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Bill Adams
Vice-President, Western & Pacific Region
Insurance Bureau of Canada

Bill Adams has spent the majority of his career over the past three decades in a variety of capacities dealing with complex public policy issues for governments and the private sector. 

He joined IBC in 2004, working as Regional Vice President in Atlantic Canada before taking on his current role as Regional Vice President for Western & Pacific Canada, with offices in Edmonton and Vancouver. Over the past 13 years he has held a central role in shaping and nurturing a healthy and competitive insurance marketplace in eight provinces, with a fixation on practical solutions that benefit auto, home and commercial insurance consumers.

Known for his collaborative and creative approach to problem solving, Bill is always on the lookout for partnership opportunities with stakeholders that create value for all involved, focusing on win-win sustainable outcomes on issues as diverse as auto insurance reform, smart regulation, financial literacy, adapting to severe weather resulting from climate change and preparing Canada for the real potential of a catastrophic earthquake.

A graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University, he also studied Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick and is an active, long-time community volunteer at the local and national levels, with particular interest in the powerful impact of mentoring in the lives of Canadian youth.

Charles Bowerman
Planner - Continuity & Risk Reduction
Calgary Emergency Management Agency, City of Calgary
Charles Bowerman is a Planner - Continuity & Risk Reduction within the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) since 2014. His work has primarily focused on developing resilience and risk reduction strategies on a corporate and community level. Charles has fulfilled various roles at the Calgary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) during several large-scale disasters, local emergencies and event monitoring. He is also an active responder with CEMA’s Emergency Social Services (ESS) and was a volunteer with Canada Task Force 2. Prior to joining CEMA, Charles worked in Emergency Measures & Fire Prevention at McGill University as a Safety Planning Officer, responsible for developing the university’s Emergency Response Plan and ICS training. Charles holds a Master’s degree with a thesis in Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disasters and has presented at emergency management conferences in Alberta and B.C.
Martin Bundred
Emergency Response Officer
Alberta Environment Support and Emergency Response Team
Martin has been with Alberta Environment and Parks for over two decades in various roles ranging from industrial inspections to water and air monitoring and compliance training. For the last 10 years Martin has been a member of the ASERT Team (and on-call!), currently leading the Emergency Response section. Martin has represented the team in National and International conferences, training sessions and delegations, and has been the lead or behind the scenes on numerous environmental emergencies in Alberta.
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Graeme Burns
Communications Consultant, Edmonton

Graeme is an engaging communications expert and speaker who inspires organizations to share their stories; stories that build credibility and enhance reputation. As a broadcast journalist, Graeme developed his storytelling craft reporting for three of Canada’s major television networks before entering public relations. 

He was part of an award-winning television newsroom that delivered vital information to the public and emergency responders in the frantic minutes and hours after a devastating tornado touched down near Pine Lake, Alberta.

Graeme shares his Pine Lake experience to illustrate the impact of storytelling as an effective communications strategy. He encourages leaders in the risk management profession to discover and create their own stories that earn public and stakeholder trust.

Known for his welcoming teaching style and delightful wit, Graeme is honoured to bring his brand of signature stories and thought-provoking perspectives to Disaster Forum 2017.

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Iain Bushell
Fire Chief and Director, Emergency Services Director, Emergency Management
Strathcona County Emergency Services, Station 6

Iain Bushell began his working life in the Canadian Air Force serving for ten years as a navigator and tactical coordinator on Sea King helicopters. During his military career, he attained the rank of Captain and served in all three Maritime helicopter squadrons, including the operational training unit.  He served on board several navy ships and completed a six month tour of duty in Haiti.

Chief Bushell began his fire services career in 1993 as a volunteer firefighter and later Lieutenant with Halifax Fire and Emergency Services in Nova Scotia, before returning to Alberta in 1999.  He spent time as an EMT, dispatcher and paramedic student prior to joining Strathcona County Emergency Services in 2001.  Promoted to Deputy Chief in 2006, he has held the two portfolios of Finance & Human Resources (responsible for budget, recruitment and training), and Operations (responsible for fire, rescue and EMS services). Chief Bushell is a registered paramedic, earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Alberta, and completed the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Iain was promoted to the rank of Fire Chief in 2013.

