About Us

What is ACERT ?

ACERT is a nationally incorporated, not-for-profit organization that advocates for, promotes, and supports Canadian post-secondary campus emergency response teams. We are a volunteer-based administrative body embracing the goals of facilitating communication and cooperation among member organizations. By existing as an advocate, ACERT fosters ideas and the overall development of existing and potential Campus Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), while providing support to these organizations. ACERT is administered by an elected Board of Directors, consisting of volunteer members of the campus emergency response community.

Our History

ACERT was formed at a conference at the University of Western Ontario on March 29 – 31, 1996. In attendance at this conference were representatives from Lakehead University, Trent University, McMaster University, University of Guelph, University of Western Ontario, Wilfrid Laurier University and York University. These delegates gathered after a proposal for such an organization had been discussed at the Provincial Emergency First Response Team Conference (now known as NCCER) at Lakehead University in the previous month.

Our Board of Directors

ACERT is governed by a President, Vice-President Finance, Vice-President Communications, and a Board of Directors. All positions on ACERT are volunteer, meaning that this organization would not exist without the dedication of the members. Members are elected to their respective positions at an annual election, and hold office from April 1st to March 31st of the respective year.

The 2021-2022 Board of Directors Applications are now open. To apply, please click here.

Ryan Sandarage


Jake Coady

Vice President Communications

Samantha Butterworth

Vice President Finance

Jennifer Armstrong

Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Amy Crane

Board of Directors

Hannah Roberts

Board of Directors

Nick Selkirk

Board of Directors

Owen Sutton

Board of Directors

Kate Wurtele

Board of Directors

Mission Statement

In recognizing the uniqueness of each member organization, ACERT commits itself to the following principles:

  • To embody humanity and mutual understanding.
  • To facilitate communication among member organizations.
  • To foster ideas and overall development while providing support for existing and potential member organizations.
  • To act as a liaison between member and external organizations.
  • To encourage the diffusion of first aid and emergency care knowledge within the communities served by member organizations.
  • To promote professionalism in the provision of emergency care by member organizations.
  • To encourage unity, spirit, and leadership.