Emergency Response Task Force

What's New

About the Emergency Response Task Force

In November 2013, during the TDG General Policy Advisory Council (TDG-GPAC) meeting, the Minister of Transport created a working group to examine expanding the Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) requirement to crude oil and other Class 3 Flammable Liquids.

On January 23, 2014 the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued a recommendation that Transport Canada "at a minimum, require ERAPs for the transportation of large volumes of liquid hydrocarbons."

On January 31, 2014 the TDG-GPAC working group tabled their report to the Minister of Transport, recommending that Transport Canada:

  • Require an ERAP "for all Packing Group I and Packing Group II Class 3 Flammable Liquids,"; and
  • "Conduct further study on the properties of different Class 3 Flammable Liquids to determine if ERAPs should be required for these products."

With these recommendations in mind, on April 23, 2014, the Minister announced a TDG Emergency Response Task Force to conduct further research, assess, evaluate and make recommendations to advance and make improvements to the ERAP program.

On July 27, 2015, the Minister of Transport extended the Emergency Response Task Force's mandate until May 1, 2016.

Emergency Response Task Force Terms of Reference

Quarterly Reports

Transport Canada has received the third quarterly report of the Emergency Response Task Force on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods. 

Reference Documents

Activity Calendar

Emergency Response Task Force meetings have concluded.

Contact:

TC.ERTFSecretariat-SecretariatGTIU.TC@tc.gc.ca

Questions and Comments

Submit your questions and/or comments to the Emergency Response Task Force Secretariat at:

TC.ERTFSecretariat-SecretariatGTIU.TC@tc.gc.ca

or

Secretariat Emergency Response Task Force (ASD)
Transport Canada
330 Sparks Street
Tower C, Place de Ville
Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 015

