Mississauga hires Kalpana Rajgopalan as assistant chief

March 6, 2018, Mississauga, Ont. – Kalpana Rajgopalan will be joining Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services as the department’s new assistant chief of professional development and accreditation, effective April 3.

Reporting to Fire Chief Tim Beckett, Rajgopalan will be responsible for spearheading changes to the department’s professional development and accreditation section, which includes implementing upcoming training regulation changes happening across the province.

“The community will greatly benefit from Kalpana’s exceptional work as a transformational leader,” said Fire Chief Tim Beckett in a press statement. “Her impressive work in the field of emergency services and specifically her experience with professional standards and training makes her, without a doubt, the best person for the job and we’re excited to have her as a member of the team.”

Rajgopalan has varied experience working in emergency services, serving most recently as the manager of academic standards and evaluation with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM). At OFMEM she was responsible for the unit that managed professional standards and training in the Ontario fire service.

Rajgopalan has worked for Emergency Management Ontario as a program manager for emergency management training. She has also led training and development programs at the private sector firms London Life Insurance and Transamerica Life.

She holds a bachelor of commerce degree, certificates in teaching and training adults, and is currently enrolled in a master’s degree in public administration.

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