For ten years, Guylaine Maltais actively contributed to the external nuclear emergency response plan at the Gentilly-2 power station (for the Government of Québec). She was very committed to the project (planning, facilitation and analysis of focus groups, strategy, content, etc.), to the carrying out of, and obtaining feedback from, risk communication campaigns , as well as the distribution of iodine pills. Training emergency workers is another important component of this plan that she supported for many years. More than 700 emergency workers received this training under her coordination. She also helped design and carry out emergency exercises at the regional and provincial levels.
For several years she was in charge of emergency planning for the schools and daycare centres close to the Gentilly-2 power station; she also helped create educational games for children aged 3 to 8. The goal of these games is to teach children what to do in case of a nuclear accident.
Guylaine’s extensive experience and commitment to emergency measures mean that coordination and relations between various organizational cultures hold no secrets from her.
Nuclear risk and international relations
After researching the way various countries conduct their risk communications campaigns and distribute iodine pills, Guylaine Maltais was part of a mission to France and Belgium in 2001 where she met with the people in charge of these campaigns. In 2008, she was one of the hosts for a mission from France that came to discuss the way these matters are currently handled in this province.