Chief Bushell also holds the position of Director of Emergency Management.  He serves on the Strathcona County Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team and is qualified as both an Incident Commander and Planning Section Chief.  Together with his team, he responded to the 2013 floods in High River and the 2016 Horse River fire in Fort McMurray.


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Nathan Carter
Vice President, Edmonton Region Operations
ATCO, Gas Distribution division
Nathan Carter is the Vice President, Edmonton Region Operations for ATCO’s Gas Distribution division. As a member of the senior leadership team, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of distribution pipeline operations, maintenance and construction in Edmonton and surrounding area. He has more than 15 years of experience in the natural gas industry.

Mr. Carter joined ATCO in 2001 as an Engineer and held increasingly responsible positions in the following years. He was promoted to General Supervisor, Capital Projects in 2004, moving into the role of General Supervisor, North Edmonton Pipeline Operations in 2007. In 2010, he was promoted to Senior Manager, Capital Region and in 2012, Director, Technical Services. Mr. Carter was appointed Director, Edmonton Region Operations in 2013 and moved into his current position in 2015.

Mr. Carter was born and raised in Innisfree, Alberta. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta. He is a member of APEGA and currently serves with the Canadian Gas Association and the Western Energy Institute as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Carter also serves on the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Policy Committee.
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Peter Collins
Operational Forensic Psychiatrist
Ontario Provincial Police
Peter Collins is the operational forensic psychiatrist with the Criminal Behaviour Analysis Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police. Peter is also the consultant forensic psychiatrist with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “O” Division Integrated National Security Enforcement Team and since 1992 he has been a member of the crisis negotiation team of the Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force.

In addition, Peter consults to the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Profiling Unit of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Investigative Psychology Unit of the South African Police, and the Behavioural Sciences Section of the Calgary Police Service.

Peter obtained his Masters in Applied Criminology from the University of Ottawa, his Medical Degree from McMaster University and completed his postgraduate medical training in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His clinical appointment is with the Complex Illness and Recovery Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and he is an Associate Professor, in the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto. Peter is also a co-investigator with the Health Adaptation Research on Trauma (HART) Lab and an advisor to the International Performance Resilience and Efficiency Program for police tactical teams at the University of Toronto (Mississauga). Peter is on the board of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and a consulting editor with the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, published by the American Psychological Association.

Peter retired from the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves), at the rank of Lieutenant-Commander, and served on 2 deployments in Southern Afghanistan. In October 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the Canadian Forces. He has also been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD).

In 1997 Peter was elected a member of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship. He is an authority on violent crime and has worked with, and instructed, numerous criminal justice agencies in North America, and internationally, including the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Interpol, and Europol.
Karen-Denise Cyr
Director, Operations, Emergency and Continuity Management Program
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Karen has been in the Emergency Management profession since 2008, currently working as Director, Operations for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Emergency and Continuity Management Program. Karen is responsible for planning, response, evaluation and over-all management of the program.

Karen is an active member of IAEM Canada and Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE) Central chapter. Karen shares her expertise with others, providing pro bono training and consultation for organizations including the United Way of Winnipeg, Volunteer Manitoba, the Canadian Red Cross and Winnipeg Folk Festival-where she currently serves as Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors. Karen is an experienced presenter, having spoken at the World Conference on Disaster Management, International Association of Emergency Managers Conference, Manitoba Disaster Conference and DRIE Central Conference.

