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Keynote Address:  The Future of Emergency Management in Modernization

Carol McClintock, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships - EMBC

Unprecedented back-to-back flood and wildfire events combined with the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of catastrophic earthquakes in BC, requires emergency partners to shift approaches to more holistic practices that support the United Nations Sendai framework. This requires a strong foundation of partnership and inclusivity recognizing the critical requirement of an all-of-society approach. Carol will discuss and explore some of the building blocks to support a modernized vision as we look to strengthen collective resiliency for people and communities impacted by emergencies and disasters.


Carol McClintock is the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships with Emergency Management BC.  The role of Strategic Partnerships is to build and foster formal and informal inter-agency and inter-governmental trust-based relationships and partnerships, with a focus on partnering with First Nations to strengthen community resilience through a strategic approach supported by regional partnerships across the province.  Carol has worked with EMBC since 2008 and holds a master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management.  Among her key work accomplishments, Carol led the province’s first full-scale emergency management earthquake exercise, Exercise Coastal Response 2016.  She also led the team that implemented EMBC’s public education program.

Prior to working with EMBC, Carol was a Manager with the Victoria Police Department and the former Associate Director of a large non-profit organization in Oklahoma City.  When Carol is not working, she enjoys an array of water sports including kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, and spending time with her husband and three daughters aged 16-24.

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