Preparing Organizations for Over 20 Years

Our founder, Darryl Culley, established the Emergency Management Group (formally known as Emergency Management and Training Inc.) in 1998. Darryl assembled a dedicated team of professionals to what EMG is known for today. EMG is recognized as a world leader in Strategic and Master Planning, and disaster readiness training. EMG is your backup when you need it most.

Meet Our Experts

Darryl Culley founded Emergency Management & Training Inc. in 1998, building the company on the strength of the team. Darryl works alongside his team of 20 professionals and 2 support staff. Utilizing this experienced team of professionals, Emergency Management & Training Inc. has expanded to become an international organization.

Our Consulting Team

Darryl Culley, EMCA

Darryl has over 40 years of emergency services, disaster preparedness and health care administration experience. As lead of EMG, he has worked with over 1,000 organizations worldwide reviewing/ enhancing operational performance, developing emergency plans, providing training, and conducting tabletop and functional exercises. Starting his career as a paramedic and POC firefighter, his experiences include being a paramedic chief, senior provincial government roles and CEO of healthcare facility. Darryl founded EMG in 1998 moving into business full0time in 2004. 

Lyle Quan
Vice President of Operations

Lyle Quan has over 35 years of experience in emergency services that range from police to EMS and fire. Lyle has worked across Canada, the US, and worldwide bringing his expertise as far as the United Arab Emirates and the Country of Guyana. Lyle’s highly regarded reputation in the fire service is earned through previous positions with the Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management, the Ontario Fire College, and several municipalities throughout Ontario. Served as the Commissioner of Community Services and Fire Chief for the City of Waterloo. Lyle has been with EMG part-time since 2007, moving to full-time in 2021.

Rick Monkman

Rick has more than 40 years of emergency services experience and recently retired as the Deputy Chief of the City of Barrie Fire and Emergency Services (BFES). Rick joined EMG in 2018 and has worked on numerous projects across Canada. His specialty is Community Risk Assessments and fire service operations.   Rick has received recognition for both Service and Life Saving Actions from Springwater Township, was the recipient of the Fire Services, Long Service Medal from the Government of Canada (1994) and the Government of Ontario (1999), and the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

Phil Dawson

With over 30 years of experience in the Department of National Defence, Fire, Emergency Management, and municipal by-law, Phil provides a range of expertise. In his long-standing career in the Fire Service, including work in several municipalities, Phil served in roles of General Manager (GM) and Fire Chief of Emergency Services. Phil joined EMG in 2018 and has led the development of several Fire Services Master Plans. He has also led more than 10 Fire Station development projects, including capital planning, RFP development and operational readiness.

Brian Hutchinson

Brian has over 25 years of Fire Service experience (18 municipal, 6 wildland) in addition to 13 years of international development practice supplemented with an MA (Disaster & Emergency Management), a BA (Fire & Safety Studies), a Fire Service Leadership Diploma, the Fire Executive Management Certificate, and a Certificate in International Development. He completed the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program for emerging leaders, the International Visitor Leadership Program. Brian is recognized through the IAEM as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®). Brian joined EMG in 2020.

Dan Hefferton

Daniel has over 10 years of direct Emergency Management expertise, with a knowledge of a broad range of Emergency Management legislation requirements.  His knowledge of the sector spans all aspects of the field, with multiple recent certifications. Daniel’s knowledge base includes formal education on the Incident Management System, Business Continuity, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments, and exercise development. He has worked with the Town of Oakville, a community of 220,000, as an Analyst and Alternate Community Emergency Management Coordinator, volunteered as a Team Lead with the Red Cross, and is a Canadian Forces veteran with deployment experience. Dan joined EMG in 2019.

Les Karpluk

Les Karpluk is a fire service expert with almost 40 years of experience in emergency services. Starting his career in the Prince Albert Fire Department in 1982 and retiring in 2014, Les held a few positions within the fire department including Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief, and Fire Chief for over 8 years. In 2009 Les was recognized by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs as the Full-time Career Chief of the Year. Les has worked with EMG conducting fire service reviews from 2014 to the present and is currently the Fire Chief for the Waskesiu Fire Department by Parks Canada.

Richard Hayes

Richard has over 30 years of experience in fire and emergency services, and he continues to develop his skills with leadership, training, and education regularly. Most currently, Richard serves as the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations for the London Fire Department where he assists in leading 14 fire stations and 336 firefighters as well as the Apparatus Division. Richard has held Deputy and Chief positions in other fire services prior to London.  Richard has been working with EMG since 2017.

