18th Annual Event!
Canadian BCP & Emergency Management
Manage Emerging Threats to Your Organization and Get Actionable Strategies
January 29 - 30, 2019 · Ottawa, Ontario
Featuring These Industry Experts
Trent Abbott B.A., MBCI, BCMS Auditor
Trent is a Senior Policy Advisor with Government of Canada (GC), and a business continuity management (BCM) consultant based in Ottawa. Trent has 10+ years of diverse business continuity, crisis and emergency management experience, in both Canada and New Zealand. Trent previously provided Policy on Government Security (PGS) BCM control and compliance guidance to federal organizations. While at the Treasury Board Secretariat, Trent also led a small team of analysts that worked with key GC stakeholders to design and develop core components of a future government-wide strategy to strengthen the continuity of government operations and support federal departments in strengthening their BCP programs. Trent holds the MBCI certification and is also an ISO 22301 certified Lead Auditor.
Imrann Ahmad, Partner, Miller Thomson
Imran Ahmad is a partner in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson and leads the firm’s national cybersecurity law practice. He also specializes in technology and privacy law. Imran is the author of Canada’s first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled A Handbook to Cyber Law in Canada which was published in the summer of 2017 by LexisNexis Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and teaches cybersecurity and privacy law. He can be reached at email@example.com
Janice Babineau, Senior Manager, Social Media, Canadian Red Cross
Janice Babineau has worked at the Canadian Red Cross in Communications since 2008. In her current role as Senior Manager, Social Media, she manages the Red Cross’ presence on social media. When a disaster strikes in Canada or around the world, she’s actively involved in all aspects of the Red Cross’ communications efforts through social media channels, such as sharing timely information, responding to inquiries, monitoring discussions, engaging with impacted people and mitigating reputational threats.
Anthony Di Monte, General Manager of Emergency and Protective Service, City of Ottawa
Anthony Di Monte is the General Manager of Emergency and Protective Service for the City of Ottawa overseeing the municipality’s, By-law and Regulatory Services, Fire Service, Paramedic Service, Security and Emergency Management, Public Policy Development, and Special Events Unit. Mr. Di Monte has been involved in public service his entire career. He was certified as an Advanced Care Paramedic at Dawson College in Montreal. His management training was completed at McGill University and Université de Montreal (H.E.C.).
Mr. Di Monte has held several senior positions in numerous paramedic services starting as Regional Director for Urgences Santé Montreal. In 1999 he assumed the responsibility of York Region Emergency Medical Services and was the first Chief / General Manager of EMS. Under his leadership he structured and amalgamated the previous operators into one municipal government organization. In 2001 he became the first Chief of EMS for the newly amalgamated City of Ottawa and coordinated and implemented the delivery of an EMS service for the municipal government of our Nation’s Capital.
As General Manager, Mr. Di Monte has overseen several major projects that have impacted the community, including the Ottawa Fire Services Station Location Study which introduced a modern response standard for the City’s fire service based on the risk of each community, the Paramedic Service Review which has seen considerable investments into the service, and the implementation of the Vehicle-for-Hire By-law which led to the licensing of one Private Transportation Company.
Donna Dupont, Chief Strategist, Foresight & Design, Purple Compass
Donna Dupont is the Chief Strategist in Foresight & Design for Purple Compass, specializing in strategic foresight and design thinking for healthcare and emergency management.
Donna has held a variety of roles within Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in healthcare and emergency management, and is the recipient of several government awards at the provincial and federal level for her contribution to policy and planning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration, and is currently completing her Master of Design (MDes) in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University. Donna’s interests are at the intersection between climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. Her aim is to collaborate with communities and organizations, and use strategic foresight and design methods to strengthen local capacity, health, public safety and security.
Sara Falconer, Director, Digital Communications, Canadian Red Cross
As Director of Digital Communications for the Canadian Red Cross, Sara Falconer leads the national digital communications strategy for the organization, including managing an awesome group of experts in social media, web, video and more. During the 2016 Alberta wildfires, she led the communications team in Fort McMurray that transformed the use of social media in disaster response. She has planned and executed digital campaigns for some of the top brands in the world, including Google, RBC and WWF-Canada.
