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Jean Slick

Jean Slick


Associate Professor


Humanitarian Studies


Jean Slick is director of the School of Humanitarian Studies. She has worked in the field of disaster management for more than 20 years, and has significant experience leading disaster recovery activities in both domestic and international contexts. Much of her disaster management experience has focused on issues related to sheltering. Her current research explores the use of case-based learning in post-secondary disaster and emergency management programs, and the development of disaster and emergency management as a profession and field of study. Her recent research also includes analysis of the use of participatory video as a tool for disaster risk reduction in Central America and post-disaster shelter issues.


Before joining Royal Roads in 2009, Slick held a range of leadership positions with the Canadian Red Cross in her 28 years with the organization, including director of disaster management and international services for Western Canada. In 2004, she was posted to Indonesia for two years as the country representative for the Canadian Red Cross tsunami recovery program. She has also consulted and trained on refugee protection issues, and was instrumental in developing a program for the independent monitoring of conditions of immigration detainees. Her field experience includes work in Australia, the Caribbean, Central America and the former Soviet Union.


Slick earned her master’s degree in adult education from Dalhousie University, and is a doctoral candidate in the interdisciplinary program at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan.