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.


Important Notice

This program is no longer offered in open enrolment. Please email corporatetraining@mtroyal.ca for more information.





  • 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 (for registration): Emergency & Disaster Management

Subject code: XEDM 10001 15 Hours.  Not available for open enrolment.


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 (for registration): Emergency & Disaster Management

Subject code: XEDM 10002 15 Hours.  Not available for open enrolment.


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 (for registration): Emergency & Disaster Management

Subject code: XEDM 10003 15 Hours.  Not available for open enrolment.


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 (for registration): Emergency & Disaster Management

Subject code: XEDM 10004 15 Hours.  Not available for open enrolment.


Refer to your Confirmation of Registration for course specific information.

CE Bio - Emergency - Armstrong Steve 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 Sawatsky Matt Sawatsky CBCP

Coordinator, Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning, Athabasca University

Matt has a diverse background in disaster preparedness, response and recovery which has included years of front line and management experience. He currently oversees emergency management and business continuity at Athabasca University. Prior to this role he spent years working with Alberta Health Services Emergency Management Program and worked as Emergency Management Specialist for the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO). He also spent 5 years with the Canadian Red Cross Society where he supported a variety of domestic responses in different capacities, including response evaluation following the 2011 Slave Lake Fires, Recovery Manager for 2013 flood operations in High River, Disaster Management Coordinator for Central Alberta region, and Recovery support for the 2016 Fort McMurray Fires.

Matt holds certification as a Business Continuity Professional and in ICS and EOC operations.


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Contact us

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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