Biographies of board members:
Christopher Horne MBCI is Assistant Vice President Business Continuity Management and Corporate Security at CIBC Mellon. Christopher started working in Business Continuity planning in 2003, supporting diverse operations in the retail, banking, energy, and financial services industries. He is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), a Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). Christopher has been involved in the BCI in Canada since 2005. He has volunteered with the Ontario Greater Toronto Area (GTA) forum in various positions and previously held the Canadian Chapters Communication Coordinator role from November 2006 to September 2008. He is the current GTA forum leader and became the President of the Business Continuity Institute’s Canada Chapter in June of 2014.
Richard Gagnon MBCI CCP is Vice-President, Professional Services and Co-Founder of BARIC Continuity Services. He draws on over 40 years of business and technology related experience. While in IT development and management for the first part of his career, he has been dedicated to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery since 1997. Having undertaken engagements for diverse organizations throughout North America, as well as Europe and Africa, his clients have included major government departments, international institutions, multi-media companies, the insurance sector, the financial sector, and multinational manufacturing. He is currently Alternate Leader for the Quebec Forum of the BCI. He has been Secretary for the Business Continuity Institute’s Canadian Chapter since 2012 and took on the additional role of Vice-President at the AGM in June of 2014. He was a Charter Member of the Information Systems Professional (ISP) designation from the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS). In private life he has been an elected member of the Regional School Board for the past seventeen years.
Des O’Callaghan FBCI is an independent Business Continuity Management consultant in Toronto. Des became Canada’s first BCI member in 1996. He retired from full-time work in 2010 after devoting the previous 21 years to building and leading several corporate BCM programs in the financial sector. He is also an educator in business continuity, having developed and delivered a BCP certificate program at George Brown College in Toronto from 2006 to 2010 and now an approved Instructor for BCI courses. Des is Communications Director for the BCI Canada Chapter and is Alternate Leader of the Greater Toronto Area Forum. He is also closely involved with the Disaster Recovery Information Exchange – Toronto Chapter and has held many executive positions with that association over the years. He is on the Education Committee for the World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM), which is held annually in Toronto. He was recognized for his many contributions to the profession as the 2009 recipient of the National Award of Excellence for Business Continuity presented by the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness at the 19th WCDM.