October 16, 2017
  • 8:00 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:45 AM
    Opening Comments from the Chair
    Joe Veryard
    Former Superintendent Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board
  • 9:00 AM
    Keynote: Sandy Hook Shooting
    Build your Plan to Communicate Difficult News to Parents
    Michele Gay
    Founder, Safe & Sound Schools: A Sandy Hook Initiative (Mother of a victim of Sandy Hook)

    A total of 28 teachers and children lost their lives 5 years ago in the Sandy Hook shooting. Comprehend the perspective of a parent to improve your communication when the worst happens. Transform your plan to:

    • Have your psychological resources ready to communicate
    • Validate your information before communicating
    • React to information on the news and social media

    Assess the impact of tragedies on parents to reinforce empathy in your communication.

  • 9:30 AM
    Case Study: Cybersecurity
    Protect your Student Information and Your Reputation against Evolving Cyber-threats

    Ransomware costs $1 billion a year and educational systems are waking up to the new threat. Protect your institution against the financial and reputational consequences of ransomware. Source strategies to:

    • Assess the risks of cyber-threat on your institution
    • Reinforce cooperation with your IT department
    • Secure your institution’s data

    Build up your defense against the growing costs of cyber-criminality.

  • 10:00 AM
    Mid-morning Networking Break

    Interact with conference speakers and fellow attendees. Secure important new business contacts and talk about crucial developments in your field.

  • 10:30 AM
    Panel: Facility Security
    Maximize your Facility Security to Keep your Staff and Students Safe
    Gino Pagliericci
    Head of Safety and Security, St Georges All Boy School
    Calvin Vincent
    Manager of Security and Safety, Cranbrook Educational Community

    Electronic locks, camera surveillance, and communication devices are crucial during emergencies. Transform your facility security to increase the safety of your staff and students. Gather practical insights to:

    • Assess your vulnerabilities
    • Develop your implementation schedule
    • Reduce your costs with long-lasting improvement to your facilities

    Secure your facilities and put all the chances on your side during emergencies.

  • K–12
    • 11:15 AM
      Knives in Schools
      Revamp Your Approach of Knives in School to Avoid Fatal Incidents
      Eric Roher
      Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

      TDSB released 41 recommendations after the stabbing of a student in 2014. Review the lessons learned to prevent knife attacks in your school. Create a blueprint to:

      • Assess the impact of street violence on your school
      • Strengthen your control of weapons on your premises
      • Reduce your intervention time

      Advance your programs to reduce the risk of knife attacks in your school

    • 12:00 PM
      Interactive: Resource Management
      Access Resources to Reduce Costs and Improve Your Preparedness

      From response time to physical barriers, emergency management is a logistical challenge in rural areas.

      Brainstorm ideas to secure crucial resources to protect your students. Expand your toolkit to:

      • Optimize your resources
      • Coordinate with other communities
      • Improve your implementation schedule

      Enhance your emergency response plan with limited resources.

    Colleges & Universities
    • 11:15 AM
      Case Study: Public Protest in Baltimore
      Navigate Through a Tense Political Environment to Protect the Public Safety and your Reputation
      Adrian J. Wiggins
      Executive Director, Office of Campus and Public Safety, Morgan State University

      Baltimore has been the scene of violent public protests. Ensure the safety of your campus while upholding your institution’s reputation. Gather fresh ideas to:

      • Take your decision quickly on security matters
      • Document your management of controversial events
      • Collaborate with the police to assess threat.

      Protect your facilities and reputation during public protests on campus.


    • 12:00 PM
      Interactive: Business Continuity
      Support your Staff and Community while Resuming your Activities

      Redistributing the roles of a deceased colleague can be a traumatic experience. Support your staff and institution when everybody is shocked. Create a roadmap to:

      • Measure the impact of a tragedy on your staff
      • Re-establish quickly your routines
      • Work with your community

      Train your staff to improve the recovery of your institution.


