Canada joins GEM as Public Sponsor
Canada’s ‘coalition of the willing’ led by Natural Resources Canada - with members Public Safety Canada, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Defence Research and Development Canada, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Canadian Institute of Planners and indigenous community - joins GEM as Public Sponsor.
GEM Governing Board officially welcomed Canada as its newest member earlier this month. The partnership is expected to contribute to the assessment of earthquake risk using OpenQuake in support of disaster risk reduction (DRR) planning in Canada.
Phil Hill, official representative, expressed excitement and is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration especially in including indigenous population in GEM’s future tools development and risk models for Canada.
A National Steering Committee composed of government, academia and private stakeholders with support from an Expert Working Group will implement GEM in Canada.
Canada is the 12th member of GEM from the government sector – joining Italy, Australia, UK, Germany, USA, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, Taiwan and Nepal.