Fifth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, December 4th to 7th
November 1, 2011

The Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC), and the Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC) and in conjunction with the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC) is proud to present the Fifth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, being held in Ottawa between December 4th (Special Social Media session in the afternoon and an evening reception) and 7th (ending at noon), 2011.

This year's theme is "From results to successes" and the workshop program promises to be the best yet (all four have sold out). In addition to core topics such as governance and planning at the local, regional, provincial, national and cross-border levels, we will also cover:
  • National and cross-border interoperability planning;
  • Provincial, regional and local interoperability strategic planning;
  • Interoperability and the challenge of governance;
  • Trends in interoperability technology, including both voice and data related issues;
  • Networked Vehicles;
  • Practical advice on running interoperability training & exercises;
  • Spectrum management and issues related to the digital economy;
  • Situational awareness, common/user defined operating pictures, GIS systems and blue force tracking;
  • 700 MHz Broadband for Mission Critical Public Safety Data; and
  • Converging Mission Critical voice and data networks.
We are hoping that you, as a strategic industry in Canada, will attend the event and will support our efforts by having many of your key staff attend as well. Further, we would ask that you share information about the workshop with the widest possible audience. This includes our traditional partners from the police, fire and EMS, but also officials from Emergency Management, Canadian Forces, Coast Guard, government, non-government such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army, academia, industry, utilities and private security officials - all of whom have a role to play in the interoperability continuum. Any contacts you have in US would also likely appreciate the opportunity to attend and to work with Canadian officials in improving this challenging issue.

I should note that this event IS NOT TECHNICAL in nature, but is targeted at the strategic level in organizations - people like you and your Team. We spend much more time discussing governance and strategic planning than we do talking about gadgets! Again, this event is supported at the highest levels of the National Tri-Services Associations (CACP, CAFC & EMSCC) and that the issue of interoperability has been named by them as one of their top national priorities. As such, we are doing this work for our membership and are asking your help in continuing to make it a success.

Special Workshop: Social Media for Emergency Management - A "Hands On" Tutorial

We are also pleased to announce that we are hosting our first ever Social Media for Emergency Management - A "Hands On" Tutorial in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Center for Social Media (http://www.iacpsocialmedia.org/).

Participants in this workshop are expected to bring their own computers and/or hand held devices (with wireless access) as our expert #SMEM (Hash Tag for Social Media for Emergency Management) facilitators will be helping you get started with creating your own social media accounts. The three hour session will commence with a high level overview from a number of North America's leading SM practitioners. We will then break into smaller groups (SM 101, SM 201, etc.) to provide personal, hands on, tutorials.

The session will then close with a "Round Table" discussion on #SMEM, current state, future state and gaps between the two with a view to potential future research.

NOTE: This session is only open to the first 50 delegates who have ALREADY registered for the full Fifth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop and there is a nominal fee of $50 to cover the cost of the room, internet rental, etc. There will be NO registrations at the door.

In Closing
As stated at the outset, the Workshop will be held from December 4th to 7th, 2011 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa. The registration cost of $508.50 ($450, plus HST - same price as last year) includes all plenary sessions, Sunday evening meet and greet, Monday evening reception, three breakfasts, two lunches and five refreshment breaks. Once again, the CACP is managing the event on behalf of its partners. Accommodations are available at the CACP - CITIG Conference rate of $155 plus taxes per night, and a block of rooms is being held until November 3rd.

The first four events sold out quickly. Don't delay as we expect to sell out again. Visit http://www.cacp.ca/index/eventscontent?contentId=1048 to see more detailed information and to register on-line. I am also attaching the flyer for your reference and for you to forward to your contacts.

See you in December!