Events

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2021

Watch our Webinar Series playlist above – Aired Wednesday, 19 May 2021
9:00am – 12:00pm

Our Speakers

Respected BC consultants with decades of practical hands-on experience, and each certified by the Business Continuity Institute.

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Saul Midler FBCI (Hon)

Terra Firma

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Phil Carter FBCI

Terra Firma

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Juliet Viney MBCI

Terra Firma

Brian Gates CBCI

Terra Firma

In support of global BCAW, Terra Firma is running a series of 40-minute sharp and very informative webinars. No geek speak – just plain English, so invite your Executive Leadership Team, the Board and anyone else that you feel has a responsibility to protect your organisation from the unknown to watch this webinar series.

9:00am – 9:05am: Welcome

Watch Introduction

9:05am – 9:45am: A Stitch In Time

Phil Carter FBCI will walk through a Business Continuity case study for a private clinical provider operating from multiple sites across Australia. Understand some of the challenges for those critical front line service providers that can’t adopt a “work from home” strategy. WARNING: This case study refers to certain clinical procedures which maybe personal and upsetting to some viewers.

Watch part 1

9:50am – 10:30am: Great Expectations

Juliet Viney MBCI will discuss aligning the technology requirements identified in your BIA with your IT Department’s recovery capability and plans. Understand how to have mutually beneficial conversations when you speak different languages. Learn ways to manage everyone’s expectations and address the gaps.
Watch part 2

10:35am – 11:15am: Two Birds One Tone

Brian Gates CBCI will present an approach to building your business continuity & information security competency within your organisation by adopting agile concepts, breaking down organisational silos and focusing on the change you want to achieve.
Watch part 3

11:20am – 11:45am: International Standards For BC

Why should I care? Saul Midler FBCI Hon will help explain why BC planning through intuition is not the right way to go. He’ll also provide an overview of the current BC standards landscape and what’s coming later this year.

Watch part 4

11:45am – 12:00pm: Ask The Experts

Terra Firma’s BC&R Team will take questions from the attendees. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone just entering the Continuity domain to clarify what’s not clear and answer those burning questions.

Watch part 5

Foresight beats hindsight. (Every Time).®

Past Event: The Crisis That Nearly Stole Easter

Our Speakers

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Saul Midler FBCI (Hon)

Terra Firma

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Phil Carter FBCI

Terra Firma

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Juliet Viney MBCI

Terra Firma

Brian Gates CBCI

Terra Firma

An exercise in crisis management


Webinar – Wednesday, 24 March 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Customers and consumers are hopping mad!

In this informative Webinar, you will join the session as an observer of a crisis simulation exercise and discover how our Crisis Management Team ensures the Easter Bunny will deliver on time.

A practical exercise on how resource dependency can create an operational disruption, jeopardising the delivery of a product, at the most critical time of the year.

The session will cover:

  • Leadership, Teamwork and Decision Making
  • Crisis Communication
  • Business Continuity

If you’re unsure of what type of plans you need, the structure of the plans, the depth of content, integration of other reference information, or you need to better understand how to distribute and dynamically execute plans when disaster strikes, then watching this webinar is a must.

Foresight beats hindsight. (Every Time).®


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Testimonials

I have known Saul Midler for many years now. He continues to be a very passionate BCM practitioner. His enthusiasm for BCM is boundless. In our BCM exercise, Saul ensures that each person in the team has a chance to put their opinions and thoughts forward. He ensures that each person is given time. He is also skilful in probing the thoughts of the team and has managed to engage everyone in the team and bring them together. He also assists in providing clarity and insight in what BCM is about. This has allowed us to improve our processes and obtain greater buy in from the business.

– Ann Wong, Prime Super

Saul facilitated a Crisis Management Team (CMT) exercise for MLC Life in late 2019. Saul took the end to end lead on the exercise including the design, stakeholder discussions, exercise facilitation and the exercise summary report. As an exercise director, Saul’s engagement/delivery style is pragmatic to say the least – inclusive, yet focused on the benefits. He has a natural knack for time management where he’d know when to slow down or pick up the pace. With years of industry experience under his belt, Saul ensured that the objectives of the exercise were met within the limited time we had and the primary focus remained on areas of improvement.

