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Grayson Cockett

Emergency Management Officer, Alberta Health Services
Co-Host, EPIC Podcast

A strong belief in duty and public service has guided Grayson Cockett through a career as a Paramedic, Soldier, Ski Patroller, Emergency Manager, and member of Canada Task Force 2. Grayson holds a Masters Degree in Disaster Management, and currently works in Healthcare Disaster Management.

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A passionate advocate for the profession, Grayson actively shares his interest in disasters and their management through education, training, public speaking engagements, and his award winning educational podcast ‘Emergency Preparedness in Canada (EPIC)’.

Nagi Souaiby

MD, MPH, MHM, Emergency and Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, St Joseph University, Beirut – Lebanon, Head of the ED, ND Maritime Hospital, Byblos, ED coordinator, KMC, Ghazir – Lebanon, Chief Editor, MJEM, Mediterranean Journal of Emergency Medicine – A Green Journal
Director, National School for Emergency Care, President, Lebanese Resuscitation Council

Dr. Nagi Souaiby is an Emergency, Forensic Medicine, and Medical Law specialist who graduated from the Universities of Montpellier and Paris.

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He has the Medical Council of Canada license and received a double European Master in Public Health and Hospital and Health Management from ESA Business School of Beirut and Paris VII. He is a lecturer in forensic medicine at the USJ Faculty of Medicine and a medical law instructor at the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires in Beirut. He is also an advisor to the European Union and the World Health Organization.

Dr. Souaiby is the founder and president of New Health Concept, which provides consultancy to health institutions and professionals to implement their projects and to defend themselves in the event of liability. He is also the founder of the National School for Emergency Care and the Editor-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Journal of Emergency Care (MJEM), an indexed peer-reviewed scientific journal.

John MacIsaac

Emergency Preparedness Agency, NS Health

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G. Keith Still

Founder, GK Still Crowd Risk Analysis Ltd
Visiting Professor of Crowd Science, University of Suffolk, Author, “Introduction to Crowd Science” and “Applied Crowd Science

Professor GK Still has consulted for some of the world’s leading venues and brands and the highest profile global projects. He has trained numerous operational leaders across the public and private sector in crowd science, crowd dynamics and crowd movement to help them safely manage their mass gatherings around the world.

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His opinion is sought by Governments and Police forces from around the world. Professor Dr. Still has regularly commentated for the media about crowd focused events including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

David Etkin

Associate Professor of Disaster and Emergency Management, York University

David Etkin is a Professor of Disaster and Emergency Management at York University. Previously, he worked for Environment Canada from 1977-2005.

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During his career, he has been a weather forecaster in Nova Scotia and Ontario, taught meteorology to new forecasters, and done applied research in the Arctic and Industrial Climatology Divisions of the Canadian Climate Centre. In 1993 he joined the Adaptation and Impacts Research Group of the Meteorological Service of Canada, specializing in the interdisciplinary study of natural hazards and disasters, and climate change. From 1996-2005 he worked at the University of Toronto with the Institute for Environmental Studies doing research on natural hazards and disasters. He has contributed to several national and international natural hazard projects including the 2nd U.S. national assessment of natural hazards, the IPCC, was Principal Investigator of the Canadian National Assessment of Natural Hazards and is Past President of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network. His current areas of research are disaster risk assessment and disaster ethics. He has 90 publications including two textbooks and 6 edited volumes.

Dr. Joe Vipond

MD, Emergency Physician, Rockyview General Hospital,
President, CAPE Board

Joe Vipond has worked as an emergency physician for over twenty years, currently at the Rockyview General Hospital. He has been active on the climate crisis since learning of its repercussions 15 years ago.

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His first advocacy campaign was as a spokesperson and strategist for the Alberta Coal Phase Out movement, and the Canadian Coal Phase Out network, and with these has had an impact on approximately 66 MT of greenhouse gas emissions, or 9% of Canada’s total GHGs. He is President of the national charity Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the local non-profit the Calgary Climate Hub, and during COVID, the co-founder of #masks4Canada and ProtectOurProvinceAB. Joe grew up in Calgary and continues to live there with his wife and two daughters.

