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Orientation Training

Do you know what is in your emergency response plan and how it should work?

Orientation training is designed to familiarize new team members with emergency response, business continuity and crisis communications plans. This can be done with as many or few people as necessary.

Tabletop Exercise

Do you know that discussing the response using a suitable scenario makes you more effective in the event of an actual emergency?

Emergency managers rely on the simulation of emergencies as a crucial means of improving emergency plans and training emergency personnel. 

Tabletop exercises are discussion-based sessions where team members meet in an informal, classroom setting to discuss their roles during an emergency and their responses to a particular emergency situation.

A facilitator guides participants through a discussion of one or more scenarios. The duration of a tabletop exercise depends on the audience, the topic being explored and the exercise objectives. Many tabletop exercises can be conducted in a few hours and are cost-effective tools to validate your plans and capabilities.

Communication Exercise

Do you know that communication breakdown is one of the biggest hurdles during an emergency? Communication exercises are considered “expanded tabletop exercises” and focus on the internal and/or external communication required during an incident.

The scope of these exercises can vary greatly and may include internal communication, public notification, as well as external agency and social media communication.

Functional Exercise

Do you know that mobilizing personnel and equipment in a dry run helps you identify areas for improvement? Functional exercises allow personnel to validate plans and readiness by performing their duties in a simulated operational environment.

The exercises are designed to engage specific team members, procedures and resources (e.g. communications, warning, notifications and equipment set-up), but they do not typically include outside agencies or stakeholders.

Major Exercise

Practicing your emergency response while collaborating with support agencies using a realistic scenario is the best way to prepare for an actual crisis.

A major exercise is as close to the real thing as possible. It takes place on location using equipment and personnel who would be called upon in a real event. Major exercises are conducted in conjunction with public agencies and regulatory authorities. They often include participation from local stakeholders.

Specialty Training

Roles and Responsibilities Training

Do you know that focused responsibility training builds responder confidence? This program helps prepare potential response team members to fill assigned roles. The training will help to sharpen management skills and better equip responders to be fully effective during an incident.

Roadblock Training

There’s a lot more to setting up a roadblock than placing a couple of pylons across a road. Field training allows experienced personnel to set up equipment and perform roadblock functions in a realistic environment.

Reception Training

Often, your receptionist is the first point of contact during an emergency. This training prepares your receptionist team to accept, document and manage emergency telephone calls while remaining calm and professional. This training facilitates awareness by simulating live incoming telephone calls.

Telephone Team Training

Your telephone team can have a positive impact on community relations during an emergency. Help them be ready.

Once activated in an emergency response, it is the responsibility of the telephone team to contact area stakeholders. The telephone team contacts and maintains communication with directly impacted members of the public in order to keep them informed of the situation and actions to be taken.

This training reviews communication strategies, documentation protocols and simulates an effective communication plan by emulating live telephone calls.

Customized Emergency Response Training

We can adapt existing courses or design new courses to meet your needs. All custom courses are designed in consultation with you.

Incident Command System Training

The Incident Command System is a framework that provides a consistent, internationally accepted approach for governments, industry and emergency responders to work effectively together to prepare for, respond to and recover from incidents regardless of size or complexity.

Emergency response awareness continues to be an area of focus and concern for government officials, healthcare providers, public safety personnel, industry and taxpaying citizens.

Black Gold is proud to offer accredited ICS training from instructors with hands-on emergency management experience. Learn more about specific ICS modules below.

Who Should Take This Training?

Personnel with any private or public organization who may be required to respond to incidents at their location and liaise with local emergency services should take the accredited ICS training. The ICS training program is invaluable for your crisis management team to effectively understand and liaise with tactical responders on site.

ICS 100

Do you know that we can train your employees on the ICS basics without a lot of time or money? This 4-6-hour course is an introduction to the ICS system for those not exposed to it previously. The course focuses on the 14 principles of the ICS system and familiarizes personnel with its terminology and structure.

ICS 200

This course provides training and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position during an incident.

This 14-hour course focuses on the basic skills found in ICS 100 and provides additional information on the ICS structure, facilities, resource terminology and the common responsibilities associated with pre-event planning and disaster response.

ICS 300

Do you know that longer term multi-jurisdictional incidents have unique challenges which require more in-depth training?

This comprehensive 18-hour course will provide you with the details required to manage resources while working with multiple agencies, in a multi-jurisdictional long-term incident. The training includes resource management, roles and responsibilities review and unified command using examples of proper pre-event planning and disaster response.

