OAEM Board of Directors
The OAEM Board of Directors Executive is made up of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary; elected each year by the Board. This group is responsible for the administration of the Board and the Association.
The 2022 Board of Directors
The Board Executive
Paula-Marie Jannetta is an accomplished emergency management and business continuity professional with over fifteen years of experience in the field. She has served in program management and operational response positions in provincial, municipal, non-government and post-secondary organizations including numerous field deployments in response to domestic and international disasters.
Paula-Marie has earned a professional certification in critical infrastructure protection (PCIP), is a Certified Municipal Manager (CMMII), Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) and IMS Instructor. Specializations include EM/BCP program and plan evaluation/review, critical infrastructure protection analysis, public-private sector plan integration, multi-stakeholder response protocols and exercise programs.
In 2020, Paula-Marie was the recipient of the John Redpath Niagara College Campus Safety Above and Beyond Recognition Award for Operational Excellence for her efforts in developing an emergency management program framework and management roles for Ontario’s post-secondary institutions. Currently, Paula-Marie is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Crime Prevention Committee.
Katie is a Director of Global Risk Consulting with Paladin Risk Solutions, where she has direct oversight of national and international projects spanning security, risk, fire and emergency management services. Her team regularly assists organizations with navigating their hazardous environment and threats, while meeting their regulatory requirements. Katie’s background includes emergency management in the healthcare sector and working with first responders on the development of comprehensive response plans for various industries. She holds a Maters degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from York University, along with many industry recognized certifications.
Robin Bleich is a currently serving her 16th year as an Acting Sergeant police officer in the province of Ontario. Robin is a graduate student with Wilfrid Laurier University, currently in her final term for a masters in Public Safety, with a concentration in Emergency Management. She also possesses a four-year (hons) undergraduate degree in Professional Arts, majoring in criminal justice from Athabasca University. She has been recognized for her leadership, educational and community contributions, and service through numerous international, national, and municipal accolades, awards, and bursaries. Alongside her role as member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Crime Prevention Committee, Robin has influenced transnational change in policing, specifically addressing issues pertaining to emergency management within the educational sector and developing a standardized approach to emergency management response protocols.
Greg has worked in municipal government for 39 years before retiring in 2019. He served 30 years in Toronto with Parks and Recreation, Toronto Police Service and the Office of Emergency Management and finished his last 9 years with York Region Emergency Management. Concurrently he also worked in the federal government for 33 years having served as a military officer in the Canadian Armed Forces retiring in 2016. He is a graduate of Brock and Trent Universities, Sheridan and Humber Colleges. He has a certificate of Adjudication from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and has studied at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and at the University of Toronto.
Greg maintains his membership with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), Condominium Authority of Ontario and currently works part-time as a Professor at Seneca College in the School of Public Safety and Behavioural Science and also an independent contractor. He also sits on a number of Boards including the York Region Branch of St John Ambulance where he serves as the Chairman, and with various military veteran and other not for profit organizations. He has been a member of the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers, and with the Disaster Recovery Institute Canada – as an Associated Business Continuity Professional. Greg is also has been a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute and is also a member with the International Order of St George.
The Board of Directors
Daphne Farrell, CRSP, ABCP, CEMC, is a leader in development and implementation of strategic emergency management programs. She continues to specialize in emergency response for private sector companies, municipalities, First Nations communities, federal, provincial, regional governments, and unorganized territories.
Daphne is skilled in risk analysis, field deployments, all emergency operations centre (EOC) incident management systems. She provides advice and assistance to senior leaders and emergency managers before, during, and after evolving or declared emergencies. Specialist in community evacuations, host community support, and emergency information management.
Drawing on over 25 years' experience as an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist in the chemical industry, Emergency Management Ontario, Field Officer, and a Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC), Daphne continues to be engaged and passionate about Emergency Management. She has successfully worked to simplify emergency management processes through solid strategic alignment, planning processes, legislative compliance, emergency response training, and exercise development and delivery.
Provincially certified instructor in Incident Management Systems (IMS) IMS100, IMS200, IMS250, and IMS300, Exercise Design, Emergency Information Management, customized Life Safety & Security Programs and train the trainer modules.
In 2022, Daphne was elected to the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) as Director of Communities, bringing together industry and government leaders to reflect Ontario's diverse and unique partnerships.
EM Canada was founded by Daphne in 2018 - bringing together industry leaders in communities and fostering a "Whole Community Responsibility".
Sita strongly believes in lifelong learning and currently holds a B. A. in psychology from York University, a post-grad certificate in Occupational Health & Safety from Ryerson University, a Career and Work Counsellor Diploma from George Brown College, and a post-grad certificate in Emergency Management from Fanshawe College, among others.
