The Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) provides students in post-secondary certificate, diploma, undergraduate or master programs, in emergency management, with the opportunity to receive an award to recognize their achievements during each academic year.

Awards are available in the following categories:

  1. Brian Hook Memorial Award: Named after Major Brian Hook, who was a past president of OAEM. He attended Royal Roads and The Royal Military College, and served with the Royal Canadian Dragoons from 1971 to 1999. Following his retirement from the army in 1999, Major Brian Hook spent 3 years with the Emergency Management Office in York Region before retiring again in 2002. He very much believed in helping students and giving back to the community, which is why we have the Brian Hook Memorial Award today.
    • The Brian Hook Memorial Award which honours the memory of Major Brian Hook (CD) through making an award to a student who has made significant contributions to the field of Emergency Management while maintaining a high level of academic excellence. (Winner will be awarded $1,500)
  2. A Normand Academic Award: The award is named after Alain Normand, an author, lecturer, teacher and expert in Emergency Management, and a past OAEM President. He directed relief efforts in emergencies such as the Saguenay floods, the Quebec Ice Storm, the Haiti repatriation, and the Calgary floods amongst others. He is the Emergency Manager for the City of Brampton, since 1999. Apart from being the 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. Alain was involved in the coordination of the City of Brampton emergency response to the December 2013 Ice Storm; and, Fort McMurray relief operations as a Red Cross volunteer, where he was an Emergency Response Team Leader coordinating logistical aspects of national response from the Red Cross Mississauga Headquarters.
    • A. Normand Academic Award – Students will submit a 1,200 – 1,500 word essay on any topic relating to emergency management and business continuity. All essays must include an abstract and use APA formatting. ($1,000)
  3. President’s Award: As an association, the Board of Directors wanted to highlight professionals who have gone back to school to either upgrade their level of academic learning or change professions, as professionals bring with them skills and experiences that can be of great assistance within the emergency management field. Furthermore, as a volunteer association, we wanted to highlight the contributions that these professionals have made to emergency management.
    • President’s Award – This award will go to a professional who has gone back to school to study emergency management/business continuity in order to upgrade/change their profession. This will be based on their grade point average (GPA) and any contributions they have made to the field. ($500)



The deadline for applications is Friday April 13th, 2018, and the award presentations will be made at the Ontario Association of Emergency Manager’s Annual General Meeting on May 16th, 2018 at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute in Mississauga, ON. Completed application forms should be sent by email before the deadline to education@oaem.ca. All applications are reviewed by the OAEM Board of Directors and the OAEM Awards Committee, who will then decide on the award winners.

We look forward to receiving applications for these prestigious and well-respected awards. If you have any questions about the awards, please email education@oaem.ca. Good luck!


The OAEM Student Awards Committee

Mike O’Brien – President, OAEM

Mike O’Brien is currently a Project Lead for SDH and Emergency Management Project Manager for Paladin Security. His past roles included being the CEMC for the Cities of Burlington and Brantford. He has served with the Canadian Forces in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He rcompleted an MA in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University in 2014.

Amber Rushton – Vice President, OAEM

Amber Rushton is the Senior Operations Manager, Strategic Emergency Management & Training for QM Environmental. Amber leads their unique operations with a strategic EM lens, collaboratively supporting National Ops (Pacific, Prairies & Eastern) through the implementation of the company Emergency & Continuity Management Program.

Amber is an accredited National Environmental Professional, specializing in Policy and Legislation, a Certified Associate in Project Management and a Certified Associate Business Continuity Professional. She holds Post-Graduate Certificates in Emergency Management and Environmental Management, as well as a Certificate in Environmental Business.

Nicole Pinto – Education Director, OAEM

Nicole is a Consultant in the Health System Emergency Management Branch with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Prior to this, her emergency management experience included being a Health Emergency Planning Specialist with the York Region Public Health Branch, a Junior Emergency Management Planner with the Halton Region Health Department, Emergency Management Assistant with the Cities of Vaughan and Burlington, and as a Quality and Risk Intern with the Central Community Access Centre (LHIN). Nicole has a Master of Arts Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University and is certified as an Associate Business Continuity Professional through the Disaster Recovery Institute (Canada).

Alain Normand – Emergency Manager, City of Brampton

Alain Normand is an author, lecturer, teacher and expert in Emergency Management. He directed relief efforts in disasters such as the Saguenay floods, the Quebec Ice Storm, the Haiti earthquake, and the Calgary floods. 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 and provincial committees. Alain is the recipient of the 2010 Canadian Award for Emergency Management; the highest award in this field in Canada. He teaches emergency management at York University. Alain is the author of a series of novels on emergency management published by Authorhouse and available at Amazon.com.

Sharon Walker – Emergency Planning Manager, City of Vaughan

Sharon Walker is the Emergency Planning Manager for the City of Vaughan. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of Emergency Management in the municipal government and non-government organization sectors, including the Red Cross and Region of Peel. She holds Diplomas in Nursing and Business Administration, Certificates in Management/Labour Relations, Human Resource Management and Volunteer Resource Management and is currently working on a degree in Public Administration. She is a certified Associate Business Continuity Professional and Certified Municipal Manager III (3) – Emergency Management Professional. Sharon also served on the Board of Directors for OAEM.

Dan Metcalfe – Community Emergency Management Coordinator, County of Essex

Dan is currently the CEMC for the County of Essex, and has been involved in Emergency Management for the past 15 years. He is a past-President, past Vice President and past Professional Development Chair of OAEM. Currently, Dan serves as a Technical Committee member of the CSA Z1600 Emergency and Continuity Management Program Standard for Canada for the past five years. He has been a Paramedic for 25 years and a current Marine SAR CCGA member for over five years.

Rob MacDonald – OPP Inspector, North Eastern Ontario (retired)

After obtaining a B.Sc., a B.A. and a Laboratory Technician Certificate Rob commenced a 33 year career with the Ontario Provincial Police. During those 3 plus decades of serving the citizens of Ontario, he held various supervisory and management roles, which included for almost 10 years, the Inspector in charge of Emergency Management for the O.P.P. in North Eastern Ontario. Rob was responsible for 40 physical sites and all of their associated COOP (Continuity of Operations Planning) as well as EM plans and Physical Building Security Assessments. He is certified to instruct in IMS 100, 200, 300, Exercise Design, BEM and CSAZ1600. He served on the OAEM Board of Directors for 10 years, with 3 as past-President. Rob has his CEM III as well as ABCP designations, and for the last 5 years has been a part of the awards committee for OAEM, as well as the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness.