

Panel Session

PS01: Public/Private Collaboration - Practical Guidance for Making it Work


Chair: M.W. Baker1

Critical infrastructure resilience is a complex domain and a shared responsibility across private and public sectors, relying on working relationships and partnerships between policy, operational, research and development, and security and intelligence communities. There are a number of well-known CI challenges in areas such as governance, information sharing, resources, metrics, and assessment methodologies and tools. Many organizations are working on aspects of "the CI problem" from different lenses and focusing on various components of the emergency management cycle.

Public private exercise and cooperation have been a popular topic in the disaster and emergency management community. Many articles, seminars and exercises have been devoted to concepts involved in public/private endeavors.


Many public and private entities are looking for guidance on how to hold public/private exercises and events. They many have little contact with groups outside of their own or they may have started down the public/route and are looking to incorporate the experience of others. In either situation they are looking to maximize the effects of their budgets and minimize the mistakes and pitfalls they fall into.


The Saskatchewan emergency management community, (specifically the Ministry of Government Relations, City of Saskatoon, Emergency Planning and Public Safety Canada) and members of GTIME (Greater Toronto Incident Management Exchange) have extensive experience with public private events and exercises. Delegates will learn from the experiences of those who have completed successful public/private endeavors. They will learn how to avoid pitfalls that may derail the public/private process. They will learn how to maximize the use of resources. Additionally, they will learn how to foster a climate of trust that is critical to success.

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Thematic Sessions

TS01: Novel Approaches to Emergency Management Policy Research & Development
Co-chairs: S. Verga1, K. Kaminska1 and S. Norton1

In order to maintain stability and proper functioning, societies require well informed and current public policies. There exists an interesting dynamic between public policies and changes to societies. Policy has a key role in introducing societal change, while at times it is finding itself in need to adjust to reflect emerging patterns in collective behaviour. Disasters, and crises in general, often bring to the spotlight requirements for policy review and renewal; this is true both in terms of updating policies to better guide the society’s response to a crisis situation, as well as of adjusting policies to acknowledge and account for de facto changes in the behaviour of the public. Therefore, better understanding the processes that shape public policy can potentially lead to improved governance and effective change.

This session focuses on new perspectives on how science can support policy research, development, and analysis. It is intended to showcase new and innovative methods and tools that address the needs of policy development in the modern world. For example, this session would like to explore how network analysis tools and methods can be employed to better understand policy links and governance for emergency management. The role of Social Media as an agent of change as well as an enabler to the development and implementation of emergency management policy is another topic of interest.

1. Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science – Ottawa, Ontario


TS02: Measuring the Risk of Hazards and the Benefit of Adaption: Local Knowledge, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (e.g. HAZUS and LIRA)
Co-chairs: H. Hill1 and L.C. Struik2

This session provides a forum to present your methodology, tools, experiences, problems, studies, stories and lessons learned in aspects of measuring and reducing disaster risk: primarily in floods and earthquakes. These include qualitative and quantitative approaches to measure and address potential disaster losses through mitigation and adaptation. The session welcomes studies that evaluate the role and capability of understanding risk posed by hazards, ways to calculate damage losses, the use of economic analysis techniques to help determine viable adaptation options, as well as experiences faced in low-data environments. Case studies and lessons learned are encouraged. Examples using the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Landscape and Infrastructure Resiliency Assessment (LIRA) and HAZUS Canada tools will be presented. We explore these along with other advances or new innovations including modelling the probability of hazards, exposure, vulnerability and consequences and the effect of adaptation investments for natural hazards. Risk measure and mitigation are key to enhance Canada’s disaster risk reduction efforts due to recent and anticipated catastrophic events.

1. Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada - Saskatoon, Canada;
2. Natural Resources Canada - Vancouver, Canada

SPONSORS: DRDC Centre for Security Science

1 Defence Research and Development Canada


TS03: Promoting Aboriginal Resilience: Building on Existing Strengths &: Reducing Future Impacts
Co-chairs: Dr. B. Murphy1 and D. Diabo1

This theme is focused on addressing issues associated with hazard and disaster resilience in an Aboriginal context ‑ either North American or from an international perspective. Resilience is often defined as being about building on current strengths and effectively managing all types of change, including disasters. However, Aboriginal perspectives of these ideas and the literature specifically about disaster resilience in Aboriginal contexts is quite slim. This theme continues a conversation started at CRHNet 2012. Sessions within this theme could deal with such issues as:

  • From an Aboriginal perspective, how is disaster resilience defined? Does this differ from non-Aboriginal perspectives? Are there analogous concepts within Aboriginal traditions?
  • What are the current strengths and challenges associated with Aboriginal disaster resilience?
  • What are the factors that support or undermine the development of Aboriginal resilience to hazards and disasters?
  • What could be/should be the role of traditional knowledge in developing resilience?
  • What are the most prevalent lifeline issues in Aboriginal communities?
  • How has the colonial legacy affected disaster resiliency?
  • What principles and guidelines should be followed when undertaking disaster resiliency research/consultation with Aboriginal peoples?
  • Examples of Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal disaster resilience partnerships (e.g. mutual assistance agreements).
  • Aboriginal resilience or disaster management case studies.
  • Other?


1. Sir Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada;


TS04: Planning to Improve Critical Infrastructure Resilience: Partnerships, Awareness & Increasing Integration of Effort
Chair: M. Sanders1 and J. Gulak2

In our increasingly complex and interconnected society, the need for effective planning within and between Canada’s critical infrastructure sectors is necessary to ensure our nation’s resiliency and the ongoing security of our prosperity. Public and private sector entities have different planning considerations in areas of security, business continuity and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Trusted partnerships are required in order to effectively understand and share the planning objectives that will result in an increasing integration of approach, where appropriate and required, and improve the resilience of the critical infrastructure Canadian’s depend on.

