Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: Working Groups

Interested Platform members can assemble Platform-related Working Groups based on specific issues or priority activities. The composition of each Working Group is determined by emerging issues. All Working Groups must be connected to Canada's Platform via the Advisory Committee. The Platform Advisory Committee must approve both the establishment of the Working Groups as well as their Terms of Reference. There are currently three established working groups:

Private Sector Partnership Working Group

The Private Sector Partnerships Working Group provides Canada's Platform with informed advice on relevant strategies and take the lead in identifying priorities in appropriate DRR activities and to foster disaster resiliency. It guides, sets priorities, and supports the development of economic resilience in the private sector to enhance its ability to plan for response and recovery from disasters. It seeks opportunities for collaboration both within the private sector and with government at all levels to promote community resilience.

For additional information on the Private Sector Partnership Working Group, contact the working group co-chairs:

Rodney Yip
ryip@bell.net

Tom Shebrek
Walmart Canada
Tom.Shebrek@walmart.com

Resilient Communities Working Group

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has recognized the need for cities and local governments need to get ready to deal with potential disasters, reduce the risks and become resilient to disasters. Since 2009 the UN/ISDR has been campaigning together with its partners for this to happen. The 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient” addresses issues of local governance and urban risk while drawing upon previous ISDR Campaigns on safer schools and hospitals, as well as on the sustainable urbanization principles developed in the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign 2009-2013.

"Building a safe and resilient Canada is a responsibility shared by all levels of government, as well as the private sector, NGOs and individual Canadians... The members of Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction are contributing to building community resilience by advancing discussions about innovative ways government, organizations, the private sector and individuals can reduce the risks and impacts of disasters... The Harper Government will continue to support building community resilience, which can mitigate the worst impacts of natural disasters before they happen" Ms. Roxanne James, Parliamentary Secretary, Public Safety Canada.

Within this context the Resilient Communities Working Group provides Canada's Platform with informed advice on relevant strategies and takes the lead in identifying disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities to foster disaster resiliency. It guides, set priorities, and supports the development of a Canadian network of disaster resilient communities and actively seek for opportunities for collaboration to increase community-based disaster resiliency.

For additional information on the Resilient Communities Working Group, contact the working group co-chair:

Laurie Pearce
Research Chair
Justice Institute of British Columbia
lauriepearce@shaw.ca

Voluntary Sector Working Group

The Voluntary Sector Working Group provides Canada's Platform with an insight into non-traditional voluntary sector readiness and engagement within the federal emergency management framework in Canada. It will set priorities and support the development of a Canadian network of disaster resilient voluntary sector organizations and actively seek opportunities for collaboration to increase the voluntary sector resiliency, under the overall guidance of Canada's Platform.

For additional information on the Voluntary Sector Working Group, contact the working group co-chair:

Sarah Graham
Canadian Red Cross
sarah.graham@redcross.ca



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