Call for Presentations 2014

Call for Presentations 2014

The Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference

The Pacific Northwest Preparedness Society and the Emergency Preparedness for Industry and
Commerce Council are holding a joint conference in order to expand opportunities for, and bring
a broader perspective to, the development of emergency management and business continuity
planning. The conference will continue to cultivate information of specific relevance to the
various practitioner groups within the emergency preparedness and business continuity fields.
This joint conference, the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference,
will be held at the Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, from Tuesday, 18
November to Thursday, 20 November 2014. There will be preconference workshops scheduled
for Monday 17 November.

This is the premier emergency management conference in the Pacific Northwest.
Conference Format: The Conference has five streams based on the following topic areas;

1. Health
2. Emergency Preparedness / Management
3. First Responders (air, land and marine sectors)
4. Emergency Social Services / Volunteers
5. Business Continuity

Audience: The conference will appeal to practitioners in the areas of emergency management,
health, business continuity, disaster recovery, first response, emergency social services and

Submission of Abstracts

The Conference Programme Subcommittee is looking for abstracts of proposed presentations in
all the above topics areas. Please also forward a bio for each of the proposed speakers.
From abstracts received, the programme subcommittee will select prospective topics and
speakers with preference given to submissions that comply with the criteria below.
Extension to deadline to submit now 21 February 2014.

Abstracts received after this date may be considered for future conference topics
Abstracts and bios should be submitted to

Guidelines for Abstracts

The abstract should not contain more than 250 words. Please identify whether you wish the
abstract to be considered for a Plenary or Breakout Session or workshop. Please specify the
topic area (stream).

Presentation Formats

Plenary Sessions - opportunity to address all attendees and should have broad appeal.

Breakout Sessions - (1 hour time slot) more focused / detailed presentations with time allotted
for at least 10 minutes for Q&A.

Workshops (Half day or Full Day) are more training related sessions, to be scheduled for the
day prior to the conference, i.e. Monday, 17 November 2014.

Selection Criteria

The Programme Subcommittee will review all presentations - selection will be based on the
following criteria:

· Topic and relevance to the conference and attendees;

· New ideas and approaches

· Leading edge and topical

· Practical advice for practitioners

· Any research / technical presentations should stress the applicability to practitioners;

· Concise statement of the benefits of your presentation to attendees (e.g. how will this help
them in their work);

· Speaker's expertise, knowledge and ability to challenge delegates;

· Presentation experience of speaker;

· Not related to sale of services or products.
Review Process

All submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.

A follow up e-mail will sent to those speakers who have been selected by the Programme


As the conference is a not for profit operation, speakers will not be paid. Coverage of expenses
for speakers will be confirmed with the speaker upon selection by the Programme Committee.

Please note that for abstracts with more than one author, only one speaker will be considered
for coverage of expenses for presenting at the conference.