In February of 2006, a group of regional district emergency program managers met in Kamloops to explore the possibility of forming an association to facilitate the sharing of information, ideas and resources. At that historic meeting the decision was made to proceed with the formation of an association and open membership to everyone in BC in the emergency management field.
The first meeting of the BCEMA (as we were originally called) was at the EP conference of 2006. 65 people attended an open forum discussion on the association. The forum was intended to gauge interest, solicit support, and understand the role such an association could fullfill. From this meeting, a committee was formed with the mandate to explore all options of formalizing an association.
Timing was good: seed money and non-profit society requirements were provided to us by the Canadian Emergency Preparedness Association-BC (CEPA) that was in the process of disbanding. This allowed BCAEM to inherit CEPA-BC's status as a society and a small amount of funds which greatly helped the new board get the association off the ground.