Ministry of the
Solicitor General

IMS program gets Re-Started in Ontario


The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), in collaboration with our wide array of stakeholders in the emergency responder community, has re-started the Ontario’s Incident Management System (IMS) program.

An IMS Steering Committee has been established and held its first meeting May 29, 2017, establishing the following scope of work:

  1. Develop an ‘all-hazards’ Incident Management Team Program. This was initiated in IMS 1.0 under the Capacity Building Program; and in addition, the Elliot Lake Commission of Inquiry recommended it
  2. Revise and produce an updated version of the IMS Doctrine and its supporting materials to replace the 2008 version of the Doctrine
  3. Explore strategies to increase the acceptance and use of IMS
  4. Finalize and publish the Ontario Resource Typing Catalogue (ORTC) which provides standardized descriptors of key resources commonly used and shared between organizations, including contiguous provinces and states
  5. Continue to engage with ICS Canada and explore Ontario becoming an Authority Having Jurisdiction in order to add ICS Canada training material to the products offered in Ontario
  6. Complete the development of IMS-400 Advanced IMS

The committee’s membership is listed below. Its next meeting will be in fall 2017.

As part of the governance for the IMS project, the OFMEM established internal IMS Secretariat to manage the project

Several working groups (WG) are being set up to support the Steering Committee, and those already underway include:

  • Implementation and Communications (IC) WG: to focus on strategies to increase the acceptance and use of IMS
  • The All-hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) WG: to focus on developing a program to  make incident support teams available to incident commanders; and to develop and manage a program that offers experiential learning opportunities to responders
  • Ontario Resource Typing Catalogue (ORTC) WG: to focus on finalizing Ontario`s catalogue of standardized descriptors for key resources commonly used and shared between organizations in an emergency

If you have an idea to contribute or would like to comment on this work, please email the IMS Secretariat at

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Incident Management System – Steering Committee Members & Organizations

Federal Government Entities

Public Safety Canada

  • Donna Huen, Senior Regional Program Officer

Provincial Ministries/Organizations

Community and Social Services

  • Mark Bett, Sr. Manager, Emergency Management Unit

Community Safety and Correctional Services

  • Michael Morton, Director, Emergency Management Branch (IMS Chair)
  • Ray Lazarus, Manager, Program Development (IMS Program Manager)
  • Trevor Sinker, Ministry Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Denise Blinn, Program Development Officer (IMS Project Coordinator)
  • Katrina Grantis, Field Officer, Golden Horseshoe Sector
  • (Additional staff as necessary)

Health and Long-Term Care

  • Clint Shingler, Director, Population and Public Health Division


  • Leonard Kuehner, Emergency Management Specialist, OHSB

Natural Resources and Forestry

  • Mike O’Brien, Manager, Integrated Services Section


  • Paula-Marie Jannetta Saric, Emergency Management Advisor

Public Health Ontario

  • Dr. Brian Schwartz, Interim Vice-President of Science and Health Protection

Upper-Tier Municipalities

County of Essex

  • Dan Metcalfe, Office of the Emergency Management Coordinator

County of Frontenac

  • Mark Podgers, County Emergency Management Coordinator

Lower-Tier Municipalities

Mississauga (Peel Region)

  • Teresa Burgess-Ogilvie, Manager, Office of Emergency Management

Town of Cobourg (Northumberland County)

  • Mike Vilneff, Fire Chief

Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan (County of Peterborough)

  • Ted Bryan, Fire Chief, CEMC

Single Tier / Separated

City of Toronto

  • James Kilgour, Manager, Office of Emergency Management

City of Ottawa

  • Jim Montgomery, Program Manager, Office of Emergency Management

City of Thunder Bay

  • Greg Hankkio, Deputy Fire Chief

City of Sault Ste. Marie

  • Lauren Perry, Assistant Chief- Emergency Management

City of Barrie

  • Jeff Weber, Deputy Fire Chief

City of Guelph

  • Dave Elloway | Deputy Fire Chief

City of London

  • Andrew J. Henry, Division Manager, Regional Water Supply


  • Matthew Pegg, Fire Chief, Toronto Fire Service / HUSAR/ CBRNE
  • Jim Kay, Deputy Fire Chief, Toronto Fire Service / HUSAR/ CBRNE


Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM)

  • Mike O’Brien, President

Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP)

  • Bill Neadles, Toronto Police Service, Superintendent, Unit Commander, Emergency Management & Public Order

Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC)

  • Andy Glynn, Deputy Fire Chief, Oakville Fire Department

Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC)

  • Chief Michael Sanderson, Fire Chief, City of Hamilton
  • Chief Robert Smith, Fire Chief, Manitoulin-Sudbury

Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA)

  • Cathy Cousins, ‎Director Homelessness Services at Niagara Region

Non-Governmental Organizations

NGO Alliance

  • Steve Elliott, President

PPP / Private

Inter-Utilities Emergency Management Working Group (Nuclear)

  • Primary: Stephanie Murray, Section Manager, Emergency Management Centre, Drills and Exercises,| Bruce Power
  • Alternate: Buster Bowes