C4i to Provide Sask Polytech With EDMSIM Software
(Pictured above) On December 9, C4i signed a Letter of Intent with Saskatchewan Polytechnic to provide the post-secondary institution with our EDMSIM (Emergency and Disaster Management Simulation) software to train leaders and emergency managers for future disasters.
EDMSIM allows teams to improve communications, validate contingency plans and procedures, and improve outcomes in an environment that realistically simulates a natural or human-made emergency situation.
“This relationship will provide Saskatchewan Polytechnic with a vital training resource for business, industry, municipalities, health care and emergency responders across Western Canada,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic president and CEO. “It’s ideally aligned with the hands-on, applied training opportunities we’re proud to offer at Sask Polytech. We’re excited about this new agreement and we look forward to leveraging their innovative, life-saving technology.”
EDMSIM exercises are scalable, allowing training to be conducted at local, regional and national levels. Designed specifically for emergency management staff, emergency operations centres and civil leadership, any type of disaster and response can be modelled. This advanced technology is the first of its kind in the world. Until recently, emergency preparedness training was largely comprised of paper-based tabletop exercises that did not provide adequate feedback and experiential learning.
“This is our first agreement with a post-secondary institution and Sask Polytech is the perfect fit,” says Bruce Gilkes, C4i’s president and founder. “We developed EDMSIM in 2005 and it’s used by the US Army, US National Guard, NATO, Centres for Disease Control, as well as a number of states and municipalities for training. This will be its first use in an applied academic environment within Canada.”
Gilkes graduated with a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology from Sask Polytech (then SIAST) in 1988. He spent several years in the military before launching C4i 13 years ago. His Calgary-based company has since grown to 30 employees. Gilkes credits his business success to the engineering skills provided by his Sask Polytech education, combined with the perseverance and resilience that comes from working in the military.
*Image and press release excerpts provided by Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
About Saskatchewan Polytechnic:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 26,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.