Erica Fleck is currently the Director of Emergency Management for the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). She has extensive experience in both emergency management and military operations having spent over three decades full-time as a Logistician with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) prior to joining municipal government. Erica continues to serve the CAF on a part-time basis as Commanding Officer of 36 Service Battalion in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has not only commanded at the tactical level though her current tenure with 36 Service Battalion, and previous tour as Commanding Officer of 3 Intelligence Company, but also at the operational level as Commanding Officer of the Headquarters for Joint Task Force Atlantic (JTFA).
Throughout her military career, she has had the privilege to serve in a variety of capacities within and outside of Canada. Erica has considerable operational experience that includes the following deployments: Operation SALON – Quebec, 1990, CAF support to resolve the Oka Crisis; Operation HALO – Haiti, 2004, the CAF’s contribution to a secure and stable environment in the wake of political turmoil; and Operation UNIFIER – Ukraine, the CAF’s military training and capacity-building mission to support the Security Forces of Ukraine.
Erica also spent several years as the Advisor and Real-Life Support lead planner for Exercise MAPLE ARCH, an annual multinational training event for non-NATO countries in order to establish and maintain relationships under the NATO Partnership for Peace initiative. As well, in 2016 she was the first female to teach the Operational Planning Course at the Malaysian Peacekeeping Training Centre, which also hosted the first United Nations female students.
Erica is a graduate of the Joint Command and Staff Program from the Canadian Army Command and Staff College and she holds a degree in Emergency Management from Cape Breton University. She also developed and taught at the Nova Scotia Community College for its inaugural Emergency Management Advanced Diploma program. In addition to the three Commander’s Commendations she has received over the years for her support to domestic operations, she was also recognized with a Canadian Joint Operations Command Commendation for leading the response to forest fires in Goose Bay Labrador and the evacuation of two Northern Labrador communities in 2012. She has also been recognized with two RCMP Commendations for the assistance she has provided to their operations, specifically to J Division for the shooting incident in 2014 and H Division for building operational support. As well, Erica was invested as a Member of the Order of Military Merit in 2016 and was a recipient of the Top Women in Defence award in 2021. Erica serves on the Board of Governors for the Army Museum Halifax Citadel, and on the Board of Directors for the Halifax Citadel Society. Erica is an alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on disaster preparedness and emergency management across the world.
She is married to the love of her life, is the proud mother of two boys, and in her “spare” time she owns and manages a martial arts gym in Sackville, Nova Scotia.