Emerging Professionals: Growing the community with new initiatives

CRHNet has been supporting students and young professionals in the field of Disaster and Emergency Management (DEM) through the Emerging Professionals program since its founding in 2003. Headlining achievements include CRHNet’s Emerging Professionals Facebook page, created almost ten years ago – with a community of over 850 members, it’s a great place to connect with nation-wide communities in the fields of emergency management, disaster resilience and climate change adaptation. The forum provides information about jobs and internship opportunities, scholarships and other educational opportunities, publishing opportunities, recent research and serves as a general platform for discussing topical issues. CRHNet also supports Emerging Professionals with the CRHNet Awards Program; specifically the Larry Pearce Education Award, open to deserving post-secondary students undertaking studies in any discipline related to Canadian disaster risk and/or emergency management.

This year, CRHNet kicked off Emerging Professionals with a career night. On May 17, Emerging Professionals from across Canada networked with professionals to learn more about the different careers and organizations working in emergency management! Interested in joining the next event? Email emergingprofessionals@crhnet.ca to learn more.

To make this year even more exciting for Emerging Professionals in CRHNet, we are actively recruiting students to join a newly launched national sub-committee to help advance Emerging Professionals across Canada! The possibility for this committee are endless, but some of the ideas include:

  • Mentorship programs
  • Planning events such as Job Fairs and Networking events
  • Highlighting our Emerging Professionals across our networks and in HazNet
  • Helping Emerging Professionals find summer jobs by using our HazNet Job board
  • Setting up training and certifications
  • Creating working groups on topics that are important to Emerging Professionals

If you are a student, come help make this an amazing year and join our sub-committee. By joining, you will get the chance to network with fellow students and professionals and grow within the field of DEM. Think you like attending job fairs? Wait until you get to run them!

Interested students and young professionals can email us at emergingprofessionals@crhnet.ca.

Nathan Innes
Student, BDEM Disaster and Emergency Management, York University
CRHNet Board Member
Emerging Professionals Sub-Committee Chair