Business Continuity Awareness Week!

DRIE Toronto is looking forward to celebrating another Business Continuity Awareness Week!

BCAW is an international initiative with the goal to help organizations raise internal awareness of the importance of business continuity. It is also an opportunity for practitioners to come together to discuss best practices, network, and share information.

This year, we have decided to focus on the future of the profession – what does success in the field look like? How do we evolve as a profession to take on increasingly complex emergencies? and how do we ensure the right expertise are in place to best support our organizations?

With these questions in mind, we are excited to offer complimentary virtual events and other opportunities to get the wheels turning.

Stepping into Trouble: How to Build a Career in Resilience

Calling all students, young professionals, or anyone interested in the field at the centre disaster and emergency planning and response.

The global COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of how valuable experts in preparedness, response, and recovery are. Now more than ever, governments and organizations are looking for our specialties -- but where does a career in this unique industry begin and what does it take to become an expert?

Join us Tuesday, May 18th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST for an intimate discussion on careers in Canadian crisis management, business continuity, and emergency management. Senior leaders from RBC, WSIB, and the Canadian Red Cross will be sharing their unique experiences while discussing:

  • Their individual journeys into their respective positions
  • The skills (hard and soft) and knowledge they look for when hiring
  • What they believe the evolution of the profession to be

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The Value of the BCM Profession, Part 1

Business Continuity Management has faced many challenges over the past year. The Covid pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on BCM planners, and yet indications are the efforts of BCM professionals in helping their organizations prepare for this current global health crisis are unrecognized. Is it because no one expected such a prolonged impact, or is because BCM is seen as merely tactical and not strategic?

Join us on Thursday, May 20th, as a BCM Manager tries to justify the value of his profession and contributions to the organization as he is called up in front of his Board of Directors to present their annual resiliency report.  Challenges from the C-Suite include: How do I avoid taking any hits? How does BCM help the company sell more? How does moving to cloud reduce risk? Can you help lower my insurance costs? This scenario will be role played by two veterans of the BCM world – Joe Ozorio (Semi-Retired with 22+ years as a BCM Consultant and 40+ years as an IT Manager and currently President of DRIE Toronto) and Ralph Dunham (Retired, Former Senior Executive at IBM Canada and Marsh Canada). Join us for what promises to be a lively exchange!

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