MISSION: DRIE Central facilitates an exchange of information and experience to promote and support best
practice in continuity planning, preparedness, response and recovery for continuity and emergency management
practitioners in Manitoba
The September 20th Luncheon was held at Canad Inns HSC, 720 William Avenue, Winnipeg MB, Ambassador Room A, (By the Health Sciences Center).
Attendees joined this session for Networking and our exciting line up of speakers on security:
11:30- 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 2:00 Brad Sparrow, City of Winnipeg Police on Active Shooters Preparedness
Workplace Safety – Active Shooter Incident
Presentation was based on the Run, Hide, Fight concept. Unfortunately, these types of incidents are happening more and we need to be prepared and have a plan in place to be able to react in the best possible way. Each workplace is unique and this presentation will make employees think of their work space and what they can do in that space to help themselves and others.
Constable Brad Sparrow, Crime Prevention Winnipeg Police Service
Currently in his 14th year with WPS, Brad has been in the Crime Prevention section for 3yrs. Prior to this he worked in General Patrol in Districts 2 & 6 , District Detectives and Operation Clean Sweep.
2:30 – 3:15 Ron Risley, City of Winnipeg Waste and Water,
Security Awareness in the Workplace
3:30 – 4:15 David Grayston, Director of Security, Manitoba Housing
TheMHRC Security Program
Professional Development Session May 17, 2017:
Location: CANAD INNS POLO PARK (AMBASSADOR ROOM L)
WEDNESDAY MAY 17, 2017
FOR THE FIRST OF THREE NEW FULL AFTERNOON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS
TOPIC FOR THIS SESSION – COMMUNICATION
JOIN US FOR LUNCH AT 1130AM|SESSION RUNS FROM 12 – 4PM
Agenda: 12 – 1 pm – Al Martinez, Senior Advisor – SME, Fusion Risk Management
Title: The Influence of Social Media on a Crisis: First-Hand Case Studies 1:10 – 2:35 pm Public Communications Panel featuring the City of Brandon, Manitoba EMO, City of Steinbach 2:35 – 3:00 pm Refreshment Break 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Reg Fountain, Manager of Emergency Management and Continuity Planning, City of Regina
Title: Communications During A Crisis – The Joint Information Centre in Action
Al Martinez, CBCP
Senior Advisor – SME Fusion Risk Management
Al brings to Fusion more than 20 years of consulting and industry experience with Fortune 500 corporations, private industry, government organizations and not-for-profit groups spanning manufacturing, retail, financial services, insurance, aerospace, and telecommunications. Al focuses on business continuity planning, IT disaster recovery, crisis and incident management planning, enterprise risk management and assessing resiliency solutions for clients. He has served as Fusion’s senior advisor on a variety of engagements.
Prior to joining Fusion, Al served as Assistant Vice President for Nuveen Investments responsible for managing the business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs and their recovery strategies. He previously served as Global Business Resilience Manager for General Mills where he was responsible for managing business continuity and crisis management for over one hundred business entities. During his career, Al has worked for Computer Sciences Corporation, Sears Roebuck and Company, and PwC.
Al holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Recognition and Accomplishments:
Certified Business Continuity Professional – Disaster Recovery Institute International
Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate – Stanford University
Mr. Reg Fountain, CD, MA DEM, CEM, ABCP
Mr. Reg Fountain is presently the Manager of Emergency Management and Continuity Planning for the City of Regina. Prior to moving to Regina, he held a similar position with the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he led the development of an Emergency Management Strategy, incorporating a mass care plan capable of providing emergency shelter, food and medical treatment to the approximately 100,000 faculty, staff, students and other residents of the UBC Point Grey campus area.
In a previous position, Mr. Fountain, as a member of Public Safety Canada, led the efforts to develop federal-level plans dealing with threats posed by Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive incidents and the Canada-United States mutual assistance plans to provide cross-border support in the event of major natural or human-induced disasters in either country.