Membership List

The list is current as of February 9, 2016

NAME HOME ORGANIZATION REPRESENTING
Chris Powers, Chair Transport Canada Transport Canada
Adrian Michielsen, Vice-Chair Imperial Oil Limited Canadian Fuels Association
Blaine Wiggins Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada
Irving Leblanc Assembly of First Nations Assembly of First Nations
Jim Bird
Mark Jasper
Responsible Distribution Canada (Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors) Responsible Distribution Canada (Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors)
Laurie Boyle
D'Arcy Sego
Yannick Lapièrre
British Columbia Ministry of Environment British Columbia Ministry of Environment
Brandie Frawley British Columbia Ministry of Transportation British Columbia Ministry of Transportation
Mark Ford
Murray Knowles
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Erika Adams
Brian Ladds
J-P Cody-Cox
Kevin Clifford
Dan Paulsen
Corey Schram
Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC)
Calgary Fire Department
Saint John Fire Service
Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC)
Vicki Ballance
Craig McCaskey
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
Dennis Gannon Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Commissioners Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Commissioners
Benoit Laroche
Stephen Valade
École nationale des pompiers du Québec
(Association des chefs d'incendie du Québec)
Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Commissionners (Canadian Fire Service Training, Education and Certification Committee)
Bob Goodfellow
JC Morin
Canadian Emergency Response Contractors Alliance
MD-UN
Canadian Emergency Response Contractors Alliance
Eric Torunski Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG)
Danny Simpson
Lee Nelson
Canadian National (CN) Rail Canadian National (CN) Rail
Jim Kozey
Darlene Nagy
Scott Croome
Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway
Denis Lauzon Service d'incendie du Lac Mégantic Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association
Kara Edwards TRANSCAER Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC)
Spencer Buckland
Patrick Knight
Louis-Phillipe Éthier
Emergency Response Assistance Canada Emergency Response Assistance Canada
Finbarr Wilson
Gordon Walsh
ENFORM ENFORM
Scott Davies Government of Manitoba Federal/Provincial/Territorial Task Force on the TDG
Andrée Chenard
Daniel Rubinstein
Caroline Mellor
Federation of Canadian Municipalities Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Brian Moore International Association of Emergency Managers - Canada International Association of Emergency Managers - Canada
Peter Grootendorst
Brent Cowx
Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC)
Shayne Mintz
Thomas McGowan
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Ernie Wong Public - Subject Matter Expert Public - Subject Matter Expert
Michel Cloutier Public - Subject Matter Expert Public - Subject Matter Expert
Dave Matschke Public - Subject Matter Expert Public - Subject Matter Expert
Brian Mullen Public - Subject Matter Expert Public - Subject Matter Expert
Andy Ash
Paul Mahony
Jean-Pierre Couture
Railway Association of Canada (RAC) Railway Association of Canada (RAC)
Kristy Moore
Missy Ruff
Renewable Fuels Association, (United States) Renewable Fuels Association (United States)
Glen MacDonald Teamsters Canada (Rail) Teamsters Canada (Rail)
Giulia Brutesco
Ron Lutzer
Fertilizer Canada Fertilizer Canada
Mélanie Levac Canadian Propane Association Canadian Propane Association
Geoffrey Wood
Barrie Montague
Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA)
James Panasiuk
Dr. Glenn Millner
Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health
(United States)
Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health
(United States)
Jean Murwanashyaka
Tara Logue
Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Centre for Security Science (CSS) Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Centre for Security Science (CSS)
Lo Cheng
Thierry Mezzana
Simon Despatie
Environment Canada Environment Canada
Sylvie Mathurin
Gilles Desgagnés
Ministère de la Sécurité Publique du Québec Ministère de la Sécurité Publique du Québec
Stephanie Maragna
Kaitlin Lee-Bun
Ontario Ministry of Transportation Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Kirby Jang Transportation Safety Board of Canada Transportation Safety Board of Canada
TRANSPORT CANADA
Nicole Girard Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Clive Law Transport Canada – TDG Compliance and Response Transport Canada – TDG Compliance and Response
Nathalie Belliveau Transport Canada – TDG
Safety Research and Analysis
Transport Canada – TDG
Safety Research and Analysis
Benoit Turcotte Transport Canada – TDG Regulatory Affairs Transport Canada – TDG
Regulatory Affairs
Angelo Boccanfuso CANUTEC, Transport Canada CANUTEC, Transport Canada
Peter Coyles Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Josée Boudreau Transport Canada, Pacific Region Transport Canada, Pacific Region
Paul Driver Transport Canada, Prairie and Northern Region Transport Canada, Prairie and Northern Region
Dan Olech Transport Canada, Ontario Region Transport Canada, Ontario Region
Fred Scaffidi Transport Canada – TDG Compliance and Response Transport Canada – TDG Compliance and Response
Nicolas Cadotte Transport Canada – TDG Compliance and Response Transport Canada – TDG Compliance and Response
ERTF SECRETARIAT
Mylaine Desrosiers
Executive Director
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Kathie Keeley
Senior Policy Advisor
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Lindsay Jones
Policy Researcher and Advisor
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Anastasia Karvounis
Intergovernmental Liaison Officer
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Rachele Renaud
Project Coordinator
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office
Transport Canada – TDG
Director General's Office

About the Chair

About the Chair

Chris Powers, C.M.M. III, FSE, OEMP. Fire Chief (Ret.)

Chris Powers is a retired Fire Chief with over 35 years management experience in both career and composite fire departments. He has served as Fire Chief in Bathurst, N.B. and the four Ontario municipalities of Cumberland, Nepean, Oakville and Whitchurch–Stouffville.

Emergency Response Task Force Secretariat

Who We Are And How To Reach Us:

Name Title Telephone Email
Mylaine Desrosiers Secretariat Executive Director 613-998-7861 mylaine.desrosiers@tc.gc.ca
Kathie Keeley Senior Policy Advisor 613-949-2965 kathie.keely@tc.gc.ca
Lindsay Jones Policy Researcher and Advisor 613-998-6496 lindsay.jones@tc.gc.ca
Rachele Renaud Project Coordinator 613-998-1863 rachele.renaud@tc.gc.ca
Anastasia Karvounis Intergovernmentmental Liaison Officer 613-949-8638 Anastasia.karvounis@tc.gc.ca

Agendas and Decision Records

July 10, 2014 – Meeting

August 14, 2014 – Meeting

September 11, 2014 – Meeting

October 9, 2014 – Meeting

November 20, 2014 – Meeting

December 11, 2014 – Meeting

January 15, 2015 – Meeting

February 19, 2015 – Meeting

March 19, 2015 – Meeting

April 16, 2015 – Meeting

May 14, 2015 - Meeting

June 11, 2015 - Meeting

November 19, 2015 - Meeting

December 17, 2015 – Meeting

January 21, 2016 – Meeting

February 18, 2016 – Meeting

March 17, 2016 – Meeting

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