CDA hosts workshop on Emergency Management

The CDA Working Group on Emergency Management has released the final report of the content and findings of the Canadian Dam Association (CDA) Workshop on Emergency Management held in Ottawa on Feb. 24-25, 2015. The workshop was organized by CDA’s Working Group on Emergency Management under the oversight of the Dam Safety Committee.

Sixty-five participants from across Canada met to consider the needs of the Canadian dam industry for emergency planning and management. A broad cross-section of dam owners, including tailings dam operators, regulatory bodies, provincial and federal government agencies, consultants and emergency management specialists discussed the state-of-practice for dams in Canada.

The workshop featured presentations followed by facilitated breakout sessions which served to outline the CDA’s proposed new Technical Bulletin on Emergency Management, as well as to identify other supporting products that CDA should consider developing on behalf of the membership. Amongst those, the Workshop highlighted the need for; owner and stakeholder training programs, exercise design guides and self-assessment tools to determine an organization’s state of readiness.

The workshop was organized by CDA’s Working Group on Emergency Management.

Of special note during the workshop was the contribution from York and Carleton universities, made possible through the financial and in-kind contribution of Ontario Power Generation.  York Professor Nirupama led five graduate students currently enrolled in the Disaster and Emergency Management program, along with Carleton’s Infrastructure Protection and International Security program, to assist with documenting the outcomes of the breakout discussion groups.

“Engaging young professionals in the work of the CDA, especially one which will rely heavily on the contributions of a related profession such as emergency management, will be a key to the successful development of the Technical Bulletin and other products,” commented Working Group Lead and CDA Vice President Tony Bennett. 

The CDA Working Group has produced a summary report on the Workshop for distribution to the membership. It is available via the link below. The presentations made at the workshop are available on the Emergency Management page of the Members Section of the CDA website.


Emergency Management Workshop Report

EM Workshop Report
(Adobe PDF File)


Delegates from across Canada participated in the CDA's Emergency Management workshop in February in Ottawa


Prof. Nirupama of York University (right) and the students from York and Carleton universities who participated in the workshop