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Andrew Moull

Emergency and Disaster Management Manager, 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.

Kassondra Stockman-Sousa

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.

Hon. Michael A. Tibollo

Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Government of Ontario

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Ferco (H.) Berger

MD, FRCPC, EDER, FASER, FESER, Emergency/Trauma and MSK Radiologist, Deputy-Chief (Operations), Head, Emergency & Trauma Radiology Division, Precision Diagnostics & Therapeutics Program (Medical Imaging), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Ferco Berger is a Dutch radiologist who trained in the Netherlands and specialised in Emergency & Trauma Imaging. After his two years of fellowships in Vancouver (Emergency & Trauma and MSK imaging), he built a new Emergency & Trauma radiology division at the largest trauma centre in his native Amsterdam.

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Since returning to Canada late 2016, he has led a dedicated team of Emergency & Trauma Radiologists with the creation of a new division at the department of Medical Imaging at Sunnybrook HSC, which includes the nation’s largest Level 1 trauma centre and has ~675 of the 1300+ beds dedicated to acute care, of which 127 ICU beds. He is the Deputy-Chief of operations of the department of Medical Imaging, an Associate Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute, and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

Throughout his career, since partaking in mock patient mass casualty drills during his residency, he has been part of the hospital disaster preparedness committees in Amsterdam and now in Toronto. He initiated collaboration with the Centre for Healthcare Engineering (Dept. Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto) to research optimization of imaging in disaster response through discrete event simulation modelling. He uses his experiences gained on this topic to promote involvement of radiologists in their hospital preparedness planning through workshops and lectures at various (inter-) national conferences.

Melissa Cole Harvey

RN, BSN, MSPH, Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Emergency Operations & Medical Transport, HCA Healthcare

Melissa Harvey is the Assistant Vice President for Enterprise Emergency Operations for HCA Healthcare, the United States’ largest health system, comprised of 185 hospitals and 2,000+ sites of care in 20 states and the United Kingdom. She is responsible for advancing healthcare system preparedness across the organization and developing next-generation response capabilities to ensure a more resilient healthcare enterprise.

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Melissa also serves as an advisor to the COVID Crisis Group, which prepared the way forward for a nonpartisan National COVID Commission that could be initiated by the White House, chartered by Congress, or privately funded, to preserve the lessons learned during the crisis and recommend solutions to safeguard the nation from future threats. The group published its initial findings in an investigative report in March 2023, titled Lessons from the COVID War. 

Previously, Melissa served as the Director of Strategic Projects at the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Nebraska Medicine, where she developed public-private partnerships to advance the nation’s health security. She has more than a decade of federal healthcare experience, most recently at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she served as the Director of Health Systems.  In this role, Melissa oversaw the Department’s emergency care, electronic health records, and health security portfolios. During the COVID-19 response, she was detailed to the FEMA-HHS Healthcare Resilience Task Force, where she led the Hospital Team.

Until 2019, Melissa served as the Director of National Healthcare Preparedness Programs in the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she developed and advanced the implementation of policies, capabilities, and performance metrics that aimed to improve the nation’s overall healthcare emergency readiness. Melissa led ASPR’s domestic healthcare system response to Ebola, including developing a regional and tiered infectious disease strategy for the nation’s healthcare facilities. She also concurrently served as the ASPR Chief of Staff, facilitating the Office’s policy and legislative priorities and its $1.5 billion budget.

Previously, Melissa served at the Central Intelligence Agency, and was the Manager of Emergency Management for Northwell Health in New York.  At Northwell, she was responsible for all-hazards planning and response for New York State’s largest healthcare system. Melissa has clinical experience as an RN and an EMT. She attended Harvard University (MSPH), Boston College (BA), and George Mason University (BSN). 

Mary Charters

Director, Health Emergency Management BC, Northern Health

As a Director with Health Emergency Management BC, Mary Charters has worked directly on a plethora of significant emergency responses throughout BC and is responsible for leading a team of health emergency management specialists to support the Northern Health Authority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mary was a co-developer and the implementation lead of the Rural and Remote First Nation Communities Framework. This Framework was a key component of the provision of essential health care support to rural and remote Indigenous communities in BC during the pandemic.

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Prior to her position with HEMBC, Mary’s passion for assisting in emergency situations spurred her to join the Vancouver City Police Department (VPD) in 2009 as a Police Constable and spent her time working in patrol throughout Vancouver. Following her departure from the VPD, she worked as a Court Liaison Officer with the RCMP until joining HEMBC in 2019 and became the Director of the HEMBC, North team in 2021.

