Jon Wilson, Chair is an emergency management consultant with over 20 years combined experience in emergency services and management, including search and rescue, fire services, emergency operations centres and emergency program coordination.
Jon has worked in, and with, local government for the past 22 years in the fields of community safety, emergency services, municipal law enforcement and emergency program coordination / management.
Jon is experienced in incident command as a first responder, as well as an experienced manager, trainer and administrator for developing and supporting successful community emergency programs and services with extensive experience in response, support and recovery from wildfires, flooding, debris flows, landslides, police incidents, community evacuations and other types of emergencies. In Emergency Operations Centres, he is experienced in roles of Planning Section Chief, Operations Section Chief, Liaison Officer, Recovery Planner, Deputy Director, Director; he is also a trained and Information Officer and ESS Director.
Jon was most recently deployed to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen following 2018 freshet and wildfires for Recovery Planning and as the Community Recovery Manager. Jon has most recently expanded his consulting portfolio to add (UAV) drone services for aerial photography, videography and mapping for immediate situational awareness during emergencies.
In working with BCAEM, Jon brings years of experience in supporting volunteer programs and non-profit associations including over 20 years on the board of directors for a variety of non-profit organizations, with multiple terms as Chair/President of several of those boards. As one of the many active Directors of the BCAEM Board, Jon wants to see the Association continue to increase its membership and thus the representation of emergency management practitioners through the province; to advocate, communicate and advance consistency in best practices; and to be the conduit to the Province and UBCM for advocating for change when needed to ensure the highest standards for emergency management in BC are maintained.
Paul Edmonds, Vice-Chair , has over 23-year federal equivalent incident response and policy experience from the UK, working for the government in responding to International, National and Regional emergencies including taking part in serious crime investigations. In 2012 Paul was a National Recovery Manager for the 2012 UK floods and then went on to publish the Strategic Incident Management Strategy for a new UK Government Body responsible for flood warning, response and mitigation; air, land and water contamination, public health consequences, forest and land use, fisheries, species, water resources, complex industrial regulation, radiation and nuclear incident sectors. Paul is a qualified Strategic Incident Commander and have taken part or led the incident response to industrial explosions, pipeline security breaches, coastal and river flooding, contamination events, maritime incidents, special operations, and many more. Paul was Chairperson of a Police Risk Assessment group and developed UK best practice, Chairperson of Multi-Agency Energy Preparedness Group, member of UK Incident Management Policy Group and Chairperson of the Emergency Planning Society of Wales. Since January 2018, Paul has been in British Columbia and earlier this year was the Emergency Operations Director for the Regional District Okanagan Simlikameen for the Spring Freshet Flood and Wild Fire response. Paul is now acting as subject matter expert in assisting the Grand Forks Boundary Flood Recovery team amongst other projects. Paul recently started his own consultancy company, Red Dragon Consulting Emergency Management, so that he can share his experiences and assist communities across British Columbia and Canada.
Mike Andrews joined the tri-municipal North Shore Emergency Management (NSEM) as an Emergency Planning Officer in 2012 after serving over 7 years with Emergency Management BC as a Regional Manager in the Southwest Region. He is currently the Deputy Director on the North Shore and has portfolios in Training, Exercises and Operational Readiness.
In the course of his tenure with EMBC, he served in an array of leadership capacities, including Director of Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Centres (PREOCs) in all six regions of BC. His emergency management experience ranges from floods and fires to hazardous materials incidents and environmental spills and from search & rescue to public safety planning for the 2010 Olympic Games.
Mike is an internationally Certified Emergency Manager who also has a consulting business and he teaches most of the Emergency Management curriculum for the Justice Institute of BC.
Mike is an innovator and has been instrumental in establishing and furthering projects including post-disaster emergency transportation and supply, critical infrastructure assurance and emergency radio communications. In his current capacity at NSEM, Mike is again innovating by working with stakeholders on the development of software and smartphone apps for post-disaster damage assessment and evacuation notification and to automate and simplify situational awareness through a computer and smart device-based common operating picture.
Terry Balan – bio coming soon
Tarina Colledge brings 15 years of experience in a number of roles with local government in the areas of public safety and service. Her greatest passion is strategizing to find holistic ways of addressing emergency management. A leader on many fronts, and a strong advocate for more accessible ICS training within the purview of local government, Tarina is actively pursuing her ICS Canada Instructor designation. Passionate about her volunteer roles with both Team Rubicon Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, she is constantly seeking opportunities to build on her skills and abilities and has experienced a number of real-life deployments. The most notable accomplishment of her professional career thus far, has been being heavily involved with response and recovery operations for the 2016 Horse River Wildfire (Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo) in Fort McMurray. In her role with the Regional Emergency Operations Centre she was part of the team that assisted with the evacuation of over 88,000 people, arranged short-term needs and services and worked closely with the Canadian Red Cross and other NGO’s to facilitate a coordinated response and transition to recovery. Tarina presented her experiences from Fort McMurray as a keynote speaker for the NESST conference in 2017. Currently, Tarina is the Emergency Management Specialist for the Fraser Valley Regional District. As a BCAEM Board Director, Tarina envisions a BCAEM where members are empowered through project management processes to step up and action projects that support the adopted BCAEM Strategic plan. Our members are why we exist.
Harpreet Jaswal completed her graduate studies from the University of Victoria in April of 2012, and has since worked in the field of Emergency Management, in both British Columbia and Alberta. She has held various positions with provincial, local, and non-profit organizations, and has worked collaboratively with Emergency Management partners and industry on planning, response, and recovery initiatives. Before returning to British Columbia in 2018, Harpreet spent five years working and training in Alberta. While with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency at the Provincial Operations Center, Harpreet gained extensive planning and operational experience. Much of her field experience and knowledge came from real life deployments, most notably the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood, 2016 Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Wildfire, 2017 Waterton Lakes National Park Wildfire and the 2018 Overland Flood.
Harpreet has achieved her Incident Command System 400 certification, and is currently working towards her Certificate in Emergency Management from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She has been an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers since 2009. In terms of her character, Harpreet brings flexibility, leadership and emotional intelligence. She is constantly seeking opportunities to grow and to learn, both personally & professionally.
Harpreet believes through leadership and innovation, BCAEM can bridge the gap between knowledge and action. She looks forward to sharing her unique experiences and knowledge to provide meaningful content to members and to support the leadership team in achieving strategic goals and deliverables.
You can connect with Harpreet on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hkjaswal/
Deborah Jones-Middleton has been working in the field of emergency management for the past 12 years. She is passionate about building resiliency in the residents of British Columbia and supporting Emergency Management Professionals in developing response plans that effectively provide residents with the support and compassion they need in challenging emergency events.
Deborah has experience in responding to significant wildfires, flooding, ice jam breaks and landslides that have caused the evacuation of residents and livestock.
Deborah is the Director of Protective Services for the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and is privileged to work with staff who share her vision.
Deborah is proud to serve her fellow Emergency Management Professionals through BCAEM and would love to collaborate with you anytime.
Charmaigne Pflugrath’s journey into the emergency management/business continuity profession is far from typical. Then again, whose isn’t? She has been with the City of Burnaby since 1996, and is currently the Emergency Management Coordinator. She holds a variety of certifications which include Accounting, Emergency Management, and Business Continuity. She was on the Board of the BC Earthquake Alliance Society where she served as their Treasurer. Charmaigne’s innate curiosity has her continually researching, learning and seeking new and innovative ways to address, implement and advance disaster risk reduction, preparedness, response, recovery, business continuity and community resilience best practices. “I’m not afraid to question established norms, or ask the hard questions” she says. “I am excited to have a more active role in the BCAEM. It is going to be extremely rewarding to collaborate with the supportive, passionate and committed professionals in the EM/BCM community and build on the past great work of the BCAEM.”
Kevin Skrepnek is the Emergency Program Coordinator for the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, a glorious stretch of grass, water, desert, and mountains around the size of Denmark in B.C.’s southern interior. He joined the BCAEM Board of Directors in fall 2020.
Tanya Spooner is the Emergency Program Coordinator and full-time ESS Director for the City of Prince George. She has been involved in ESS since the mid-90s and held a leadership role in the Prince George ESS team for the past 16 years. Tanya held the position of Fire Chief for the Cluculz Lake Volunteer Fire Department for over 5 years and prides herself on guiding that once flailing department towards sustainability.
Tanya holds a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Victoria and will finish her Certificate in Emergency Management from the JI this year. She is certified as a Lifeguard, Lifesaving Instructor, and FR3 and has worked in various roles in Municipal Government since she was 16 in areas including Parks & Recreation, Human Resources, Systems, and the Office of the Mayor/City Manager. Tanya held key ESS roles during the 2011 Victoria Towers fire in Prince George and during both the 2017 and 2018 wildfire evacuations, during which Prince George Reception Centre’s hosted more than 13,000 evacuees. Tanya has volunteered with the Prince George Legion, and the Salvation Army and is a former board member of the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club and the Cluculz Lake Recreation Association.
Tanya is mom to two pre-teens (save her now), and more animals than anyone should have (possible hoarding situation)! She is a former competitive swimmer, and enjoys swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, camping, sledding and skiing and spends a lot of time walking her dog (to escape the above mentioned pre-teens).
Sybille Sanderson has worked in Emergency Management since November 1998 and developed a passion for building Community Resilience through Emergency Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation.
Sybille was the Emergency Program Coordinator responsible for regional emergency management including 4 municipalities, 9 electoral areas and working closely with numerous First Nations from 2009 – 2019. Sybille completed the JIBC Emergency Management Certificate in 2008, the Bachelor Degree in Emergency and Security Management Studies in February 2015 and the Emergency Exercise Design Certificate in 2016.
Sybille now enjoys building emergency management capacity as a consultant and appreciates the opportunity to work with the BCAEM Executive to foster and support emergency management and encourages anyone who has ideas of how BCAEM can better serve Emergency Managers to contact the Directors.