Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management

Building Resiliency

NAIT's Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management (CADEM) advances the disaster and emergency management profession through hands-on training, professional development in a collaborative environment, and innovative solutions that reflect current global best practices.

Emergency Management Stakeholder Summit

 The Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management at NAIT will be hosting the Emergency Management Stakeholder Summit November 29 - 30, 2022. The Summit is  the premier innovation-focused emergency management conference in Alberta. This year's theme is: Resilience in a changing world. 

Interested in speaking at the summit? Let us know!

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Crisis CommunicationsIncident Command System (ICS) training and the  Crisis Management Essentials Certificate are available for open enrolment. Gain the leadership skills you need to address the needs of a complex organization before, during and after a crisis. 

Through education, knowledge transfer and outreach, CADEM continues to work closely with key Emergency Management stakeholders to grow the Centre and its mandate. CADEM's Advisory Council ensures all programming adheres to relevant regulations, standards, and protocols, and reflects the needs of industry, government, and professional bodies to improve individual, organizational, and community resilience. CADEM uses the Incident Command System of training to ensure our course material is relevant, up-to-date, and highly effective.

Active Courses

ICS Canada Training

CDEM100 - ICS I-100, Introduction to the Incident Command System

Delivery Options: Day, Online, Evening Hours: 6 Fees: $120

This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training.

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CDEM110 - ICS I-200, Basic Incident Command System

Delivery Options: Day, Online, Weekend, Evening Hours: 14 Fees: $375

Upon successful completion of this course you will have the skills needed to manage single resources and establish command using the Incident Command System model.

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CDEM120 - ICS I-300, Intermediate ICS, ICS for Expanding Incidents

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 21 Fees: $495

This course builds on previous incident command knowledge and defines the unique qualities of ICS as an event or incident management system in an expanding situation.

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CDEM190 - ICS I-400, Advanced ICS


CDEM190 - ICS I-400, Advanced ICS

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NAIT ICS Training

CDEM111 - Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) Operations

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 14 Fees: $495

In this interactive two-day course, participants will learn about the roles, responsibilities, and organization of an Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC).

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CDEM112 - The Command Staff

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 14 Fees: $495

The Incident Commander and the Command Staff are essential roles in emergency management.

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CDEM113 - The Operations Section

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 7 Fees: $285

Under the Incident Command System (ICS) model, the Operations Section directs and coordinates all incident tactical operations.

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CDEM114 - The Planning Section

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 7 Fees: $285

Under the Incident Command System (ICS) model the Planning Section is responsible for the collection and display of incident information including the status of all resources and overall status of...

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Crisis Management Essentials Certificate

CDEM601 - You as a Crisis Leader

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 7 Fees: $285

From a crisis leadership perspective, the most important aspect of the crisis and response is not about the crisis at all. It is about you, the crisis leader.

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CDEM602 - Leading Complex Organizations Through Crisis

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 7 Fees: $285

Leading a complex organization, especially during times of crisis or extraordinary events, can be a daunting task.

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CDEM603 - Leading Beyond Your Formal Authority

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 7 Fees: $285

The ability to influence people is an essential skill for any effective leader.

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CDEM604 - Planning Deliberately

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 14 Fees: $570

Completing complex high-risk projects can be laborious, especially in emergencies and crises.

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More Information


  • We have recently launched our Crisis Communications certificate. 
  • Complete five core courses and be ready with a communications plan when disaster strikes.

Business Continuity Certificate & Micro-credentials


  • Additional workshops such as Threat and Active Assailant Awareness are available through custom training.

  • Make an inquiry to learn more about our custom training options.

Comprehensive Emergency Management Program Development

Discover how to build and deliver a compliant emergency management program specific to the needs of your community or organization.

Course dates coming soon. Contact cadem@nait.ca for any questions.


CADEM's exercises are supported by Response Ready™.

