Donna Tona


Emergency Management Experience

Contract Consultant for the  “63 Region Emergency Response Study” Office of the Alberta Fire Commissioner’s Office-area of accomplishment response mapping and chopper rescue protocol;
The Walkerton E-Coli Disaster – Walkerton Ontario – Victim Support Lead;
FIJI Hostage Situation and Government Coup – Intervention Team;
Oklahoma City Bombing – Recovery Team Lead;
Pentagon and World Trade Center Terrorism Attack- Intervention Lead;
Ice Storm 98 – Intervention Team and Business Recovery Lead;
Manitoba Floods- Intervention Team Lead with Manitoba Credit Unions;
Tobermory School Boat sinking disaster – Owen Sound, Ontario – Intervention Team Lead;
Alberta Forest Fires – 2001 – Intervention Team Lead;
25 Years of responding to Financial Institution Robbery and Fraud;
City of Leduc redevelopment of Municipal Emergency Plan,  Scenario development team, Pandemic Plan Lead, EOC Auditor, Reception Centre Live Exercise Developer, Capital-Ice 2015 tabletop multi municipal exercise;
ICS Certification in ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS 401 and ICS 402 for Executives;
Developed Disaster Social Services plan for City of Cold Lake;
Crisis Management Adjunct Instructor- University of Madison Wisconsin;
Instructor Canadian Police College on Victim Intervention/Crisis Management;
Instructor Barbados Police College – Crisis Management;
Instructor and course developer for over 100 international clients.

Municipal/Industry Project and Work Experience 

1979-1981 – Bulk Plant Assistant Manager/Transport Driver/Fuel/NH3  Esso
1983-1993 – Senior Civilian Administrator Calgary Police Service  Community Services Section;
1993-Present – Management Consultant;
Policy development;
Peace Officer interim management/program development;
Community Services management;
FCSS management;
Training and safety program development/management;
Elections training;
FOIP/Service training;


1978 – Red Deer College – Business Administration;
1983 – Mount Royal University – Justice Administration;
1998 – Canadian Police College – Crisis Intervention Trainers Course;
1983-1993 – Numerous training from Calgary Police Service

Professional Development Training

Certified Trauma Specialist – USA Must recertify and prove education and field experience every 2 years.  To date over 50,000 documented field hours and currently undergoing re-certification;
Certified Suicide Trainer;
Advanced Critical Incident Debriefing with over 500 situations lead to date;
Basic and Advanced Threat Assessment – 2006;
National Community Disaster Training – Washington DC  NOVA;
Emergency Operations Centre Training – 2006;

Professional Affiliations

Past President Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce;
Director of Protocol for Alberta Winter Games – 2008 and 2016
Cambridge Registry – Top Female Executive, 2014;
Cambridge Registry – Entrepreneur of the Year 2011;
Cambridge Registry – Top 101 Industry Experts 2012  – released publication;
Alberta Solicitor General Award for Crime Prevention Programs-1988;
Part of the Team that brought and refined the Victim Impact Statement from the USA to Canada;
7-time international award winner for training video development and training manual publications
Numerous speaking engagements including Hawaii, New Zealand, Caribbean, USA and Canada.

Professional Publications

RCMP Gazette – Crisis Management;
Credit Union Way National Journal – Disaster Recovery;
Insurance Journal of Canada – Crisis Management;
HR Journal – Employee Survivor Ability;
American Psychotherapy Association – Cited in the Book” Group Interventions for Disaster Preparedness and Response”;
Numerous radio and TV appearances for opinions and responses including FOX TV and CBC.

Project Lead Experience

Highway 63 Project;
Safe Communities;
City of Leduc – Health and Safety;
The Adjunct Instructor University of Madison;
Interim Management/Development/Policy Development of Peace Officer Units in Morinville, Crowsnest Pass, Vermilion, Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House, Enoch Cree Nation.
Service Level Review – Municipality of Coaldale
ISO Certification Project – AMR Process Engineering

List of Clients

The Royal Barbados Police Force – Barbados WI;
IIR Institute of New Zealand – Auckland, Wellington NZ;
American Bankers Association – Washington DC;
Barbados Light and Power – Barbados WI;
Cities of Guelph/ Kitchener, Waterloo/ Hamilton – Ontario Canada;
Credit Union Leagues of South Carolina/ Georgia, North Carolina/ Texas/Pennsylvania/ Florida/ New Mexico/ California/ Illinois/ Iowa/ Michigan/New Jersey/ Hawaii – USA;
The Canadian Police College – Ottawa Canada;
The International Emergency Preparedness Conference – Ontario;
Retail Council of Canada – Canada;
Workers’ Compensation Board of BC – Nanaimo, and Vancouver;
Various Victim Service Units in Canada;
Westlock Fire Service;
Alberta Disaster Services;
RCMP Crime Prevention Ontario;
Risk and Insurance Management Society – USA and Canada;
Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan – Canada;
Shell Jamaica – Jamaica;
South Pacific EAP Conference – Hawaii USA;
Education Safety Association of Ontario – Canada;
Industrial Accident Prevention Association – Canada;
Catholic Social Services – Canada;
Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation – Canada;
The Women’s Insurance Professional Association of Canada;
Women’s Insurance Institute of Manitoba pandemic and crisis planning;
Credit Union Central of Alberta – risk and emergency management;
Credit Union Conferences USA – ground conferences in Florida, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Cruise Conference Speaker on Celebrity Cruises – Alaska and Norwegian – the Caribbean
Municipal Clients of  the City of Cold Lake, Town of Vermilion, the City of Chestermere, Town of Rimbey, Village of Thorsby, Town of Coaldale; City of Leduc, City of Spruce Grove – Peace Officer Program, management/development, emergency management, pandemic planning;
Adjunct Instructor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison – Crisis Management;
Michigan Prison System – CISM
CUNA Mutual – Crisis Management, Disaster Response;

The Werkz is pleased to offer administrative, training, record management, exercise development, hazard gap analysis, meeting and executive support to both the committee and agency, budget and financial supervision, liaison with all allied partners and agencies.