From Trees To Healthcare…

Executive Profile

Mr. Gardner's career reflects over 55 years' experience in forestry, security, emergency management, & health care with a demonstrated record of success in developing Programs, Plans, threat and risk assessments, recovery planning and business continuity assessments, training modules and exercises for a wide variety of employers and clients. Strong analytical skills and intuitive understanding of organizational culture has enabled Mr. Gardner to furnish comprehensive services in both public and private sectors. He is widely known for his advocacy of an Integrated Safety Services view, a multi – disciplinary approach and the need for a focus on operational continuity and readiness, particularly as it applies to health care, public service and critical infrastructure providers.

Experience Highlights

• Practical, on the ground experience of major emergency and disaster response and recovery in both Canada and the United States.

• Effective coordination, collaboration and development of cooperation between multiple agencies in preparing threat assessments, health sector preparedness activities, response procedures and recovery protocols.

• Leadership in Emergency Operations Centers including events in British Columbia following 9/11 with the unexpected influx of diverted aircraft to Canada, development of predictive flood consequence tools and detailed damage assessment management following extensive flooding on the West Coast of British Columbia.

• Development and testing of Operational Continuity Plans for large infrastructure organizations and health facilities faced with major natural, man-made, terrorist and health threats.

• Effective teaching, research and investigative skills and maintenance of an extensive library of security, emergency management references, mobile health care and operational response plan examples.

Professional Experience and Skills


• Mr. Gardner is adept at developing teams who can focus on problem-solving for complex issues. He is past Chair of both the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre and the Regional Emergency Planning Committee for the 21 member municipalities in the lower mainland of British Columbia. The Committee and its JELC subcommittees have since been guiding the development of cooperative emergency planning in the region.

Education and Training

• Mr. Gardner is committed to the principal of 'lifelong learning' and has taken extensive training in security and emergency management himself. He has also taught security and emergency management at the College and University level, lectured extensively, and mentored graduate students undertaking security, health care and emergency management studies. He has given numerous clinics and training sessions on personal and corporate emergency preparedness and response. He holds both Masters of Science and Applied Science degrees.

Public Information

• In addition to teaching activities Mr. Gardner has considerable experience in providing media briefings, providing media releases and appearing in live media programs on emergency management and security issues. A recent hour long interview on family preparedness has been aired extensively in British Columbia.


• Mr. Gardner has a keen interest in finding effective ways of communicating information to staff and the general public. He has developed a series of unique presentation tools. He has also designed emergency response, EOC emergency kits & mobile health vehicles and equipment that are now in commercial production.

Diminishing Complexity

• Security and emergency management are fraught with apparent complex systems and expectations. Mr. Gardner has developed presentation techniques, templates, plan formats and policy documents to assist in clarity and ease of understanding in security and emergency management administration, planning & operations.


• Mr. Gardner is well-known for his sense of humor, compassion, networking skills, organizational skills and strong convictions regarding personal, public authority and corporate responsibilities for hazard and threat preparedness.

Career History

Manager, Facilities – Part time, Provincial Mobile Medical Unit Provincial Health Services Authority 2015 to present

Manager, Special Event Liaison & Health Coordination, Coastal Health (seconded from PHSA,) June 2014 to 2015

Manager , Logistics and Deployment Provincial Mobile Medical Unit PHSA Appointed August 2009 to 2014

Agency Lead BCCA, & Senior Member Emergency Management & Business Continuity PHSA Appointed October 2007 to 2009

Principal and Chief Operating Officer 2005 to 2007

Robin Gardner and Associates Delta, British Columbia Corporate Security and Regional Emergency Management Coordinator 1999 to 2005

Greater Vancouver Regional District [ now Metro Vancouver ] Burnaby, British Columbia

Municipal Emergency Planner 1997 to 1999

Corp. of Delta - Fire & Rescue Department Delta, British Columbia South Coast Regional Manager 1993 to 1997

