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Kim Ayotte

Kim Ayotte is the Fire Chief for the City of Ottawa and is responsible for the efficient and effective operations and management of the Ottawa Fire Services in keeping with the City’s guiding philosophy and values.

The fire service provides not only fire suppression services, but also special operations (water/ice rescue, auto extrication, hazmat, high angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse/trench rescue and disaster support), as well as fire prevention (public education, code enforcement, fire investigations) and support services such as Dispatch, Training, Safety, Maintenance and equipment. 

Kim has been a member of the fire service for 30 years (the last 15 years with Ottawa Fire). He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and received the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer in 2011 and Executive Chief Fire Officer in 2018. 

Colonel Sam Stuthridge

 Colonel SR Stuthridge OBE MSc, Assistant Head, Manoeuvre Support, Futures Directorate, Army Headquarters

Colonel Sam Stuthridge was appointed Assistant Head, Manoeuvre Support in September 2020 and is responsible for the development of a diverse range of capabilities including armoured engineer vehicles, military diving, EOD and Search, through to sustainable power generation, air support and field fortifications. He is also the Army's proponent for countering chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (C-CBRN) threats.  Colonel Stuthridge works in the Military Capability Plans Section of the Futures Directorate in the Army Headquarters.

Sam Stuthridge commissioned into the Royal Engineers from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1996.  He has served in several Sapper command appointments including Commando, EOD and Search, and Close Support Armoured Engineers. He has operational experience from several tours in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan, most recently deploying as commander of the Route Proving and Clearance unit in Helmand Province during the summer of 2011.

On the staff, he has served in Brigade, Divisional and Corps headquarters. In 2016-2018, he led the Middle East J3 operations team in the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) where his primary focus was Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan within the wider Joint Operational Area. 

Sam’s passions outside of work are motorcycling, sea kayaking, Telemark skiing, hill-walking and following current affairs.   He holds an MSc in International Security from Cranfield University.

Dr Christina Baxter

Dr. Christina Baxter is the CEO of Emergency Response TIPS, LLC which provides practical, evidence-based solutions for emergency response through the development of next generation tools for enhanced situational awareness and responder safety; instructional design materials for instructor-led and web-based programs in the areas of CBRNE, hazardous materials, and clandestine laboratory response; technology transition guidance for emerging technologies; and, emergency planning for hazardous materials and emergency response. 

Prior to forming Emergency Response TIPS, LLC, Dr. Baxter was the CBRNE Program Manager for the Department of Defense’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office where she was responsible for identifying capability gaps in the combating terrorism CBRNE mission space, illuminating or developing innovative solutions, and delivering them to military, interagency, and law enforcement operators in the field as rapidly as possible. Dr. Baxter holds B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

She has greater than 20 years of experience in the hazardous materials/CBRN response community where she remains active in teaching and participating in standards development processes.  She is currently the chairperson of the NFPA Technical Committee on Chemical Protective Clothing and is a member of the NFPA Technical Committees on Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations, Technical Committee on Tactical and Technical SCBA, and others.  Dr. Baxter is also a member of the Interagency Board, the IAFC Hazmat Committee, and the IAFF’s Hazmat Advisory Board. 

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