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Mark Gillan B.B.A, C.F.O., MIFireE 19 Lewann Lane Grand Bay-Westfield, New Brunswick E5K 3G2 506.333.2555

_________________________________ Curriculum Vitae

Mark S. Gillan

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Command Staff in the Saint John Fire Service, 1997 to 2011 With the past seven years spent as Deputy Fire Chief and Acting Fire Chief, the full spectrum of responsibilities, encompassed the Emergency Management Organization and all Operations, Training, Fire Prevention, Code Enforcement and Investigation divisions. Some of the challenges presented in one of the most highly industrialized cities in Canada, include the target hazards of the country’s only LNG facility, Pt. Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station and a 300 K B/P/D oil refinery situated immediately adjacent to residential properties. Pre-planning operational engagement and trusted relationships with industry are paramount to success within these positions. Special Advisor - “Advanced Level”, Defense, Research & Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, 2008 to present Under the Capability Based Planning initiative: provides expertise in the creation of Target Capabilities List-Canadian, Hazardous Materials, Incident Management Working Group. Other areas of focus include the creation and facilitation of the Consolidated Risk Assessment process in Nova Scotia and overall project strategic planning. Fire Prevention Canada, 2010 to present Representing the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs as an Executive Board Member, providing strategic planning and guidance. Also works as a liaison with community partners in an effort to promote a standardized and professional safety framework utilized across Canada. 9/11, Sept 13-16 2001, New York City Worked as a Rescue and Recovery Volunteer at “Ground Zero” and the “Tertiary” Staging area,(Shea Stadium) from September 13th through 16th, 2001. Operational/Command Engagement Over a 10 year period, has performed at a significant number of complex emergencies and exercises, in the roles of: “Incident Commander”, Safety Officer, Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) Director, PIO, Planning and Logistics Officers. Incidents include fires in industrial facilities, high-rise and numerous attached, wooden balloon frame construction buildings, natural events and two national level CBRN-E exercises. Connectivity to Academia Through training efforts and validation of Capability Based Planning, significant work has been done to link Academia at multiple levels to training and executive development. Such partners include Harvard University, Texas A&M, the National Fire Academy (USA), Dalhousie University, the University of New Brunswick, Ottawa University and the University of Windsor. Association with the academic community often becomes a critical piece of the planning, analysis and validation of processes. Recognition Recognition has been received both publicly and privately by: industry, government and professional associations, for efforts in planning, preparedness and response. Recipient of operational commendations and awards such as the NBAFC Medal of Valour, MAFC Fire Fighter of the Year, St. John Priory of Canada “Risk of Life Meritorious”. Is also the recipient of the NB Federation of Writers award for Best Non-Fiction Work for the year1993. Speaking Engagements Recent engagements include speaking at Dalhousie University on a Capability Based Planning panel with experts from Taiwan and the Nova Scotia Health Authority; within the “Critical Infrastructure Protection Forum”, 2010. Has also presented the concept of Consolidated Risk Assessment at the Disaster Forum in Banff, 2011 and Capability Based Planning at the International Association of Emergency Managers Board Meeting, Halifax, 2011.


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WORK EXPERIENCE Mar 2011 to Present

ACTING FIRE CHIEF, SAINT JOHN FIRE DEPARTMENT Saint John, New Brunswick High-level responsibilities include management of all fire and rescue operations for Canada’s oldest and arguably most “complex industrialized city” (Sean Tracey, Director, NFPA Canada), administration of a $22+ million annual budget, and the creation and processing of contractual agreements with parties representing Labour, the provincial government (regional hazardous materials response agreement) and Pt. Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station.

Mar 2011 to Present

DIRECTOR, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION Saint John, New Brunswick Responsible for planning outcomes, preparedness, industry liaison, response and recovery management. Saint John has been a city with a significant number of serious natural and human accidental incidents, requiring a high level of preparedness and response management capabilities. During activation of Saint John EMO, assumes the role of Command or Director of the Emergency Operations Centre. Special service would include: • EOC director, Saint John River flooding, 2008, 3 days: substantive evacuation and isolation issues.

