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Governance, Science & Technology of Mass Evacuation Speaker Series Panel


SESSION 2 TUESDAY, June 18, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (EDT)

Mass Evacuation Speaker Series Panel

Mass Evacuation and First Nations

  • Dr. Tara K. McGee
  • Jennifer Jesty
  • Maia Foster-Sanchez
  • Michelle Gervais
  • Dr. Eric Kennedy

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Recording of Lecture 2:

Dr. Tara K. McGee: Professor, University of Alberta

Jennifer Jesty: Emergency Resiliency Manager, Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq

Maia Foster-Sanchez: Stronger Together: Evacuation Partnerships

Michelle Gervais: Stronger Together: Evacuation Partnerships

SESSION 1 TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (EDT)

Dr. Ali Ülkü

Dr Ali Ülkü, Ph.D., P.Eng., is the Director of the Centre for Research in Sustainable Supply Chain Analytics. Dr. Ülkü's research includes studies in circular and sustainable supply chain and (humanitarian) logistics systems, analysis of manufacturing/retailing and service operations, green marketing and optimal contract designs, analytical modelling of sustainable consumption and development, and interdisciplinary research on big data and societal/environmental problems. Ali believes in the "science and teaching of better" and is an avid supporter of student-led research.

Erica Fleck

Erica is currently the Director of Emergency Management for Halifax Regional Municipality. Prior to this position, she was the Assistant Chief of Community Risk Reduction with Halifax Fire & Emergency. Prior to her moving to the Municipality, Erica was a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces, where she served in Canada and overseas for different missions. Erica focuses her work to prepare and educate individuals, families, and communities in all pillars of Emergency Management.

Dr. Ahsan Habib

Ahsan Habib is a transportation professor at Dalhousie University. He received a PhD degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto in 2009. He held a professional position at the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) prior to joining Dalhousie University in 2010. He is the founder of the Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) under the Leaders Opportunity Grant program of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). His research interests include travel behavior analysis, travel demand forecasting, and the microsimulation of urban systems. Dr. Habib believes multi-modal mobility options are the key to ensuring sustainability for Canadian cities.

Dr. Aaida Mamuji

Aaida Mamuji is an Associate Professor in the School of Administrative Studies in the Disaster & Emergency Management program.  Her areas of interest are social vulnerability and capability in the disaster context, hosting and resettlement, international responses to natural disasters, and risk assessment. She has received excellence awards for her research and teaching and is the recipient of a number of internal and external research grants.  In 2020, she was named a York Research Leader and was nominated for the Minister’s Award of Excellence by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Ontario.  Dr. Mamuji is currently working on a book project capturing the lived experience of various vulnerable groups facing disasters across Canada. Prior to joining York University, Dr. Mamuji was a policy advisor and researcher in the former Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (now Global Affairs Canada).  She completed her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Ottawa.


  • Emergency managers and practitioners
  • Mass evacuation experts and planners
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Local and provincial emergency management staff involved in mass evacuation planning and response
  • Representatives of intergovernmental organizations
  • NGOs involved in mass evacuation support
  • Civil Society and Community Leaders
  • Federal government agencies, including Public Safety Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, Royal Mounted Police, Environment Canada, Transport Canada
  • Provincial and Local Government Agencies, including Emergency Management Organizations
  • NGOs such as Red Cross, Saint John Ambulance, Salvation Army
  • Indigenous communities and Associations that represent them
  • Critical Infrastructure owners, operators, and associations that represent them
  • Insurance sector
  • Military (CAF, CJOC)
  • Disability organizations
  • Post-secondary institutions, colleges, and universities with training programs in disaster and emergency management



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