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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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