Conference Board of Canada - Resilience Canada 2017

The Conference Board of Canada is hosting a two day conference event about Resilience in Edmonton, April 25-26, 2017, at the Matrix Hotel.

“Resilience is the long-term capacity of a system to deal with change and continue to deveop. For an ecosystem such as a forest, this can involve dealing with storms, fires and pollution, while for a society it involves an ability to deal with political uncertainty or natural disasters in a way that is sustainable in the long-term.” – Stockholm Resilience Centre

Natural disasters are on the rise. Are we prepared?
As human infrastructure continues to grown and spread, so too do the risk posed by natural hazards including wildfires, flooding, extreme weather, and temperature fluctuations. And as we’ve seen in recent years, disasters focused in urban areas can be absolutely catastrophic. Here in Canada, recent major events are testing our infrastructure to the limits, including wildfires, rail disasters, flooding in urban areas, winter storms, and widespread electrical power disruptions. The world is changing and every governing body, from national governments to municipalities, need to face up to these challenges.

Mega Fires, as one example, have resulted in significant economic and social damage to both rural and urban areas. The recent wildfires across Western Canada are entirely consistent with what climate change models have predicted for boreal forests.

Wildfires, such as the Fort McMurray fire, will burn more intensely over wider areas and the wildfire season is predicted to last longer, placing strain on local communities and various levels of governments, as well as the equipment and human resources needed for suppression.

While it is impossible to predict natural events, the lessons learned from recent events can provide invaluable insights into building resilience to a variety of future hazards. So how prepared are we now? And where do we go from here?

Discuss the issues with experts and leaders from both the public and private sectors

At Resilience Canada 2017, we’ll focus on various issues such as implementing resilience in infrastructure, the insurance industry perspective and risk management, wildfire threats and their economic and social impact on both urban areas and remote communities, and how social media has evolved to play a significant role in the response to emergencies.

For more information, please see The Conference Board of Canada’s website: http://www.conferenceboard.ca/conf/17-0067/default.aspx

AAPG Members receive a discount on registration!

Quote Rebate Code PRM2 online or contact marketing@conferenceboard.ca for more information.