Executive Director’s Message – HazNetSpring 2017 issue

Welcome to the HazNet Spring 2017 issue. I still have my copy of the first HazNet issue from Spring 2009 handy, and I am impressed at how far HazNet has advanced in scope and content over the last eight years. That progress mirrors CRHNet’s role in advancing disaster risk reduction and emergency management through our collaboration, partnerships and key initiatives such as our Young Professionals group, mentorship program and academic network.

Kudos to our HazNet Editor, Lily Yumagulova, and her editorial team for this issue, yet another stellar production. In addition, credit to the CRHNet Board of 2008/2009 who had the foresight and initiative to produce a CRHNet newsletter, as it was called at the time. That first issue, and the many that came after, were a result of hard work by Larry and Laurie Pearce, who between them solicited (and sometimes cajoled) potential authors for articles and papers. They did the word processing, the layout, and all the other tasks necessary to produce the newsletter. At the time, in 2009, it had been some years since we had any type of Canadian and nation-wide journal, magazine or newsletter that addressed disaster risk reduction and emergency management. I know I was pleased to obtain my copy of HazNet – a new Canadian publication that spoke to my industry and passion. Thank you to Larry and Laurie, and the Board of those early years, for your enterprise and vision.

HazNet is produced in the spring and fall of each year. The other key event on the CRHNet calendar is our annual Symposium, which this year will be held October 25-27 at historic Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The call for session and presentation proposals went out in February, and details can be found on the CRHNet website at http://www.crhnet.ca/symposiums/crhnet-14th-annual-symposium-2017. This year’s theme is “Building Resilience: From Catastrophe to Capacity”, which is highly appropriate considering it is 100 years since the catastrophic Halifax Explosion. The explosion is very well described in a previous issue of HazNet – see page 3 of http://haznet.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Special-Feature-January-15-2014-1.pdf
All previous issues of HazNet are available on the HazNet site at http://haznet.ca/, along with other useful resources and references. HazNet – a Canadian publication – is a valuable resource for all working in emergency management and disaster risk reduction. Most importantly, it is also is a vehicle to share your experiences, observations, and research, and we invite your contribution. Please do share!

Enjoy this 2017 Spring HazNet!
Marion Boon
Executive Director, CRHNet

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