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 ( 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 professional certification program, organises conferences and webinars. The ASCQ partners every year with RECO Quebec, our business continuity association ( and CRAIM, our industrial accident prevention council ( to organise an emergency management exhibition in conjunction with the Colloque de la sécurité civile du Québec, our provincial EM conference.

To foster partnerships among the emergency management/search and rescue volunteer groups, ASCQ organises, since 2015, various training activities and full scale exercises (video). These activities involve volunteers from Saint-John Ambulance, Salvation Army, Canadian Red Cross, Association des bénévoles en recherche et sauvetage du Québec, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sauvetage et recherche aériens du Québec and the Radio-Amateur Québec inc.

We are currently planning the 2019 edition of our Rendez-vousin the Ottawa region. We hope to mobilise the volunteers from both Quebec and Ontario to respond to a joint event happening simultaneously on both sides of the Ottawa River. Both the cities of Gatineau and Ottawa support this upcoming exercise.

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