  • 12:30 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:30 PM
    Industry Expert: Communication
    Refine your Communication Strategy to Keep a Crisis Situation under Control

    Social media can have a disruptive effect on your threats assessment. Transform your communication strategy to tame social media and reassure your students. Gather practical insights to:

    • Assess the impact of social media on your emergency response plan
    • Manage the expectations of your students and stakeholders
    • Streamline your public response to threats

    Handle social media and deploy your ERP as planned to ensure your students’ safety.

  • K–12
    • 2:00 PM
      Case Study: Opioids
      Control the Prescription of Opioids During Emergencies and Comply with your Legal Duties
      Gino Pagliericci
      Head of Safety and Security, St Georges All Boy School

      Prescribing certain opioids in school, such as Nolaxone or Fetanyl, can create dependence. Review your legal responsibilities when opioids are prescribed during an emergency. Create a roadmap to:

      • Promote your students’ well-being
      • Integrate minorities at risk in your program
      • Manage dangerous behaviors at your school

      Analyze your legal responsibilities when prescribing opioids.

    • 2:30 PM
      Case Study: Anti-bullying Innovation
      Leverage New Apps to Tackle Bullying in School
      Calvin Vincent
      Manager of Security and Safety, Cranbrook Educational Community

      New apps are allowing anonymous communications for students who witness bullying. Implement digital solutions to protect your students. Develop a blueprint to:

      • Adapt to your students’ means of communication
      • Test and implement new technologies
      • Foster a positive environment in your school.

      Provide new tools to protect your students from bullying.

    Colleges & Universities
    • 2:00 PM
      Case Study: Hazing
      Raise Awareness on the Risks of Hazing to Ensure the Safety of your Students
      David DeAveiro
      Head Coach – Men Basketball Team, McGill University

      Only a change of culture can have a lasting effect on hazing and its dangers. Analyze the work of varsity teams to improve the safety of your students. Gain insights to:

      • Assess the impact of hazing on your student safety
      • Identify your leaders to raise awareness
      • Guide your students to make responsible decisions

      Create a culture of moderation to protect your students from the excess of hazing.

    • 2:30 PM
      Case Study: EOC in Major Events
      Design and Implement your Emergency Operation Centre Operations to Manage Effectively Large Scale Catastrophes
      Cam Kowalski
      Manager, Emergency Planning, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

      EOC operations are crucial during large scale events such as floods or wild fires. Improve your EOC to keep people safe in multiple locations. Take away concrete guidelines to:

      • Sustain your EOC operations during lasting events
      • Manage the expectations of your stakeholders
      • Select your leaders and divide the roles among your team

      Improve your response to large scale disasters.

  • 3:00 PM
    Mid-afternoon Networking Break

    Interact with conference speakers and fellow attendees.

  • 3:30 PM
    Interactive: Call-no-call
    Improve your Threat Assessment to Reduce Response Time

    First responders recommend schools to “consider calling” them when facing certain threats. Review situations where you “consider calling” and polish your threat assessment. Share insights to:

    • Identify your legal responsibilities
    • Improve your risk assessments
    • Streamline communication with first responders

    Revise your threat assessment process with your peers to speed up your response time.

  • 4:00 PM
    Panel: Mass Notification
    Alert Quickly your Staff and Students to Protect Them from Active Threats
    David Sinkinson
    CEO, Co-Founder, AppArmor
    Cam Kowalski
    Manager, Emergency Planning, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

    In large scale emergencies, thousands of students and staff are under threat. Ensuring effective communication is crucial to alert people in large areas. Upgrade your mass-notification system to keep your students and staff safe. Gain practical insights to:

    • Integrate different systems in your structure
    • Identify when to update your system
    • Plan your mass notification system based on your needs

    Coordinate quickly with your staff to inform stakeholders and protect your students.

  • 4:45 PM
    Conference Adjourns to Day Two
  • 4:50 PM
    Evening Social Activities

    Unwind and mingle with the delegates and speakers at our “exclusive” end-of-the-day reception. Bring your business cards!