Mr. Fountain served in the Canadian Army for over 30 years, with his last tours being with Canada Command, now Canadian Joint Operations Command located in Ottawa and the Bi-National Planning Group which was located at Headquarters, U.S. Northern Command. Mr. Fountain’s focus was on the strategic and operational-level planning and command and control necessary for the provision of military assistance to the civil authorities. In this role, he led the Canada Command team which developed the plan for Canadian military support to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mr. Fountain is a graduate of Royal Roads University with a Master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management and is accredited as a Certified Emergency Manager and Business Continuity Planner.
~INCLUDED IN MEMBERSHIP~
$50 FOR NON-MEMBERS
DRIE CENTRAL 17th ANNUAL WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE
October 19 & 20, 2016
Fort Gibraltar, 866 Rue Saint Joseph, Winnipeg MB Workshop and Conference flier
Annual WORKSHOP October 19
This workshop provided guidance and insight on common Business Continuity challenges presented by local practitioners with the background and experience to know what works.
Lunch and Learn: Behind the Scenes Refugee Response
Date: September 21, 2016 11:30 to 12:00 PM Luncheon
12:00 to 1:30 PM Presentation
Presenters: RED CROSS, MANITOBA EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION, WINNIPEG REGIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITY
In fall of 2015, Canada announced it would welcome 25,000 Syrian Refugees in the next few months. Emergency Management Organizations across the country were activated to assist in the logistics of facilitating this challenging task.
Lunch and learn participants joined DRIE Central as a panel discussed the process, anticipated and unanticipated challenges and all the behind the scenes details of the Refugee Response. Guests included members of the Red Cross who assisted both internationally and domestically, the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization and Public Health representatives Event PDF! Location: Fort Gibraltar (Partners Room, 2nd floor of the La Maison Du Bourgeois)
866 St. Joseph Street in St. Boniface.
Date: June 22, 2016. Lunch and Learn Time: 11:30 to 12:00 PM Luncheon 12:00 to 1:00 PM Presentation
Presentation: Geographical Information Systems, Mapping Disasters,
By: Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Health
Understanding the geography of a situation is critical to any emergency management or disaster recovery planning and response.
In today’s world, there are many digital mapping tools available.
This presentation provided us a look into two of the models used here in Manitoba:
Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Health, their benefits, uses and future opportunities.
Event Poster June 22, 2016
Location: Fort Gibraltar (Partners Room, 2nd floor of the La Maison Du Bourgeois)
866 St. Joseph Street in St. Boniface.
PRESENTATION: “STORM SPOTTING”
Date: Wednesday May 11, 2016, Lunch and Learn, Extended time
Time: 11:30 to 12:00 Luncheon,12:00 to 3:00
In this excellent extended session, we learned what to do when storm clouds threaten, how to protect yourself and your property from severe weather.
Natalie Hasell, Environment Canada’s Warning Preparedness Meteorologist for “Storm Spotter” provided ther training to help us learn what to expect from severe weather, including how to report and prepare for it.
We learned about the structure of storms, the types of clouds to watch for and what Environment Canada’s severe weather watches and warnings mean.
Natalie will focused on thunderstorm safety and how to recognize severe thunderstorms and related phenomena.
We gained storm readiness in time for the summer thunderstorm season.
Date: March 23, 2016Lunch and Learn: Downtown safety and the efforts of the Downtown Biz Safety Department. Time: 11:30 to 12:00 Luncheon, 12:00 to 1:00 Presentation
PRESENTATION: Amanda Chalmers and Shawn Matthews from Downtown Biz presented on downtown safety and the efforts of the Downtown Biz Safety Department. This will include discussion on collaborating with other partners, including WPS and other BIZ groups and the early stages of a Downtown BIZ Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.
2015 DRIE Workshop, Networking reception & Annual Conference:
Location: Fort Gibraltar (Partners Room, 2nd floor of the La Maison Du Bourgeois), 866 St. Joseph Street in St. Boniface. St. Joseph runs north off Provencher Blvd between Taché Avenue and Langevin Street. For a MAP to Fort Gibraltar, please click HERE
Presenter: Peggy Neal
Information Specialist Entrepreneurship Manitoba, Business Services Division,
Member of the Board of Directors, ARMA
By attending this presentation we learned how to:
Include records as part of a business continuity or disaster recovery plan; including measuring the probability of risks and their impact on the organization
Prioritize risks, assigning a value to records based on the business function they support and tracking the progress of strategies for mitigating risks to records in the organization.
