Call for Presentations 2015

Call for Presentations

The Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference - 2015

The Pacific Northwest Preparedness Society and the Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council are holding a third joint conference in order to expand opportunities for, and bring a broader perspective to, the development and delivery of emergency management and business continuity planning. The conference programme will continue to cultivate information of specific relevance to the various practitioner groups within the emergency preparedness and business continuity fields.

This year the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference will be held on November 17th to 19th, 2015 and preconference workshops will be scheduled on Monday, November 16th.

This will be 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



The conference has broad application and will appeal to practitioners and anyone interested in the areas of emergency management, health, business continuity, disaster recovery, first response, emergency social services and volunteerism.


Submission of Abstracts:

The Conference Programme Subcommittee is looking for abstracts of proposed presentations in all the above-mentioned topic areas. From abstracts received, the programme subcommittee will select prospective topics and speakers with preference given to submissions that comply with the criteria below.  



A biographical sketch needs to be submitted for each of the proposed speakers


Deadline to submit is 28 February 2015:

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 (see specifics below). Please specify the topic area (stream).


Please note that abstracts received without an accompanying bio will not be considered.


Presentation Formats:

Plenary Sessions - opportunity to address all attendees so should have broad appeal. The time allotted varies from 1 hour to 1 ½ hours which includes time at the end of the session for Q&A.

Breakout Sessions - opportunity to present more focused / detailed information to smaller audiences within 1 hour which includes at least 10 minutes for Q&A time at the end. A few 90 minute sessions may also be available.

Workshops (Half day or Full Day) – opportunity to provide training to attendees. Workshops will be scheduled on the day prior to the conference start.


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);
  • Proposed handout material
  • 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 Subcommittee.



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 Subcommittee. 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.