Helen Feng

Department of Emergency Preparedness, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Helen Feng is the co-chair of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Code Orange Steering Committee (COSC) & Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNe) Sub-Committee. She facilitates the alignment of emergency preparedness plans across Sunnybrook campuses and coordinates site-specific education and training.

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Before her current role, Helen worked in Sunnybrook’s Emergency Department as an Administrative Associate, part of an interdisciplinary team, gaining a unique front-line insight propelling the development of policies engrained in best practices and rational logistical planning.

Jeremy Kieffer

Paramedic Practice Coordinator, Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, Advanced Care Paramedic, York Paramedic Services

Jeremy Kieffer is a Coordinator of Paramedic Practice at the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, co-chair of the Sunnybrook Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNe) Sub-Committee of the Code Orange Steering Committee (COSC), a paramedic educator, and an advanced care paramedic with over 20 years of experience in the emergency services.

Dr. Morgan Hillier

M.D., MSc, FRCPC, Emergency Medicine Physician; Trauma Team Leader, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Base Hospital Medical Director, Toronto Paramedic Services, Interim Medical Director, Toronto Fire Services

Dr. Morgan Hillier is an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. He is also the Base Hospital Medical Director for the Toronto Paramedic Services and a co-chair of Sunnybrook’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNe) Sub-Committee of the Code Orange Steering Committee (COSC).

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Dr. Hillier holds a master’s degree in Health Sciences Education (MSc.) and is currently an Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto.

Donna Ferguson

Clinical Psychologist, Researcher, Work Stress and Health Program, CAMH

Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psy. D., Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois, 2003. Dr. Ferguson is a board-certified clinical psychologist (ABPP) who provides assessment and treatment (specifically, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy focused) in the area of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and other Anxiety Disorders, primarily with first responders and other injured workers at the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health (Work Stress and Health Program).

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Dr. Ferguson’s clinical research interests include concurrent disorders, particularly in the area of anxiety disorders and or co-morbid depressive disorders with gambling pathology (in areas of assessment and intervention). Dr. Ferguson has published research in problem gambling and has worked with clients in the area of gambling addiction. Dr. Ferguson has also published articles in the area of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Maegan McConnell

Mental Health Specialist, Red Cross

Maegan is a registered clinical social worker and a current PhD student who has worked in the field of emergency mental health and humanitarian aid for over ten years. Currently working as a mental health and psychosocial support specialist for the Canadian Red Cross, she has also worked over seas with MSF and many grassroots health based NGOs around the world. Maegan has extensive experience in developing and running programming in disaster and emergency settings, as well as many years served in Emergency Departments of hospitals in Canada.

Andrea McCormick

RN, MN, Senior Manager, Quality Management and Emergency Preparedness, SickKids

Andrea is a registered nurse by background, and started her career at SickKids hospital in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)as a bedside nurse in 2007. After finishing her Masters of Nursing Administration at the University of Toronto in 2013, she started a role as Critical Care Quality Team Leader.

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After several years in Quality, she also served as an interim PICU Senior Manager in 2016-2017 before starting in her current role as Senior Manager in the Central Quality Management department at SickKids. In 2021, she took on the portfolio for Emergency Preparedness for the hospital.

Andrea is passionate about health care quality improvement and strategic project management and brings that lens to her approach with the overhaul and renewal of the Emergency Preparedness Program at SickKids.

Katherine Kung Cheung

RN. MN, Quality Improvement Specialist for Quality Management & Clinical Practice & Quality Lead, SickKids

Katherine Kung Cheung is currently a Quality Improvement Specialist for Quality Management & Clinical Practice & Quality Lead for the outpatient program at Sickkids. In her role, she focuses on using innovation & data management to achieve workflow simplification. Katherine is a graduate of the University of Toronto Master of Nursing in Health Systems Leadership and Administration and enjoys reading and travelling in her spare time.

Colonel Jason Guiney

Former Chief of Staff, 4th Canadian Division, Operation LASER | Student, National Security Programme, Canadian Forces College

Colonel Jason Guiney was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1995. Upon completion of studies at the Royal Military College of Canada, he was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (2 RCR) in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Col Guiney spent six years with 2 RCR in the roles of rifle platoon commander, assistant adjutant, anti-armour platoon commander and rifle company second in command.