Karen resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband and 2 children. Their 14 year old son plays competitive baseball and is currently attempting to learn the fine art of doing his own laundry. Their 8 year old daughter has curly hair like her mom and has persuaded her unwitting parents to adopt 2 cats and 5 fish.
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Graham Gibson
Emergency Management Specialist
National Energy Board
Graham Gibson is an Emergency Management Specialist with the National Energy Board in its Vancouver office. In addition to his ongoing operational responsibilities, since joining the NEB, Graham has been focused on engaging relevant emergency management stakeholders to promote and improve the overall emergency management system as it relates to NEB-regulated pipelines. His previous experience includes work with Transport Canada as a Pollution Prevention Officer, where he was a part of the MV Marathassa response near Vancouver BC. Prior to his time with Transport Canada, he was an Enforcement Officer with Environment Canada where he responded to releases of industrial effluents with potential public safety and environmental health concerns. Graham is a graduate of Vancouver Island University.
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Matthew Godsoe
Manager, Emergency Management Research
Public Safety Canada
Matthew Godsoe manages the Emergency Management Research Unit at Public Safety Canada and is an Adjunct Faculty Member in Disaster and Emergency Management Program at Royal Roads University. Before joining PS, Mr. Godsoe worked as manager of the Natural Hazards Portfolio at the Defence Research and Development Canada Centre for Security Science. Matthew is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Emergency Management the ResiliencebyDesign Lab, at Royal Roads University; he also holds a Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management, a Graduate Certificate in Counter-terrorism studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. His research interests are focused on building linkages between the variables that make communities resilient against all threat and hazard types. A former technical rescue instructor, he remains operational by volunteering as an incident commander with Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue.
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Barry Huybens
Managing Director
iStrategic Advisors Inc.

Barry brings over 30 years of experience in emergency services and emergency management.  Barry’s is most proud of his contributions to leading strategic change and creating strategic value within public and private sector environments.  His professional experiences include roles as Deputy Chief Fire/Rescue and Emergency Medical Services for the City of Edmonton, Partner with Sierra Systems Group Inc., and his current focus as Managing Director of iStrategic Advisors Inc.

As a client-described trusted advisor, Barry believes strongly in ideas, involvement and innovation as pillars for leading and creating change.  Whether leading a complex multi-jurisdictional workshop or facilitating his students as an Instructor for the NAIT Emergency Management Program or working with clients and stakeholders on regional collaboration initiatives, Barry is constantly focused on the importance of organizational and community resilience.

Barry brings his expertise in Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS) including Risk Management and Business Impact Analysis in addition to his broad experiences in designing, developing and implementing business solutions.  Barry is a Certified ISO 22301 (BCMS) Lead Implementer and trained as an ISO 223 Lead Auditor. 

He is eager to share lessons experienced and those learned while working with elected officials, Executive, Managers/Supervisors and the front-line whom most directly interface with customers and clients.   Barry’s interests include chess, climbing and music.  On a personal note Barry’s idol remains Jean Beliveau for his integrity and passion as a Canadian and a hockey player.

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Kim Irving
Through various senior executive and leadership roles, Kim brings extensive experience in strategy, operational management and communications in the finance sector. He has worked for Canada Trust, TD Canada Trust, TD Bank USA and ATB Financial, has owned businesses and has lead and managed a new company start up.
His strong business acumen coupled with a track record of working with stakeholders to develop and implement key strategic initiatives provides the balance of corporate and tactical expertise our customers require.

Kim has been directly involved in developing an industry leading strategy for US banking, merging two of Canada largest financial institutions, implementing a major SAP initiative and has lead provincial and multi-provincial sales and service teams in Canada. One of his key achievements was the development and implementation of a culture shifting sales and service strategy at ATB Financial. The program included industry leading behavioral training, customer experience modeling, coaching, management best practices and tracking. Working with the senior executive group through to the front line associates, the program had a significant impact on productivity, customer satisfaction and employee engagement.

His involvement on various boards, ranging from publicly traded companies to not for profit organizations, brings a strategic and results oriented approach to key decision making at senior leadership levels. Developing and implementing effective governance and oversight programs is a specific area of specialty.
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Bill Isaacs
Crisis Leadership Ltd.
Bill has over 40 years of experience in the natural gas industry and has held positions of increasing responsibility including engineering, gas transmission and distribution field operations, operations training and Emergency & Security Management.

