13th Annual Victoria Seminar

Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council (EPICC)

Emergency Management BC (EMBC)

Jointly Present


“Building continuity to respond to evolving risks”

The following is the agenda for the 1-day event in Victoria.


WHEN:     Friday, September 29th, 2017, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Registration & Networking begins @ 8:30 and Seminar begins promptly @ 9:00

Introduction:         Lisa Benini, EPICC Board of Director

Welcome:    Rian Jones, Emergency Management BC

High Level Update on EMBC Activities including BC Interior Wildfires / Flooding

Carol McClintock, Executive Director, Emergency Management BC

Climate Change Impacts on our Business

Heather English, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate Risk Management, BC Ministry of Environment

Learn about potential climate impacts on business continuity and how to address this emerging risk.

Sweeper 2017 Exercise – Lessons Learned

Sybille Sanderson, Emergency Program Coordinator, / Paul Peters, Emergency Telecommunications Coordinator, Cowichan Valley Regional District

Exercise Sweeper 2017 is an Emergency Radio Communications exercise conducted on May 3 to give Emergency Program Coordinators an opportunity to work with amateur radio operators to use radio communications over HF with voice and data capability between EOCs and the PREOC. Participants extended beyond the MIECM area into Greater Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Capital Regional District, EMBC PREOCs and south to Washington State. Presentation will share a brief overview, lessons learned and next steps.

Starting a Business Continuity Program

Connie Hart, Business Continuity Manager, Lululemon

So you’ve been assigned business continuity for your organization or are starting a new job.  Where do you begin?  Join the presenter in her two-year journey of a business continuity professional in leading a company’s program.  Beginning with learning about the organization, followed by prioritizing the gaps, gaining management approval and then developing a timeline and remediation efforts.  

Session takeaways:  participants will review lesson learned, tools used and a prioritized project plan

Royal Roads Disaster / Emergency Mgmt Final Paper:   Business Engagement in Hazard Risk Assessment Benefits Community Resilience: A Research Study Outlier

Ginger Sherlock, Emergency Program Coordinator, Town of Langley

In a study researching hazard risk assessments completed at the local government level, concerning factors became evident. Officials focus on hazard identification and response capabilities, and not on mitigation strategies. Fear of liability makes officials reluctant to share this information with businesses and the public. One outlier was how the inclusion of local businesses improved the assessment process to include prevention and mitigation strategies. Inclusion replaced liability with community partnerships in building overall community resilience.

Victoria Airport Crisis Communications & Social Media

James Bogusz, VP Operations & Development, Victoria International Airport

Victoria Airport Authority is a not-for-profit organization that manages the Victoria Airport.  James Bogusz, will share lessons learned and real world experiences with crisis communications along with the challenges and opportunity of integrating social media.

Leveraging the Cloud for Next Generation Continuity

Lee Carney, DR/BCM Consultant, Wildfire Solutions Inc.  

    Cloud, virtualization, and hyper-converged infrastructure technologies have opened new ways to deliver disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities. This presentation will provide an overview of currently available technologies that deliver sub-1 hour RTOs and RPOs, and address the applicability of these technologies in the context of FOIPPA and other regulatory concerns for Canadian organizations.

WHERE:     The Legion, Branch #292, 411 Gorge Road East, Victoria (Free parking available)

COST:    $75.00 each for EPICC members and $95.00 each for non-members

Space is limited so Register Early by clicking here

Any questions can be directed to (604) 312-9490 or info@epicc.org