May 2017

Emergency preparedness in the 21st century: how to foster a collaborative approach to recovery and resilience

11:30am-1:30pm | Shaw Centre - 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa

When wildfires forced the evacuation of the entire town of Fort McMurray, Canadians mobilized from Coast to Coast to help. It was a true Canadian moment. Immediately following the evacuation, collaboration and cooperation amongst Canadian governments, businesses and individuals led to the single largest domestic response in Red Cross history – allowing us to reach more people faster than ever before.

But this whole of society approach should not begin and end in the early days of a response. The challenges that face communities recovering from a crisis are complex and require ongoing attention for months and years afterwards, with the same level of support, expertise and collaboration as we see in the early days of an emergency.

Canadian Red Cross CEO Conrad Sauvé will speak to lessons learned from the Alberta Fires response, and share his vision for a more collaborative approach to recovery and resilience.

In addition, special concluding remarks will be made by The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

-Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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Conrad Sauvé

President and CEO
Canadian Red Cross

Conrad Sauvé

Conrad Sauvé has been the President and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross since 2008. Under his leadership, the Canadian Red Cross has strengthened its capacity in emergency management and health programming and made significant contributions in the wake of multiple large-scale domestic and international emergencies. Mr. Sauvé has a proven track record of bringing together diverse partners in support of complex humanitarian challenges. He led the successful negotiation of a strategic partnership with the Government of Canada, and fostered innovative partnerships with health organizations, universities and other humanitarian actors.

The emergency management capacity of the Red Cross was recently showcased during the Canadian Red Cross’ largest domestic response in history – the Alberta fires. Through the power of technology and innovative digital platforms, the Red Cross was not only able to register evacuees online but made the largest and fastest cash transfer in the organization’s history. In addition to this response, Mr. Sauvé has overseen a strengthened Memorandum of Understanding with Public Safety Canada to ensure the Red Cross and all levels of government are prepared for future emergencies.

In partnership with the Government of Canada, Mr. Sauvé oversaw the development and launch of the only Red Cross field hospital in North America. Over the past six years, the field hospital has been deployed to Ecuador, the Philippines, Haiti, Nepal and parts of Africa in the wake of various emergencies and disasters. In addition, through a first of its kind Memoriam of Understanding with the British Columbia government, the hospital has the capacity to respond to a catastrophic event along the West Coast.

Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Mr. Sauvé built partnerships with Canadian health experts from St. Justine Hospital to work alongside the Red Cross and the local community in rebuilding a hospital in Jacmel, Haiti. These efforts are part of a $35 million health program that is improving access to quality health services as well as building stronger communities through community-based health and first aid.

For the past twenty years, Mr. Sauvé has been involved in several health and social service committees, associations and executive boards. He holds a BSc from the Université du Québec à Montreal and is a graduate of McGill University’s International Masters in Health Leadership.

The Honourable Ralph Goodale

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
The Government of Canada

The Honourable Ralph Goodale

Ralph Goodale is one of Canada’s former finance ministers, as well as a former Opposition House Leader. Mr. Goodale holds the distinction of being selected by his peers as Canada’s first ever “Parliamentarian of the Year” in 2006.

Raised on a family farm near Wilcox, Saskatchewan, he received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina in 1971, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 1972. He has practical experience in business, agriculture, law and broadcasting, as well as federal and provincial politics.

He was first elected to the Parliament of Canada in 1974 at the age of 24, representing the sprawling rural constituency of Assiniboia. In the 1980s, he served as leader of the provincial Liberal Party, and was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in 1986.

Mr. Goodale returned to the House of Commons in 1993 as the M.P. for Wascana, and was subsequently re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. He served in the federal Cabinet as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Minister of Natural Resources, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister of Finance. During his tenure, Canada recorded strong economic growth, balanced budgets, declining debt, lower taxes, and among the strongest fiscal performances in the western world.

Ralph Goodale and his spouse, Pamela, make their home in Regina.

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