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Developing Comprehensive Plans: Village of Telkwa

Calian worked with the Village of Telkwa, British Columbia to develop a guide with preplanned routing and advance decisions to support residents during an evacuation, and to help the Village meet its legal responsibilities to be prepared for potential emergencies or disasters.
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HIRA for Interlake Reserves Tribal Council

Calian developed a HIRA for 6 communities of the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC). The methodology was based on national and international best practices. In collaboration with the leadership of the IRTC and each of the communities, Calian delivered a foundational HIRA upon which IRTC will be basing the emergency plans for their communities. As a result of this engagement, in 2019, Calian signed a collaboration agreement with Saultreaux LLP, the IRTC contracting entity, to deliver joint Emergency Management services for the province of Manitoba.

New Brunswick Border Traffic Management Contingency Plan

Calian supported the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety (NB PS), in partnership with Public Safety Canada (PS), to develop a Border Traffic Contingency. The Plan, the result of one-day scenario-based workshop with Canadian and US government reps private critical infrastructure sector companies, was validated by the province of NB and the stakeholder communities that will be affected by traffic disruptions between New Brunswick and Maine at the major commercial border crossings.

Cross Border Traffic Management Plan for Ontario Ministry of Transport

Calian worked closely with the province of Ontario’s Ministry of Transport to develop a common provincial Border Incident Management Plan as part of the Beyond the Borders initiative to support traffic management during an emergency that affects one or more of the Ports of Entry (POE) in Ontario. Elements of this project included: two site-specific plans (Ambassador Bridge in Windsor and the Bluewater Bridge near Sarnia), exercise design, Top Exercise (TTX) developed and conducted with stakeholders and reworking the plans to reflect the observations of the participants.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Off Shore Incident Table Top Exercise (TTX)

Calian developed, facilitated, evaluated and reported on a half-day TTX and follow-on post-exercise review session. The exercise centred on a well blowout caused by an accident on a drilling ship. In order to effectively examine the protocol, the exercise gradually increased in complexity to determine how the inter-organizational coordination structure would need to expand. The exercise was facilitated by Calian staff. The exercise was evaluated with a combination of facilitated discussion to elicit feedback and a detailed online survey. The evaluation formed the basis of the report that Calian developed and presented to NRCan.

City of Burlington Functional Exercise

Calian designed and delivered a 2 day training and exercise event for over 90 members of the City of Burlington’s emergency management team (EMT). Working with the city, Calian create a scenario that was based on the City’s 2014 flooding and by reviewing the Ontario’s Incident Management System (IMS) used at the time of the event. This engagement included: a 1/2 of training for each EMT shift and 1/2 day immersive exercise using Calian ResponseReady™, innovative evaluation system that measured the information exchange within the Emergency Operations center (EOC) during its operational response, data collection by the evaluators and a summary report where an improvement plan presented to the City of Burlington.

City of Ottawa Floods After Action Review

Calian was contracted to evaluate the response of the City of Ottawa to the flooding event in May 2017 that affected three Ottawa districts to execute an After Action Review (AAR). Through a 24 question web-survey and face-to-face interviews with city councillors and members of the emergency response organizations, detailed quantitative and qualitative data was collected regarding the cities response efforts. The result of the evaluation was an after-action report, detailing 12 opportunities for improvement, 4 best practices and recommendations on how the City could address the findings.

Training for Flammable Liquids Derailments

Calian executed Exercise Vulcan, in 2016 at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). Led by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) and Transport Canada (TC), this engagement was the result of recommendations made by the TC Emergency Response Task Force (ERTF) following the catastrophic derailment that occurred in Lac-Mégantic, QC in 2013. Elements of this project included: identifying current capability in responding to Class 3 flammable liquids derailments, training to raise awareness of volunteer firefighters in responding to derailments involving flammable liquids, Table Top Exercise (TTX), full-scale exercise delivery (FSX) and training session.

Western Wild Fire Scenario to Test Interoperable Communications

In November of 2014, Calian designed and executed a complex multi-agency communications experiment working with provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, the state of Montana, federal partners and technology providers to test a wide range of communications equipment in a simulated emergency environment. Participants sent and received communications from a widely dispersed locations in order to test the equipment and measure improvement to the overall response. The goal was to assess how both Radio, and Radio combined with a deployable broadband network, can improve the overall response of emergency officials to an emergency.

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Transport Canada Dangerous Goods Program

Table Top Exercises (TTXs), hosted by Transport Canada were designed and executed by Calian to build capabilities through the engagement of Industry responders in complex exercises. Each of the TTXs involved the deliberate release of a chemical, biological or radiological threat in the area where the TTX was held. Exercises were held in Hamilton in 2012, Calgary in 2013, Montreal in 2013, Halifax in 2014, Toronto in 2015 and Vancouver in 2015. These exercises have been very successful in exploring the capabilities and limitations of a joint government / industry effort during the initial response, recovery and site remediation phases of these types of toxin release incidents. Calian provided lessons learned a guide for future planning.

Exercise Northern Lights: International Capability

In 2014, Calian worked with Defence Research and Development Canada's Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) and partners to develop exercise Northern Lights. This exercise is a capability exercise (CAPEX) that occurs every 2 years and involves response teams of law enforcement and military specialists from Canada, US, UK and Australia. CAPEX allows these teams to practice their response to complex scenarios involving chemical, biological, radiological and explosive threats. The exercise took place at the RCMP's Technical Protective Operations Facility near Ottawa. Calian coordinated the preparation of a scientific after-action review report for the international community.

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Richard Moreau

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Richard is a bilingual retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Canadian Armed Forces, with over 30 years’ experience in defence, security, and emergency management.

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Ian Becking

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Ian Becking has had a long career in government service with both military and civilian aspects of Canada’s public safety. Ian has experience with emergency management exercises from counter terrorism live exercises with international partners, to technological trials involving social media and emergency management along with deployable public safety broadband technology in various locations in Canada and the US.

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Shawn Corrigan

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Shawn is passionate about applying emergency management capabilities to real-world issues. A Calian senior consultant and thought leader for emergency management in North America, he has recently been strengthening relationships between Calian and Canada’s Indigenous communities and leaders. This effort has helped to improve resilience for First Nations through work such as hazard inventory and risk assessments, community emergency management plans, search and rescue training and custom curriculum.

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Vanessa Howard

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Vanessa Howard is an Emergency Management Representative with Calian Group. She has 13 years of emergency response experience as a first responder, educator and facilitator. Her academic background includes exercise program development, the four pillars of emergency management, critical infrastructure protections, and risk management. She serves on the Professional Development Committee of the International Association of Emergency Managers.

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Hani Al Anid

Nuclear & Environmental Services

Dr. Al Anid is the Director of Nuclear Engineering at Calian. He completed his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada, and his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University. Dr. Al Anid has gained extensive experience in the nuclear industry and has taken part in the planning, development, and execution of a wide range of projects within Calian Nuclear’s core areas of expertise: nuclear safety analysis, environmental protection, and emergency preparedness.

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Lindsay Kirby-McGregor

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Lindsey develops, delivers, facilitates, and evaluates programs for Indigenous students and community members. Her educational background is in education and social work with an Indigenous specialization.

Lindsey can offer proposal, research and facilitation guidance, and support projects that integrate traditional and local knowledge into policy and program development.

Lindsey is a member of Whitefish River First Nation.

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