By Michel C. Doré, MStJ, PhD, B.Sc.N., PCP, CEM, CGU Since 2006 the emergency management practitioners in Quebec have regrouped within theAssociation de sécurité civile du Québec (ascq.org). Strong of its 285 members, the association represents the emergency managers with governments, municipalities, educational institutions and other organisations.  Among its activities, ASCQ manages a provincial EM… Continue reading

By Christina Baker As members of a collective professional association it is important that our membership as well as our invested time and money translate into benefits that will directly enhance our abilities and awareness as professionals as well as benefit the communities in which we live and work. When asked about how emergency management… Continue reading

Key Survey Findings: Perceived Benefit & Willingness to Uptake Membership in a Professional Association for Emergency Managers By Moira Hennebury The biggest challenge in growing membership is articulating the value proposition. Cognizant that students and recent graduates represent the largest growing prospective member base of any professional association, I sought to understand the perceived benefit, expectations,… Continue reading

By Thomas Appleyard Program evaluation informs practitioners, funders and researchers on the efficacy of interventions. Standard program evaluation methods emphasise desired outcomes and pre-identified criteria for success. Program evaluators stress establishing SMART goals: specific, measureable, agreed upon, realistic and time-bound.  These standard program evaluation methods do not apply well for emergency responders who must thrive… Continue reading

By Douglas Grant Communities are well aware of the importance of festivals as places to socialize, unwind and spend time with friends and family. At a recent forum hosted by the City of Markham and Calian Emergency Management, professionals discussed some of the challenges and solutions regarding festivals and their resources for emergency planning. The… Continue reading