Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016

Business Continuity Awareness Week is an annual event aimed at raising awareness of the importance of business continuity. In 2016 it will be held between the 16th and 20th May. This page provides all the information you will need to make the most of the week.

The general theme for BCAW 2016 is  return on investment and, in addition to the obvious benefits business continuity has in the event of a disruption, it will look at the other advantages it may have for the wider organization.

Click the tabs below for the latest information on various aspects of BCAW 2016:

  • Events & webinars

  • BCAW news

  • #BCAW2016

  • BCI BCAW 2016 Resources

  • Other BCAW resources

Events and webinars

Many events are scheduled around the world:

Monday 16th May

Measuring Business Continuity Management maturity to optimise return on investment
10.45am BST
Karen Humphris, ContinuitySA

BCM and Security: Teaming for cyber events brings real business value
2pm BST
Linda Laun, IBM

Exploring The Return on Crisis Management in BCM: Panel Discussion
1pm - 2pm EDT
Panelists: Roma Chrobak,Yvonne Lewis, Jim Loyer and Mark Baker.

Tuesday 17th May

Why the threat assessment should be an essential part of every BCMS
9am BST
Matthias Rosenberg MBCI, Controllit

IT Service Continuity: Find out what it's worth and how to sell it internally
11am BST
David Davies MBCI, Daisy Group

Business Continuity Management - insourcing versus outsourcing
12.15pm BST
Willem Olivier, ContinuitySA

Designing and delivering effective tabletop exercises
1.30pm BST
Kathleen Lucey FBCI, Montague Risk Management and Rob Burton, PreparedEx

Visible return on investment with business continuity management tools
2.45pm BST | Hosted by
Jon Mitchell, ClearView Continuity

The Business Case for Business Continuity Planning – Sweet & Savoury
10am - 11am EDT
Jim Loyer, Swim Ontario

The power of unified communications in driving return on investment
4pm BST
Andrew Woods MBCI, Everbridge and a panel of experts

Risk-based Plans: The Benefits of a Timely Risk Assessment
1pm - 2pm EDT
Teresa Teichman, Ontario Power Generation

Wednesday 18th May

Risk and business continuity management – adding value or just ticking boxes?
9.45am BST
Junita van der Colff, ContinuitySA

Organizational resilience and ROI from your business continuity activities
12.30pm BST
Dr David Hitchen CBCI, BSI

Improving the efficiency of resilience mitigation and response
2pm BST
Tony Perry, IBM

Exploring The Return on Crisis Management in BCM: Panel Discussion
10am - 11pm EDT
Panelists: Roma Chrobak,Yvonne Lewis, Jim Loyer and Mark Baker.

A picture is worth a thousand words
12:30 PM EDT
Shannon Colquhoun, PointClickCare

Applying BCP to Emergency Services
2pm - 3pm EDT
Matt Johnson, Commercial Loss Experts & Lee Senter,

Thursday 19th May

Creating efficiencies through a ‘top-down’ approach to business continuity
11am BST
Neil Bourke and Lucy Jones, Deloitte

The evolving role of the Business Continuity Management specialist in a large financial services org
10am - 10:45am EDT
Russell Dyer, Royal Bank of Canada.

Changing your BCMS from a cost of doing business to a business improvement tool
3.30pm BST
John DiMaria AMBCI, BSI

Business Continuity Management (BCM) 101 ...(A Practitioners Perspective)
11am - 12pm EDT
Vito Mangialardi, Zayo Canada

Mitigating Impact of the Most Common and Costly Natural Hazard Canadian Organizations Face: Floods
1pm - 2pm EDT
Ron Reddick and Tom Shebrek, Advanced Resilience

Friday 20th May

Effective crisis communication techniques to avoid a reputation train wreck
10.30am BST | Hosted by
Caroline Sapriel, CS&A International

Resiliency response and communications: Your first-line of defense against a disruption
2pm BST
Margaret Mills, IBM

How business continuity provides a ROI for the wider business

Organizations that fail to develop business continuity plans not only put themselves at risk from future incidents and disasters, they also miss out on other business benefits too. By Matt Kingswood.

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The top 10 UK business continuity disasters over the last 12 months?

As part of Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016, managed service provider IT Specialists (ITS) has put together a list of what it believes are the top UK business continuity disasters from the last year. See if you agree…

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London Prepared BCAW activity schedule

London Prepared has scheduled a variety of activities through Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016, focusing on four different business sectors through the week.

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BCAW Flashblog 2016 scheduled for Tuesday 17th May

As part of Business Continuity Awareness Week, Ken Simpson FBCI will be hosting a BCAW ‘Flashblog’. At 10am GMT (11am BST / 6am EDT) on Tuesday 17th May, business continuity bloggers who have signed up for the Flashblog will be posting blogs on the same topic, but with different perspectives.

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The Business Continuity Institute has designed four posters that can be used for BCAW.  Click here to download your copies.


The BCI has pulled together a collection of resources that help demonstrate the theme for the week by highlighting the return on investment that business continuity has. Go there

BCI BCAW 2016 site

Click here to go to the BCI's Business Continuity Awareness 2016 website.

The Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE), the Business Continuity Institute Canada (BCI), Disaster Recovery Institute Canada (DRIC) the World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM), Centennial College - Emergency Management and Public Safety Institute (EMPSI), and the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet) and York University have teamed up to promote Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) in Canada. For resources published by this group, click here.

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