Transformative Disaster Risk Governance (DRG) and Emergency Management symposium planned for Feb. 12


“Transformative Disaster Risk Governance (DRG) and Emergency Management” is a University-Wide initiative aiming to position York in an international leadership role by pursuing several goals in research, scholarship and academic and professional development activities.

A symposium, focused on exploring the subject with a group of researchers, students and partner organizations featuring an academic and non-academic DRG expert as well as a panel of York researchers will take place online via Zoom on Friday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Registration is required and a Zoom link will be sent immediately following registration.

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Two guest speakers and a panel of York University experts will be featured in this inaugural event.

David Alexander, professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London, and Sharon Walker, manager of Emergency Planning for the City of Vaughan, are the invited speakers.

Alexander is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. His research and teaching interests include natural hazards, earthquake disasters and emergency planning and management. A prolific author and recognized expert, some of Alexander’s books include Natural Disasters, Confronting Catastrophe, Principles of Emergency Planning and Management, Recovery from Disaster with Ian Davis and How to Write an Emergency Plan. He is currently working on a new book on emergency management.

Walker has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Emergency Management in the municipal government and non-government organization sectors.  She holds a bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Public Administration from York University, diplomas in Nursing and Business Administration, and certificates in management/labour relations, human resource management and volunteer resource management and is currently working on a degree in public administration. She is a certified Associate Business Continuity Professional and Certified Municipal Manager III (3) – Emergency Management Professional.

After the presentations by Alexander and Walker, there will be a panel featuring experts from York University. Featured in the panel are:

  • Professor Nirupama Agrawal, Disaster & Emergency Management Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies;
  • Dr. James Orbinski, MD, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research;
  • Professor Jude Kong, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science.

This is an important event for anyone interested in learning more about the fields of Disaster Risk Governance and Emergency Management. For more information, send an email to