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From emergencies of all sorts including man-made and natural disasters, we understand how a crisis can rock even the most stable organizations. Minutes—even seconds—count when responding to critical events.

Handled well, a crisis can allow your organization to demonstrate leadership and maintain credibility, but managed poorly, can mean disaster.
At Black Gold Emergency Planners, we help businesses and organizations of all sizes and types with: 

  • Developing and maintaining emergency preparedness and business continuity plans
  • Customizing your mobile platform
  • Training personnel
  • Building stakeholder relations
  • Complying with legal requirements
  • Promoting an attitude for safety in the workplace

Our goal is to provide you with expert guidance and peace of mind when it comes to preparing for potential emergencies. As a recognized industry leader, you can trust us to provide business continuity framework and modern tools to guide your organization in times of emergency through the initial response and final recovery stages.


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Meet the Team: Experts in Emergency
Response, Preparedness and Management

At Black Gold, we employ skilled personnel who work with our clients and complementary business partners to ensure the customer gets the best solution. By delivering results on time and on budget, our team works hard to help our clients reach and sustain world-class levels of safety and preparedness in their operations through solid management practices and cutting-edge technology like our mobile BGGoPlan®.
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Marlin Hovrisko
Founder & President
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Jason Swan
VP Operations
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Curtis Herron
Emergency Response Manager
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Tammy Bonderenko
Office Manager
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Chantale Reitenbach
Senior Emergency Response Planner
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Tori Wohlfarth
Senior Emergency Response Planner
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Chris Bijl
Senior Emergency Response Planner
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Mandeep Dhesi
Senior Emergency Response Planner
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Alecia Beauchamp
Senior Emergency Response Planner
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David Mitterhuber
Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician
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Philip Poole
Training Manager
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Darcy Stratmoen
Public Consultation Specialist
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Operations in Canada or the U.S.? We’ve got you covered.

Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas

  • Upstream oil and gas
  • Oil sands
  • Transmission pipelines
  • Rail loading terminals
Industry and Manufacturing

Industry and Manufacturing

  • Transportation, railroads and trucking
  • Utilities
  • Chemicals
  • Mining
  • Hospitality including resorts and casino
  • Forestry
  • Pulp and paper
Professional Services

Professional Services

  • Real estate sector
  • Commercial property managements
Government and Post Secondary Institutions

Government and Post Secondary Institutions

  • Federal, provincial, municipal and count governments
  • Municipal and County
  • Emergency Services
  • Academic / Education
  • Hospitality including resorts and casino
  • Health Care
NGO and Non-Profit

NGO and Non-Profit

  • Relief agencies
  • Aid workers
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Service groups
Every jurisdiction where you’re operating comes with specific requirements. We take care of the fine print when it comes to your emergency response obligations, so you can get on with your business.

For our clients with operations across North America and beyond, we deliver services tailored to each jurisdiction.

We are currently working in the following areas:

CANADA
  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • New Brunswick
  • Northwest Territories
U.S.
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your specialized emergency skills?
We are an inspired group of people from various countries with complimentary education. Our team consists of people from many different disciplines including engineering, safety, training, journalism and linguistics.



We bring all these skills together to pool our knowledge and tackle problems from many angles.
How long does it take to develop an emergency plan?
There are many critical success factors that dictate how long a particular implementation will take. We have broken down some of the more important ones into three areas: the business, data verification / exchange and the people.

  • Business facilities at multiple geographical locations take more time to implement compared to an organization which is confined to one particular region.
  • Effective communication must occur to facilitate changes to be made so that the new system is accurate and complete. Great care must be exercised to efficiently exchange information in timely manner.
  • Implementation for a business with five users will consume less time than one with more than a hundred. Not only will the required training will be greater but there will a more need for effective project management.
How do you make sure we are prepared?
The real key to being prepared lies in planning, preparing and practicing what you and your organization will do if an incident happens. Providing our customers with proven “field tested” plans is a very important element of our success.



Where we truly excel is in the delivery of impactful training that enables your team to demonstrate preparedness using a variety of tools.
How do you make sure our business is compliant?
We navigate and coordinate projects in many different jurisdictions. Working with industry and regulators continuously requires us to remain proactive and knowledgeable so that we can provide sound advice and guidance.

We track project time, submissions, approvals, distributions, revisions and key milestone dates.

When due dates come up, we send reminders to ensure that our clients remain compliant.
What do you deliver?
Black Gold delivers customized, knowledge-based services to our clients. When clients hire Black Gold, they generally do so because of our company’s credibility and reputation. We excel at:

  • the structure
  • tips on how to set-up
  • deployment strategies
  • approved products
  • meaningful training and results
What is your process in developing emergency plans?
We need to understand the geographic operations, the organizational structure, the hazards associated with the operations, the existing programs elements and the level of experience demonstrated by key staff.



