ESI Team

Emergency Solutions International Team

Our Director

Mark Gillan

Mark S. Gillan, BBA, CFO, MIFireE

Director, Emergency Solutions International

Deputy Fire Chief (Retired)
Saint John Fire Department
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

Mark founded Emergency Solutions International (ESI) in 2009, while still employed as Deputy Fire Chief for the Saint John Fire Department. Under his leadership and guidance, the company has grown and now employs full-time staff, as well as engaging the temporary services of several experts when needed to complete specific project requirements.

The specialty of Emergency Solutions International is putting together “All Hazard” teams of experts to address the emergency planning, preparedness, response and recovery issues in both private and public sector organizations. Key areas of engagement are Emergency Response Plan development, exercise and evaluation, Emergency Response training, including IMS training, CBRN-E security issues, inspection services, and relationship building with local emergency planning and response agencies.

In his role as Special Advisor to Canada’s Centre for Security Science, Mark has successfully completed projects related to implementing Capability Based Planning within the public sector; specifically in the areas of conducting Consolidated Risk Assessments through the identification of Full Spectrum Threat Scenarios. Further to the Consolidated Risk Assessments, Mark has facilitated and produced Capability Analysis/Gap Analysis within the provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island.

Prior to founding Emergency Solutions International, Mark served the City of Saint John Fire Department as an active fire fighter, Hazardous Materials/CBRN-E technician, member of the rescue squad and finished his 26 year career in the position of Deputy Chief and Acting Fire Chief of the department.

During his tenure in the Fire Service, Mark worked for over 8 years on the Rescue Squad. The focus of this team at fires was search and rescue of trapped civilians. He was accommodated 5 times for civilian rescues. As a Hazardous Materials Technician, he was chosen as one of the first firefighters in Canada to attend the country’s counter-terrorism program. As Divisional Chief in Charge of Training, Mark was instrumental in designing and implementing the Saint John fire Department’s “Save Our Own” program and Incident Command system.

Mark has served as Incident Commander, Safety Officer and Emergency Site Manager at a number of serious incidents. On several activations of the Saint John Emergency Management Organization, Mark has fulfilled the roles of Fire Services Representative and Manager of the EOC. In the final year of service with the City of Saint John, he was the Director of Saint John Emergency Management Organization.

Since leaving the fire service in 2011, Mark has conducted over 150 emergency management and/or security related exercises internationally.

In relation to our nation’s preparedness: Mark has completed advanced training at CFB Suffield and has served through the Centre for Security Science as a Senior Special Advisor in the area of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive response. In this role Mark has successfully completed projects related to implementing Capability Based Planning within the public sector; specifically in the areas of conducting Consolidated Risk Assessments through identification of Full spectrum threat Scenarios. Further to the Consolidated Risk Assessments, Mark has facilitated and produced Capability Analysis/Gap Analysis within the provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island.

Mark obtained his Bachelor of Business degree in 1998 and has completed the Dalhousie University, Certificate in Incident Command, the Canadian Association of Fire Chief’s “Chief Fire Officer” designation (CFO) and the British: Institute of Fire Engineer’s “Member’s Level” designation (MIFireE) award. Mark has completed LNG Suppression Training at Texas A&M, has studied Incident Command at the U.S. National Fire Academy and also the Leadership in Crisis program at Harvard University.


Our Associates


Lew MacDonald

Lew MacDonald, CFO, GIFireE

Security Clearance: Canadian Secret (Level II)

Lew MacDonald is a former member of the Saint John Fire Department. In his role as District Chief of Special Operations with the Fire Department, Lew was responsible for all fire related Special Ops within the City, and was the leader of a Provincial Heavy Haz-Mat team responding to the south eastern portion of the Province of New Brunswick. Lew currently serves as the Co-Project Advisor of the Atlantic region for the Centre for Security Science, DND. Lew holds the professional designation of C.F.O and is a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers (I.F.E.). Studying with Dalhousie University, he has received certificates in Fire Service Leadership, Fire Service Administration and Incident Command, and is currently enrolled in Lakeland College’s Bachelor of Applied Business Emergency Services degree program.


Kevin Clynick

NFPA Level III Instructor

Kevin served the Saint John Fire Department (SJFD) for 30 years as a fire fighter, Operational Platoon Chief, and retired as the Divisional Chief of Training in 2014.  Kevin is currently in the position of Operational Platoon Chief with the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department. 

