At Concordia for over 20 years, Darren has occupied the positions of security operations manager, Senior Advisor on Emergency Management, Risk and insurance management and is currently the assistant director of security Operations. He currently oversees the universities security operations on Concordia’s two campuses, as well as the emergency management and fire prevention sectors.
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.
Patricia Martel is a researcher and a practitioner in emergency management with a focus on risk assessment. She is a PhD Candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University where her research is focused on developing effective emergency planning for K-12 schools. In addition to her PhD, Patricia serves as the Risk Management Consultation – HIRA for the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, where she is responsible for the development and implementation of the Provincial Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Program. She has also worked for the Ministry of Transportation’s Emergency Management and Planning Office and Sheridan College. She has received the Certified Emergency Manager Designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers.