Tara is the Sponsorship Director of the DRIE Toronto Executive Team. She is an Emergency Planning and Exercise Officer for Emergency Management Ontario at the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General. Previously, she worked in the Fire and Life Safety Engineering department at LRI Engineering Inc where she developed Emergency Management Plans as well as conducted building audits, audited fire drills and wrote fire drill reports and fire safety plans. She has also previously worked in the Community Safety department at York University where she led the research for the development of the University Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA). She is particularly interested in risk perception, social vulnerability to disasters, nuclear hazards, business continuity, hazard risk management, and geographic information systems (GIS). Tara holds a Specialized Honours Bachelor’s degree and a Masters degree in Disaster and Emergency Management as well as a Graduate Diploma in International & Security Studies. Tara is also a Student Subcommittee Member for the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM), a Personal Disaster Responder with the Canadian Red Cross and an Emergency Volunteer with Global Medic.