Over 35 years of Law Enforcement Experience
Past 13 years was Sergeant in charge of Emergency Management training with Toronto Police
Trained Police Services in preparation for G-20 as well as Incident Management
Involved with large scale incidents/events such as 200 Wellesley Fire/Evacuation, G-20, Pan-Am Games, York University Crane Collapse, Yonge/St. Clair fire (initial IC) as well as involved in developing incident action plans for large scale events such as dignitary visits as well as response
Incident Commander for 1997 GO train crash at Union Station
Member of Provincial IMS Steering Committee
Co-Chair of Provincial IMS Training Working Group
Member of IMS 400 working group
Trained and certified in Incident Management (Ontario) ICS (ICS Canada, FEMA and JIBC) up to 400 level
Special Events Certified, Pasadena (UCLA)
Officer In Charge of Emergency Management for a regional transportation agency for 3.5 years
- Led in developing emergency management program, policy and plan
- Led 3 multi-agency full functioning major exercises involving over 100 participants
- Facilitated and supported several rail fatalities
- Trained over several hundred Emergency Services in IMS 100-300.
- Involved with Command Team in Sudbury during First Nations evacuation as well as Deputy Commander in Cornwall, Ontario.
Recipient of Chief of Police Excellence Award
- OPP Commissioner Letter of Appreciation
- Prime Minister of Canada Letter of Appreciation for 9/11
- Governor of New York Letter of Appreciation for 911
- Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Recipient
- Several letters of appreciation/recognition for major event contributions
Inspector Kevin Cyr is a Critical Incident Commander with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and is the officer in charge of the Lower Mainland District Integrated Emergency Response Team which is one of the largest SWAT teams in North America. His team responds to crisis events over 200 times per year across the Greater Vancouver area. Inspector Cyr has worked with the RCMP for over 20 years and he has worked in SWAT, organized crime, homicide, and drug investigations. He has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, a Master’s of Criminal Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, and his academic work has been published internationally in law and policing journals.
David Etkin is a Professor of Disaster and Emergency Management at York University. Previously, he worked for Environment Canada from 1977-2005. During his career, he has been a weather forecaster in Nova Scotia and Ontario, taught meteorology to new forecasters, and done applied research in the Arctic and Industrial Climatology Divisions of the Canadian Climate Centre. In 1993 he joined the Adaptation and Impacts Research Group of the Meteorological Service of Canada, specializing in the interdisciplinary study of natural hazards and disasters, and climate change. From 1996-2005 he worked at the University of Toronto with the Institute for Environmental Studies doing research on natural hazards and disasters. He has contributed to several national and international natural hazard projects including the 2nd U.S. national assessment of natural hazards, the IPCC, was Principal Investigator of the Canadian National Assessment of Natural Hazards and is Past President of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network. His current areas of research are disaster risk assessment and disaster ethics. He has 90 publications including two textbooks and 6 edited volumes.
Tiffany Leung is a seasoned Emergency Management and Business Continuity practitioner with 8 years of experience in both public and private sector industries. She works as a consultant and advisor to assist organizations with Emergency Management activities and operations, outside of her full time position as the Manager of Business Continuity and Emergency Preparedness with William Osler Health System.
Her work has been focused on bridging gaps between policies and operational realities to streamline emergency response and contingency planning, as well as, developing program improvements through lessons learned.
During the most recent fire evacuation, she served as the Planning Section Chief in Cornwall, Ontario.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Disaster and Emergency and Emergency from York University and is a certified Associate Business Continuity Planner through DRI.
Vito Mangialardi is an award winning Certified Business Continuity Leader and Professional (CBCP) with over 23 years direct experience with Business Continuity, Incident and Emergency Management.
Currently, Vito is the Senior Manager of Business Continuity Management Office for Metrolinx (Ontario’s transit agency) Vito is in a leadership role providing overall strategy, development and maturity management for Metrolinx’s business continuity management (BCM) program which enhances organizational resiliency to adequately prepare to respond and recovery from significant disruptions ensuring safe staff and passenger transit operations.
Vito is also Metrolinx COVID -19 (pandemic) Incident Command Team Commander, appointed to manage plan for and coordinate the response strategies for safe transit operations.
Vito’s experience spans both public and private sector positions delivering technology, facilities and operational initiatives in support business protection and resiliency when unfavorable disruptions are occurring. Sectors include nuclear, telecommunications, transportation, insurance automotive and environment.
Norma McCormick is founder and principal of Corporate Health Works, Inc. She has worked in the fields of human services, systems evaluation and planning, occupational health and safety and environmental management. She has participated in standards development at the national and international level for more than 30 years. She contributed to several CSA Technical Committees: CSA Z1000 – Occupational Health and Safety Management System, Z1600 – Emergency and Continuity Management, Z1005 Incident Prevention and Investigation and Z1004 responsible for developing a General Workplace Ergonomics standard. At the international level, Norma heads the Canadian delegations to two ISO Technical Committees: TC 283 that developed ISO 45001 – Occupational Health and Safety Management System and TC 292 – Security and Resilience. As Convenor of TC 283, Working Group 2, Norma led the work on ISO 45003, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace published in March 2021. For her volunteer contribution to standards development to CSA, Norma received CSA’s Award of Merit in June 2006.
One of Canada’s leading employment and labour lawyers, Michael is recognized by Chambers Global®, Who’s Who Legal® (Global Elite Thought Leader & Most Highly Regarded), Legal 500®, Best Lawyers® and Lexpert®. He is former Chair of the National Labour and Employment Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, and the Labour and Employment Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. In October, 2020, the Government of Ontario appointed Michael as Chair of the Skilled Trades Panel.
Acclaimed for his broad range of expertise, strategic excellence, and ability to identify and broker agreement in the most difficult and acrimonious of circumstances, Chambers Global® says, “Michael draws praise for satisfying the needs of even the most demanding clients and his specialist knowledge of union contract and negotiation issues, where he is described as “exceptional,” and impresses with his “phenomenal” work.”
Michael is frequently published and asked to chair or speak at international and national conferences. He is the recipient of several awards including the Construction Institute of Canada’s Chancellor’s Award of Excellence, University of New Brunswick Alumni Award of Distinction, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Lester B. Pearson Award, and Canadian Franchise Association Volunteer Leadership Excellence Award.