Alain Normand

Alain Normand is the Manager of the Brampton Emergency Management Office with over twenty-five years of experience in the profession. He is an author, a teacher, and a lecturer with a passion for emergency management.

Alex Fullick

A. Alex Fullick is the Founder and President of StoneRoad and has been a Business Continuity Management professional for over twenty years.  He is a speaker, author, entrepreneur and internet radio personality.

Alex Lawless

Alex is the National/International/NGO Liaison Officer for Ontarios Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM). Alex works with national and provincial organizations like the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers and the NGO Alliance to explore opportunities for collaboration on emergency management initiatives. She is also responsible for coordinating OFMEMs position on intergovernmental files and participation in Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) EM forums.

Allan Bonner

Allan Bonner has been studying and practicing emergency management for 30 years on five continents. He was the first North American to receive an MSc in risk, crisis, and disaster management. One of his last books was An Ounce of Prevention, and his next will be The Safest City in the World. Several of his books are used as texts in the UK and North American universities.

Amber Rushton

Amber Rushton is an active Board Member with OAEM, committed to enhancing membership benefits and diversifying our Emergency Management Community. She has a Certificate in Emergency Management from George Brown College (GBC), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Toronto (UofT) and an Environmental Business Certificate from the ECO Canada Business Institute. Amber is an accredited National Environmental Professional (EP), specializing in Policy and Legislation through ECO Canada and is a Certified Associate in Project Management Candidate (CAPM), to obtain accreditation this fall through the Project Management Institute. Amber has a diversified background with 8 years teaching experience as a former music instructor and 8+ years in the emergency response and hazardous materials industries, leading teams in initial response coordination and scene oversight and offering the provision of technical advice. Amber is currently an Emergency Management Consultant with GHD providing strategic vision for emergency preparedness initiatives.

Carl Mavromichalis

Carl is an Associate with CS&A Crisis Management International based in Toronto, Canada. He owns Converso and is a leading authority on the use of Virtual Town Halls during disaster response situations.

Chris Pittens

Chris Pittens is responsible for leading EM Field Operations at the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. EM Field Operations provides assistance and guidance to Ontario municipalities in the development and implementation of their Emergency Management programs.

David Etkin

David Etkin is an Associate Professor of Disaster and Emergency Management at York University. Previously, he worked for Environment Canada from 1977-2005 as a weather forecaster, meteorology teacher and applied researcher. He has contributed to several national and international natural hazard projects, was Principal Investigator of the Canadian National Assessment of Natural Hazards and is Past President of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network. He has more than 80 publications to his credit including a textbook on disaster theory and six edited volumes.

Doug Grant

Doug is a Disaster Management Professional with nearly a decade of experience developing resilience programs for government, private industry, and critical infrastructure. Advanced training, education and certification in areas of practice including emergency management, business continuity, crisis management and risk management. Applied knowledge of internationally recognized standards and best practices associated with industries operating in high-risk environments.

Gary Galbraith

Gary Galbraith heads the education committee, which is dedicated to helping students transition into careers in emergency management through various programs, initiatives and awards. Gary is currently the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management at Sheridan College and the Investigation: Public & Private diploma program. He holds a Masters degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from York University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Policy Studies and Public Administration at Ryerson University.

Geoff Coulson

Geoff Coulson has been a meteorologist with Environment Canada for 32 years. For the last 10 years of his career he has been a Warning Preparedness Meteorologist providing weather information to a variety of clients including all levels of government, the media and the private sector.

Greg Solecki

Greg Solecki is responsible for training more than 500 municipal and executive leaders in emergency and continuity management. He has represented Canada internationally by providing his expertise for the creation of ISO/CSA crisis standards and as a representative on the National Cross Sector Forum on Critical Infrastructure. He can also be found at

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Hannah Zitner

Hannah Zitner is the editor-in-chief of the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers website. She has worked in journalism in Canada and abroad for nearly 10 years and recently completed a Master of Disaster and Emergency Management at York University.

Jacob Westfall

Jacob Westfall is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Public Emergency Alerting Services Inc (PEASI). Jacob is responsible for the public emergency alerting practices, standards and technology that are in PEASIs public emergency alerting software platform, Alertable. He is a co-author of the Canadian Profile for the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and numerous other national and international public alerting standards and guidelines. Jacob participates in numerous national and international committees and working groups to advance the state of public alerting.

Jason Reid

Jason Reid is a trusted, Senior Advisor for National Life Safety Group, recognized for innovation and integration of facility Fire, Life Safety and Emergency Management.

