The New Era of Emergency Management: A Global Perspective 3/14/2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
6:00 PM–7:00 PM CST

Emergency management is becoming increasingly global, with countries, communities, and organizations facing disease outbreaks, cyber attacks, and terrorist groups that care nothing for national or international boundaries. As such, today's emergency managers need the knowledge and flexibility to respond to disasters on both a local and global scale.

In this webinar, internationally recognized crisis management consultant and author Suzanne Bernier will draw on her experiences responding to disasters across Canada and the United States to discuss the increasingly global nature of emergency management as well as the new and evolving threats we must continue to monitor and plan for accordingly.

Suzanne will be joined by Jennifer Le of Australia (Emergency Management and Business Continuity, University of Technology Sydney), who will share her country's unique challenges, experiences, and perspective on disaster management.

The two will also discuss what it really means to be "resilient" in this new era of emergency management and how the public and private sectors are working together to reinforce resilience around the world.

Speaker bios:

Suzanne Bernier is a certified, award-winning, and internationally-recognized crisis management consultant, speaker, and author from Toronto, Canada, who has helped governments, communities, and companies plan for and respond to disasters for over twenty years. She was recently named 2016's "Continuity & Resilience Consultant of the Year - North America" by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).

Throughout her career, Suzanne has been professionally and personally involved in helping communities respond, rebuild, or recover from numerous crises across Canada and the US, including severe storms, wildfires, hurricanes, and acts of terror. Prior to her career in business continuity and emergency management, Suzanne was a journalist as well as former press secretary and media spokesperson for the Canadian government.

Her critically-acclaimed 2015 book, Disaster Heroes, tells the stories of ordinary men, women, and children who have done extraordinary things to help respond, recover, and rebuild following some of the world's most significant modern disasters.

Jennifer Le is responsible for Emergency Management and Business Continuity at the University of Technology Sydney. Jennifer has broad experience across different industries, both in the SME and large scale organizations, and is passionate about transitioning organizations from a reactive to an integrated approach to embed resilience.

Jennifer's emergency services experience include having served operationally as a rescue member of the New South Wales State Emergency Service, as well as in the Incident Management Team for large scale operations.