Feb 2009 to Present

SPECIAL ADVISOR, ADVANCED LEVEL Defense, Research & Development Canada, through the Centre for Security Science, has provided expert assistance in relation to Capability Based Planning, specifically in the areas of fire and hazardous materials, incident management, CBRN-E response, Risk Assessment and Academic engagement. Special service would include: • Lead facilitator and report author, Consolidated Risk Analysis, NS • Technical Proposal Reviews, CRTI and CPRC Call for Proposals

Sep 2004 to Mar 2011

DEPUTY CHIEF, SAINT JOHN FIRE DEPARTMENT Saint John, New Brunswick Responsible for the Command of operational response, training and fire prevention divisions of the department. With 200 plus paid staff and consistent hands-on operational engagement, significant experience has been acquired by virtue of the quantity, complexity and diversity of the more than 8000 emergency calls for service annually. Assumed the duties of the Fire Chief in his absence. Special service would include: • Emergency Site Manager, high-rise fire, 2006 • ESM Natural Gas evacuation and mitigation, 2005 • Site Command, CBRN-E national exercise, Summerside PEI, 2006 • Emergency Operations Centre, fire service representative, Saint John River flooding, 2008 (4 days)


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Oct 2001 to Sep 2004

DIVISIONAL CHIEF of TRAINING, FIRE PREVENTION & INVESTIGATION Saint John Fire Department, Saint John, New Brunswick Responsible for two divisions within the operational side of the department comprised of nine staff, providing services encompassing command, safety, operational training certification and promotional processes. Other areas of responsibility included Fire Investigation, Code Enforcement on behalf of the Province of New Brunswick, 7000 structures, inclusive of commissioning of industrial facilities, as well as, outward facing public education with regard to fire prevention. Special service would include: • Safety officer, multiple operational incidents • Lead instructor at numerous regional conferences • Security and Emergencies Directorate committee on CBRN-E implementation, Department of Public Safety • Advisory Committee for Fire Service Training Standards, New Brunswick Fire Marshal’s Office • Technical Committee for N.F.P.A. 1451 Submission, F.S.T.S.A.C. • Committee on Sub-standard Housing, Province of New Brunswick • Staffing Board, Grand Bay-Westfield Fire Department

Feb 1997 to Oct 2001

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, SAINT JOHN FIRE DEPARTMENT Saint John, New Brunswick Duties included ongoing operational and capital budgeting; strategic planning, collective bargaining, documentation and gap analysis. Within SJEMO: public information, logistics and planning. Reported directly to the Fire Chief and represented the department on numerous municipal level strategic projects. Managed the departmental procurement process. Special service included: • EOC Fire Service representative and Public Information Officer, oil refinery explosion, 1998 • EOC Fire Service Representative, Logistics & Planning, Public Information Officer, Chemical fire, five day incident, 1997 • Chairperson, Budget and Control Business Process Improvement project, City of Saint John, New Brunswick • Chairperson, Saint John Fire Department Incident Command System Standards Committee • Member, Irving Oil Community Awareness Liaison Committee • Member, Job Evaluation Technical Committee

Jul 1985 to Feb 1997

FIRE FIGHTER, SAINT JOHN FIRE DEPARTMENT Saint John, New Brunswick Within the Saint John Fire Department deployment model, served concurrently as a member of the rescue squad (heavy rescue, extrication unit and hazardous materials technician). Recognized for service within these positions by all levels of government, third parties, industry and associations. Special service included: • Counselor, Juvenile Fire-Setters program • Executive Board Member, Local #771, IAFF


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Hazardous Materials Team Rescue Squad

