IAEM-Canada Professional Development Committee

Director, Professional Development Committee
John MacIsaac, BTech (Emergency Management), ACP
Manager, Emergency Preparedness
Nova Scotia Health
Nova Scotia


  • Emergency Management Further Education in Canada. This compilation of resources has been developed by the IAEM-Canada Professional Development Committee, in an attempt to consolidate and capture all (emergency management) further education that is offered by educational institutes within Canada. It includes information and links to certificate level courses, diploma level courses, undergraduate degree programs, and postgraduate degree programs.


  • New IAEM-Canada Work Group Seeking Members from Critical Infrastructure Sectors (04 Aug 2015) IAEM-Canada’s Professionalization of Emergency Management Committee’s Critical Infrastructure (CI) Working Group is now recruiting members to join our team! We are looking for representatives from across Canada from the electricity, natural gas, public transportation, telecommunications and water/wastewater sectors. Our goals include:

    • Growth in the number of IAEM members who work in CI sectors
    • IAEM members reporting a better network of contacts and resources
    • Higher awareness in the CI industry about the benefits of employing emergency managers
    • Higher awareness by emergency management stakeholders of how the CI industry contributes to community disaster resilience

Interested emergency managers can either contribute as permanent, active participants or as contacts to offer expertise as required. Please note that space is limited for permanent members. If you are interested in more information and a copy of the working group’s Terms of Reference document, please contact Ali Vaezi at vaezia2@mcmaster.ca.

  • New IAEM-Canada Committee Formed (31 Oct 2014) Tracy Blaine was recently appointed the Director of the Professional Development Committee. She is currently writing a Terms of Reference for the committee and has already attended a meeting on International Standards for Emergency Management. But in order for this committee to be successful, she requires actively, engaged members of IAEM-Canada who show a keen interest, have insight and knowledge around professional development, technical writing, policy and standards to join her in actively representing IAEM-Canada at a national level on topics relating to the professionalization of emergency management.

Members typically spend approximately 5 hrs a month on various tasks, research, attending meetings, etc. There is a requirement to attend a one hour monthly committee meeting via teleconference as well as actively participate in group projects. This is an opportunity for you to work towards one of your professional development requirements as you look to obtain/renew your CEM certification. If you are interested in becoming a member you can contact the committee chair.

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