Speakers

Josh Bowen

Josh Bowen

Director, Relaunch Coordination Team

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Josh Bowen has been at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) since 2017, where he is currently serving as the Director of the Relaunch Coordination Team, was the founding Manager of the Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management, and is an Instructor in the Disaster and Emergency Management Diploma Program. 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 his service, Josh was directly involved in five disaster response operations: as a leader on the ground in response to the 2011 Red River flood, the 2013 Southern Alberta floods, and the 2015 Northern Saskatchewan wildfires; as the senior military liaison officer to the Province of Alberta during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires; and as the lead planner for response to the 2017 BC floods and wildfires. In his last role in uniform, Josh served as Deputy Director, Domestic Disaster Response Planning for Joint Task Force West where he led projects with national strategic implications bringing together representatives from across federal departments and provincial governments.

Josh is an alumni of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, holds a MA in Disaster and Emergency Management from York University, is an Associate Business Continuity Professional through the Disaster Recovery Institute, is a Certified Antiterrorism Specialist recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and is a Counter-Terrorism Information Officer accredited through the Government of Canada’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team.

Shawna Bruce

Shawna Bruce

Director

M.D Bruce & Associates Ltd.

Shawna Bruce is a self-identified “Master of Disaster” (RRU MA DEM) and seasoned strategic communicator and trainer with 30 years of crisis communications, public information and public affairs experience. After serving in the Canadian Forces as a Public Affairs Officer (27 years) and working in the petrochemical industry as a Public Affairs Manager (8 years), Shawna began sharing her passion and expertise with clients in support of public information, risk and crisis communications, media relations training, emergency management, and stakeholder engagement when starting her consulting business: M.D. Bruce and Associates Ltd. in 2019.

Currently, Shawna is also a part-time instructor for NAIT’s Disaster and Emergency Management program , supports co-instructing the Public Information Officer course as part of NAIT’s Centre of Applied Disaster and Emergency Management IMT Academy, develops curriculum for delivery in post secondary school and Continuing Education programs and is the Public Member on the Board of Directors at NR CAER – a mutual aid emergency response organization in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. Shawna is also actively engaged in the Covid-19 Task Force Recovery for her community of Sturgeon County, Alberta.

Alfred Klein

Director, Southern Communications Centre, EMS Dispatch Communications & Deployment

Alberta Health Services

Alfred Klein has been involved in Emergency Medical Services in Alberta for 30 years. Serving in Rural and Metro areas on the ground and in the air as a Paramedic Alfred has spent the last 10 years involved in Dispatch Communications and Deployment as part of a Provincial Team implementing a Province wide EMS dispatch system. Alfred currently serves as the Director of the Alberta Health Services EMS Southern Communications Centre in Calgary, Alberta

Andrew Moull

Andrew Moull

Emergency Disaster Management Specialist

Hamilton Health Sciences

Andrew Moull is currently the Emergency and Disaster Management Specialist at Hamilton Health Sciences. Previously he worked for The Scarborough Health Network in a similar role for 5 years. Andrew has Master Degrees in History from the University of Waterloo and Disaster and Emergency Management from York University where he is also currently a guest lecturer of Healthcare Emergency Management for the university’s emergency management graduate program. Andrew was also one of the first Canadians to join the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals and is currently working with his colleagues to put together a standardized toolkit for conducting after action reviews in the healthcare sector.