About me

Keith Dares is a detail-oriented team player with a very strong work ethic; an established, experienced and confident emergency manager of proven reliability, who is motivated and passionate about delivering a strategic vision and implementing operational plans in a goal-orientated environment. Keith works well under pressure; makes sound and time sensitive decisions; is a confident, critical and creative thinker; exercises sound judgement; has an analytical mindset; is a problem solver; demonstrates multi-tasking abilities; is very dependable; proven leader and a mentor.

My name is Keith Dares. I am an experienced Emergency Manager, skilled in developing emergency and business continuity management models and response systems for implementation. I have been involved with emergency response situations in Nova Scotia, Canada and abroad. I have been extensively trained at all levels of Emergency Management through training offered by the Canadian Government. Through the completion of various professional courses, I have continued to supplement and expand upon my formal education, as well as validating skills learned on the job. Professional training includes: Policy Formulation, Analysis and Architectures; Project Management; Business Networking & Relationship Management; Customer Service Essentials; Managing Multiple Projects, Objectives & Deadlines; Occupational Health & Safety. I have achieved International Certification in Business Continuity Management through the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII). I am currently tracking towards Project Management Certification – PMP (Project Management Professional).

I have worked in Emergency Management for over 25 years at International, Federal, Provincial, Municipal and Corporate levels, both as an employee and consultant. I have extensive experience in developing emergency management models and response systems for implementation, and have been involved with emergency response situations in Nova Scotia, Canada and abroad. I am extremely knowledgeable of the Health Care system of Nova Scotia and in Canada, and have worked extensively with both Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada on national and international projects. I was the National Chair of the Emergency Health Services Advisory Group, have sat on many National Emergency Stockpile System (NESS) Management and Inventory committees, the National Smallpox Planning Oversight Committee, Federal Pandemic Planning Committees and the National Mass Fatality Training Committee. I was also a member of the National Forum and Canadian Public Health Network Expert Group. My involvement in these committees has given me great insight into the Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) relationships that exist.

I was one of the founding members of the Council of Health Emergency Management Directors (CHEMD) of Canada and was involved in the creation of the Canadian National Framework for Health Emergency Management. In 2004, I was charged with designing, developing and implementing the Nova Scotia Department of Health Emergency Management Model. I was responsible for establishing the Strategic Planning & Preparedness Committee of departmental Senior Executives, as well as bringing all of the Emergency Planners from within the NS Health System together to form the Health Systems Emergency Planners Working Group (HSEPWG). Over the past 2 decades, I have been appointed to many local planning, exercise and response committees. I have also been very supportive in the department’s commitment to Pandemic planning, Emergency Management and Command & Control, by lending my expert advice and project management abilities. I was active in the Department of Health’s contingency planning for potential labour disruption by unionized health care employees and was the Emergency Operations Centre Manager for the 2007 Mumps outbreak in Nova Scotia.

I have been involved in many multi-disciplinary operational teams both in planning and response. These teams have ranged from provincial multi-departmental, multi-level government and public/private sector collaborations. Some examples of these would be: two potential Nova Scotia health care worker disruptions and a Paramedic strike; Nova Scotia Mumps Outbreak; 2005 Guyana Flood; “White Jaun”; Hurricane Juan; SARS; Sept 11th; Swiss Air 111; Operation Parasol (Kosova Refugees); Illegal Migrant Smuggling contingency planning, CBRNET planning and training; Y2K; 1995 & 2002 Summits.