Resilience leader Alec Hay releases book, speaks across North America

Resilience leader Alec Hay releases book, speaks across North America

September is a significant month for Alec Hay, one of the world’s foremost experts on resiliency, a growing field that critically impacts both security and sustainability design.

On Sept 10, Hay, DIALOG’s Resilience and Security Planning Leader, will see his first book “Operational Survival: Putting Resilience at the Core of infrastructure planning, Part 1 Infrastructure Resilience Planning” distributed. The book will be used in several universities, including at the University of Toronto, where Hay is an adjunct professor and currently Director of the Centre for Resilience of Critical Infrastructure.

“This is first and foremost a textbook for students of Infrastructure Resilience Planning,” says Hay. “Rather than simply provide students with standard processes and template solutions, it discusses the subject from first principles. This gives the reader the necessary understanding to select which process is appropriate for the given situation and whether the associated assumptions are applicable. Written from a professional practice perspective, it’s holistic overview is of value to professionals incorporating resilience in infrastructure master planning and investment.”

The book is published by the Explora Foundation, an international veterans charity that provides vocational education and training for the dependents of killed or disabled service personnel. All profits from the sale of the book will go directly to the charity.

Hay is also set to speak at several prestigious security and sustainability events across North America in September, including Federal Security Symposium at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC on Sept 12. This very exclusive Symposium is oriented towards Federal security and law enforcement professionals and the integrators that support those professionals in securing Federal facilities and protecting the workforce and citizenry from criminal and terrorist acts.

Hay’s presentation is titled “Resilience Planning: Using Infrastructure Investment for Operational Survival.” Here is a brief description:

“No level of protection is absolute and is necessarily a risk judgment of investment against likelihood of the threat occurring. The predictability of events is changing with natural hazards, in particular, showing a ‘hockey stick’ trend. Building ever-greater protection against the last worst event is consistently failing us. It is inevitable that we will lose infrastructure and other assets in a catastrophe, but how we recover following the incident will define our business and operational survival. Resilience Planning provides the holistic framework for optimizing our ability to react, respond and recovery and so cost-effectively prepare.”

On Sept 23 and 24, Hay will participate in the Global District Energy Climate Awards in New York City. Hay joins a panel titled “District Energy –Local Resilient and Sustainable Energy Infrastructure” which includes sustainability leaders from across North America.

To learn more about Alec Hay’s book or these speaking engagements please contact Gigi Chik (ac.ngisedgolaidnull@kihcg_.

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