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Canada’s Emergency Management Strategy: Update from the Expert

The Next Phase of Canadian Preparedness

Over the past 20 years, there has been a pronounced shift in Canada’s risk profile, characterized by the increasing frequency, magnitude, and cost of disasters which can be attributed to a number of factors such as climate change, increased urbanization, technology dependence, aging infrastructure, and demographic changes.

The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Emergency Management, in conjunction with Indigenous Peoples and municipalities, are in the process of developing a comprehensive Emergency Management Strategy for Canada to better predict, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from weather-related emergencies, natural disasters, and human-induced disasters.

At Disaster Forum 2017, Ryan Hunt will deliver a presentation to discuss emergency management and disaster risk reduction priorities across all sectors of society to inform the development of the Emergency Management Strategy for Canada.

Meet the Expert: Ryan Hunt

Ryan Hunt

In June 2016, Ryan Hunt joined the Emergency Management and Programs Branch of Public Safety Canada as the Acting Director, Strategic Policy. His responsibilities include emergency management research, stakeholder engagement, and policy development, such as the development of an Emergency Management Strategy for Canada.

Ryan has spent 12 years in various roles at Public Safety Canada, including 5 years as a Manager within the Critical Infrastructure Policy Directorate, where he was responsible for contributing to developing a national approach to strengthening the resilience of Canada’s critical infrastructure. This responsibility was centered on the implementation of the National Strategy and Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure and involved coordination with provinces/territories, critical infrastructure sectors and first responders. As part of this responsibility, Ryan led implementation of the Canada-US Action Plan for Infrastructure, which included leading the Regional Resilience Assessment Program.

Ryan has also worked in multiple roles in the Government Operations Centre at Public Safety Canada, where he was involved in developing the Federal Emergency Response Plan, the operation to bring 25,000 Syrian Refugees to Canada in 2016, as well as the federal response to the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire.

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