Our team

Emergency Solutions International are experts at putting together teams of highly trained professionals.

Photo of Mark Gillan

Mark Gillan

ESI CEO & Founder, NFPA Level III Instructor, ICS Canada Instructor

ESI CEO & Founder, NFPA Level III Instructor, ICS Canada Instructor

Canadian Security Clearance:

(Level III: Top secret)
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3

Connect with Mark Gillan:

Mark leads the ESI team in conducting risk assessments, training, program, and plan review, exercise scenario development, exercise facilitation, and evaluation as well as compiling final After Action Review documentation and recommendations. Under Mark’s leadership, there have been six (6) Federal research and development projects conceived and executed by the ESI team. Service has been provided for various critical infrastructures, such as Port Saint John, Point Lepreau Generating Station, Canaport Liquefied Natural Gas, Saint John Energy, as well as corporations like Atlantic Potash, Mead Johnson Nutrition, and the Mosaic Company.

Mark has led teams of ESI personnel to assist corporations like Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Northwest Territories Power Corporation, and 7 Mi’kmaq communities in their resiliency strategy. Mark has conducted over 150 corporate validation exercises and evaluations in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and India. As lead evaluator, Mark has authored reports on behalf of clients for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Transport Canada. In 2014, Mark wrote the International Hazardous Materials Operations Plan under the International Emergency Management Assistance Compact (IEMAC) on behalf of Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and International Emergency Management Group (IEMG) members.

Prior to founding Emergency Solutions International, Mark served the City of Saint John Fire Department as an active firefighter, Hazardous Materials/CBRN-E technician. Mark finished his 26-year career with the Fire Service in the position of Deputy Chief and Director of the Saint John Emergency Management Organization. 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 the 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 Emergency Operations Centre. From September 13-16, 2001, Mark assisted at Ground Zero in New York City. In the final year of service with the City of Saint John, he was the Director of Saint John Emergency Management Organization.

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 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.

Mark obtained his Bachelor of Business degree in 1998 from the University of New Brunswick 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 tactical programs at Texas A&M University, has studied Incident Command at the U.S. National Fire Academy, and also completed the Leadership in Crisis program at Harvard University.

Mariann Patstone

Mariann Patstone

Chief Administrative Officer

Chief Administrative Officer

Canadian Security Clearance:

(Level II)
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3

Prior to joining Emergency Solutions International, Mariann spent 12 years as a project manager for a large oil refining company. In her role as the project manager, Mariann was responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of business process improvements, development of human resource practices, and the implementation 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.

Md Abed Hossain

Md Abed Hossain

IT and Virtual Product Delivery Coordinator, MBA & B.Sc. (EEE)

IT and Virtual Product Delivery Coordinator, MBA & B.Sc. (EEE)

Connect with Md Abed Hossain:

Abed is a seasoned professional with a technical background and a post graduate business degree. As the IT and Virtual Product Delivery Coordinator for Emergency Solutions International, Abed brings a wealth of experience, both local and international.

Abed graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2012. As a young Engineer he started his career with Chevron Bangladesh and worked in various projects at Bibiyana Gas Field as a Project Engineer, Project Team Leader, and Project Supervisor from 2012 to 2015.

While working in a variety of supervisory roles at Chevron Bangladesh, Abed, completed his first Masters of Business Administration (MBA), majoring in Human Resource Management. In 2016, he switched his career to gain experience in the NGO Sector and joined BRAC Bangladesh as a Deputy Program Manager of the BRAC Road Safety Program. At BRAC Bangladesh, Abed concentrated in project development, analysis, and implementation of many community road safety projects while managing BRAC Driving School.

Aspiring further studies in Business Administration, Abed received a scholarship at the University of New Brunswick Saint John Campus (UNBSJ), for his second MBA, majoring in Project Management. Through the UNBSJ MBA Program Abed had a rewarding internship working as a Business Consultant at the Saint John Women’s Empowerment Network, a non- profit organization.