Jean-Guy Rens

Jean-Guy Rens is an information-technologies consultant specializing in public policy analysis and new market opportunities. . Mr. Rens has produced several independent studies on the information-technologies market in Canadian and Quebec markets. He has also conducted several studies on both robotics and cybersecurity for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance): the Canadian Advanced Security Industry and the Advanced manufacturing sector. Mr. Rens wrote a book on the history of telecommunications in Canada under the title "The Invisible Empire" (History of Telecommunications in Canada), McGill-Queen's University Press, Montréal 2001. He is a member of the management team and Governing Council of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance).

Jennie Phillips

Jennie Phillips is a Doctoral Fellow with the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto. Her research aims to identify a distributed approach to developing crisis resilience within digital crisis response networks. With an MA in Education Technology, she has experience in emergency management, training and technology where she worked locally and overseas with the federal government, private, non-profit and her company ellips design + consulting. Find out more online at or follow along @drchangelove.

Joe Gagliano

Upon graduating from university, Joes interest in the family business led him to follow in his fathers footsteps. With over twenty five years in the business (twelve years as President), Joe is now considered a seasoned expert in both the insurance and construction industries.

Johanu Botha

Johanu Botha is a PhD Candidate at Carletons School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA). He holds one of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canadas prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Awards for doctoral research. Bothas research focuses on emergency management policy and administration in Canada, with a particular focus on the role of the Canadian Armed Forces in military-civilian collaboration during disaster response.

Jude Kelly

Jude Kelly is a Communications/Public Education Officer with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management with more than two decades of experience in communications, media relatoins, marketing and public education. Along with emergency management, his other passions include music and DJing.

Julie Chambers

Julie currently works for the Town of Newmarket as a Recreation Programmer focusing on the aquatics portfolio and enhancing the departments community safety and preparedness initiatives. Prior to this, Julie held roles in provincial government, environmental emergency management, municipal emergency management, and recreation and event planning. Julie recently completed a Master of Disaster and Emergency Management degree from York University and is a certified Associate Business Continuity Professional. Having been involved in a variety of volunteer organizations such as Toronto Pride, Safe Rail Communities, the Canadian Red Cross, and various university associations, Julie is passionate about engaging and enhancing the experience of the OAEMmembership and forming connections with the broader emergency management community.

Kathleen Brough

MA Disaster and Emergency Management Candidate York University BAH Honours in Psychology and Political Science University of Guelph

Kevin Young

Kevin is an Industry Consultant at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure Kevin Young has 15 years combined disaster recovery (DR), business continuity (BCP), and emergency response planning (ERP) experience, primarily in the western Canadian market place. His experience includes IT systems and data center administration, DR/BCP/ERP consulting services, and DR coordinator roles, as well as environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) auditing and management system development. Kevin has worked in both the IT and EH&S / regulatory compliance industries and possesses both a Certified Business Continuity Professional and Certified Environmental Auditor designation. Kevin now consults in various industries on Hexagon Safety & Infrastructures solutions for emergency planning and response.

Kim Fournier

Kim is a disaster and emergency management consultant and author, specializing in a whole community approach. Kims work integrates disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, public education, public health, disaster and emergency management and practice. Kim works with families, communities, private industry, non-profit organizations and government. She offers unique expertise developed during a dynamic 30-plus year career with experience in disaster management, risk reduction, community resilience and health, emergency response, leadership, education, senior management, population health, project management, and international, multi-national, and multi-disciplinary operations. Kim is compassionate in helping families and contributing her diverse skills, experience, knowledge, and education to global disaster risk reduction and resilience. Well-known for her practical approach, strong work ethic, leadership, and education skills, Kim integrates needs, capacity, training, practice and research, to develop resilience within families, communities and organizations.Kim is adept at analysis and problem-solving when assessing needs, capabilities, and vulnerabilities to effectively develop practical solutions.A forward-thinking leader, Kim combines practical analysis with insight and resourcefulness to work towards real results for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow.With untiring compassion and strong humanitarian values, Kim feels privileged and grateful to be part of a global disaster risk reduction team that strives to improve the quality of life for this generation, and, most importantly, to provide a better world for our children

Margaret Mieczkowski

Margaret Mieczkowski began her insurance career in 1998 with State Farm Insurance as a Customer Service Representative. Margaret joined North City General Insurance Brokers in 2003 as a Service Representative, specializing in Group Home & Auto Insurance for First Responders. Her enthusiasm and ability to connect with the customer carved her career path to the Sales Dept. where she accelerated and became the Sales Team Leader. Today, Margaret is the Marketing Manager for North City General Insurance. Her quest for knowledge in the Digital world has taken the Brokerage to a new level of Customer contact. While working at North City, Margaret was able to build a strong connection with her First Responder clients. She believes in supporting causes that support them. One of those organizations is The Tema Conter Memorial Trust which benefits First Responders with PTSD. North City believes in helping those who help us.

