Disaster Recovery Information Exchange - Ottawa
Calendar of Events - DRIE Ottawa

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DRIE September 2018 Quarterly Meeting

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Events in the month of March 2018
We kick-off our first event for 2018 with something a bit different. Our meeting is one workshop entitled "Jump the Hurdles!  How to Keep Your Plan Development Moving". KingsBridge recently ran this workshop at the DRJ conference in the USA with great success and is facilitated by the KingsBridge consulting team of Tam Williams and Steve Rogers. Tam and Steve are project managers and consultants skilled in both Business Continuity and Disaster Recover programs.

So if you are trying to write your BCP, but not getting much support from your colleagues, or are expected to deliver and maintain a plan with no funding to work with, then this is your opportunity to work with experts to learn new tips and tricks for getting buy-in across all levels of your organization. With input from them and you, we’ll work as a group to identify and address common challenges throughout the planning and maintenance process.

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Introduction to Business Impact Analysis (BIA-100)

An interactive workshop teaching the basic techniques and processes required to implement a Business Impact Analysis. The workshop is designed to be fast paced with some opportunities for participation and discussion. Discover and practice ways to:

  • Identify the impacts from disruptions and disasters
  • Create a baseline inventory of services
  • Prepare BIA questions
  • Identify recovery priorities
  • Establish recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO)
  • Examine BIA reports
  • Validate the BIA information

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Business Continuity Planning has been widely applied with the public and private sectors, especially in larger organizations. Once plans are developed it is frequently difficult for organization management to adapt to the reality of managing through a disaster being significantly different than what is done every day.

Successful organizations manage complex issues, strategic plans, operational challenges, human resources and difficult financial decisions. Managing business activities requires time to gather the input, perform assessments and analysis, confirm assumptions and reviewing with stakeholders before making decisions. The decision making process is complex in and of itself.

When faced with a disaster or significant emergency, the management team must apply a modified structure to expedite decisions within minutes or hours rather than days, weeks or months.

The ICS for BCP course will present the structure, process and its implementation for rapid decision making and ongoing emergency operations through the response and recovery phases of an emergency. Applying the principles of ICS/IMS to the business continuity plan will help ensure that management will readily adapt to the changing environment presented by the emergency. Vanguard EMC will provide the course materials, diagrams and the experience of our consultants in applying this model.

Tools and Templates:

  • Diagrams for governance structures
  • Diagrams for EOC configurations
  • Exercise planning tools

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Introduction to Crisis Management (CM-100)

An interactive workshop teaching the basic techniques and processes required to implement a Crisis Management. The workshop is designed to be fast paced with some opportunities for participation and discussion.

Discover and practice ways to:

  • Institute programs for proactive crisis management
  • Establish command and control
  • Launch crucial Crisis Communication Coordination with External Agencies
  • Set up key Crisis Communications with proper Stakeholder Groups to ensure they are kept informed as appropriate

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