Annual General Meeting

OAFC 2018 Annual General Meeting - November 21 & 22, 2018

Fire Service Roundtable, November 20, 2018

Hilton, Niagara Falls

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a three-day professional development event for fire service leaders that also provides a perfect forum for OAFC members to be engaged and involved in their Association. 
 
On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, we host the OAFC Fire Service Roundtable, sponsored by Humber College.  Operational, planning and management professionals from fire departments across the province come together in a roundtable format and discuss current and emerging issues in the fire service.  The interactive forum allows participants to discuss local and provincial challenges they face, as well as highlight best practices and lessons learned with other like-minded fire departments.  A reception, hosted by Humber College, immediately follows the Roundtables.
 
On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, we host day one of the AGM.  Attendees can take advantage of educational opportunities with their peers, which that includes a high profile keynote speaker and timely, topical education sessions that cover pressing issues in the fire service.  The OAFC also invites Association partners to join us, who will have company representatives present for you to network with.  A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. will host our luncheon and the OAFC 2018 Annual Awards, whereby members recognize their peers for their dedication and hard work in the fire service.  Not only do the Awards does it celebrate those who are contributing above and beyond but they motivate future generations to work hard towards improving the fire service.
 
On Thursday, November 22, 2018, the OAFC will host educational speakers in the morning, followed by the 2018 Annual General Meeting of our members.
 
The OAFC 2018 Annual General Meeting is the must-attend event for fire service leaders and OAFC members.  It is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of unrivalled network-building opportunities and discuss important issues that affect you and the fire service in Ontario. 
 

All-inclusive package returns for 2018!

The all-inclusive package expired on Friday, October 26, 2018.  For those who booked the package, your hotel confirmation number will be sent to you via email the first week of November. 
 
The OAFC has added a member’s all-inclusive registration package for the Fire Service Roundtable and 2018 AGM.  The 2018 package includes:
 
  • Three nights’ accommodation at the Roundtable/AGM hotel, the Hilton Niagara Falls (November 19, 20, 21).
  • OAFC Fire Service Roundtable on November 20, 2018 (with your choice of the urban or suburban-rural session), sponsored by Humber College. 
  • Lunch and coffee break on November 20, 2018.
  • Roundtable reception on November 20, 2018, sponsored and hosted by Humber College.
  • OAFC 2018 AGM, November 21 & 22, 2018.
  • OAFC 2018 Annual Awards and Luncheon, sponsored by A.J. Stone Co Ltd. on November 21, 2018.
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunch on both days of the AGM.
The all-inclusive package is only offered to OAFC members for $913.00 per person*. The package is tailored to those members wanting to take part in both the AGM and Roundtable, and who are planning to stay at the hotel for the duration of the event. Best of all, you only have to register once. The OAFC staff team looks after all the arrangements! By utilizing this full-service option, we are able to offer you a small savings on the package, versus booking a-la-carte – and we do all the work!
 
Additional information can be found on our registration options page*(Terms and conditions apply.  Based on fallsview room type.  Limited availablity. Offer expires on October 26, 2018.)
 
We look forward to welcoming you in Niagara Falls!
 

OAFC 2018 AGM - Agenda

 
Please note Agenda is subject to change

Monday, November 19, 2018

3:00pm to 7:00pm
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

8:00am –8:00pm
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
9:00am
PAC Committee Meeting 
Lake Erie Room
9:00am
Health & Safety Committee Meeting
Lake Michigan
9:00am
Training Advisory Committee
Lake Huron
10:30am
Fire Prevention/Public Education 
Lake Erie Room
10:30am
Rural/Suburban Committee Meeting
Lake Michigan
10:30am
Urban Committee Meeting
Lake Huron
12:00pm
Lunch
Watermark Fallsview Restaurant
1:00pm
Urban Roundtable, Sponsored by Humber College
Victoria Falls Ballroom
1:00pm
Suburban & Rural Roundtable Group A, Sponsored by Humber College
Angel Falls Ballroom
1:00pm Suburban & Rural Roundtable Group B, Sponsored by Humber College
Niagara Falls Ballroom
2:45pm
Coffee Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
3:05pm
Roundtables continue.....
 
