Canada Council News: 2018

IAEM-Canada 2018 Emergency Management Leadership
and Innovation Conference
June 5-8, 2018 | Calgary, Alberta

Registration is now live! Enter the event site here



The 2018 IAEM Awards Competition is now open. The entry deadline is June 1, 2018.
IAEM-Canada members can enter both the six Global Award categories and the four Canada-only Award categories.
Complete details are available here.

The April 2018 IAEM Bulletin is now online.

The IAEM Poster Showcase Call for Abstracts is now openDeadline: May 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EDT.



IAEM Canada President Greg Solecki, CEM, presented the City of Ottawa with a Presidential Citation on Dec. 5, 2017, in 
recognition of the preparedness, response, and recovery work done by the Office of Emergency Management and several city departments. Left to right: Mayor Jim Watson, Anthony Di Monte, Pierre Poirier, Myles Cassidy, Vera Etches, Kate Todd, Councillor Keith Egli, IAEM Canada Director of Partnership Engagement Jim Montgomery, Paola Parenti, Councillor Diane Deans,
Greg Solecki, Trina Gorr, Cheryl Paju, Melissa Lavery, and Councillor David Chernushenko.

  • DRIE Central to Hold Last Professional Development Session of the Year on Nov. 15, 2017 (07 Nov 2017) The Disaster Recovery Information Exchange’s (DRIE) Central region will hold its final professional development session of the year on Nov. 15, 2017, at the Viscount Gort Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. The session theme will be a “Year in Review – 2017,” featuring these topics: Churchill Rail Service Disruption Panel (Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization, Manitoba Housing, and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority); Northern Manitoba Forest Fire Evacuee Response (Canadian Red Cross); and Active Shooter Preparedness Planning – Lessons from the Orlando, Florida Nightclub Shooting (Rainbow Resource Centre). Registration and details are available online.
     
  • Public Safety Canada to Hold 2017 DRR Roundtable Oct. 23-24, 2017, in Halifax, Nova Scotia (25 Oct 2017) Public Safety Canada is holding the 2017 Disaster Risk Reduction Roundtable in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Oct. 23-24, 2017. Representatives from IAEM-Canada will be in attendance to help promote national disaster risk reduction. This is the Eighth Annual National Disaster Roundtable on disaster risk reduction, based on the theme of “Building Back Better,” and the first joint meeting with Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform. The Annual National Roundtable facilitates coordination and implementation of Canada's Platform activities, and serves as a multi-stakeholder forum for discussing national DRR issues and information sharing. Participation is open to any interested parties, departments, organizations or individuals concerned with reducing the risks posed by disasters, including members of the private sector, all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, students and the general public.
     
  • CHRNet’s Oct. 25-27, 2017, Symposium Will Focus on "Building Resilience: From Catastrophe toCapacity" (24 Oct 2017) The Canadian Risk and Hazards Network’s (CHRNet) 14th Annual Symposium, Oct. 25-27, 2017, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will offer the opportunity for dialogue focusing on disaster risk reduction and facilitating policy formulation and adaptation of best practices in Canada. Make sure to connect with IAEM-Atlantic Region members at the IAEM-Canada booth, to obtain updates on current programs and projects across the country. “Building Resilience: From Catastrophe to Capacity” is the 2017 symposium theme, and the program will review and discuss the history of hazard characterization and disaster risk reduction, with a key to creating a vision for the future. It will include plenary and themed sessions; presentations; panel discussions; and poster presentations.
     
  • IAEM-Canada and EPIC Partner to Provide EM Podcasts in Canada (18 Oct 2017) IAEM-Canada has partnered with Emergency Preparedness in Canada Podcast, an educational podcast aimed at emergency managers of all types. “There is great content to find from some of our most respected emergency management practitioners in Canada – give it a listen,” said Greg Solecki, CEM, IAEM-Canada President. The most recent podcast, broadcast Oct. 11, 2017, on the complexities of campus emergency management, is one of 11 podcasts now available. You are invited to listen, as the series explores emerging disaster trends, interviews key Canadian emergency management professionals, and reviews both new and landmark EM literature.
     