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS Fire Prevention Canada, Board Member, 2010 to present Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, member International Association of Emergency Managers, member International Associations of Fire Chiefs, member Maritime and New Brunswick Associations of Fire Chiefs, member CCTA Canadian CBRN-E Technicians Association, member

DEGREES, QUALIFICATIONS & DESIGNATIONS Chief Fire Officer (C.F.O.), Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, 2008 MIFireE Designation, Institute of Fire Engineers, 2009 Bachelor of Business Administration BBA, 1st Division, University of New Brunswick, 1998 Certificate in Incident Command, Dalhousie University, 2009 Leadership in Crises Program, J.F.K. School of Government, Harvard University, 2009 Local Assistant to the Fire Marshal, New Brunswick Fire Prevention Act, 2002 & 2009 Incident Command, National Fire Academy, Emmittsburg Maryland, 2000

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Emergency Management Theoretical Foundations of Incident Command, Dalhousie University, 2008 Managing Multiple Alarm Incidents, FDIC, Indianapolis, 2008 Hazardous Materials-Railcar/Highway Specialist, 2007 LNG Spill Control & Fire Suppression, Texas A&M, 2006 Incident Safety Officer, FDIC, Indianapolis, 2005


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Emergency Site Management, PSEPC, Ottawa, 2004 Fire Prevention Management, Dalhousie University, 2002 Emergency Centre Operations Management, C.E.P.C., 2001 Public Information Officer, C.E.P.C., 2001

Technical Certifications/Courses Hazardous Materials Technician N.F.P.A. 472, IFSAC, 2007 CBRN-E Conference, Washington, D.C. CBRN-E Advanced, PSEPC, C.F.B. Suffield, Alberta, 2005 NFPA Sprinkler Systems, Insurance Advisory Organization, 2004 CBRN-E Intermediate, PSEPC, Ottawa, 2004 Certified Fire Inspector, N.F.P.A., 2003 National Building Code Part III, Dalhousie University, 2003 Code Compliance, WETT, 2003 Objective Based Code & Fire Safety Performance-Based Solutions, Dalhousie University, 2002 Special Fire Scene Investigation, F.I.C.P.A., 2002 Advanced Forensic Fire Investigation, New Brunswick Association of Fire and Arson Investigators, 2000 Fire Cause and Determination I, New Brunswick Association of Fire and Arson Investigators, 2000 Hazardous Materials Technician, Environmental Accident Protection Inc., Petrolia, Ontario, 1995 Journeyman Fire Fighter, New Brunswick Department of Advanced Education and Labour, 1993

INSTRUCTIONAL QUALIFICATIONS Fire Service Instructor II, IFSAC Standard, 2009 Instructor, Hazardous Materials Awareness, 2004


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Instructional Design & Needs Analysis, Langevin, 2002 Instructor, Rope Rescue, Fundy Rock & Ice/Rigging for Rescue, Invermere, British Columbia, 1995 Provincial Auto Extrication Instructor, New Brunswick Department of Education and Labour, 1995 Provincial Fire Fighter Instructor, New Brunswick Department of Education and Labour, 1994

SECURITY CLEARANCE Level Three ‘Top Secret’ Level Security (Canadian Federal)

SPECIAL RECOGNITION Rescue Commendation, Member of Parliament Zed, Harbour Rescue, 2008 Federal Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal Member of Parliament Zed, 2005 Rescue Commendation, The Royal Life Saving Society, Lieutenant Governor Margaret McCain, Reversing Falls Water Rescue, 1993 Fire Fighter of the Year, Maritime Fire Chiefs Association, 1993 Medal of Valor, New Brunswick Fire Chiefs Association, Mecklenburg Street Fire, 1992 Priory of Canada, Risk of Life Meritorious Certificate, Lieutenant Governor Finn, St. John Ambulance, Mecklenburg Street Fire, 1992 Best Non-Fiction Work of the Year, New Brunswick Federation of Writers, 1993 Provincial Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal, 2010



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