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IAEM-Canada 2018 Emergency Management Leadership and Innovation Conference

Featured Speakers

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Kendall Dilling
Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment & Regulatory, Cenovus Energy

Welcome: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Kendall Dilling is Vice-President of Health, Safety, Environment & Regulatory for Cenovus Energy. He is accountable for company-wide health, safety and environmental standards, processes and systems, and for driving safety commitments across the company. In addition, Kendall and his team ensure Cenovus has the proper regulatory approvals and compliance assurance processes in place. [bio]

Desiree (Desi) Matel-Anderson
"Chief Wrangler," Field Innovation Team (FIT), Technology & Design in Disaster Response

Topic: Impact & Innovation During the 2017 Hurricanes and Earthquakes, Thursday, June 7, 2018
Desiree (Desi) Matel-Anderson will provide insight into the social impacts due to loss of critical infrastructure, including the oil and gas industry as Desi responded to Texas during Hurricane Harvey and also to the Mexico City Earthquake. She deploys into disasters a the “Chief Wrangler” for the Field Innovation Team (FIT), an organization that focuses on bringing smart technology and design into resilience initiatives and disaster response. As the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA, she led the first innovation team down to Hurricane Sandy to provide real-time problem solving in disaster response and recovery. During her tenure she ran think tanks nation-wide to cultivate innovation in communities, historically trended globally on social media during the broadcasts. [bio

David Parsons
Director, Crisis Management Australia

Topic: People – The Critical Element in a Successful EOC, Thursday, June 7, 2018
David Parsons is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management at Queensland University of Technology, an Adjunct Lecturer with the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security Studies at Charles Sturt University, and a senior fellow with the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University. He is a founding partner of Crisis Management Australia, a bespoke consultancy that provides individualised solutions for crisis planning, training and exercising across the Pacific region. This follows a career in the emergency services and corporate crisis management sectors. [bio]

Ryan Turner, CEM
Division Chief of Emergency Management and Safety
City of Henderson (Nevada) Fire Department

Speaker: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Ryan Turner was named the Division Chief of Emergency Management and Safety for the City of Henderson, Nevada, in October 2011, and also fills the key role of Emergency Management Coordinator. He administers, directs, manages and coordinates the activities and operations of the City’s Emergency Management and Safety Division and spearheads issues of homeland security. [bio]

Superintendent Bill Neadles
Toronto Police Service, Emergency Management and Public Order

Topic: Mass Gathering Planning, Friday, June 8, 2018
Superintendent "Bill" Neadles is a well-known and respected emergency management professional with more than 40 years of experience in public safety, security and emergency management. During his tenure with the service, he moved through various ranks to his current role as Superintendent of the Emergency Management & Public Order Unit. His role as Unit Commander includes oversight of the service's emergency management, critical infrastructure, search management, and special events planning. [bio]

Mark O’Byrne
President, Schlumberger Canada Ltd.

Topic: Texas Oil, Texas Hurricanes, Calgary Response, Thursday, June 7, 2018
Mark O'Byrne [bio] is currently President, Palliser Production Limited, a wholly owned business unit of Schlumberger Canada. In this position, Mark is responsible for the development and management of alternative business models & joint venture operations with E&P partners. With a total of 34 years of experience with Schlumberger, Mark has held many field, staff and management positions in a variety of geographic locations around the world.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Eric J. McNulty
Director of Research and Professional Programs for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative

Leadership in Emergency Management, June 8, 2018
Eric McNulty [bio] is responsible for research and writing relating to leaders and leadership in the high stakes, high pressure situations typically faced by those charged with preparedness and response. He is a former editor at large and director of conferences at Harvard Business Publishing. He has written for Harvard Business Review and other leading publications.

Craig Fugate
Chief Emergency Management Officer at One Concern, Retired FEMA Administrator

Topic: Innovation in Emergency Management, Thursday, June 8, 2018
Craig Fugate was appointed as the FEMA Director in May 2009 by President Barack Obama. In 2010, as Director of FEMA, he oversaw a record of eighty-one disaster declarations and superseded that record in 2011 with eighty-seven.


Satyamoorthy Kabilan
Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight at the Conference Board of Canada

Topic: Leadership in Emergency Management: Recent Insights, June 8, 2018
Dr Kabilan provides leadership and oversight activities for the Conference Board of Canada and runs two practices for the board, including National Security and Public Safety and Strategic Foresight.