– Usman Wasim, MLC Life Insurance

“Juliet facilitated the Business Continuity exercises for MLC Life in 2020. This included scenario planning, design, facilitation and exercise reports. Her experience in the BC field meant we started each exercise with clear objectives, observation templates and a primary focus on education, awareness and improvement opportunities. Juliet proposed pre and post exercise discussions with the internal BCM team ensuring information was collected and summarised in accordance with the objectives.

– Usman Wasim, MLC Life Insurance

Saul has facilitated multiple exercises for the NTC over the years. Professional at all times, his extensive knowledge and experience is an asset for any organisation. Saul recently facilitated a combined Crisis Management Team (CMT) and Recovery Team exercise and debrief for the NTC, reviewing the NTC’s response to the COVID 19 lockdown restrictions. Saul lead the group through the process, our handling and response to the event and what role the business continuity plan played. Saul’s engagement/delivery style is suited to such exercises, focused on group discussion, learnings, with a primary focus on where the NTC can continuously improve.

– Robert Fois, National Transport Commission

Exercise: Terra Firma ran a crisis management exercise with the objectives of practicing implementation of crisis management processes and testing the effectiveness of the plan. Saul and Phil consulted with myself and undertook their own research to determine a scenario that would not only test against the objectives stated, but also challenge and educate participants. This resulted in very positive feedback when the exercise was run, surrounding the setup (not feeling threatened), and the questions that were raised both during and after the exercise.
Saul was able to set the scene, challenge the participants and respond to questions that were raised throughout the exercise, all without losing the momentum that was being created. Phil’s observations at the conclusion of the exercise also created a lot of thought and discussion, which in turn set the organisation to thinking more strategically and outside the square about their response to future disruptions. All participants valued the experience, to the point where Terra Firma shall be running another exercise for us in the very near future.

BCMS Project: Terra Firma was commissioned to provide a comprehensive business continuity management system in collaboration with my organisation. This included the development of a BCMS Framework, BIA, BCPs, and crisis management plans. Along with presentations and workshops run with the executive and delegates throughout the organisation, there was continuing capability uplift of the organisation and mentoring of people to be able to continue the BCMS journey into the future.
Saul was a fantastic speaker, influencer and mentor during this project, and I valued his knowledge and the insights he shared greatly. I would happily recommend Terra Firma for future projects.

– Manager BC, Victorian Local Council

Past Event: The Great BC Plan Challenge

Our Speakers
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Saul Midler FBCI (Hon)

Business Continuity & Resilience Executive
Terra Firma

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Uzzy Wasim
Head of Enterprise Safeguarding
MLC Life Insurance
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Brian Zawada
Managing Director and Chief Visionary Officer
Avalution LLC, USA

WEBINAR – Thursday, 15 October 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm

One of the most important assets of your Business Continuity response and recovery are Plans. Yet, organisations are challenged by defining what sort of plans they need, and then they struggle designing, writing, maintaining, and using them.
Terra Firma, Avalution and MLC Life Insurance are tackling these issues in a Webinar titled, The Great BC Plan Challenge – In depth look at the purpose, design and build challenges of BC Plans.

The session will cover the following:

  • Introduction to:
    • BC Plans and Procedures – What is best practice from International Standards?
    • Catalyst BCMS Software – Industry award winning cloud-based tool
  • Why are BC Plans and Procedures challenging – international feedback
  • How Catalyst software was designed to make life easier
  • Case study – MLC Life Insurance

If you’re unsure of what type of plans you need, the structure of the plans, the depth of content, integration of other reference information, or you need to better understand how to distribute and dynamically execute plans when disaster strikes, then watching this webinar is a must.

Foresight beats hindsight. (Every Time).®


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