Media Advisory - Resilience 2017 Conference: Lessons Learned from The Fort McMurray Wildfires

EDMONTON, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ - As the one-year anniversary of the Fort McMurray wildfires approaches, The Conference Board of Canada will host Resilience 2017 in Edmonton on April 25-26, to share lessons learned from the costliest disaster in Canadian history and how that can be used to help build resilience for future emergencies.

The Honourable Shaye Anderson, Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister, will deliver the opening keynote presentation and Conference Board of Canada's Deputy Chief Economist, Pedro Antunes will discuss the economic and employment impacts of the Fort Murray wildfires.

Other topics of discussion include:

  • Building Resilience for Future Emergencies: Lessons from Fort McMurray
  • The insurance industry perspective and risk management
  • Living with Wildland Fires: Have we learned anything form Fort McMurray?
  • Disaster Relief—The Role of the Red Cross
  • How social media has evolved to play a significant role in the response to emergencies

When: April 25-26, 2017   

Where: Matrix Hotel, 10640 100 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Who: Speakers include:

  • The Hon. Shaye Anderson, Minister, Municipal Affairs, Alberta Municipal Affairs
  • Pedro Antunes, Deputy Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada
  • Ryan Hunt, Associate Director, Critical Infrastructure Partnerships, Public Safety Canada
  • Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan, Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight, The Conference Board of Canada
  • Doug Odney, Deputy Commander, Technical Services, The City of Calgary 911
  • Shane Schreiber, Managing Director, Alberta Emergency Management Agency
  • Jean-Philippe Tizi, Vice-President, Emergency Management, The Canadian Red Cross
  • Brett Whittingham, Business Continuity and Emergency Planner, City of Calgary

This conference is sponsored by Hexagon Safety and Infrastructure, Insurance Bureau of Canada, and Stantec.

For the full schedule and times visit:

Media Accreditation is required.

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SOURCE Conference Board of Canada

For further information: For more information or media accreditation, contact: Natasha Jamieson, Communications Coordinator, The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 307, E-mail:; or Juline Ranger, Director of Communications, The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 431, E-mail:


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