Upon graduation from UNBSJ, Abed served as a Technical Support Specialist at Xplornet Communications Inc., troubleshooting internet connectivity and resolving other technical issues for hundreds and thousands of rural Canadians. Through Xplornet, Abed gained extensive knowledge and expertise on troubleshooting various Satellite platforms and LTE technologies.

Emergency Solutions International is extending its organizational capacity and embracing the technological changes of the emerging dynamic business environment. Abed lends his technical expertise in leading the technological transformation of ESI along with providing necessary support for smooth operations, IT management, organizational transformation and resiliency, and agility to respond to the current business environment.

Morgan Easton

Morgan Easton

BScKIN PCP Logistics and Evaluation

BScKIN PCP Logistics and Evaluation

A graduate of the University of New Brunswick Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) program in 2019, Morgan has a longstanding passion for emergency response.  While studying, Morgan spent two years as a Student Athletic Therapist for the UNB Women’s Soccer team, providing pre and post practice and game care along with physical therapy in a clinical setting. Morgan is an Instructor Trainer and Examiner Mentor with the Lifesaving Society of Canada, the highest level achievable, has led teams keeping swimmers safe in complex pool and open water settings and served as New Brunswick’s representative on the Society’s National First Aid Working Group to update their position on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. 

With a passion for emergency response, emergency management and patient care; Morgan completed her Primary Care Paramedicine program at Oulton College in 2020.  As a medical professional who serves New Brunswick’s citizens as a licensed paramedic in southern New Brunswick, her work has her learning alongside many health care and public safety professionals in controlled and uncontrolled environments daily.  As a third-generation first responder, Morgan brings her background in collaborative team-based environments, health care and calm under pressure demeanor to the ESI Team. 

William (Bill) Todd

William (Bill) Todd

MBA PMP

MBA PMP

Canadian Security Clearance:

(Level II)
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3

Beginning in the early 1980’s, Bill has held a number of diverse and senior positions with the City of Saint John encompassing real estate management, housing planning, development and management, facility and space planning, information technology and systems management, public safety communications, emergency management and police administration.

He retired as Chief Administrative Officer for the Saint John Police Force in 2012. In 2013, he founded BGT Consultants Inc, a consulting firm specializing in project management, municipal government and public safety. BGT has undertaken and managed several projects: for the City of Fredericton (site evaluation, planning, design and construction of a new communications centre; planning and preparation for the integration with the New Brunswick Trunk Mobile Radio Network), for the Province of New Brunswick (review and evaluation of the delivery of 911; project management related to the implementation of the NBTMR); and several for the Saint John Police Force. BGT has also worked with Emergency Solutions International (ESI) on a variety ofprojects and initiatives.

Bill holds a Masters of Business Administration –Information Technology Management from Athabasca University and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.

Marc Carey

Marc Carey

NFPA Level II Instructor & ICS Canada Instructor

NFPA Level II Instructor & ICS Canada Instructor

Marc has served more than 29 years 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.

In his role with ESI, Marc has delivered both theory and practical instruction in Master Stream, Save Our Own (Fire Fighter Self Rescue), and Incident Command System (ICS)courses. Marc has also served as a technical evaluator on several emergency management exercises.

Jim Fleming

Jim Fleming

MSc , BEd

MSc , BEd

After graduating from the University of New Brunswick (F) with a Bachelor of Education in 1984, Jim attended the Atlantic Police Academy and was awarded the New Brunswick Chiefs of Police Award as the Top Cadet in 1986. In the fall of that year, Jim became a member of the Saint John Police Force and was immediately involved in the Force’s move to Community Policing specializing in Crime Reduction strategies, being recognized by the Uptown Saint John President’s Award for Public Service (2004), the NB Minister of Public Safety for Crime Prevention (2003, 2010, 2011), the NB Solicitor General Award for Innovation in Police Practices (2007), and the Francis Memorial Award for Excellence in Crime Prevention (2005).

Since 2010, Jim has served as the Staff Sergeant in charge of the SJPF Public Order Unit, having been accredited through the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police; Public Order is responsible to oversee public safety and evacuation planning for any large crowd events, including demonstrations, parades, and outdoor festivals.

