Malcolm Smeaton is principal consultant and owner of the Whitehorse Group. He has spent a lifetime developing a broad array of skills and experience in Employee Relations, Business Continuity and Security. He has gained these skills and experience working in both the public and private sectors. He has worked for a variety of employers and held a number of senior positions. His passion is helping organizations become resilient and at the same time more agile.
In Employee Relations he has worked as a negotiator, mediator, senior advisor, manager, Director and Executive Director. He has worked for large government and mid size private sector employers. He has bargained collective agreements, presented grievance arbitration cases, appeared before Labour Boards, prepared and presented interest arbitration briefs and advised senior Ministers in government and senior Managers in business on employee relations. Malcolm was the Executive Lead for planning and corporate response for two of the largest public sector strikes in Canada. Malcolm is the author of a book on employee relations, “Principles of Employee Relations in The Ontario Public Service”.
Malcolm introduced Business Continuity Management (BCM) and internal Emergency Management programs to one of the largest employers in Canada. The BCM program he designed and implemented has served as a model for other large organizations. Malcolm created innovated tools to manage the enormous amount of information gathered during the planning process. The policies, educational material, manager guides, and communication guides have been shared with organizations worldwide. Malcolm was emergency lead for Ontario Public Service during the September 11 attack, SARS, 2003 Blackout and has led emergency and the business continuity response for numerous disruptive events. Malcolm also produced a book for pandemic planners entitled “Pandemic Planning – Guide for Planners and Managers.”
Malcolm also set up a full suite of Security programs in a large government. He also provided policy direction to a large security guard organization consisting of a management team of police officers and over one hundred special constables. Malcolm created a physical security program for approximately 1500 high risk buildings and thousands of low risk buildings. He created the policies, program and training material necessary for implementation. Malcolm started security screening programs for both employees and vendors. These background checks included general and enhanced checks using national security intelligence services. Malcolm was responsible security planning for major events like the G20 and many strikes and demonstrations. Malcolm’s team responded to numerous security incidents, carried out interviews and investigations of many security issues.
Malcolm speaks at conferences both nationally and internationally. He is a sought after key note speaker and workshop leader, delivering his presentations with both passion and humor. Malcolm is a believer in lifelong learning. He attended the world renowned Harvard University Kennedy School’s program for executives responsible for emergency management, “Leading during Crises”. He also attended Harvard’s prestigious program for nation security executives “Senior Executives in National and International Security”. Malcolm is also proud to have been admitted to the “Canadian Force’s Canadian College Security Studies Program” in 2003. Malcolm attained his business continuity Certification (ABCP) from the Disaster Recovery Institute of Canada (DRIC) and his Security Certification (CPP) from ASIS. Malcolm currently serves as past President of DRI Canada.