Michael Bittle was the first appointed TIEMS Honorary Member.
Michael Bittle holds degrees in Business and Public Administration from the University of Ottawa and the Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. He was awarded the Professional Administrator designation by the Canadian Institute for Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and the Certified General Accountant designation by the Canadian Certified General Accountants’ Association. He subsequently obtained the Certified Business Resilience Manager designation from the Business Resilience Certification Consortium International and the Certified Continuity Manager designation from the National Institute for Business Continuity Management.
He was the first recipient of Honorary Life Membership in The International Emergency Management Society for services rendered to the international emergency management community. He was the inaugural Editor of the quarterly emergency management news magazine, CCEP News, published by the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness and the inaugural Editor and publisher of the longest-running business continuity e-zine newsletter, the Continuity Planner E-ZINE, published continuously since 1998. He initiated, designed and/or published inaugural websites for The International Emergency Management Society, the Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (SouthWestern Ontario), Emergency Preparedness Canada, the Disaster Recovery Institute Canada, the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness, the World Conference on Disaster Management, the National Association of State Emergency Management Directors, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the Air Medical Physicians Association, and many others.
Since 9/11, he has headed up the Institute for Business Continuity Training, a not-for-profit training company dedicated to helping corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations plan and prepare for all-hazards.