Who we are
Our team has worked with governments, the private sector, and disaster relief agencies in countries all over the world. We match our experience with local context to create tailored solutions that build tomorrow’s resilience today.
Adam has engaged directly with senior political leaders and development agencies around the world to improve public safety, private sector partnerships and climate change resilience. Prior to founding McAllister & Craig Disaster Management, Adam led the World Bank’s emergency preparedness and response global advisory team and supported government disaster management programs in Canada.
Adam holds a Master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management and was the recipient of one of Canada’s highest public service awards for his role in contingency planning. He was also awarded the Commander’s Medallion from the Canadian Armed Forces for his leadership in civilian-military disaster exercise planning. As a research fellow at Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, Adam also helps shape the practice of tomorrow’s disaster managers.
Sophia brings a strong background in local, sub-national and national level emergency management program governance and a pragmatic, optimistic approach to program leadership. Her excellent emergency management and program design skills were established through direct experience with complex emergencies in developing and fragile nations. She is a strategic thinker, able to translate international best practice to the operational context of the jurisdictions in which she works.
Before founding McAllister & Craig, Sophia provided leadership as the United Nations Health Cluster Coordinator in Afghanistan and as the Country Director for Medical Emergency Relief International across south Asia and Africa. She holds a Master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management.
DIRECTOR, DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENTOpen bio
Mike is an accomplished advanced care paramedic and has worked around the world with fire, rescue and police teams to improve their capacity and integration. He brings significant experience providing response capacity for wilderness expeditions and building practical preparedness solutions for low-resource and remote jurisdictions. As incident commander for medical services at mass gatherings with over 40,000 people, Mike understands the pragmatism, coordination and compassion necessary for effective disaster response.
Mike holds a Master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management and is highly respected for his ability to translate front-line operational experience to strategic insights for program development.
DIRECTOR, EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICESOpen bio
Katie is a well-respected professional with over 20 years of emergency management experience across the health and transport sectors at the federal and municipal level in Canada. She has led the development and modernization of local and national programs while maintaining a focus on systems thinking and standards integration. Katie’s context-tailored tactics, natural leadership and engagement style allow her to foster connection and collaboration with diverse teams and advance toward common goals.
A life-long learner, Katie has extensive technical training in human and physical security, disaster behavioural health, and incident management. She holds a master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management and is an Associate Business Continuity Professional.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE, DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENTOpen bio
Michael is a disaster management data specialist with significant experience developing and implementing information management solutions, early warning systems, and comprehensive risk statistics for governments, private sector infrastructure owners, regional disaster response agencies and multi-lateral institutions. He has worked with clients in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and Eastern Africa to design and build local technical capacity for climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness and post-disaster recovery.
Michael has worked across various data management and analysis platforms, including ArcGIS, SPSS, PANDAS/Jupyter, PowerBI and PostgreSQL, to improve resilience and public safety outcomes. He is actively involved with the development of open-source software and data, including training teams to use these tools and platforms in context to ensure sustainable capacity. Michael holds a Master of Science in Applied Science as well as an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems.
SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST, DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENTOpen bio
Bob is an internationally recognized leader in disaster communications and crisis management including extensive consultation experience with governments and resilience partners in developing nations and fragile states. He has led global teams with up to 2,500 personnel across multiple disciplines and locations and directed large-scale projects from ideation to completion. Prior to beginning his work in the private sector, Bob was the Deputy Director of External Affairs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States and held a senior leadership role for the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Bob is highly regarded for his public communications leadership during response operations. He has deployed four times to combat zones and has led communication efforts for major disaster responses including Hurricanes Ike and Sandy, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the Deepwater Horizon crisis.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE, DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENTOpen bio
Simon has 25 years experience in the international development sector, during which he has worked in approximately 20 countries in Africa, South Asia and South-east Asia. His specializations include water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), environmental assessment and management, watershed management and climate resilience. Recent assignments have included environmental assessment and planning for several large health, education and livelihoods programs implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation, coordinating and co-editing the UNICEF/WHO publication “State of the World’s Sanitation” and major programmatic evaluations and strategic reviews for clients including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and WaterAid UK.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE, CLIMATE RESILIENCE & ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENTOpen bio
Wes is a capable, results-oriented disaster manager and development professional who strikes the right balance between operational program realities and strategic resilience objectives. He has significant experience in Africa where he managed large-scale USAID critical infrastructure reconstruction and hardening projects as well as volcanic eruption relief programs.
Through his academic pursuits in engineering technology and disaster risk management, Wes is well positioned as a knowledge bridge for multiple disciplines. He holds a Master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management as is a certified Project Management Professional.
REGIONAL LEAD ASSOCIATE, AFRICAOpen bio
One of Europe’s leading academic voices in disaster management, Dr. Tedim has introduced novel approaches to build resilience at local and regional scales. As a thought leader for disaster risk, she has embraced climate change adaptation to inform national understanding of current and future risks posed by natural hazards and evolving social vulnerabilities.
Fantina holds a doctorate in Human Geography and as a professor she designs and delivers courses on disaster risk assessment. She is the assistant editor for a leading international disaster risk journal and is a reviewer for over twenty additional refereed publications. A much sought-after speaker and author, Dr. Tedim has presented at over 60 events and has over 50 publications credited to her name.
REGIONAL LEAD ASSOCIATE, EUROPEOpen bio
Nigel Thomas is an architect based in Trinidad and Tobago. He is a long standing member of the Trinidad & Tobago Institute of Architects (T.T.I.A), and the Board of Architects Trinidad & Tobago (BoATT). Nigel is a respected strategic thinker and an accomplished project manager within the global community. He has provided technical input into ‘Build Back Better’ initiatives following natural disasters in Dominica, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Trinidad. Nigel follows international standards and building codes coupled with social vulnerability considerations to ensure structural integrity and functional utility of critical infrastructure. He is a leader in the practice of using hazard mitigation resiliency and hardening measures against earthquake, floods, hurricanes and other hazards in the context of the jurisdictions in which he works. Leveraging his extensive network of urban planners, engineers, and environmental scientists, Nigel ensures that ‘Build Back Better’ and ‘Build Better Before’ projects are implemented in a responsible and sustainable manner.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE, DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENTOpen bio
Dechen is McAllister & Craig’s Regional Lead Associate for South Asia. An experienced disaster risk management professional and civil engineer, her work focuses on resilient infrastructure development, climate adaptation, early warning systems, risk finance and world heritage conservation. Dechen masterfully integrates structural and non-structural measures to address the most intractable risk reduction challenges at local, national and regional scales. Prior to joining McAllister & Craig, she led senior-level interdisciplinary disaster risk management teams at the World Bank. She has regularly and successfully collaborated with bilateral foreign aid organizations, multi-lateral development banks and various United Nations agencies.
REGIONAL LEAD ASSOCIATE, SOUTH ASIAOpen bio
Trevor is a developing leader in disaster and risk finance. He recently completed his Honors Business Administration degree at Ivey Business School at Western University where he developed a multidisciplinary background in disaster risk, social sciences, management, and finance. Through his domestic and international internships, including the Aga Khan Hospital Nairobi and Deloitte Corporate Finance, Trevor applied his academic background to generate practical management solutions. As part of the McAllister & Craig team, he provides emerging analytical insights for macro and micro disaster risk financing that are contextual and sustainable.