Join us for the 4th Emergency Preparedness for the Health Care Industry conference, in Toronto, on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The conference brings together professionals working mainly in hospitals, but also in pre-hospital emergency services, public health and other organizations involved in the health care sector. Attend, network with peers, and improve your organization’s ability to manage emergencies.

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Delegates attend each year

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08:00 AM - 08:50 AM

"Healthy Start" Breakfast

08:50 AM - 09:00 AM
Welcome Remarks

Stephanie Trowbridge
Manager Emergency Preparedness│Corporate Policy Lead
Interim Senior Manager Office of the President

09:00 AM - 09:45 AM
Session 1

Opening Keynote

Session details to be announced.

09:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Session 2

Code White

Code White refers to an emergency response to a situation in which an individual within hospital boundaries is behaving in a potentially dangerous manner towards themselves or others and indicates a potential for escalating or is escalating beyond the abilities of the present staff to manage the situation.

Session Objectives:
• How the facility implemented code white, the roles, and responsibilities of all staff involved and all lessons learned from the post-event debriefing

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Morning Break

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Session 3

Code Grey: Malware virus affects major IT and computer systems at Michael Garron Hospital

Code Grey is a planned response to infrastructure loss or failure in a hospital.

In the early hours of September 25, 2019, a virus was discovered on one of the IT systems at Michael Garron Hospital, later identified as Ryuk. The virus affected the functionality of many major computer systems, including both clinical and administrative applications. For the first time in many years, clinical teams were forced to revert back to predominantly paper processes and using the telephone to call codes, access porters, check dietary orders and perform the regular operations of the hospital.

Session Objectives:
• Provide a brief description of the incident
• Highlight how the hospital implemented code gray
• Share lessons learned and updates to emergency preparedness policies

Jennifer Sampson
Emergency Medicine
Michael Garron Hospital

11:15 AM -12:00 PM
Session 4A

Emergency Preparedness for Rural Hospitals

Session Objectives:

Dr. Sean Moore
Emergency Physician from Kenora Ontario
Medical Director of Education, Ornge Transport
Chief of Emergency Services, Lake of the Woods District Hospital

11:15 AM -12:00 PM
Session 4 B

Disasters and Privacy Regulations

In the light of rising mass casualty events, health care organizations are revisiting their Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) policies and procedures to determine exactly what information they are allowed to share and to whom they may share information: family and friends of the patient, media outlets, law enforcement, and health care partner organizations.

Session Objectives:
• Provide an overview of PHIPA legislation: origins and how it works
• Highlight what changes and how organizations stay compliant with PHIPA legislation during mass casualty events
• Provide a few case studies to highlight the importance of sharing information in a timely manner while staying compliant with PHIPA

Mary Gavel
Privacy Lead
CritiCall Ontario
Hamilton Health Sciences

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 01:30 PM
Session 5 A

Collaboration between Stakeholders: Street Festivals Don't Need to Always End in the Trauma Room

Towns and cities with universities across the country are seeing more and more “Fake Homecoming” parties (Foco). Some statistics from the 2018 Foco in London: 20,000 people, 134 charges, 57 hospitalized. In 2019 key emergency management stakeholders, including London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), came together six months prior to the anticipated date of the event, to proactively prepare.

While unified command within the Incident Management System (IMS) is not new, creating and working in multidisciplinary response teams on street level is still considered relatively unique. In this session, the speaker will share the knowledge they have acquired through their experience in preparing for 2019 FoCo.

Session Objectives:
• Demonstrate the importance of identifying and working with stakeholders from the initial planning stages when preparing for mass gathering events
• Highlight secondary risks that can negatively impact potential trauma patient care in a hospital’s response to a mass gathering event

Rosemary Thuss
Manager, Emergency Management
London Health Sciences Centre

12:45 PM - 01:30 PM
Session 5 B

Disasters and Staff Trauma: Taken on Strength

In this session, the speaker shares his lived experience of a mental health journey with acute stress disorder that began with responding to and helping disaster survivors recover from, three of Canada’s largest and costliest disasters. The presentation also outlines support strategies for first responders and other disaster and emergency management professionals, including the latest research from the Centre for Studies on Human Stress.

Session Objectives:
• Improve the attendees’ ability to identify elements that make work or life events stressful
• Show how support fits into busy schedules and discuss ways attendees can ‘pre-set’ their support for future events

Brad Ison
Director of Training, Accreditation, and Standards, Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Owner, All Hazards Coaching,

01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Session 6

Canada’s Largest Health-sector Mass Casualty Preparedness Exercise

GTA Unified took place on November 28, 2019: A functional, multi-agency, cross-jurisdictional, health-sector focused mass casualty emergency preparedness exercise designed to evaluate a health-system response to a complex mass casualty event within the Greater Toronto Area: 34 participating organizations, including 22 hospital sites.

