Published on October 06, 2020
Carly Benson has worked in the field of Emergency Management since 2011 as a municipal emergency manager in Fort McMurray, High River, and most recently as the Manager of Community Resilience for the City of Vancouver. She has been deployed to several major disasters, including the Slave Lake wildfire, High River flood, and Fort McMurray wildfire. This past spring, she was the Planning Section Chief for the City of Vancouver's COVID pandemic response and led a team of more than forty people to develop planning scenarios, conduct trend and analysis research, and create plans and tools to enhance cleaning and maintenance of public hygiene. Additionally, her team planned management of critical supplies, support for vulnerable populations and other contingencies such as heatwaves.
Prior to moving to Vancouver, Carly worked in High River as part of the Recovery Team tasked with rebuilding the community following the devastating flood. As the Director of Emergency Management, Carly was responsible for developing public alerting and preparedness programs, creating and enhancing the town’s response capabilities, rebuilding public trust in how the town prepares for and responds to emergencies, and integrating resilience into the ongoing recovery efforts.
Carly has a Master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management, is an ICS instructor trainer, and has spoken at conferences across Canada on topics ranging from animal rescue during response to disaster recovery to building resilience in large communities.