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 Frank Slater. Frank was President of DRIE Ottawa for 10 years until our current President, Lisa Maddock, took over at the end of 2018.

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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DRIE Ottawa Privacy Policy
DRIE, Ottawa Chapter, Privacy Policy Statement: The DRIE, Ottawa Chapter, is committed to respecting the personal privacy of individuals who visit our website.

The DRIE Ottawa Chapter collects contact information from its members in order to:
  • send out newsletters and other relevant information
  • inform members of upcoming DRIE Ottawa events
  • send out invoices and otherwise administer DRIE Ottawa membership
Members should note that communication with members is via email. DRIE Ottawa does not give away or sell any information related to members without their express permission.  When you subscribe to the DRIE, Ottawa Chapter, mailing list, you can be assured that your email address will not be passed onto third parties
DRIE Ottawa will make information related to the objectives of the profession available to its members through the regular member bulletins. Some of this information may be of a commercial nature.

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The DRIE Ottawa Website may contain links to other websites.  While DRIE Ottawa tries to link only to sites and services that share DRIE Ottawa high standards and respect for privacy, members should understand that DRIE Ottawa is not responsible for the content of, or the privacy practices employed by, other companies or websites. This DRIE Ottawa Privacy Policy applies only to the services related to DRIE Ottawa Privacy Policy. The majority of the advertisements that are displayed in connection with DRIE Ottawa services are served through one or more reputable Third-Party advertisement-serving companies.
Any questions about this policy may be directed to the Membership Director. 

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