Event

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May 2017

Responding to Disaster: The Leadership Role of the Business Community

11:45am-1:30pm | The National Club - 303 Bay Street, Toronto

Obvious leaders in emergency response are the various levels of government, as well as charitable organizations and community groups both at the local and national level. However, the less obvious are our business communities, both small and large. After a disaster strikes, getting companies back up and running – whether it be returning power and water quickly or opening the doors to the local grocery store – is the best thing that a business can do for its community and the people who live in it. Canadian businesses can not only play both a philanthropic and social role in emergency response but they also have a key role to play in disaster resilience, response, and recovery.

As we commemorate the one year anniversary of the devastating wildfires that swept through Fort McMurray, Alberta, Mr. Sauve will share lessons learned on the response and invite leaders from the business community to join him in discussing the importance of preparedness and what this means in major cities like Toronto.

- 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

Important:
- For information about accessibility, please email lapointe@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to lapointe@economicclub.ca prior to EOD on Monday, May 1, 2017

Responding to Disaster:  The Leadership Role of the Business Community

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.

Don Forgeron

President and CEO
Insurance Bureau of Canada

Don Forgeron

IBC’s President and CEO since 2009, Don Forgeron has a successful track record of more than 25 years in the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. He has a strong foundation in the public and private sectors, having worked for Alberta’s Department of Environment and the National Research Council in Nova Scotia early in his career.

As President and CEO, Don works with Canadian governments and key stakeholders to build a strong, stable P&C industry and a stronger and safer Canada. He is leading a national conversation with governments and Canadians on the need to adapt to climate change and on the need to better prepare Canada for an earthquake.

Don is active internationally on behalf of Canada’s P&C insurance industry to provide input to international regulatory bodies. He is a founding member of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations and leads an international working group focused on disruption.

Marie-France Lalonde

Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Facilities
Government of Ontario

Marie-France Lalonde

Marie-France Lalonde was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Ottawa-Orléans.

Lalonde currently serves as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and as Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. She was previously Minister of Government and Consumer Services. Prior to that, she was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, focusing on economic development, and to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.

She serves on the Standing Committees on Government Agencies and Social Policy, as well as the Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment.

With a degree in social work from the University of Quebec in Hull, she put her leadership and skills to work in a career that began at the Children's Aid Society, followed by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital.

Throughout the last decade, Marie-France continued her career in caring for people and became the co-owner and executive director of the Portobello Manor in Orléans. Ms Lalonde opened Portobello Manor in 2008 to not only effect change in the community, but to address a growing need for long term and senior care. During her career at the Portobello Manor, Lalonde’s work and passion in senior care led to her receiving the 2010 New Business of the Year Award from the Orléans Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Portobello Manor was recognized as the Community Service Business of the Year at the 2013 Orléans Business Excellence Awards.

Lalonde – who has lived in Ottawa—Orléans for 15 years – was also a Regional Director of Marketing and Sales in Eastern Canada for All Seniors Care Living Centres.

Along with her career in social work, Ms Lalonde has served on the Community Advisory Committee for the Champlain Community Access Centre and was part of the working group on affordable housing for seniors with the United Way. Lalonde also served as Vice-President of CARP Ottawa, where she continued her advocacy for seniors and senior care.

In 2012, her community involvement earned her a Leading Women Building Communities award from the Government of Ontario.

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