Since arriving at Health Canada in 1999, Dr. Peter Berry has conducted research in several areas related to climate change including health risks to Canadians, adaptive capacity, health system resilience, health vulnerability assessment and communicating climate change risks to the public. He is currently a Senior Policy Analyst and Science Advisor to the Director at the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau at Health Canada and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo. Peter is currently an editor and author for the next national assessment Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action being led by Health Canada, to be released in 2021. Among other scientific reports, he contributed to the recently released Global Commission on Adaptation Background Paper: Health System Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change. He is currently developing an online course with colleagues at the University of Waterloo for health sector decision makers on building climate resilient health systems.
Andre Desrochers is a retired Army Engineer Lieutenant-colonel who has joined the Army Reserve in Rouyn-Noranda in 1987 and transferred to the Regular Force in 1997. He has deployed on domestic operation RECUPERATION for the ice storm in 1998 and expeditionary operations in Bosnia (1999-2000) and Afghanistan (2005). He has conducted operations and training in NUNAVUT and NUNAVIK regions as well as numerous regional, national and international training exercises. His served in Rouyn-Noranda (Qc), Valcartier(Qc), Kingston (On), Ottawa (On), and with NATO in Munich (Germany). While his experience includes leadership and management his career culminated when he was appointed as Director of Land Infrastructure at Army Headquarters (2017-19). His final posting was at DGDS where he transitioned to the public service in his current appointment. In his position, he is responsible for the management of Department level Security executive forums, Departmental Corporate Reporting and Business Continuity Management.
Mike Flannigan is a Professor of Wildland Fire with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (a partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, BC Wildfire Service, Natural Resources Canada, Parks Canada, Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency and the University of Alberta). Dr. Flannigan’s primary research interests include fire and weather/climate interactions including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires and landscape fire modelling. Recent efforts have included Machine Learning to address various aspect of the fire environment. He has been studying wildland fire for over 40 years and has published over 200 papers.
Dr. Terry Flynn is one of Canada’s leading public relations/communications management researchers. Following a 20-year professional communications consulting career, Terry joined the faculty of McMaster University after completing his Ph.D. studies at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. During his consulting career, he built an international practice specializing in crisis and risk communications and public/community engagement working with such organizations as: the Town of Walkerton Ontario; the U.S. Navy Public Health Agency; NASA; the Vinyl Council of Canada and the Chemical Manufacturers’ Association. He is currently a member of a number of professional and academic organizations including: the Canadian Public Relations Society – and was its elected President in 2009-2010; the Institute for Public Relations (Board of Trustees); and the Arthur W. Page Society (Board of Trustees). In 2015, Dr. Flynn was given the prestigious Philip A. Novikoff Award by the CPRS, for superior contributions to the advancement of the profession in Canada and throughout the world. In 2018, Terry was named the CPRS Diamond Jubilee “Mentor of the Year” award. An award-winning teacher, Terry’s presentations entertain and engage, and provide participants with meaningful insights and lessons from the frontlines. In July 2019 he was re-appointed as the Director of the McMaster-Syracuse University Master of Communications Management degree program, a position he first held from 2004-2011.
Retired Police Chief Stan Kephart is a diversified law enforcement leader having held Federal, State and Tribal law enforcement commissions. During Stan’s thirty-nine plus years in professional law enforcement, he held several diverse positions such as Police Officer, 1984 Olympic Games Security Administrator, Undersheriff, Chief Probation Officer, Public Safety Director, and Chief of Police. Early on in Stan’s career, he established expertise in Crowd Management and Crowd Control as a member of California’s second largest Mobile Tactical Operations Team, the San Jose Tac Team, where Stan was a pepper fogger specialist. San Jose Tac was deployed successfully to protests and riots at San Francisco State, Stanford University, and Peoples Park in Berkeley, CA, all protests that evolved into riots. From then until now, Stan has been an expert witness for a variety of large public assemblages and is a T.V. commentator on protests and riots.
Rod MacRae, PhD, is a food policy analyst with 35 years of experience examining the transition to a sustainable and health-promoting food system for Canada.
Following doctoral studies at McGill University, he coordinated the Toronto Food Policy Council for 10 years, helping to establish it as one of North America’s leading municipal food policy agencies. He then worked for 10 years as a consultant to governments, businesses and NGOs on projects to advance sustainable food systems in Canada.
He’s currently an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and continues to consult on food system matters and contributes regularly to media coverage of food issues. With more than 150 publications, his analysis is frequently used to design policies, programmes and NGO and business strategies. His approach to food system change is widely applied in many organizations that employ the 100 graduate students whose degrees have been completed under his supervision. MacRae’s current research focus is the design and implementation of a national joined up food policy for Canada (http://foodpolicyforcanada.info.yorku.ca).
Des O’Callaghan FBCI is an independent Business Continuity Management consultant in Toronto, having retired in 2010 after devoting the previous 21 years to building and leading several corporate BCM programs in the financial sector. He is also an educator in business continuity, having developed and delivered a BCP certificate program at George Brown College in Toronto from 2006 to 2010 and now teaches for several training providers.
Des is closely involved with the Business Continuity Institute, holding the highest level of professional certification as a Fellow of the Institute (Canada’s first FBCI). He was recognized for his many contributions to the profession as the 2009 recipient of the National Award of Excellence for Business Continuity presented by the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness. In November 2015 he received a Global Achievement Award from the BCI.
LCol Barry Pitcher is a Commanding Officer of a reservist unit based in Halifax, NS. He has recently retired at the rank of Inspector with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after a long and rewarding career. His previous experience as a police tactical and critical incident commander easily transcended to the military environment when COVID-19 hit in early 2020. As a reservist officer, LCol Barry Pitcher was called upon to take on the role of operations advisor for the Land Component Command under Joint Task Force Atlantic. He shares a number of key emergency planning tips and highlights the importance that our reservists bring to all Canadians in times of need.
Mr. Robert Pitcher is currently the manager of Cyber Partnerships unit within the Critical Infrastructure Directorate of Public Safety Canada. Current responsibilities include Industrial Control Systems security and awareness programs, international engagement, the Insider Risk program, cyber security simulations and exercises, and general engagement on issues related to cyber security with Canada’s critical infrastructure. Working within the operational, policy, and strategic levels, he has over 19 years of combined IT, OT, and security experience that is divided between the private and public sector.
Jack L. Rozdilsky, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director for the Disaster and Emergency Management Program at York University in Toronto, Canada. He engages in research, teaching, and other activities related to emergency management. He has research interest in disaster preparedness with respect to public emergency alert systems. Dr. Rozdilsky also is currently a co-investigator on a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research project sponsored by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Previously he was a university professor of emergency management in the United States and he has practiced in the field of emergency management with work on hazard mitigation planning projects. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org