Emergency Management Consultant
Pat has over 38 years of experience from the municipal to international orders of government and with numerous Non-Governmental Organizations. He joined the Government of Alberta (GoA) in January of 2001 and held the positions of Director and Deputy Fire Commissioner, Director in the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and Project Manager for two projects. Prior to joining the GoA, Pat had a successful military career in senior management and operational leadership roles, including large-scale training development and implementation assignments and emergency management responsibilities in the most extreme circumstances. His combined education, training and experience make Pat a talented, multi-disciplinary asset to any project.
Emergency Management Consultant
Years of Experience
Government of Alberta Senior and Executive Management Program, 2011
Canadian Forces Security Studies Program (International Civilian/ Military Strategic Studies), 2010
Army Command and Staff College, 1995
Numerous military and civilian qualifications such as: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Supervisor, CF Staff School (high-level writing development), ICS Levels 100-300, Toastmasters etc
Strategic Emergency Management Planning and Leadership
Training Systems Development, Audits and Leadership
Co-Chair, Alberta Fire Training Task Force
Member, Alberta ICS Working Group
Alberta representative to IFSAC and The Pro Board
Alberta representative to the Canadian Fire Service Education, Training and Certification Council
Project And Work Experience Highlights
As Director and Deputy Fire Commissioner ensured that Alberta’s fire training accreditation standing was maintained and that the Fire Commissioner’s Office supported municipalities:
- Lead an extensive review of all 29 of Alberta’s NFPA standards, amending training protocols and examination material as required. An IFSAC audit team member commented that he had never seen such impressive work in any previous audit;
- Ensured compliance with IFSAC and Pro Board standards changes;
- Ensured tens of thousands of examinations were administered securely and on time;
- Co-developed the Alberta Fire Service Training Task Force, and;
- Developed the first-ever Alberta accreditation and certification protocols manual.
As Director and Senior Operations Officer for emergency preparedness, response and recovery:
- Provided vision and leadership to ensure the Provincial Operations Centre (POC) was properly staffed with well trained, cross-government partners, able to operate 24/7;
- Supervised the development of several provincial-level emergency operations plans;
- Assumed Incident Commander responsibilities in the POC for incidents such as the Slave Lake fires in 2011, floods, train derailments, the BSE event of 2003 etc., and;
- Developed the technology and facility requirements for the new GoA POC in 2002.
As Project Manager:
- Commenced the Municipal Affairs’ Public Safety Division Functional Review, advising on Divisional mandate, staffing and structure, and;
- Developed a highly detailed RFP for a new administrator of the provincial disaster recovery program, which at the time had administered $500 million in assistance.
- Wrote numerous training plans and exercises, ranging from individual to collective training for up to 22,000 multi-disciplinary participants (military Division size);
- Wrote numerous operational deployment plans for small teams to Division strength formations.
- Contributed to the development of various emergency policies, protocols and procedures;
- Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Canadian Decoration, Alberta Emergency Services, Canadian Peacekeeping and other medals;
- Awarded United Nations Military Observers Force Commander’s Commendation for courage, initiative and composure under fire and the Canadian Army Commander’s Commendation for exceptional service during the Pine Lake tornado;
- Delivered numerous briefings to heads of state, ministers and senior officials.