Bill Elsner

Chair

Bill 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.

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Jon Wilson

Vice-Chair

Jon Wilson is now consulting in Emergency Management via 4 Elements Emergency Consulting. Jon has 21 years experience working in local government including municipal bylaw enforcement, crime prevention, community safety, and emergency management.   Jon brings to the position 20 years of combined emergency response & management experience, including 10 years as a first responder, and 10 years in emergency program coordination and management.  Jon is experienced in Incident Command and Emergency Operations Centres (EOC Director, EOC Deputy Director, Liaison Officer, Operations Section Chief) for numerous large and small scale activations. Jon is also a trained Information Officer with significant media experience throughout his career.  Jon is formally educated in Criminology / Political Science, Enforcement and Investigations, BC Building Code, Management / Leadership, Emergency Management and Incident Command, and is nearing completion of his Certificate in Emergency Management (JIBC).  Jon’s skills and experience also extend to volunteer program management, training and exercise design, strategic planning, project management, local government operations and management, event planning, public speaking, public relations, community development, and non-profit society / association leadership and governance.

Jon is looking forward to working with all of the Directors and members to support and promote the BCAEM principals and goals for effective representation of emergency management practitioners across the province.

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Mike Andrews, CEM

Director

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.

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Deborah Borsos

Director

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) 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 also manages a Face Book page (Kaslo and Area D Emergency Preparedness) designed to share information with residents in her rural 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.

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Paul Edmonds

Director

Biography coming soon.

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Tammy Grant

Director

After graduating from the University of Calgary, Tammy got her start in Emergency Management in 2004 working in the highly regulated oil and gas industry.  She spent 13 years coordinating emergency preparedness activities for a number of companies, emergency response planning, training, exercise development, risk identification and stakeholder engagement.  In 2012, she completed her Industrial Emergency Management Diploma through NAIT.  She has since moved back to British Columbia, where she has always called home.  In 2015, she began working at FortisBC as the Emergency Program Lead.  Recently, she took on the role of NGT & Regional LNG Compliance Advisor, focusing on the regulatory requirements of new projects, while strengthening the team’s overall emergency management capability. 

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Greg Kanya

Director

Biography coming soon.

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Marketa Lund

Director

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.

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Anthony Moore

Director

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.

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Amy Romanas

Director

Biography coming soon.

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Tina Wesley

Director

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.

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Sybille Sanderson

Executive Director

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 and is 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.

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