4:30pm
Roundtable Closing Remarks
 
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Cocktail Reception, Sponsored by Humber College
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

6:30am - 5:00pm
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
6:30am
Breakfast 
Watermark Fallsview Restaurant
8:30am Minister of Labour Address The Honourable Laurie Scott Great Falls Ballroom
8:50am
Keynote - You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence With Everyone You Interact With
Chris Ulrich
Body Language Institute
Great Falls Ballroom
10:40am
Coffee Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
11:10am The Response to the 2018 Ottawa Tornados Chief Kim Ayotte
Ottawa Fire Services
Great Falls Ballroom
11:40am
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management 
Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management, OFMEM
Great Falls Ballroom
12:10pm
OAFC Annual Awards and Luncheon, sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.
Great Falls Ballroom
1:45pm
PTSD-OSI Claims, Return to Work, Prevention

Dr. Althea Monteiro, CPsych.
WSIB

Carmen Mancini
Executive Director of the Mental Stress Injuries Program, WSIB

Richard Morrison, Executive Director, Health Services
WSIB

Gillian Snowling
Director of the Return to Work Program, WSIB

Great Falls Ballroom
3:15pm
What the Heck is Community Risk Reduction and Why Does it Matter to You and Your Department?
Laura King
NFPA, Canadian Public Education Representative 
Great Falls Ballroom
3:45pm
Coffee Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
4:00pm
British Columbia Structure Firefighter Competency and Training Playbook
Chief Phil Lemire
White Rock Fire Rescue
Great Falls Ballroom

Thursday, November 22, 2018

6:30am - 1:00pm Registration Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
6:30am Breakfast  Watermark Fallsview Restaurant
8:30am Natural Gas Awareness Train the Trainer Pilot & Emergency Preparedness Lisa Nicholas & Dana Franzgrote
Enbridge, Advisors, Emergency Programs Office
Great Falls Ballroom
9:15am Section 21 Update Chief Rob Grimwood
Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services
Great Falls Ballroom
10:00am Coffee Break Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
10:30am OAFC Annual General Meeting, OAFC Individual Members Only Great Falls Ballroom
12:00pm Lunch  Brasa Restaurant, Mezzanine Level
1:00pm OAFC Annual General Meeting,  OAFC Individual Members Only Great Falls Ballroom
2:30pm Coffee Break Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
2:50pm OAFC Annual General Meeting, OAFC Individual Members Only Great Falls Ballroom
5:00pm Departures Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom

 

 
OAFC 2018 AGM - Speaker & Presentation Overviews
 
 

You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Presented by Chris Ulrich, Body Language Institute
 

Do you know at least one person who easily connects with almost everyone she or he meets? Almost instantly, these natural rapport-builders are able to create a sense of trust and understanding.

Imagine how powerful it would be to your professional (and personal) life if you knew the verbal and non-verbal secrets that the greatest leaders, top sales people, and highly regarded corporate titans use regularly to break down barriers and build up trust. After all, research has shown that when you have rapport with someone, previously locked-doors will suddenly open for you, because that person wants to help YOU be successful!

In this dynamic and interactive workshop, you will learn to:

  • Get support for your proposals and ideas when you increase the one skill that always makes the top of the list when predicting likability;
  • Influence others using an easy-to-master, 200-year-old technique;
  • Move good relationships with your staff and suppliers into awesome relationships; and
  • Use “The Belly Button Rule,” “The 3 Power Zones,” and “Move Your Body, Move Your Mind” success moves to increase your perceived value and decrease stress.

Imagine the impact you will have on others when you are inspired to look at the world differently. Come early and grab a good seat to experience the exciting and inspiring body language expert for CNN's Headline News, Dr. Oz, and The Nancy Grace Show – Chris Ulrich (Ul-rick).

