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Tuesday, December 4
 

07:00

Registration and Breakfast
Tuesday December 4, 2018 07:00 - 08:00

08:00

Welcome
Tuesday December 4, 2018 08:00 - 08:10

08:10

Opening Remarks
Tuesday December 4, 2018 08:10 - 08:30

08:30

Keynote 1: The Contagion of Climate Change: Is Canada Adapting Fast Enough, and if not, What Should be Done?
Canada is experiencing climate change and extreme weather challenges with increasing frequency, and at great financial and social cost.  In response, Canada must adapt at a pace that at least matches evolving climate induced risk -- otherwise, Canada's operational capacity/GDP will be negatively impacted.  The presentation will examine whether Canada has an adaptation deficit, and if so, the specific actions that should be taken in response.  Additionally, the means by which the capital markets (institutional investors, credit rating agencies, securities commissions) might be more effectively engaged to drive innovation in climate adaptation forward in Canada will be reviewed.  

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Blair Feltmate

Dr. Blair Feltmate

Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation - University of Waterloo
Blair is Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo, where he is also Associate Professor.  The Intact Centre is an incubator for research and knowledge mobilization, with an aim to limit the negative impacts associated with climate change and extreme weather... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 08:30 - 09:30
Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

09:30

Break
Tuesday December 4, 2018 09:30 - 10:00

10:00

Making Sure That Lessons "Learned" are not Lessons "Lost": Mentorship , Succession Planning, and Preparing for the Next Generation of EM professionals
In our rapidly changing world of disaster and emergency management, lessons are being observed with every event.  Knowledge is being acquired and disseminated through several channels, and the mantra of “do better” guides us in the good work we are all committed to do for our communities, our industry and our environment.  

However, the disaster landscape is changing, as is the talent that is required to address the needs of today, and into an uncertain future.  Anticipating the demographic shifts on the horizon, what are each of us doing to ensure that what we have learned up to now, is not lost?  How are we preparing for a new generation of professionals and leaders, who will need to understand what was done yesterday, to “do better” tomorrow?


Speakers
avatar for Jodi Manz-Henezi

Jodi Manz-Henezi

Program Chair – Emergency Management Program, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
As the current Program Chair for the EM program at NAIT, Jodi knows that academia plays a significant role in developing and guiding the next generation of professionals.  However, outside of formal education and development, there is a human connection and perspective that is needed... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Edmonton Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

10:00

“Poking the Sleeping Dragon” – Response to a Business Continuity Building Fire Event
On July 30, 2018 a fire in the mechanical room of the Forestry Building in Edmonton displaced 471Government of Alberta personnel. Learn how two of the six affected government departments analyzed the affects of the fire on their essential services, implemented communication protocols and worked collaboratively with other solution providers to temporarily house staff and to continue business operations in a relatively short period of time.  What worked well, what areas provided the greatest challenges and the value of effective preparation will be the focus.

Speakers
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Brad Andres

Director- Emergency Management Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Brad Andres joined the Alberta government in 2005 after several years in the Air Force. As an emergency manager in the provincial government, he has had opportunities to work on many different events (the 2011 Slave Lake Wildfire, 2013 South Alberta Floods, 2016 Wood Buffalo Wildfire... Read More →
avatar for Jayne Galanka

Jayne Galanka

Business Continuity Officer, Ministry of Alberta Environment and Parks
Jayne Galanka has over 30 years of experience in the emergency planning and response and business continuity  field both in a municipal and provincial setting as well as in private industry. For the past 12 years Jayne has been the Business Continuity Officer for Alberta Environment... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Glacier Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

10:00

Opioids: The Opioid Crisis, and the Emergency Response
A review of the opioid crisis and Alberta Health Services (AHS) activities in addressing opioid use, this session will also discuss how AHS prepares for an emergency response with examples of management of opioid dependent indiviiduals during past emergencies.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nicholas Mitchell

Dr. Nicholas Mitchell

Provincial Medical Director, Addictions and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services
Nicholas Mitchell, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, and the Senior Medical Director of the Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network and Provincial Medical Director for the Addiction and Mental Health Provincial Team... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Calgary Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

10:00

Incident Command System in Alberta: Moving from Training to Implementation
The session will begin with a demonstration of the ICS Alberta Committee reference website. Participants will learn how to access the website and the tools that will be available.  An interactive workshop will be conducted that will ask participants for their ideas and input on the tools and support required to implement, utilize and evaluate ICS at the site and in an Emergency Operations Centre.

