2018 Speaker

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David Diabo
Senior Special Advisor - Emergency Management, Housing, Infrastructure & Emergency Services, Assembly of First Nations


Taha’wennòn:tié David A. Diabo is a Kanien'kehá:ka from the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, and is a specialist in First Nations occupational Health and safety and emergency management. He graduated from Algonquin College with an Honours Certificate in occupational Health and Safety, and from Cape Breton University with a Bachelor of Technology in Emergency Management, and holds the distinction of being one of only two Indigenous persons in Canada to hold a degree in Emergency Management. Currently, he is completing a Graduate Diploma from Carleton University in Indigenous Policy and Administration, and will be attending the Master’s Program in Public Safety at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Starting his career in Emergency Management with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Mr. Diabo has recently completed a three year interchange to the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC) where he managed the Non-Structural Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness Funding Stream of the Emergency Management Assistance Program (EMAP), and has now resumed his position as Special Advisor with the AFN in their renamed Emergency Services Sector.