Alain Normand is an author, lecturer, teacher and expert in the field of Emergency Management.
Alain is the chair of the NGO Alliance since November 2021.
He directed relief efforts in many emergency situations in various parts of Canada. He was consultant to governmental and non-governmental organisations in the Toronto Area for a number of years. He was instrumental in developing the National Standard for Emergency Management and Business Continuity. He lives in Brampton Ontario, where he was the Emergency Manager for the municipality from 1999 until his retirement in early 2021. He is the outgoing President of the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) and a member of a number of NGO associations dealing with disasters. He teaches emergency management at York University and Humber College. Altogether, he has spent over thirty years of his life in Emergency Management in one form or another and brings both knowledge and experience to this growing field of expertise.
Alain is the recipient of three national awards. In 2010 he received the Canadian Award for Emergency Management from the World Conference on Disaster Management for his contribution to the field. In 2019, he was granted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Risk and Hazard Network. In 2021, he received the Exemplary Service Award from Public Safety Canada.
He is also the author of a series of novels related to emergency management available on Amazon and on Chapters Indigo. Since 2008, he has been working with Chinese governments and academic institutions to help promote emergency management programs as a certified expert by the China State Administration for Foreign Experts and by the China Ministry of Commerce. He is also a team lead volunteer for the Canadian Red Cross.
Currently, Alain and his wife Nicole are consultants with ADRA Canada in disaster relief primarily coordinating training of volunteers and responding to emergencies all across Canada.