Three New Events Now Available for Registration!
Please join CITIG and its valued partners at any or all of the following events:
- CITIG Cross-Border Forum Series, June 6, 2013 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC.
- CITIG Cross-Border Forum Series, June 18, 2013 in Saint Andrews, NB.
- CITIG New Brunswick Provincial Public Safety Interoperability Forum, June 20, 2013 in Fredericton, NB
The Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Saint Andrews events are two if six CITIG cross-border forums (Sarnia and Lethbridge took place in early May, and Abbotsford, BC and Whitehorse, Yukon are soon to be announced), designed to address communications interoperability challenges in support of cross‐border operations for responders. The Provincial Public Safety Interoperability Forum is part of an ongoing series of regional workshops across Canada that aims to raise awareness and improve interoperability amongst responders. Representatives from fire, police, EMS and emergency management agencies are urged to attend! Click on the corresponding event listing for full details.
Nomination Deadline Extended for 2013 Excellence in Emergency Preparedness Award
The CACP/Motorola Award for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness was launched in 2009. This award program not only highlights preparedness, but also recognizes efforts being made specifically toward response exercises, as both components are critical. The award was established to recognize a standard of excellence that exemplifies the combined efforts of police, fire, and emergency medical services in preparing their agencies to respond to natural or man-made disasters. Submissions are due by May 29, 2013. Visit the award Web page for complete details.
NG9-1-1 National Governance and Coordination Workshop Sold Out!
CITIG in partnership with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Canada and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Canada are proud to host a two-day workshop on June 10 and 11, 2013 in Ottawa designed to chart the future of Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) governance and coordination in Canada. This event strives to gather participants from a cross section of disciplines, industry, government and academia. The event is now sold out and our "wait list" is now full! Please visit our Event Lisitng for event details.
Highlights Report on Stakeholder Perceptions Regarding the Proposed 700 MHz Broadband Public Safety Network now Available for Download
From March 8 to 25, 2013, CITIG conducted an on-line survey designed to collect basic information from municipal and regional public sector agencies regarding awareness and views about the current state of public safety wireless data usage as an aid in planning for a transition to a new public safety wireless broadband network. The survey was geared toward anyone at the municipal or regional level whose agency may one day need access to a public safety wireless broadband network (i.e., responders, public safety agencies, emergency management users, etc.). Click on this Link to see the Highlights Report.
Draft Report from Operational Planning and Management of Public Safety Events Workshop now Available
CITIG and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) presented the Operational Planning and Management of Public Safety Events Workshop in Toronto from February 18 to 20, 2013. The workshop was designed to bring together Incident/Public Order/Tactical/Event Commanders, Operational Planners, Crowd Management Team Leaders and key stakeholders responsible for planning events, whether small or large, to begin the process of developing a set of national best practices. Download the workshop proceedings here.
CITIG 7 Update: Registration Open, Exhibiting/Sponsoring Opportunities Available and More!
Join us for Canada's premiere communications interoperability event from November 24 to 27, 2013 in Vancouver. The Seventh Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, widely known as CITIG Seven, will again bring together a broad base of public safety and emergency management practitioners to develop a mutual understanding of the key voice and data interoperability issues facing today's public safety sector. Want to attend? Click here to register online. Want to be an exhibitor or sponsor? Download the recently released Contribution & Exhibit Package. In either case, do it early — all past workshops have sold out!
From early adopters leading the effort to those still in discovery mode, you will be put to work! CITIG Seven is the only comprehensive, highly interactive event in Canada dedicated to addressing key voice and data interoperability issues facing today's public safety sector.
Keynote Announced for 2013 Paramedic Chiefs Conference
The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada are pleased to announce the keynote address for this year's conference in Saint John, New Brunswick from June 12 to 14, 2013 is Martin Latulippe. Martin is more than just a "professional speaker". This social entrepreneur, award-winning philanthropist and bestselling leadership author uses keynotes and seminars as a platform to inspire and empower people to achieve more by building a world-class mindset and stronger relationships. Conference registration is now open and attendees are able to reserve their guest rooms at the Hilton Saint John. Visit the conference Web site for complete details.
CITIG Response to CRTC Consultation on 9-1-1
CITIG's response to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) call for comments regarding the Appointment of an Inquiry Officer to review matters related to 9-1-1 is now available at this link. The response -- created in consultation with a wide range of public safety stakeholders -- includes 13 recommendations that will help pave the way for Canadian implantation of Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1, a digital version of the existing 9-1-1 system. Download the accompanying media release here. See our NG9-1-1 page for more details.
New DHS Report on the Multi-Band Radio (MBR) Pilot Project
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a report on the Multi-Band Radio (MBR) pilot project. The report highlights key findings, lessons learned, remaining issues, etc. Please download your copy here.
Interoperability Strategy for Ontario Released
The Province of Ontario Interoperability Task Group (POINT) has developed and released the Draft Interoperability Strategy for Ontario. The strategy is based on (and aligns with) the Communications Interoperability Strategy for Canada and Action Plan by building on the fundamental principles of Governance, Standard Operation Procedures, Technology, Training & Exercises, and Usage. Please download your copy today!
A component of the Interoperability Strategy for Ontario is published in the form of the Ontario Assessment of Interoperability Systems (OASIS). OASIS is a self-assessment interoperability tool that identifies interoperability challenges from individual agencies through to provincial capabilities. Oasis utilizes all five lanes of Interoperability Continuum as the basis for gap analysis and provides more granularity than the National model allowing for a bottom-up approach to interoperability solutions.
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