Mark Evans

Mark began his career in emergency management through volunteering with The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services (EDS). Years later, Mark has championed a new strategic vision and brought about unprecedented growth to the EDS program in Ottawa. Mark brings his comprehensive emergency response experience to his role as EDS Manager, GTA & North Region. By working to strengthen relationships and partnerships across various sectors and delivering effective response options with strong leadership, Mark endeavours to add value in all aspects of his career.

Michel C. Doré

Dr. Michel C. Doré is professor at Université du Québec à Montréal and currently president of the Canadian Risk and Hazard Network. Through his 33 years as emergency manager he has assumed assistant deputy ministers positions with the governments of Canada and Quebec. In 2018, he was awarded the Emergency management exemplary services award.

Mike O'Brien

Mike OBrien is the President of OAEM. He is also CEMC for the City of Burlington. He has served with the Canadian Forces in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He recently completed an MA in Disaster and Emergency Management.

Monique Rollin

Now a professional consultant, I am a highly experienced police leader of over 31 years service with demonstrated abilities to lead and train diverse teams of officers, civilians and community partners to high levels of success. I am proud to lead with a high level of professionalism to eliminate bias in the workplace, promote cultural awareness and cultural intelligence. I am an accomplished and skilled investigator, tactical & critical incident commander, major case manager, trainer, professional standards supervisor & experienced in international full scale emergency response ICS FEMA, disaster and exercise planning and 20 year hostage/crisis negotiator . I have achieved expertise in developing training and investigation standards in crimes against vulnerable victims.

OAEM Education Committee

Gary Galbraith heads the education committee, which is dedicated to helping students transition into careers in emergency management through various programs, initiatives and awards. Gary is currently the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management at Sheridan College and the Investigation: Public & Private diploma program. He holds a Masters degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from York University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Policy Studies and Public Administration at Ryerson University.

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Patricia Martel

Assessment, which won international praise and was selected as an input paper for the UNISDR's GAR 2015. She is currently seconded to the MTO's and Planning Office as a Senior Program Adviser and is working towards a PhD with a focus on emergency management. Patricia runs a personal twitter feed, @Ontariohazards, in her free time to provide timely safety and warning information.

Paul Hassanally

Paul is currently an emergency and continuity management role with Niagara Health. Paul is also an active volunteer with Team Rubicon Canada, which is a veteran and first responder-based disaster response NGO. Paul is also a currently serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces in the Primary Reserve, in a role that helps to connect and train military personnel to be liaisons and advisors to their civilian emergency management counterparts. Pauls background is in municipal emergency management, specializing in Emergency Operations Centres training and exercises. Paul has graduated from the post-graduate certificate program at Sheridan College and the Masters Degree program at York University for Disaster and Emergency Management.

Rob Keller

Rob Keller was retired from the Army when he received a call from the ND Department of Emergency (NDDES) Services to return to full time Public Information Officer status to work a small protest happening in southern Morton County that would probably fizzle out in 2-3 months! Nine months later he returned to retirement status. During the DAPL protest Rob was the lead PIO for the Morton County Sheriff Department and the Co-Lead PIO for the NDDES Joint Information Center. Over 760 protesters were arrested and garnished the attention of the world. This was the most challenging and rewarding position that I have ever been involved in my entire career. I felt that I was the right person in the right place at the right time for the right reasons. Robs previous career positions had in effect prepared him for his last PIO mission. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Television Journalism, was a TV news reporter, TV anchor, a community relations officer for a police department, a television producer, marketing and advertising for the U.S. Army, worked multiple FEMA disasters in North Dakota to include floods, wildfires, snow storms and a Canadian Pacific railroad anhydrous ammonia spill. Not to mention during his 26 year Army career, he was deployed on two PIO missions to Iraq, five PIO missions to Ghana, Africa and working with twelve Killed In Action (KIA) soldiers and their families. He has been a FEMA G290/G291 trainer for over 10 years having trained over 500 PIO practitioners. Rob has left Morton County and back to semi-retirement but is training Public Information Officers from multiple agencies who may have a need for crisis communication. He is married with a very understanding wife, a son who is following in his footsteps as a career military man and a daughter who is a stay at home mom. He has five grandchildren that now take up his entire time. He is also an adventure motorcycle rider who has traveled on journeys across Canada to the Arctic Ocean, South American and everything in between.