Build Resilience through Collaboration
Enhance whole-of-society collaboration and governance to strengthen resilience

Understand Disaster Risks
Improve disaster risk understanding and awareness to inform decision making

Improve Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
Increase and enhance whole-of-society disaster prevention and mitigation activities to reduce the impacts of disaster events

Improve Disaster Preparedness
Enhance preparedness activities to allow for a better response, increased capacity, and improved coordination

Promote Global Best Practices
Leverage global best practices and lessons learned to foster innovative approaches to enhancing resilience

CADEM Centre Objectives

Training exercises provide an opportunity to test plans and processes in a learning-focused environment. Leveraging CADEM’s Emergency Coordination Centre Simulation Lab and faculty expertise, CADEM is uniquely positioned to design, facilitate, and evaluate training exercises to ensure client compliance with professional body requirements and provincial and federal regulations. CADEM supports the spectrum of discussion-based and operation-based exercises using full simulation in our Lab, in classroom settings on Campus, and through custom exercise delivery at the client’s site. CADEM follows the industry-leading Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) for the development, facilitation, and evaluation of its exercises. All exercises include a full debrief with participants.

Tabletop Exercises (TTX)

A TTX is typically held in an informal setting intended to generate discussion of various issues regarding a hypothetical, simulated emergency. TTXs can be used to enhance general awareness, validate plans and procedures, rehearse concepts, and/or assess the types of systems needed to guide the prevention of, protection from, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from a defined incident. Generally, TTXs are aimed at facilitating conceptual understanding, identifying strengths and areas for improvement, and/or achieving changes in attitudes.


A game is a simulation of operations that often involves two or more teams, usually in a competitive environment, using rules, data, and procedures designed to depict an actual or hypothetic situation. Games explore the consequences of player decisions and actions and are therefore excellent tools to use when validating or reinforcing plans and procedures or evaluating resource requirements.

Functional Exercises

Functional exercises are designed to validate and evaluate capabilities, multiple functions and/or sub-functions, or interdependent groups of functions. Functional exercises are typically focused on exercising plans, policies, procedures, and staff members involved in management, direction, command, and control functions. In functional exercises, events are projected through an exercise scenario with event updates that drive activity at the management level. A functional exercise is conducted in a realistic, real-time environment; however, movement of personnel and equipment is usually simulated.

Meeting Regulatory Requirements

CADEM’s team works directly with clients to ensure that all of our exercises are designed to meet regulatory requirements applicable to each client’s unique situation. CADEM will also provide a lessons-identified report delivered to the client upon request.

To arrange a consultation, please contact CADEM@nait.ca.

CADEM specializes in advancing the disaster and emergency management profession through collaboration, networking, and training. In addition to our education, training, and exercise offerings, we are proud to host annual events and conferences to bring together the emergency management community and promote best-practices and continuous learning.

CADEM has created a Facility Re-entry Guide that is available for download. The guide is designed to assist organizations with restarting their operations amid the COVID-19 challenge.

Download Facility Re-Entry Guide (pdf)

Emergency Management Stakeholder Summit

NAIT’s Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management (CADEM) hosted the 2021 Emergency Management Stakeholder Summit virtually.  Please save the date for this year's summit on November 29 - 30, 2022. 

2020 EMSS

EPIC podcast provided an amazing review of the 2020 conference. Listen to the podcast:

Additionally, several speakers from the 2020 Emergency Management Stakeholder Summit (EMSS) have provided their presentations for download.

Download EMSS Speaker Presentations (zip) 

Covid-19 Evacuation Guidebook

CADEM has written a guidebook for evacuation planning during a pandemic. The document is written to help organizations manage emergency social services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CADEM Simulation Lab

CADEM's cornerstone is an Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) Simulation Lab, tailor-built to provide an immersive learning environment that enables users to model scenarios, refine processes, collaborate, and enhance their ability to mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency and disaster events. The ECC Lab can be used for training, plan development, and as an alternate ECC should our partners require a hot-site to support continuity of operations.

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Our Expertise

Education & Training

Bringing emergency management, business continuity, and resiliency professionals from all sectors together in an engaging learning environment

Innovation Services

Supporting emergency management and resiliency program planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting

Professional Best Practices

Identifying and promoting global best practices through public and industry engagement activities

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