2020 Emergency Management Stakeholder Summit

Resilience Through Innovation

Join us for the 2020 Emergency Management Stakeholder Summit co-hosted by NAIT and the Government of Alberta. 630 CHED's Ryan Jespersen will emcee this year’s event as we explore innovative and thought-provoking approaches to emergency management while building and strengthening relationships through engaging networking opportunities.

Where: NAIT Productivity and Innovation Centre 
10210 Princess Elizabeth Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

When: February 19 – 20, 2020
Fees: $350 for 2-day event

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Keynote Speakers

Hon. Rich Serino

Hon. Rich Serino

Innovative Strategies for Developing Disaster Risk Resilience

The Hon. Rich Serino has provided extensive leadership on emergency management, emergency medical and homeland security at local, state, federal and international levels. He is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and a Senior Advisor at MIT’s Urban Risk Lab. Appointed by President Obama as FEMA’s 8th Deputy Administrator, Serino responded to over 60 national disasters including Super Storm Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombings. During his tenure, he launched a number of initiatives including the FEMA Corps and FEMA Think Tank to provide the “whole of community” a voice to leadership.

Dr. Robert Gifford

Dr. Robert Gifford

The Dragons of Inaction…and How to Slay Them

Dr. Robert Gifford is an Environmental Psychologist who is Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Some of his notable accomplishments include coverage in New Scientist (2016), features on BBC, NPR, CBC, the Globe and Mail and MacLean’s summer issue on Climate Change (2019) and many others. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and is the recipient of a Career Award from the Environmental Design Research Association.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Jeff Birchall

Dr. Jeff Birchall

Environmental Extremes and the Role of Decision-Makers in Facilitating Community Resilience

Dr. Birchall leads the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Lab in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on local-scale climate stressors and the decision dynamics around how climate adaptation is incorporated into strategic planning and action implementation.

Prior to academia, Dr. Birchall held posts at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

Dayle Pett

Dayle Pett

Daring to Lead

Dayle Pett is an Organizational Consultant specializing in the building of high-performance teams. Dayle has worked with many teams over the last 10 years moving them to next-level collaboration, communication, and success. Dayle focuses much of her work around the creation of meaningful relationships and helping leaders find the courage to have the right conversations.


Edmonton Police Service

Breathing Life into Dead Material

The four presenters of this session are all employees of the Edmonton Police Service’s Corporate Communications branch.

Over the years, they have generated multiple examples of public education initiatives that are interesting, innovative, creative, offensive, outrageous, clever, silly, fun and effective. In this presentation, the presenters will speak about the three critical factors that must be in place before you can truly innovate with your public education materials.

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Networking reception

Emergency Management Networking Event

Join us for a networking reception on February 19 from 4 - 7 p.m. as well as a sneak preview of The Beast (working title), an animated reimagining of Alberta’s largest wildfire evacuation and most costly disaster in Canadian history, the 2016 Wood Buffalo wildfire.

A presentation by screenwriter Michael Mankowski and co-producer Charmaine Hammond will share their vision of engaging as many people as possible to foster conversations and support for personal and community resilience.

Planning your visit

Hotel Information:

The Matrix Hotel (located in downtown Edmonton) has kindly reserved a block of rooms until January 25, 2020.

Book your hotel room


Go to ExploreEdmonton.com to plan your visit to Edmonton.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support