The OAEM Executive membership is made up of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary; elected each year by the Board. This group is responsible for the administration of the Board and the Association.

The 2018-2019 Executive includes:

  mike-o Mike O’Brien – President – Email Mike

Mike O’Brien is the CEMC for the City of Burlington. He has served with the Canadian Forces in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He recently completed an MA in Disaster and Emergency Management.

Mark Evans – Vice President – Email Mark

Mark began his career in emergency management through volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS). In the years following, Mark championed a new strategic and operational vision the the EDS programs in the GTA & Central-North Ontario, and brought about unprecedented growth to the EDS program in Ottawa; making it among the busiest volunteer-based ESS programs in Canada. Also during that time, Mark served as the Salvation Army’s Liaison to the OFMEM, acting as the Agency Lead in the PEOC. Mark was also nominated Vice-Chair of the NGO Alliance of Ontario and was responsible for the creation and development of the annual NGO Alliance Handbook, which is circulated to CEMC’s throughout the Province.

Mark brings his comprehensive emergency response, ESS and NGO leadership experience to his current role as an Emergency & Contingency Planning Specialist with the Regional Municipality of York, within the Community & Health Services Department. By working to strengthen relationships and partnerships across various sectors to deliver practical and effective response and recovery options, Mark endeavors to add value in all aspects of his career.

Sarah Thompson2 Sarah Thompson – Secretary – Email Sarah

After spending six years as an Emergency Social Services (ESS) responder, leading program implementation, IMS use in the field, and volunteer training, Sarah took her passion for Emergency Management to academia to complete the York University’s Master of Disaster and Emergency Management. She is now focused on strengthening connections within and beyond the traditional EM community, especially through initiatives which focus on early career professionals. She brings a wide spectrum of knowledge from across Canadian EM programs, community groups and non-profits, including the Red Cross, City of Vancouver, and currently the City of Toronto Emergency Management Office. As a board member she is particularly passionate about improving engagement, connecting and furthering the interests of EM professionals across industries.

Katie Subbotina – Treasurer – Email Katie 

Katie is a Manager of Emergency Management Business Continuity division within Paladin Security. Her role is to assist clients by performing EMBC assessment, program and plan development as well as conduct training and associated exercises. She has a Master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from York University and extensive experience working in the healthcare sector.

2018-2019 Directors

  Paul Hassanally  – Communications –Email Paul

Paul is currently an active member of Team Rubicon, which is in its’ inaugural year in Canada, and was deployed to Fort McMurray to assist in Operation Paydirt which worked to reunite people with precious items thought lost to the 2016 blaze. Paul is no stranger to working under stressful conditions. Entering his fourteenth year as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve Infantry, he has provided logistical support to a fighting company of over 100 soldiers in hostile environments. He earned the 2013 Soldier of the Year Award in his regiment. Previously, he has worked as the Advisor of Corporate Preparedness for the City of Brampton, as an instructor for the Sheridan College Sheridan’s Emergency Management program, and is working towards a Master’s Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management.

 nicole2-pinto Nicole Pinto – Education – Email Nicole

Nicole is a Health Emergency Planning Specialist with the York Region Public Health Branch. Prior to this Nicole has experience working in EM programs with the Halton Region Health Department, City of Burlington, and Central Community Access Centre. Nicole has a Master’s Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University and in certified as an Associate Business Continuity Professional. Nicole’s strives to build on the past work of the OAEM Board to create a well-connected network of professionals who actively participate in and benefit from OAEM initiatives.

  John Theofilaktidis – Director – Email John

John is a Sr. Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Emergency Management Professional with 25+ years leadership experience in the airline, healthcare, financial services, utilities, technology, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing sectors. John holds certification with the Disaster Recovery Institute and the Business Continuity Institute of Canada. John was awarded the IBM Ovation award for his work during the 2003 Northeast blackout. John currently provides Disaster Recovery services for Hydro One and managers the Emergency Management and Business Continuity programs for Inergi L.P.

   Jason Reid – Professional Development Director – Email Jason

Jason Reid is the Senior Advisor for National Life Safety Group and a recognized building emergency management specialist. He is known for innovative best practices in the integration of fire, safety & security in protecting critical infrastructure, high-rise buildings as well as mass venue & high risk facilities with vulnerable populations.

