Emergency Management Research Expo

Tuesday December 2nd, 2014


Arboretum Centre


About the Expo:

Learn about Emergency Management research

Get engaged on timely topics with researchers, government and industry

Network over lunch and learn from graduate research posters


Student got involved!

A record breaking number of students shared their research in our poster competition.  This was a great opportunity to for students and attendees alike to share and network.  See the posters.  

View the Presentations

Social Network Analysis

During registration we asked participants to list three people and three organizations they interact with in the emergency management agri-food sector.  We also asked participants to list three people and three organizations they would like to interact act with.  See the results below.  

3 organizations would like to connect with

To contribute to the analysis, complete the questions below:

Current Emergency Management Research Projects

About the presenters

Jonathan Newman 

Jonathan is the Director of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph.  He has held previous faculty positions at Southern Illinois University in the USA, and at the University of Oxford in the UK.  His research focuses on invasive species and the impacts of climate change.

Maria Spinato

Maria graduated from OVC with a DVM and DVSc in anatomic pathology.  She moved west and worked for many years as a diagnostic pathologist in Regina, SK., and Abbotsford, BC.  She returned to Guelph in 2007, and now works as a mammalian pathologist at the AHL and supervises the Postmortem section. Her areas of special interest include emergency management, gastrointestinal pathology and pathology of ruminants.

Victoria Ng

Victoria is a risk assessment specialist at the Laboratory for Foodborne Zoonoses, Public Health Agency of Canada where she conducts quantitative risk assessments on zoonotic and vector-borne diseases to inform policy and decision making. She graduated with a PhD in Epidemiology from the Australian National University and completed her Postdoc at the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, University of Guelph where she lead a study on the prioritization of zoonotic and enteric diseases in North America. She is particularly interested in knowledge translation and transfer of research work to inform policy and decision making and as such, applied for funding through the OMAFRA-University of Guelph Emergency Management Research Program. For the funded project, she extracted data from the North American study on the prioritization of zoonotic and enteric diseases to build a functional Tool that can be used to prioritize zoonotic and enteric diseases in Ontario. The framework and the Tool created as a result of the research has been registered as an invention at the University of Guelph where it is currently being assessed for commercialisation opportunities. 

Theresa Bernardo

While working with the Pan American Health Organization, Theresa dealt with a worldwide flu epidemic (H1N1) and a devastating earthquake in Haiti. Using new media and other informational technologies, she helped the WHO regional office uncover new ways to use technology to save lives in disaster situations, that can also be used to improve overall public health.

Mary Jane Quinn

Mary Jane is currently the Manager of Communications and Consumer Marketing for Ontario Pork.  In her role shedevelops and executes communication and marketing strategies in order to create a positive image ofthe pork industry with a goal of increasing domestic pork consumption.  Her experience with crisis communications began in 2009 with H1N1 and most recently PED.  She helped coordinate a foreign animal disease simulation in 2011 and completed the Introduction to Incident Management System course in 2013. Her career has spanned many industries including education, media, energy, technology and now agriculture.  She has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Western University and a certificate in Publicity and Public Relations from the University of Toronto. 

Rob Deardon

Rob is an Associate Professor of Statistics who specializes in infectious disease modelling and surveillance, Bayesian and computational statistics, experimental design, and bio-statistical modelling in general. He has been involved in modelling numerous infectious diseases of animals and humans, including foot and mouth, PRRS, influenza and Ebola.

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