NEWS RELEASE: E-Comm vice president of Technology awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Vancouver, B.C. —The Office of the Governor General of Canada has awarded E-Comm’s vice-president of Technology Services, Michael Webb, P. Eng., with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal—a special recognition that acknowledges an elite group of citizens for their contributions and achievements in Canada.

Webb, a resident of Surrey, was honoured for his long-standing dedication and leadership in advancing public-safety practices in British Columbia and across the country. Having transitioned to E-Comm from Emergency Management BC, Webb is now spearheading projects geared towards evolving public-safety services and enhancing the technology used by police, fire and ambulance partners across the Lower Mainland, province and country.

“Much of my career has been dedicated to public safety and I take great pride in knowing what I do contributes to the well-being of citizens in my community and throughout the Lower Mainland and the rest of B.C.,” says Webb. “For my work to be recognized by the Office of the Governor General of Canada is very gratifying.”

Under Webb’s guidance, E-Comm is putting progressive plans in place to develop our region’s Next Generation Radio Network—a significant advancement for public safety. Although still several years away, the current consolidated radio system used by police, fire and ambulance partners in the Lower Mainland will evolve to offer advanced interoperability and collaboration among public-safety agencies. It is one component of a set of initiatives underway in B.C. and across the country to equip first responders with improved communications tools and services using a variety of different types of media: voice, text, data, image and video.

“The role of technology in society is always changing and it’s important that partners in public safety continue to band together and evolve along with it,” says Webb. “I feel privileged to have been nominated as a Diamond Jubilee Award recipient by my colleagues in public safety alongside so many other esteemed recipients from the advanced technology sector. I would particularly like to thank the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), as a Diamond Jubilee Medal partner organization, for their support of the first responder community in Canada.”

All award recipients from the high-tech sector were recognized at an award ceremony dinner at the i-CANADA Summit Conference in Montreal on October 21.


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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year as Monarch, with recipients ranging from mayors, community planners, first responders and others across the country. Recipients were recognized at an award ceremony dinner at the i-CANADA Summit Conference in Montreal on October 21. More on the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at:

About E-Comm 9-1-1

E-Comm 9-1-1 is the regional emergency communications centre for southwest British Columbia.
E-Comm answers almost one million 9-1-1 calls each year for Metro Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, Whistler, Squamish and the southern portion of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, provides dispatch to 30 police and fire departments, and operates the wide-area radio system used throughout Metro Vancouver by police, fire and ambulance personnel. @EComm911_info

About CATA

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) grows the revenues of its members by creating a collaborative edge — a chain of expanding value that ripples across Canada’s Innovators, Commercializers, Users, and Professionals. The largest high-tech association in Canada, CATA matches businesses with opportunities across almost every sector, so that we can all do business together. Reaching out from Canada, CATA members are connected with investment and partnership opportunities with the major global companies. As 80% are exporters, CATA’s members are the arrow-head for global growth.