About HazNet

HazNet Magazine serves as the information dissemination platform of the Canadian Risks and Hazards Network.

The magazine is published biannually, both online and in limited hard copy format.

The platform is updated throughout the year to serve the information needs of practitioners and researchers working in the fields of disaster risk reduction, emergency management and resilience.

Our mandate is to foster an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral education and engagement to enhance understanding of resilience, emergency management and disaster risk reduction.

We tell Canada’s resilience story.


john chapmanJohn Chapman  is a community planner with a particular interest in disaster planning and emergency management. John currently works as a planner in Squamish BC, and is the Social Media Content Creator and Operations Analyst with CRHNET. His past experience includes working in planning and economic development in Kitimat, as a river guide in northern Canada,  a ski patroller and avalanche forecaster, and a forest fire fighter. John is an editorial board member for HazNet.

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 11.16.33 PMPeter Christie is an award-winning science writer, author and consultant. Peter has been transforming complicated science into compelling stories for many years. A long-time journalist and author with master’s degrees in both journalism and biology, Peter is a national Science in Society Journalism Award winner and a fellow with the U.S.-based Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources. In 2015, he was awarded a Schad Foundation grant for conservation journalism. Peter writes frequently about climate change, species at risk and other pressing issues in ecology and environmental science.

Peter’s stories, features and commentary have appeared in national and international newspapers and magazines, including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Maclean’s, The Ottawa Citizen, The Vancouver Sun, The Montreal Gazette, Canadian Geographic, The South China Morning Post, The Nation(Bangkok), and many others. He is an award-winning author of popular science books for both adults and children and his work has been translated and published in both China and South Korea.

Peter is a member of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association and lives with his wife, a lawyer, and their two daughters in Kingston, Ontario. Peter is an editorial board member and advisor for HazNet.

Sarah-Maude Guindon is an urban planner and has been working since 2015 as a Research Officer at Montreal’s Civil Protection Centre. She holds a master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from York University and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Montréal. Prior to her current position, Sarah-Maude worked in urban planning, public safety and transport at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. She was a recipient of the CRHNet student bursary in 2013 and is now the French content Editor for Resilience 2.0.

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 11.16.19 PMSarah Kamal earned a Bachelor’s of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo then worked on social development practice, policy, and research in Canada, Nicaragua, Uganda, India, and Iran. Her interests turned towards media systems after a trip into Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in 2001. She began conducting independent research and volunteer work with local groups, including helping launch a women’s radio station in western Afghanistan. She also coordinated participatory team research on Afghan refugee youth in Iran for the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre, promoted gender equality in Afghan media for UNIFEM, and set up a CIDA-funded aid project for Rights and Democracy. She edited the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan, a 10-year policy platform for the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs to improve the status of Afghan women that was approved by the Afghan cabinet in 2008. Sarah holds an MSc in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and has written for Oxford Analytica, the UN Chronicle, and Oxfam’s Gender and Development journal. She lives with her husband, son, and dog in Baie D’urfé, Canada. Sarah is a copy editor for HazNet.

Shaun Koopman is originally from Hope, British Columbia,  and still considers himself a small-town mountain boy at heart. His mother’s family was born and raised in Haiti. His interest in emergency management was spawned by the 2010 Port-au-Prince earthquake in Haiti. Shaun has over seven years of experience teaching first responder training programs and presenting information campaigns to the public as a Canadian Red Cross First Aid Instructor and National Lifesaving Society Instructor Mentor. His additional volunteer responder experience stems from Hope Search and Rescue, the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Response Team, and B.C. Ambulance. Shaun is the Protective Services Coordinator for the Strathcona Regional District, based out of Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

bioCarime Quezada is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. She earned a Bachelor’s in Fashion Design from Mexico.  Carime has taught art to children in the ARTESI AC art academy in Mexico and in Canada. She is the founder of QcIllustrations which she created to bring art to people through social media. In her few years in Canada, Carime has worked and exhibited her work in Ayden Gallery in Vancouver, worked as an artist in a project with TOMS, and created three distinct collections for a number of fashion shows. Carime volunteers as costume designer for a theatre and as a designer for other projects supporting good causes. Her biggest passions are traveling and learning about everything life has to offer. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, she now lives in Vancouver with her husband and her dog MilouCarime is an illustrator for HazNet.

