March 7-13, 2004 is Global Business Continuity Awareness Week, an international initiative to promote the awareness of and need for business continuity in the business community and beyond. The week of events is sponsored by Business Continuity Institute (BCI), G.T.A. Forum; Canadian Centre For Emergency Preparedness (CCEP); Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), Business Continuity SIG; Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE), Canada; Disaster Recovery Institute – Canada (DRIC); Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council (EPICC); and Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Toronto Chapter.

Elizabeth Beaver, senior manager, Business Recovery at CIBC Mellon Global Securities, reports that among the week’s activities is a Global Business Continuity Symposium jointly presented by DRIE-Toronto and DRIE-SWO on Tuesday, March 9, 2004. The day-long event begins at 10 a.m. at the Royal Bank Auditorium, 315 Front St. W., Toronto. Topics include crisis communications, the realities of an emergency response program, public communications, how large companies manage communications, and initial SARS learnings.

Founded in 1985 in Toronto to provide a forum for the exchange of information, educational activities and conferences covering a wide range of disciplines, the non-profit DRIE has grown to eight chapters across Canada and Australia. Membership numbers more than 720 disaster recovery and business resumption professionals. www.drie.org.