Stz’uminus First Nation – Emergency Program Coordinator career opportunity.

The application deadline is Thursday November 1, 2018.  Applications can be sent to


The 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC.


BCAEM is pleased to host a networking reception prior to the business of the Annual General Meeting and will be offering complementary drink tickets to members in good standing. The reception will commence at 4:00 p.m. and will adjourn at the start of the Annual General Meeting.


The Meeting Agenda can be found within the 2018 Annual Report. Limited copies of this document will be available at the meeting. As such, members who wish to have a hard copy are encouraged to download and print a copy prior to the meeting.


The membership will be electing seven (7) directors to serve on the Board of Directors.

If you wish to nominate yourself or another individual for a position you may do so by completing a Nomination Form 2018 and sending it to by Wednesday, October 24th, 2018.

Nominees and nominators must be BCAEM members in good standing.


BCAEM is pleased to offer proxy voting at its AGM. If you are unable to attend the meeting but wish to vote please fill out the 2018 AGM Proxy Vote and provide it to a member who will be attending the meeting.

Both the proxy voter and proxy holder must be members in good standing.


BCAEM wishes to thank the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference for its contribution of a venue for this year’s Annual General Meeting and Networking Reception.

Huge thank you to Jon Wilson of 4 Elements Emergency Consulting for contributing to the Networking Reception with a donation of $500.

The Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference is an excellent venue for networking and exchanging valuable information!

Pre-Conference Workshops are also available on October 29th! Join us for great learning opportunities!

Program Flyer EPBCC 2018 v9

Have you registered for the 2018 EPBCC Conference?

BCAEM Members receive a registration discount to the EPBCC conference.


Program Flyer EPBCC 2018 v7

A group of ESS members from around the province are working together to present a collaborative workshop for ESS members and teams at the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity conference in Vancouver this fall

We would like to invite all ESS members to take this survey (please choose the link for the appropriate area for your team):

This will help us identify topics of interest to present and discuss  amongst those attending.

Each topic will be facilitated and discussed for approximately 45+ minutes (on Monday October 29th).

The participants will include those attending the conference and we will also have capacity to invite others who cannot

attend the conference in person, to take part via teleconference so we can hear ESS perspectives from as many as possible across the province.

Thank you for completing this brief survey and forwarding it to other ESS members in your community and area, in order to share it 

as far as possible (we apologize if you receive it more than once).

New job listings have been added to the careers page of the members section!

Emergency Program Specialist

Recovery Program Manager


Have you registered for the 2018 EPBCC Conference?

BCAEM Members receive a registration discount to the EPBCC conference.


Program Flyer EPBCC 2018 v6

New content has been added to the members section of the BCAEM page.

There are new career opportunities including:

  • Manager, Emergency Services- Regional District of Nanaimo
  • Sessional Instructors, Emergency Management Division- JIBC

Plus there are new resources available including the

  • Emergency Preparedness Squad

A fun, engaging teaching resource on emergency preparedness that supports curriculum standards for Grades K-7.

Sign into your membership account to access these as well as more resources.

Topic: Simplifying Applied Emergency Management
Moderator: Mike Andrews, Deputy Director, North Shore Emergency Management
Dates:  June 22 to June 29 , 2018
Where: BCAEM Member Forums (please use the subscribe buttons in the forums)

The BCAEM is very pleased to introduce Mike Andrews who will  be moderating the next HOTWASH discussion. Mike is a long time EM practitioner in BC working for EMBC, NSEM, as well as the JIBC, and brings a diverse, pragmatic, and realistic perspective. Mike will be moderating a discussion around the challenges of utilizing non or part-time EM staff during responses, and how EOC processes and tools can be simplified to support their success. These personnel provide critical capacity and are highly capable, but their effectiveness may be hindered if EOC processes are not intuitive. Following a year with many local EOCs being activated for extended periods with limited capacity, Mike will share some stories and ideas about simplifying processes to accommodate a wide range of personnel and to improve overall effectiveness, and he invites you to share yours for discussion as well.