Chris Ulrich is a top keynote speaker and body language expert for CNN's Headline News, Dr. Oz, The Nancy Grace Show and The Dr. Drew Show. He has a multi-disciplined approach to educating clients about body language, building rapport and trust and detecting deception using advanced communication techniques. Attendees will benefit from his professional background as a body language expert, improvisational actor, personal coach and political consultant. Chris is also the Senior Lead Instructor at the Body Language Institute (BLI) in Washington, DC. For more information on Chris, you can go to his website: http://www.cuinthemoment.com/about-chris/


 
The Response to the 2018 Ottawa Tornados
Presented by Chief Kim Ayotte, Ottawa Fire Services
 

On September 21, 2018, the Ottawa area was hit with a total of six tornados (EF1 to EF3). The six tornadoes combined destroyed more than 50 homes in the Dunrobin area with substantial damage to the Arlington woods area. The presentation will focus on the importance of a well-coordinated multi-agency emergency response, search and rescue, and the importance of a quick transition to recovery.

Kim Ayotte, Fire Chief for the City of Ottawa, is responsible for the efficient and effective operations and management of Ottawa Fire Services in keeping with the City’s guiding philosophy and values.

The fire service provides fire suppression services, special operations (water/ice rescue, auto extrication, hazmat, high angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse/trench rescue and disaster support), fire prevention (public education, code enforcement, fire investigations) and support services (dispatch, training, safety, maintenance and equipment).

Kim has been a member of the fire service for 29 years; the last 15 years with Ottawa Fire Services. He currently serves as a Vice President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and received the professional designations of Chief Fire Officer in 2011 and Executive Chief Fire Officer in 2018. 

Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management

Ross Nichols was appointed Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management effective October 5, 2015. On August 4, 2017, he was confirmed as the permanent Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management.

During the last several years, Ross has provided strategic leadership in fire protection services, investigations and emergency management programming in Ontario. His leadership, as well as the support and credibility he has established with both the fire and emergency management stakeholders, will move the organization forward as he continues to embed his wealth of knowledge and experience at the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).

As Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management, Ross has been an active member of the Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners (CCFMFC) and the Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM) – a Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) body that works to harmonize and improve emergency practices across the country.

Ross joined the OFMEM from his role as an Inspector with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), where he had been the Liaison Officer for the Toronto 2015 Pan AM/Parapan AM Games Integrated Security Unit (ISU) – the group responsible for coordinating security planning and operations. He was responsible for relationship-building and facilitating the flow of information between the ISU (comprised of partner agencies at the municipal, regional, provincial and federal levels) and the Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee.

From 2007 until his appointment to the ISU, he was a full-time Critical Incident Commander in the OPP, responsible for commanding the integrated response to critical and public order incidents and providing on-ground leadership to the high-performance teams tasked with resolving them. In 2011-12, he deployed overseas for 12 months as a Senior Police Advisor supporting the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan.

Ross holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Guelph and has completed a wide range of advanced investigative and command training and executive professional development.


 
PTSD-OSI Claims, Return to Work, Prevention
Presented by Dr. Althea Monteiro, Carmen Mancini, Richard Morrison, Gillian Snowling
 

This presentation will include a discussion on the current landscape of workplace mental stress injuries, wellness and prevention. It will also provide information on WSIB’s interdisciplinary case management, return-to-work and recovery approach, as well as current initiatives with various partnerships where parties are collaborating to achieve change together.

Dr. Althea Monteiro is a Registered Psychologist with a scope of practice in Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology. She is the current professional practice lead at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario.

She has held a number of leadership positions, having served as the team lead for the neurobehavioural unit at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, psychology lead at the Mt. Sinai Function and Pain Program, and Professional Practice Lead, Psychology at WSIB.