Amongst many other things, Mary is the leading Director and designated Provincial Lead for the provincial “Code Silver – Active Attacker”, which provides essential life-saving response options for health care workers in active shooter/attacker situations. Mary led the development of this new Code to BC health care from conception in 2019, project initialization, international engagement, to widescale provincial rollout in October 2022 for approximately 100,000 health care staff in the BC health authorities. Within one-year, over 75% of BC health care staff were trained on the “Code Siler – Active Attacker” response options of “RUN-HIDE-FIGHT”.

Mary’s passionate involvement and dedication in the development and implementation of the Provincial Code Silver resulted in Mary receiving one of the federal Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award for Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Management in 2022, presented by the President of the King’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada and the Public Safety Minister.

Bruce Krauter

Strategic Initiatives Consultant, County of Essex

Chief Krauter began his career in Paramedicine in 1983, progressed up through the ranks, and was appointed Chief of Essex-Windsor EMS in July 2014. He lead a service with 300+ staff and responded to over 60,00 calls per year.

Chief Krauter was an active member of National and Provincial Paramedic Chief organizations, as well as various other community groups and committees.

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Bruce is a recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Pin and the EMS Exemplary Service Medal, with the distinction of receiving the 40-year bars from the Governor General of Canada.

Chief Krauter, in partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, developed the “Slip-On Your Red Campaign. Through Red Epaulettes, this campaign recognizes and supports the mental wellness of our soldiers, veterans, first responders, and their families across Canada, Ontario, and our local community.

Krauter was key in developing WEHelpfirst.ca, a collaborative mental wellness program, involving Police, Fire, Academics, and Hospitals together.

As Krauter came up the ranks, he understands the profound impact that difficult calls can have on first responders and their families and openly addresses and highlights the mental wellness challenges faced. He was honored with the Carol Mueller Mental Health Champion Award and has become an Ambassador for both CMHA’s Sole Focus Project and Wounded Warriors Canada.

Throughout his career, Chief Krauter’s unwavering commitment to advancing paramedicine, community welfare, and mental health advocacy stands as a testament to his remarkable leadership and dedication.

Shannan Saunders

Emergency Management, Mount Sinai Morningside (NYC)

Shannan is the Emergency Manager for Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West, two major NYC hospitals in the one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the city. Shannan is responsible for the development and delivery of strategic goals for a comprehensive crisis/emergency management and business continuity program at the local level and leads change management across the system.

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Shannan has actively responded to global disasters for over 15 years including hurricanes, wildfires, public health crisis, armed conflict, plane crashes, and earthquakes. She continues to deploy to global disasters as an integral part of an international disaster response team. Shannan is considered a thought leader in the field of crisis/emergency management. She is dedicated to ensuring organizations and communities are prepared for emergencies and disasters and is committed to advancing the field of emergency management through education, research, and advocacy.

Shannan earned her Masters Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Business Administration with a specialization in organizational psychology at National University.

Chris Kepron

SERT, Canadian Red Cross

Chris has been with the Canadian Red Cross since 1999. Initially a volunteer on a variety of teams, he joined Manitoba’s Emergency Management team as staff in 2016.

Outside of active response, Chris travels to remote communities in Northern Manitoba to work on emergency planning and preparation and has worked with 40 out of 63 First Nations in Manitoba on planning and evacuation strategies.

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When the CRC is activated to support an emergency event in Manitoba, Chris leads the elite Support to Evacuation and Repatriation Team (SERT), travelling to the location of the disaster to help facilitate evacuations and initial support to communities in active response.

Chris has deployed with the SERT team over 20 times including 3 of the initial Covid 19 outbreaks seen in Manitoba, numerous forest fires and floods – and one tornado.

Nataly Farshait

MN, CHRL(c), CPNC, C. DIR, CHE, Director, Healthcare Safety & Risk Management, HIROC

Nataly Farshait is a Director Healthcare Safety and Risk Management at HIROC. She is Certified Healthcare Executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in acute care, long-term care, and community. A seasoned Certified Healthcare Executive, Nataly specializes in Enterprise Risk Management, Governance, and Human Resources, and Emergency Preparedness. She is a past Board Chair of the Joys Scott Community Leaving. Currently, she also serves as Chair of the Governance, Nomination, and HR Committee at the Copernicus Lodge Board of Directors.

Caroline Mellor Nolan

Coordinator, Emergency Management Program, The Ottawa Hospital

Caroline Mellor Nolan is a Coordinator with The Ottawa Hospital Emergency Management Program and former Chair of the Hospital Emergency Preparedness Committee of Ottawa (HEPCO). Caroline previously served as a HIRA and Hazard Mitigation specialist with the City of Ottawa Office of Emergency Management and as Emergency Planning Commander with the Toronto Paramedic Service, planning for major special events and the 2010 G-20 Summit. She is currently completing her Master’s at Royal Roads University.

Michael Brulotte

Emergency Management Specialist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Michael Brulotte is an Emergency Management Specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), working primarily on emergency response procedures, business continuity plans, training, and maintaining tools such as the hospital’s mass-notifications system. Previously, Michael worked for the federal government at the National Research Council, developing emergency and business continuity plans to support staff and infrastructure across the country. He also served the Ottawa Police for ten years as a 911 dispatcher, trainer, acting supervisor, and administrator in the Service Command Centre.

Jeff Beddome

Sr. Advisor Emergency Disaster Management, Alberta Health Services Indigenous Wellness Core

Jeff Beddome, a proud Métis citizen residing in Calgary, Alberta, within Treaty 7 Territory and the Homeland of the Metis, is a dedicated professional with a profound commitment to serving others. With a diverse career spanning roles as a Primary Care Paramedic, Firefighter, Director of Emergency Management, and currently as the Senior Advisor for Emergency Disaster Management with Alberta Health Services’ Indigenous Wellness Core, Jeff exemplifies a steadfast dedication to public service, emergency preparedness, and cultural sensitivity.

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Throughout his career, Jeff has been a vocal advocate for the integration of Indigenous voices and perspectives, resulting in the development of co-created emergency management plans and frameworks. His holistic approach and emphasis on health as the cornerstone in all aspects of emergency management continuum reflect his unwavering commitment to improving the well-being and resilience of Indigenous communities. Jeff’s leadership and passion for supporting Indigenous peoples have played a pivotal role in the development of more resilient and culturally sensitive emergency response and recovery strategies.

With a keen focus on cultural sensitivity and community engagement, Jeff’s work serves as a vital asset in advancing emergency management practices that honor Indigenous traditions and values. His efforts continue to make meaningful contributions to building stronger, more inclusive emergency management systems for all.

Simon Bridgland

RN, Emergency Management Specialist, Risk, Niagara Health

Simon Bridgland is an Emergency Management Specialist at Niagara Health, a multi-site hospital, comprised of five sites and multiple satellite locations serving over 450,000 residents across the 12 municipalities making up Niagara Region. Niagara Health is one of Ontario’s largest hospital systems, with 7,300 employees, physicians and volunteers.

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Simon has been a Registered Nurse since 1995 and joined Niagara Health in October 2020. He has been instrumental in the roll out of new and refreshed emergency preparedness policies and procedures; the update of the Emergency Code system and the Code of the Month training program; standardization of Fire Life Safety training across the organization; as well as facilitating successful emergency drills, and full scale exercises.

Prior to his current role, Simon worked in Pre-hospital care as a Primary Care Paramedic, a Staff Nurse and Clinical Leader in the Emergency Department, and various roles in Occupational Health and Safety. Simon holds an Honours Diploma in Nursing from Seneca College as well as an Honours Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing from Mohawk College. He is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education at Brock University.

Simon is passionate about health and safety and believes that every employee, patient, and visitor deserves to go home to their family. When not working, Simon spends his time with his beautiful wife, three children and his dog in Burlington, Ontario.

Joshua Marshall

Emergency Management Specialist, Risk, Niagara Health

Josh Marshall is one of two Emergency Management Specialists at Niagara Health. Josh entered the healthcare field back in April 2022, where he is responsible for developing, updating and maintaining Business Continuity Plans for the regional healthcare organization. In addition to Business Continuity Planning, Josh also supports a number of other initiatives at Niagara Health including the Emergency Code system, developing and facilitating exercises and drills for staff and Executive Leadership and is the Co-Chair of the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

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Josh holds a bachelors degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from York University and has spent his entire career working in the emergency management field. Prior to joining Niagara Health, Josh spent 3.5 years working with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, where he also led Business Continuity Planning and was tasked with managing the building and ministry-specific fire safety and security planning.

A few proud accomplishments throughout Josh’s career include;

  • Supporting the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs track and distribute Rapid Antigen Test’s to Indigenous communities during the height of COVID-19.
  • Led the implementation of Video Remote Interpretation (VRI) at five hospital sites to expand interpretation capabilities between patients and hospital staff.

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