Speakers
avatar for Joanne Auclair

Joanne Auclair

Training Coordinator, CEMA City of Calgary
Joanne Auclair is the Training Coordinator with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency. She is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers and holds a Masters in Public Safety with a specialization in Emergency Management from Capella... Read More →
avatar for Brad Ison

Brad Ison

Director - Training, Accreditation, and Standards, AEMA
Since joining the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) in 2011, Brad Ison has been involved in responding to and recovering from some of Alberta’s most devastating disasters. Brad has assessed damaged households, small businesses, agricultural operations, and public infrastructure... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

10:00

The Alberta Shelter Module – Supporting Registration and Reception Centres During Emergencies
The Alberta Shelter Module will be available (at no costs) to all Local and Regional and First Nation Tribal Councils to use in the registration of displaced persons during emergencies or as a method to register individuals, families, staff, and volunteers in Reception Centre operations.  This program also has the capability to register companion animals as part of the Reception Centre process.  In this session, participants will be provided  opportunities to use the module in a simulated emergency situation.

Speakers
avatar for Reg Fountain

Reg Fountain

Manager- Provincial Emergency Social Services, Community and Social Services
Mr. Reg Fountain is the Manager of Provincial Emergency Social Services and has over 30 years experience in planning for and responding to emergency and disaster incidents at home and abroad.  Mr. Fountain has a Master's degree in Disaster and Emergency Management and is accredited... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Crystal Gallery, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

11:00

Break
Tuesday December 4, 2018 11:00 - 11:15

11:15

Large-Scale Grassfires in Rural Remote Areas: Lessons learned after 2017 CFB Suffield/Bindloss Grassfire
This presentation will discuss the roles and outcomes of the regional response to the large-scale, fast-moving grassfire which burnt over 90,000 acres in under 12 hours on September 11, 2017.

EOC Command will provide details of the primary response to this large-scale, fast-moving grassfire which originated out of CFB Suffield. The specific strategies employed at the EOC and in the primary response will be discussed, with a focus on the effective deployment of limited resources to remote rural areas over the entire course of the event. The geographic and tactical challenges of the emergency response in a remote rural area will be discussed, along with the specific ways they were mitigated.

The integration of civilian responders (farmers, producers, community members) into the primary response will be discussed from the EOC perspective, specifically focusing on lessons learned. In addition, the importance of integrated communication systems for municipal employees, first responders and volunteer fire departments will be highlighted.

Key points from the newly developed Grassfire Safety Program (Communities & Volunteer Fire Departments) will be shared, with additional information regarding this new training course and community resources available after the presentation.


Speakers
avatar for Owen Francis

Owen Francis

Director - Municipal Services & Emergency Management, Special Areas Board
Owen Francis is Director of Municipal Services and Emergency Management for the Special Areas Board. With the Special Areas for over 25 years, Owen has been Director of Emergency Management since 2011, and Deputy Director of Emergency Management since 1995. His experience in leveraging... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 11:15 - 12:15
Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

11:15

Prepare Now, Benefit Later — Raymond's South Drainage Diversion Project
In 2013 the Town of Raymond experienced overland flooding that overwhelmed our existing stormwater infrastructure. Following the flood, a 1.6km drainage ditch and berm was designed to divert 271 hectares of overland runoff from the County of Warner into Corner Lake, which is part of the Raymond Irrigation District's infrastructure. Due to the increased volume being diverted into their system, additional control stations were installed to divert water through the Raymond Golf Course. The existing capacity of the natural golf course drain as well as the development of 5 additional ponds within the course greatly enhanced our overall ability to redirect and retain stormwater within the community. We received $1,473,000 in Alberta Community Resilience Program funding as well as $545,343 in New Building Canada National and Regional Project funding. Raymond's contribution was $320,432 for a total project budget of $2,338,775.

