Bio (Laurie Pearce)
Laurie Pearce is an associate faculty member in the Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management program. She is also the research chair at the Justice Institute of B.C. and an adjunct faculty member at the B.C. Institute of Technology. Active in the disaster management community, Pearce is a member of the Canadian National Platform Advisory Committee and is on the board of directors for the Emergency Preparedness of Industry and Commerce Council. Since 1997, she has been a partner of Pearces 2 Consulting Corporation, which focuses on policy evaluation, developing emergency plans, evaluating post-emergency exercises, and providing training and education.
Pearce started her teaching career in 1990 at Canadian Emergency Preparedness College. She has responded to local and international disasters and has completed disaster research in Canada and internationally, including in Australia and Ecuador. She is a volunteer with B.C. Disaster Psychosocial Services, is involved in many disaster-related organizations, has presented at numerous national and international conferences and has done extensive media interviews.
Pearce holds a BA in psychology and sociology, a MSW and a MA and PhD in community and regional planning from the University of B.C. Her PhD research explored the development and evaluation of a community- and regionally-based hazard, risk and vulnerability analysis model. In 2001, the B.C. Public Services Employee Commission awarded her a Gold Medal for excellence as a volunteer and in 2010 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pacific Northwest Preparedness Society.