  • IAEM-Canada Student Region President Jenn Nelson was honored by the CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau Chapter with the Executive Member of the Year Award. See excerpt from newsletter below, and learn more about Jenn's award on page 28 of the online newsletter.


     
  • Managing Risk from the Front Line, Risk in Review 2017: Canadian Insights (24 July 2017) First-time report from PricewaterhouseCoopers addresses Canadian-specific results from its global study.
  • TED-style Talks on Disaster and Resilience from "Resilient Calgary" Event (24 July 2017) The Centre for Community Disaster Research hosted the "Resilient Calgary" event last month, which included 10 short TED-style talks on disaster and resilience, five of them featuring work going on at the CCDR, and five of them by distinguished guests – all of them leading experts in the field. 
     
  • Test of Alerting Capabilitly to Be Held During Emergency Preparedness Week (26 June 2017) During Emergency Preparedness Week 2018, a test will be conducted of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial National Public Alerting System (NPAS) that provides a standardised alerting capability across Canada. The test will be conducted annually during Emergency Preparedness Week, as directed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.

    On Apr. 6, 2017, the Commission issued Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2017-91, regarding implementation of the National Public Alerting System by wireless service providers to protect Canadians. Therein, the Commission directed wireless service providers to implement Wireless Public Alerting (WPA) capability on their long-term evolution (LTE) networks by Apr. 6, 2018. In paragraph 83 of the decision, the Commission requested that the CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee (CISC) report back to the Commission, with a progress report by July 5, 2017, and a final report by Oct. 3, 2017, on the following:
    • a public awareness test schedule, which includes only one visible alert per year during Emergency Preparedness Week;
    • a frequency and schedule for test alerts that are invisible to end-users; and
    • amendments to the ATIS standard as required.

For more information, please review the Federal Communications Commission Amendments to the Rules Regarding the Emergency Alerting System (Nov. 1, 2016). The update pertains to many of the technical issues facing the TIF33 and CLF groups. The WPA Public Awareness Ad Hoc Working Group will be posting updates, and further material is available online.

  • Registration Is Now Open for the IAEM 2017 Annual Conference (22 June 2017) Discover for your yourself why the IAEM Annual Conference is consistently described as the premiere emergency management event of the year! Register today and save up to $100 off your registration fee for the 65th IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX in Long Beach, California, Nov. 10-15, 2017. Complete details, including the online program and video highlights from the 2016 IAEM Annual Conference, can be found at www.iaemconference.info
     
  • Download 2017 List of Canadian Emergency Management Events (12 June 2017)
     
  • IAEM-Canada to Hold AGM May 11 in Conjunction with 17th OAEM Conference (03 Mar 2017) IAEM-Canada members were notified on Mar. 3 that IAEM-Canada has partnered with the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) to host the IAEM-Canada AGM in conjunction with the 17th OAEM Conference and AGM. The IAEM-Canada AGM will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 1600-1730 hours, in the Auditorium at the Ron Joyce Centre, 4350 S Service Road, Burlington, Ontario, OAEM has offered IAEM-Canada members the member rate for the OAEM conference, which will take place May 11-12, 2017, at the Ron Joyce Centre (see conference brochure). Members are encouraged to support this conference, as attendance can be used towards your professional development credits for your AEM/CEM.
     
