New partnership between the Business Continuity Institute and the Association of Contingency Planners

News   •   Jun 26, 2014 09:30 BST

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) are proud to announce a new strategic partnership that will further enhance the networking opportunities offered to business continuity professionals across North and Central America.

Networking and the sharing of ideas and experience are fundamental benefits of being a member of a professional institute but this is not always easy in regions so large and diverse as North and Central America. By forming this alliance between the BCI and the ACP it will help address those challenges.

As part of the partnership, BCI members will have access to local ACP Chapter meetings, events and services. The BCI will also participate in the ACP’s National Leadership Conference, where it will be able to highlight its influence in the discipline of business continuity from its global membership of more than 8,000 members in more than 100 countries.

Commenting on this new partnership, Steve Mellish FBCI, Chairman of the BCI, said: “The BCI and the ACP have worked together in an informal way in the past as both share the common goal of promoting the need for business continuity within organizations of all shapes and sizes. This new strategic partnership builds on that relationship.  With the continuing evolution of the discipline, partnering with the ACP will bring more networking opportunities for both memberships as well as access to the BCI's world-renowned thought leadership activities much more effectively. These are very exciting times for the BCI in the Americas and we are proud to partner with the ACP to work together for the benefit our members.”

Michael Gifford MBCI, ACP Chairman said: "ACP is committed to the business continuity profession and as an organization dedicated to protecting lives, safeguarding businesses and fostering community resiliency. Our new partnership will create new growth opportunities for both ACP and BCI. We are very pleased to take this journey with the BCI."

The ACP has Chapters across North America, so if you are interested in finding out more about the Chapter local to you then click here.