Bill Elsner, Chair is a founding member and past President of the BC Association of Emergency Managers. The realization of this association fulfills a long term goal to bring emergency managers together to share information and assist one another in times of need. After 25 years in the EM business Bill received his designation as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) in 2010. He has been deployed to many disasters in British Columbia including freshet floods, ice jams, hazmat events, landslides and the 2003, 2009 and 2010 wildfires. Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) positions held include director, liaison officer, operations, planning and logistics section chief.
Bill is a Certified Trauma Responder (CTR), and continues to promote and teach Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) to emergency responders and EOC staff throughout the Province. He remains a licensed paramedic, volunteer firefighter, first responder instructor and IEPC approved BCERMS instructor.
Bill is looking forward to be representing emergency managers across BC. He will continue to work toward making BC a safer, more resilient province by encouraging the sharing of information, mentoring new emergency managers and facilitating hands on EOC experience for those already in EM positions.
Jon Wilson, Vice-Chair – bio coming soon!
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.
Deb Borsos first became involved in Emergency preparedness and management as part of her local Emergency Planning Committee (Kaslo and Area D, Regional District Central Kootenay. Deb also manages a Face Book page (Kaslo and Area D Emergency Preparedness) designed to share information with residents in her rural area. Kootenay) in 2004. She continues to serve on this committee as the representative for the Lardeau Valley, where she lives. She completed her Emergency Management certificate from the Justice Institute in 2014, along with certification to become the ESS Director for Kaslo and Area D the same year. She finished her term as ESS D in 2017 but continues as a volunteer . Her interests lie in all areas of preparedness, response and recovery, but she is particularly engaged in raising awareness and education regarding community recovery preparedness and management in communities across BC. This follows a 2 year term as Recovery Manager (2012-2014) for the community of Johnsons Landing following their landslide of 2012. She is a local dispatcher for her community emergency preparedness group, and also has had experience dealing with local wildfire events in her area. Deb has spent most of 2018 working as a community recovery manager in a First Nations community, a recovery liaison in a regional district and as a provincial regional recovery manager (NW region) in BC.
Paul Edmonds, 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.
Greg Kanya is presently the Emergency Manager for the City of Coquitlam where has worked in the role since 2012. Prior to coming on board with municipal government Greg worked for the Province of BC for 23 years, 18 of those years as an Environmental Emergency Response Office and the last 5 years as an EMBC Regional Manager in the SWE Regional Office in Surrey. One of the highlights of his time with EMBC was working through the 2010 Olympics. Greg has been involved in a wide range of emergencies throughout his career ranging from large train derailment, ship sinking’s to catastrophic landslides (Mount Meager) and large interface fires. Greg has worked in many Emergency roles including Incident Command, EOC Director, Deputy Director, Operations Chief, Planning Chief and Liaison. Greg holds a Technician Diploma in Water Resources from the Northern Institute of Technology, a Hazardous Materials Technician and Hazardous Materials Specialist designation from both the JIBC and the American Railway Association.
Greg is an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying hiking, biking (Road and Mountain), skiing, swimming, fishing and has a keen interest in preserving our outdoor environment for all to enjoy.
Marketa Lund is an emergency management practitioner with extensive expertise in emergency family reunification who is currently working with the Greater Victoria and Sooke School Districts to implement uniform disaster recovery plans for all schools by standardizing post-disaster reunification procedures and exercising school and family emergency plans together.
A military veteran, she retired from the Fleet Diving Unit Pacific after 12 years of service in the Royal Canadian Navy and is a recipient of the South West Asia Service Medal. She is also an internationally recognized trailblazer as one of the first two female Clearance Divers in the NATO Forces. Her unique military skills-sets and experience include: operation of numerous highly technical advanced shallow and deep underwater breathing systems; subsurface welding, damage control and salvage; search and recovery; recompression chamber operations; ROV operations; flood control and fire fighting training; International Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Improvised Explosive Device disposal; Experimental Diving; Emergency Management; and Rapid Damage Assessment. This wide range of unique training helped develop the mental agility and endurance to excel in stressful situations while also imbuing her with the planning and training mindset which she draws upon to make her vision of improved safety and preparedness in the K-12 education system a reality.
A mother of four children who will be in the K-12 education system for the next 14 years, she is personally invested in her chosen profession. A highly motivated and exceptionally dedicated visionary, her passion for emergency management has made her an outspoken advocate for student safety who focuses on promoting greater awareness, education and action by parents, schools, and communities in establishing and practicing viable emergency plans.
Marketa is proud to represent the BC Association of Emergency Managers and is looking forward to her continued work in providing emergency management support and information sharing of best practices in all levels of education and emergency management.
Anthony Moore comes from the Nisga’a Village of Gitwinksihlkw, located in Northwest BC. He has been a part of the Gitwinksihlkw Fire Department since 1998. He is the Captain of the Department. Anthony holds the position of Emergency Response Services Manager for Nisga’a Lisims Government, there he provides direction of emergency management and business continuity, Emergency Support Services, Spill Response, Search and Rescue, Health and Safety, Structure Fire Fighting, Wildland Firefighting, Critical Incident Stress Management.
Anthony has graduated from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) receiving an in Emergency Management Certificate, Emergency Medical Responder Certificate.
Working diligently with other members of his department, they have worked to develop a strong junior fire fighter training program and an annual Future Hero’s boot camp, instilling the traditions and mindset of a fire fighter into the youth of Nisga’a Nation and its four communities. As well as serving in his fire department, Anthony also serves in many other nonprofit organizations in areas of Cultural dancing and Concert Bands and the Salvation Army.
Amy Romanas is an Emergency Management Coordinator with Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) where she brings her experience and education to work on large complex emergency and disaster planning projects that span across six health authorities and work with multiple ministries and federal partners.
With over 20 years of emergency management experience including U.S. military, local government, and 2010 Winter Olympic Planning Amy has combined her education and experience to develop system level emergency plans, create and implement public education programs, assist in strategic planning, localized public engagement, and leadership during crisis and response such as the BC wildfires of 2017 and flooding events of 2019.
Amy has graduated with her Bachelor Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management as well as three Associate Degrees in Communication, Emergency Management, and Allied Health.
Tina Wesley serves the coast as a Fisheries officer & manager for her Nation (Klahoose ) on Cortes Island and throughout their large territory – Resource management / environmental engineering. She is also the Emergency Manager/coordinator for her terrritory, and serves on Cortes Islands Fire Rescue Crew.
Served as Conservation officer -firefighter /emergency response for Manitoba. oil spill response team for Vancouver Island.
Tina also comes from serving on Search & Rescue, First Responders & medic background. Tina has many interests, and educational background, training, and survival in mountain, marine, and industrial.
Sybille Sanderson has worked in Emergency Management for the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) since November 1998 and has developed a passion for building Community Resilience through Emergency Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation.
Sybille is the Emergency Program Coordinator responsible for regional emergency management including 4 municipalities, 9 electoral areas and works closely with numerous First Nations. 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 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.