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City announces keynote speaker for 2019 Bordering on Disaster Conference

On the evening of April 6, 2018, the lives of 16 people were lost in a tragic accident, affecting the lives of countless others. Although the incident took place more than 150 kilometres from their hometown, the City of Humboldt became the centre of national attention.

At Lloydminster’s fifth-annual Bordering on Disaster Conference, keynote speaker Joe Day, City Manager for the City of Humboldt, will explain how he and other senior managers responded immediately by establishing an Emergency Operations Centre to provide trauma support and media relations. Day will detail his personal accounts and observations from that evening, the days following and the ongoing effects on the community. Ernie Polsom, Director of Emergency Management with the City of Lloydminster, wants to help Day spread a powerful message about what he learned.

“To be effective in crisis management in a digital space can be a challenge, especially when you’re under the national spotlight. While I hope no other community experiences what Humboldt endured, the processes implemented by Joe and the City of Humboldt during a time of tragedy will be invaluable,” says Polsom.

In addition to Joe Day, there will be six breakout sessions, featuring three unique topics. These topics, along with the second keynote speaker, will be announced later. Polsom believes the sessions will prove valuable to anyone who hears them, regardless of what they do.

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“Each year, we ensure the presentations are applicable to any organization, regardless of size, maximizing their value and providing relatable takeaways,” says Polsom.

Sponsorship opportunities are available by visiting or by contacting the Sales and Sponsorship Coordinator at [email protected]. The conference is Thursday, September 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stockade Convention Centre. Early bird tickets are available until August 8, for $80, with regular admission available following at $100 per ticket. Conference registration closes September 9.

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