Suzanne Bernier, CEM, CBCP
Suzanne has worked in the field of emergency management for over 14 years, having worked for both the Canadian and Ontario governments, as well as the United Nations Headquarters, and sits on Canada’s National Council on Emergency Management. She is also a part-time Professor at George Brown College’s School of Emergency Management, and is one of only a handful of Canadians with both CEM (Certified Emergency Manager) and CBCP designations.
As the current Manager of Emergency Management for Toronto Hydro, she oversees the organization’s Business Continuity and Emergency Management plans and programs, to ensure Toronto Hydro is able to respond to any emergency situation affecting its operations, employees, and/or clients.
Throughout her career, Suzanne has been a speaker on business continuity and emergency management at conferences across Canada, the US and Europe. One of Suzanne’s key career achievements was being commissioned by the United Nations Headquarters in New York to develop and run their first pandemic tabletop exercise in 2008.
In 1997, Suzanne became Ontario’s first female Emergency Management Field Officer, tasked with coordinating provincial response to various emergencies such as ice storms, forest fires, floods and SARS, to name a few. In recognition of her work in the field of emergency management, Suzanne has received the Amethyst Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Province of Ontario, and was also recently nominated for the 2010 Premier’s Award.
Since 2007, Suzanne has been a volunteer with the “Continuity Cares” rebuilding initiative in New Orleans, returning annually to help rebuild critical infrastructure and homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.