Prior to 2019, Jim functioned as the SJPF Emergency Tactical Commander (SWAT), and was responsible to coordinate a response to violence-related incidents, infrastructure protection, and working with the NB Emergency Response Interoperability Project. Most recently, Jim has been responsible for the re-start and supervision of the SJPF K-9 Unit, Emergency Measures (EMO) response, and Ground Search and Rescue coordination for the police.

In 2014, Jim was a Merit graduate from the University of Portsmouth (UK) with an MSc in Police Policy and Leadership, during which he undertook a study involving several Atlantic Canadian police services analyzing the effects of supervision and training upon how officers responded to violent incidents.

Peter Collings

Peter Collings

IFSTA Fire Instructor

IFSTA Fire Instructor

Peter began his career in the fire service in 1987 and worked to become lieutenant/captain of training for 5 years. He retired in 2019 while holding the rank of lieutenant of quint 5 serving old north end of Saint John NB. Over the years Peter has obtained his CFSL, Transport of dangerous goods, 10 year Scott air SCBA technician, Medical first responder and water rescue certifications.

He specializes in NFPA 472 Flammable Liquids Bulk Storage and NFPA 1081 Industrial ExteriorFire Brigade. Peter is also a Fire Instructor Level 1 through the IFSTA

Lew MacDonald

Lew MacDonald

CFO, GiFireE

CFO, GiFireE

Canadian Security Clearance:

(Level II)
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3

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.

P.B. (Pascal) Rodier

P.B. (Pascal) Rodier

MStJ,MA,CEM,PCP,SAS,ICS Canada Instructor

MStJ,MA,CEM,PCP,SAS,ICS Canada Instructor

Connect with P.B. (Pascal) Rodier:

Pascal brings with him experience from over 30 years in public safety and emergency management. After retiring from leadership roles in Emergency Medical Services, he is currently with a provincial health authority’s Emergency Preparedness team and is currently the Manager of Projects and Planning.

He has extensive experiences leading teams on large-scale incidents and events; commanding responses to multiple airplane crashes, multi-casualty incidents, EMS support for fire, Hazmat, CBRNE, civil unrest incidents, and large-scale civic celebrations (including the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics). Pascal was the Director of the Emergency Measures Office in Quispamsis NB during the 2018 Freshet Floods and he has been focused on the COVID-19 healthcare response since 2019.

Pascal is a Certified Emergency Manager with IAEM, a Situation Awareness Specialist with the Arcuri Group as well as a Professional Continuity Practitioner with FEMA. He has an extensive education in public safety and emergency management which include a Master of Arts in leadership (Health), from Royal Roads University, program certifications from the Emergency Management and Emergency Exercise Design Programs at the Justice Institute of British Columbia as well as multiple certificates from FEMA. He is currently a Lead Instructor in the Incident Command System and holds a Basic Instructors Certificate with FEMA.

His many honours and awards include, being invested as a Member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and receiving his Provincial Council Chair’s Commendation, was awarded the Richmond Chamber of Commerce 911 Award for Ambulance Paramedic of the Year, presented with the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal 30 Year Bar.

An SME on responder interoperability and leadership, Pascal has consulted and authored documents on a number of projects with organizations and governments at all levels. His successes have included implementation of legacy projects within public safety agencies, governments, communities and organizations across Canada. He has been a presenter and an Emcee at a number of public events, courses, workshops and national and international conferences.

Kevin Clynick

Kevin Clynick

NFPA Level III Instructor

NFPA Level III Instructor

Connect with Kevin Clynick:

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, HazardousMaterials 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.

Gary MacDonald

Gary MacDonald

Connect with 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.

Jonathan Gillan

Jonathan Gillan

BBA, Analyst, Programs, Plans, and Tactical Operations

BBA, Analyst, Programs, Plans, and Tactical Operations

Connect with Jonathan Gillan:

Jonathan graduated with high honours from Saint John High School in 2016. Jonathan has recently completed a degree in Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick Saint John campus, with a dual focus in Marketing and Human Resource Management. Following graduation from UNB, Jonathan had a keen interest in the emergency response field and is on the process of continuing a master's level study in Emergency Management.