Dr. Monteiro has facilitated a series of summits addressing operational stress injuries in firefighters. She has provided training and teaching in a variety of settings including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Mt. Sinai, University Health Network, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, York University, Guelph- Humber Psychology program, WSIB, and other third party conferences, with a focus on mental health in the workplace, building resilience, and the cross-cultural expression of psycho pathology an d cross-cultural considerations for treatment.

In addition, Dr. Monteiro has developed psychology practice protocols, as well as developed a neurobehavioural rehabilitation team that was structured to provide assessment and intervention for inpatient wards where individuals engaged in disruptive behaviour.

She has provided the clinical expertise in shaping the enactment of the PTSD presumptive legislation in Ontario; and is part of the team that developed a psychology network, in partnership with the Ontario Psychological Association, to ensure injured workers are provided with expedited evidence-based care locally.

Dr. Monteiro has maintained a long-standing research interest in how culture influences the expression of psychopathology, particularly PTSD, which can be used to shape effective interventions as evidenced by both her dissertation and research projects since that time, which have included the experiences of Afghani refuges suffering from PTSD and training protocols to assist international medical students with adapting to Canadian hospitals.

Carmen Mancini is the Executive Director of the Complex Claims Division at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). During his 35 year career at the WSIB, he has held a variety of progressive leadership roles, including Operations Director and Director of the Permanent Impairment Program. 

Carmen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Richard Morrison has more than 32 years of experience at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). He spent 25 years in the Operations and Service Delivery Division; and has served as the Director of the Hamilton Regional Office, Director of the Small Business Sector, Director of the Construction and Transportation Sector, and Director of the Industrial Sector.

Richard has spent the last several years in the Health Services Division at the WSIB and is currently the Executive Director of the Division.

Richard has been involved in many significant projects, initiatives and large implementations; and has sat on the Boards of Directors of several health and safety associations, including the Construction Safety Association of Ontario.

Gillian Snowling is the Director of the Return-to-Work Program, Mental Stress Injuries at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). During her 20 year career at the WSIB, she has held a variety of roles having served as Manager of Case Management, Appeals Implementation, and Work Transition. 

Gillian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science.


What the Heck is Community Risk Reduction and Why Does it Matter to You and Your Department?
Presented by Laura King - NFPA, Canadian Public Education Representative

Under Ontario Regulation 378/18, all fire departments are required to conduct risk assessments to determine levels of fire protection services and identify specific target audiences for public education. Data is your new friend! NFPA 1300, the new Standard on Community Risk Reduction (CRR) and CRR Plan Development, along with NFPA 1730 and NFPA 1472, provide a framework that can help you reduce risks, injuries, and fatalities; create partnerships; and build robust public-education strategies. In this 30-minute session, National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) public-education representative for Canada, Laura King, provides an introduction to CRR and an update on goals for 2019.

Laura King, in her first year as NFPA's public-education representative for Canada, has worked with hundreds of fire departments and thousands of firefighters from Newfoundland to Nanaimo, helping to build fire and life safety programs using NFPA’s free, digital resources.

Laura was a reporter for more than 30 years; and for 10 years, was the editor of Fire Fighting in Canada before moving to NFPA in September 2017.

Laura has an honours degree in journalism, political science and public administration from Carleton University. She also has a certificate in Introduction to Incident Management Systems, is a certified Road to Mental Readiness instructor, and has completed NFPA 1035 Level I, fire and life safety educator.

Laura is a Cape Bretoner who now lives in Oakville. She comes from a long line of fire safety advocates!


British Columbia Structure Firefighter Competency and Training Playbook
Presented by Chief Phil Lemire, White Rock Fire Rescue

Chief Phil Lemire will be providing an overview on the British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards for Structure Firefighters as defined by the “British Columbia Structure Firefighter Competency and Training Playbook.”

Fire Chief Phil Lemire has been with the White Rock Fire Service for 38 years. In 2006, he took on the role of Fire Chief.

In 2013, he became a member of the Executive Committee of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of British Columbia and has been serving as President since 2016.

