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Direct Bearing Inc.

Our team are leaders, guides and mentors. We are action oriented, come from diverse backgrounds and are accomplished - academically, professionally and personally.

When working with you, our actions are motivated by your ability to own, implement and continue to develop solutions to your unique risk management challenges. DBI is lead by a management group with more than 50 years of experience.

Direct Bearing Incorporated has been specializing in safety and risk management consulting since 1997. We have worked with the Girl Guides of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, the YMCA, Algonquin College, Ontario Parks, the Government of Nunavut and other organizations ranging from all levels of gvernment to National volunteer-based organizations, youth service groups, camps, natural resource companies, adventure tourism operators, tourism development bodies, schools, school boards and most other types of educational institutions.

We are a full service boutique consulting firm dedicated to providing our clients with integrated solutions that match their specific needs. Our experience positions us to be involved with projects at multiple levels of government and public/private partnerships.

Our levels of involvement range from project start-up (stakeholder meetings, industry surveys, needs assessments, outcome planning) to reviews and risk assessments of existing programs (occupational health and safety, emergency response planning, safety audits) to on-going support (training development, crisis consultation, systems implementation). 

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“This book lays out an excellent understanding of effective risk management within the outdoor adventure industry.” – Ken Phillips, Grand Canyon National Park more testimonials

Managing Risk: Systems Planning for Outdoor Adventure Programs

This book introduces the next generation of risk management thinking to the adventure industry. 

Managing Risk guides you through building and integrating The Seven Systems of Outdoor Adventure Risk Management Planning into your existing experiential and adventure-based operations or programs.

Written, reviewed and adopted by adventure, education and business professionals, this book is required reading for program managers, owner/operators, senior staff and anyone looking to make a career in the adventure industry. It will change the way you think about managing risk.

Topics Include 
•  Risk Management vs. Safety Planning
•  Risk Tolerance and Acceptable Exposure
•  Decision Making and Leadership
•  Industry Standards
•  Participant Information Exchanges
•  Legal Releases and Waivers
•  Equipment Management
•  Emergency Response Planning
•  Public Information Management
•  Staff Training
•  Contracted Service Providers
•  Implementing and Managing Systems
•  Evolving Risk Management Thinking

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Chapter Preview - Risk, Risk Management and Safety

It would be exceedingly difficult to find a professional who is not familiar with risk management in the outdoor or adventure field, education or the not-for-profit sector. Indeed, risk management has been the buzz word in these quarters since the 1990s. While the term “risk management” is linked to everything from falling rocks to insurance policies, the term is widely misapplied and misunderstood...
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Jeff Jackson brings a business management perspective that spans adventure tourism, economic development, health care and education.

Specializing in organizational change, professional development and project management, Jeff is an award winning educator whose strength lies in implementation and systems planning.

Jeff is a professor and coordinator of Algonquin College’s Outdoor Adventure Program, a professional adventure guide training diploma program in Pembroke, Ontario.

Jon Heshka bridges the real world of risk management with the rigour of academia.

He has worked as a climbing guide, trained and coordinated search and rescue, worked in senior management with Petzl America, advised recreation programmes on their exposure to legal risk, and earned Master of Education and Master of Laws degrees specializing in adventure education and sports law respectively.

He is an assistant professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.