BIO - Heather Lyle
Director, Integrated Public Safety
Emergency Management BC
Heather Lyle has more than 25 years experience in the field of emergency management in British Columbia. She has held the position of Emergency Program Manager with three separate Local Authorities: City of New Westminster, City of Vancouver and the Corporation of Delta. She spent 8 years teaching the subject of emergency management at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, as a Program Coordinator responsible for curriculum development, instructional delivery and special projects (including emergency exercises). Heather was instrumental in developing BC’s first academic program in the field of public safety, “Certificate in Emergency Management”. She completed a two year secondment to the Provincial Government as Manager of Integrated Public Safety, coordinating public safety and consequence management planning and response for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games. At the end of the Games, Heather was appointed EMBC’s Director of Integrated Public Safety, responsible for re-building and managing a team of subject matter experts to address major event planning and specialized emergency management initiatives for BC. Heather and the Integrated Public Safety Team were recently awarded the Premier’s Award for outstanding achievement in cross-government integration. Over the years Heather has gained significant practical disaster experience through her involvement with local, provincial and even international emergency events.