Iain Bushell

Iain Bushell

Municipal Leadership & Emergency Management Expert

Over 25 years of progressive municipal and national leadership experience in executive positions with a diverse background. A strong relationship builder and effective communicator who believes in delivering excellence in customer service to both internal and external stakeholders. A proven critical thinker with strong financial management skills and strategic planning ability. Politically astute with the ability to deliver logical recommendations to decision makers. Experienced in health and safety initiatives and a true believer in community risk reduction programs. Skilled in labour relations, the professional development of unionized and non-union staff, and conflict resolution.

Current Responsibilities

Emergency Management

Years of Experience





Master of Business Administration – University of Alberta

Executive Fire Office – United States National Fire Academy

EMT Paramedic – Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Emergency Services Technology – Lakeland College

FEMA Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team – Incident Commander/ Planning Section Chief

ICS 100, 200, 300, 400 & ICS 200 Instructor

NFPA 1001, 1002, 472, 1051

Professional Designation

Emergency Services
Emergency Management
Incident Management Teams

Emergency Management Experience

  • Deputy Chief Officer, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – responsible for the service delivery function of a national fire service with 356 fire stations and over 8,000 staff
  • Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Services/Emergency Management, Strathcona County – responsible for leadership and management of an integrated, combination emergency service
  • Deputy Fire Chief (Operations) and Deputy Fire Chief (Finance & Human Resources), Strathcona County – responsible for all operational functions, budget, capital programs, OHS, training and labour relations


  • Lead a department wide team through a multi-year strategic planning and business planning process, including establishment of a performance management framework
  • Lead a multi-disciplined team in the design, purchase and construction of capital projects including fire stations and a renovated Emergency Operations Centre
  • Represented the organization as the primary contact for the media, public relations events, government contacts and stakeholder consultations
  • Implemented the Blue Card command system to improve safety and communications
  • Key advisor to AEMA on the implementation of regional Incident Management Teams (IMT) in Alberta
  • Lead IMT to High River during the 2013 floods acting as Incident Commander for 8 days
  • Lead the first external IMT to arrive in Fort McMurray during the 2017 Horse River fire
  • Four years as a Director of Northeast Regional Community Awareness and Emergency Response (NR CAER), implementing a new radio system and public alerting system, while improving regional emergency response exercises


  • Past member of the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association (including 2 years as a Director)
  • Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • All Hazards Incident Management Team Association

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