Canada Council News: 2018

IAEM-Canada News Archives: Jan.-June 2017 | July-Dec. 2017 

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  • Two Winners Named for the 2018 IAEM-Canada Merit Award (06 Nov 2018)

    Dave Colvin, 2018 IAEM-Canada Merit Award Winner

    Dave Colvin was inspired to enter the field of emergency management when, as a young man, a natural gas-line explosion in his neighborhood prompted the evacuation of more than 1,200 people. This event ignited his desire for involvement in volunteer opportunities with amateur radio, air search-and-rescue, and training in federal emergency preparedness. After nearly 20 years as the emergency response and preparedness coordinator at Western University in London, Ontario (ON), and another decade as the manager of emergency management for the city of London, Dave now serves as the emergency management coordinator for the County of Perth, headquartered in the office of Paramedic Services in Stratford, ON. In this role, Dave looks after the emergency management coordination for the county as well as four neighboring municipalities. He was recently awarded the IAEM-Canada Merit Award.

    Dave was recognized for the work he has done with the adoption and implementation of the Municipal 511 system in Perth County. This is a map-based information-sharing platform which allows users to log in from any device at home or office to track information such as weather, radar, road conditions, and Google Traffic. This affordable program is available to municipal staff and emergency response organizations and is capable of layering specific information pertinent to the operations of the user, including crowd-sourced information in accidents, local hazards, and response resources. For emergency responders, Responder 511 can track information such as the locations of command posts and staging areas, or evacuation and reception centers. Notwithstanding his more than 30 years of dedication to the emergency management field, making him well deserving of the award, he was specifically recognized by this award for his dedication to the work he has done to increase interoperability and overall response capabilities in Perth County. – Interview and article by Carey Thiessen

    Nicolas Chebroux, CEM, 2018 IAEM-Canada Merit Award Winner

    Nicolas Chebroux had his first glimpse of the field of emergency management as a child spending his summers on the beaches in the southwest of France. Thoroughly impressed by the water rescue and helicopter rescue efforts, he realized that he had a heart for people in difficult situations and that it would be an interesting career to help people in emergencies. He chose to become a lifeguard, and little by little became more involved in emergency response initiatives, finally deciding to specialize in emergency management in university. After completing his master’s degree in 1999 in France and working in the EM field there, he came to Quebec in 2003 and worked with various organizations, both public and private, for many years.

    Today, based in Calgary, Nicolas has served as an emergency management specialist for the Government of Canada with the National Energy Board for the past two-and-a-half years. He also has been deeply involved in volunteer efforts with the International Red Cross in France, and domestically with the Canadian Red Cross. However, it was his efforts in coordinating the federal humanitarian response for refugees at the Quebec border last year that got him recognized for the IAEM-Canada Merit Award. He was sent by the Canadian Red Cross to the Quebec border to implement, for the first time, a federal level international response – that included the Red Cross, other companies, and provincial partners – to welcome refugees to Canada. As a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with IAEM, Nicolas feels the honour of the award is shared with all of the people who first trusted him to do the work and with all who were involved in the project. – Interview and article by Carey Thiessen
  • First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership Shares Recommendations for Emergency Managers (30 Oct 2018) The First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership brings together researchers at the University of Alberta and Canadian Forest Service; seven First Nations in Alberta (Dene Tha’ First Nation and Whitefish Lake First Nation), Saskatchewan (Lac La Ronge Indian Band (Stanley Mission) and Onion Lake Cree Nation), and Ontario (Deer Lake First Nation, Sandy Lake First Nation, and Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation); and agencies that carry out or provide support during wildfire evacuations. The research team, together with research assistants, interviewed more than 200 residents to learn about First Nation peoples’ wildfire evacuation experiences and identify ways to reduce negative impacts of evacuations. They found that all participating First Nations carried out their evacuations effectively in difficult circumstances. There are many examples of adaptive resilience, where decisions made during the evacuation helped to minimize negative impacts. However, not all evacuation experiences were positive, and there were still negative mental and physical health impacts on evacuees. The linked article and infographic summarize the recommendations for emergency managers, from participants and our research team.
  • Let us know what you think about the value, benefits and opportunities for improvement at IAEM-Canada. IAEM-Canada wants to serve our members and the overall emergency management community better, so take five minutes to complete the survey by Nov. 1, 2018, and get a chance to win your annual membership fees. #IAEMCANSUR2018
  • Have you read ICS Outside the Norm, by IAEM Canada’s, own IAEM Canada Holly Tobin, Vice President, IAEM-Canada Atlantic Region? The article is available here. (24 Sept 2018)
  • Save the Date for IAEM Canada’s Annual Conference June 2019 in Calgary (24 Sept 2018) This annual event is designed for Canadian emergency management and industry professionals like you. IAEM Canada will be hosting our second conference back in Calgary, June 4-7, 2019. Join us for this premier, national conference at the top of the beautiful Bow Building in downtown Calgary.
  • Registration is Open for the 2019 CatIQ Connect, Canada’s Catastrophe Conference (24 July 2018) The 2019 CatIQ Connect (formerly known as C4), Canada’s Catastrophe Conference, will take place on Feb. 4-6, 2019, at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Ontario. Registration is now open, and you can save $100 by registering by Oct. 31, 2018. CatIQ Connect is a content-driven discussion to foster collaboration before, during and after catastrophic events. This conference provides a content driven overview of catastrophes, discusses strategies in catastrophe management and explores sector perspectives. Overall themes are on preparedness and resiliency, available tools, and impacted stakeholder and policy makers working together for the greater good of all Canadians. Keynote speakers will include: Henk Ovink, special envoy for international water affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Ed Struzik, writer, photographer and author of Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future; and Howard Kunreuther, co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Underprepare for Disasters. Complete details and registration are online at the event siteIAEM-Canada is a community partner of CatIQ Connect.
  • IAEM-Canada to Hold 2019 Annual Conference in Calgary (17 July 2018) IAEM-Canada will hold its 2019 Annual Conference on June 4-7, 2019, in Alberta, Calgary. Save the date! Details about the 2019 conference will be posted here as they become available.

  • IAEM-Canada Issues Call for Interest in IAEM-Canada Membership Director Position
    (09 June 2018) Anyone interested please provide a short bio and photo to, by Friday, July 27, 2018. The IAEM-Canada Board will
    appoint the successful candidate. Download complete details here.
  • IAEM-Canada Seeks Feedback by Friday, June 15th on Inaugural Conference (14 June 2018) IAEM-Canada’s premier Leadership and Innovation in Emergency Management Conference was held in Calgary, June 5-8, 2018. Conference attendees experienced global, expert keynote speakers who inspired their audiences with current, real-life events, their challenges and lessons learned, and attendees left with new EM tools to take back to their organizations. Attendees networked in breaks and during workshops with other colleagues who share their understanding of the diverse challenges EM and industry professionals in Canada face every day. If you attended the conference, please let the organizers know what you thought about the inaugural IAEM Canada conference by completing a short survey. The deadline for survey responses is Friday, June 15, 2018.


  • EM Weekly's Podcast Featured IAEM-Canada's President (14 June 2018) Episode 65 of Weekly's podcast was focused on emergency management in Canada. Greg Solecki, CEM, IAEM-Canada President, discussed some of the differences, challenges, and similarities faced by Canadian emergency managers. Listen to the podcast here



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