Information about Speaking



We are committed to following all public health guidelines to keep you safe. Conference Management will continue to assess and monitor COVID-19 on a month-to-month basis. Based on the projected conditions for December 1-2, 2021, Macgregor Communications will determine by September 2021 whether to:
  1. Proceed with an in-person conference
  2. Postpone until a later date
  3. Pivot to virtual only
As such accepted Speakers must be prepared to adjust their calendar should a postponement occur or to present virtually should the conference pivot to virtual only. Also, with an in-person conference Speakers may opt to present virtually from their home.

At this time Canadian federal and provincial government initiatives strongly indicate that vaccine distribution will have inoculated the population against COVID-19 by September 2021. As such our current planning is for back-to-normal business practices wherein in-person events are safe to attend in Fall 2021.


Presenting the Ontario Disaster & Emergency Management Conference (DEMCON) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on December 1-2, 2021. DEMCON is the premier event addressing emergency management, providing a global perspective on current and emerging issues for emergency management professionals. The 2021 program will include an outstanding roster of speakers providing an excellent opportunity for training and networking. Presentations will cover disaster response and recovery, community resilience and climate change.

The program will be of interest to CEMC’s, emergency social services responders, practitioners, researchers and decision makers from sectors including energy/utilities, finance/insurance, government, manufacturing, technology, telecommunications and transportation.

Up to 2 (two) submissions per individual will be accepted. Submissions must include a Title, Abstract, Summary description, Biography, Bio Picture, Speaking Experience and a Take Home Message.

Submissions are reviewed by the Planning Committee comprised of members from the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Association, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers, and the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association. If you have knowledge you would like to share at DEMCON or know of someone who may be interested in presenting, please share this Call for Papers.


Presentation submissions should align with one or more of the goals listed below. All sessions should offer value for conference delegates by providing content derived from real event experience, proven best practices, innovative approaches for emergency management, or validated research. 2021 goals include, but are not limited to:
  • Building resilient communities
  • Using collaboration as a strategy for improvement which may include developing public/private partnerships
  • Addressing today’s risk landscape, with a particular focus on such threats as extreme weather and other prominent issues
  • Demonstrating effective techniques for managing incidents and crises
  • Achieving optimum results while dealing with resource constraints
  • Planning and responding to individuals and families impacted by a disaster, including the unique needs of vulnerable populations


All submissions must be:
  • PRACTICAL in scrope
  • MUST include case-based lessons learned, trends and solutions to problems for conference delegates
  • Designed for the ADVANCED senior practitioner


Taking the above Goals into consideration, presentation submissions should fit into a 40-minute live presentation followed by 10 minutes of Q&A

Click here for details on Submission Deadline Dates, Review Process, Selection Criteria, Conditions of Acceptance and Compensation Policy

Click here to submit presentation


For questions and support email, or call 705-328-5323 (9-5 ET)

Thank you for your submissions!