From 2002 to 2009 Bob was the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the City of Edmonton, Canada’s sixth largest city. In that capacity he designed and implemented a comprehensive municipal emergency program and coordinated the city’s response to major emergency events, including river flooding, chemical release, and evacuations on numerous occasions.
Prior to joining the City of Edmonton, Bob served as a senior officer in the Canadian Forces. During a 32-year career he served in a number of senior leadership positions both in Canada and abroad. In the latter stage of his career he was responsible for planning and coordinating military support to civil authorities in British Columbia. His final operation with the Canadian Forces was to serve as the Chief of Operations for the 2002 G8 Summit in Kananaskis, Alberta.
Bob is a frequent speaker and has presented at the World Conference on Disaster Management (Toronto), Emergency Preparedness Conference (Vancouver), and Disaster Forum (Banff), amongst others. He has a B.A. in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. He holds the professional designation of Certified Emergency Manager and in 2000 he was admitted to the Order of Military Merit in the grade of Officer.
F.P. (Paul) Crober, OMM, BA, CD
Having served with the Canadian Forces, Paul has held leadership positions in numerous emergency situations, nationally and internationally, many of which required the assistance of the military (flooding, fires, security operations with RCMP, Chief of Operations with the UN in Bosnia, etc).
After his distinguished military career, he held senior management positions in the BC Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) as Training Officer and Chief of Operations. Subsequently, he became Director of the BC/Yukon Region, Public Safety Canada (PS Canada) – a position where he coordinated efforts of the Federal Government in support of several operations as well as the approval of all Joint Emergency Preparedness Program Grants (JEPP) and all Disaster Financial Assistance Allowance (DFAA) claims.
In 2006 he assumed full-time duties again by becoming chief planner for the Canadian Forces’ in the 2010 Olympics/Paralympics. Prior to and during this event, he was appointed Chief of Staff of Joint Task Force Games, the purpose-designed formation of 5000 soldiers, sailors, air personnel that provided operational security, logistics and ceremonial support to those Games. This also included major detailed, legacy initiatives with federal/provincial public safety entities.
Beyond his field experience, he has also made several written contributions, including a complete doctrine re-write for ICS and BCERMS (BC Emergency Response Management System). Paul has presented and/or moderated on several occasions at various emergency management conferences and at universities including Simon Fraser, UBC and Royal Roads University He is a graduate of the Royal Military College and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College.
I.D. Mark Egener, B.Eng., M.A, P.Eng.
Mark Egener is President of Summit Enterprises International Inc. (S.e.i. Inc.) a consultancy specializing in crisis and risk management. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in risk and crisis management. Since 1995 has lead many projects related to climate change, adaptation to global warming, disaster preparedness, the management of risk, crisis and risk communications.
From 1983 to 1995 he was head of Alberta Public Safety Services, an agency responsible for hazardous materials and disaster management, and in 2006 was interim head of the new Alberta Emergency Management Agency. Previously he was a senior manager in a major western Canadian energy and chemical company. He was a founding member and chairman (1991-1992) of the Major Industrial Accidents Council of Canada an organization dedicated to the safe management of dangerous chemicals and a leader in alternative service delivery in regulatory matters.
He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.
Suzanne Bernier, CEM
Prior to her career in business continuity and emergency management, Suzanne was a news reporter and anchor, as well as a government spokesperson. Since then, she has worked in the field of emergency management and BCP for over 17 years, having worked for both the Canadian and Ontario governments, as well as the United Nations Headquarters. In 2012, Suzanne started her own consulting business, helping governments, communities and companies plan for and respond to disasters. She currently sits on Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE) Toronto Chapter’s Board of Directors.
Throughout her career, Suzanne has created and led business continuity and emergency management programs for high-profile organizations such as Toronto Hydro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board.
Suzanne also specializes in crisis communications, and teaches the topic at various post-secondary institutions, including Toronto’s George Brown College and the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). One of her most recent achievements was being invited by the Australian government to meet with and present to their senior officials on the effective use of social media during disasters. It is a topic that she is very passionate about, and has been speaking on at disaster conferences across the globe.
Suzanne is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), as well as a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) through Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) and a certified Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI). She is also fluently bilingual in English and French.
Jeff is a professional planning consultant (MCIP/RPP) based in Fernie, BC and is the principal of Zumundo Consultants. He holds a Master’s Degree in Resource Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Tourism Management. Jeff is a risk management specialist and has been working almost exclusively in this field since 2006. From 2006 to 2008, Jeff worked as a risk management specialist and emergency coordinator in the geophysical exploration, forestry, and wildfire suppression sectors. In this role, he was responsible for developing and implementing site-specific and organizational risk management plans.
