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Jeff Donaldson

PhD Graduate

I joined SPPA in 2017 to address what I perceived as a policy implementation failure. For all the efforts of three levels of government and international/national non-profits, Canadians remain woefully unprepared for emergencies. I chose this as after 28 years in the Canadian Army and having travelled the world, I witnessed what both mankind and nature can do to the comforts of our daily lives.

Fast forward two years, seven topics and a number of academic advisors later, I am researching why the message of preparedness is not being adopted. Specifically analyzing the relationship between municipal governments and community organizations with a view to discover a better way to leverage social capital in breaching the impasse, leading to a more resilient population.

I completed an undergraduate degree at The Royal Military College of Canada, a Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University and hold numerous professional certifications in supply chain management and logistics.

When not preparing for the coming apocalypse or searching for an academic supervisor, I am an avid outdoorsman, golfer, husband and proud father of two amazing young men. When this journey is complete, I will hike the Appalachian Trail. Why? Because it is there.