SUDBURY–On Wednesday, March 23, Cambrian College’s Alumni Association is pleased to welcome two special guests: Brandon Fisher, the driller who led the team that rescued 33 men trapped for 69 days in a Chilean mine, and Suzanne Bernier, who is a Cambrian graduate and the author of Disaster Heroes: Invisible Champions of Help, Hope and Healing.
Brandon Fisher is an American driller and entrepreneur who came up with a plan to save the lives of 33 miners. Trapped 2,300 feet underground, it was thought that they would die before they could be reached by rescue crews. Fisher’s team proposed an innovative rescue strategy, which became known as “Plan B.” He and his team spent a gruelling 33 days in the Atacama Desert in order to accomplish a rescue that was thought to be impossible. In2011, Fisher’s efforts were recognized by U.S. President Barack Obama in his 2011 State of the Union address, and the incredible story formed the basis for the 2015 film, The 33.
This is Fisher’s first Canadian appearance, during which, he will present his story of engineering ingenuity. He will explain how and why his plan worked, in conjunction with Bernier, whose book features a chapter highlighting Fisher’s accomplishment.
About Suzanne Bernier
Suzanne Bernier is an award-winning and internationally-recognized author, crisis management consultant, instructor and speaker, who helped governments, communities and companies to plan for and respond to disasters for nearly twenty years. She is also former journalist whose 2015 book, Disaster Heroes, details inspiring true stories about people who have made outstanding efforts to help others during major crises such as the Chilean mine collapse and Hurricane Katrina. Disaster Heroes has been featured in national and international media, including CTV’s Canada AM and CBC’s The Current. Bernier is a 1988 Cambrian College Journalism graduate. Signed copies of Disaster Heroes will be available for sale at the event.
Seating is limited. Admission is free with a donation to the Cambrian College Student Food Bank.
Date: Wednesday, March 23
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: eDome, Cambrian College
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705-566-8101, ext. 6375