In addition, Chief Lemire serves as the Chair of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs’ Executive Chief Fire Officer Designation Program. He also Chairs and serves as a member on various committees related to the fire service and public safety in British Columbia.


Natural Gas Awareness Train the Trainer Pilot & Emergency Preparedness
Presented by Lisa Nicholas & Dana Franzgrote - Enbridge, Advisors, Emergency Programs Office

This presentation will give a detailed outline of what will be included in the December 2018 pilot launch of Enbridge’s Natural Gas Awareness training for Fire Departments.   Also included will be an overview of the emergency management resources available to Fire Chiefs and Training Officers at Enbridge Gas and Union Gas, including an external portal for first responders, on-call emergency management support and other outreach programs.

Lisa Nicholas has been an Emergency Advisor in the Enbridge Gas Distribution Emergency Programs Office since 2012. Along with colleague Dana Franzgrote, Lisa is responsible for emergency management for all of Enbridge’s Ontario franchise area (GTA, Ottawa, Niagara regions), as well as affiliate companies in New Brunswick, Quebec and upstate New York. She was responsible for the company-wide implementation of the Incident Command System (ICS).

Lisa’s current projects include the Natural Gas Awareness Training for First Responders – Train the Trainer pilot launch in December 2018, and E3RT 2019, which involves the design and execution of joint training and an exercise for all of Enbridge’s North American business units. Day-to-day, Lisa is responsible for stakeholder outreach, emergency exercises, regulatory compliance and program management.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Science and an Honours Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. 

Lisa began her emergency management career with work in front line volunteer emergency management services with Western’s campus response team. She now sits on their advisory board and runs their 100+ hour new member training each fall. 

After a brief stint teaching high school science, Lisa moved to a career in the energy sector with Ontario Power Generation. There, she worked in both hydroelectric dam safety and corporate emergency management. 

In her spare time, Lisa volunteers with Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council as Deputy Provincial Commissioner. 

Dana Franzgrote holds a Master of Science in International Studies with a focus in Emergency Management from Oklahoma State University. While studying there, she had the opportunity to complete field research in Texas and Louisiana, studying the effectiveness of volunteer recovery agency, Mennonite Disaster Service, and in Valparaiso, Chile where she studied the social vulnerability of coastal regions to natural disaster.

Following academia, Dana worked at the Greater Toronto Airport’s Authority in their Airport Operations Control Centre and later in the role of Emergency Advisor for Canada’s largest airport. In here time there, she managed the Airport Emergency Plan, maintained the Emergency Management System, and ensured compliance with regulatory standards.

In January 2017, Dana left aviation behind to learn a new industry – oil and gas – and took the role of Emergency Advisor in the Enbridge Gas Distribution Emergency Programs Office.

Along with colleague Lisa Nicholas, Dana is responsible for emergency management for all of Enbridge’s Ontario franchise area (GTA, Ottawa, Niagara regions), as well as affiliate companies in New Brunswick, Quebec and upstate New York. Her current projects include the development and implementation of the Enbridge Gas Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Process and the associated Hazard Register to support the emergency management program.


Overview of Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee Update
Presented by Chief Rob Grimwood, Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services

This presentation will provide an update from the Section 21 Committee on the recent committee work and the new and revised Section 21 Guidance Notes. New and emerging fire service health and safety trends will also be discussed.

Rob Grimwood is the Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services is comprised of five stations, 15 apparatus and 110 volunteer firefighters, and responds to approximately 650 calls annually.

He started his career 22 years ago as a volunteer firefighter in Niagara-on-the-Lake and has served as a firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant District Chief prior to his promotion to Fire Chief.

In addition to his time in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Rob served for 10 years as the Fire & Paramedic Services Chief for Haldimand County. Prior to this, he worked as a career firefighter with the Toronto Fire Services and as a paramedic with Niagara EMS.

Rob is a graduate of the Dalhousie University Emergency Services Management Program, the Ontario Fire College and the New York State Academy of Fire Science.

