DRIE West Lunch n Learn – Cons Mark Smith on Social Media

For this April 28 Lunch n Learn, we are featuring the topic “Use of Social Media for Disaster Response.” Speaker is Constable Mark Smith from the Calgary Police Service

The event will be held on Thursday April 28, @ 11:30 am – 1 pm.

Suncor is hosting this event at their office which is located at the Suncor Energy Centre West Tower 150 – 6th Ave. SW, Room SECW-17E.

A live webcast will be available for those who are not able to attend in person. Please advise in your RSVP if you would like to participate through the webcast.

There is no charge to members of the DRIE West Chapter who have paid their annual membership which was due on February 29, 2016.

Non-Members will charges $25.00 for the event. 2016 DRIE West Membership and renewals will be available at the door at a cost of $50.00 for the year. Please note that credit card payments can now be received by email or at the event.

Please RSVP no later than Thursday, April 21th at 8:00 AM by emailing and indicating if you are attending in person or would like to participate via the webcast.

Further information on this event can be obtained by contacting: Catherine Dilan at (403) 268-3689 or by email at

Topic: Use of Social Media for Disaster Response
Constable Mark Smith of the Calgary Police Service demonstrates the importance of actively engaging communities through social media, pre/during & following a disaster. The presentation focuses on how organizations should be prepared to communicate effectively during a disaster via online channels and will include common errors to avoid. Real life disasters will be reviewed, including the 2013 Calgary Floods where social media played a major role in allowing emergency services to share critical real-time information.

Speaker Bio:

Constable Mark Smith is a current serving police officer in Calgary. He began his policing career in 2004 with the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary in England as a street bobby before transferring to Calgary in 2008. Since 2012, Mark has worked as a digital communications officer for the Calgary Police Service and has experience in utilizing social media during disasters/emergencies. One such disaster includes the 2013 Calgary Flood. Mark also holds two Emergency Management certificates, issued through The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

You can follow Cpl. Mark Smith in Twitter @CstSmith.