He is eager to share his knowledge and firsthand experience in the development, implementation and measurement of the effectiveness of emergency response and security management programs. He has also developed effective post incident investigation processes to field incidents, crisis leadership training, workplace violence security response plans and raising awareness and education of emergency response and pipeline system security procedures.

He has performed emergency recovery work for natural gas systems in the damaged areas of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy.

Bill is the recipient of the 2013 Canadian Gas Association’s Lifetime Safety Achievement Award and has been published in the Ontario Technologist and the Infrastructure Resilience Research Group, Faculty of Engineering & Design Carleton University.
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Brian Lamond
Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Security
Spectra Energy
Brian is currently the Emergency Response Specialist II with Enbridge – North America’s premier energy infrastructure company. Primary responsibilities include development and implementation of emergency management and security management programs across gas transmission and midstream operations. Also included is the operational responsibility for security and protection of all operational assets in the Enbridge gas transmission and midstream operations. Brian has an extensive background in security and emergency management gained in the oil, gas and forest industry. He is currently Vice Chair of the CSA Technical Committee of Z246.1, Security Management for the Oil and Gas Industry Systems, and the Chair of the CSA Technical Subcommittee of Z246.2, Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Oil and Gas Industry Systems. He resides in Fort St John with his wife and two grown children and their families.
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Randy Mak
Hydrocarbon Products Technician, Distribution Emergency Response and Prairie Region/ National Chair
Dow Chemical Canada, TRANSCAER
Randy has been with Dow Chemical for 35 years and is currently the Hydrocarbon Products Technician at Dow's Fort Saskatchewan site. He also has a maintenance ticket and has served as a major turnaround co-ordinator. Randy became interested in transportation emergency response about 20 years ago, and joined the Dow Emergency Response (ER) team in 1999. Shortly after, he began participating in TRANSCAER events and was bitten by the transportation safety bug. Randy has been a member of the Prairie Region TRANSCAER Committee (PRTC) since 2010, and took over as Chair in 2013. In late 2013 he accepted the role of National TRANSCAER Chair, a position he still holds today.
Curtis Myson
Dangerous Goods Specialist
Railway Association of Canada

Mr. Myson has over 33+ years of experience in Dangerous Goods and Emergency Response.

Mr. Myson’s professional expertise includes responding to Dangerous Goods incidents and delivering Emergency Response Training. 
He has responded to numerous Dangerous Goods incidents, primarily in Western Canada and has delivered Emergency Response training across Canada, in the USA and Saudi Arabia. 
Mr. Myson’s background includes work in the Chemical Industry as an Emergency Response Advisor, as a Fire Services Instructor at fire-etc (Fire Training School in Vermilion, Alberta), an Emergency Response Contractor,  Dangerous Goods Officer for CN Rail and most recently as a Transportation of Dangerous Goods Specialist for the Railway Association of Canada.

Mr. Myson is a Tank Car Specialist and Highway Emergency Response Specialist. He has NFPA 472 Accreditation from Awareness to Technician, Specialist and Incident Command. He is an NFPA 1041 Level II Fire Services Instructor and has other NFPA accreditations including: NFPA 1001: Firefighter, NFPA 1002: Apparatus Operator, NFPA 1003: Airport Firefighter, NFPA 1051 Wildland Firefighter, NFPA 1081 Industrial Firefighter and some NFPA 1021 Officer Courses (Incident Command and Major Emergency Planning). 

Mr. Myson is active or has been active in the following organizations: NFPA, AFCA (Alberta Fire Chiefs),  CAFC (Canadian Fire Chiefs),  AIFPA (Alberta Industrial Fire Protection Association), CERCA (Canadian Emergency Response Contractors Alliance), PRTC (Prairie Regional TRANSCAER) and SVFFA (Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters Association), Chlorep and ERAC.
 Mr. Myson is an often-invited guest speaker at conferences and events highlighting Emergency Response.

