Master Your Disaster: Rebuilding, Recovery & Resilience (Repeat)

Presenting Organization

The worst time to exchange business cards is during a disaster. Plan now to attend this informative, interactive workshop focused on community rebuilding, recovery and resilience.Leann Hackman-Carty will provide background on the work she did to help accelerate business and economic recovery after the 2016 wildfires in Fort McMurray Alberta, Canada. Nicknamed "The Beast," this was the most costly natural disaster in Canadian history and was the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history, with almost 90,000 people forced from their homes for over a month.Come prepared to test your disaster trivia, learn about various types of disasters, and take away some practical disaster recovery and resiliency strategies that can be applied immediately to your organization or community.The highlight of the workshop is the opportunity to test your ability to “Master Your Disaster” by applying these strategies and best practices in an interactive game format. Participants will be split into groups and presented with a unique disaster scenario. Groups will be asked to identify pre- and post-disaster actions based on their scenario, and pitch their ideas to the larger group.This workshop has been designed to give participants a new perspective on how to rebuild, recover and become more disaster-resilient; provide a venue for attendees to share their unique experiences; and allow everyone to have fun at the same time. It’s a great way to kick off the conference, learn some new strategies, and meet some new friends!

What Participants will Learn by Attending

  • Types of disasters
  • Common challenges communities face post disaster
  • The 6 Recovery Support Functions
  • How to identify pre and post disaster actions for your community

Leann Hackman-Carty, CEO, Economic Developers Alberta and Founder of HackmanCarty & Associates

Presenter Biography 
Leann has been the CEO of Economic Developers Alberta since 2009. In 2014, Leann completed a project with 11 Alberta flood impacted communities. In 2016-17, she worked with the Fort McMurray region on business and economic recovery by setting up and operating the business hotline; validating businesses for Red Cross emergency relief; and leading a 10-member economic recovery assessment team to the region. In 2019 she updated the Community Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency (Canadian Version)' to help communities prepare for and recover from economic disruptions, and brought this resiliency training program to Canada in 2017. 

In addition to her work at EDA, she heads up HackmanCarty and Associates, focused on community capacity building, resilience and recovery.  At the end of December 2017, she released her “Master Your Disaster” series of guidebooks designed to help individuals, businesses and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. In 2018, she received Public Safety Canada’s Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award-Resilient Communities.  

In her capacity as the Canadian President of the Institute for Sustainable Development (, she works with international experts on innovative long term community recovery and resiliency programs. In April 2019, she added the role a Managing Director (Canada) for Jobenomics ( to address her ongoing desire to “create jobs for everyone” particularly in the wake of a disaster. In August 2019, she launched the MYD Global Youtube Channel where she talks “all things disaster”.