Speakers
avatar for Kurtis Pratt

Kurtis Pratt

Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Raymond
Kurtis Pratt is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Raymond, Improvement District #9 Banff National Park and is the Manager of the Ridge Water Services Commission. He has worked for the Town of Raymond for 10 years and during that time has also been the Chief Administrative... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 11:15 - 12:15
Glacier Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

11:15

Recovery Program Creation
Recovery conditional grant funding administered through the Alberta Emergency Management Agency is aimed to provide assistance municipalities across the province for non-insurable loss and damage caused by natural hazards.
This session is targeted for community leaders, emergency management practitioners, financial administrators, and researchers, intending to provide its audience:
  •  An introduction to recovery;
  •  A history of the Recovery Branch;
  • What is a triggering event?;
  • Damage assessment and application criteria; and
  • An overview of the Disaster Recovery Committee and the program approval process and time lines.


Speakers
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Rachael Oliver

Team Lead — Recovery Coordination/Community Recovery Services, Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Rachael Oliver has been with AEMA's Recovery Branch since 2015. Much of this time has been spent deployed to support the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo following the 2016 wildfire. Most recently, she leads the Recovery Coordination Team, where she specializes in disaster recovery... Read More →
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Sean Pettie

Team Lead — Municipal Recovery, Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Sean Pettie is a Team Lead with AEMA's Municipal Recovery team, Sean was first hired on as a Recovery Coordinator in 2014 working on the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood.  Sean has been with AEMA for 4.5 years and now leads a team that administers recovery programs to both municipalities... Read More →
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Evan Surridge

Team Lead — Recovery Coordination, Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Evan Surridge is a Team Lead with AEMA's Recovery Coordination team, responsible for coordinating the provision of provincial communications, advice, and support to Alberta communities during disaster recovery. He has been with AEMA for two years and has provided grant administration... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 11:15 - 12:15
Edmonton Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

11:15

AFRRCS Operations and Support to Agencies
AFRRCS OMS will provide an overview of services provided to support the AFRRCS network and subscribing agencies.  Topics will include AFRRCS support to agencies during emergency situations and how emergency services are requested, how the system is monitored and system maintenance is delivered.  There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Speakers
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Mike Quann

Director, AFFRCS
Prior to joining the GoA and AFRRCS, Mike served in the Canadian Forces for 35 Years as a Soldier and Signals Officer.  As a member of the Royal Canadian Corp of Signals he has been employed in Tactical, Operational and Strategic roles including Army Headquarters as the Army Foreman... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 11:15 - 12:15
Crystal Gallery, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

11:15

Office of the Fire Commissioner - Updates
Kevan will provide a synopsis of the ongoing work and future plans for the Office of the Fire Commissioner including regional operations, support of Search and Rescue Activities in Alberta, the Wildland Urban Interface Structural Protection Program and our collaboration with AEMA in POC activations and Incident Support Team deployments.

Speakers
avatar for Kevan D. Jess

Kevan D. Jess

Fire Commissioner, Government of Alberta
Kevan Jess has been working as Alberta's Fire Commissioner since July 2017.   Kevan started in the fire service as a volunteer with the Westlock AB Fire Department in 1982. He obtained his NFPA fire service certifications and training from the Alberta Fire Training School and left... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 11:15 - 12:15
Calgary Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

12:15

Lunch
Tuesday December 4, 2018 12:15 - 13:30

13:30

Plenary 1: Abundant Community Edmonton: Why Neighbouring Matters
Explore a community resilience framework for urban dwellers which assists them in getting to ‘know their neighbours’ so that they are more likely to turn to them in an emergency. The idea that neighbours might function as resources for disaster preparedness must take account of the fact that neighbour relations are often weak and so often require nurturing.  This talk examines how neighbouring practices and relationships can be enhanced prior to a disaster forming a supportive relationship with neighbours in preparation for when disaster strikes. Learn how asset mapping can create closer neighbour relations and provide more reliable forms of help. Hear important insights for disaster policy and practice which suggest that resilience being a function of relatedness , must be prepared for by embedding local social practices which enhance neighbouring.  

