Disaster Recovery Planning (Before a Disaster Strikes)

Sponsor Organization: BC Economic Development Association


Natural and man-made disasters have devastating impacts on Canadian communities. Not only are they occurring more frequently, but their aftermath has become costlier. The impacts in terms of physical and economic damage in recent years have been staggering.

This past year has been particularly difficult with the Wildfires that have devastated so much of BC. Most communities are not prepared and that slows the recovery process What does your community need to do before a disaster strikes to help in economic recovery? . In this session you will hear some stories from this year’s disasters, from Alberta, and disasters following major events in the US as well as some key tips that you can take back to your community to help you prepare for a future economic disaster.

What Participants will Learn

  • How to be better prepared before a disaster strikes and why you need to do it


Dale Wheeldon
President and CEO, BC Economic Development Association
Colleen Bond
Partner, EDCD Consulting

Presenter Biographies

Dale Wheeldon has 26 years of economic development experience and is the CEO of the BC Economic Development Association and one of the founding partners of EDCD Consulting.  Starting out as in economic development in a rural BC community he then moved to Chilliwack where he worked to make Chilliwack one of the leading economic development communities in BC. He is in demand as a speaker with a presentation style combining humour with simplicity for understanding complex issues.

Colleen Bond is a certified Economic Developer with 24 years of economic development experience. She has extensive knowledge in building economic development programs for business retention and expansion, business attraction and foreign investment attraction.  Colleen has worked from grassroots to government organizations in a variety of community development and capacity building roles earning awards along with way.  Colleen co-founded EDCD Consulting to provide consulting services to economic development agencies at all levels of government.