Call for Presentations 2020

Call for Presentations

Important Notice

With the cancellation of the 2020 Conference, we would like to advise that all the presentations that have been submitted for the 2020 Conference will now be considered for the Virtual Conference to be held on November 5, 2020. The submissions will also be held for review for the 2021 Conference.
For further information please contact Lesley 604-312-9490


The Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference – 2020

The 2020 Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference will be held from Tuesday, 03 November 2020 to Thursday, 05 November 2020. The pre-conference workshops will be scheduled on Monday, 02 November 2020. The conference has broad application and will appeal to practitioners and anyone interested in the areas of the six streams listed below.

A. Conference Streams and Presentation Types:

The conference has six streams based on the following topic areas:

  • Health
  • Emergency Preparedness / Management
  • First Responders (including all sectors air, land and marine)
  • Emergency Social Services / Volunteers
  • Business Continuity
  • Academic / Technical

There are three types of Presentations we are seeking for the conference programme:

Plenary Sessions – this is an opportunity to address all attendees so should have broad scope. The time allotments vary from 60 to 90 minutes which will include time for questions and answers (Q & A)

Breakout Sessions – opportunities to present more focused/detailed presentations based on topics related to the six streams, to smaller audiences. Most are 60 minutes (including Q & A time) and a few 90 minute sessions (including Q & A time) may be available.

Workshops (half or full day) – this is an opportunity to provide training to attendees and will be scheduled on the Monday prior to the conference start.

B. Submission of Abstracts:

ALL submissions need to indicate / include:

  • which stream(s) would match your subject-matter best, and
  • the type of session most applicable for your presentation (plenary, breakout or workshop)
  • a concise statement of the benefits of your presentation (e.g. how will this session/knowledge help them in their work) and, should not be related to the sale of services and/or products
  • a biographical sketch for each of the proposed speakers


  • your name, title, the organisation that you represent, your workplace location i.e. City plus Province or State.

The abstract needs to be limited to no longer than 240 words.

Deadline to submit an abstract is 30 April 2020 at midnight. Incomplete submissions, without specifics of presenter’s name, title, organization, workplace location and biographical sketch, will not be considered.

Preference for selection of presentations/speakers will be given to those who comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Topic and relevance to the conference / attendees
  • New ideas and approaches
  • Leading edge and topical subjects
  • Practical advice for practitioners
  • Research / technical presentations need to indicate the applicability to practitioners
  • Speaker’s expertise, knowledge, and ability to challenge delegates
  • Past presentation experience
  • Proposed handout materials (if any)

Compensation / Expenses:

The EPBC Conference is a not-for-profit entity and does not pay for speakers to present.

For the speakers approved by the Program Subcommittee:

  • Registration fees will be waived
  • Hotel reservations for out-of-town speakers will be booked and paid by the conference
  • Transportation costs (in accordance with our travel expense policy) will be paid by the speakers and reimbursed by the conference upon submission of travel claims/receipts
  • For presentations with multiple authors or co-presenters, only one speaker will be selected for coverage of expenses and registration fees.

Review Process:

All abstract submissions will be acknowledged by E-mail

A follow-up E-mail will be sent to everyone who has been selected for the conference programme no later than 30 June 2020.

Notes for prospective speakers

If the selected speaker becomes unavailable, the conference will need to approve any proposed substitute. No speaker is authorized to bring another speaker without the approval of the conference.

Please note that the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference reserves the right to edit the content of any submission for inclusion in the Conference programme.

Speakers will be sent a guide on conducting presentations and are expected to follow the guidance proffered.

To submit your abstract CLICK HERE