CanOps Board of Directors

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John Saunders has spent over 25 years working in Emergency Management, working closely with First Nation Communities interacting with all levels of government; and has been involved in the response to events such as 9/11 and SARS, as well as American hurricanes, tornadoes, multiple floods and multiple International disaster/health crisis.

Following his 7-year term position as Provincial Director – Disaster Management & International Response for the Canadian Red Cross, John has been bringing his knowledge and expertise to bear while working with industries to develop their Emergency Management Plans and train their employees. Recently, John was involved in managing an Emergency Response Team which addressed direct responses to hazmat and biological spills (including Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus).

In addition to his career in Public Safety and Emergency Management, John has also been engaged in the continuing development of the field itself, serving on the Board of the Canadian Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers for 10 years, obtaining the role of Canadian President and the 2013 IAEM-Global Business Director. John maintains this connection by continuing to work on the IAEM-Global Special Projects Committee.

John has appeared on local and National television (CTV, CITY TV, CP24, Global News, The Weather Network) as a disaster response and emergency management expert and has been a technical advisor on the following:

  • Advisory Committee for the development of the CSA Emergency Management Standard Z1600;
  • Steering Committee for the Ontario Office of Fire Marshall and Emergency Management development of a provincial standard IMS system;
  • Inclusive emergency management both in emergency planning and response;
  • Public Safety Canada Committees (Steering Committee for the Platform on DRR and DGEM); and
  • Canadian Tri-Services Emergency Management Committee.

As Treasurer of CanOps, Councillor Paul Grenier, brings an educational background in economics from Brock University, and a professional background as a sales manager for environmental services.

From 2005 to 2014, Councillor Grenier was a member if the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM) Board and was Chair from 2010 to 2012. He concurrently served on the Board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

Councillor Grenier began his public service career when first elected to the Welland City Council in 2013, and then went on to serve three consecutive terms in that role, serving with distinction of 11 years with perfect attendance. He began his first full term on to the Regional Council in 2014, and currently serves on the Public Works Committee and the Niagara Regional Housing Corporation (Chair 2016).

In addition, Councillor Grenier was the Chair of the Corporate Services and Budget Review Committees from 2009 to 2011 and 2014, and has served on several other committees including:

  • Welland Hydro Corporation
  • Welland Recreational Canada Lands Corporation
  • Welland International Flatwater Centre Technical Committee,
  • Emergency Planning
  • Chair of the Conservative Committee

Timothy Denton offers a unique and dynamic background to the role of Secretary for CanOps. Holding a master’s degree in Law and Communications from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill, Timothy began his career in law and government and migrated to a focus on Internet Issues following 1997.

Since then, Timothy has been on the Board of the American Registry of Internet Numbers, and is currently the chairman of the Canada Branch of the Internet Society.

Between 2009 and 2013, Timothy was a Commissioner at the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). During that time, he promoted Canada’s balanced net neutrality- traffic management regime, and opposed extending the Broadcasting Act regime over the Canadian portion of the Internet.

Near the end of his time in the CRTC, Timothy was appointed Inquiry Officer into 9-1-1 issues in Canada, where he discovered the system needed a transition plan to cope with new communications devices and protocols, and that the levels of cooperation among provinces, municipalities and agencies left much to be desired.

John deHooge brings both public and private sector experience into his role as a Director for CanOps. In 2015, Chief deHooge established John W deHooge Consulting Inc., and served as a senior Strategic Advisor to Public Safety Canada and Defence Research Development Canada’s Canadian Safety & Security Program on matters related to public and first responder safety. In September 2016, John deHooge was appointed Commissioner & Fire Chief for the Town of Halton Hills.

As the first international student, Chief deHooge graduated in 2011 from the US Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leadership Program. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario, is a graduate of the Ontario Fire and Canada’s Emergency Preparedness College’s. John also holds the CAFC’s – Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation.

Earlier in his career, in 1999, Chief deHooge joined the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and served as the Executive Committee Director at Large/Canadian Division Director of the IAFC Board of Directors. Ten years later, John was appointed as Fire Chief for the City of Ottawa Fire Services (OFS), following 5 years serving as Fire Chief/General Manager of Protective Services.

As part of a group of international speakers, Chief deHooge was honoured to be invited by Brigadier General Saeed Salem Al Hanki representing the U.A.E.’s Ministry of the Interior to speak on “proactive and reactive measures in dealing with major fires” at the 2014 International Conference on Security Challenges (ICSC).

In addition to the above, John has served on several committees’ and boards including:

  • The Mutual Aid System Task Force
  • Emergency Management Committees
  • Executive Board member of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC)
  • Member of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s (OFM) Shaping Fire Safe Communities
  • Performance Measurement & Benchmarking Committee
  • Performance Standards Setting Committee

He also currently volunteers as a Board member of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust (Heroes Are Human), a hub of education, research, scholarships and training in the fields of Operational Stress Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Brian Bentley has spent 32 years in the fire service with the City of Saskatoon Fire Department. Prior to being appointed Fire Chief and General Manager in 2003, a position he held until his retirement in 2012, Brian held the positions of Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Assistant Chief of Training, and Assistant Chief of Administration and Quality Assurance.

Brian led Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services through three significant external audits of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards in the areas of Emergency Planning and Preparedness, Administration and Service to the Public, and the NFPA 1710 Response and Deployment standard, resulting in Saskatoon being the first city in Canada to adopt the standard as a goal for service delivery.

During his time as Chief, Brian led the Department through significant growth in stations, staff, training, and apparatus and equipment. Additionally, he was designated the City of Saskatoon Chief Property Inspector.

Brian holds many NFPA Professional Certifications and was trained at the United States National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. His formal education includes a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan, an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Forest Park College, St. Louis, Missouri, a Certificate in Fire Service Administration from Henson College, Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Management in Municipal Government from the Banff School of Management.

Brian has received recognition for his services and significant involvement with the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs sitting on the Labour Relations and Government Affairs committees. He has also been recognized for his service and involvement with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) holding positions as Vice-Chair of the Government Relations Committee, Chairman of the Nominations and Elections Committees, and Chairman of the Constitution, Resolutions, and Bylaws Committee.

In addition Brian has also:

  • Acted as the CAFC representative on the Constitution, Resolutions, and Bylaws Committee of the International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Served on the Board of Directors for the Teachers Credit Union Place Theatre and Convention Centre owned by the City of Saskatoon

Candice Molnar brings her extensive management and board-related experience into her role as Director for CanOps. From 2008 – 2017, Candice held the position of Commissioner, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), a quasi-judicial regulatory agency responsible for regulation and oversight of Canada’s communications industry.

Prior to her appointment to the CRTC, Candice had a diverse and successful career with SaskTel, including senior operating officer positions in Customer Service Operations and Regulatory/Government Affairs.

In addition to her communications experience, throughout her career, Candice has sought to advance the interests of women in business. She is a former board member of Women in Communications and currently advocates and volunteers with Dress for Success, Regina.

Candice has a Master of Business Administration degree from Heriot Watt University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina. Candice is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and Chartered Director.