An exciting announcement from Pierre Guillotte, Chairman of ESA’s Canadian affiliate:

“I am very pleased to announce that Mr. Paul Laporte has accepted the position of President for the Manitoba chapter of ESA Canada.

Mr. Laporte is currently the Protection and Wellness Coordinator for the Winnipeg Folk Festival. His responsibilities include the selection, training and management of approximately 900 certified volunteer security, safety, traffic control, first aid, and mental health first aid crews that keep their community of 16,000 attendees safe each year.

Having a 20+-year professional background in emergency services, primarily as a Paramedic but also as a Police Officer, Paul brings this unique perspective to his work with the special event industry. As a former college instructor for emergency medical programs, current provincial paramedic examiner and current instructor for provincial security guards, he is adept at development of safety operations from concept to implementation.

A passionate advocate of event safety and best practices, Paul is actively seeking membership in Manitoba. He can be reached at “