Welcome to the Ottawa Chapter of DRIE (Disaster Recovery Information Exchange)

DRIE Ottawa was founded in September 1992, under the leadership of Brian Miller. In June of 2005 Brian passed the reins to Grant Whittaker.  Heather Tomalty took over from Grant in December 2005 and in 2008 Heather moved to B.C. at which point she passed the reins to our current President, Frank Slater.

On May 26, 1994 DRIE Ottawa joined its fellow Canadian Chapters to form a national Disaster Recovery and Contingency Planning entity - DRIE Canada.

DRIE Canada currently has eight chapters. To learn more please visit the DRIE Canada website here.

DRIE is a non-profit association of professionals dedicated to the exchange of information on all aspects of planning for an emergency or a disruption to normal operations. We operate on total revenues of less than $30,000 per year.

The DRIE Ottawa Chapter exists to provide a venue for sharing ideas, concerns, practices, experiences, training opportunities and friendship within the following disciplines as they relate to Business Continuity Management: 

  • Business Continuity Planning,
  • IT Disaster Recovery Planning,
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection,
  • Crisis Management,
  • Emergency Management, 
  • Risk Management
  • Information Security
  • Physical Security. 
DRIE Ottawa typically holds three quarterly, morning meetings, and one full day conference, annually.

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News & Updates

Cellphone Privacy

Are we too trusting or simply naive... Read More

Montreal runs for shelter

Nov 14th sirens wailed for 3 minutes.... Read More

Winter Safety

MTO and City of Ottawa offer information links.... Read More

Update - re Old News

Small fire = $40M in repairs..... Read More

A washout

What's your BC Plan...got an ATV?.... Read More

CSE's Assemblyline

Your opportunity to get ahead of the bad guys.... Read More

Old News

1800 told - bldg will remain closed until further notice... Read More

It wont happen to us

Tower closed for 6 months... Read More

New Brunswick - Emergency planning lacking

Ice Storm Report includes 51 recommendations.... Read More

Simulated tsunami video - stunning

Every wonder how your favourite resort would fare against a tsunami...... Read More

Are we ready for “The Big One”?

CBC Vancouver’s new podcast series Fault Lines explores... Read More

What's happening around the world.

Reuters lists the current state of natural disasters around the... Read More

How will your staff react to a Cyber Incident?

This useful diagram is a teaser from Frank Slater's fascinating... Read More