COVID-19 – Are you ready to re-open? A webinar for BC and Alberta Co-operatives

| Business, Education |

The B.C. and Alberta Provincial Governments have both recently released their strategies for restarting local economies by outlining phases for businesses to re-open over the coming weeks and months. But are you ready to re-open?

Have you been operating an essential service since the outbreak began but are wondering what you may need to do as more businesses relaunch?

Let’s help you find some answers!


Join BCCA and ACCA on Thursday, May 14, at 1 p.m. MDT/noon PDT for COVID-19 – Are you ready to re-open? This interactive webinar will discuss what you need to do to prepare to relaunch your business and continue operations, whether you are a retail outlet, a restaurant, a food processing plant, a credit union, or even an internal office environment.

Joining us are two experts, Josh Bowen and Tracy Blaine, from NAIT’s Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management (CADEM). Josh and Tracy will provide an overview of the recently launched Post-COVID-19 Facility Re-entry Guide, an excellent tool for businesses to assess their readiness and response that can be adapted for a variety of businesses, regardless of type or location.

The webinar will start with a 15-minute overview of business readiness around COVID-19 and then we will dive right into your questions. To prepare for the webinar, we recommend going through the Post-COVID-19 Facility Re-entry Guide first and note any questions or concerns you may have.


Register today!


Not able to attend the webinar? Don’t worry. We will be recording the session and posting it online. We also invite you to send in your questions by noon, May 14, to and we will either address them during the webinar or provide answers on the ACCA and BCCA websites along with the webinar link.

Please note this webinar will be focused on business readiness only – we will not be discussing any government policies around either Province’s relaunch strategy or government response to COVID-19. Attendees should also review their respective Province’s strategy for information and timelines for business relaunch.



About Our Guest Speakers:

Josh Bowen

Josh Bowen is the founding Manager of the Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management (CADEM) at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Prior to joining NAIT in 2017, Josh served 13 years in the Canadian Armed Forces where he was directly involved in five disaster response operations: as a leader on the ground in response to the 2011 Red River flood, the 2013 Southern Alberta floods, and the 2015 Northern Saskatchewan wildfires, as the senior military liaison officer to the Province of Alberta during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires, and as the lead planner for response to the 2017 BC floods and wildfires.

Josh is an alumni of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, holds a MA in Disaster and Emergency Management from York University, is an Associate Business Continuity Professional through the Disaster Recovery Institute, is a Certified Antiterrorism Specialist recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and is a Counter-Terrorism Information Officer accredited through the Government of Canada’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team.


Tracy Blaine:

Tracy Blaine is the Portfolio Manager, Education and Training for the Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management (CADEM). In this role, Tracy serves as the Chief Instructor and oversees all curriculum development projects. Tracy is an experienced industrial emergency manager and educator; originally joining NAIT as an Instructor in the Emergency Management Program in 2018.

Tracy’s career in Emergency Management has focused on corporate and industrial settings in the Energy sector delivering Comprehensive Emergency Management programs that focus not only on response and recovery but also operational and business continuity. She has supported both small and large-scale responses in the corporate Emergency Operations Centre and the Incident Command Post.  Originally beginning her professional career in Education, Tracy transitioned into Emergency Management through work in technical writing and instructional design.

A lifelong-learner herself, Tracy is currently working on her Master’s in Public Safety with an Emergency Management Focus through Wilfrid Laurier University. Tracy holds Undergraduate Degrees in Education and English; certificates in Industrial Emergency Management and Emergency Management Exercise Design; is an Associate Business Continuity Professional and is qualified as an ICS 300 instructor and Logistics Section Chief.


Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management

Resilient communities and organizations are built through collaboration in training and professional development settings before a disaster happens.

NAIT’s Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management (CADEM) advances the disaster and emergency management profession through hands-on training, professional development in a collaborative environment, and innovative solutions that reflect current global best practices. CADEM serves as a leading-edge training venue and provider for our partners in government, industry, not-for-profits, and professional associations here in Alberta, across Canada, and internationally.

Through education, knowledge transfer, and outreach, CADEM leads the way in practical credentialed and professional Emergency Management training in Canada.