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BCM and Lessons Learned from a Historical Perspective

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BCM and Lessons Learned from a Historical Perspective

As part of a well-functioning BCM/DR program, we should be learning from our mistakes and ensuring we can adapt and learn from the events of the past. For most, the assumption is we will learn from only our mistakes and not the mistakes of others or the past. We speak with business expert and author John Vespasian who will provide us insights on business continuity and how history can teach us about planning and lessons learned to improve our BCM/DR thinking and efforts. We’ll talk about that by not validating conditions caused problems for Berblinger; how some groups were able to survive the Black Death; how Ancient Greece was able to survive using good planning over the mighty Persian Empire and even how risk assessments ensured the survival of an Antarctic expedition. It’s quite an enlightening and eye-opening episode chock full of interesting perspectives.

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Crisis Management Leaders: From Thought to Consquence

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Crisis Management Leaders: From Thought to Consquence

What makes a good crisis leader? How is it that they prepare and respond to situations differently? How do successful crisis leaders think and feel? It’s not easy being an organization’s Crisis Management Team Leader while probably having responsibility for Business As Usual tasks. It’s this buy schedule and the management of it, that sets the good crisis leader apart from those not so easily prepared for the task. Successful crisis leaders think, prepare and act differently from other crisis leaders. Their inner being leaves them better able to prepare for – and respond to, crises and disasters where their leadership abilities become front and centre during stressful periods. From ‘Thought to Consequence’ looks at the ways in which successful crisis leaders think about BC and DR and how they respond to serious incidents, which ultimately strengthens and organization’s ability to prepare and respond to disasters.

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Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey – August 2017

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Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey – August 2017

Continuing with our speaker series from the Continuity & Resilience Today conference in Toronto (May 2018), we speak with Emergency Management subject matter expert and registered nurse, Dee Grimm who will talk about the Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey (August 2017). Harvey presented unique challenges as it created unprecedented numbers of evacuees and those left homeless. Even today there are over 30,000 displaced persons in shelters and hotels throughout the state. Additionally, the medical challenges of closed or evacuating healthcare facilities, the loss of community health support systems and home health services for these displaced individuals all had to be planned for. Dee with talk about how the State managed the sheltering and medical responses and about the “boots on the ground”. Valuable lessons learned will be discussed and Dee will provide insight into best practices for providing mass care sheltering and medical support during catastrophic events.

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Evolving Global Threats and Corporate Resilience

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Evolving Global Threats and Corporate Resilience

Continuing with our series of speakers from the Continuity & Resilience Today conference in Toronto (May 2018), we speak with Paul Doucet who is the Regional Security Manager, Security Solutions, for the Asia Pacific region for Joint Venture International SOS and Control Risks. Paul with discuss the current global terrorism threats and the plans and communications required when escalating situations occur. He will also provide some best practices based on experience that organizations and business travelers can leverage to help mitigate issues when finding themselves in threatening situations.

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Business Continuity and Supply Chain Management

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Business Continuity and Supply Chain Management

A key component of any Business Continuity Management (BC) program is ensuring the mitigation of impacts created when an organization’s supply chain is impacted. This week we’ll talk to noted supply chain management expert and author of “A Supply Chain Management Guide to Business Continuity” Betty Kildow. Betty has been working in Business Continuity for over 20 years and we’ll learn how to identify our key suppliers – both upstream and downstream – and what we need to consider with regards to our suppliers when disasters occur. We’ll also learn how to develop our supply chain continuity strategies and how we can strengthen and maintain those strategies. It’ll be an enlightening show for those who want to know more about supply chain management and how to incorporate it into their BCM programs.

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An Overview of the Inaugural Continuity & Resilience Today (CRT) Conference (Toronto, May 2018)

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An Overview of the Inaugural Continuity & Resilience Today (CRT) Conference (Toronto, May 2018)

The Continuity & Resilience Today (CRT) conference was held May 29-31, 2018 in Toronto at the Sheraton Downton Hotel. It was the inaugural CRT conference that was originally part of the old World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM). This show provides a quick overview and summary of some of the sessions held over the 3 days and some of the key points that were discussed and presented to attendees by knowledgeable and experienced presenters.

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Adaptive Business Continuity – Part 2

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Adaptive Business Continuity – Part 2

For decades BCM / DR professionals have performed the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) the same way with the same results; often not quite the results expected. John Jackson, an early visionary in BCM / DR, talks about how the traditional BIA may need to change; change how we ask questions, who we ask information from and what results it needs to deliver if its to be effective for organizations. We’ll learn how to increase the value of BCM and DR by simply refocusing our efforts when executing a BIA to provide information that can benefit an organization when developing its BCM strategies and increasing the ability to respond to negative events. John provides allot of great tips and information to increase the value of new and experiences BCM professionals and increase the effectiveness of BCM programs. Hear some first hand examples of how the traditional BIA can be reimagined and executed from an industry pioneer. It’s sure to be a great educational experience for all.Preparing4Unexpected-AFullick.jpg

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