In his role with ESI, Jonathan works on special projects including marketing, social media management, and new business unit expansion. He regularly participates in exercise scenario development and provides logistical support including Sim Cell operation and social media content

Paul Bruens

Paul Bruens

CD, President Southeastern Firefighter’s Association

CD, President Southeastern Firefighter’s Association

In 1985 Mr. Bruensfound his calling with the Kingston Township Fire Department under Chief Walter Bush as a volunteer firefighter. He was enrolled at St. Lawrence College and volunteered with Kingston Township Fire Department. After completing courses on weekends with the Ontario Fire College and in-house training, he knew it was his goal to become a full-time firefighter. While waiting for a response on his application, Paul, a reservist with the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment(PWOR) from the age of 17-19, applied to the Canadian Forces as a firefighter. Mr. Bruenscareer with the Canadian Forces began in June of 1986.

This career opportunity spanned over twenty-two years and brought him to places such as Israel, Syria, Croatia, Mediterranean, Iceland, Norway, Europe, Persian Gulf, South America, Caribbean, USA, and Afghanistan, always in the role of a firefighter. During his career, he was posted to Chatham, Greenwood, Halifax, and Moncton. While serving with the Canadian Forces Mr. Bruensalways accepted opportunities.

Paul completed his Emergency Medical Technician(EMT) certification and worked with Chatham Area Ambulance and Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia. In addition, Paul had the opportunity to become a member of the Berwick and District Fire Department and served the Department as a Deputy Chief. In January 2008, Mr. Bruens retired from the Canadian Forces as a Master Warrant Officer while posted to Sea Training Atlantic.

He transitioned his career into the role of Training Officer with the Moncton Fire Department. In February of 2012, Paul was promoted to the rank of Platoon Chief and moved back into operations on shift. Moncton Fire is a forward-thinking Fire Department that serves the community and local service district by answering approximately 6000 plus calls a year in a response area of 650 square kilometers, providing a medical response, water rescue, Hazardous Materials response, in addition to suppression and daily response to the community and citizens.

Norman J. Thibodeau

Norman J. Thibodeau

Tactical Response Evaluator

Tactical Response Evaluator
Norman joined the Minto Fire Department in 1973 and took his fire training at the Saint John Training Academy. In 1980, he joined the Office of the Fire Marshal as Provincial Training Officer. He continued in this position until 1987 when he was reassigned to the provincial equipment standards, which included the development of fire truck standardization for the Local Services Districts of New Brunswick.
 
In 1992, he worked as the Fire Marshal Technical Consultant in conjunction with Work Safe New Brunswick, and was accountable for the introduction of the adoption of Protective Clothing Standards for Fire Fighters in New Brunswick. Other duties included Fire equipment testing to national standards and acting as the Governor General “Chancellor” for the “Exemplary Service Medal”.
 
After the September 11t, 2001 (9-11) tragedy, Norman was re-assigned to represent the province at the National Level, and to develop the Provincial Hazardous Materials response plan for New Brunswick. He was instrumental in purchasing specialized equipment for the HazMat teams to better protect the fire fighters and citizens of New Brunswick.
 
In March of 2007, he was appointed to the position of Deputy Fire Marshal with his focus remaining on provincial HazMat coordination. In September of 2011 he became the acting Fire Marshal, and in November of 2012 he formally took on the role of Fire Marshal.
 
After 40 years in the fire service, Norman has retired from the Provincial Government and now provides consulting service.
Barry Oickle

Barry Oickle

Canadian Security Clearance:

(Level II)
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3

Barry began his career in the fire service as a member of the Saint John Fire Department in 1985 and currently holds the position of Platoon Chief.  Barry has provided front line operational and Incident Command leadership on a variety of emergency incidents.  While studying with Dalhousie University, Barry has received certificates in Fire Service Leadership, Fire Service Administration and Incident Command. He is an IFSAC certified Hazardous Material Technician and has completed and received certificates for Level I and Level II of the Fire Cause and Determination program from the NBCC. Through NBEMO he as completed the Basic Emergency Management, Emergency Operations Centre, Emergency Site Management, and Emergency Public Information Officer courses.