Toronto disaster management conference scheduled for June

The World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) will take place on June 15-18 in Toronto, Ontario, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The conference seeks to provide solution discovery, exchange of ideas and networking opportunities for individuals in crisis communications, crisis management, risk management, emergency response, business continuity and emergency management. The WCDM will include more than 1,000 professionals from more than 35 countries. There will be 65 sessions to choose from and more than 70 international speakers at the event.

Some of the discussion topics include social media in emergency management, virtual operations support teams, impact assessment, recovery planning, risk assessment, community preparedness, contingency planning, community resilience and organizational resilience.

"(WCDM) is an excellent forum that brings together emergency and disaster management professionals from around the world to discuss and share ideas about the rapidly evolving field we work in," Robert Jensen, the principal deputy assistant secretary for public affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said.

The keynote speakers for the WCDM include Kathleen Tierney, the director of the National Hazards Research Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Curtis Levinson, the U.S. cyber defense advisor to NATO, Kathryn Holloway, the CEO of Press Alert, Phillip Wood, the head of security and resilience at Buckingham New University, and Mark Egener, the president of Summit Enterprises International, Inc.

Attendees who register before June 13 can save $155 off the basic full conference pass.