1. Ministry of Government Relations, Government of Saskatchewan
2. Public Safety Canada, Prairie Region, Canada


TS05: Exploring the Expansion of an All Hazards Risk Assessment at a National Level
Co-chairs: E. MacGillivray1 and L.C. Struik2

National preparedness is based on the core capabilities of Canada to support safety, security and resiliency to threats and hazards. Leveraging on the Emergency Management Framework for Canada (2011), dialogue, knowledge sharing and information should be initiated to determine the scope of risks across Canada. The purpose of attaining a national risk picture would be to work collaboratively to build upon an all hazards approach towards emergency management that reflects Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) contributions. A comprehensive risk picture will integrate the different tiers and factors that influence the likelihood and impact of risks. Furthermore, it will assist in formulating a comprehensive national strategic emergency management plan, which will include PTs and Regions, through a national risk picture. The AHRA is a process which could promote readiness and resiliency thus creating a common view of risks at all levels of government. This session will consist of a dialogue, which discusses the outcome from the initial assessment conducted in PTs and Regions. This assessment also examines how the AHRA methodology could be applied through community mapping. More importantly, this session will provide insight into the forward approach that leverages on FPT, regional and local components regarding threats, hazards, impacts and likelihoods. Finally, the session will facilitate discussion on the future plans which incorporates the results from the AHRA at the federal level with input from PTs and Regions thus:

  • Expanding the scope of risk by generating information which could translate into risk profiles, dashboards or taxonomies;
  • Elevating the information compiled to generate a national risk picture;
  • Reducing the impact of threats and hazards and;
  • Strengthening emergency management planning, capability and interconnectedness between FPT and partners.


Sponsor: Public Safety Canada
1. Public Safety New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
2. Natural Resources Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


TS06: Yesterday':s Weather in Today's Landscape
Chair: J.P. Cragg1

The Canadian climate can lead to severe weather in all parts of the country, of many different forms and impacts. From tornadoes to heavy snowfalls and ice storms, Canada sees it all. Severe weather affects infrastructure, transportation, food production. It causes loss of life and loss of property. As it has been in the past, severe weather will be part of our future but as cities grow, populations increase, and infrastructure becomes more complex, risks posed by severe weather will also increase. Looking at past severe weather events in the context of a present and future Canadian society can help us put the risks that severe weather poses in perspective. In this session I will be looking at past severe weather events, like hurricane Hazel, which impacted southern Ontario, and the Regina tornado of 1912 and will examine the breadth of their impact and the impacts of similar events in today’s landscape.

1. Environment Canada


TS07: Gender and Disasters: Developing Capacities and Reducing Impacts
Chair: Dr. Brenda Murphy1, S. Pacholok and M. Cianfarani

Gender categories (e.g.male/female/lesbian/gay/queer/transsexual/intersex) play a dominant role in defining what is expected, allowed and valued in people; how power, resources, responsibilities and opportunities are distributed; and in structuring relationships within and among groups of people across time and spacei. As such, gender impacts the way in which people cope with hazards and their vulnerabilities and/or resiliencies to disasters. Gender also interacts with other factors such as age, ability, ethnicity, geographic location and so on to further influence people’s capacities to mitigate, prepare for, respond and recover from disasters. For instance, men are least likely to ask for assistance and women, boys and girls are more likely to die in a disaster. This session will be focused on exploring the ways in which attention to gender in disaster and emergency management research and practice can contribute to increasing capacities and reducing disaster impacts. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Methodologies for conducting gender disaster research
  • Case studies that document and analyze gendered experiences of disasters
  • Bridging the gap between academic knowledge and practice
  • Conceptual or theoretical approaches for framing gender disaster research and practice
  • Inclusion of gender in risk assessment
  • Gender-aware risk communication and education
  • Gender-sensitive public participation
  • Gender-awareness in developing emergency management plans

Gender and Disasters, UNPD,

1. Sir Wilfrid Laurie University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


TS08: Challenges and Opportunities in Risk Communication
Co-chairs: J. Descurieux1

From Early Warning Systems (EWS) to social media, from development to evaluation, this session intends to present contributions to the field of research and practice in risk communication. It will focus on process and practices and their relevance to all hazards risk management and social capacity building

1 Environment Canada; Meteorological Service of Canada, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada


TS09: Simulations for Better Decisions
Co-chairs: R. Walker1 and L.C. Struik2

This session provides a venue to share and examine innovative uses of simulation methodologies and technologies to test, learn and improve decision making in disaster planning, mitigation, response and recovery. Presentations, demonstrations and posters of new applications, approaches and technologies, case studies and experiences are encouraged.

In recent years, simulations have demonstrated their usefulness in testing emergency response processes and for training emergency responders. Whether delivered in the field, a simulation laboratory, a classroom or the imagination, simulations can be a key method for understanding the decision-making process. New developments in simulation theory have increased the complexity and realism of these exercises while advances in technology have allowed simulations to be delivered virtually through the Internet.

1. Justice Institute of British Columbia - New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
2. Natural Resources Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada



General Sessions

GS01: Health sciences or services:

Includes the psychosocial dimensions of mitigation, emergency management, and pandemic management


GS02: Natural sciences:

Includes risk assessment and risk modelling methods, and risk mitigation strategies


GS03: Social sciences and services:

Includes government and governance, strategic and land-use planning, public participation, psychosocial considerations, and community resiliency strategies.


GS04: Industry and commerce:

Includes industrial resilience, enterprise risk management, risk and insurance management, business continuity and security.

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