Since 2008, Jeff has coordinated a variety of climate risk management projects at the local, regional and provincial levels – helping governments understand, assess and manage the risks posed by climate change. Through the Columbia Basin Trust’s Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI), he has worked with numerous municipalities in the Columbia Basin on development and implementation of climate risk management strategies. At the Provincial Level, Jeff has consulted on three projects for Alberta’s Climate Change Secretariat to conduct climate-based risk assessments and develop policies and strategies to adapt to climate change. He regularly presents his innovative work at national and international conferences.
From 2006 to 2015 Teresa was the Manager of Emergency Management at British Columbia’s Institute of Technology (BCIT) which has six campuses with a student enrollment of nearly 50,000. Teresa grew the Emergency Management Program to one of the largest in a post-secondary environment in Canada. It is considered the leading program of its type and is often used as the standard by which other post-secondary programs are judged. She designed and organized the largest full-scale emergency response exercises in Burnaby, BC which included first responder agencies. Prior to her appointment at BCIT, Teresa was the Emergency Planner at Simon Fraser University (SFU). SFU has a student enrollment of 28,000, spread over three campuses.
Teresa is an expert in educational Emergency Management and has presented workshops and seminars at both National and International conferences, including the EP Forum, EPICC Forum, REPC, and the Emergency & Disaster Planning for Colleges, Universities and K-12 Schools conference. Teresa co-chaired British Columbia’s Post-Secondary Emergency Planners Group and acted on Metro Vancouver’s Regional Emergency Planning Committee.
She holds the Certificate of Emergency Management from the Justice Institute of BC and the Business Continuity Planner designation from the Disaster Recovery Institute.
Lisa Benini, MBCP, AFBCI, CRM, Certified ISO 22301 Lead Implementer
Lisa Benini has been a practitioner in Business Continuity Management, Risk Management and Emergency Management since 1991. She has a certification as a Master Business Continuity Practitioner from DRI International. Lisa holds and holds a certificate in Emergency Management from JIBC (Justice Institute of British Columbia).
She has provided internal and external consulting expertise to a wide range of public and private organizations, and has her own consulting company since 2000.
Lisa’s major achievements were developing policy, standards, guidelines and templates for the BC Government when she was employed as their Senior Provincial Advisor of the Business Continuity Program. During her employment with the BC Government from Oct 2001-Jan 2008, she was instrumental with advancing the business continuity program forward and preparing ministries for dealing with major business interruptions.
Lisa is also a representative on the Technical Committee for Canadian Standard Association (CSA) Z1600 Standard for Emergency and Continuity Management Program since 2005.
Lisa is truly driven to make a difference in helping companies prepared for any disruptive events. Lisa is also very passionate about teaching the best practices in business continuity and has been a certified instructor for DRI Canada since 2002. She is actively involved with the community with respect to preparedness and provides workshops to special interest groups and associations as well as public speaking at conferences across Canada.
Kurt Salchert, Captain (RCN) Ret’d, CD, BA, MDS, PMP
A retired naval captain, Kurt Salchert now brings his extensive expertise and leadership in strategic and operational planning, risk management, performance excellence, and decision-support technologies to the private sector.
Over a distinguished 30-year military career, Kurt has held command and senior leadership appointments in virtually every class of Canadian warship as well as U.N. riverine and coastal patrol vessels. His decades of sea experience have been complemented by diverse duties ranging from leading small multinational strategic advisory teams in the jungles of Cambodia to managing large scale multi-agency operations both at home and abroad. As a former Director of Operations at the Canadian Armed Forces Joint Headquarters, he served on a rotational basis as the Commanding Officer of Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and Joint Task Force Theatre Activation Team; both maintained in high readiness to deploy globally on extremely short notice. Major accomplishments included directing military support operations in response to man-made and natural disasters; supporting Canada’s contributions to the Global War on Terrorism; and leading the crisis-action response to evacuate Canadian citizens from Haiti during the fall of ex-President Aristide – an extremely time-sensitive, high-stakes operation.
Since his retirement from the Royal Canadian Navy in 2014, Kurt has delivered customized research for and facilitated maritime security workshops in Istanbul and Crete and was the co-editor of a study paper developed to shape NATO Alliance strategy in responding to an uncertain future security environment. These days, Kurt supports clients including the Canadian Armed Forces, Defence Research and Development Canada, the United States Coast Guard, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Province on British Columbia, a variety of Port Authorities, as well as a number of private sector interests which span the globe.
Kurt is fluent in English, comfortable in French, and thrives in culturally and organizationally diverse settings.