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He deployed twice with the Battalion on United Nations missions in East Africa (Op ECLIPSE) in 2001 and Haiti (Op HALO) in 2004.
In 2005, Col Guiney was posted to Ottawa to the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Group as a desk officer for CAF missions in the Africa region. This posting included a deployment with the Disaster Assistance Relief Team to Pakistan in 2005 (Op PLATEAU) as the Assistant Operations Officer. The following year, he was posted to the newly-formed Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Headquarters as a mission desk officer for Afghanistan.

Promoted to Major in late 2007, he returned to Regimental service, this time with 3 RCR in Petawawa as the operations officer and deployed with the battalion to Afghanistan in 2008-09 (Op ATHENA). Upon return from Afghanistan, he took command of November Company and deployed with his company to the G8 Summit in Huntsville in 2010. Following sub-unit command, Col Guiney attended the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

In 2011, he was posted back to Ottawa to the Strategic Joint Staff as a planner for CAF operations and contingencies in the Middle-East and North Africa regions. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 2013 while on the year-long French course and assumed command of 1 RCR in 2014. With his battalion, they established the CAF training mission in Ukraine (Op UNIFIER) for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross. Following battalion command, he was posted to 4th Cdn Division Headquarters as the G3 then promoted to Colonel and assumed the role of Chief of Staff. In 2019, Col Guiney deployed as the Deputy Commander (Operations) for Canada’s training mission in the Middle East (Op IMPACT). Upon his return, Col Guiney was posted to Canadian Army Headquarters as the Director of Land Force Development. He is currently a student on the National Security Progamme at the Canadian Forces College.

He holds an undergraduate degree in History, and a master’s degree in Defence Studies and War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.
He is married with two children and in his spare time, he and his family enjoy the active outdoor life.

Lieutenant-Colonel James Stocker

Task Force Commander, Operation LASER

Lieutenant-Colonel James Stocker began his military career in The Queen’s York Rangers, enlisting while in high school in 2000. Commissioning in 2002, he completed his training in Gagetown, NB, and has since held every Regimental officer appointment. 

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Concurrently maintaining an active full-time military career, he held both command and staff appointments at a variety of units and headquarters, including the Regiment itself, 32 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School, 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters, 4 Canadian Division Support Group Headquarters, 4 Canadian Division Headquarters, the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, and National Defence Headquarters.

His operational experience includes a deployment with the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, in 2008-09, where he served in current operations. More recently, he deployed as Canada’s Senior Liaison Officer to the Coalition Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (the global community’s response to the threat of ISIS in Syria and Iraq) Headquarters in 2017-18. Domestically, he served as the Task Force Adjutant for the Canadian Armed Forces support the G8/G20 Summits in 2010. More recently, he was privileged to command Territorial Battle Group 1, the high readiness composite unit formed to respond to Ontario’s COVID pandemic and tasked to provide emergency assistance to select long-term care facilities.

A Toronto native, he is a graduate of York University, receiving an Honours BA in History, the Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces College, and the British Territorial Army Command and Staff College. He is employed as the Regional Departmental Security Officer, Central Region, as part of the Directorate-General, Defence Security.

Lieutenant-Colonel Stocker’s interests include history, politics, psychology, philosophy, after-dinner raconteurship, running, cross-training, and film. He enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Ashley, and torturing his large dog, Lily, with off-key singing.

Shannan Saunders

Site Director, Emergency Management, Mount Sinai Morningside

I am a resilience, continuity and emergency management professional with over 15 years’ experience. Currently a Doctor, Business Administration candidate, I earned my Master’s in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University in 2012. I hold professional certification as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), Certified Healthcare Provider Continuity Professional (CHPCP), Member, Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), and am a Disaster Science Fellow.

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Originally from the Greater Toronto Area, I moved to New York City In 2020 as the Director of Emergency Management at Mount Sinai Hospital, a 350 bed Harlem/Upper West Side trauma center. My passion is in developing and measuring strategic organizational resilience within the healthcare space.

Ricardo Almosnino

CPA, CISA, CRISC, CRMA, Regional Director, Risk & Audit Services, Shared Health Manitoba

Ricardo is the Regional Director of Risk and Audit Services for Shared Health Manitoba, with provincial responsibilities within the risk and audit practice in health care, holding 18 years of experience in the Internal Audit and Risk Management fields.