Further to his work within the fire service, Kevin has completed the Fire Service Administration Programs at Dalhousie University.  Additionally, Kevin has been certified as a Level III NFPA Instructor, Hazardous Materials Technician and Instructor, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Certified Responder and CBRN-E Technician and Advanced Responder. Through the SJFD and subsequently within Emergency Solutions International, Kevin has provided support to the Point Lepreau Generating Station Emergency Response Team (ERT) in the areas of training, evaluations, and mentoring.


BillBill Todd, MBA, PMP

Canadian Security Clearance: Level II Secret

Bill spent the majority of his career in the public sector; working for Canada 
Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the City of Saint John and retired as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Saint John Police Force in December, 2012. Most recently, Bill founded BGT Consultants in 2013. BGT Consultants is a consulting company specializing in project management, municipal government and public safety. BGT has undertaken and managed projects for the City of Fredericton (site evaluation, planning, design and budget development for relocation of its communications centre), the Department of Public Safety (review and evaluation of the delivery of 911) and the Saint John Police Force. BGT has also provided project management and other related support to Emergency Solutions International (ESI).

Bill has held a number of diverse and senior positions, encompassing real estate management; housing planning, development, and management; facility and space planning; design and construction; information technology and systems management; public safety communications; emergency management; and police administration.

Bill has led the management of numerous projects; technology and real estate projects; a study of fire protection within the City of Saint John, that led to the construction of two new stations; the operational and human resource components of a new communication centre; Y2K preparations; preparation of the final space analysis, design and construction, and transition to a new police headquarters (PHQ) in 2012.

Further, Bill has taken the lead in the preparation and approval of numerous agreements across a broad spectrum and with both public and private sector, including an agreement with the Province of New Brunswick for the delivery of 911 services that was executed by each of the six Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP's); agreements with various agencies for provision of communications services; numerous agreements for the sale/purchase of properties; shared service agreements with the Province related to the new PHQ.

Bill has been a participant with, and chair of, numerous committees; president of a national organization representing municipal non-profit housing agencies; member and director of the City's Emergency Management Organization (EMO); and co-chair of a provincial government appointed Task Force that studied housing conditions in the Province of New Brunswick.

In 2013, Bill completed a review for the Province of New Brunswick, analyzing the current and future requirements for the delivery of 911 services in New Brunswick. The report is being used to guide and facilitate discussion with various stakeholders.

Bill has a Masters of Business Administration - Information Technology Management and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.


John Bureaux

John Bureaux, ISR

Security Clearance: Canadian Top Secret (Level III)

John Bureaux is a former member of the RCMP. At the time of his retirement, he was the Head of the National Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Response Team. John has a great deal of experience, both in Canada and internationally, in the development, delivery and response evaluation of crisis response exercises for commanders, civilian organizations and first responders.

Mr. Bureaux has a B.Sc. Chemistry and is a retired Inspector of 31 years for the RCMP. He is an International expert in training, tools and techniques for the police response to CBRNE terrorism and developed and led the RCMP response team for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) terrorist events for 17 years. He has led a team of international experts the development of the INTERPOL, Biological Incident Response Guide (BIRG); now in four languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic), used in over 125 countries.

Mr. Bureaux has taught CBRNE response to military and police personal in the US, UK, Belgium, Israel, Sweden, France, Denmark, Austria, Holland, France, New Zealand, Australia, Luxemburg, Ireland, Singapore and Canada. He has four years as a tactical hostage rescue expert on the RCMP, Special Emergency Response Team (May 1985 – February 1990) and was the Officer in Charge within the Explosives Disposal and Technology Section at RCMP (2005). Mr. Bureaux has developed novel CBRNE incident response technologies/systems and secured 5 patents.


Gary MacDonald

Gary MacDonald

Gary has 30-years’ experience in broadcast journalism including coverage of significant weather events, fires and explosions, chemical leaks, power blackouts, and municipal water system failures. He has worked with Saint John Emergency Management officials providing feedback on media needs and expectations. In 2007, Gary was recognized by the Saint John Emergency Management Organization for "his commitment to SJEMO - its agencies - and the citizens of Saint John." He has also served on the former Kennebecasis Valley Fire Commission, the Rothesay Regional Police Commission, and as Chairman of the former Kennebecasis Valley Ambulance Commission.



Bruce Langille

Bruce G. Langille, FCIP, CRM

In his role as Director of Risk Management for the Province of Nova Scotia, Bruce provides self-insured fund management, insurance procurement, risk analysis, claims management, risk control, cost of risk evaluation and allocation of cost of risk to all client Departments, boards, agencies and commissions. He also provides specialty risk management to major government projects, including Nova Scotia’s first toll highway, all Public Private Partnerships, the Sydney Steel Tarponds cleanup and the Maritime Power Fixed Link.

