CITIG Cross-Border Forum Series: Whitehorse Session

Thursday, September 26, 2013
8:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
9:30 AM
Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre
Free

(NOTE: It is a two-step registration process. Register for your Web credentials -- to gain access to a variety of interoperability-related resources -- and then register for the event once authenticated).

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Please consider attending the following cross-border public safety interoperability events hosted by the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) in collaboration with local emergency responder agencies from both Canada and the U.S.:

CITIG Cross-Border Forum Series -- Whitehorse: Open Session

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013

Time: 8:30 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free!

LocationYukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, Kilometre 1423 (Mile 886) Alaska Hwy, Whitehorse Yukon (ample free parking). 

Where to stayFor those that need accommodations, preferred rates have been secured at the SKKY Hotel, located at 91622 Alaska Highway, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 3E4 at rates as low as $155 per night. Group Name is CITIG Cross Border Forum and group Code is "CROSS". Room block held until August 31, 2013. For reservations:

Toll Free: 1-866-799-4933
Local: 1-867-456-2400
Email: info@skkyhotel.com

Invited: Any U.S or Canadian representative from public safety, responder or emergency management agencies, government, Tribes, First Nations, NGOs, utility, industry and academia interested in furthering cross border public safety communications interoperability.

The objectives of the session include:

  1. Increase awareness of the issue of cross-border public safety interoperability;
  2. Present information on some of the various interoperability programs and projects currently taking place in Canada, the U.S., in Yukon and Alaska and regionally (neighbouring provinces, territories and states);
  3. Obtain feedback from local participants about the current cross-border interoperability situation, opportunities for information-sharing and outline next steps; and
  4. Discuss next steps relevant to interoperability strategic planning in the region.

Agenda topics include:

  • History of CITIG, ongoing projects, current trends and issues
  • Spectrum management in Canada and/or the U.S.;
  • Communications Interoperability Strategy for Canada and related U.S. initiatives
  • 700 MHz Spectrum and what it means for your agency
  • State/territorial and regional initiatives
  • Regional Interoperability Case Studies

The preliminary agenda will be available soon. The final agenda will also be available on the site and e-mailed to registered participants about a week prior to the event.

Space is limited -- Register Today!

CITIG Cross Border Forum Series -- Whitehorse: Closed Session

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, same as above.

Cost: Also free!

By invitation only: Closed for invited U.S and Canadian public safety officials, responders, emergency management agencies, government, Tribes, First Nations, utilities, NGOs and academia to focus on cross-border interoperability planning at the regional level. The meeting will take a detailed look at interoperability in the region and feature facilitated sessions on development of an action plan to address the interoperability challenges existing in the region. If you have registered for the morning session (at www.citig.ca) and fit the criteria mentioned above, you will be invited to return for the afternoon session.

Background:

CITIG's Cross-Border Forum Series was made possible in part due to a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation's Public Safety and Security Institute (the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc.). Through the grant, CITIG is holding a series of workshops to answer "What do we need to do to formally address communications interoperability challenges in support of cross-border operations for responders?" With a focus on planning and sharing of best practices, the anticipated 400-plus participants will contribute to making both Canada and the U.S. safer.

The Whitehorse event is the sixth CITIG cross-border forums (Sarnia, Lethbridge, St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint Andrews and Abbotsford have taken place), and part of an ongoing series of regional workshops across Canada. Representatives from fire, police, EMS and emergency management agencies and others are urged to attend!

See you in Whitehorse!

 

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