Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: Advisory Committee

Canada's Platform Advisory 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 Advisory 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.

Advisory Committee Tasks and Activities

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

  • Provide advice to Canada's Platform on the direction and priorities for DRR;
  • Develop and approve an action plan for the Platform;
  • Host an Annual National Roundtable event, which brings together the Platform's General Membership;
  • Develop and approve an annual report; and
  • Approve new working groups and Terms of References.

Guiding Principles

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

  • Ensure that respective organizational accountabilities and mandates are respected;
  • Operate on a consensus basis;
  • Commit to meaningful and effective dialogue, consultations and communication;
  • Commit to the notion of inclusiveness of potential DRR stakeholders; and
  • Commit to multi-stakeholder representation within the Platform.

Advisory Committee Membership

There are two types of members sitting on the Advisory 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.

Advisory Committee Membership

Permanent Members


Public Safety Canada (PS)

Stephanie Durand, Director General, Policy and Outreach Directorate

Federal-Provincial-Territorial Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management

Kelly Johnston, Yukon Emergency Measures Organization

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

Michel Doré
Shona VZ de Jong

Federal Directors General Emergency Management Committee

David McCormack, Natural Resources Canada

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Alana Lavoie
Jean Lawson

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 Advisory Committee meetings as required, depending on the issues to be addressed.

Meeting Information

The Advisory 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 Advisory 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 upon request to the Disaster Risk Reduction Secretariat.

Please contact us should you wish to receive a copy of the Advisory 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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