Emergency Preparedness Speaker 2016 – Spark Conferences

Emergency Preparedness Speaker 2016

Canadian Conference on



for HEALTH CARE facilities

Friday, May 13, 2016



Dr. Daniel Kollek
Associate Professor Emergency Medicine
McMaster University
Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness

Dr. Kollek is an award-winning Emergency Physician, an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Section of Emergency Medicine at McMaster University, Chair of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) disaster committee and a Director of the Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness.

He also has served as Emergency Department Chief and Program Director in both Hamilton & Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

His research papers and presentations have spanned many disaster-related topics such as terrorism and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) readiness.

In addition to teaching awards he and his colleagues of the Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness also received a Humanitarian Award from the International Federation of Emergency Medicine in 2006 for their work to improve Canadian disaster preparedness.

Prior to his career in medicine he was a combat officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Barry Wante
Director, Emergency Management
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Boston, Massachusetts

In this position, Barry Wante has an expanded role in emergency preparedness for BWH and coordinates the emergency preparedness programs among BWH, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and Partners Healthcare to formulate shared emergency response plans in case of a disaster.

Before joining BWH, Wante was the branch chief of Homeland Security and Regional Services for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and prior to that, he served with the City of Keene, N.H., Police Department for 23 years, retiring as police chief in 2002.

Wante is IAEM certified as an emergency manager and holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College and an MBA from Plymouth State University.

Boyd Dixon
Director Disaster Preparedness and Bioterrorism
Bellevue Hospital Center, New York

Boyd Dixon has been with Bellevue Hospital for 16 years, 13 years as Administrator for Infectious Disease Clinic and 3 years as Director of Emergency Management in one of New York City’s busiest Trauma 1 hospitals.  He has been in the medical field over 30 years with 15 years as a Laboratory Administrator.  He has also trained in Israel in Disaster Management at  Israel’s IMI Academy for Security and Anti-Terrorism.

Boyd Dixon served as Safety Officer during Hurricane Sandy and Incident Commander during NYC’s only Ebola patient.

Dr. Wisam Abboud
Attending Physician, The Department of General Surgery
Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel

Dr. Abboud is a Senior Surgeon at the center of advanced laparoscopy and bariatric surgery and the Residency Program Director for general surgery at Rambam Health Care Campus. Currently he is a Clinical Fellow in minimal invasive surgery at the Center Of Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton. Dr. Abboud is also a tutor in the clinical exposure program for biomedical engineering students.

Member of the Israeli board exam committee in general surgery. Member of the Israeli medical association. Member of the Israeli society of endoscopic surgery. Member of the Israeli society of colorectal surgery.

His field of interest is studying the effects of pneumoperitonium on the human body.

Dr. Abboud has given many lectures in national and international conferences.

He lives in Shefa’amer city, Israel, between Haifa and Nazareth. He is 35 years old, married to Fida, his wife who is a dentist and he has two kids, Hasib, 7 years old and Andrew 5 years old.

Andrew Aris
Manager of Security Services
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Andrew Aris has over 18 years of experience in the Health Care Security industry, 10 years of which has been with the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health. He is the Manager of Security, accountable for Corporate Security Services at all CAMH facilities. He is a Graduate of Durham College Law & Security Program, is a Senior Member of the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety, served Co-Chair for Joint Health & Safety at CAMH and also has extensive training and certification in Emergency Planning, Preparedness and Response.

Jim Bremner
Canadian Author: Crack in the Armor
Law Enforcement Specialist
Toronto Police Services Emergency Task Force

During his 25 years in law enforcement, Bremner has served in uniform patrol and SWAT, as a gun team member, team leader, sniper, rappel master, less lethal chemical and specialty impact munitions instructor and explosives technician.

He was also an Instructor at the Police Academy, where he prepared members of special operations units for high risk deployments such as Afghanistan, Turkey, Lebanon and India.

Bremner has more than 30 years of extensive martial arts and unarmed combat experience in Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, Washu Kung Fu and Israeli Krav Maga, and is certified by Israeli Special Forces instructors.

His experiences have been portrayed in the award-winning CBS/CTV police action drama series, Flashpoint.

Bremner and Connie Adair co-authored Crack in the Armor: a police officer’s guide to surviving post traumatic stress disorder, a self-help guide written to assist officers in recovering from lethal force encounters.  Together with clinical psychologist Dr. Sean P. O’Brien, he co-authored the article PTSD and the Police.

Through his private company, Bremner Associates Inc., Bremner provides tactical training and instruction for various police, military and security agencies.

Stephanie Trowbridge
Manager and Corporate Lead for Emergency Preparedness 
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH)

Stephanie has over 25 years of experience in healthcare, including leadership roles areas in, Emergency Preparedness, Infection Prevention and Control, project management, risk management and leading complex change initiatives.  Through her role in Emergency Preparedness she frequently consults and provides leadership to a number of corporate initiatives while working collaboratively with colleagues from Occupational Health and Safety, Nursing Practice, Security Services, and Risk/Legal & Medical Affairs.  Community partnerships include Hamilton Health Sciences, City of Hamilton, Hamilton Paramedic Services, and Hamilton Fire Department.  Collaborative partnerships have been the cornerstone to the success of the SJHH Emergency Preparedness Program.  Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and a Masters in Nursing-Advance Practice Leadership, from the University of Victoria.

Lili Brylowski Nestor
Specialist, Emergency and Disaster Management
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS)

Lili Brylowski Nestor is the Emergency & Disaster Management Specialist for Hamilton Health Sciences(HHS), an academic teaching facility of 7 hospitals and numerous satellite centers. HHS serves as the regional centre for several services including burns trauma, cardiac, neurosurgery & pediatrics. It has more than 1,100 beds and 12,000 staff and physicians.

Lili has been with HHS since 1985 and coordinating the emergency & disaster management activities, planning and training staff since 2003. She chairs the Hamilton Halton Niagara Brant LHIN Emergency Preparedness Committee and manages a national website network for Hospital Emergency Managers. She is both a certified Emergency Manager and Hospital Emergency Preparedness Manager, and holds an Amateur Radio Operator license. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers, International Association of Emergency Management and Center for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness.

Patrice Cloutier
Crisis Communications Specialist

Former broadcaster and reporter who became a government communicator in 1997 after leaving the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Patrice has worked for many government organizations and has specialized in emergency information and crisis communications, emergency management and business continuity. He is also an Expert consultant for Agincourt Strategies, an American-based crisis communications firm.