Exercise Planning Specialist
Ms. Sandy Lavigne has a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology and a post-undergraduate degree in Research Analysis. She has 11 years of experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of emergency response exercises. Over the years, Ms. Lavigne has worked closely with many municipal, provincial, and federal response agencies in the planning and execution of complex exercises, ranging in size and scope from local and regional drills to large full-scale national level exercises. Ms. Lavigne has extensive experience in preparing for large events such as ExUC, Exercise Intrepid, ExUR, Central Gateway, Exercise GOLD (in preparation for V2010 Olympics), ExIT-08, and 16 Nuclear Emergency Response evaluation exercises for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).
Since joining ISR’s Emergency Management and Defence division in 2007, Ms. Lavigne has been a key resource in the planning and development of numerous full-scale nuclear power plant exercises involving municipal, regional, provincial and federal entities tasked with responding to a nuclear incident with off-site consequences. Most recently, she was the lead exercise planning specialist for Exercise Unified Control (Dec 2017) involving Ontario Power Generation with more than 30 organizations from the City of Toronto, Region of Durham, and Province of Ontario. Ms. Lavigne also developed Exercise Unified Response, the largest NPP emergency response exercise in Canadian history. Working closely with more than 50 organizations at every level of response, her responsibilities included scenario and inject development with participating organizations, conducting planning meetings, developing and conducting planning conferences and workshops, coordination exercise logistics, liaising with exercise planners, developing exercise materials, and authoring the summary report.
Ms. Lavigne has worked closely with the first responder and emergency management community across Canada by assisting them in the review and testing of their response plans and protocols, developing trainings and workshops, facilitating planning conferences for drills and exercises, and evaluating interoperability between agencies on operational response coordination, protection of emergency workers and the public, information sharing, management of health, and public communications. Ms. Lavigne also has extensive experience in developing evaluation processes to identify response gaps during exercises, and has written many after action reports (many published as technical reference documents for the Government of Canada).