Rob McDonald

Rob McDonald is an Inspector with the Ontario Provincial Police, stationed in North Bay. He is responsible COOP's for 40 buildings, emergency management, audits and facilities management. He is certified in IMS 100, 200, BEM, Exercise Design, CEMIII, ABCP and is a CSAZ1600 instructor, and has various other certifications in policing. He is trained in threat assessments and teaches First Aid, CPR and Defib training. Rob is also a Level IV hockey referee and coach both ringette and hockey.

Sarah Kirkwood

Sarah Kirkwood is the first graduate of the Masters of Environmental Studies at Queens University and Graduate of the Masters of Disaster and Emergency Management at York University. She is currently continuing her education at Mohawk College completing a certificate program in Adult Education. Sarah is proud to work for GHD as an emergency management consultant and has 10 years experience in the emergency response and hazardous material industries. Sarah also maintains her Sail Canada coaching credentials and works as a learning facilitator and coach.

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson is an emergency management professional from Vancouver, BC. Her recent work focuses on damage assessment program development for municipal governments, especially the role of community-based, spontaneous initiatives. Her experience and interests also include a strong background in Emergency Social Services (ESS), psycho-social first aid and spontaneous volunteer management.

Satyamoorthy Kabilan

Dr Kabilan leads the National Security and Public Safety team at the Conference Board of Canada. He provides leadership and oversight to all contract research and executive network activities and is regularly in the media speaking about emergency management issues.

Sean Maraj

Sean Maraj is an armour officer in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and currently the Second in Command for the National Command and Control Support Service. He has over 20 years of military experience and most recently completed a four-year tour with the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Petawawa Ontario. With an expertise in operations, training and logistics Seans experience in the military includes participating in the military response to the 1997 Red River Flood and 1998 Ice Storm. In recent years he was the designated commander of the CF reconnaissance CBRN response unit during the Vancouver Olympics and the Immediate Response Unit (Vangaurd) Operations Officer for Central Canada. Beyond the military Sean has been a professional journalist/reporter, an international volunteer as well as a research assistant for the Department of Foreign Affairs. He holds a BA Honours in Political Science and English from the University of Western Ontario as well as a MA in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University.

Serenna Besserer

The Canadian Red Cross is a humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. Serenna Besserer is a Canadian Red Cross Disaster Management Community Service Coordinator for Northeastern Ontario, which includes more than 40 municipalities. For the past five years working there, she has assisted municipalities in preparing for and responding to emergencies by providing the coordination of emergency social services, relief supplies and managing a large group of volunteers.

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Steve Elliott

Involved with Samaritans Purse Canada (SPC), an international Christian Disaster Relief organization, from 2009 to the present day, Mr. Elliott serves as their Disaster Response Coordinator for Central Canada. He is responsible for developing the organizations disaster relief and recovery programs in both Ontario and Manitoba and in this role, he actively develops long-term relationships with municipalities, churches, faith-based organizations, the private sector and donors. During disasters across Canada, he acts as their Program Manager responsible for overall Site Response and Recovery operations, Logistics coordination and Communications. As part of his international disaster response and recovery commitment, he is also a member of SPCs International Disaster Assistance Response Team. He has been deployed as a Project Officer with Samaritans Purse International, having responsibility for Logistics warehouse management, supply chain resilience and asset acquistions - following the devastating impact of Typhoon Yolanda on the Central Visayas in the Philippines. He also actively takes part in briefing DND DART officers responsible for being deployed internationally, orientating them to role of SPC in a global disaster theatre of operations. He currently sits as co-chair of the recently formed NGO Alliance of Ontario, a network of non-governmental organizations in the Province of Ontario whose focus is providing a coordinated, effective, and efficient NGO response to disasters impacting municipalities.

Suzanne Bernier

Suzanne Bernier is an award-winning and internationally recognized emergency management and business continuity consultant, instructor and speaker, who has helped governments, communities and companies plan for and respond to disasters for nearly two decades. She have been involved in crises such as the 1998 ice Storm in Eastern Canada, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the H1N1 pandemic, as well as numerous others. Prior to her career in crisis management, she was a news reporter and anchor, as well as government press secretary/communications advisor and speechwriter. She's online at

Tali Serota

Tali Serota is a graduate of York Universitys Master of Disaster and Emergency Management program. Tali now works as a Coordinator, Dam and Public Safety at Ontario Power Generation advising the Hydro-Thermal Operations Business Unit on emergency preparedness and response, developing emergency management governance and leading the design of major exercises.

The Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross is a humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

Thomas Appleyard

Thomas Appleyard is an emergency management and leadership consultant working primarily with non-profit organizations. Thomas has a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business.

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Anhydrous Ammonia Hazards in Your Community; It's not the stuff you buy in the grocery store!

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