Eighth Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction - Program at a Glance

The Eighth Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction - "Building Back Better"

October 23-24, 2017
Westin Nova Scotian,
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Day 1 - Monday, October 23, 2017
Masters of Ceremonies:
  • Ms. Stéphanie Durand, Public Safety Canada
  • Mr. Michel Doré, Université du Québec à Montréal
Timing (ADT) Activity
07:30-09:00 Registration
Commonwealth Foyer
09:00-09:40 Opening of the Roundtable
  • Elder Phyllis Googoo, Mi'kmaw
  • Mr. Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions
  • Mr. Michael Savage, Mayor of Halifax
  • Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Nova Scotia
Commonwealth Ballroom A
09:40-10:20 Plenary 1: Commemoration of the 1917 Halifax Harbour Explosion
  • Dr. Alan Ruffman, Department of Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Darek Baingo, Defence Research and Development Canada
Commonwealth Ballroom A
10:20-10:50 Health Break
10:50-12:00 Plenary 2: Keynote Address
Speaker: Dr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR
Commonwealth Ballroom A
12:00-13:15 Lunch
13:15-13:40 Plenary 3: Building Back Better: Applying a Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Lens
Speaker: Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
Commonwealth Ballroom A
13:40-15:15 Interactive Breakout Sessions Facilitators:
  • Mr. David Diabo, The Assembly of First Nations
  • Mr. Perron Goodyear, The Salvation Army
  • Ms. Anne Hammill, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Mr. Philip Hill, Natural Resources Canada
  • Mr. Todd Kuiack, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Ms. Gail Neudorf, Canadian Red Cross
  • Ms. Shawna Peddle, Partners for Action, University of Waterloo
  • Mr. Craig Stewart, Insurance Bureau of Canada
  Breakout 1 Commonwealth Ballroom B Breakout 2 Commonwealth Ballroom A Breakout 3 Harbour Suite A Breakout 4 Atlantic Ballroom
15:15-15:45 Health Break

Plenary 4: Have Your Say: Renewal of Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Speaker: Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan, Conference Board of Canada

Commonwealth Ballroom A


Close of Day 1 and Preview of Day 2

Commonwealth Ballroom A

Day 2 - Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Joint Event with Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform
Masters of Ceremonies:
  • Ms. Stéphanie Durand, Public Safety Canada
  • Mr. Christopher Jennings, Natural Resources Canada
Timing (ADT) Activity


Commonwealth Foyer


Opening Remarks

Commonwealth Ballroom A

08:50-09:15 Plenary 5a: Remarks on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Canada
Speaker: Mr. Patrick Tanguy, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Safety Canada
Commonwealth Ballroom A
Plenary 5b: Linking Sustainable Development to Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
Speaker: Dr. Don Lemmen, Research Manager, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, Natural Resources Canada
Commonwealth Ballroom A
09:15-10:15 Plenary 6: Applying a Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Lens
Moderator: Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
Commonwealth Ballroom A
10:15-10:45 Health Break
10:45-12:00 Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session 1 Lessons from the Field: Learning from Prevention, Preparedness, and Recovery

Moderator: Dr. Ian Burton

Mr. Alan Westhaver
Dr. Laurie Pearce
Ms. Yona Jebrak
Mr. John Charles

Commonwealth Ballroom B

Parallel Session 2 Focus on Evacuees

Moderator: Mr. Todd Kuiack, INAC

Ms. Cailin Hodder
Dr. Brenda Murphy
Ms. Darlene Marshall
Mr. David Diabo

Atlantic Ballroom

Parallel Session 3 Moving from Research to Action: Lessons Learned in Nova Scotia

Moderator: Ms. Michele Banfield, Nova Scotia Environment

Mr. Kevin Bekkers
Ms. Heather MacKenzie-Carey
Ms. Samantha Page

Commonwealth Ballroom A

Climate Projections Workshop

Closed Session (invitation only for 20 participants)

Ms. Isabelle Charon, OURANOS
Ms. Benita Tam, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Harbour Suite A

12:00-13:15 Lunch

Plenary 7: Coastal Risks

Moderator: Ms. Erin Taylor, Manager, Climate Change Secretariat, Government of Prince Edward Island

Introduction: Dr. Donald Forbes, Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada


  • Mr. Peter Zuzek, Zuzek Inc.
  • Dr. Danika Van Proosdij, Saint Mary's University
  • Ms. Ursule Boyer-Villemaire, Independent Consultant
  • Dr. Trevor Bell, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Mr. Gary Lines, ClimAction Services Inc.
  • Ms. Jessica Shoubridge, University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning

Commonwealth Ballroom A

14:45-15:15 Health Break

Plenary 8: Resilient Infrastructure

Moderator: Mr. Robert Judge, Infrastructure Canada


  • Ms. Heather Auld, Risk Sciences International
  • Ms. Shannon Joseph, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Dr. Brenda Murphy, Wilfrid Laurier University

Commonwealth Ballroom A

16:30-16:40 Closing of the Roundtable
Commonwealth Ballroom A
18:00 Networking Social (Optional): For information and to register for this optional Tuesday Evening Social with the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network
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