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Saturday 29 Apr - 3:44 pm


The Future of Emergency Management: 'making it happen' - National Emergency Management Conference 2017

This year’s conference brings together another packed and ambitious programme of international and domestic speakers all discussing ‘making the future of emergency management happen’.

Make it happen: get to MCDEM Conference 2017

From America’s biggest disasters (Craig Fugate) to New Zealand’s biggest data (Lilian Grace) Conference 2017 focuses on the tools, skills and advice emergency managers and civil defence professionals need to navigate the future.

The 2017 Ministerial Awards and Directors awards will be presented as part of Conference Dinner (June 7th).  Awarded to those who have gone above and beyond, the awards are our chance to say thank you to some of CDEM's shining lights.

Where: Intercontinental Hotel, Wellington

When: Conference 07-08 June. Conference Dinner 07 June. Workshops: 09 June

Registrations: Now open until 19 May.

Download the Conference Registration Form (.pdf 434kb)

Cost: $420 for Conference (including access to all workshops). There will be limited tickets (200 seats) for the Conference two course dinner at $80 per person. All prices include GST and are in New Zealand dollars.

Look who’s talking:

Craig Fugate 

Craig Fugate served as President Barack Obama’s FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017. FEMA’s effectiveness in dealing with more than 500 Presidentially-declared major disasters and emergencies under Fugate’s leadership restored the faith of the American people in the Federal Government’s ability to respond to disasters.

Twitter: @WCraigFugate 

Sir Mark Solomon 

Born and raised in Christchurch Sir Mark’s ancestral home is Kaikōura. As a prominent Ngai Tahu member whose dream is to see his people be culturally strong, healthy and happy. Achieving this dream is complex, but Sir Mark believes that Ngai Tahu are a tenacious people who have a long and proven history of being able to adapt and innovate. He believes they will continue these traditions today guided by a set of values handed down by their ancestors

Gilbert Enoka 

Gilbert Enoka has a 16-year history with the All Blacks, first as their mental skills coach and now as manager. With the All Blacks for over 200 tests, Enoka is an expert in the psychology behind individual and team sporting success and how this can be applied to any walk of life. 

Rob Jamieson 

Orion's chief executive officer since, August 2011, Rob has worked for Orion since 1994 in various capacities, most recently as General Manager Commercial. Rob has extensive electricity industry experience and will share his experiences and insights about the realities of life at a lifeline utility.

Lillian Grace 

Figure.NZ is a charity devoted to getting people to use data about New Zealand. As CEO Lillian believes data is a language in which everyone can be fluent. Figure NZ is all about helping people use numbers to understand the world around them. They love nothing better than to see numbers out in the wild, in use by people to help describe what’s going on. 

Twitter @Gracefullillian  

Dave Wild 

Smith & Wild is an independent strategy and innovation consultancy, helping achieve more through greater imagination and accelerated action. Smith & Wild’s Futurist and Managing Director, Dave Wild, has spent more than 15 years working as a strategist and innovator for design, marketing and innovation consultancies. His clients have included Air New Zealand, BNZ, MediaWorks, The Warehouse and Toyota. 

Twitter: @Dave_Wild 

Te Rehia Papesch

The Ministry for Social Development works to ‘help New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent’. In her role as Regional Commissioner (Waikato) Te Rehia oversees work that MSD does in resilience building, using a ‘collective impact’ approach to work with and for their clients and their communities.

Twitter: @msdgov