March 18, 2015 “Ebola: Preparedness and Response”<pdf document>
Location: Fort Gibraltar
Presenters: Garth Tohms, Volunteer -Canadian Red Cross
Robert Munroe, Manitoba Health Office of Disaster Management
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa infected over 20,000 people, resulting in nearly 9,000 deaths- of whom 500 were health care workers. The unprecedented world-wide effort to control the outbreak and provide resources to diagnose and treat Ebola patients continues. Garth Tohms (A.K.A. “Garth the Plumber”) who will shared experiences from his month-long deployment to Sierra Leone as a volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross.
We also learned about how Manitoba has prepared for Ebola, should a case ever present in our province and discussed how you can help your company/organizations prepare for Public Health emergencies.
City of Winnipeg Frozen Water Pipes Emergency Response
Presenters: Randy Hull, City of Winnipeg Emergency Coordinator and Constance Menzies of Chocolatier, Constance Popp
Date: Wednesday November 5th, 2014
Time: 11:30 to 12:00 Luncheon, 12:00 to 1:00 Presentation
Location: Fort Gibraltar (Partners Room, 2nd floor of the La Maison Du Bourgeois), 866 St. Joseph Street in St. Boniface. St. Joseph runs north off Provencher Blvd between Taché Avenue and Langevin Street. For a MAP to Fort Gibraltar, please click HERE.
Details: 2013-14 was one of the City of Winnipeg’s longest, coldest winters on record. With it came frost that permeated the ground to depths far deeper than usual, resulting in frozen water pipes to hundreds of homes and businesses.
Attendees of this presentation:
Heard about lessons learned and challenges experienced by the City of Winnipeg as they managed the frozen water pipe emergency
Learned about the event through the perspective of an impacted business and how operations were maintained despite the frozen water pipe disruption
Shared in discussion on how practitioners can help their organizations prepare, should a similar event occurs again in the near future
Business Impact Assessment Workshop (click for pdf) – October 22 (register)
This workshop taught the fundamentals and processes of BIA and how it contributes to successful Business Continuity Management. The intent of the workshop is to be interactive and provide the content that would be both useful for a novice as well as a seasoned practitioner. Presented byBrian Miller, Vanguard Emergency Management Consulting2014 DRIE Central 15th Annual Conference
Business Impact Assessment Workshop (click for pdf) – October 22
This workshop will teach the fundamentals and processes of BIA and how it contributes to successful Business Continuity Management. The intent of the workshop is to be interactive and provide the content that would be both useful for a novice as well as a seasoned practitioner. Presented byBrian Miller, Vanguard Emergency Management ConsultingSocial Media Use in Crisis Communications
The use of social media in crisis/emergency communications offers opportunities to instantly connect with your organization’s internal and external stakeholders and facilitate situational awareness during response and recovery. Natalie Aitken, Detective Sargeant of Winnipeg Police Service’s Public Information Unit will share the impact social media use has had for the Winnipeg Police Service, their use of different social media platforms (website, Twitter and YouTube) and analytics software and discuss the resources required to sustain and manage an effective social media presence.
Date: March 19, 2014 Time: 11:30 to 12:00 lunch 12:00 to 1:00 presentation Location: Fort Gibraltar (Partners Room, 2nd floor of the La Maison Du Bourgeois), 866 St. Joseph Street in St. Boniface. St. Joseph runs north off Provencher Blvd between Taché Avenue and Langevin Street. For a MAP to Fort Gibraltar, please click HERE.
‘BUILDING A CRISIS COMMUNICATION PLAN THAT SUPPORTS YOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE’
This fast-paced and interactive workshop is focused on the group of people who will provide your organization with leadership during an emergency, including communication professionals, public affairs staff, emergency managers, and business continuity professional. Participants will work with a crisis communication planning template, and understand how to use the template to develop a crisis communication plan that will support and drive your organization’s overall response to an emergency.
Networking Reception – November 28, 5 to 7 PM
Networking opportunities for one-on-one conversations with the DRIE Executive Team, sponsors, fellow members, and especially to meet new members and friends.
