Emergency Management Trivia!

OAEM Next Gen. is excited to present the Emergency Management Trivia Night! Join us at the Duke of Devon pub on March 10th, 7pm and show off your EM knowledge! Live-hosted by professional 'Trivia... READ MORE ...

17th OAEM Conference and Annual General Meeting

Registration is now open for our conference and annual general meeting. We have a diverse list of speakers and subject matter experts lined up from the public sector, private sector, NGOs and more. May... READ MORE ...

OAEM Articles

Communication Difficulty

Just because the teacher taught, doesn’t mean the learner learned, is an aphorism from education.  Tell ‘em what you’re going to tell ‘em…tell ‘em…then tell ‘em what you told ‘em is a catchy phrase we’ve all heard. I add that it’s the communicator’s responsibility to be understood, not the recipient’s responsibility to understand. Successful communication is very, very... READ ARTICLE ...

President's Message

Your Association OAEM has transformed dramatically in the last few years. We developed our world class website that received over five thousand views last month. We are very active on multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter and we are now live streaming events on YouTube! Our student membership has grown dramatically and we are working to help new grads break into... READ ARTICLE ...

Turning a New Page - Emergency Disaster Services Update

  You may already know that The Salvation Army has a long history of supporting emergency response and recovery efforts domestically and internationally through our Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) program.  While it’s helpful to learn from the past, it is equally important to look to the future. At The Salvation Army’s Ontario Central-East Division (Peel Region in the West,... READ ARTICLE ...

Closing the Gap: EM & Political Authority

Closing the gap between emergency management expertise and political authority By Johanu Botha, MPA, PhD Candidate Canadian emergency management organizations exist in a bewildering array of bureaucratic locations. They are nestled in with fire-fighting agencies (Newfoundland & Labrador), share a minister with municipal affairs (Alberta), sit in an infrastructure department (Manitoba), or... READ ARTICLE ...

On a Code of Ethics for Emergency Management

By David Etkin A number of years ago when I first began to get really interested in ethics, I thought back to my time as a federal civil servant and wondered if we had a code of ethics to guide our behavior and decision making. I didn’t even know! With a little research, I found it[1], and after looking it over did recall having to read it (or something like it) when I first entered public service.... READ ARTICLE ...

A "Cerebellum Perspective" in Emergency Management

by Amber Rushton The Chinese General, Sun Tzu, a recognized military strategist, is widely known for his work: The Art of War (1). It is in this treatise that he counter-intuitively states that the first rule was to avoid war at all cost due to varying constraints as a result on government, society, and the effected country. He concludes, however, with this thought: if war is the only option, to... READ ARTICLE ...

Alberta NGO Council during Response and Recovery to Fort McMurray Wildfires

By Steve Elliott, Samaritan's Purse Canada When the wildfire erupted west of Fort McMurray in early May, our thoughts at Samaritans Purse Canada went immediately back to Slave Lake and the devastating wildfire in May of 2011.   As all of us in the NGO sectors do at times like this, we monitored newsfeeds and immediately began preparing for a disaster response and recovery operation. Samaritan’s... READ ARTICLE ...

Give Us Back Our Jobs

Give us back our jobs by Alain Normand [caption id="attachment_983" align="alignleft" width="200"] Alain Normand[/caption] Would you hire a tailor to perform surgery? A tailor knows how to cut and sew cloth; wouldn’t they be able to do the same with patients? Would you hire a construction worker to sell homes? A construction worker knows about buildings; wouldn’t they be good at selling... READ ARTICLE ...