October 16, 2017
October 17, 2017
  • 8:00 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:45 AM
    Opening Comments from the Chair
  • 9:00 AM
    Keynote Address: Fort McMurray
    Analyze the Evacuation of Fort McMurray to Improve your Crisis Management
    Rob Squire
    Deputy Fire Chief, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services

    The evacuation of 80,000 people from Fort McMurray created large logistical and communication issues. Improve your collaboration with First Responders to manage large scale crises efficiently. Gain insights to:

    • Prepare your role as a reception centre
    • Improve your communication with municipal first responders
    • Better comprehend your role as EOC partner

    Review the work of first responders to improve collaboration and manage crises efficiently.

  • 9:30 AM
    Industry Expert: Insurance
    Streamline your Insurance Claims to Facilitate your Recovery

    Insurance claims are a complex process during large scale disasters. Improve your business continuity plan to speed recovery. Develop a template to:

    • Communicate with your CFO
    • Plan your assessment
    • Keep track of the damages

    Advance business continuity by integrating insurance claims in your plans.

  • 10:00 AM
    Case Study: Bomb Threat at Concordia
    Adapt your Bomb Threat Protocol to Modern Challenges to Protect your Campus
    Darren Dumoulin
    Assistant Director of Security, Concordia University

    Social media and the political environment can hamper emergency managers during bomb threats. Improve your response to threats by addressing the impact of new challenges. Source examples to:

    • Manage the expectations of your stakeholders with bomb threats
    • Adapt to changes in the political environment and understand what they mean for you
    • Speed up your reaction to threats on social media

    Improve your management of bomb threats to protect your staff and students.

  • 10:30 AM
    Mid-morning Networking Break
  • Urban
    • 11:00 AM
      Case Study: All Hazards HIRA
      Heighten your Awareness, Identify All Hazards and Prepare your School to New Threats

      Emergency managers cannot prepare for risks of which they are not aware. Transform your HIRA to mitigate your risks before they threaten your students. Develop a blueprint to:

      • Copy existing HIRA from your partners
      • Plan resources for the implementation of your HIRA
      • Maintain your HIRA

      Stay aware of all hazards to improve your emergency response

    • 11:30 AM
      Safe Space Emergency Management
      Collaborate with Churches to Protect your Students during Mass-scale Emergencies
      Alain Normand
      Manager, City of Brampton Emergency Management Office

      Safe spaces, such as churches, are often overlooked as emergency partners. Gain new resources and partners to safeguard your students. Gain insights to:

      • Avoid doing everything by yourself
      • Update your list of shelters
      • Coordinate your emergency responses during natural disasters

      Strengthen your emergency response during natural disasters with the help of safe spaces

    • 12:00 PM
      Case Study: Public Transport
      Improve your Security and Emergency Management in a Changing Urban Landscape
      Kathy Branton
      Manager – Emergency Management Office, York University

      With the upcoming subway station on campus, York University is preparing for new risks. Adapt to urban developments to improve your identification of risk. Source intelligence to:

      • Anticipate the impact of new urban infrastructure on your institution’s security
      • Determine your responsibilities
      • Manage the potential influx of people on your premises

      Prepare for new risks from your surroundings to protect your institution

    • 11:00 AM
      Case Study: City of North Bay
      Work with First Responders to Train Staff and Students for Emergencies
      Jason Whitely
      Chief Fire Officer, City of North Bay

      First responders in remote areas have a unique understanding of emergency management in rural areas. Access tailor-made advice to advance your emergency management trainings. Take away practical solutions to:

      • Identify your resources for trainings
      • Assess your security vulnerabilities
      • Revamp your ERP

      Cooperate with first responders to strengthen your emergency management strategy.

    • 11:30 AM
      Case Study: Evacuation
      Plan a Safe Evacuation of your Students When your Facilities Cannot Shelter Them
      Jeff Upton
      Education Officer – Office of the Superintendents, Lakehead District School Board

      Canadian winters represent a threat during school evacuations. Refine your evacuation plan to protect your students regardless of the weather. Gain insights to:

      • Map your surrounding and identify physical hurdles
      • Advance your strategy to transport students
      • Activate and manage your evacuation shelters

      Ensure the safe evacuation of your school in hostile environments.

    • 12:00 PM
      Case Study: First Nations
      Coordinate with First Nations’ Emergency Management to Upgrade your Response to Natural Disaster
      Eric Génier
      Principal, L’Héritage Public High School

      The wild fire around Fort McMurray showed the importance of involving First Nations in emergency plans. Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure the safety of all your students. Take away practical tips to:

      • Align your plan with your partners
      • Communicate with your students in First Nations’ communities
      • Create awareness across your community

      React swiftly to natural disasters by working closely with your partners

  • 12:30 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:45 PM
    Industry Expert: Cell Broadcast Technology
    Adopt Innovative Technology to Target your Emergency Communications

    Cell Broadcast technology allows you to communicate with everybody in a geographic area using their phone. Adapt to the location of the threat to ensure the safety of everybody on your premises. Source practical solutions to:

    • Revamp your evacuation strategy
    • Integrate CBT in your mass-notification system
    • Establish a timeline for implementation

    Gain innovative tools to protect people on your premises from active threats.

  • 2:15 PM
    Case Study: Student Threat Assessment
    Identify Warning Signs with your Students to Prevent Violence
    Janine Bowyer
    Superintendent of Education, Durham Catholic District School Board Community

    Student threat assessment is a fast growing field for emergency managers. Introduce new multidisciplinary processes to flag violent behaviors and protect your school. Create a roadmap to:

    • Establish your team to assess behaviors
    • Sustain your threat assessment process in the long-term
    • Secure resources for behavior management

    Notice red flags before your students use violence on others.

  • 2:45 PM
    Mid-afternoon Networking Break
  • 3:15 PM
    Panel: Accepting Schools
    Create a Positive Environment in your School to Prevent Tragedies
    Shelley Phoenix
    Manager of Clinical Services/Chief Attendance Officer, Durham Catholic District School Board Community
    Eric Génier
    Principal, L’Héritage Public High School

    Promoting a safe and inclusive environment is 90% of the work to ensure your students’ safety. Tackle the factors that lead to tragedies and safeguard your students. Leverage practical examples to:

    • Adapt to the socio-economic situation of your students
    • Mobilize leaders within your community
    • Sustain an accepting environment in your school

    Treat the roots of the threats before they materialize in your institution.

  • 4:00 PM
    Emergency Response Plan
    Develop your ERP to Reduce Response Time

    Staff and emergency leaders are less likely to stress or freeze with a clear ERP. Advance your planning of emergency responses to ensure quick and efficient responses. Create a blueprint to:

    • Identify your main vulnerabilities
    • Train your emergency leaders
    • Test your ERP

    Build an Emergency Response Plan to reduce response time and protect your students.

  • 4:30 PM
    Conference Adjourns
October 17, 2017
October 18, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Workshop A: Cybersecurity
    Prevent Cyberattacks Before they Paralyze your Institution

    Ransomware and DoS attacks can shut down communication within your institution for days. IT specialists and security officers need to join forces to prevent disruptive, embarrassing and costly attacks on your servers. Get ready for the biggest threats to come. Gain insights to:

    1. Train your staff to protect their information
    2. Reinforce your network against DoS
    3. Protect your data against ransomware
    4. Prepare your emergency management plan for large-scale attacks
    5. Ensure business continuity after an attack

    Build up your resilience against cyberattacks to protect the activities of your institution.

  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Workshop B: Threat Assessment
    Refine your Threat Assessment to Improve your Response to Emergencies
    Patricia Martel
    Emergency Management Specialist, Region of Niagara

    Under-reaction and over-reaction are common when institutions face unexpected threats. Advance your threat assessment to keep your students and staff safe in any circumstances. Source intelligence to:

    1. Improve your hazards identification
    2. Review your provincial protocols
    3. Establish a clear course of action for each threat
    4. Speed up your communication with first responders
    5. Manage psychological factors affecting your assessment

    Accurately assess the threats to act in the best interests of your staff and students.

October 18, 2017

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