Pascal Rodier, MStJ, MA, CEM, PCP, SAS, brings with him extensive experience in public safety and emergency management. After retiring from 30 years of progressive leadership roles in emergency medical services, he is currently the director of emergency preparedness for Nova Scotia Health. He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM); where he is the president of the IAEM-Canada Atlantic Region, a member of the IAEM-Canada Council Partnership Engagement Committee and the IAEM-USA Mental Health and Wellness Caucus.
He has a breadth of experiences in leading teams on several very large-scale incidents. He has also held command positions for large-scale civic events (including the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics). Pascal was the director of EMO in Quispamsis, N.B., during the 2018 Freshet Floods. Since 2019 he has been involved with healthcare leadership in planning and responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Pascal is a certified emergency manager with IAEM, a situation awareness specialist with the Arcuri Group as well as a professional continuity practitioner with FEMA. He has an extensive education in public safety and emergency management, a Master of Arts in Leadership (Health), from Royal Roads University, certifications from the Emergency Management and Emergency Exercise Design programs at the Justice Institute of British Columbia as well as multiple certificates, including the Basic Instructors Certificate, from FEMA. He is currently a lead instructor in the Incident Command System in Canada.
His many honours and awards include, being invested as a Member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, presented with the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal 30 Year Bar and receiving his Provincial Council Chair’s Commendation and Service Medal of the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
An SME on leadership and responder interoperability, Pascal’s successes have included implementation of legacy projects within public safety agencies, governments, communities and organizations across Canada. He has been instrumental in initiating and championing interoperability for responders since 2002 and is a founding associate of CITIG; he co-authored the Communications Interoperability Strategy for Canada as well as the Communications Interoperability Action Plan. Pascal was one of the original Co-Chairs of the Tri-Services Chiefs Special Purpose Committee 700 MHz Broadband Project.
His successes have included implementation of legacy projects within public safety agencies, governments, communities and organizations across Canada. He has been a presenter and an emcee at many public events, courses, workshops and national and international conferences.