Growing up as an active member of a functioning whole-of-society-system for catastrophe readiness, Eva brings to the table international experience and a thorough understanding of the interdependence of the various essential factors for sustainable success.
Before immigrating to Canada, she served with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (Technisches Hilfswerk, THW); an all-hazards government organization based on volunteer experts, and to this day she continues to be the bridge to encourage international expert exchange. She herself is a great example that actively integrating youth into the world of civil protection is key to ensure lasting engagement and passion. She loved her role as certified K9 Team trainer in the Urban Search and Rescue unit of her local detachment in the Alps and also participated in a capacity building mission in Italy.
But what she valued most, were the team spirit, helping the larger community and learning practical technical skills, all while having a fun time with old and new friends from all walks of life.
Years of dedicated work in the field of civil protection have helped her to develop a clear vision for strengthening Canadian emergency preparedness and community resilience. For over a decade, Eva has been an outspoken advocate for the establishment of a volunteer-based Civil Protection Agency in Canada to compliment our Emergency Management system.
During the 2017 flooding in Western Quebec and Eastern Ontario, she was frequently called upon as an expert on disaster relief and interviewed prominently on national and local radio and television. She has written articles for the Esprit de Corps Magazine (Article 1, Article 2), an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen and her concept and work were featured repeatedly in the Globe and Mail.
Eva’s strategy for a Canadian Volunteer Civil Protection Agency centers on the addition of pro-active elements to our response-based Emergency Management system, for a shift to better preparedness, oversight, coordination and local capacity building based on a true whole of society approach and international best practice.
She is laying the foundation now by actively integrating children and youth into the world of EM and disaster relief with exciting, practical, hands-on knowledge and technical life skills, to empower and equip the leaders of tomorrow.
Eva has a BA in English and Geography from the University in Regensburg, Germany.
She is the Director of Partnership Engagement for IAEM-Canada.
Eva lives in Cantley, Quebec, with her husband and two sons.
Eva and her former USAR dog "Gorgeous" participating in a demonstration in Italy, 2001
Sarah strongly believes stakeholder engagement and strong partnerships are essential for fostering disaster resilience. In order to have truly prepared communities, we need networks of skilled, knowledgeable and engaged individuals – professionals and specialists as well as regular citizens. At a personal level, this conviction comes from experiencing the 1998 Ice Storm in Québec. Living without power for over three weeks was the first time Sarah saw her community mobilize support for those affected by disaster. She also had an opportunity to get involved at her local legion – helping prepare and serve meals, inventory donations, and organize activities for children – which was a pretty amazing experience for a young adult.
On a professional level, the importance of a whole-of-society approach was again highlighted while supporting municipal recovery after the 2013 Southern Alberta floods and 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire. These unprecedented events plainly illustrated the need for citizens, as well as businesses and service organizations to be more fully involved in all aspects of the disaster management cycle.
In addition to Incident Command System, Emergency Operations Centre, and business continuity training, Sarah holds a degree in Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies from Brandon University and a Master’s Degree in Geography from McGill. She is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the Association de sécurité civile du Québec (ASCQ), and DRI-Canada.
Sarah lives in Montréal, Québec with her husband and son.
Doug has been involved in the proactive development of youth going back to his joining the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets in 1977. For the last 30 years Doug has worked at the national coordination level of Canada’s military cadet training programme. This both as a Staff Officer within the Armed Forces and, for the past 27 years, as the National Director of The Navy League of Canada; a national institution founded in 1895 with a focus on nautical youth initiatives. He’s a registered lobbyist who remains closely connected to other Canadian youth organizations through active membership in the National Youth Serving Institutions. Beyond Canada’s borders Doug is also active on the international scene where he serves as the Secretary of the International Sea Cadet Association.
Doug believes strongly in the concept that the education in matters of civil protection and response needs to start with youth. In short, trying to train or direct people on how to react to a situation that has already occurred simply amounts to matters made worse.
Alishia Ivany works for Nova Scotia Health as the Emergency Preparedness Advisor for Halifax Regional Municipality and West Hants. She is accountable for activities related to emergency planning and response for Nova Scotia Health facilities. She holds a Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
Alishia has over 2 years of experience in healthcare emergency management, gaining valuable experience from natural disaster events, a hospital evacuation, bomb threats, fires and floods. During her career, Alishia has built a reputation for excellence in service, innovative thinking, working with highest level of integrity and a commitment to Emergency Management principles.
Prior to her role with Nova Scotia Health, Alishia was a paramedic for 16 years. She enjoyed serving her community and coordinated many public outreach events. She is the co-chair of the Eastern Shore Joint Emergency Management, which is an organization that works on behalf of the municipality to ensure public safety during crisis by setting up comfort centres, public education & community planning.
Alishia is passionate about the topic of social capital and is captivated by the power of the average person, no matter their age, to contribute within their community.
A passionate educator, Chris has worked in one capacity of instruction or another for over 20 years. Twelve of those years in the Canadian Forces (as a reservist) attached to various units within the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program. A strong believer in the capacity for youth to learn through leadership, service, and instruction Chris has focused his efforts at developing programs that produce thriving young Canadians that go on to serve their communities. In addition to his work with Canadian youth, Chris has developed and delivered disaster and emergency resilience training programs. His work including the creation of a whole-of-community 5-year development program that included skills-based training programs to prepare the public for the inevitable events when they will have to be the help, when help isn’t coming.
Outside of his work as an educator Chris carries the City of Richmond, British Columbia, Resilience portfolio as an Emergency Manager and is responsible for City emergency planning, facilities, communications, staff training, partner management, and business continuity. Prior to his career in emergency management Chris worked for 10 years in the high-tech sector.
Chris is excited to bring his skills and experience to support Civil Protection Youth Canada in its unique and incredibly important mission of preparing Canadians for the ever-increasing rate, intensity, and duration of emergencies and disasters.
Duncan is the Managing Director / CEO of the CBC Pension Plan. In this role he is responsible for coordinating a team of 24 dedicated employees who manage the Plan’s $7 billion investment portfolio and provide outstanding pension administration services to the more than 19,000 members of the Plan. As the Chief Executive Officer, he works in partnership with the CBC Pension Board of Trustees to accomplish the organization’s mission and vision. Duncan joined the CBC Pension Plan in 2005 as the Risk Manager and played a key role in the implementation and refinement of the Plan’s liability driven investment strategy.
Duncan is active in the pension management industry. He is currently the Chair of the Association of Canadian Pension Management’s (ACPM) Federal Council.
A communications expert and self-proclaimed emergency preparedness geek, Carol Macpherson is an Ottawa native who has worked for the Ottawa Police Service for 29 years. In addition to her role as Media Relations Specialist, Carol manages communications initiatives for Road Safety and Violence Against Women. She is the creator and chairperson of the annual national Crisis Communications Conference for emergency communicators, bringing subject matter experts, case studies and academic research to organizations so they are prepared to lead their community through an emergency.
In addition to a degree in Communications, she acquired the Incident Management System level 200 training in 2013 and worked in the Service Command Centre in this capacity during the Cenotaph shooting incident of 2014. As the acting manager of Media Relations in 2018, Carol was part of the tornado police response.
A mother of three sons, Carol has focused her volunteer work on children and non-profit organizations. She was an executive member of the Russell Public School Advisory Council, a Cub Scout leader and a member of the Russell Optimist Club. Currently Carol coordinates a one on one reading program on behalf of the Ottawa Police Service for schools in high priority areas of the city as part of the Ottawa Network for Education.
Emergency Management Coordinator
Ottawa Police Service
Chief, Paramedic Service & Director, Emergency Services
County of Renfrew