School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Taming “the Beast”:  Alberta’s Response to the 2016 Wood Buffalo Wildfires

Shane Schreiber

Friday October 21, 2016,  12:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

** Light lunch starts at 11:30 AM             All are Welcome


Shane Schreiber | October 21, 2016


Shane Schreiber

Managing Director, Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Government of Alberta

a high level review of the governance structures, strategies, and approaches used to deal with the challenges posed by the 2016 Wood Buffalo wildfires.  This will include a look at how the “whole of government” and “whole of society” responses were co-ordinated, and how the Government of Alberta specifically managed the crisis.


Born and raised in Alberta, Shane Schreiber joined the Canadian Forces and served Canada for 28 years in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI).  He spent the bulk of his career in command appointments in field units, including tours with the PPCLI Parachute Company and eventually commanding the Second Battalion PPCLI.  He completed operational tours in Cyprus, Bosnia, and two tours in Afghanistan (2002, 2006), for which he received the Canadian and NATO Meritorious Service and the US Army Bronze Star medals.  He also led units in disaster response in Manitoba (Floods, 1997 and 2011) and in complex security operations (Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics).

After retiring from the Canadian Army in 2012, Schreiber joined the Government of Alberta, working at the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and then the Flood Recovery Task Force.   He was appointed to lead the Province’s efforts in response to the devastating floods in High River in June / July 2013.  He is currently the Managing Director of AEMA, where he led Alberta’s response to the Wood Buffalo Wildfires in May 2016, the largest and most complex fire event of its kind in Canada.

Academically, Schreiber is a critically acclaimed historian and author.  He attended the Royal Military College of Canada, from which he holds an undergraduate and two Master’s degrees, as well as several awards.  His work on the Canadian Corps in 1918, Shock Army of the British Empire, is highly regarded by military historians, and he has appeared in numerous television documentaries on the Great War.