Speakers
avatar for Debra Jakubec

Debra Jakubec

Team Lead - Abundant Community Edmonton, City of Edmonton
Debra Jakubec was born in Edmonton and is passionate about community building and inclusion. She holds a degree in anthropology and attended Stanford's Non-Profit Executive Leadership Program in 2009. Ms. Jakubec has 18 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, becoming the... Read More →
avatar for Howard Lawrence

Howard Lawrence

Abundant Community Edmonton Coordinator, City of Edmonton
Howard is co-founder of the Asset-Based Neighbourhood Organizing Association with John McKnight.He has consult on neighbourhood health across North America and is working with the City of Edmonton in the role of Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE) Coordinator.Howard has a passion for... Read More →


Tuesday December 4, 2018 13:30 - 14:30
Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

14:30

Break
Tuesday December 4, 2018 14:30 - 14:45

14:45

World Café
Tuesday December 4, 2018 14:45 - 15:45

16:00

Move to Top of the Inn
Tuesday December 4, 2018 16:00 - 16:15

16:15

Closing Remarks
Tuesday December 4, 2018 16:15 - 17:00

17:00

AEMA Achievement Awards Presentation
Tuesday December 4, 2018 17:00 - 17:15

17:15

Reception
Tuesday December 4, 2018 17:15 - 19:00
 
Wednesday, December 5
 

07:00

Registration and Breakfast
Wednesday December 5, 2018 07:00 - 08:00

08:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Wednesday December 5, 2018 08:00 - 08:15

08:15

Keynote 2: Tri Council Panel — First Nations and Municipalities Working Better Together
Chief Roland Twinn, Mayor Tyler Warman, and Reeve Murray Kerik will discuss the opportunities when First Nations and Municipalities work together when facing disaster.

Speakers
avatar for Reeve Murray Kerik

Reeve Murray Kerik

M.D., Lesser Slave River
Since autumn 2012, Murray Kerik has had the honour and privilege of serving as Reeve for the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River no.124. From his civic education first as Councillor, and now as Reeve, he has learned that there’s no shortage of challenges and opportunities in... Read More →
avatar for Chief Roland Twinn

Chief Roland Twinn

Sawridge First Nation
He has served the Sawridge First Nation since 1997. He was a Councillor from 1997 to early 2003. He is the current Chief for the Sawridge First Nation from 2003 until present. He has also worked with other First Nations and First Nations Organizations, such as a term of Grand Chief... Read More →
avatar for Mayor Tyler Warman

Mayor Tyler Warman

Town of Slave Lake
Tyler Warman moved to the Slave Lake Region in 1992 starting Grade 6 here in Slave Lake and graduated from Roland Michener Secondary school in 1999. Tyler considers the Slave Lake Region home, having grown up here, started his businesses, married and raised his family.Volunteering... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 08:15 - 09:20
Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

09:20

Break
Wednesday December 5, 2018 09:20 - 09:45

09:45

A Look into Collaborative Dangerous Goods Emergency Response
Prevention  - Preparedness  - Response  - Recovery. We know the four phases of emergency preparedness; now, learn the importance of applying a cooperative approach to dangerous goods emergency management. Walk through a case study that details how industry, first responders, emergency response contractors and government work together during dangerous goods emergencies.

Speakers
avatar for Spencer Buckland

Spencer Buckland

President, Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC)
Spencer Buckland has a diverse background with more than 17 years of senior management and leadership experience in various industries. Spencer is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, NFPA 472 and 1081 firefighter, tank car specialist, certified hazmat technician, and is certified... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 09:45 - 10:45
Edmonton Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

09:45

Cyber Security in the Government of Alberta and How We Can Help You
Public Sector organizations, like municipalities, provide essential services and first response in emergencies to many Canadians. These services include areas like transportation, public health, public safety, energy, water and waste water utilities. The delivery of these essential services, as well as the effective functioning of municipal governments, are becoming more reliant on Information Technology.

Cyber-attacks on Public Sector organizations continue to rise as we need to balance the need to provide accessible, easy-to-use services to the public while ensuring the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of the information assets.  

