Pat Quealey - Vice President for British Columbia and Yukon & Interim Vice President for Alberta and Northwest Territories

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Pat Quealey joined the Red Cross as the Vice President for British Columbia and Yukon in 2019. A seasoned disaster and emergency management professional, Pat brings more than 30 years-experience in domestic and overseas leadership roles with government and the Canadian military, combined with a passion for humanitarian work.
Pat joined RCMSAR after his tenure as Assistant Deputy Minister for Emergency Management BC where he led the provincial agency responsible for planning, preparedness and response to emergencies and disasters of all types. In this position, among other initiatives, he oversaw improving support for public safety volunteers and local governments, and the development and exercising of BC’s first catastrophic earthquake immediate response plan.
Prior to his position with provincial government, Pat completed a 26-year career with the Canadian Armed Forces. His overseas deployments included peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and coordinating multi-national operations in Afghanistan. In Canada, among other responsibilities, Pat has led the planning and coordination of support to numerous disaster response operations in British Columbia and Alberta. Operationally, Pat has also deployed in support of wildfire and flood responses and has volunteer experience in ground and air search and rescue organizations in different parts of Canada.
Pat has recently served as a Red Cross Provincial Advisory Committee member and is also trained in Red Cross international disaster management. Pat holds a Graduate Certificate in disaster science from the University of Richmond in Virginia; a Masters of Military Arts and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College; a Graduate Certificate in applied science from the Royal Military College of Science in England; and a Bachelor of Arts from the Royal Military College of Canada.