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Dr Nicola Davies is a Psychologist and writer with an interest in the psychology behind frontline work.
War Studies
Since retiring from his position as Logistics Officer in the Canadian Air Force (2004), Major Robert Day continues his passion for research and military analysis. His military service has included posting in almost every region of the country and in Canadian Forces Europe. He has several degrees including an MA in War Studies from RMC where he was the Hunt Prize winner as the top graduate of his graduating year. He is currently completing his PhD in Canadian History. His dissertation is an investigation into the relationship between defence policy and defence procurement.
Hazardous Materials Specialist
STEVEN M. DE LISI, retired after 27 years in the fire service, most recently as the Deputy Chief for the Virginia Air National Guard Fire Rescue at the Richmond (VA) International Airport. He is a hazardous materials specialist, an adjunct instructor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, and a former member of the NFPA committee on hazardous materials protective clothing. He began his career in hazardous materials response in 1982 as a member of the Newport News (VA) Fire Department hazmat team. Since then, he has also served as a hazardous materials officer for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. In that capacity, he provided on-scene assistance to hazmat first responders for an area that included 20 jurisdictions. He has a master’s degree in public safety leadership.
Public Safety, Emergency Planning
Engaged in Public Safety with the City of Vancouver for over 39 years, Frank has vast experience in Crowd Management, Public Order, Public Safety and Fire Operations. He served Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services as Chief of Operations and Public Order Commander; the Vancouver Emergency Management Agency as an Emergency Planning Coordinator; the City of Vancouver as Manager, Special Event Public Safety; and is currently the Principal Consultant at Frank Dodich & Associates Ltd. Frank is a Bronze, Silver & Gold Public Order Commander, Tactical Advisor and Major Event Operational Planner through the College of Policing in London and the Vancouver Police Department. He is a certified CPTED Consultant, Obstruction Removal Team Specialist, sits on the Board of Directors and Advisory Council of the Event Safety Alliance Canada and the Board of Directors of ASIS International, Pacific Chapter 190.
Jenn Donahue
Jenn Donahue is a leadership coach, engineer, and entrepreneur with 25 years in the U.S. Navy. Donahue has led operations around the globe, spearheaded earthquake and tsunami reconnaissance missions in Samoa and Japan, and designed the seismic plans for a bridge over the Panama Canal. She later founded JL Donahue Engineering, a globally recognized seismic analysis and engineering firm. Known as the “Earthquake Doc,” she has served as the seismology expert at five nuclear power plants. Donahue has served on professional boards such as EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute) and USGS (United States Geological Survey) and is a lecturer at UC Berkeley and UCLA.
Transportation Safety
Mark Duncan is a Professional Engineer with a Masters in Public Admin from Carleton University and a degree from Royal Military College. He flew for 6 years with the Canadian Armed Forces as a pilot with VS 880 Squadron. Previously with Transport Canada and then Deputy Airport General Manager at Toronto International Airport, he was promoted to Regional Director General with regulatory responsibility for all modes of transportation in Vancouver. Following 9/11, he led a team that built the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) from the ground up. Retiring in 2007 as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, he is currently President of AeroEdge Consulting Inc. specializing in security and aviation related projects.
Chief (ret)
Chief Vincent Dunn, FDNY (ret), is the author of Collapse of Burning Buildings (Fire Engineering, Revised 2010) and Safety and Survival on the Fireground (Fire Engineering, 1992) and Command and Control of Fires and Emergencies (Fire Engineering (2000), and his most recent text book Strategy of Firefighting (2007). He can be contacted at or 1-800-231-3388. Go to his web site
Military Affairs, Nova Scotia Intergov Affairs
Recently retired from the position of Military Affairs Advisor with the NS Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, Tim is a retired Cdn military PA officer with 37 years of service. His experience includes peacekeeping missions in Israel, Egypt, Syria and the Balkans. He served with NATO’s peace support missions in Bosnia Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Albania and Kosovo. He has conducted seminars worldwide, and held numerous public affairs management and leadership positions, most notably with the Media Centre for the recovery operations for Swissair flight 111, and with NATO-led exercises in France, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. In 2001, Bulgaria awarded him the Medal for Loyal Service, its highest military award, for his work during a major NATO exercise that paved the way for Bulgaria to join the Alliance.