W. A. (Bill) Blackborow, Suzanne Bernier, CEM, CBCP, “Are You Truly Ready”?

W.A. (Bill) Blackborow is the President and CEO, Municipal Health and Safety Association. Bill’s career includes progressive Leadership roles in Operations, Human Resources and Health and Safety. These roles have been held in both National and International Organizations that span Manufacturing, the Industrial Service Sector and Health Care (British Columbia). In parallel with his career, Bill progressed through the volunteer structure of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) and is a past member and Chair of the IAPA Board of Directors. Along with his current role as President and CEO, Municipal Health and Safety Association, Bill is an executive member of the Ontario Health and Safety Council of Ontario (OHSCO).

OHSCO is comprised of leadership personnel from the WSIB, Ministry of Labour, the Health and Safety Associations and the Institute for Work and Health. Bill is a recognized speaker has presented at Conferences across Canada, throughout the United States and in Hong Kong China. Bill has been married to Diane for thirty seven years, and they continue to enjoy their family life with their four children.

In Mr. Blackborow’s presentation, he will cover many of the threats we face each day, both natural and man made. He will discuss the various scenarios we know about but also add a different twist by addressing the safety needs of the responders. During Mr. Blackborow’s introduction, he will also cover the Province’s Prevention System update with respect to focus areas from the WSIB, Ministry of Labour and the Health and Safety Associations.


Suzanne Bernier, CEM, CBCP
Suzanne has recently returned from New York City, where she was commissioned by the United Nations Headquarters to develop and run the first joint pandemic tabletop exercise for all New York-based UN organizations.

In her normal role as Emergency Management Program Coordinator for Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, she developed and continues to lead the organization’s Business Continuity, Emergency Management and Pandemic plans and programs.

Suzanne has been internationally recognized for her work in helping organizations plan for a possible pandemic, and has been a guest speaker on pandemic planning at conferences across Canada, the US and Europe.

Since 2007, Suzanne has been a volunteer with the “Continuity Cares” rebuilding initiative in New Orleans, returning annually to help rebuild local fire halls and residential homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Suzanne has worked in the field of emergency management for over 12 years, having worked for Emergency Management Ontario, Ontario Power Generation and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and is a member of Canada’s National Council on Emergency Management. She is also one of a select few Canadians to receive dual designation as Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International association of Emergency Managers, and Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) through Disaster Recovery Institute International.

In 1997, Suzanne became Ontario’s first female Emergency Management Field Officer for Emergency Management Ontario (EMO). While at EMO, she helped design, control, evaluate and participated in numerous international, federal, provincial and municipal disaster exercises. She also responded to real emergencies across the province, where she participated as a member of the Control Group at various federal, provincial and municipal Emergency Operations Centres. In recognition of her response work during the 1998 Ice Storm in Eastern Ontario, Suzanne received the Amethyst Award for Outstanding Achievement on behalf of the Government of Ontario.