Emergency Management & Disaster Recovery

Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery Extension Certificate


Gain an understanding of the emergency management actions needed to help communities recover from natural and man-made disasters. Explore the consequences of emergency and disaster events and examine the ecological framework necessary for the disaster recovery process. Long-term recovery touches on many sectors including emergency management, public health, housing, mental health and the environment.


  • Learn from the instructors with real-world experience, both locally and globally
  • Gain valuable skills for your role as a municipal, community or political leader
  • Enhance your career or volunteer role in emergency management
  • Acquire knowledge and techniques useful in social work, public health and emergency response

Program Format

  • Complete the 4 required courses (60 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 semester up to a maximum of 3 years

Required Courses

We strongly recommend completion of Principles of Emergency Management and the Fundamentals of Recovery prior to registering in any other courses in the program.

Principles of Emergency Management and the Fundamentals of Recovery
After the first responders have left the scene of a disaster, families assess their losses and start to put their lives back together, beginning the complex and challenging journey of recovery. Learn how recovery fits into the broader spectrum of emergency management and how best to support clients through this process.

Subject code: XEDM 1000115 Hours. Fee: $319  
CRN 906562 classesOct 24 -258:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Thurs., Fri.


Personal and Family Recovery
Understand how organizations such as nonprofits, NGOs, various levels of government, health systems, and financial and insurance industries impact and support the recovery process.

Subject code: XEDM 1000215 Hours. Fee: $319 
CRN 906572 classesOct 26 -278:30 a.m. -5 p.m.Sat., Sun.


Neighbourhood and Community Recovery
Communities as a whole must begin the recovery process while attending to the individual needs of disaster-impacted residents, often including emergency management personnel themselves. Examine how organizations such as nonprofits and NGOs, various levels of government, health systems, and financial and insurance industries impact and support the recovery of neighbourhoods and communities.

Subject code: XEDM 1000315 Hours. Fee: $319
CRN 906582 classesNov 28 -298:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Fri., Sat.


Post-Disaster Growth and Change
Post-disaster recovery can take years. Understand how you can encourage hope and effectively assist affected people and neighbourhoods. If you work with nonprofits and NGOs, governments, health systems, or financial and insurance industries, understand how to positively impact communities' growth and change.

Subject code: XEDM 1000415 Hours. Fee: $319 
CRN 906592 classesNov 30 -Dec 18:30 a.m. -5 p.m.Sat., Sun.


Refer to your Confirmation of Registration for course specific information.

CE Bio - Emergency - ArmstrongSteve Armstrong    CD, OStJ, MSc, BA
Steve is a Calgary-based speaker, educator and consultant. He is an expert in developing followers into leaders and building dedicated, loyal and remarkable teams.

Through the lessons learned from 35 years as a leader, soldier and humanitarian, Steve has honed his insights and leadership skills and his unique ability to inspire and teach others to lead.

Steve is one of only a handful of people in Canada who has planned and managed the relief and recovery responses and maintained complex business continuity function while leading combat soldiers in operations and during the following crisis situations: 2016 Ft. McMurray Firestorm, 2013 Alberta floods, 2011 Slave Lake fires, 2004 tsunami, SARS outbreak, 2003 blackout in Ontario and the northeastern United States, 2003 SARS outbreak, 2003 BC firestorms and the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Steve has a Master's in Public Policy and Management. He lives in Calgary with his patient and understanding wife Debra.

CE Bio - Emergency - PollardMarty Pollard   BA, MA
Marty Pollard currently works for the City of Calgary in Utilities & Environment Protection as a Business Continuity and Emergency Management Planner. Marty has been with the City of Calgary for the past five years. During his time with the City of Calgary Marty has played a role in emergency response in several emergency responses including the 2013 flood.

Marty came to the City of Calgary from the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) where he spent eight years, most recently as Alberta Provincial Manager of Disaster Management. During his time with Red Cross, Marty deployed to Haiti, directed the Slave Lake disaster operation, and has deployed twice to Manitoba to assist in flood preparations. As a volunteer Marty was deployed to the Provincial Operations Centre as the agency representative for the CRC for the first two weeks of the Fort McMurray Wildfire response.

Outside of work Marty volunteers on Canada Task Force 2 (Heavy Urban Search & Rescue) and is still an active volunteer with the CRC.

Marty has a BA in History from the University of Alberta and a MA in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University.

Marty is an active instructor with ICS (Incident Command System) Canada, a member of IAEM (International Association of Emergency Managers).

Matt SawatskyMatt Sawatsky   ABCP

Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

Matt has a diverse background in disaster preparedness, response and recovery which has included years in the front line and management experience. He has been involved in emergency management with the nonprofit sector for seven years with a focus on community and individual preparedness and disaster social services.

Matt currently works for the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations as Emergency Preparedness Specialist where he oversees the Emergency Preparedness Initiative of Calgary (EPIC). EPIC is tasked with overseeing and improving Calgary's nonprofit sectors emergency preparedness and response capabilities.

Prior to his current role he's held positions with the Canadian Red Cross as Recovery Manager for 2013 flood operations in High River, Disaster Management Coordinator for Central Alberta region and others. He has worked with a variety of public, private and nonprofit agencies towards streamlining emergency response efforts in future.




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For information about this program:
403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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