Black Gold personnel are very experienced at asking the right questions to qualify and quantify the work required. Upon completing this due diligence assessment we provide a cost estimate and timeline to facilitate the work.



Upon approval, our team works hard to deliver quality and value while meeting all of the work objectives.
How will you help us prepare for business disruption?
We excel at developing business continuity plans that provide the strategies, capabilities and procedures for staff to implement in the event of a significant disruption to day-to-day business operations. This includes facilitating business impact assessments which are a detailed and documented process designed to identify and prioritize business functions and workflow, including establishing recovery time objectives by assessing impacts over time that might result if an organization was to experience a disruptive event.
How do you ensure our plans are accurate?
Our quality control plan ties everything together. It ensures that processes run as smoothly as possible producing acceptable output. Black Gold’s quality control plan focuses resources on process and product characteristics that are important to the customer. The proper allocation of resources on these major items helps to reduce costs without sacrificing quality.
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Prepare your business for any emergency.
Fire, flood or even zombies!

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Marlin Hovrisko
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Founder & President

Marlin Hovrisko is the founder and President of Black Gold. With more than 20 years of experience in emergency preparedness, oil and gas project management and business operations, Marlin has helped grow the company from a loft to a continent.

As Black Gold president, Marlin oversees the consulting business, while at the same time driving innovation and growth across all markets. Prior to founding Black Gold, Marlin built a leading edge, technology-based consulting service.

Marlin has a BSc. from the University of Calgary. He is proud of the Black Gold family-like office atmosphere and attributes the company’s success to his committed, experienced, long-term project managers.

Outside of work, you can find Marlin watching his daughter ride her show jumping horse, attending ringette games or chasing walleye across North America.
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Jason Swan
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VP Operations

Jason is a passionate leader who ensures operational excellence in the company. He understands that preparedness and safety are integral elements of any successful business. His main motivation is to design meaningful programs to help people communicate and respond effectively in emergency situations.

Jason joined Black Gold in 2006 and manages employees, develops business goals and assists in the development of effective emergency response plans for a diverse group of clients.

Prior to joining Black Gold, Jason was the Environmental, Safety and Regulatory Manager at Samson Canada. He holds a BSc. from the University of Calgary, diploma in Chemical Engineering from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).

Jason is a family man who is working with his wife to raise their children to appreciate the arts, history, science and the world around them.
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Curtis Herron
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Emergency Response Manager

As Emergency Response Manager, Curtis Herron focuses on quality assurance and quality control in Emergency Response Planning. With a decade of experience in emergency response, he is well known in the industry as a skilled problem solver. His role with Black Gold includes being Project Manager, Senior Client Advisor and overseeing emergency response training programs.

In his previous position as a Senior Emergency Response Advisor with a major producer, he oversaw a multi-level emergency response process that helped protect people, the environment, corporate assets and reputation.

He has an Applied Degree in Criminal Justice from Lethbridge Community College.

When not at work, Curtis enjoys spending time with his wife, friends, family and dog Napoleon. Curtis is a major sports fan and enjoys playing baseball and golf.
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Tammy Bonderenko
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Office Manager

Tammy Bonderenko has worked in office management for over 19 years and ensures the smooth day-to-day operation of the Black Gold office. Her responsibilities include office administration, finance, facilities management among many others.

Prior to joining Black Gold, Tammy worked in the oil and gas sector as office manager and field contract liaison in Cold Lake, Alberta for over 15 years.

In addition to spending time with her family, Tammy has been involved with the Cold Lake Youth Bowling Canada and was also the chairperson for 5-pin bowling for the 2010 Alberta Winter Games.  Tammy is an avid hockey and football fan and enjoys cheering for the hometown teams. Tammy loves pets and often tells stories about the antics of her dogs.
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Chantale Reitenbach
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Senior Emergency Response Planner

A natural leader and strategist, Chantale Reitenbach is instrumental in developing and maintaining Emergency Response Plans for a wide range of clients. With over a decade of experience in the field, Chantale focuses on building practical programs that meet clients’ needs.

Chantale brings enthusiasm and resourcefulness to each of her projects in a continued effort to deliver value and improve efficiencies.

Prior to joining Black Gold, Chantale completed her BA in Psychology, followed by her BComm in Finance.

Over the last 25 years, Chantale has played women’s soccer at the national and provincial level and is also a competitive runner. She also coaches her two young daughters in soccer.
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Tori Wohlfarth
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Senior Emergency Response Planner

Tori Wohlfarth joined Black Gold in 2004 as an Emergency Response Planner and has since worked her way up to Senior Emergency Response Planner. Tori has thirteen years of experience in managing Emergency Response Planning programs, liaising with government agencies and developing public awareness campaigns.

Prior to joining Black Gold, Tori worked as a project coordinator at Certus Strategies where she worked on risk assessments and mitigation strategies for high profile public consultation projects.

Tori is a generous, caring team player who recognizes the importance of safety management strategies and preparedness. Her focus and enthusiasm sets the foundation for success both professionally and personally.

