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Meet Holly

The field of public safety includes all aspects of operational performance involved in delivery of Fire, Police, and Ambulance emergency response and mitigation services. Public safety, like most other industries, is currently the focus of significant change resulting from emerging hardware and software technologies. Additionally, the importance placed on public safety by governments and citizens is affecting transparency and accountability requirements. BH Group Inc. markets services to public safety agencies, local and provincial governments, and private sector providers of public safety integration, hardware, and software.

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Holly Barkwell, ENP,
President & CEO


Holly has worked in public safety for over 19 years in various capacities, including CAD/RMS product design, system software development, system builds and testing, system installation, and third party system integration. She has been active in several industry associations for many years including NENA and APCO, and serves on various technical committees and subcommittees for both. Active involvement in industry product safety groups such the Underwriters Laboratory of Canada and the Security Industry Association ensures safety standards for innovative equipment and technical applications are continually reviewed and improved. Holly has also been involved with interoperability projects internationally and with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conclusively demonstrating the ability to share multiple types of response data simultaneously between agencies without requiring massive capital expenditures. Holly is an active participant in National and Regional regulatory Working Group Subcommittees and works hard to promote Next Generation 9-1-1 practice and policy planning.

  • Bachelor of Science, Business Management (Honors)
  • Emergency Number Professional (ENP)
  • Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.)
  • Active member of NENA and APCO working groups
  • Past president of NENA Ontario
  • Active member of technology and governance panels and working groups

Partnerships

A decision was made early on to actively cultivate partnerships rather than assemble non-core talent under the company umbrella. This decision has proven to be beneficial for several reasons. First, the structure allows our team to be agile and cost competitive by providing the right service without associated overhead costs. Second, we are able to maintain a highly skilled pool of talent, and we can mix and match skill sets to tasks as required.

An additional benefit of partnerships means that when unforeseen requirements or challenges arise outside the established Scope of Work, we have resources ready to assist.

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