TREVOR SMITH DIGGINS
Risk Communication Specialist
A communication strategist for over 30 years, Trevor’s work in risk and crisis response has involved high-profile assignments throughout North America and around the globe. He has delivered risk communication training for Health Canada, Environment Canada, Defence Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, the Sudbury Soils Study, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine, NASA, Nova Scotia Health, BC Health, and BC Environment, among others. He provided risk communication training to first-responders at US Navy hospitals around the world, including San Diego, Camp Pendleton, Pearl Harbor and Okinawa. Trevor was invited to the Pentagon by the Under Secretary of Defense to recognize the success of an installation restoration project at The Memphis Depot, where he managed the communication strategy and stakeholder engagement programs. Trevor currently serves as an advisor to FloodSmart Canada.
Ph.D., CChem, QPRA, DABT
Toxicology & Risk Assessment Specialist
Dr. Brecher is recognized in Canada and internationally for his expertise in toxicology, risk assessment and risk communication. He obtained a B.Sc. (Hon.) in biochemistry from Carleton University and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Biochemistry from Sussex University. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT), and a Chartered Chemist (C.Chem.) in Ontario. Dr. Brecher has more than 30 years of experience as a consultant in toxicology, with an emphasis on assessing and communicating about the human health impacts of chemicals in air, food, water, soil and consumer products. In addition to his technical consulting, Dr. Brecher provides training in toxicology, risk assessment and risk communication for clients at all levels of government and within the private sector. He is regularly called upon to provide his expertise as an expert witness in legal proceedings. Ron has taught at York, Guelph and Waterloo universities.