When not at work, she can be found volunteering at the ringette rink with her daughter.
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Chris Bijl
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Senior Emergency Response Planner

A seasoned leader with an esteemed military career, Chris Bijl brings close to three decades of experience to Black Gold as a Senior Emergency Response Planner. He is certified to the Incident Command System 300 level and constantly strives to increase his knowledge about the industry.

Chris has spent recent years working directly with clients in the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry. His 28 years of operational and administrative experience as a senior manager in the Canadian Forces includes two United Nations tours as a Military Observer. This specialized training and experience gives Chris a unique advantage. He applies these skills today by helping clients prepare, coordinate and execute responses to all types of operational emergencies and threats.

Chris holds a BA from Saint Francis Xavier University and a BSc. in Information Technology from DeVry University. 
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Mandeep Dhesi
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Senior Emergency Response Planner

Mandeep Dhesi is an accomplished, solutions focused professional offering extensive experience in emergency response planning.

He has over 6 years of experience in preparing emergency response plans and coordinating crisis management activities within the petroleum industry.

He has a proven background developing and maintaining liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities to facilitate plan development and response coordination.

As a senior emergency response planner/project manager, Mandeep delivers expertise in business management principals, strategic planning, leadership, and coordination of people and resources.

He has attended the Northern Institute of Technology (NAIT) majoring in Emergency Management, and is currently working towards obtaining his Associate Business Continuity Practitioner (ABCP) Designation. Mandeep has also received numerous certifications from the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Response Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health.
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Alecia Beauchamp
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Senior Emergency Response Planner

Alecia Beauchamp has joined Black Gold as a Senior Emergency Response Planner and brings with her a wealth of knowledge including over a decade of experience specific to the development, implementation and management of Emergency Response Programs.

Prior to joining Black Gold, Alecia most recently worked as a Project Manager/Senior Emergency Response Planner. In addition to overseeing the development and updating of emergency response programs, Alecia’s responsibilities also included managing a variety of regulatory/compliance projects across western Canada. During this time, she participated in hundreds of emergency response planning exercises and real-life emergencies.

Alecia has completed the Principles of Health and Safety Management and Auditor Training Program. Alecia has also recently started working towards a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety through the University of New Brunswick and is eager to complete the course in 2017.

In the summer of 2016 Alecia and her husband welcomed their first child Olivia. When not at work, Alecia is enjoying her role as a mother and spending time with her friends and family including their two dogs Teddy and Paddington.
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David Mitterhuber
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Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician

David Mitterhuber joined Black Gold in 2004 as a GIS Technician. For the past 12 years, he has been instrumental in developing maps for drilling, facility and corporate emergency response programs.

As the Black Gold GIS lead, David reviews and coordinates all mapping activity, ensuring that mapping criteria are met according to regulatory guidelines. He also assists with the training and implementation of the Emergency Messaging Application (EMA) for resident notifications.

David holds a BSc. from the University of Calgary and a Marketing Diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. David has recently completed the Project Management Extension Certificate at Mount Royal University.

For David, training does not end at work. During soccer season, you’ll find him busy volunteering or coaching his children’s soccer teams.
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Philip Poole
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Training Manager

Having joined the Black Gold team in 2017, Philip Poole brings with him a blend of regulatory knowledge, audits and has an extensive background in conducting specialized training in emergency response and business continuity planning.

Clients have relied on Philips’ experience to provide them with guidance before, during and after incidents and emergencies have taken place. Philip has also proven himself to be a key asset in assisting clients during real emergencies and with post-incident reporting, on numerous occasions.

Prior to working for Black Gold, Philip worked for Deliotte LLP where he worked with some of the biggest oil & gas companies in the world. Philip has a willingness to share his knowledge gained from his experiences.

Philip has a British Army background that has been followed by 8+ years in the oil and gas sector, with experience in both operations, public consultations, emergency response planning training. He has added more than 10 years of emergency management and response experience though pervious employment and subsequent employment with Black Gold.

Outside of work, Philip enjoys spending time with his family, distance shooting (marksmanship), watching and playing both football and rugby.
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Darcy Stratmoen
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Public Consultation Specialist

Darcy Stratmoen joined Black Gold in 2006 as a Public Consultation Specialist. His role involves doing public consultations across Western Canada for energy related industrial projects that include H2S gas and liquid natural gas (LNG) assets, rail facilities, and flaring operations. Other responsibilities include extensive field mapping duties, summarizing and daily reporting of resident issues to clients and compiling/recording field data into a secure relational database.

Darcy holds a Diploma in Land and Water Resource Management from Olds College and he is also trained in ICS 200. Darcy assists our Senior Training Consultant in the field during Major Training Exercises.

On his days off, Darcy looks forward to spending time with his young daughter. He is also passionate about outdoor recreation activities such as camping, hunting, and ATV’ing.