Conference – November 29
2013 Luncheon Topics
DRIE 2013 Central Fall Luncheon: Crisis Communications
Crisis strikes without warning; is subject to change without notice, and cannot be contained in isolation. In the midst of a crisis, ordinary day-to-day decisions present extraordinary risks. Modern communications take place in a global village, in a glass house where no event occurs in isolation, where what one person does and says today may affect the rest of the organization tomorrow, shareholders and customers in the days and weeks following. In a crisis, leaders must take action and make decisions without knowing all the facts, all the potential ramifications, or what actions and reactions are occurring elsewhere that will impact on what they do. Yet failure to act or hesitation carries equal or greater risk.
Workshop participants learned:
• How to identify potential crises you and your organization might have to face
• What qualifies a situation as a crisis and what crisis situations have in common
• Steps to developing a crisis plan, and what elements it should include
• How to use a crisis plan effectively
• How to identify people with the knowledge and confidence to act
• What training and processes prepare people and organizations to respond to crisis in an appropriate timely manner
Presenter: Linda Lee, L Squared Communications
DRIE Central Professional Development Meeting/Luncheon
May 22, 2013
Location: Norwood Hotel (Tache Room)112 Marion Street
On October 2, 2012 grassland fires whipped through the Rural Municipality of Stuartburn, resulting in evacuations of residents and destroying 4 homes in the town of Vita. Later that same week, thousands of residents in the same area were without power due to an ice storm. Thick ice and fallen trees blown over by wind and heavy weight of snow brought down power lines.
This presentation will offer an overview of how these two separate and yet connected disaster events were managed from three different perspectives: that of the Emergency Measures Coordinator in the region, Emergency Social Services and Manitoba Hydro. Participants will gain insight into the realities of executing community level and corporate emergency/service continuity plans, where things went well and where improvements can be made.
Jodi Pluchinski, Director Emergency Social Services, MB Family Services and Labour
Richard Hollands, Corporate Emergency Response Coordinator, Manitoba Hydro
March 21, 2013, DRIE Central Professional Development Meeting/Luncheon Norwood Hotel (Tache Room)
Workplace Violence/Active shooter response planning.
Recent and tragic active shooter events have galvanized community organizations, government services and business’ resolve to put in place or re-visit plans to respond and recover from such attacks. The focus of this session will be the planning elements needed for an effective Workplace Violence Prevention program. This will include considerations for Response Team composition, necessary training, and identified accountabilities. A variety of helpful resources will also be shared.
Speaker: Jacques Gagne, BA CPP LSM
Regional Manager, Security Services & Special Projects
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (2003 to present)
Jacques is an ASIS Int’l – Board Certified (CPP) Security Management Professional, specializing in Healthcare and Corporate security. In his role with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority he provides leadership and direction with respect to security & safety. He adopted AUS/NZ Healthcare Security Standards (AS-4485-1) as baseline security standards from which evolved policies, procedures and guidelines for the program. Jacques implements holistic security solutions and manages a protection team including security staff and 80+ “contract” personnel. Within the team he promotes leadership, problem solving, and creates opportunities for an exchange of information and solutions. He specializes in conducting threat assessments and mitigation strategies, as well as design security & counter-measure solutions. Prior to his role with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority he was with the RCMP and the Canadian Military (Regular & Reserve Army).
October 25th, 2012 – ISACA and DRIE joint luncheon “Current Trends, Opportunities and Risks in IT Disaster Recovery”
September 14, 2012 Daryl Giese, the Manager for the Western Area Performance Centre at Canada Post. Daryl’s discussed Canada Post’s BCP program and the recent involvement in the floods in Manitoba and BC as well as the actions taken in the Slave Lake AB fire in 2011.
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Danny Blair presented: Preparing for Extremes: Climate Change in the Prairies. Climate change in the prairies is largely associated with rising average temperatures. However, another important expectation is that our climate will become even more variable than it already is. This has significant implications regarding the frequency and intensity of heat waves, droughts, flooding, and other types of extreme weather and, of course, this in turns has implications for those involved in disaster preparedness.