Ministry of the Attorney General, Police Services Branch, Provincial Emergency Program Vancouver, BC

Division Manager Special Projects and Facilities 1990 to 1992

British Colombia Pavilion Corp. Vancouver, British Columbia

Vice President, Construction and Operations 1989 to 1990

Airshow Canada, ( seconded from BC Pavilion Corp. ) Abbotsford, British Columbia

Director, Fire, Safety & Security and Division Manager Building Services 1987 to 1989

British Columbia Pavilion Corp. Vancouver, British Columbia

Prior employment available on request


Master of Applied Science in Natural Resources Management 1994 Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia

Master of Science in Pest Management 1978 Simon Fraser University Burnaby, British Columbia

Certificated Forester 1964
Faskally Forester College Pitlochary, Perthshire. Scotland Program of Her Majesty's Forestry Commission Ph.D.

University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia Course work and comprehensives complete. Thesis incomplete, due to fire that destroyed the research text and data


• A list of papers prepared and presented by Mr. Gardner is available on request


• International Association of Emergency Managers [Ret]

• Emergency Planning Society

• Founding and Life Member, International Society of Arboriculture -Pacific Northwest Chapter


• Registered Professional Biologist [ Ret ]. Registration #158 College of Applied Biology. British Columbia

• Certified Protection Professional. [ Ret ] Registration #5812 1991, American Society for Industrial Security

• Restricted Operators Certificate - Maritime, Industry Canada

• Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate, Canadian Coast Guard

▪ Small Vessel Operators Permit [ 5 ton ] Canadian Coast Guard

• Amateur Radio License, Industry Canada. VE7 SAF

Training Courses

• Plans and Operations [Peace], Emergency Social Services Planning, Emergency Site Management, and Emergency Operations, Canadian Emergency Preparedness College. Arnprior, Ontario.

• Damage Assessment, Government Affairs, Personnel on National Disaster, Mass. Care Overview And Mass Care for Trainers, EAF 2, Introduction to Disaster Services, Governments Workshop, International Social Services, Orientation to Intelligence Services, First Aid, CPR American Red Cross

• Introduction to Emergency Management in BC, Incident Command System orientation and ICS 100 ICS 200, ICS 300, ICS 400, Emergency Operations Center Level 2 , Emergency Operations Center Level 3 - Logistics, Planning and Operations, Introduction to Reception Centers, Justice Institute of British Columbia Emergency Management Division

• Introduction to Reception Center Operations, Emergency Social Services Reception Center Operations, Animal Rescue Service Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Evacuations Workshop, Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Train the Trainer Workshop, Functional and, Business Continuity Conducting Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Analysis, Justice Institute of B.C.

• Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Awareness, Basics of Oil Spill Response, Pacific Marine Training Institute and Canadian Coast Guard

CBRN First Responder Training Program. Public Safety Canada and BC Ambulance Service

• Access Control One, Physical Security Certification Workshop, American Society for Industrial Security-International

• Light Urban Search and Rescue, Trauma Management, Advanced Emergency Management-Learning from History, Emergency Animal Rescue Service Training Workshop, Earthquake Planning, Strategic Analysis For Competitive Advantage, Speech Craft, various professional organizations and Agencies

Honors and Awards

• Certificate of Appreciation, Canadian Coast Guard. presented by Assistant Commissioner in recognition of valuable contribution to the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

• Certificate of Appreciation, Royal Canadian Mounted Police for specialized security and liaison assistance rendered during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting

• Certificate of Appreciation, Royal Canadian Mounted Police for assistance during International Expo 86

• Graduate student travel bursary, Simon Fraser University

• Graduate Student Stipend University President's Research Fund, Simon Fraser University

• Leonard Klinck [H. R. McMillan] Doctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia

• Graduate Student Doctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia

Volunteer Activities

Immediate Past President and now elected first Commodore Roberts Bank Lifeboat Society Delta, British Columbia

Member of the Board, Mobile Health Clinics Association St. Louis, MO, USA