Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: Steering Committee

Canada's Platform Steering Committee is composed of representatives from seven organizations, who hold permanent organizational membership seats, and four elected members elected biennially by the General Membership of Canada's Platform.

The Steering Committee’s goal is to represent the shared views of the Canadian society by encouraging membership among private, public and non-government sectors; Indigenous, and` academic groups; community and faith-based organizations; and professional/industrial associations.

Steering Committee Tasks and Activities

In support of the development and implementation of Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) the Steering Committee will:

Guiding Principles

The following principles will be used to guide the activities of Canada's Platform Steering Committee:

Steering Committee Membership

There are two types of members sitting on the Steering Committee; permanent and elected members. Permanent members are drawn from established engagement fora while elected members represent key sectors to ensure representation of organizations and interests beyond the permanent members’ engagement fora. Members of the Committee are appointed for a 2 year term.

Steering Committee Membership

Permanent Members


Public Safety Canada (PS) – Co-chair

Stéphanie Durand, Director General, Policy and Outreach Directorate

Canadian Risk and Hazards Network – Co-chair

Michel C. Doré

Federal-Provincial-Territorial Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management


Critical Infrastructure National Cross-Sector Forum

Francis Bradley, Canadian Electricity Association

Domestic Group for Emergency Management

Sarah Sargent, Canadian Red Cross

Canadian Risk and Hazards Network

Shona VZ de Jong

Federal Directors General Emergency Management Committee

David McCormack, Natural Resources Canada

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Alana Lavoie Marc Leblanc

Elected Members

Elected Member

Laurie Pearce

Elected Member

Rodney Yip

Elected Member

John Saunders

Elected Member

Ian Burton

Other special guests or advisors may be invited to participate in Steering Committee meetings as required, depending on the issues to be addressed.

For a complete list of members, please visit Public Safety’s group on Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which can be found on GCcollab.

Meeting Information

The Steering Committee meets bi-monthly with additional meetings as required.  Members will need to commit to participating in at least four meetings. Members will be reimbursed for expenses incurred during their work on the Steering Committee, such as travel and accommodation, according to the National Joint Council Travel Directive.

All decisions are recorded in a formal record of decision and are available on Public Safety’s group on Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which can be found on GCcollab.

Please contact us should you wish to receive a copy of the Steering Committee record of discussion.

Contact Information

Secretariat functions to the committee are provided by Public Safety Canada’s Emergency Management and Programs Branch. For any further questions or inquiries please contacts Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Secretariat.

Phone: 613-991-9748

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