2018 Vancouver Island Emergency Preparedness Conference

June 8 to 10, 2018

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC



Conference theme is “The Disaster Season that Changed Our World – Lessons Learned.” 

Register TODAY and join your colleagues for a great learning and networking experience.

All volunteers and personnel involved in Emergency management are invited to register.  There is something in the program for everyone.

For program and registration details visit our website:  Click on “Conference”.

Did you know that BCAEM Members receive group rates for the EPBC Conference? The conference group discount more than pays for your membership! Click here to learn more about this years conference: Program Flyer EPBCC 2018 v3

Topic: Insurance and Flood Risk Management
Moderator: Aaron Sutherland, Pacific Vice President, Insurance Bureau of Canada
Dates:  April 26 to May 2, 2018
Where: BCAEM Member Forums (please subscribe)

The BCAEM is very pleased to introduce Aaron Sutherland who will  be moderating the next HOTWASH. Aaron has presented at many EM conferences and is well versed in the complexities of the field. The IBC is the national association of private insurers that works with Canadians to manage risk and this discussion will focus on the multi-faceted and growing role of the insurance industry in flood risk and EM. All emergency management professionals and their constituents are affected by insurance and have a role to play in promoting risk awareness, facilitating preparedness (coverage), response (insurance in the EOC), and recovery (build back better). One need only look at media coverage of any large recent event to see these themes in action. Please participate to learn about the role of insurers in community resilience, and to offer your experience, suggestions, and questions.

There are numerous upcoming professional development opportunities for BCAEM members to be aware of, please see the information and links below. These events, which span EM topic areas for first responders, critical infrastructure operators, researchers, students, and pracitiioners,  will be posted the BCAEM members forum as well, and you are encouraged to “subscribe” to this forum to receive automated updates (the subscribe link is within the forum). If you are aware of other upcoming events please share them by posting in this forum.

Also, we would like to remind you that BCAEM is now an affiliate organization with CRHNet, and members have the option of joining CRHNet as an “affiliate member” at a discounted rate, which will provide you with a large discount to the symposium in Vancouver this year. BCAEM membership also provides a large discount to the EPBC Conference. Your BCAEM membership pays for itself several times over. We would also ask you to share this information with your colleagues who are not currently BCAEM members and encourage them to take advantage of these membership benefits, particularly with the CRHNet symposium taking place in Vancouver this year.


Upcoming Events:

Public Safety Canada Industrial Control Systems Security Symposium
May 28-31, 2018 (Vancouver) 

BC Fire Expo  – FCABC Education Summit & 87th Annual Conference
June 3 – 7, 2018 (Victoria)
IAEM-Canada 2018 Emergency Management Leadership and Innovation Conference

June 5-8, 2018 (Calgary)
Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference (group rate for BCAEM members)

October 30 – November 1, 2018 (Vancouver)
CRHNet 2018 Symposium (special rate for members – includes affiliates)
October 31-November 2, 2018 (Vancouver)

There are several careers now posted on the BCAEM careers board! Check out these opportunities, some are closing soon:

-Director, Health Emergency Management BC

-FNESS Casual On-Call Support

-RDCK Emergency Program Supervisor

-CRD Electoral Area Emergency Services Coordinator

-Emergency Planning Manager – Tsilhqot¹in National Government

-Manager, Public Safety- Cowichan Valley Regional District

-Emergency Planning Coordinator – Training Specialist (City of Vancouver)

Career opportunities

The BCAEM is pleased to announce it will be hosting the first HOTWASH Emergency Management Moderated Discussion March 30 to April 4.

Jessica Shoubridge will be moderating, she is a planner who has been working on natural hazard risk management and adaptation in BC for 9 years with governments, academia, non-profits and the private sector to bridge gaps between science, policy and action to build community resilience. She led the development of the City of Vancouver’s Earthquake Preparedness Strategy, and is helping develop the Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy. She is also helping coordinate the upcoming Understanding Risk (UR+) symposium in Victoria and the discussion will provide members an opportunity to learn about, and contribute to this event.

HOTWASH discussions will take place in the BCAEM member forums – EM professionals who are not members are encouraged to join the BCAEM to participate.


