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Chief of Calgary Emergency Management Agency

Tom Sampson

Director of CEMA

On Feb. 19, 2015, The City of Calgary announced that Tom Sampson has been appointed Chief of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency. He will begin this role on March 2, 2015.

Sampson has been with The City of Calgary since 1985, in various senior roles.  
Sampson’s tenure in CEMA spans nearly five years. He joined CEMA in 2009 to help develop the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and build and train the team to operate it.  In 2011, he assisted with the Slave Lake wild fires and served as the EOC manager during the disaster. He was also acting director of CEMA during 2013 June floods in Calgary.
After leaving CEMA in 2013 to work as the Executive Officer for Fire, Sampson returned to CEMA in 2014 as deputy chief.
His role with CEMA includes building and fostering relationships with the agency’s many partners and members. CEMA is responsible for ensuring a coordinated response to crisis situations that may affect Calgarians – their health, properties or livelihoods. CEMA also manages The City’s Emergency Social Services program, made up of more than 100 City of Calgary employees who provide services to meet the immediate physical and psychological needs of individuals affected by an emergency or disaster.
Previously, Sampson served as executive officer and deputy chief with the Calgary Fire Department and spent a combined total of 22 years working in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with over 11 of those years as chief of Calgary EMS.  During this time, he worked to establish the Calgary Regional EMS Partnership and the EMS Chiefs of Alberta and Canada. He received the Alberta College of Paramedics’ Award for Excellence and is a lifetime member of the Board of EMS Chiefs of Canada and continues to maintain registration as an Advanced Care Paramedic.
Sampson holds a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University and has completed the Labour Relations program at Queen’s University, attended the Banff School of Advanced Management and the executive program of the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Business.