ICS 400

Performing in a management capacity in a complex incident environment requires sophisticated training

This advanced three-day course focuses on large-scale organizational development, command staff functions and general staff considerations during a major disaster. The training includes area command, Emergency Operations Centre best practices, multi-agency coordination, and more.

ICS 402

Executive ICS training

This two-hour course is specifically designed to give your executive team the knowledge required to support responders in an ICS environment from a corporate policy perspective.
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Marlin Hovrisko
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Founder & President

Marlin Hovrisko is the founder and President of Black Gold Emergency Planners and BGGoPlan®. 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.
Jason Swan
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Vice President

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 Emergency Planners and BGGoPlan® 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.
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 Emergency Planners and BGGoPlan® 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.
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.
Chantale Reitenbach
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Operations Manager

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 Emergency Planners and BGGoPlan®, 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.
Tori Wohlfarth
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Project Manager

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.
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. 
Mandeep Dhesi
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Project Manager

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.
Alecia Beauchamp
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Project Manager

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.
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.
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.
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.
Shona Belvoir

Technology Manager

Shona Belvoir joined the BGGoPlan team in 2017, taking on the role of Technology Manager. She brings enthusiasm, positivity and passion to our application development team along with over 17 years of training and education experience.

Before BGGoPlan, Shona worked for an engineering firm where she focused on marketing and business development. She has worked in a variety of industries, each with a different realm of clientele which has provided her a well-rounded business outlook.

Within the BGGoPlan ERP mobile APP department, Shona conducts training and demo sessions for clients in addition to ensuring the installation and administration of the application technology. Her focus for the APP is technological development and improvement, and to ensure clients understand its functionality.

Shona attended the University of Calgary and earned her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Communications and Marketing.

Outside of work, Shona is very family focused, you can find her escorting her two children to their various sporting activities, volunteering and spending as much time with her kids as possible. She is very active, and enjoys walking her dog, running, skiing, playing tennis, swimming, and riding motorcycles.
Jenna-lee Natrasony
Jenna-lee Natrasony

Project Manager

As a Project Manager based in Grande Prairie, Jenna-lee’s focus is on managing all aspects of Emergency Response Programs including client management, development and facilitation of emergency response training and conducting public/stakeholder consultations. Jenna-lee successfully completed her AA in Sports Psychology followed by the completion of her BA in Applied Disaster & Emergency Studies. She is passionate about emergency preparedness and ensuring the safety of the communities in which we live and work.

Prior to joining Black Gold, Jenna-lee has spent the last decade gaining a wide variety of experience from the field to corporate level, including working with the National Energy Board and major producers. In her previous roles of Field Emergency Preparedness Advisor and Project Manager, Jenna-lee has worked closely in operations providing incident response support. She would also ensure accuracy in field mapping, stakeholder identification and comprehensive training conducting numerous exercises and training sessions annually.
Karen Mather
Karen Mather

Training Coordinator/Project Manager

As Training Coordinator, Karen Mather specializes in regulatory compliance in Emergency Preparedness and Response. With 15+ years of experience in emergency management, Karen brings a high level of expertise specific to development, implementation and management of emergency response programs. Karen’s focus is on regulatory guidance in emergency management and development and the facilitation of exercises and training. Karen’s role at Black Gold includes Training Coordination and Project Management.

In her previous position as Senior Emergency Response Specialist with a major producer, Karen actively participated in and co-managed the development and maintenance of Emergency Response Plans, Emergency Preparedness Programs as well as coordination and facilitation of exercises and training. Karen spent six years at the Alberta Energy Regulator with four in the Emergency Planning and Assessment Section. She is an ICS Canada Incident Command System Approved Course Instructor for I-100 and I-200. Karen has been involved in coordinating hundreds of ERP training sessions from role-specific training to major exercises and has provided ICS role-based support to real emergency events.
Bob Wyonzek
Bob Wyonzek

Business Development Coordinator

Bob joined the Black Gold team in 2019 as the Business Development Coordinator. In this role, he will be strengthening Black Gold’s prior relationships and looking to diversify its current client base.

Before working at Black Gold, Bob was a Surface Land Agent for 20 years in the oil and gas sector. With his years of experience, he brings knowledge of the industry and a passion for communication to the position.

Bob has completed the Dale Carnegie training to better his skills as a Business Developer.

When Bob is not at the office, you can find him outdoors. He is an avid fisherman, mountain biker, skier, and loves snowshoeing—jack-of-all-trades! He also enjoys spending time in Fernie with his wife.