With a focus on the 2017 flood and wildfire season, the review will provide recommendations for the future.

Share your feedback through the online survey BC Flood Review Survey

You can also provide the BC Flood and Wildfire Review with a written submission of recommendations. Here is the Submission Feedback Guide

Please email submissions to by March 16, 2018

You can also mail a written submission to

ATTN BC Flood and Wildfire Review
714-744 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6C 1A5

The Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference will be held on October 30 – November 1, 2018 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.

BCAEM Members receive a group rate discount for conference registration

The Call for Presentations is now live on the EPBCC Website.

For more information visit the website or download the latest flyer Program Flyer EPBCC 2018 v1.


Are you passionate about Emergency Management? Do you have great organization, administration, website and technology skills? Do you have flexible availability to meet the challenges of an exciting, forward-thinking, volunteer emergency management organization?

If so, please consider applying for this great opportunity for a contract as the BCAEM Executive Director. Send your resume and cover letter to no later than midnight, Friday, December 8, 2017. See the attached job description for more information.

Click here to view the entire Executive Director Job Posting.

The committee for the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference (EPBCC) has once again offered an awesome discount to BCAEM members for its 2017 conference.

Members will save $65 off the early bird conference rate and $165 the regular rate.  To apply the discount to your registration, use the code that was emailed to you.  Can’t find the code?  Email our Executive Director for some help.

Not a member of BCAEM?  No problem!  Join the Association or renew your membership for a $50 annual fee and reap the savings!

BCAEM wishes to extend its thanks to the EPBCC for providing this generous offer to our members.

Our hearts go out to all of the communities impacted by the 2017 Wildfires. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Please reach out! These long engagements are taxing on all responders including those in the various Emergency Operations Centres. We stand by you, cheer you on and many are willing to come nd assist.

If you need assistance in your EOC and/or ESS facilities please contact other emergency managers in unaffected areas that you already have a working relationship with and vice-versa.  Offer your support to other communities if you are able to do so.

The province has recently update its resource request policy to make deployment between local authorities as simple as possible.  Take a look at updated EMBC Resource Request Policy 5.11 and request assistance through your PREOC if required.

Utilize our Deployment Database on the member’s side of the BCAEM webpage.  This database is designed to allow our members to state their availability to assist in the event of an emergency and for other members to search for individuals should their community or organization require assistance.

Given the severity of wildfire events across the Province we have extended temporary access to the database to the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre (PECC).

Please login to BCAEM website and update your information that that colleagues who are searching for support have the most current information.

BCAEM has created a new subsection in the Tools & Resources section of the website titled Evacuation to provide evacuation resources to its members.  If you have evacuation related resources that you would like to share with our members please use the Share a Resource function on the website or email our Executive Director, Crissy Bennett.

The BCAEM website provides government website and social media links as one more place to find real information. We encourage everyone to check official local authority and provincial government information sources for current updates. All evacuees are encouraged to register with their local ESS as well as with the Red Cross to assist both family reunification and contact for important updates on your community and potential access to assistance.

Thank you for your continued support of BCAEM and all emergency management professionals across the province.

With kind regards,
Sybille Sanderson, Chairperson

Information on the current wildfire situation in BC can be obtained by checking your local authority’s website regularly  as well as the following BC and federal Government websites:

Individuals who have been displaced because of the wildfires are encouraged to register with the Canadian Red Cross online by calling 1-800-863-6582.

Want to know more about evacuation alerts and orders and what you should do to prepare?  Our thanks to the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George for sharing these documents with us:


Membership Fees for the 2017 calendar year are now due. 

To avoid suspension of your website privledges please renew your membership by logging into the website with your username and password and navigate to the RENEW NOW button in the members menu or use this URL:

Membership payments may be submitted via the electronic system (through PayPal) or manually by sending a cheque to:

BCAEM; Box 2254; Fort St. James, BC; V0J 1P0

NEW for 2017:  E-transfers! Please send yours to

For membership and payment inquiries, please contact the Crissy Bennett, Executive Director at