Eric Esclamadon

Deputy-Superintendent, State of Preparedness, Environmental Response

Canadian Coast Guard - Environmental Response (CCG-ER)

We define the State of Preparedness as the actions taken prior to a pollution incident from a vessel or Oil Handling Facility (OHF), from an unknown source (mystery spill) or prior to answering a request for assistance from other organizations, in order to be ready to respond to the incident and its consequences. The Preparedness team, by working with the regional CCG ER staff, conducts pre-incident preparedness activities facilitating responses and establishes standards for the maintenance of our regional response capacity. It should be noted that "Readiness", a component of "Preparedness", is the responsibility of another work unit. The State of Readiness allows for the quick mobilization and deployment of a team of experts and of resources and involves establishing relationships with local organizations, in order to meet the foreseeable needs of an incident as described above.

The State of Preparedness team has 3 work units; I oversee all of them.

The Standards work unit establishes our regional response standards, and produces Standard Operating Procedures, Standards Operating Guidelines, guides, etc., which allows to harmonize our work practices within the region.

The Response Capacity work unit develops and maintains our regional training program, which will ensure that the standards above are taught to our staff. It develops and conducts exercises based on our exercise program, mostly functional or full-scale exercises. By doing all of this, it is a key contributor to ensuring harmonization of work practices.

The Documentation Control and Production work unit develops key messages and documents (plans, methodology, etc.) for our program. It supports the production of documents performed by the team, and ensure that our documentation classification system works and is easy to refer to, so that employees can easily find the information they are looking for.

Current research and/or projects

As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, represent the Central region on the following initiatives:

  • training and exercising;
  • the student hiring program; and
  • on the Primary of Environmental Response Team (PERT).

In my more regular functions:

  • Develop the regional emergency plan for the Central and Arctic Regions;
  • Standardization / Update / Develop standard operating procedures;
  • Design of emergency response exercises;
  • Develop agreements with other organizations.

Professional activities / interests

  • Marine spill response;
  • Course design;
  • Emergency management;
  • Marine environment.

Education and awards

  • Marine Communication and Traffic Services Officer Training Program, Canadian Coast Guard College;
  • Short program of undergraduate studies in Adult Learning, Télé-Université;
  • B. Sc. in Marine Biology, Université du Québec à Rimouski;
  • M. Sc. in Marine Resources Management (environmental profile), Université du Québec à Rimouski.

Key publications

  • Marine Spills Contingency Plan - Regional chapter (Central and Arctic) [2021]
  • Procedures Manual - CCG Pollution Response Officer [2019]
  • Post-Incident Review: Opération grille [Operation Grid], summer 2018 [2018]
  • Basics of Oil Spill Response Course (BOSRC-2017) - Reference and exercise manuals; and course training standards [2017]
  • Competency Profiles - Environmental Response [2013]
  • Marine Spill Response Operations Course (MSROC) - Reference Manual and training standards [2012]