Canada's Next Disaster: Are you Resilience READY?
8:30 AM08:30

Canada's Next Disaster: Are you Resilience READY?

One dollar in preparedness is worth up to seven dollars in recovery, and yet most communities are consistently under prepared for the risks that they face. This working conference is designed to be a support mechanism for community resilience advocates, designed to develop communications and persuasion strategies, and provide mutual assistance, building on the lessons learned from Project Impact and other successful resilience strategies that have worked in the past

ISD’s Resilience READY© approach is not tied to any government or political party. It is a “whole of society” approach that leverages the public, non-profit and private sectors. It is a new and improved approach, built on a proven model, tested and applied in over 250 communities. Its grassroots approach is more integrated with a needs assessment and systematic process of stakeholder engagement. Our comprehensive framework enhances the way regions prevent and prepare for disasters, and helps break the “damage-repair-damage-repair” cycle.  It also helps communities capitalize on positive resources within their regions, allowing them to become more disaster resistant and resilient.  By forming public-private-nonprofit partnerships, assessing risk, prioritizing needs, and utilizing disaster management/resiliency expertise, Resilience READY© communities will be able to take collaborative actions that prepare and protect them from future disasters.

Over the next year, ISD will be rolling out the Resilience READY© program across North America and beyond. This workshop will:

  •  Showcase ISD’s leadership in helping communities become more disaster-resilient

  • Expose attendees to the Resilience READY© concept, allowing them to actually apply the concept to a hypothetical (or real) scenario

  • Provide attendees with real time feedback on their scenario

  • Encourage attendees to become more involved with ISD’s products/services in the future

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3:00 PM15:00

Weekly Long-Term Recovery Spotlight Call

Spotlight: Debris Removal and Waste Management Issues After Disasters

Moderator: Stephen Jordan, CEO, Institute for Sustainable Development


  • Stacy Savage, CEO, Zero Waste Strategies

  • Chuck Vollmer, CEO, Jobenomics

Debris removal and waste management after disasters is a critical issue. Stacy Savage will lay out some of the challenges that recovery leaders should take into account in order to be successful. Chuck Vollmer will discuss possible strategies for monetizing this vital necessity.

Background Resources:

Please be advised that this call is designed to support community and business leaders and their partners involved in assisting the long-term recovery and resilience of communities that have been devastated by recent disasters. We operate under the Chatham House rule: participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed to third parties without their consent. If you would like to cite any information or quotes from this call, we ask that you please confirm off-line with the speaker or source.


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3:00 PM15:00

Long-Term Recovery Spotlight Call

Spotlight: Health Recovery Issues in Puerto Rico

Hard to believe, but it has been 15 months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. As the island has stabilized, many institutions and systems are still a long way from returning to normal. One of the major challenges is the pressure on the over-all health care system and on hospitals in particular. This spotlight call will zero in on the issues facing the Pediatric Hospital.

Moderator: Stephen Jordan, CEO, Institute for Sustainable Development


Beatriz Garcia, Executive Director, Fundación Hospital Pediatrico

Angie Santiago, Founder, El Centro Para Todos and ISD Senior Advisor

Other Topics

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5:00 PM17:00

Seminar on Sustainable Community Development Theory and Practice

Stephen Jordan will lead this discussion and provide a brief overview of the field of community development today and such topics as:

  • Defining the community eco-system

  • Development systems and their interdependencies

  • Working with community stakeholders

  • Development functions

  • Community development ROI

FREE for ISD Knowledge Network members - email: for webinar log-in information.

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3:00 PM15:00

Long-Term Recovery Spotlight Call

ISD’s Spring 2019 Series of Spotlight Calls on Long-Term Recovery kicks off with a focus on Hurricane Michael recovery in the Florida panhandle. Joining ISD this week is a man who wears two hats -- Ben Janke, Economic Development Director, City of Lynn Haven and Community Redevelopment Agency Director, Lynn Haven CRA.  Mr. Janke is a Certified Urban and Regional Planner with more than 16 years of professional experience helping businesses with real estate development, market research, project management and environmental permitting.  These days, much of his focus is on finding resources to help businesses recover from the devastating Category 4 storm which hit his community of 20,000 people in October 2018. The city is located within Bay County, which took the brunt of much of the storm, including a direct hit to nearby Mexico Beach. This is part of a 13-county Florida region that received a federal disaster declaration.  The declaration also extended to parts of Southern Georgia.

— Participating recovery leaders from other impact zones are invited to share status reports as we resume weekly calls (except for holidays) through May 24.

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3:30 PM15:30

Using ISO Standards to Improve Community Resilience

Presenter: Robert B. Pojasek, Ph.D.

Date/Time:January 26, 2018; 3:00PM Eastern Time

Free for ISD Supporters and Council Members; $79 for Non-Members

Community preparation and response to large storms and wildfires has become extremely expensive in more ways than one.  This has prompted Moody’s to change its ratings on community development. It is likely that other rating setting organizations will follow suit.  Lower ratings for communities involved in long-term recovery efforts means capital costs will be compounded and have a ripple effect on community services and future plans.

A new sustainability standard for communities (ISO 37101:2016) has been developed that can help with these issues.  This webinar will explain it, and demonstrate how the use of the standard will lead to enhanced mitigation and financial access outcomes ( ).  Implementing this standard can forestall the lower ratings for communities that have been affected by last year’s large events.

Bob Pojasek has literally written the book on how to use international standards to advance management practices at the business, municipal and city level.  He is the author of “Organizational Risk Management and Sustainability: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide.”  (  Pojasek teaches an online, open enrollment course (“Fundamentals of Organizational Sustainability”) at Harvard University Division of Continuing Education.  He has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Corporate Responsibility Association and as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Sustainability Professionals.  

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