  • CRTC Directs all Canadian Wireless Service Providers to Join the National Public Alerting System (07 Apr 2017) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on Apr. 6 directed all Canadian wireless service providers to implement a wireless public alerting system on their long-term evolution (LTE) networks by April 2018. This system will allow emergency management officials, such as fire marshals and police agencies, to warn Canadians on their mobile devices of dangers to life and property. The alerts will be sent to mobile devices connected to LTE networks, which are available to more than 97% of Canadians. Service providers also have been tasked by the CRTC to work with their federal, provincial and territorial counterparts to develop an awareness campaign and test schedule. Learn more.
  • Nomination Period Is Open until May 12 for CACP/Motorola Awards for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness (27 Mar 2017) The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, and Motorola Solutions Incorporated have partnered for the past eight years to offer the CCAP/Motorola Awards for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness. The awards were established to recognize a standard of excellence exemplifying the combined efforts of police, fire, and emergency medical services in preparing their agencies for any subsequent response to natural or man-made disasters. This dedication to emergency preparedness contributes to the quality of life in our communities. There are two award categories: Emergency Preparedness Program and Emergency Response Exercise. Details, eligibility criteria, and application instructions are provided online, and applications must be received by May 12, 2017.
     
  • The IAEM Certification Commission Announces the Certification Webinar Series (13 Mar 2017) The Certification Webinar Series is a free program we will pilot in 2017 to assist candidates in obtaining their certification with IAEM. With premises rooted in the elements of a successful certification application and succinctly proving the meeting of the criteria, this series of short, valuable experiences will demonstrate to candidates that certification is attainable.

    The Certification Webinar Series will be offered beginning in April 2017. Each 30-minute presentation will conclude with 30 minutes for questions and answers with Certification Commissioners. The series will be broken into the following segments:

    Initial Pilot Offering (second Thursdays at 3:00 pm Eastern):
    April 13 – Introduction to the Certification Webinar Series, Essay
    May 11 – Training, Letters of Reference, Exam, Certification Fees
    June 8 – Experience/Work History, Degree Documentation
    July 13 – Professional Contributions

    To register for the Certification Webinar Series, please visit the Certification Webinar Series web page. Registration will end one week prior to each webinar.

    If you have any questions, please send an email to info@iaem.com. Please Note: Attendance at these webinars does not count toward training hours for your application.
     
  • IAEM-Canada Members can Receive a Registration Discount for the International Urban Security and Resilience Conference in May 2017 (07 Mar 2017) IAEM-Canada is a supporter of the International Urban Security and Resilience Conference, to be held May 16-19, 2017, in Toronto, and IAEM-Canada members are eligible to receive a discount on the registration rate using this code: 052017CWIAEM. The Infrastructure Resilience and Research Group (IRRG), Office of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in partnership with ASIS International and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada, will be hosting the conference. The purpose of the event is to provide a high-level forum for approximately 1,200 representatives of the security intelligence and law enforcement communities, public and private security practitioners, government officials, community and corporate leaders, and nongovernmental agencies to engage in a dialogue with the view to developing new strategies to counter the evolving security challenges of the 21st century.
     
  • IAEM-Canada to Hold AGM May 11 in Conjunction with 17th OAEM Conference (03 Mar 2017) IAEM-Canada members were notified on Mar. 3 that IAEM-Canada has partnered with the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) to host the IAEM-Canada AGM in conjunction with the 17th OAEM Conference and AGM. The IAEM-Canada AGM will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 1600-1730 hours, in the Auditorium at the Ron Joyce Centre, 4350 S Service Road, Burlington, Ontario, OAEM has offered IAEM-Canada members the member rate for the OAEM conference, which will take place May 11-12, 2017, at the Ron Joyce Centre (see conference brochure). Members are encouraged to support this conference, as attendance can be used towards your professional development credits for your AEM/CEM. More information on the IAEM-Canada AGM will be available soon.
     
  • Call for IAEM Annual Conference Speakers Open Until Feb. 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST (11 Jan 2017) You are invited to submit your
    abstract to be considered for a breakout session at the IAEM 65th Annual Conference & EMEX Expo, Nov. 10-15, 2017, in Long Beach, California. To be selected, it is crucial that your submission be a compelling presentation “story” that will engage the IAEM audience. Speakers must be knowledgeable and qualified on the subject matter being presented. Submission requirements and instructions can be found in the Speaker Submission Guidance. Breakout sessions are one hour in length, including Q&A.
     

 

 

 

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