The Government of Alberta relies on information provided by its partners to maintain situational awareness and to obtain and share best practices, lessons learned, incident trending and mitigation advice.

We will talk about what the Government of Alberta is seeing, how are we responding to these cyber threats and how can we help you in the cyber battlefield.  

You are a vital cyber partner and I look forward to answering your questions and discussing your ideas to strengthen our partnership.


Speakers
avatar for Stuart Lee

Stuart Lee

Director - IT Security and Emergency Management Operations, Service Alberta
Stuart Lee has been with the Government of Alberta for over 21 years and joined the Corporate Information Security Office in 2010.  He is the Director of Security and Emergency Management Operations and is responsible for the Managed Security Services, incident response, digital... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 09:45 - 10:45
Glacier Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

09:45

ESS Integration in Municipal Emergency Planning with NPO's — Part 1 of a 2 Part Series
The City of Lloydminster has recognized that to create a sustainable ESS response in the City it must develop relationships with partner agencies, regional municipal partners and local Non-Profit Organizations (NPO). The approach seeks to redefine the structure and organization of its ESS Plan to capitalize on the EOC and management team. The City's approach is using partnerships and ICS Canada management principles that support NPOs in the community who provide front line services every day and capitalize on existing, strong inter-agency relationships. The City is developing an effective and sustainable ESS response.
 
The City of Calgary has implemented an intersectoral partnership model, including all orders of government and community organizations, to strengthen and build capacity in Calgary within the emergency management phases (preparedness, response and recovery). This model brings together a collaboration of diverse partners who work together leveraging skills and resources. An intersectoral framework incorporates a Non-Profit Organization Liaison function in the EOC to serve as a central point for two-way communication and coordination with NPOs in Calgary during an emergency or disaster. The NPO Liaison also convenes NPOs during non-emergency times to establish best practices, provide resources and support (i.e. business continuity and emergency planning), facilitate exercises and enhance collaboration.
                                             
Representatives from the City of Lloydminster, City of Calgary and two non-profit organizations in Calgary will provide information on how to form intersectoral partnerships in your community with realistic expectations and learnings. Calgary will provide an overview of the structure of the ESS Program, NPO Liaison function, Emergency Wellness Response Team (non-profit provide emotional support), Distress Centre (non-profits who assist ESS when required) and the Non-Profit Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Project in Calgary (Carya is leading this project).


Speakers
avatar for David Kirby

David Kirby

Clinical Services Manager, Distress Centre Calgary
David Kirby has been with the Distress Centre Calgary in a continuous capacity since1996 when he joined the Agency as a crisis line volunteer. After completing his Master of Social Work degree in 2005 with a clinical specialization in youth mental health, David joined the Counselling... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Lewin

Bonnie Lewin

Business Continuity & Recovery Planner, ESS Planner, City of Calgary, Calgary Emergency Management Agency
Bonnie Lewin is a Registered Social Worker and the Emergency Social Services Planner at the City of Calgary, Calgary Emergency Management Agency. She has over fifteen years of experience in providing a safe, warm and welcoming environment for displaced individuals. Bonnie increases... Read More →
avatar for Ernie Polsom

Ernie Polsom

Director of Emergency Management, City of Lloydminster
Over his 35-year career, Ernie Polsom has been responsible for the delivery of fire, emergency management and ambulance operations for five municipalities and one province. He started out as a firefighter in The Pas, Manitoba and progressed through the ranks to Deputy Chief. In 1995... Read More →
avatar for Kim Savard

Kim Savard

Program Manager, Carya
Kim Savard, BA, is the Manager of The Way In, a seniors outreach program at Carya. She began her career working with youth in Outdoor Leadership and then changed careers to working as a Recreation Therapist in both rural and urban settings. She was a manager of the Rehabilitation... Read More →
avatar for Brett Whittingham

Brett Whittingham

Business Continuity & Emergency Planner, City of Calgary, Calgary Neighbourhoods
Brett Whittingham is a Business Continuity & Emergency Planner with The City of Calgary. Brett's work focuses on leading business continuity planning for the Calgary Neighbourhoods business unit, as well as working with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency and the non-profit sector... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 09:45 - 10:45
Crystal Gallery, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

09:45

Law Enforcement During Emergencies
During a disaster, law enforcement officers play a key role in many operations including: search and rescue, evacuations, door-to-door checks, and maintaining overall public safety within the community. These are critical actions that support not only their own communities but neighboring towns as well. Within Alberta, these supports can come from the local police agency of jurisdiction, the RCMP or provincial Sheriffs. This session is designed to help educate on the different roles, authorities and jurisdictions of law enforcement officers within Alberta, how to access additional policing support, and how they come together to provide security to communities in times of crisis.

