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JIBC remembers contributions to public safety of late leader of B.C.’s emergency management community

A memorial award has been established at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in honour of Steven Bibby, a provincial leader in emergency management who passed away on Aug. 31, 2020 after a short battle with cancer.

The Steven Bibby Memorial Award, established by Mr. Bibby’s family, friends and colleagues, will provide financial support to students enrolled in the Emergency Management Certificate, Diploma in Emergency & Security Management, and Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies programs at JIBC.

Steven Bibby served 27 years with BC Housing including many years as its Director of Security and Emergency Services, where he led the provincial agency’s emergency management, business continuity and security programs since 2005. In addition to his work assisting people during emergencies, such as helping provide temporary accommodation for displaced people, as Co-Chair of the BC Post-Disaster Building Assessment Advisory Committee Mr. Bibby helped spearhead a project that will improve building safety after major disasters for years to come.

The project saw BC Housing partner with JIBC, Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia on the project to research and develop the Post-Disaster Building Assessment (PDBA) Framework and Recommendations. The end result is a process that communities across Canada can use in planning their response to natural disasters or other major emergencies, including a system to support the quick assessment of buildings that have been damaged due to a disaster to ensure the safety of their occupants.

“Steven was committed to advancing emergency management on and off the job as he regularly took on projects that had wide-ranging impact,” said Pete Learoyd, Program Director in the JIBC Emergency Management Division who knew Steven for many years and worked with him on the PDBA project. “He had incredible passion and dedication to the field and he will be greatly missed. This new award is a fitting legacy representing his commitment to public safety.”

For those wishing to recognize Steven Bibby’s longstanding contributions to the field of emergency management, please consider a donation to the Steven Bibby Memorial Award administered by The JIBC Foundation. To make a donation, please visit The JIBC Foundation online giving page.


About The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation

For more than 25 years, The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation (The JIBC Foundation) has inspired giving for important needs that enhance education, training, student learning, and applied research at JIBC. These needs most often include student financial support in the form of awards and bursaries, highly specialized training equipment and technology, and funding for innovative new initiatives. The JIBC Foundation is proud to be building meaningful relationships with communities to support Canada’s leading public safety educator.



Want to make a difference every day? The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) provides the education and training to let people to do just that, being there to support others when their health, safety or property is at stake.

JIBC is a public, post-secondary institution focused on justice and public safety professionals at all stages of their careers in fields including law enforcement, firefighting, paramedicine, security and emergency management. Complementing these programs, the Institute provides instruction in related areas such as conflict resolution, mediation, leadership and counselling, offers graduate studies in cybersecuritybusiness intelligence, and tactical criminal analysis, and conducts applied research in the justice and public safety fields.