Reflections on the 11th Annual Canadian Hazards and Risk Network (CHRNET) Symposium

From October 22nd to the 24th 2014, I was in Toronto, Canada at the 11th Annual Canadian Hazards and Risk Network (CHRNET) Symposium. I was afforded the great opportunity to present my research on The Social Determinants of Vulnerability Framework at the CHRNET Symposium.

The CHRNET Symposium was also a wonderful opportunity for me to witness some amazing presentations on risk reduction issues from world renown experts, researchers, and practitioners. It was amazing to bear witness to so many people dedicating their expertise and time to develop and implement strategies to reduce vulnerability for people across the world.

I would like to the time to specifically recognize the contributions:

  • Lilia Yumagulova: She presented multiple studies that she has conducted or participated in. She had an incredible set of knowledge and a great presentation style. For more information on all of the presentations she delivered, please see the agenda for the CHRNET Symposium. Additionally, please see a CHRNET profile in leadership on Lilia.
  •  Franklin McDonald: He provide great insight into the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). The HFA provides a road map for building resilience through risk reduction strategies for a ten-year period, 2005 through 2015. The HFA is being revisited in preparation for the Post-2015 Framework. Mr. McDonald provided some context into some of the changes to strengthen the HFA.
  • Dilnoor Panjwani: She provided an insightful review of her qualitative study on relocation as a post-disaster recovery planning strategy. This study was a case study of the resettlement of communities and the social and political consequences (both good and bad) that manifest depending on the level of engagement of the people impacted.

Thank you to Dr. Ali Asgary for his support in helping me prepare for the CHRNET Symposium and submitting my paper to the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. I would also like to thank the entire planning committee for the CHRNET Symposium for such a well done event.