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Stan Norlander
Emergency Preparedness & Security Manager
Agrium Wholesale
Stan started his career in the petro chemical industry in the mid 70’s at the Imperial Oil Fertilizer complex in Redwater, Alberta. He worked in Operations, initially as an Operations Technician and then as an Operations Supervisor with large chemical process units. He transferred to EH&S in the late 80’s as the plant site Fire Chief, and in 1990 Stan’s duties expanded to include Transportation Emergency Response for Esso Chemicals Canada.

Stan currently works as the corporate Emergency Preparedness & Security Manager, with responsibility for Emergency Preparedness and Security, Crisis Management, and Transportation Emergency Response at 28 plant sites and facilities for Agrium Inc. Agrium is a chemical fertilizer company with a significant number of operations around the world.

Stan has lived in the County Of Strathcona in Alberta for 35+ years, and joined Strathcona County Emergency Services in 1978 as a Volunteer fire fighter. During his career with Strathcona he served as a Captain and District Chief before retiring in 2008.

Stan teaches numerous emergency response courses to career and volunteer fire departments in both Canada and the U.S. He enjoys being involved in various organizations, and has served on the executives of 3 different Mutual Aid organizations, (Fort Map), (Sturgeon Map), and North East Region CAER (NR CAER), has been a past chairman of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute’s Emergency Response Committee, served as a Board member of RETA (Responsible Electrical Transmission for Albertans), and currently serves on the CFI (Canadian Fertilizer Institute) Safety & Training Committee, and as a Board member of NR CAER.
Nadine Riopel
Professional Connector
Nadine Riopel Professional Services
Because the ties between people are the secret to success, Nadine Riopel helps individuals and organizations develop resilient, productive social networks. She does this as a speaker, facilitator, and networking trainer, and as host of the We Hate Networking Club in Edmonton.

Nadine's background includes leadership roles in the corporate fundraising, hospitality, and community organizing worlds. Her own professional network has been a huge contributor the her achievements. She has extensive experience with public speaking, training, and facilitating. Her approach combines these elements to create group experiences that are interactive, engaging, and productive.
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Paul Riopel
Mr. Riopel has over 36 years of experience in Emergency Preparedness and Management and is owner of ERMC. He is recognized as an industry leader in Emergency Management.

Mr. Riopel’s professional experience includes delivering Emergency Planning and Preparedness consulting services to literally hundreds of clients in industry and government. His areas of expertise include: hazardous materials response audits, risk assessment, ERP development, plan audits, training, exercises and full-scale simulations. He also consults organizations on crisis communications, incident command, emergency operations center operations, and equipment requirements for emergency response.

Prior to starting ERMC, from 1984 to 1990, Mr. Riopel worked with the Alberta Public Safety Services (Now Alberta Emergency Management Agency) and was integral in the provincial government response to industrial emergencies (chemical spills/refinery explosion) and natural disasters (tornados/floods). While working for the Alberta Government he was responsible for the emergency preparedness of 55 communities.

In a previous life he was responsible for emergency preparedness and safety work with an open pit coal mining operation.

Mr. Riopel is a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is a founding member and sponsor of Disaster Forum and is also a founding member of the North East Region Community Awareness and Emergency Response (NRCAER) mutual aid group and Alberta’s Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Partnership (C-REPP). He is an often-invited guest speaker at national conferences and events highlighting Emergency Preparedness and Response.
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Dustin Ritter
Hazardous Materials Officer
CP Rail
Dustin currently is the HazMat Officer for Canadian Pacific (CP). Prior to this Dustin worked in the private sector as an Emergency Response Contractor specializing in Hazmat and Fire response. Dustin was heavily involved in the 2013 Southern Alberta floods in both Calgary and High River.