Bruce also acts as a Special Advisor to the Office of the Nova Scotia Fire Marshall for Hazardous Materials response.

Bruce has been assigned specific government assignments including acting as Operations Manager of the Government of Nova Scotia during Swiss Air plane disaster, and the oversite of the Government of Nova Scotia First Disaster Financial Assistance Program arising from Hurricane Juan.

Bruce is past president of Maritime Risk Manager’s Society and past president of the Insurance Institute of Nova Scotia. Bruce also acted as a continuing education instructor for the Insurance Institute of Canada.

Bruce is a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of Canada with majors in Management and Risk Management.

Bruce was the Volunteer Chief of the Northern Region Hazardous Materials Response Team, retiring after 20 years as Chief in 2013.

Bruce lectures to industry and within the risk management society on topics related to risk control, risk analysis and Disaster Management




Marc Carey

Marc Carey, NFPA Level I Instructor

Security Clearance: Canadian Secret (Level II)

Marc is currently in his 26th year of service with the Saint John Fire Department serving as a Qualified Lieutenant and Acting District Chief. He is assigned to Quint 5 in the City’s North End and has worked on the Heavy Rescue team for 7 years. Marc is a certified level one fire department instructor, Hazmat Technician and Scott Field Service Technician. He participated in the extensive selection process of Saint John Fire Department’s bunker gear and air pack programs. Marc is currently a student at Dalhousie University in the Fire Service Leadership Program.



Kim Murdock

Kim Murdock

Canadian Security Clearance Level II Secret

Kim Murdock has been a member of Fredericton Fire Department for 26 years where he is the senior training officer. He is an IFSAC accredited Level II instructor, Hazardous Materials specialist, safety officer, rescue technician and fire officer who develops and delivers technical response programs for the emergency services and industry. Some of the organizations he has instructed emergency response for include: the Atlantic Police Academy, Nova Scotia Firefighters School, NB Emergency Measures Organization, Emergency Preparedness Canada, NB Community College and the Department of National Defence. He is also a Reserve military officer with 31years of service with the Canadian Forces.



Mariann Patstone

Mariann Patstone, BBA

Security Clearance: Canadian Secret (Level II) 

Prior to joining Emergency Solutions International, Mariann spent 12 years as a project manager for a large oil refining company. In her role as project manager, Mariann was responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of business process improvements, development of human resource practices and the implemention of IT and telecommunications solutions for multi-million dollar projects. Mariann is currently the Business Manager for ESI and lends her project management expertise to special projects.




Sarah McLaughlinSarah McLaughlin, BSc Hon. Bio

Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) in May of 2013. She completed a first class honours in Biology. Sarah’s studies focused on environmental conservation and marine biology. Admission to the UNB Biology Marine Block semester research experience provided hands-on fieldwork through Atlantic coastal ecology, the biological pros and cons to sustainable pilot-scale and commercial aquaculture practices, and ecological processes driving marine plant and animal distributions. Top of the Class Performance was awarded with a membership to the Aquaculture Association of Canada. While at UNB Sarah also completed a six week independent project examining the effects of exogenous steroidal chemicals, that make their way to our aqueous environments primarily via wastewater, on secondary sexual characteristics of male tropical fish species. As well, she participated in a water quality analysis of Corbett Brook in Fredericton and the effects of industrial development on the surrounding area.


Emergency Solutions International recognizes the importance of working with respect for our surroundings. Sarah lends her scientific background and expertise to our many projects where environmental issues must be considered. Particular attention is given to the interface between industrial hazardous materials and community risk.


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Bianca Langille BSc Hon. Bio, MEM

Bianca graduated in 2014 from Acadia University having earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in biology. Through Bianca’s research experience she has gained a thorough understanding of the biodiversity, environmental risks, and conservation issues in the Atlantic region. She has studied land mammals, invertebrates, and marine fish species in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. She has educational as well as real world experience in creating and assessing management strategies for environmental impact/risk assessment, valued environmental component protection, and environmental emergency response.

Under the guidance and support of Emergency Solutions International Bianca has completed her Masters in Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick with focus on environmental emergencies. She is currently working on a variety of projects that assess the potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures required for the safe industrial use of hazardous materials. She believes that by cooperating with the environment and taking a proactive risk management based approach, both human activities and ecosystems will benefit.