Resources and Training

CEMA Presentation

Join colleagues for a presentation and working session on potential research opportunities with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA).

Date:  Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time:  1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Room: EL4201 (RLLC Formal Boardroom)

Presenter: Lauren Harris, Continuity & Risk Reduction Planner, CEMA

Please register via the ADC website.

A message from Lauren Harris:

The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is looking to explore the possibility of enhancing our collaborative opportunities with academic institutions to further the knowledge of emergency management. Emergency management is a relatively new field and Calgary has had its fair share of disasters, including: 2013 Southern Alberta Floods, 2014 Snowtember, and 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfires. In part due to these disastrous events, and our partnership with over 60 organizations and City business units, CEMA has become a progressive emergency management organization, and has been fortunate to expand our work in the areas of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. In addition, emergency management covers a wide array of disciplines from sciences, arts, medicine, technology, business, to name a few, and into the trades. As part of this collaborative opportunity, CEMA would like to further explore how we can engage academic institutions, faculty, and students alike.


CEMA has attached several documents to support our initial engagement phase with academic institutions, faculty and students. These documents provide additional information regarding who CEMA is and areas we are initially looking to further expand our knowledge into. These lists are not inclusive and CEMA will continue to add new ideas and share them with our academic partners. Please see the following documents for your reference:


Who is CEMA?
A one-page description of who CEMA is and what we are looking to achieve with our academic partners.

Collaborative Opportunity
This document outlines the benefits to academic institutions, faculty, staff and CEMA by creating this collaborative opportunity.

Summary of Problem Statements
This two-page document outlines initial problem statements that CEMA is interested in exploring from a variety of disciplines.

CEMA Project Ideas
This document contains more detailed information related to the specific research questions, including potential timelines, type of end-product and more detailed questions.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What if I want to collaborate with CEMA?
There are two options for next steps. You can either contact CEMA (see CEMA contact information below) or CEMA will be working with your academic institution to set up a workshop/forum in the near future, where all interested participants will come together to discuss collaborative opportunities and next steps. Depending on the interest, an application process may occur.

What if I have a potential opportunity?
If you have an opportunity or research topic that CEMA might be interested in, we want to hear from you! We are always open to discussion new ideas. They might not align with our current project, and could end up on the next project list.

What could opportunities look like?
CEMA would be willing to engage and discuss any and all opportunities. Independent faculty work, collaboration with graduates/undergraduates/trades, thesis/research and independent projects, development of in-class assignments, etc.

Can I share this information?
Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues from other academic institutions. CEMA kindly asks that we receive notice if this information will be circulated outside of academic institutions.

How do I continue to hear about CEMA projects?
CEMA will continue to engage with our key contact at each academic institution, so we encourage you to maintain contact with your institution’s rep or you can email CEMA (see CEMA contact information below) for more information.

Does CEMA have funding?
CEMA is always applying for grants and funding to support our work. Therefore, opportunities do come up now and then. In addition, we would be happy to support grant applications submitted by academics, if alignment exists.

CEMA Contact Information
Questions, comments or anything else can be directed to Lauren Harris at (403) 826-6626 or, or to the generic CEMA email address.

Again, CEMA is looking forward to exploring this collaborative opportunity where we can collectively expand this relatively new field of emergency management while ensuring the safety of all Calgarians and citizens impacted by disasters.