Dustin is responsible to respond to dangerous goods incidents anytime in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Dustin serves as a subject matter expert at railway incidents involving dangerous goods and environmentally sensitive commodities. Dustin also works with regulators, shippers, emergency response contractors and local fire departments to ensure effective response capability. Dustin has been responsible for training hundreds of emergency responders at the local level as well as an instructor at both JIBC in British Columbia, TEEX in College station Texas and at SERTC in Pueblo Colorado.
Luc Robitaille
Vice President, Responsible Care
Chemical Industry Association of Canada
Luc Robitaille has joined the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada as VP of Responsible Care in October 2015. The ethics, principles and practices surrounding Responsible Care were developed by Canadian chemical producers more than 30 years ago and they have now been adopted by companies in more than 70 countries around the world. Some of the key initiatives surrounding Responsible Care include the Share network and the process safety network where member companies and partners share best practices around health and safety. In addition, the TransCaer program has been a model of collaboration between companies, local communities and emergency first responders. Mr. Robitaille also manages the technical management activities at CIAC. He worked previously in the cement sector for more than 10 years where he chaired the Cement Association environmental committee. Previously he worked as a groundwater remediation consultant, In Canada, the US and Africa for more than 20 years. He has a Bachelors degree in geological engineering from Universite Laval and a Masters degree in hydrogeology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
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Shane Schreiber
Managing Director
Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA)
Born and raised in Alberta, Shane Schreiber joined the Canadian Forces and served Canada for 28 years in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). He spent the bulk of his career in command appointments in field units, including tours with the PPCLI Parachute Company and eventually commanding the Second Battalion PPCLI. He completed operational tours in Cyprus, Bosnia, and two tours in Afghanistan (2002, 2006), for which he received the Canadian and NATO Meritorious Service and the US Army Bronze Star medals. He also led units in disaster response in Manitoba (Floods, 1997 and 2011) and in complex security operations (Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics).

After retiring from the Canadian Army in 2012, Schreiber joined the Government of Alberta, working at the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and then the Flood Recovery Task Force. He was appointed to lead the Province’s efforts in response to the devastating floods in High River in June / July 2013. He is currently the Managing Director of AEMA, where he led Alberta’s response to the Wood Buffalo Wildfires in May 2016, the largest and most complex fire event of its kind in Canada.

Academically, Schreiber is a critically acclaimed historian and author. He attended the Royal Military College of Canada, from which he holds an undergraduate and two Master’s degrees, as well as several awards. His work on the Canadian Corps in 1918, Shock Army of the British Empire, is highly regarded by military historians, and he has appeared in numerous television documentaries on the Great War.

Schreiber lives with his long suffering wife, Kelly, his three wonderful children, two cats and two dogs in a very busy house in St Albert, Alberta.
Mark Schwarz
Independent Consultant
Retired from NOVA Chemicals
Mark Schwarz has recently retired from the NOVA Chemicals company where he led the audit program for several years. He audited many areas of company operations, not just emergency preparedness and risk management. This breadth of experience provides Mark with a unique perspective on how the tools of auditing are utilized to produce positive outcomes for the organization and its people.
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Kevin Senio
Security Coordinator
Kinder Morgan Canada
Kevin Senio has been a member of the Kinder Morgan Canada Security Program since April of 2015. As a Security Coordinator for the program, he fulfills several duties across the program which include the implementation of security measures at all facilities and Kinder Morgan Canada events, the collection and assessment of intelligence, and liaison with law enforcement in communities relative to Kinder Morgan Canada operations. By serving these responsibilities, Kevin is responsible for ensuring compliance with all regulators that Kinder Morgan Canada is regulated by. This serves the overall goal of protecting the safety and security Kinder Morgan Canada employees and operations.

As a member of the Security Program, Kevin is responsible for the integration of existing operations relative to Security with the planned Trans Mountain Expansion Project. This involves working with project staff to enhance security measures at facilities affected by construction and assisting with the transition of these measures to operations at the completion of the project.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta majoring in Sociology as well as a Diploma in Police and Security Studies from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. He currently is a member of the CEPA Security Working Group.
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Patrick Smyth
Vice-President, Safety & Engineering
Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Patrick Smyth is vice president of safety and engineering at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) where he and his team work with industry partners to enhance industry performance and reputation. Prior to joining CEPA in September 2014, Patrick spent seven years in an executive leadership role with Canada’s National Energy Board and eight years in various roles with the province of British Columbia where he split his time between the Ministry of Energy and Mines and Oil and Gas Commission. During his time with the B.C. Public Service, Patrick was instrumental in defining and executing the province’s oil and gas development strategy.