Jason’s work also includes overseas work in Brazil, Jamaica and Dubai with a focus on high risk facilities, commercial & residential high-rise, health care facilities, mass assembly venues, world renowned shopping centres and leading Universities.

Jason co-authored Canada’s leading CBRNE awareness level; accredited training program for security & critical building staff – Internationally accredited to NFPA 472 Standards.

Prior to National Life Safety Group Jason led the development the Fire, Safety & Emergency Management program for one of Canada’s leading tourist attractions, and high-rise commercial towers – the Toronto Eaton Centre – seeing over 130,000 people a day.

Jason is a Provincial Instructor for the Basic Emergency Management (BEM) program and was certified in Emergency Operations Centre & Site Incident Command from the Federal Emergency Management College in Ottawa.

Prior to 2007, Jason attained the level of Platoon Chief with the Emergency Services for BOMBARDIER Aerospace in Toronto. Throughout this 10 year career with BOMBARDIER, Jason was responsible for security teams, firefighter personnel, and emergency response at an active airport and industrial facility spanning over 24 million sq/ ft., with over 4000 occupants.

Community / Industry Involvement

  • Board of Directors; Ontario Association of Emergency Managers; April 2017 – Present
  • Board of Directors, Resilient Communities Ontario, 2015 – Present;
  • Board of Directors; Institution of Fire Engineers; Canada Branch, 2008 – Present;
  • Chair, Fire & Emergency Management Committee, Resilient Communities Ontario, 2015 – Present
  • Past Chair, Co-Chair; Building Owners & Management Association of Toronto (BOMA) – Emergency Management Committee.


Julie Chambers – Member Engagement

Julie is an Emergency Management Research Analyst for QM Environmental, supporting the EM division through providing technical writing services, qualitative and quantitative research analytics, and emergency plan development. Julie holds a Professional Certificate in Emergency Management and is currently working towards completing her Master of Disaster and Emergency Management degree at York University, where she is an active member of the Disaster and Emergency Management Students’ Association (DEMSA).

Alex Lawless – OFMEM Liaison (Non-Voting) – Email Alex

Alex is the National/International/ NGO Liaison Officer for Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) . Alex works with national and provincial organizations like the OAEM and the NGO Alliance to explore opportunities for collaboration on emergency management initiatives. She is also responsible for coordinating OFMEM’s position on intergovernmental files and participation in Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) EM forums.

Scott Davis – Director – Email Scott

Scott Davis is President of ONYX Emergency Management Group and has 14 years emergency management experience concurrent with four years as a Sessional Professor of the Emergency Management Graduate program at Fanshawe College.  He is a result driven professional enjoying career opportunities leading life safety programs while strengthening stakeholder relationships to minimize the impact of incidents affecting people, infrastructure, and the environment.

Scott is a proud graduate of the University of Guelph with his Masters in Leadership and wishes to pursue a further understanding of the roles of leadership and followership in crisis incidents.

Through the Association Scott’s goal is to build the credibility of our profession, build alliances with governmental stakeholders, and have given members avenues of professional development to build their confidence in their career.

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Perry Ruehlen – Administrator

Perry Ruehlen has been an association management executive for 15 years, bringing her experience as the former executive director of the Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce to her role as CEO and President of AssociationsFirst (AF). A skilled and talented leader, she specializes in managing large events while concurrently overseeing the needs of the Board and Committee meetings. She has an ongoing interest in governance, client services and strategic planning and in this capacity, she provides invaluable guidance to AF clients.

She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University with customer service training from the Disney Institute.

P. Ruehlen is currently serves as the executive director for a number of AF clients including the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers.

Sean Maraj – Editor – Email Sean

Sean Maraj is an armour officer in the Canadian Forces (CF) and currently the primary Staff Officer for the Deputy Vice Chief of Defence Staff. He has over 20 years of military experience and most recently completed a four-year tour with the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Petawawa Ontario. With an expertise in operations, training and logistics Sean’s experience in the military includes participating in the military response to the 1997 Red River Flood and 1998 Ice Storm. In recent years he was the designated commander of the CF reconnaissance CBRN response unit during the Vancouver Olympics and the Immediate Response Unit (Vangaurd) Operations Officer for Central Canada.

Beyond the military Sean has been a professional journalist/reporter, an international volunteer as well as a research assistant for the Department of Foreign Affairs. He holds a BA Honours in Political Science and English from the University of Western Ontario as well as a MA in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University.