Community safety focus of forum

The City of Markham played host to the Emergency Management for Community Events forum, the first event of its kind in Ontario.

“Community safety has always been a priority,” Mayor Frank Scarpitti said of the May 24 event, which was held at the Cornell Community Centre and Library. “Our world is changing and while we cannot live in fear, we do need to ensure the safety and well-being of our event attendees, participants, organizers, vendors and security personnel. Markham is a municipal leader in emergency preparedness and event management and by being prepared, we are ensuring everyone can enjoy Markham’s many great community events.”

Speakers included Dr. Christine Van Winkle of the University of Manitoba; Ron Bianchi, Strategic Development Wood’s Met-Ocean Services senior associate and director; Becky Hester, Health Protection Division manager, York Region Public Health; Sgt. Lisa Boon of York Regional Police; Doug Grant of Calian Group; and Alain Normand, Brampton Emergency Management Office manager.

In addition to addressing issues regarding the changing landscape of security considerations for community events and community safety, the forum provided networking opportunities for Greater Toronto and Hamilton area event planners, emergency management personnel and public safety professionals.

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