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Webcast Roundtables: Public Communications During Emergency Events

May 12, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Primary site location:

Dartmouth Hilton Hotel
101 Wyse Rd
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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  • Roundtable 1: Systems design and implementation
    • Michael Hallowes: Independent strategic advisor to governments on the design, delivery, implementation and continuous improvements to public alerting systems.
    • Jennifer Jesty: The First Indigenous Women to become a Member of the Nova Scotia Firefighters Association and the only Indigenous Female Advanced Care Paramedic in Nova Scotia.
    • Paul Mason: Executive Director of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Emergency Management Office and Office of the Fire Marshall.
    • Cheryl McNeil: A 35+ year civilian member of the Toronto Police Service.
    • Tim Trytten: Public Emergency Warning Consultant, former leader of the Alberta Emergency Alert (AEA) Program and dedicated leader in the public alerting sphere.
  • Roundtable 2: Planning for accessibility and equality 
    • Archy Beals: Served as elected African Nova Scotian Representative of the Halifax Regional School Board and is currently a ministerial appointee on the Provincial Advisory Council on Education serving his second two-year term.
    • Trishe Colman: Works for the Seniors Safety Program of Cumberland County as the Seniors’ Safety Coordinator.
    • Ian Douglas: Part of a highly skilled team of IT Research Analysts in the Technology Analysis group at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
    • Jennifer Jesty: Jennifer was also a member of roundtable on systems design and implementation.
    • Gregory Smolynec: Works as the Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Promotion in the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
    • Raymond Théberge: Took office as Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada on January 29, 2018. Prior to this role, he was president and vice chancellor of the Université de Moncton in New Brunswick.

Visit the Roundtables webpage to learn more about the core themes of the roundtables and the members participating.


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