World Conference on Disaster Management Brings International Business and Government to Metro Toronto Convention Centre, July 8 - 11, 2007

    Climate Change, Pandemic, Blackouts, and Sabotage are among Threats

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Experts and practitioners from over forty
countries will converge at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on July 8-11,
for the 17th World Conference on Disaster Management ( The
largest annual gathering of its kind, WCDM brings all levels of business and
government together to share best disaster management practices and ideas with
participants from forty countries.
    One hundred presenters will be featured in over eighty breakout sessions,
plenaries, and workshops. Speakers include:

    -  Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day
    -  Toronto Mayor David Miller
    -  World Resources Institute President Jonathan Lash
    -  Emergency Management Australia's Director-General Tony Pearce
    -  Commander of Canada Command, Lieutenant-General M.J. Dumais
    -  World Health Organization Senior Advisor, Dr. Paul R Gully
    -  Global TV's Peter Kent

    Many sessions will cover topics of interest to the business community;

    -  An HP Canada team explaining their "Integrated Emergency Preparedness,
       Response and Business Continuity Program"
    -  UK-based consultant Peter Power, discussing "Bombs, Bird Flu and
       Banana Skins: What's on Your Corporate Radar Screen?"
    -  "Pandemic Planning", with Marsh Canada Senior VP Ralph Dunham
    -  A Practical Approach to Holistic Risk Management, with consultant
       Jayne Howe
    -  Effective Execution of Disaster Recovery Plans, with Russ Stewart of

    Among the business-oriented sessions are speakers from Microsoft,
Deloitte & Touche, Boeing, Toronto Hydro Energy Services, Union Bank of
California, Strohl Systems, VISA International, Hill & Knowlton Canada, The
Financial Times, CB Richard Ellis, and the Canadian Standards Association.
    Over 80 Exhibits featuring the latest products, services and
demonstrations to help plan for or manage disaster situations are featured in
the Trade Show, open to the public on July 9 and 10.
    For a full conference program and registration details, visit

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For further information: For media inquiries, interview opportunities
with key speakers, or media passes for the World Conference on Disaster
Management contact: David Auger, Media Director at (905) 399-9963 or

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