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… Continue reading

Team Rubicon Canada, a new volunteer organization brings new capabilities by utilizing the skills and experience of military veterans, emergency services responders and medical professionals to help communities bridge the gap between response and recovery. Last month I had the opportunity to deploy on Operation Great One in Brantford, Ontario with Team Rubicon Canada to… Continue reading

By Carl Mavromichalis Managing Director, Converso and Associate, CS&A Crisis Management International What if I told you that there is technology available that can handle a live, 2-way conversation with hundreds or thousands of participants at once without hearing everyone talking at the same time? And what if I told you that you could call… Continue reading

  By Alain Normand I attended a discussion the other day about bringing diversity into the fire department. The issue is that firefighters are usually white males and not necessarily representative of the fabric of our community. However, in trying to recruit people with more diversity, Fire Departments encounter huge difficulties. Females need to go… Continue reading

By Linda Antoniadis Volunteers are the foundation of most charitable organizations. For the Canadian Red Cross, they are the front line for communities when disaster strikes. They are the “face” of the Red Cross that the community sees in time of disaster. Without the dedication of volunteer responders at any and all times of the… Continue reading

  By Scott Davis  On January 25, the OAEM hosted a new professional development theme with two engaging speakers, hosted at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto. The keynote speaker, Heath Applebaum, an international-award-winning crisis and reputation consultant, revealed his 10 Commandments of Reputation Management and shared insights on how we can all effectively help… Continue reading