Avert Magazine

Virtual Event
February 8, 2024 at 1:00pm EST

As climate change continues to increase frequency of extreme weather across the country, Canada’s disaster and emergency management (DEM) field must rise to the challenge.

The question facing us: What does the future of disaster and emergency management in Canada look like?

Presented in partnership with the Canadian Journal of Emergency Management, DEMvolution will gather a group of disaster and emergency management professionals to discuss the evolution of the field and where we go from here. 

Speakers will cover a range of themes, inspiring lively discussions around standards, core competencies, education, policy, roadblocks and opportunities facing the profession.


1:00pm – 1:10pm
Welcoming Remarks

Moderators: Paul Grossinger, Avert / Alex Landry, CJEM

Capacity Building

Moderator: Grayson Cockett, Emergency Preparedness in Canada (EPIC) Podcast
  • Dr. Jeff Donaldson, Principal Researcher, Preparedness Labs Incorporated
  • Tim Kenney, VP Programs and Field Operations, Team Rubicon Canada
  • Dr. Evalyna Bogdan, Assistant Professor, York University
  • Dr. Julie Drolet, Professor, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Aaida Mamuji, Associate Professor, York University
  • Chief Ken McMullen, President of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
According to the Government of Canada, “The Supporting a Humanitarian Workforce to Respond to COVID-19 and Other Large-Scale Emergencies Program is a contribution program that [provides] funding to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) so that they may build capacity and deploy to respond to COVID-19 and other large-scale emergencies. Should the Government of Canada expand on this program to build more local emergency response capacity? Listen in and learn more!


Continuous Improvement

Moderator: Grayson Cockett, EPIC Podcast
  • Tim Kenney, VP Programs and Field Operations, Team Rubicon Canada
  • Jodi Manz-Henezi, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Canadian Risk and Hazards Network
  • Scott Cameron, Founder and President, Emergency Management Logistics Canada
Much is said about after-action reviews and reports (AARs), using data, and making better decisions, yet many would agree that we don’t actually use these tools properly, and if we do, they don’t go anywhere. Session will delve into how organizations could and should use data and how AARs can be better utilized.

Closing Remarks

Moderators: Paul Grossinger, Avert / Alex Landry, CJEM

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Frequently Asked Questions About DEMvolution

When & Where?

DEMvolution will take place virtually via GoToWebinar on February 8, 2024 at 1:00pm EST.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of February 8, 2024.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.