Lilia Yumagulova announced as second keynote speaker for Bordering on Disaster Conference

Lilia Yumagulova, a Bashkir woman born and raised in the Soviet Union, will bring her 20-plus years ...

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Lloydminster, AB/SK – Lilia Yumagulova, a Bashkir woman born and raised in the Soviet Union, will bring her 20-plus years of experience in emergency management, risk analysis and planning as a keynote speaker at the Bordering on Disaster Conference, presented by Cenovus Energy, half-day virtual kick off session on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Growing up in a low-income area prone to recurring floods on the outskirts of a large urban centre, Yumagulova witnessed the devastating effects of these disasters on her community, which led to her choice of profession. She serves as the program director for the Preparing Our Home Program, which empowers Indigenous youth leadership in community resilience.

As a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Yumagulova's research focuses on Indigenous self-determination and the role of women in disaster risk reduction, climate displacement, and planned relocation. Her extensive background in government, NGOs, media, Indigenous communities, and supranational organizations in Europe and North America makes her an invaluable addition to the Bordering on Disaster Conference.

"We’re thrilled to have Lilia Yumagulova as a keynote speaker at the Bordering on Disaster Conference. Her wealth of experience in emergency management and her passion for empowering Indigenous communities makes her an exceptional addition to our lineup of speakers,” says Andrew Degruchy, Manager of Emergency Management. “Lilia’s keynote speech promises to be a highlight of the event, offering attendees a unique and insightful perspective on disaster risk reduction and resilience-building. We can't wait to hear her speak and are confident that attendees will leave feeling inspired and equipped with the knowledge to positively impact their communities."

About Bordering on Disaster

The 2023 Bordering on Disaster conference, presented by Cenovus, includes a half-day virtual spring session and a two-day in-person fall session. The conference brings together emergency management professionals and industry and academic personnel to discuss emerging trends, share best practices and explore new approaches to emergency management. The conference will cover various topics, including disaster risk reduction, response and recovery, business continuity planning and critical infrastructure protection.

The Bordering on Disaster planning committee is working diligently to ensure the event benefits individuals and organizations across various industries, including municipal government, transportation, industrial, emergency services and more. The committee is seeking sponsorship and tradeshow vendors as part of these preparations. Additionally, the committee is accepting speaking abstracts from experienced professionals in emergency management to provide valuable insights and information to attendees.

Half-day virtual session

The half-day virtual session on April 21, 2023, is two weeks before the national Emergency Management Preparedness Week (EP Week). This session will discuss critical trends surrounding industry and municipal approaches to Emergency Preparedness Week through two inspiring keynote speakers and a panel discussion. Attendees will be able to participate in interactive sessions and discussions with their peers.

Two-day in-person session

The two-day, in-person conference, scheduled for September 13-14, 2023, will showcase several inspirational emergency management speakers, academic speakers and a vendor tradeshow. Attendees will also get to take part in workshops and networking opportunities.

For more information, abstract submissions and early-bird registration, visit

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