Ralph Wheeler, Program Partnerships

Ralph Wheeler is the current Director of the Aviation and Forest Fire Management Branch (AFFMB). Since joining the OPS in 1978, Ralph has held a variety of leadership positions including Manager of Boreal Science and Operations Manager, Northwest Region, and became AFFMB Director in January 2007. Ralph’s extensive career with MNR includes experience in the areas of environmental assessment, enforcement, compliance, human resources, asset management, finance and administration, research, science and transfer services. He is a graduate of Sir Sandford Fleming College.

As Director for AFFM, Ralph is responsible for the development and delivery of Ministry of Natural Resources fire management, aviation services and emergency management program through a decentralized infrastructure across northern and south/central Ontario.

Ralph will provide a thought provoking keynote address that focuses on the Ministry of Natural Resources Emergency Management Program.