Speakers
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Amanda Barros

Manager — Emergency Management Services, Justice & Solicitor General
Amanda Barros is the manager of Emergency Management Services at Justice and Solicitor General. Justice and Solicitor General is a Ministry of over seven thousand employees and includes such critical services as the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Provincial Sheriffs, Provincial... Read More →
avatar for Sgt. Ken Ghumman

Sgt. Ken Ghumman

Alberta Sheriffs – Traffic Branch
Kanarjit Ghumman is currently working as a Sergeant for Capital West Integrated Traffic Unit here in Edmonton. He is been with the sheriffs branch for just over ten years now. Ken started as a Sheriff in Court Security Prisoner Transport section and then transferred to Traffic division... Read More →
avatar for Sgt. Andrew Hobson

Sgt. Andrew Hobson

Emergency Operations Program Manager, Operation Readiness & Response Unit
Sergeant Andrew Hobson is in charge of the RCMP's Operational Readiness & Response Unit at K Division Headquarters, as the Emergency Operations Program Manager for the RCMP in Alberta. His unit is responsible for the Division Emergency Operations Centre, championing and coordinating... Read More →
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Sgt. John Warin

Calgary Police Service
John Warin is an 18 year member of the Calgary Police Service, and has enjoyed a diverse career in patrol, training, and within the Major Events Emergency Management Section. He is also a member of the Incident Management Team in Canada Taskforce 2 Disaster Response Team. John is... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 09:45 - 10:45
Calgary Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

09:45

Train to Learn: Designing Better Exercise Scenarios
Too often exercises are designed for the purpose of conducting an exercise. When exercises are designed with a pre-scripted “win”, exercise participants are denied the opportunity to try new things, take risks, and test plans and procedures. When scenarios are developed to support exercise objectives, they need to be build with sufficient complexity to truly test plans and whole-of-society resilience. Further, scenarios should be developed so that they can be used to test all four Emergency Management pillars which means that the same scenario can be used throughout the entire cycle.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to develop scenarios that can truly tease out learning opportunities regardless of how experienced the training audience may be or how many sectors of society are represented.


Speakers
avatar for Josh Bowen

Josh Bowen

Instructor - Emergency Management, NAIT
Josh Bowen is an Instructor in the Emergency Management Program at NAIT. Prior to joining NAIT, Josh served 13 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Infantry Officer, including service with Canadian Special Operations Forces. During that time, he had the distinct privilege of serving... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 09:45 - 10:45
Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

10:45

Break
Wednesday December 5, 2018 10:45 - 11:00

11:00

Connecting Business Continuity with Pandemic Influenza
Pandemic influenza is unlike other disaster's we routinely deal with. The effects of a pandemic will be widespread, likely worldwide. In addition, the emergency phase of this disaster will come in waves, stretch out over months and will be a huge draw on the health system. For governments and organizations, the primary effect of this disaster will be on staffing levels, as staff may be unable to be at work for indeterminate amounts of time.

Can you continue your time-critical business when faced with long-term staffing shortages? Are there things you can do now to help you during a pandemic?

Come join us as we explore the effects of a long-term staffing disruption and how we might increase our resilience to this kind of emergency.