Matthew Godsoe, Manager, Research Unit, Public Safety Canada
Carolyn Levering, Emergency Management Administrator, City of Las Vegas
Office of Emergency Management (OEM), develops and maintains emergency response plans, manages federal and state grant programs, and conducts routine training and exercises. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been a Certified Emergency Manager since 2005.
Prior to leading the Las Vegas OEM, Mrs. Levering served as Plans and Operations Coordinator for Clark County, NV and Chapter Operations Director for the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada.
Mrs. Levering is adjunct faculty to UNLV’s Executive Master of Science in Crisis and Emergency Management program, teaching the Community Preparedness course since 2007.
Current appointments include: Chair, Nevada State Emergency Response Commission- Planning and Training Sub-committee; Senior member, Nevada Commission on Homeland Security Finance Committee; Nevada State Emergency Management Coordinators Committee and Advocacy Chair for the Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association.
Mrs. Levering has served as President of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) USA - Region 9 and has served as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning SubGroup for the national InterAgency Board.
Vito Mangialardi, Senior Manager, Enterprise Business Continuity Management, METROLINX
Vito Mangialardi is a motivated and experienced Senior Business Continuity Management (BCM) professional with a strong record (20 years) of leadership and achievement in the telecommunications sector delivering Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Recovery Planning, Emergency Management, Risk Management and Incident Management.
He currently leads METROLINX in the coordination and development of a comprehensive enterprise wide Business Continuity Management framework with organizational resiliency as the destination. Managing governance, knowledge, instituting best practices, coordination (internally and with key external partners), and cross business unit planning to enhance Metrolinx’s ability adequately prepare for, respond to and recover from significant disruptors especially those with an enterprise wide operational impact.
Vito has a proven track record articulating strategy, developing plans, conducting training and exercises (testing). Seasoned hands on crisis response leader with the management of threatening risks or real events impacting people, process, information, technology and facilities.
He received the National Award for Achievement in Business Continuity Management from the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness in 2012. Vito is the past Executive member of the Canadian Telecom Emergency Preparedness Association (CTEPA).
Prior to the telecommunications sector experience; Vito’s career included public and private sector program and project management delivering technology, facilities and operational initiatives to support business protection and growth in the nuclear, transportation, environmental and engineering sectors.
Vito has written numerous articles, blogs and given strategic and leadership organizational resiliency presentations on the topic of Business Continuity, Emergency and Incident Management. Vito functions as a Business Continuity Management (BCM) Strategic Advisor where he can identify, share. deliver information and knowledge related to the many variations of organizational resiliency; all associated with risk management and business disruption planning.
Kevin A. O’Brien, PhD, Senior Principal, Security & Intelligence | Accenture Security Canada
Des O'Callaghan, Fellow, Business Continuity Institute
Des O'Callaghan FBCI is an independent Business Continuity Management consultant in Toronto, having retired in 2010 after devoting the previous 21 years to building and leading several corporate BCM programs in the financial sector. He is also an educator in business continuity, having developed and delivered a BCP certificate program at George Brown College in Toronto from 2006 to 2010 and now teaches for several training providers.
Des is closely involved with the Business Continuity Institute, holding the highest level of professional certification as a Fellow of the Institute (Canada's first FBCI). He was recognized for his many contributions to the profession as the 2009 recipient of the National Award of Excellence for Business Continuity presented by the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness. In November 2015 he received a Global Achievement Award from the BCI.
Dr. Suzanne Waldman, Researcher, Defense Research and Development Canada
Dr. Suzanne Waldman is a researcher for the Government of Canada with expertise in managing risks and optimizing benefits of social media use. At Defense Research and Development Canada, she extensively researched how public agencies as well as spontaneously emergent networks of citizens can use social media strategies to enhance emergency response and recovery. She continues to collaborate with emergency management colleagues on research in this area while being employed by Public Safety Canada in the national security sector.
David Wright, CBCP, Business Continuity Manager, Royal Canadian Mint