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Ricardo has also held Senior Management positions in Internal Audit and Risk Management at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Manitoba Public Insurance, and Western Canada Lottery Corporation since starting his career at Deloitte in 2004. Ricardo has been a valuable member of the ISACA Winnipeg Chapter Board for the last 9 years, serving as Program Director. Ricardo is an active member of the Western Canada Information Security Conference – Conference Co-Chair in 2022 and member of the Organizing Committee in previous years.

Bethany Moore

MPA, CEM, (She, Her, Hers), Adjunct Instructor, Healthcare Leadership, School of Health and Public Safety, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Bethany Moore is an experienced healthcare emergency manager with Alberta Health Services, a fully integrated provincial health system with more than 600 health facilities and over 108,000 employees. She is currently a Special Project Lead with the AHS department of Emergency/Disaster Management where she oversees risk reporting and performance measurement for organizational emergency preparedness.

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She is also an adjunct instructor for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Disaster and Emergency Management program and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT Healthcare Leadership program. Bethany is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Victoria.

Ken Letander

Indigenous Engagement Advisor (National), SNC-Lavalin

Kenneth Letander, BSW, MBA (C), Indigenous Engagement Advisor brings more than a decade of experience of working with Indigenous and rural communities across Canada when working for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and has also worked as an advisor for the Government of Alberta.

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While working with the Government of Alberta, Ken helped further flood recovery efforts for two First Nations communities as a member of the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood Recovery Team and served as an advisor for various government departments. Kenneth brings a unique perspective to his work, forging strong relationships and advising and consulting on policy development, reconciliation methods, marketing, program design, budget design, engagement planning, public relations, process centralization, grant management, and risk management.

Kenneth is a Board Member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) – Canada Council as is the chair of the IAEM Partnership Engagement Committee.

Simon Wells

Founder & Principal, Canadian Journal of Emergency Management

Simon Wells is the founder and principal of the Canadian Journal of Emergency Management, a professional journal that aims to create a forum for emergency management knowledge mobilization in Canada. Simon has served in major emergencies with Public Safety Canada and the City of Toronto.

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He holds a Master of Arts in Human Security from Royal Roads University, is a Certified Emergency Manager, and is a Master of Business Administration candidate at the Ted Rogers School of Management.

Kassondra Stockman

MFS, CBCP
Emergency Preparedness Advisor, Halton Healthcare

Kassondra Stockman is the Emergency Preparedness Advisor at Halton Healthcare – an organization comprised of three community hospitals and numerous community-based services located in the growing communities of Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville.

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She has worked in the field of Emergency Management since first beginning her career at the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Upon her return to Canada in 2008, she held progressive roles in organizations of higher education and regional government. As she continued to develop her skills and knowledge in Emergency Management her focus changed to the area of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness

In 2013, Kassondra joined Halton Healthcare, during an exciting time of change for the organization. She was directly involved in Emergency Management planning related to the completion of three major capital redevelopment projects, including the construction of a 1.6 million square foot hospital in Oakville and a significant expansion at Milton District Hospital that effectively tripled the size of the hospital.

Kassondra is passionate about fire safety and a dedicated advocate of both personal and work preparedness. She has a Masters of Forensic Science from The George Washington University and is a DRI International Certified Business Continuity Professional.

Andrew Moull

MA, MDEM (he/him)
Specialist, Emergency and Disaster Management, Hamilton Health Sciences

Andrew has been involved in healthcare emergency management for eight years and is currently working at Hamilton Health Sciences as the Emergency and Disaster Management Specialist, in Hamilton, Ontario. In addition, he is currently a course director for the York University Disaster and Emergency Management graduate studies program, teaching Emergency Management in Healthcare since 2019.

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He also sits on the Education Committee of the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals for the past 3 years and is a founding member and one of their first Canadian based members of the association.

Andrew is very active in trying to bring together healthcare emergency managers in Canada, helping to curate and facilitate online platforms for the Canadian Hospital Emergency Preparedness Alliance.

Andrew has completed two Masters Degrees. His first was in History at the University of Waterloo, and has his second degree in Disaster & Emergency Management from York University.

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