In the first part of this session, the speakers will share their experience in designing, preparing and implementing the exercise.

Session Objectives:
• Share the experience of designing an exercise of this size
• Highlight the preparations leading up to the exercise
• The exercise organizer’s lessons learned and updates to their own emergency preparedness policies

In the second part of the session, volunteer delegates will highlight their own experiences in participating in the exercise.

Session Objectives:
• What other organizations have learned through participating in this exercise and what others would like to see in future multi-agency exercises

Claudia Cocco
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Emergency Preparedness Hospital Lead
Toronto Central LHIN

Moira Hennebury
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Toronto Central LHIN

02:30 PM - 02:45 PM

Afternoon Break

02:45 PM - 03:15 PM
Session 7

Knowledge Sharing: Lessons Learned Today and Thoughts for 2021

03:15 PM - 03:16 PM
Closing Remarks
03:16 PM - 04:15 PM

Beer and Wine Reception


What our past delegates have said.

Excellent, well-balanced agenda with current incident examples. Speakers were engaging and the hosts were excellent!
Janet MaHospital for Sick Children
Excellent sharing of experiences by like-minded professionals!
T.J. McDonaldHealth Sciences North
Spark Conferences are always engaging and informative. I always walk away with new strategies to implement at my organization.
Linda de LucaOrnge
Excellent topics covered with a great scope of areas covered for a diverse crowd.
Fiona StewartThe Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
I loved the opportunity to network with others in the field of emergency preparedness, comparing notes and bouncing questions off others is something I need and lack the ability in my area. The professionals in this field are very few, making the drive worth it.
Dave GadouryChatham-Kent Health Alliance
These conferences are a wealth of international information and expertise that I am consistently amazed to receive in one day. Well organized, informative and extremely relevant for any healthcare setting – I’m already anticipating the next one!
Rania ShuggiCentre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Super Early Bird Prices: Two for One

Save 50% on the ticket price! You’ll get two tickets for the price of one when you bring a colleague, who has not attended the event in 2019. This promotion is available for a limited number of tickets and is available while quantities last. 

General - Two for One
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  • Lunch
  • Snacks throughout the day
  • Reception
  • Access to all conference presentations in electronic format
Students - Two for One
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Two coffee breaks
  • Reception
  • All presentations in electronic format

Super Early Bird Prices

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks throughout the day
  • Reception
  • Access to all conference presentations in electronic format
Nurses and Paramedics
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Two coffee breaks
  • Reception
  • All presentations in electronic format
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Two coffee breaks
  • Reception
  • All presentations in electronic format

General Tickets are applicable to physicians, health care administrators (professionals holding titles such as Manager, Director, Vice President, Chief, President), government employees.

Nurses and Paramedics Tickets are applicable to Registered Nurses (RN), Paramedics, Nurse Practitioners (NP), and other allied professionals excluding those in administration roles (Managers, Directors, Vice Presidents, Chiefs, Presidents).

Student Tickets are applicable to students who are involved in full-time studies at the time of the conference. Please email a copy of your student id to info@sparkconferences.com upon completion of your registration.

2019 Speakers

Jessica Harris

Manager of Emergency Preparedness
Unity Health Toronto

    Linda Brothwell

    Facility Administrator – Acute Care
    Nipawin Hospital, Saskatchewan Health Authority

    Peter Boorman

    Regional Lead for Emergency Preparedness Resilience & Response
    NHS England – London Region

    Kassondra Stockman

    Emergency Preparedness Advisor
    Halton Healthcare

    Kenrick Bagnall

    Cybercrime Investigator
    Toronto Police Service

    Dr. Elene Khalil

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    McGill University
    Pediatric Emergency Specialist, Division of Emergency Medicine
    Montreal Children's Hospital (MCH)
    Director of Education
    McGill University Health Center (MUHC)

    Claudia Cocco

    Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    Emergency Preparedness Hospital Lead
    Toronto Central LHIN

    Rocky Prosser

    Director Protection Services
    (Emergency Management, Security, & Life Safety)
    Kingston Health Sciences Center
    Providence Care Hospital

    Simon Bridgland

    Manager - Enterprise Risk and Emergency Preparedness
    Trillium Health Partners

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    101 College Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5G 1L7
    The Collaboration Centre
    (MaRS conference facility)
    MaRS South Tower


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