Nicole Spence is a Program Advisor at Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) in Vancouver, BC. She holds a BA in Psychology and a GD in Public Health, with a focus on International and Global Health and Development. Her interests lie at the crossroads of climate change, global health and disaster management, which led her to a practicum with the Population and Public Health department at Fraser Health, followed by an internship with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva. Prior to her current role, she worked with national and international organizations, regional and provincial health authorities, NGOs, academic institutions and the private sector, primarily in web editing, communications, and knowledge and information management. Nicole is a Systematic Thinking Enforcer and Organizational Matrix Queen with HazNet.

lily yumagulovaLily Yumagulova has worked in government agencies, NGOs and media in Europe and North America in the fields of disaster risk reduction, community resilience, and climate change adaptation. In her work she emphasizes the value of bringing together academia, practitioners, policy makers, planners and media for reducing risk in communities. She holds degrees in Engineering (Emergency management) and an M.Sc. in Risk Analysis (King’s College London) and is currently completing her PhD in Resilience Planning at the University of British Columbia. She is the Editor for HazNet.



Featured illustration by Cheyenne Cockerill, Lockport, Manitoba

HazNet’s ‘EMERGENCE’ program is a collaborative initiative that brings together experienced writers and emerging Indigenous and immigrant writers and artists to create awareness about disasters and climate resilience. The program focuses on creating mentorship opportunities and a platform for supporting underrepresented voices in disaster resilience and climate adaptation action, such as youth in foster care and youth from remote reserves.

EMERGENCE was created in partnership with the Tillikum Lens ProgramPreparing Our Home programs and schools and youth programs across the country.

Meet some of the EMERGENCE writers, artists and youth leaders:

My name is Cheyenne Cockerill. I was born on April 30th, 2002 in Manitoba. In addition to drawing, I also like to paint, play the tuba and guitar, go bike riding, and track. I hope to continue to grow as a person and an artist.

My name is Ashiele Thomas, I come from Ahousaht Nation, and a large family. I began doing art when I was about four years old. I slowly started off my artistic skills by painting with acrylic and water colours. I then started wood carving when I was 16. One of my largest Art Projects was a 25’ totem pole that took me three months to finish. I would most definitely say Art has a huge impact on my life, and describes my personality in many different ways that I cannot. I am most passionate about art, and I enjoy doing it.

My name is Bill Williams. I am from Curve Lake First Nation. I enjoy working, hunting and fishing. I work with Curve Lake First Nation at Public Works Department. I am a part of a drum group on my reserve, called M’shkaaziwin Singers, which means ‘strength within’. I am also a part of Curve Lake First Nation Youth Council.

My name is Kelsey Nelson. I am from Lil’wat Nation. I live is in British Colombia just outside of a small town in Mount Currie on Lillooet Lake Road. I am currently upgrading for college for Veterinarian technology at Ts’zil Learning Centre. I have three younger brothers, one of them is my twin brother, one just recently been born on the 5th of September 2017. The interesting thing is that I live on a ranch with my grandmother, father, auntie, cousin, and my twin brother, we have multiple livestock on the farm: chickens, horses, cows, cats, and dogs. My horses are all mostly barrel horses, so far we have six in our corral, three are for barrels, one is a yearling, and the other two is like a companion horse when we go to rodeos far away. Their names are Macho (my horse), Rocco, Slim, Baba, Marilyn, and Roxanne. I enjoy riding my horse, watching YouTube videos, listening to music, learning about my culture, and rodeos.


Explore content from EMERGENCE:

HazNet’s special issue on Indigenous Disaster Resilience: http://haznet.ca/fall-2016-vol-8-no-2/

Climate Change Adaptation in Canada (illustration by Cheyenne Cockerill):  http://haznet.ca/adapting-to-the-changing-risk-of-climate-hazards/

Interview with Bob McDonald – illustration by Allaura Langford, Curve Lake First Nation: http://haznet.ca/communicating-climate-change-an-interview-with-bob-mcdonald-canadas-chief-science-correspondent/