Upcoming Events
Annual Victoria Seminar
September 20, 2019
830AM - 430 PM
The Sandman Hotel- Victoria BC

Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council (EPICC)

Emergency Management BC (EMBC)

Jointly Present

Extreme Disruptive Events - How can Organizations Prepare to be part of the Solution?


AGENDA:        Friday, September 20th, 2019, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Sandman Hotel


Introduction / Welcome:     Lisa Benini, EPICC Board of Director


Madeline Maley, Assistant Deputy Minister, Response Operations, EMBC,

High Level Update on EMBC Activities over the last year and future initiatives


Sybille Sanderson, Emergency Program Coordinator, Cowichan Valley Regional District

December 20, 2018 Windstorm on Steroids

December 20, 2018, Southwest BC experienced a major windstorm that left trees and hydro lines strewn everywhere. In the Cowichan Valley, both rural and urban communities found themselves isolated with lengthy power outages.

Sybille will share lessons learned and some innovative ways that communities coped with the fallout of this windstorm during the Christmas Season. Many communities continue to prepare for the future.


Tanya Patterson, Emergency Program Coordinator  City of Victoria

Victoria Ready

On May 6th, 2019 the City of Victoria was affected by a large structure fire at 603 Pandora Ave which triggered the activation of the City’s Emergency Operations Centre for 3 days as well as an evacuation of City Hall for 4 days and use of their business continuity plans.  Tanya will take you through a summary of the event and discuss what went well, some of the challenges encountered, and lessons learned.


Ian Foss, Regional Manager, EMBC

Merrick Grieder, Emergency Telecommunications Coordinator, Cowichan Valley Regional District

Communication Plans and the Importance of Building Relationships

Virtually every emergency response or exercise brings up challenges concerning communications. These issues can be technical in nature, operator error or more often than not, a lack of preplanning and relationship building prior to incidents.

Using commonly available tools, the presenters will detail steps to build a communications plan, build relationships and strengthen local, regional and provincial communications. The tools and methods will also be applicable to business continuity planning in a business environment.

With full participation, each attendee will be able to leave the session with a functional communications plan that is applicable for emergency operations centers or emergency responses. Put into practice right away, the communications plan will bring communities or organizations one-step closer to preparing for future events.



Fred Hoenisch, Nancy Singh, and Paul Breed, Business Continuity Advisors

Ministry of Advanced Education Skills & Training

Collaboration in Post-Secondary Emergency Planning

The provincial 2017 and 2018 wildfires elevated the profile of emergency management for the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.  Post-Secondary Institutions (PSIs) played a vital role supporting the provinces’ response and relief efforts.

This presentation will discuss:

  • The ministry’s involvement coordinating PSI resources during the wildfires.
  • The ministry’s participation with the B.C. Post-Secondary Emergency Planner Group and the general importance of networking to build greater sector and community resilience.
  • The publication process of two sector emergency planning documents.


Edd Bennett, Business Continuity Manager, BCAA

BCAA’s Resiliency Program and Mobile Response Unit Overview

A look through how BCAA revitalised their BCM Program by focusing
on rapid response to local risks and embedding organisational resiliency as a requirement of their customers.

The presentation will look in depth on how the Business Continuity Team guided BCAA towards resilience as a culture trait. We also discuss the creation of their self-sufficient Business Continuity Strategy that will give them the best chance to handle any interruptions they may face.


Dr. John Cassidy, Head, Earthquake Seismology Section, Natural Resource Canada – Geological Survey of Canada

Earthquakes and Earthquake Hazards in Southwest British Columbia

Large and nearby earthquakes are rare, but represent one of the potentially most extreme disruptive events for a community. Southwestern British Columbia lies in one of the most seismically active regions of Canada and experiences small earthquakes every day, potentially damaging earthquakes (decades apart), and some of the world’s largest earthquakes (centuries apart). This presentation outlines the tectonics and earthquake history of southwestern British Columbia, recent advances in earthquake science, lessons learned from recent global earthquakes, what we might expect in terms of ground shaking and impacts associated with future earthquakes in our region, and some mitigation efforts.


Paul Breed, retired UK Police Superintendent, NHS

A Case Study – The effectiveness of working relationships, cooperation and interoperability of all agencies during the response to the Manchester Arena Terrorist Attack, 2017

The attack at the Manchester Arena on 22nd, May 2017 took the lives of twenty-two people and left hundreds more with both psychological and physical injuries. This was a brutal real-world test of plans and assumptions on a scale that was unprecedented in Greater Manchester.

The nine days following the attack saw the benefits of investing in collaborative partnership and emergency planning including businesses and the community. This presentation will focus on the lessons learned that apply not just to Manchester, but also nationally and internationally and any type of major incident.


WHERE:      Sandman Hotel – Orchid Room, 2852 Douglas Street, Victoria (Free parking available)


COST:              $75.00 each for EPICC members and $100.00 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