Mesha Richard (she/her) is the current Education Director for the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers. She is the Safety & Emergency Manager for the Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto. In this role, she acts as a subject matter expert assisting with the development and maintenance of safety and emergency management governance, training materials, and exercises. Mesha holds a Master of Disaster and Emergency Management degree from York University, as well as a Masters certificate for the assessment and management of volcanic risk from the University of Geneva, and Bachelors' degrees from Western University and Brandon University in the focus areas of political science and disaster studies.
Andrew is currently working as the Emergency and Disaster Management Specialist at Hamilton Health Sciences and has previously worked in a similar role for the Scarborough Health Network. He is currently serving as a Course Director for the York University Disaster and Emergency Management graduate studies program where he graduated from in 2014. He was among the first Canadian members of the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals and is currently a member of the association‘s Education Committee. A keen area of interest is the continued professionalization of emergency management, particularly in healthcare, and building partnerships both in Ontario and internationally to further this goal. As a board member he is interested in building the membership of the association, bringing emergency managers from different sectors, levels of experience, and from across all regions of the province.
Nicole is the Program Manager (A) for the Ontario Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT), operated under Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Prior to this, her emergency management and business continuity experience included roles within various levels of government such as the Health System Emergency Management Branch at the MOH, York Region Public Health Branch, Halton Region Health Department, the Cities of Burlington and Vaughan, and as a Quality and Risk Intern with the Central Community Care Access Centre (OH).
Nicole has a Master of Arts Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University and is certified as an Associate Business Continuity Professional through the Disaster Recovery Institute (Canada). She is also a certified BEM 200, IMS 200 and a CSA Z1600: Emergency and Continuity Management instructor. Nicole strives to create a well-connected network of EMBC professionals who actively participate in and benefit from OAEM initiatives.
Non-Voting Board Support
Alex Lawless - OFMEM - Liaison
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 OAEM 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.
Perry Ruehlen - Business Administrator
Perry Ruehlen has been an association management executive for 15 years, bringing her experience as the former executive director of the Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce to her role as CEO and President of AssociationsFirst (AF). A skilled and talented leader, she specializes in managing large events while concurrently overseeing the needs of the Board and Committee meetings. She has an ongoing interest in governance, client services and strategic planning and in this capacity, she provides invaluable guidance to AF clients. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University with customer service training from the Disney Institute. P. Ruehlen is currently serves as the executive director for a number of AF clients including the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers.
Kari Fisher is a volunteer firefighter with the Markstay-Warren Fire Department, as well as a Fire Prevention Officer and a FIT Officer. She has completed NFPA 1001 Level 1 and 2 through the Ontario Fire College, and is also trained in HAZMAT Awareness and Operations. She has a background in the natural gas and propane industry, and the environmental sector. Currently she manages six online learning centres. In addition to firefighting and public education, she is a published author of an Amazon best-seller, for which she received the 2017 Outstanding Neighbor's Award for Arts and Literature from the city of Rouyn-Noranda. In her spare time she drinks a lot of coffee, enjoys hiking with her children, and raises egg-laying chickens. Kari is currently working towards a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management at Algonquin College.
Kathy Branton - Post Secondary Institution Committee Chair - Email Kathy
Kathy has been working in emergency management for over 20 years, specifically working in the postsecondary sector for 15 years. She is currently the Manager of Business Continuity and Emergency Management at Humber College. Kathy is very skilled at program and plan development and especially enjoys developing and delivering training and managing an EOC during emergency responses.
Kathy is an instructor of BEM, IMS100, IMS200 and IMS for the EOC, experienced in exercise design and delivery, is a Certified Municipal Manager (CMM) lll in Emergency Management and as a Security Professional, holds an Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) designation, is an Honours graduate of Humber College in Advanced Crisis Intervention and Counselling and is currently completing her Master’s thesis in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University, studying the efficacy and benefit of active attacker training in the postsecondary setting.
Kathy is the currently the chair of the Emergency Management and the OMMI (Ontario Municipal Management Institute) Accreditation committees of the OACUSA (the Ontario Association of College and University Security Administrators), sits on the board of directors of OMMI and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Crime Prevention Committee.
Robyn Heibert - Editor - Email Robyn
Robyn has over ten years of experience in the disaster and emergency management field, having held positions with the Canadian Red Cross in Slave Lake Alberta and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Since 2017, Robyn has worked for the City of Mississauga as an Emergency Management Specialist. She has experience in EOC operations, emergency social services, exercises, public education, training, and volunteer management.
She is also a certified provincial instructor for several courses, including EM 200, EM 240 and IMS (up to the 300 level). as well as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers and is an Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) through DRI Canada. Robyn considers herself a lifelong learner as evidenced by undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Education, certificates in Emergency Management and Workplace Instruction and a Masters in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University.