Speakers
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Kimberley Nelson

Manager - Emergency Management Unit, Alberta Health
Kimberley Nelson has worked with the Alberta Health Emergency Management Unit since 2012.  In that time she has worked on a variety of project including the refreshment of Alberta's Pandemic Influenza Plan in 2014 and the Pandemic Ethics Framework in 2015.  She participated in the... Read More →
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Mariyam Syed

Health Emergency Management Analyst, Alberta Health
Mariyam Syed has worked for the Government of Alberta in various policy and emergency management roles for Alberta Health, Service Alberta and Executive Council. In that time she has participated in the provincial response and recovery efforts for emergency events such as the 2009... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Glacier Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

11:00

Disaster Debris Management: How Can We Improve in Alberta?
This session includes the findings of a Master's thesis on disaster debris management in Alberta and the resulting findings and recommendations for improving our debris management practices in Alberta.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Angevine

Joe Angevine

Integrated Consulting
Joe was born and raised around the Calgary area and has worked in the waste & recycling industry for 15 years. He completed a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge while working full-time for the City of Lethbridge and has been managing the Foothills Regional... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Calgary Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

11:00

ESS Integration in Municipal Emergency Planning with NPO's — Part 2 of a 2 Part Series
The City of Lloydminster has recognized that to create a sustainable ESS response in the City it must develop relationships with partner agencies, regional municipal partners and local Non-Profit Organizations (NPO). The approach seeks to redefine the structure and organization of its ESS Plan to capitalize on the EOC and management team. The City's approach is using partnerships and ICS Canada management principles that support NPOs in the community who provide front line services every day and capitalize on existing, strong inter-agency relationships. The City is developing an effective and sustainable ESS response.
 
The City of Calgary has implemented an intersectoral partnership model, including all orders of government and community organizations, to strengthen and build capacity in Calgary within the emergency management phases (preparedness, response and recovery). This model brings together a collaboration of diverse partners who work together leveraging skills and resources. An intersectoral framework incorporates a Non-Profit Organization Liaison function in the EOC to serve as a central point for two-way communication and coordination with NPOs in Calgary during an emergency or disaster. The NPO Liaison also convenes NPOs during non-emergency times to establish best practices, provide resources and support (i.e. business continuity and emergency planning), facilitate exercises and enhance collaboration.
                                             
Representatives from the City of Lloydminster, City of Calgary and two non-profit organizations in Calgary will provide information on how to form intersectoral partnerships in your community with realistic expectations and learnings. Calgary will provide an overview of the structure of the ESS Program, NPO Liaison function, Emergency Wellness Response Team (non-profit provide emotional support), Distress Centre (non-profits who assist ESS when required) and the Non-Profit Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Project in Calgary (Carya is leading this project).


Speakers
avatar for David Kirby

David Kirby

Clinical Services Manager, Distress Centre Calgary
David Kirby has been with the Distress Centre Calgary in a continuous capacity since1996 when he joined the Agency as a crisis line volunteer. After completing his Master of Social Work degree in 2005 with a clinical specialization in youth mental health, David joined the Counselling... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Lewin

Bonnie Lewin

Business Continuity & Recovery Planner, ESS Planner, City of Calgary, Calgary Emergency Management Agency
Bonnie Lewin is a Registered Social Worker and the Emergency Social Services Planner at the City of Calgary, Calgary Emergency Management Agency. She has over fifteen years of experience in providing a safe, warm and welcoming environment for displaced individuals. Bonnie increases... Read More →
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Ernie Polsom

Director of Emergency Management, City of Lloydminster
Over his 35-year career, Ernie Polsom has been responsible for the delivery of fire, emergency management and ambulance operations for five municipalities and one province. He started out as a firefighter in The Pas, Manitoba and progressed through the ranks to Deputy Chief. In 1995... Read More →
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Kim Savard

Program Manager, Carya
Kim Savard, BA, is the Manager of The Way In, a seniors outreach program at Carya. She began her career working with youth in Outdoor Leadership and then changed careers to working as a Recreation Therapist in both rural and urban settings. She was a manager of the Rehabilitation... Read More →
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Brett Whittingham

Business Continuity & Emergency Planner, City of Calgary, Calgary Neighbourhoods
Brett Whittingham is a Business Continuity & Emergency Planner with The City of Calgary. Brett's work focuses on leading business continuity planning for the Calgary Neighbourhoods business unit, as well as working with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency and the non-profit sector... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Crystal Gallery, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

