Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management

Building Resiliency

Resilient communities and organizations are built through collaboration in training and professional development settings before a disaster happens.

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.


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CADEM is excited to announce the launch of a new set of courses: Crisis Communications.  Register now.

Incident 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.

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ICS Canada Training

CDEM192 - ICS- I-402, Incident Command System for Executives


CDEM192 - ICS- I-402, Incident Command System for Executives

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NAIT ICS Training

CDEM115 - The Logistics Section

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 7 Fees: $265

Under the Incident Command System (ICS) model the Logistics Section is responsible for all support requirements.

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CDEM116 - The Finance and Administration Section

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 7 Fees: $265

Under the Incident Command System (ICS) model, the Finance and Administration (Fin/Admin) Section is responsible for incident-specific finance support and other administrative support services.

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CDEM117 - Crisis Communications and the Public Information Officer

Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 7 Fees: $265

Under the Incident Command System (ICS) model the (Public) Information Officer is responsible for communicating to internal and external stakeholders details of an incident, as well as keeping the...

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Crisis Management Essentials Certificate

CDEM605 - Implementing a Crisis Management Program

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

Discover how you can address potential, impending or unfolding crises.

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CDEM606 - Leading Individual and Team Resiliency

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

In times of crisis, teams look to leaders for balance and direction. Discover how you can strengthen the foundation of your personal resilience and support those closest to you.

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CDEM607 - Leading Organizational Resiliency

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

Rebound and prosper after a crisis disrupts your business.

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CDEM608 - Cultivating Community and Cultural Resiliency

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

Flourish and persist in the face of evolving disaster risk. Every day, new challenges face our communities. For example, changing climate is creating new hazards and exacerbating existing ones.

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Coming Soon Courses


The following certificate programs will be introduced beginning in 2021:

  • Exercise Design and Delivery

  • Emergency Social Services

Emergency Management Planning

  • CDEM401 - Comprehensive Emergency Management Planning and Program Development


  • CDEM831 – Threat Awareness

  • CDEM832 – Active Assailant Awareness

AHIMT Academy

In October 2021, the All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) Academy will bring together Emergency Management professionals from across Canada representing the public and private sectors to engage in a week-long training event.

Learn more about AHIMT Academy

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

The Government of Alberta and NAIT’s Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management (CADEM) were proud to host the 2020 Emergency Management Stakeholder Summit at NAIT’s Productivity and Innovation Centre.

The conference was a great success. This vital and popular networking opportunity provided emergency management partners with a platform to build and strengthen relationships and keep up to date with the latest trends in emergency and disaster management.

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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Josh Bowen - Manager
Phone: 780.491.3985
Email: joshbo@nait.ca

Tracy Blaine – Portfolio Manager, Education and Training
Phone: 780.378.1266
Email: tblaine@nait.ca

Kristen Deuzeman – Portfolio Manager, Professional Best Practices
Phone: 780.378.1268
Email: kristend@nait.ca

General Inquiries
Phone: 780.378.1275
Email: CADEM@nait.ca

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

Trades and Applied Technologies

NAIT Corporate and International Training has partnerships with hundreds of organizations to deliver world-class training for students and businesses pursuing trades and technology education.

Business, Leadership, and Professional Development

NAIT Corporate and International Training offers a wide range of workforce training for all staff, from front-line employees to the most seasoned manager.