Conference outline | Keynote speakers | Session speakers

Conference outline

(detailed program to come)

Monday, October 1
3 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Registration
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Welcome reception

Tuesday, October 2
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Registration/breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Conference – Day 1
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Cocktail reception
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Dinner

Wednesday, October 3
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Registration/breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Conference – Day 2

Keynote speakers

Warren MacDonald


We’ve all heard it a million times; “change is constant,” “the only certainty in life is change,” “change or perish.” We all know it; what we need is for someone to show us how to deal with it. Warren’s “Challenge of Change” presentation will help you realize that challenges brought on by change hold endless opportunities for innovation and personal and professional growth. That it’s the challenges we face that build the resilience we need as we’re asked to do more, with less . . . That it is possible to not just survive, but to thrive despite adversity.

Darby Allen


In the midst of a devastating natural disaster, how does one person manage a team’s countless, critical decisions? Allen, beyond being a brave and strategic leader, also practices empathetic team-building, including colleagues in his decisions and looking out for their needs. In this keynote, Allen offers actionable takeaways for leaders in any field: lessons on encouraging and trusting your teammates wholeheartedly; never losing focus on the moment by worrying about the larger story; and establishing unbreakable relationships that observe and celebrate the smallest of human elements—like the power of a Canadian flag to boost morale and welcome evacuees home.

Session speakers

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Fire Chief Ken Block, President, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Mark Jasper, Senior Specialist Emergency Management, GHD
  • Cameron Lewis, Executive Director, Environmental Emergencies & Land Remediation Branch, B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy
  • Gary Smith, President, Ammonia Safety & Training Institute
  • Scott Turner, Manager Applications & Community Response Group, Keyera
  • Blake Williams, Senior Manager Emergency Management, BCP and TDG Compliance, Husky Energy
  • ... and more to be announced

Sessions include breakout presentations, panels and case studies.