11:00

Scribes Can Make or Break Your Disaster Response and Recovery Application Process
Do you work in a leadership position in an Emergency Operations Center? Are you confident in your Disaster Recovery Program or Municipal Wildfire Assistance Program applications being complete? Do you have staff ready to support the documentation of your response and recovery if a disaster happens in your community? Navigating a major emergency or disaster response can be complex. A successful response requires proper tracking of decisions, confirmation of objectives, and a system to quickly track conversations and decisions made in a hectic EOC environment. The timely and accurate documentation created by the scribe can provide a factual record of the event which may (among other things) assist in legal protection and payment of only event sanctioned resources. Chyenne's experience working as a scribe for a number of disaster responses will be shared to highlight the importance of the scribe in an activation and set you or your team up for success. This session is intended to provide information on the impact that a scribe can have to your response, advice on what information a scribe should record, some lessons learned through Chyenne's scribe experience and direction on how you can help your scribe(s) prepare themselves for the task ahead.

Speakers
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Chyenne Shaw

Manager of Emergency and Protective Services, Thorhild County
Chyenne started her career in Emergency Services in Lamont County in 2015. Quickly taking in all the training she could get with Alberta Emergency Management. Not knowing that in April of 1016, it would put all her training to the test. April 18, 2016 Lamont Skaro Fire started at... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Edmonton Room, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

11:00

Wildland Urban Interface Issues
Wildland fires in the interface will likely increase in frequency and severity through time.  The organization and management required for large scale emergencies and the resiliency required will be looked at.

Speakers
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Steve Otway

WUI Structural Protection Advisor, OFC Municipal Affairs
Steve joined the OFC this year in the WUI Structural Protection program.  He has worked within Municipal, Provincial and Federal governments as well as consulting work in the private sector over his career.  


Wednesday December 5, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

12:00

Lunch
Wednesday December 5, 2018 12:00 - 13:15

13:15

Plenary 2: Long Range Wildfire Forecast for Canada - Hot and Smoky? Is This the New Reality?
Recently, we have seen catastrophic and deadly wildfires around the world. In Canada, recent examples of such events include the Fort McMurray wildfire (the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history) and a record breaking years for wildfire activity in British Columbia in 2017 and 2018. Wildfires have contributed to a drop in National GDP and significant evacuations of communities across Canada. On average, 7,000 wildland fires burn about 2.5 million ha (about half the size of Nova Scotia) every year. The area burned has more than doubled since the 1970s primarily due to human-caused climate change. Impacts from wildfires are rising due to increasing wildfire activity along with increasing societal values on the landscape. Canadian wildfire management agencies currently spend $800 million protecting Canadians and these expenditures are steadily growing.
 
What does the future hold for wildfire in Canada? This session will address the potential impacts of climate change on Canada's forests. In particular, how changes in future fire intensity may be a game changer. How will we manage wildfires in the future given the changing fire environment and the likely increase of humans on the landscape?


Speakers
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Mike Flannigan

Professor at University of Alberta and Director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science
Mike Flannigan is a Professor of Wildland Fire with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and the director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (a three way partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Canada and... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

14:15

Break
Wednesday December 5, 2018 14:15 - 14:20

14:20

Plenary 3: To the Edge and Back — Lessons Learned from my PTSD Journey
My journey from battling my demons to purging my nightmares in artwork will be shared through images based on calls I’ve attended as a paramedic and firefighter. More importantly I will share what I did, and continue to do, to build resiliency and recover from my mental stresses.
 
As DanSun Photo Art my images are shared worldwide by hundreds of thousands of my peers. Learn the motivation behind my artwork and how they have helped so many on the road to post traumatic growth.


Speakers
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Daniel Sundahl

DanSun PhotoArt
Daniel Sundahl (DanSun) is a published artist and writer and has two art books produced of his works. Articles of his work have been featured in Canadian Paramedicine, Journal of Emergency Medicine (JEMS), Fire Rescue Magazine, EMS One, EMS World Magazine and The Canadian Journal... Read More →


Wednesday December 5, 2018 14:20 - 15:20
Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2

15:20

Closing Remarks
Wednesday December 5, 2018 15:20 - 15:45