When an emergency strikes, will you be ready?
Attendees came together at the 12th Annual Emergency and Disaster Planning Summit to discuss, plan and prepare for disasters at schools. Leading experts shared their knowledge and first-hand accounts of emergency situations. Some of the key topics of discussion were:
These discussions have helped to increase the safety of students and staff by sharing lessons learned and creating awareness. Thank you for being a part of it. We look forward to seeing you in 2016 when we will continue the conversation with the latest developments on this ever-important matter.
Richard Kinchlea, BES, ABCP, Chair of Emergency Management and Public Safety at Centennial College has over 15 years of experience in emergency management and business continuity as a practitioner, educator and advocate. He currently manages the Emergency Management and Public Safety Institute as well as leading the Police, Firefighter and Paramedic programs at the College.
Mr. Kinchlea has served as Emergency Management Coordinator for Hamilton and as Director of Operations for the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness. His many industry building initiatives include: serving as President of the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers; Program Advisory Board Member for the World Conference on Disaster Management; member of the Ontario Critical Infrastructure Assurance Program, and; as a long serving member of the Canadian Standard’s Association Technical Committee for CSA Z1600 - Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. Mr. Kinchlea continues to work within the industry as Vice Chair for CSA’s Technical Committee for N1600 - General Requirements for Nuclear Emergency Management Programs.
Kristina Anderson is Executive Director of The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools and co-founder of LiveSafe, a campus safety mobile application. Ms. Anderson founded The Koshka Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping local community and school stakeholders work together to prevent, respond and heal in the aftermath of school violence, after becoming one of the most critically injured survivors from the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy. Shot 3 times, Ms. Anderson later graduated with a degree in International Studies and Foreign Languages, and is now a resource to school administrators, teachers and students within higher education and K-12 regarding violence prevention initiatives and ways to increase individual personal safety awareness. The Koshka Foundation also partners with law enforcement agencies and first responders to provide educational presentations on surviving an active shooter from a survivor’s perspective, and best practices in incorporating lessons learned. For more information, please visit www.koshkafoundation.org.
Dr. Craig is a Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on healthy relationships, bullying and victimization. In recognition of her work, she has won an Investigator Award from CIHR, the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Community Service, the York University Award Redefining the Possible, the Queen’s Excellence in Research Prize, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Impact Partnership Award. She was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
She has published over 100 scientific articles, 33 book chapters, and four books. She is co-leading Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network, a knowledge mobilization network that focuses on reducing violence. She regularly speaks to parents, educations, and professionals working with youth.
Steve grew up in poverty, failed third grade, labeled “retarded," involved in a fight that crushed his hips in HS, and told he may never walk again. Doctor told him to listen to his teachers. The more he listened, the smarter the teachers became.
Today, Dr. Stephen Sroka is an international recognized expert on adolescent health behaviors. He is an Adj. Asst. Prof at CWRU, School of Medicine, and President, Health Education Consultants. He has worked in schools K-16 for over 30 years with crisis response teams, including several high profile shootings.
His Power of One message has keynoted major school safety conferences including the NASRO (National Association of School Resource Officers), International DARE, SSAC (School Safety Advocacy Council), and COYO (Committee of Youth Officers in the Province of Ontario.
Alain Normand is an author, lecturer, teacher and expert in Emergency Management. He directed relief efforts in emergencies such as the Saguenay floods, the Quebec Ice Storm, the Haiti repatriation, and the Calgary floods amongst others. A resident of Brampton Ontario, he is the Emergency Manager for the municipality since 1999. Past-President of the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM), he sits on many national, provincial and local committees. Alain Normand is the recipient of the 2010 Canadian Award for Emergency Management from the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness. He teaches emergency management and business continuity at York University and Sheridan College. Alain is also the author of a series of novels on emergency management published by Authorhouse and available at Amazon.com.
Nick joined the University of Waterloo in March 2013 from BlackBerry, where he led media relations for global launch of BlackBerry10. Staged in New York, the highly anticipated launch was the culmination of a sustained effort to repair BlackBerry’s reputation that was awarded Best Traditional Campaign by PR Daily. Prior to that, Nick spent over eight years at the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) as Senior Press Officer for Military Operations. No stranger to crisis, Nick led a press office team dealing with all aspects of Defence activity in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and other operational theatres. As a source of valued and trusted counsel, Nick regularly attend meetings at 10 Downing Street and coordinated with senior ministers and military officials to promote the work of the MOD and defend its reputation. Nick trained as a journalist at the University of Central Lancashire.
Concordia University is one of 9 universities located in Montreal. Its two campuses, house 46000 students and 6000 employees in over 7.5 million square feet of property.
Concordia is well known for its student activism and has experienced numerous protests and violent clashes on campus. At Concordia for over 20 years and as security operations manager from 2000 to 2005, Darren has witnessed and dealt with much of the campus unrest first hand.
Appointed as Senior Advisor on Emergency Management in 2005, Darren was responsible for developing the universities emergency management plan and business continuity strategy. In April, 2014, Darren was appointed as Assistant Director of Security.
In his new Role, Darren continues to advance the universities emergency management portfolio as well as security operations and fire prevention activities.
Dan Bilodeau has more than 12 years’ experience in Fire, Security and Emergency Communication systems. Mr. Bilodeau is the National Manager for Delco’s Emergency Notification Systems team and is involved in the development and deployment of the largest mass notification systems in Canada.
As a subject matter expert, Mr. Bilodeau has been published in National and Provincial magazines and performed speaking engagements around Canada.
Dan has certifications in Fire Alarm Notification Systems, Security Systems, Network Systems as well as the Emergency Management Certification from the Justice Institute of BC. He is an active numerous Associations and Society’s for Emergency Preparedness.