- Brampton East
Teresa Burgess-Ogilvie spent a thirty-year career as a public servant in the military, municipal government and public-private sector in both Canada and the United States. Having served many years as the Manager of the Office of Emergency Management for the City of Mississauga, she understands the on-the-ground sustainability issues for those engaged in emergency and disaster preparedness.
Teresa also served as the Grants Funding Coordinator for the City of Mississauga with grant funding responsibilities in former positions having raised over $3.2 million in-kind for projects and resources.
When Teresa first immigrated to Canada in 2007, her first Canadian job was the founding Executive Director for Safe City Mississauga, a crime prevention association. Teresa advocated for social justice programs that were evidenced-based to decrease violent crimes among youth, adults and seniors. She has earned a reputation as a community safety professional.
Teresa has served on boards, worked in government and mentored many young people creating a deep respect for diversity and inclusion – making sure there were many voices on an issue and that everyone got a chance to participate. In 2011, she was selected as one of the Greater Toronto region’s most creative and inspiring civic leaders to advance innovative economic, social and environmental solutions by the Greater Toronto Summit.
In the United States, Teresa served as the Executive Director of Nature Coast Emergency Medical Foundation, as well as the Emergency Medical Services Chief and the Planning Commission Coordinator for Monroe County, Florida. She began her career in public service as an Intelligence Specialist in the United States Navy, where she earned two Navy Achievement Medals and was COMLATWINGPAC Sailor of the Year nominee. While serving in the military, she earned a Bachelor’s in Business from the University of the State of New York. She also holds an MBA from Webster University.
Teresa is working on the first release of The Red Guide to Recovery for Canada and was recognized by provincial and federal governments for Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) and Critical Infrastructure Assurance programs. She is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and authored the reply to the federal government on the EM Strategy for Canada. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Province of Ontario IMS 2.0 and received numerous awards for work in hurricane planning, evacuation of persons with special needs and served as an Examiner for the State of Florida Governor’s Sterling Board.
Teresa is a wife, stepmom and mee-maw to five beautiful grandchildren.