Coming out of the 2018 OAEM election at our Annual General Meeting in May, our board is organized and ready for another season of delivering the training, access, representation and networking that our membership has come to expect.


Our strategy going forward from the AGM is to have a board executive that can enable the remaining directors to focus on collaboratively delivering on specific focus areas for our membership.

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Now is your chance OAEM members—who do you want to represent your community and your needs on the OAEM board?

The upcoming 16th annual general meeting and conference will not only host a wide range of speakers and social events, but will also give new board candidates an opportunity to introduce themselves to the emergency community whose needs they hope to represent for 2016-2018.

If you are interested in running, please contact the OAEM Election Coordinator at Voting will take place on May 13 at the AGM.

Candidate profiles to date:

Tim Lindsay, Emergency Management Coordinator, The Regional Municipality of Halton:

TimLindsayTim is a graduate of the Fleming College Post Graduate Program in Emergency Management and has completed numerous Emergency Management courses through OFMEM, JIBC and the Canadian Emergency Management College. In addition to being on the current OAEM Board, Tim is also a member of the Fleming College Emergency Management Program Advisory Committee.




Mike O’Brien, CEMC Burlington:
mikeobrienI am the CEMC for the City of Burlington. I have served on the OAEM board for the last two years as the Education Chair and the Vice President. During my time on the board I have increased the association’s online profile including the new OAEM website and social media sites. I have worked to foster ties with other DEM associations and student groups and helped develop joint professional development ventures with RCO. I would like to continue growing the association and the profession.



Nicole Pinto, Emergency Assistant, City of Vaughan:

Nicole PintoI am an emergency management professional and candidate for a Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University. I am most experienced in community and health emergency management, and am currently the Emergency Assistant for the City of Vaughan. My previous roles have been in the capacity of emergency management with the City of Burlington and the Central Community Care Access Centre. I have been working on the OAEM Board for the past two years as the Student Board Member and Education Committee President. I have assisted with the development of the OAEM student mentorship program in order to create a greater student presence within the organization. My goal, as an OAEM Board Member, is to continue to build on the past work of the Board to create a well-connected network of professionals who actively participate in and benefit from OAEM initiatives.


Sarah Thompson, Emergency Management Research Analyst, City of Toronto: Sarah Thompson2After spending six years as an Emergency Social Services (ESS) responder, leading program implementation, IMS use in the field, and volunteer training, I took my passion for Emergency Management to academia. With my York University’s Master of Disaster and Emergency Management now complete, I am ready to help strengthen connections within and beyond the traditional EM community. To my relatively new home of Ontario, I bring a wide spectrum of knowledge from across Canadian EM programs, community groups and non-profits. Pair this with my formal education, and genuine passion for engagement and innovation in EM, and I believe I could be a dynamic and engaging presence on the OAEM board. If elected, I’d bring a new lens to OAEM’s main objective; to further the profession. I believe we can approach this goal though improved engagement; connecting and furthering the interests of EM professionals across industries.


Please note a change has been made with the voting process this year: Members attending the Friday afternoon meeting are allowed to bring 2 proxy votes only. These votes must only be for the members that have advised the Board in advance that they intend to run in the election at that meeting; for those who are nominated on the floor, proxy votes shall not be used for them. If you require a proxy vote form, please contact or download it here: OAEM AGM 2016 Proxy Form.