Week Four of the Critical Infrastructure Summit

Disaster Management

Helping critical services prepare, survive and thrive in the face of major disaster events

Was live on September 23rd

Disaster Management looked at the impacts a range of disaster events can have on the owners of critical assets; and provides tools to help essential service providers minimise the impact of a disaster, and emerge stronger than ever before. 

There’s never been a more pressing time for this kind of expertise with Australia dealing with bushfires, drought, cyber attacks and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Virtual Conference expert speaker lineup was put together to help critical infrastructure organisations prepare for, survive, and then thrive in the face of disaster.


Conference Program

Laura Harvey, Editor, Energy magazine and Conference MC

Welcome remarks

Tony Histon, Transmission & Distribution Lead, Accenture Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa

Achieving resilience through a new harsh reality

PANEL: Preparing for the next disaster: how can we be ready for whatever is in store

Victoria Chantra, Associate Director - Environment, AECOM

Mark Cannadine, Manager Business Resilience, ElectraNet SA

John Kilgour, CEO Civil Contractors Federation, Victoria

Meet The Speakers

Tony Histon - Managing Director – Transmission & Distribution, AAPAC 

Tony leads Accenture’s Transmission and Distribution Practice in Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Over the last 20 years, he has helped utility businesses across Asia Pacific deliver resilient energy infrastructure and systems. Tony develops Accenture’s capability, research and offerings to digitally enable network operations, field work and asset investments. Tony holds an Executive MBA from the AGSM, a Masters in Engineering Science, a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours and electrical trade certifications.

John Kilgour - CEO, Civil Contractors Federation - Victoria

John Kilgour is the Chief Executive Officer for the Civil Contractors Federation Victoria. Known for his strong advocacy work and networks at local and state government levels, John joined CCF in February 2016 from the Committee for Ballarat where he was CEO. Prior to joining the Committee for Ballarat, John has a long and distinguished career in the downstream oil industry with BP. During his 34 years with the BP Group of companies, John delivered major investment projects in the oil and gas, retail, petrol and convenience sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. In February 2017, John was appointed President of the Victorian Civil Construction Industry Alliance, which CCF is a member.

Victoria Chantra - Associate Director - Environment, AECOM

Victoria is an Associate Director in AECOM’s Sustainability and Resilience Practice. Victoria has worked across the Asia-Pacific Region on city resilience, disaster risk reduction, climate risk and adaptation. As a social and environmental scientist, she is acutely interested in the interactions between people and nature and the many challenges this presents for cities in the 21st Century. Most recently, Victoria led the technical development of New Zealand’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment. Previously she was a Strategy Partner for 100 Resilient Cities for five years, working with cities to deliver City Resilience Strategies in Melbourne, Christchurch. Bangkok, Singapore and Jakarta and advising other cities including Sydney and Vancouver. She has worked with a diverse range of communities, private and public sector organisations to understand and respond to climate change and other resilience challenges. This includes working with Emergency Management Victoria to develop the first Community Resilience Framework for emergency management in Victoria and with Local Government Victoria to support local governments to assess their emergency management capability and capacity. Prior to joining AECOM, Victoria worked for the Natural Disaster Assistance Unit at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Mark Cannadine - Manager Business Resilience, ElectraNet

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in crisis management and business resilience across the policing, health and energy sectors, in the UK, Asia, Australia and the Pacific.  Mark’s operational experience includes disaster victim identification operations in Phuket Thailand following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and humanitarian assistance coordination in Fiji following cyclone Winston in 2016. Mark has been a guest lecturer at the WHO Mass Gathering Training Program for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2017 Hajj organising committee, a presenter on Risk and Crisis Communications for the 2018 Asian Games Planning Committee and is co-author of “Disaster Health management – A primer for students and practitioners.