6th Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction - Agenda

Charting the Future of Disaster Risk Reduction in Canada

November 2 - 3, 2015 (Coast Hotel and Conference Center, Calgary, Alberta)

Implementing the new Sendai Framework

Master of Ceremonies - Constable Jean-Phillipe Michaud, RCMP

Day 1 - Monday, Nov 2, 2015

Timing (MST)


12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:20

Opening of the Roundtable

Welcoming Remarks & Traditional Welcome: Lori MacDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs Branch, Public Safety Canada (PS), with Shane Schreiber, Acting Managing Director of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency

Traditional Welcome:  Elder, First Nation

13:20 - 13:40

Introduction - Gina Wilson, Associate Deputy Minister, PS

13:40 - 14:00

Keynote - New Sendai Framework

Speaker: Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

Objective: Highlight the evolution of the Sendai Framework, including successes and challenges from implementation of the Hyogo Framework. Outline the key elements, such as objectives, priorities areas, and targets in the new Framework.

14:00 - 14:50

World Café: New Sendai Framework - Domestic Implementation - Introduction to upcoming session

Lead: Stéphanie Durand, Director General, Policy and Outreach Directorate, PS
Facilitator: Laurie Pearce, Justice of Institute British Columbia - JIBC

Objective: To generate a dynamic, rich and participatory dialogue on the Sendai priority areas, enhance the understanding of participants and explore views on the relevance of the Sendai Framework to Canada and domestic risk reduction.

14:50 - 15:10

Health Break

15:10 - 16:20

World Café: New Sendai Framework - Domestic Implementation (Cont'd)

Facilitator: Laurie Pearce, JIBC

Objective: To continue dialogue, wrap up and report back on the findings of each group café session. Consolidation of discussion to be used during Day 2 to seek participant feedback on potential priorities for Sendai implementation.

16:20 - 16:30

Close of Day and Preview of Day 2 - Lori MacDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs Branch, PS

Site Visit
(Optional - Registration is Required)

Calgary Emergency Operations Centre

The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) plans and coordinates emergency services and resources during major emergencies and disasters. CEMA works with other City departments, corporations, communities and non-profit agencies to increase Calgary's capacity to be prepared for and recover more quickly from a disaster.


Day 2 - Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015

Timing (MST)


8:00 - 9:00

Registration (continued)

9:00 - 9:20

Day 2 Opening Message: Lori MacDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs Branch, PS

Recap: Stéphanie Durand, Director General, Policy and Outreach Directorate, PS

Objective: To recap the previous day's World Café session and allow the participants to vote on their preferred ideas/outcomes.  

9:20 - 10:40

Disaster Risk Reduction is Everyone's Business

Speakers / Participants / Panel Members: Lori MacDonald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs Branch, PS, Duane McKay, Commissioner and Executive Director, Emergency Management and Fire Safety, Saskatchewan, Veronica Scott, Swiss Re and others.

Objective: Provoke thinking and discussion regarding the need to change/evolve the DRR approach going forward. Government, emergency management organizations, policy makers, communities and individuals will explore how each is contributing to the shift towards a whole of society approach to managing risks and consequences of disasters. A key element is the notion of shared responsibility and understanding what that means for different actors across Canadian society. Topics to explore include:

  • Within a whole of society approach, what is shared responsibility, who shares the responsibility how is it shared, and why is it important in creating a resilient society?
  • How can we encourage individuals, public and private organizations to take a more proactive role in managing the risks that impacts them and their communities?

10:40 - 11:00

Health Break

11:00 - 12:30

Information Session 1 - Land-Use Planning /Flood Mapping

Workshop 2 - Engagement of Youth/ DRR Leaders of the Future

Workshop 3 - Fostering Trust-Based Relationships to Facilitate Enhanced Disaster Risk Reduction in First Nation, Métis and Inuit Communities


Lunch Provided


A Talk Show: Building Back Better - An Essential Aspect of Recovery

Panel Members: David Grimes, Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment Canada, Paul Kovacs, Executive Director, Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction and others.

Objective: Building back better is not only an essential aspect of recovery but is directly connected to the prevention and mitigation of future risks and consequences. Successful recovery must be holistic and include investments in the repair and rebuilding physical structures as well as addressing psycho-social impacts of disasters on individuals.


Networking Break

15:00 - 16:10

Consultation Session: Innovation and Research

Lead: Defence Research and Development Canada - Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS)
Public Safety Canada (PS)

Moderator / Session Chair: Mark Williamson, Director General, DRDC CSS
Speakers: Matt Godsoe, DRDC CSS, Simona Verga, DRDC CSS, Renée Gobeil, PS

Objective: To consult on the development of a national research agenda on Disaster Risk Reduction. This consolidated research agenda will serve to advance a more coordinated approach to the research and innovation work, not only within the Platform but across the broader DRR community. It would help inform the science and technology requirements for a range of research, science, technology and innovation partners, such as the Canadian Safety and Security Program.    

16:10 - 16:30

Concluding Remarks: Gina Wilson, Associate Deputy Minister, PS

Site Visit

Calgary Emergency Operations Centre (Potential for 2nd site visit)

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