John Saunders

It saddens us to say that our dear friend John Saunders passed away in 2022. His work helped save countless lives, and although he is gone, he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace. Across Canada, John was a highly recognized Emergency Manager with close to 30 years of emergency experience. After leaving his 7-year term as Provincial Director – Disaster Management & International Response for the Canadian Red Cross in 2012, John had been working with a variety of industries developing their Emergency Management Plans and training their employees. John worked with EMG from 2017 to 2022.

Wieslawa Stepkowska

Wieslawa Stepkowska recently retired as the Executive Director of Villa Colombo, a multi-faceted 397 bed long-term-care facility offering a wide range of community services. Wieslawa led more than 400 staff in this dynamic organization. She serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors’ and has served on Advisory Committees at Ryerson University and Humber College. Wieslawa’s previous experience includes being a District Manager, Healthcare Support Services for Aramark Canada and the Manager of Operations, Nutrition and Environmental Services for the Ontario Cancer Institute/ Princess Margaret Hospital. Wieslawa has been working with EMG since 2016.

Sébastien Sauvé

Sébastien has served as a Captain (ret.) in the Canadian Armed Forces, including overseeing the logistics training centre at CFB Borden. His 22 years with the Canadian Forces, including 7 years as an instructor, has given him excellent background in a wide range of topics. His deployment experience includes assisting in community disasters as well as three deployments in Afghanistan. Sébastien has his master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from the American Military University. Sébastien has been working with EMG since 2020.

Carol Holden

Carol is a progressive leader in healthcare security and post-secondary educational trends as a proven strategist and steward for developing security officers, workplace violence and safety, emergency management, and training and education. Carol managed the security and emergency management programs at the Royal Victoria Health Centre in Barrie. Carol has been working with EMG since 2021.

Brad Peterson

As a senior civilian leader, Director of Electronic Security, CCTV and Access Control Systems at CFB Borden, Brad has worked with all levels of military command at the base regarding electronic and physical security. His electronic security expertise brings a unique set of security consulting and risk analysis to our team. Brad has been working with EMG since 2021.

Mike Burgess

Mike Burgess is the CEO and Managing Director of M.D. Burgess and Associates Inc, a training company that focuses specifically in the area of security and public safety training and consulting relative to violence  prevention and responses. Mike provides a specialized assessment on security staff training.

Guy Degagné

Guy has over 30 years of experience in fire and emergency services, and he continues to develop his skills with leadership, training, and education regularly. Guy is currently retired from his Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal position. Guy provided leadership in the delivery of training and certification for the Ontario fire service. He managed the Operation of the Ontario Fire College by ensuring effective and efficient administration of financial and human resources, ongoing quality service improvements, as well as supervising the delivery of academically sound programs.  Guy joined EMG in 2021.

Penelope Perry

Penelope Perry is certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design as well as being a licensed security guard with extensive leadership background. Penelope uses the CPTED principles to conduct assessments and present opportunities to improve security programs. Penelope has been with EMG since 2019.

Erin Torrance

Erin is our designated AutoCAD technician; with Erin’s knowledge, she uses drafting software to create drawings/ blueprints to help illustrate various concepts for our clientele. These plans include fire safety plans, evacuation plans, special event drawings, etc.  Erin has been with EMG since 2017.

Michelle Collette

Michelle Collette is a Human Resources expert with experience in planning, developing, directing, and coordinating the policies, activities, and staff of various HR departments across Central Ontario, ensuring legal compliance and implementing the organizations missions and talent strategies, resulting in obtaining over 25 years’ experience in the HR sector. Michelle has been with EMG since 2021.  

Dr. Ali Asgary

Ali Asgary is an expert in disaster, emergency, and business continuity management. His extensive research and applied teaching are enhanced by his active contributions to the profession and by translating them into real world practices at different levels. Because of his award-winning research and training for different organizations, Dr. Asgary is always on the cutting edge of the emerging disaster and emergency management field. He was among the faculty members who established this discipline in Canadian Universities, including York University and Brandon University. Ali has been consulting for EMG since 2019.

Our Administrative Team

Our Administration Team keeps the company on its toes. Enhancing productivity, the team not only assists in crucial organization with optimal management strategies, but keeps track of upcoming and ongoing projects, consultation appointments, training programs, correspondence, scheduling activities, production of proposals and reports, and so much more. This team is the face to EMG’s excellent customer service, through written, telephone and electronic communications. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to inquire about our services, it is Ashley or Sarah who would happily walk you through your queries.

Our Team In Action

We do numerous functional exercises and training programs
We do numerous functional exercises and training programs
We do speaking engagements and conferences
We do speaking engagements and conferences
We do team exercises, training sessions and more!
We do team exercises, training sessions and more!