Plenary Speakers 2021

Plenary Speaker

Innovating Through Disruption

NAIT's Center for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management (CADEM) and iEAM are excited to announce our Plenary Speakers for the 2021 Emergency Management Stakeholder Summit (EMSS).

Dr. Jody Carrington and David Cory, Scott Roberts and Greg Solecki will be sharing their collective insights on solutions for supporting your community or organization through disruption.

Presentations include the following:

Reconnection: Building Strength Through Authentic Connection, by Dr. Jody Carrington

How Emotional Intelligence Helps to Navigate Disruption, by David Cory, Scott Roberts and Greg Solecki

Additionally,  keynote speakers Chris Clearfield and Sue Henry will present on navigating successfully through disruption and innovating through COVID-19 and beyond, respectively.

View more information below about our plenary speakers and their specialties. Gain expertise on how to innovate through a crisis or disaster by registering for the Summit.

Dr. Jody Carrington

Dr. Jody Carrington

Reconnection: Building Strength Through Authentic Connection

The significance of connection in this world is important, but the answer lies in our power to reconnect when things get tough. In our families, in our relationships, in our teams, the capacity to reconnect and repair is the foundation to the strongest and most resilient relationships.

Now, more than ever, the mission of reconnecting a disconnected world is where our most significant resources should be directed. Then, and only then will we be able to serve those we lead and love.

Dr. Jody Carrington Biography

Dr. Jody Carrington is a renowned psychologist, sought after for her expertise, energy and approach to helping individuals, teams and organizations solve their most complex human-centred challenges. A bestselling author and revered speaker, Jody focuses much of her work around reconnection - the key to healthy relationships and productive teams.

Her approach is authentic, real and often hilarious. She speaks passionately about resilience, mental health, leadership, burnout, grief and trauma - and how reconnection is the answer to so many of the root problems we face. Her best-selling book Kids These Days was published in 2019 and has sold 150 000 copies worldwide. Her second book, Teachers These Days will be released in 2021. Jody’s message is as simple as it is complex: we are wired to do the hard things; but we are so much braver together.

The highlight of any agenda, energizing every audience she speaks to, she is a masterful communicator, helping audiences deeply understand their challenges and the opportunities to overcome them. Always wrapping the information in poignant stories, funny anecdotes and actionable takeaways, Jody will leave you inspired.

With a PhD in clinical psychology, work with major institutions and a thriving clinical practice, she brings a depth of experience and insight that is unmatched in the industry.

Jody lives in beautiful Olds, Alberta with her husband and three children (she had 3 kids in 2 years to test her own resilience) and leads the amazing team at Carrington & Company.

David Cory, Scott Roberts & Greg Solecki

David Cory Scott Roberts Greg Solecki

Presentation Title: How Emotional Intelligence Helps to Navigate Disruption

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is not a fad or a trend and is not as new as many people believe. Social sciences are just now catching up with the aspects of personality, emotion, cognition, and behaviour recognized as crucial to effective functioning in the workplace and in our personal lives. Good relationships and coping strategies are key to our success in every area of human interaction.

When we consider emergency management leadership skills, emotional intelligence can be thought of as the array of competencies that influence one’s ability to succeed in coping with the demands and pressures of leading in response to a crisis incident. Whether that be in the emergency operations Centre (EOC) or the field.  

Leading with emotional intelligence inspires, motivates, and instils a sense of worth, belonging and confidence. It compels others to work to their fullest potential. Successful leadership is measured in part, by the emotions of others. In essence how those being led “feel”, respond, and perform at any moment in time. Leading with emotional intelligence involves an examination of the foundational skills and competencies that underlie leadership competencies required regardless of your position in relation to a crisis incident.

In this one hour discussion our panel will provide an overview of the science of emotional intelligence, its leadership applications and how EOC operations are enhanced with heightened emotional intelligence awareness and application.

Three different speakers will be lending their experience and expertise in EQ to this panel.

David Cory, Scott Roberts & Greg Solecki Biographies

David Cory - The Science of EQ

Short Bio: David Cory is the President and founder of The Emotional Intelligence Training Company (1998). David was one of the first Certified Master Trainers in the area of Emotional Intelligence with MHS Inc. (1998) and is considered to be an international expert on the integration of emotional intelligence and leadership development.

Scott Roberts - Leadership and EQ

Short Bio: Scott Roberts has been involved in the emergency management profession for over 40 years. He gained the bulk of his experience as a member of the Toronto Police Service where he was a leader and member of many multi-agency teams. He expanded this emergency management experience after retirement from the TPS in positions with the Alberta Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General and the Town of Okotoks, Alberta.

Greg Solecki - EQ in the EOC

Short Bio: Greg has decades of notable experience instituting strategic emergency, continuity and leadership programs with implementation at the municipal, provincial, and federal level. He is responsible for training thousands of government and executive leaders in emergency and continuity management across Canada specializing in preparedness, response, and recovery.

Mar. 23, 2021 – Mar. 24 Event

2021 Emergency Management Stakeholder Summit

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  • 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Virtual

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