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Conference schedule

Monday, October 1

3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Welcome Desk
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 2

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
Welcome Desk
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome Message
8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. Keynote Speaker
The Challenge of Change: Finding Opportunity in Adversity

Warren MacDonald
10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Speaker
The Need to Perform Practical Training
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel
How Working Together Can Create Effective Dangerous Goods Emergency Management
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Speaker
Spills Regulation Enhancements in British Columbia
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Speaker
The Role of Indigenous Communities in Emergency Response (Title TBD)
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Speaker
Role of the Fire Service on the Emergency Management and Planning Team
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Banquet
7:30 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.


  • Responder Awards
  • Leo Sichewski Bursary recipient

Wednesday, October 3

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
Welcome Desk
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker
It Takes a Team

Darby Allen
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Speaker
TDG Regulations: Part 7 Requirements and How They Will Affect Your ERAP
10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. Break
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Case Study
ERAP Response: How to Safely Overcome Risk with Teamwork
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Speaker
The First 30 Minutes of Emergency Response to Ammonia Incidents
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Speaker
The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Environmental Emergency (E2) Plans
3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Panel
The Role of ICS in Dangerous Goods Incidents
4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Keynote speakers

Warren MacDonald


We’ve all heard it a million times; “change is constant,” “the only certainty in life is change,” “change or perish.” We all know it; what we need is for someone to show us how to deal with it. Warren’s “Challenge of Change” presentation will help you realize that challenges brought on by change hold endless opportunities for innovation and personal and professional growth. That it’s the challenges we face that build the resilience we need as we’re asked to do more, with less . . . That it is possible to not just survive, but to thrive despite adversity.

Darby Allen


In the midst of a devastating natural disaster, how does one person manage a team’s countless, critical decisions? Allen, beyond being a brave and strategic leader, also practices empathetic team-building, including colleagues in his decisions and looking out for their needs. In this keynote, Allen offers actionable takeaways for leaders in any field: lessons on encouraging and trusting your teammates wholeheartedly; never losing focus on the moment by worrying about the larger story; and establishing unbreakable relationships that observe and celebrate the smallest of human elements—like the power of a Canadian flag to boost morale and welcome evacuees home.

Session speakers

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Terrance Bedard-Thompson, Indigenous Community Safety Initiatives
  • Nathalie Belliveau, Acting Executive Director, Compliance and Response,Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Directorate,Transport Canada
  • Chief Ken Block, President, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Adam Cooney, Manager, Environment & Emergency Response, Parkland Fuel Corporation
  • Steve Gallagher, Director of Corporate Safety, Cando Rail
  • Des Hemeon, Corporate Emergency Response Coordinator, Keyera Energy
  • Sarah Kirkwood, Emergency Management Consultant, GHD
  • Chris Nicholson, Senior Dangerous Goods Officer, CN
  • Leonard Pischke, Assistant Deputy Fire Chief, Parkland County Fire Service
  • Marion Radawetz, Indigenous Community Safety Initiatives
  • Alan Royer, Manager of Operations, AltaGas
  • Jonathan Schindlbeck, Manager Emergency & Business Continuity Management, Suncor Energy
  • Gary Smith, President, Ammonia Safety & Training Institute
  • Scott Turner, Manager Applications & Community Response Group, Keyera
  • Ben Vander Steen, Planning & Preparedness Manager, BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy
  • Chris Whitman, Technical Advisor, Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC)