Aiming for the DeLorean: building the EM profession of the future.

By Alain Normand Emergency Management is making history in Ontario. As I look back over the last two decades or so, I see that we have gone from being emergency planners to emergency management professionals.... READ MORE ...

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OAEM Articles

Introducing the new OAEM Board of Directors

By Brittany Murphy On behalf of your incoming Board of Directors, we wanted to provide an update on the results of our Annual General Meeting on May 15 and outline an idea of what to expect in the coming months. OAEM 2019-2020 Board of Directors A major topic discussed at the AGM was the progress of our profession in the Province of Ontario and the importance of working together... READ ARTICLE ...

2019 OAEM Student Awards results – Congratulations award recipients!

Background: The Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) Student Awards were created to showcase the upcoming talent we have within our growing emergency management community. The criteria sought after for the OAEM Student Awards are as follows: high academic excellence, volunteerism, a high level of enthusiasm and interest in emergency management field and contributions to the emergency... READ ARTICLE ...

OAEM mentors help new EM professionals find their path

By Kathleen Brough As a new young professional in the field of Emergency Management, it can be intimidating. The field is so vast, and at the same time, it seems like everyone knows each other and has their niche. Mentorship has been studied at length and is known to be extremely beneficial, especially for young professionals. In recognition of this, OAEM has been running a mentorship program for... READ ARTICLE ...

Delivering the right message: Public information and disasters

By Rob Keller It was a great pleasure to spend two days with some of the best emergency management practitioners in Ontario at the FEMA G290 Basic PIO course on May 1-2, 2019.  I’m very fortunate to train alongside some exceptional professionals.  When it comes to disasters, we’re all in this together and I look forward to continuing to work with my Canadian counterparts... READ ARTICLE ...

Board election candidate profiles

Our Annual General Meeting is right around the corner. In anticipation of the election on May 15thhere are some of the candidates running for the new board.  Lori Latendresse, MDEM, CBCA Lori Latendresse has been working in Public Sector Health & Safety, Emergency Management and Business Continuity for over a decade. She currently works as the emergency planner and business continuity... READ ARTICLE ...

Planning for a different working relationship

By Joe Gagliano ACCESS RESTORATION SERVICES There’s no doubt the commercial landscape has changed. Industries and businesses are under tremendous pressure. Shutting down operations for a few weeks or even a few days is simply not an option. Today, disaster recovery and restoration mean it’s imperative we work quickly and closely with our clients to reduce downtime or avoid it altogether.... READ ARTICLE ...

BEMA calls for greater diversity in emergency management

By Jude Kelly The next time you attend an industry or emergency management conference or meeting, take a look around you, then ask yourself: What is the make up of the folks in the room and how diverse is the audience? In most cases, our industry, as a group, is not that diverse. But if new people are going to consider emergency management as a career, they need to see... READ ARTICLE ...

We're looking for new board members

Do you have new ideas on how OAEM can better serve the EM community? Are you looking to get involved? OAEM wants you! The OAEM is calling for candidates for its upcoming annual Board elections (May 15th), a platform for participants to share their unique ideas and skills with the membership.  OAEM is looking for new Board Members who will serve from 2019-2021. If you would like to submit... READ ARTICLE ...

Cyber-physical – The new security challenge

By Jean-Guy Rens (CATA Alliance – ScienceTech Comms) More than 70% of Canadian manufacturing companies are entirely or partially automated: this is the evidence brought out by the 2017 CATA study[1]. And a growing number of these companies have interconnected their automated devices to their IT systems to extract “big data” and control production in real time often in wireless mode. As a result,... READ ARTICLE ...