Caroline McDonald-Harker, PhD
Sociologist and Professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Faculty Affiliate with the Centre for Community Disaster Research
Mount Royal University

Topic: Vulnerable Populations during the 2013 Alberta Flood and 2016 Wildfire: Considerations for Children, Families, and Communities in Disaster Response, Recovery and Preparedness, Friday, June 8, 2018
Dr. Caroline McDonald-Harker is a sociologist and professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and a Faculty Affiliate with the Centre for Community Disaster Research at Mount Royal University. Her areas of research and expertise include disasters; family; parenting/parenthood; children and youth; trauma and resilience; and social equality/justice. Her work has appeared in a variety of scholarly outlets, including The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts; Social Currents; and Demeter Press. She is currently conducting three major community-based research studies in collaboration with 32 non-profit community partners, all of which examine the impacts of disasters on children, families, and communities. [bio]

Douglas J. Wiebe, Ph.D.
Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Informatics, Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania

Topic: The Social Environment and Safe Injection, Friday, June 8, 2018 
Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD, [bio] is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of the Penn Injury Science Center, one of 10 injury control research centers in the United States funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also directs a training program funded by the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health to build capacity for injury prevention and trauma epidemiology in Botswana. Dr. Wiebe leads studies of how places, polices, and the locations where people spend time affect injury risks and health.

Workshop Keynotes

Emergency Public Alerting in Canada

Wondering what to expect from the new Public Alerting system in Canada? Tim Trytten is the Alberta Emergency Alert/GIS Coordinator for Alberta Emergency Management Agency, the Chair of the national Common Look and Feel Committee, and Alberta’s representative on the Common Alerting Protocol – Canadian Profile (CAP-CP) Specifications Committee.

  • Tim Trytten

Tim is the team lead of the longest-running provincial emergency alerting system – Alberta Emergency Alert. Alberta Emergency Alert encompasses all of Alberta and uses television, radio, a smartphone app, Facebook, Twitter and other alert distribution channels to provide emergency information to the public. He has worked in both the Alberta and British Columbia governments in Justice (corrections and policing) and emergency management. [bio]

Integrating IBM’s Intelligent Operations Centre with Emergency Management

Oil and Gas companies need disruptive technologies to compete and survive in today’s turbulent marketplace in order to advance innovation through digital transformation and collaboration, which is what IBM Watson is all about.

  • Tim Workman

    Tim Workman leads IBMs Natural Resources Solution Centre and specialist team of industry SMEs and solution experts focused on operational value creation for oil, gas, and mining clients. The team works with clients to identify cost savings, cost avoidance, and revenue enhancement opportunities in field and facility operations, then aligns IBM solutions and services to support project execution and measured value realization.

Opioid Crisis Workshop

Gain insight into government supported initiatives including conducting spatial analysis on data from the built and social environment to provide an object approach to identifying optimal locations to site a safe injection facility or site.

  • Dr. Doug Wiebe

  • Chair: Tom Watts
    Director, Calgary Zone, Emergency Disaster Management

The Director of Calgary Zone Emergency Disaster Management, Tom Watts has been with Alberta Health Services for the last 10 years, and was involved in the 2010 Slave Lake and 2016 Fort McMurray, wildfires along with the 2013 southern Alberta floods. He is also a member of Canada Task Force 2’s incident management and hazmat teams. Currently Tom volunteers as the President of the IAEM-Canada Alberta Region. His 30 years of emergency management leadership experience includes service as the first Director and Deputy Fire Marshal for the newest Territory of Nunavut and their emergency management department. In this role, Tom looked after all 28 communities within the territory for fire, ambulance, search and rescue, and any other emergency that may have befallen any of the communities. He furthered his experience in industry working for Kruger Inc and Holyrood, NL's Thermal Generating Station. Tom is a strategic thinker with excellent communication and leadership skills.

National NGO Council Development

Work will continue on the Terms of Reference for the Non Government Organization Council for Canada’s response to disaster.

Since August 2016, Perron Goodyear [bio] has served as the Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army’s Canada & Bermuda Territory. Prior to his current role, he spent eight years with the Army’s Ontario Great Lakes Division serving in capacities that included Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director, Public Relations & Development Representative and Divisional Director or Marketing & Communications. He has served as The Salvation Army’s Incident Commander at numerous incidents, including response to the Goderich tornado in 2011, as well as on the Army’s Incident Command team in Galveston, Texas, in October 2008 following Hurricane Ike. Perron currently serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Risk & Hazard Network (CRHNet) and as a member of the Canadian Tri-Services Emergency Management Committee.

Mass Gatherings Evacuations & Casualties

This panel will provide insight into the relationship and shift of preparing for mass gatherings (G8), initiating mass evacuations (Calgary Flood), and responding to mass casualties (Las Vegas).

  • Bill Neadles

  • Ryan Turner

  • Chair: Greg Solecki, CEM
    IAEM-Canada President

    Greg Solecki, CEM, is the President of IAEM-Canada and has recently retired after 30 years in Municipal Government. He has decades of notable experience instituting strategic emergency, continuity, and leadership programs with implementation at the field, corporate and international level.


Student Mentoring Session

Student members will have an opportunity to engage with world renowned emergency managers and discuss their progression and development through the profession.

  • Chair: Jodi Manz-Henezi

Jodi Manz-Henezi is the Program Chair of the Emergency Management Program at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).