Friday, March 9, 2012 – Steve Topping, Executive Director, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation spoke on the Manitoba Flood of 2011.
September 26, 2011 – Tracey Danowski, Assistant Deputy Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, spoke on the provincial government response to the recent postal disruption.
June 23, 2011 – Michael Dudley, Research Associate, Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg presented on from Crisis to Resilience. How many recent natural disasters that have befallen metropolitan areas in the past several years (forest fires, floods and earthquakes) aren’t so much “natural” but are instead the result of (or exacerbated by) poor planning decisions in the past, such as building on flood plains and other vulnerable locations, but that our “psychology of previous investment” prevents us from altering our building patterns? As well, our rigid, centralized “big pipes” approach to city building, infrastructure and commodities makes our cities vulnerable to shocks and system breakdowns, such as those associated with energy prices and availability. The presentation will argue for the incorporation of resilience principles in urban planning, which in many ways will mean a return to historical practices and forms.
February 25, 2011 – Paul Kentziger, Mary Genyk and Gord Novoselnik provided a panel discussion on the topic of developing and executing BCP/DR exercises. This is an excellent opportunity to consult with the experts on ways to initiate or improve your organization’s BCP/DR exercises.
Pre-Conference Workshop, AGM and Conference – November 4-5, 2010.
September 15, 2010 – On Sunday, February 4th, 2007, the City of Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service lost two veteran Captains – Harold Lessard and Tom Nicholls – in a tragic house fire. Three others were severely injured when the fire rapidly spread through the house. The loss of these two husbands, fathers and members of our community cannot be measured. Mr. Alex Forrest, President of the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg – Local 867 has been centrally involved in the immediate and long-term support to the UFFW members who have struggled with the trauma of losing two of their members. Mr. Forrest discussed the recovery steps and supports that have been put in place to support Winnipeg’s fire fighters.
May 5, 2010 – Deo Nawmira from Mennonite Central Committee in Winnipeg was recently deployed to Haiti as part of the international earthquake relief efforts. Mr. Nawmira shared with us his experience in one of the largest disaster recovery efforts in recent history, and lessons learned from his involvement.
February 3, 2010 – Paul Robinson (Risk Management Specialist at Manitoba Public Insurance) In February 2007 the Manitoba Public Insurance Claim Centre in Portage La Prairie experienced a fire in the office space ceiling which caused structural and smoke damage and resulted in the temporary closure of the office. Paul’s presentation will cover the fire and the response to is aftermath including activities related to business resumption and insurance.
Pre-Conference Workshop, AGM and Conference – October 8 -9, 2009.
September 18, 2009 – Kristina Gordon from the National Microbiology Lab talked about their activities during the H1N1 outbreak this spring. They were at the centre of numerous international-level operations. She will also speak about their Emergency Operation Centre activation and what they were doing through the crisis.
June 19, 2009 – Jeremy Angus, Planning Officer for Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) spoke about the inclusion of education and training in the Government of Manitoba’s BCP Program. Manitoba EMO has worked in partnership to develop an on-line training offering for provincial employees that is going to be made available as part of DRI Canada’s course offerings.
February 27, 2009 – Lois Nickel, Director of Region Relations & Programs for Mennonite Disaster Service shared information about the Disaster Recovery Studies program at the Canadian Mennonite University, including:
Hesston College program summary – pre CMU
CMU and MDS partnering – how did this come about? Process to get there?
Outline of the program – what do students study? Specific courses, rest of their degree – how it fits.
Objectives of the program for students, for CMU, for MDS, for the wider community
September 12 – Dr. Jones’ presentation on “Social Hierarchy and Public Relief during Winnipeg’s 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic” provided a unique historical perspective on what actually happened in Winnipeg the last time we faced a pandemic influenza emergency. Dr. Jones’ book is titled Influenza 1918: Disease, Death, and Struggle in Winnipeg
(Dr. Esyllt Jones, University of Manitoba)
June 4 – Response and Recovery to the flood at Andrew Mynarski School in February 2007.
(Brent Kolton and Herb Schaan, Winnipeg School Division Number 1)
April 22 – Response and events following the security incident at the University of Winnipeg in September 2007.
(David Mauro, University of Winnipeg)