Patrick began his career in the trades and progressed into a quality assurance role obtaining certification in both Canada and the United States in welding inspection and non-destructive examination. With a passion for life-long learning, he has earned a diploma of technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and a BComm and MBA from Royal Roads University. He is a passionate safety professional holding designation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and a deep interest in advancing safety culture within the Canadian pipeline industry.


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Melanie Soler
Associate Vice President, Disaster Management Alberta
Canadian Red Cross

Melanie Soler is the Associate Vice President of Disaster Management in Alberta for the Canadian Red Cross. 

Melanie holds a degree in civil engineering and chose to embark upon a career path in the non-profit sector when she joined the Canadian Red Cross in 1999. Over the past 17 years, Melanie has worked in a variety of different roles within the Red Cross including information technology, operations management, logistics, procurement and disaster management. 

Melanie’s disaster management portfolio includes some of the largest domestic and international disasters in recent times; including the largest natural disaster in Canadian history – the 2013 southern Alberta floods – where she is the director for the Red Cross flood operations. And now, with the recent fires in Fort McMurray and its surrounding area, Melanie will serve as the lead for the Alberta wildfires recovery operation for the Canadian Red Cross.

When she’s not busy working on disasters, Melanie enjoys running, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, watching football, and baking cookies with her kids. 


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Tim Trytten
AEA/GIS Coordinator
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Tim is the Alberta Emergency Alert/GIS Coordinator for Alberta Emergency Management Agency. In this role, he 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.

Tim is a graduate of the University of Alberta and has worked in both the Alberta and British Columbia governments in Justice (corrections and policing) and emergency management. In addition to the responsibilities associated with the Alberta Emergency Alert system, Tim is 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. He is also the recipient of the National Award of Excellent in Public Safety Interoperability -- awarded by the Canadian Chiefs of Fire, EMS and Police and Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group.
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Alan L. Westhaver
ForestWise Environmental Consulting Ltd
Alan retired in 2012 following 34 years with Canadian National Parks Service, most of them as a senior wildland fire manager. Trained as a Wildland Fire Behavior Analyst, he has a long-standing passion for the wildland/urban interface fire problem. Alan joined Canada’s “go-to” source of WUI information, the Partners in Protection Association, in 1990 and continues still as a member/director. In 1999 he co-chaired the committee that produced FireSmart: Protecting Your Community from Wildfire, still the national WUI standard. Also an experienced WUI practitioner, he conceived and managed the FireSmart – ForestWise Project at Jasper, Alberta (2000-2012) which merged fuel modification/ecological restoration objectives and was lauded for innovations in citizen engagement and consideration of wildlife, habitat, and aesthetic values of local residents. Retained by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, he investigated aspects of recent WUI disasters at Slave Lake, AB; Kelowna, BC; and Fort McMurray, AB. He has degrees in Forestry and Wildlife Biology from University of Montana (1980), and a 2006 M.Sc. degree (University of Calgary) based on managing wildlife and wildfire in the WUI. He remains active through his Fernie-based consulting company.
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Dana Woodworth
NOR-EX Engineering
As the Vice-President of NOR-EX Engineering, Dana leads the company’s business line focused on the full spectrum of emergency management with emphasis on community recovery from a disaster. Dana is an experienced executive with over 33 years of private sector, federal and provincial government leadership. He has significant knowledge and experience leading and providing advice to inter-agency teams spanning emergency management, military and senior government appointments in Canada and internationally. He has a proven track record of successfully building and leading teams tasked with difficult missions in high-risk, time sensitive settings.

Dana is a Graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, holds a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science (Applied), and the ICD.D designation. He is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross from the Governor General of Canada for his leadership of a diverse inter-agency team in Kandahar, Afghanistan.