Planning for contingencies: tips for handling disasters at your meeting or event

As the years pass and the number of meetings and events that I have planned increase, the more I realize how lucky I have been not to have had some major catastrophe wreak havoc on my best laid plans. Of course there have been some challenges, but we always managed to find a solution. With every event it is important to be aware of what could go wrong and ensure there is a back-up plan to handle that eventuality. Continue reading

Understanding the risks and perceptions of mass gatherings

Over the past eight months I had the privilege, along with two of my post-graduate students (Jane Chevrier and Shawn Shapiro), the two colleagues listed to your right and two of Ginette Soulieres’ students (Rachel Thombs and Greg Watkinson), of working on a research project to determine:a) How the public perceives the risks of mass gatherings in Torontob) How those that work in the professions that produce the mass gatherings perceive the risks. Continue reading

Top 10 risk management apps you should know about

Kirsten Strand, BSc, CMM, CITE and Joseph Lo, co-Founders of MeetingApps.com, share the “Top 10 risk management apps you should know about”. With thousands of downloadable apps available, www.MeetingApps.com was created to easily find the apps relevant to the meetings and travel industry. Whether you are managing a meeting for over a thousand attendees or just interested in discovering new tools to assist with your personal safety on your next vacation, the following risk management apps will give you that piece of mind. Continue reading