He has been a member of the Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee since 2015 and was recently appointed as the management co-chair.

OAFC Fire Service Roundtable

November 20, 2018, Hilton, Niagara Falls

Sponsored by

Operational, planning and management professionals from fire departments across the province are invited to come together and discuss current and emerging issues within the fire service. Designed after the Metro Fire Planners Conference, this interactive forum has been formatted for participants to share leading practices, seek ideas on how to mitigate challenges they are facing, and offer innovative ideas and solutions that they have found successful. Participants share local and provincial challenges, as well as highlight best practices and lessons learned with other like-minded fire services.
 
The best part of the Roundtable is that the participants choose the topics of discussion. Each attendee forwards topics of interest to the OAFC in advance of the roundtable, which builds and intuitive, thought-provoking agenda.
 
Past roundtable attendees have said: 
 
"I appreciated all the one on one discussion regarding issues that fire services deal with daily and how each department has overcome some of these issues."
 
“Excellent discussions on current issues effecting all across the province.”
 
"It's structured but flexible enough to let the discussion follow its own path at times."
 
"I find the Roundtable to be one of the best events run by the OAFC.  It is informative and well organized. The topics dealt with current issues in our departments, which is very helpful."
 
“The chance to hear what others are doing and how issues are being handle by other departments is invaluable information. Great format this year on how the questions/topics were grouped”
 
Past Roundtable sessions have covered issues related to:
 
  • Performance measurement and data analysis
  • Organizational planning
  • Staffing and deployment models
  • Health and safety
  • Recruitment
  • Education and training
  • Shared services and regionalization
  • Labour relations issues
The OAFC will be hosting TWO concurrent roundtable sessions.  If the demand is present, we will open an additional roundtable.
 
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable URBAN SESSION
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable RURAL-SUBURBAN SESSION
 
DRAFT AGENDA - Times may change slightly
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Time
Event
Location
8:00am
Registration Opens
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
12:00pm
Roundtable Networking Lunch
Watermark Fallsview Restaurant
1:00pm
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Urban
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Rural-Suburban
 
2:45pm
Coffee Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
3:05pm
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Urban
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Rural-Suburban
 
5:00pm
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable Reception, Sponsored and hosted by Humber College
Complimentary refreshments and appetizers provided
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
 
The OAFC Fire Service Roundtable is $150 per participant and is limited to 40 participants in each session, in order to guarantee an intimate, informal and candid discussion on the current emerging fire service topics that mean the most to you. The amount of information shared is invaluable!  
 
The roundtable is open to OAFC members only.
 

Round Table Topics of Discussion

After registering for the Roundtable, participants are required to submit questions and discussion topics that you would like to see incorporated into the agenda. This will give us the foundation for the Roundtable discussion.
 
All discussion topics must be submitted by November 2, 2018 to maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca, so the agenda can be created and shared in advance with all registered participants.
 

OAFC Fire Service Roundtable Reception

Sponsored by Humber College
The OAFC is pleased to announce that Humber College will once again host a reception immediately following the Roundtable on November 20, 2018.
 
Refreshments and delicious appetizers will be provided to all Roundtable participants. This is a great opportunity to socialize and network with your fire service colleagues and speak directly Humber College representatives. 
 
We look forward to welcoming you!
 

About Humber College

"We are the School of Social and Community Services. Through our fire services, criminal justice, and human services programs, we help prepare our students with the skills and knowledge needed to rise up to the challenges they will face in their careers. State of the art facilities combined with extensive work placements bring learning to life and help transform our students into graduates that become an integral part of our communities. Experienced faculty guide students through the program. Every one of our programs open a door to a new pathway. Every pathway leads to a new opportunity. We are dedicated to delivering more than an education – we are changing lives.” 

OAFC 2018 AGMEvent Location and Accommodations  

Hilton Niagara Falls
6361 Fallsview Boulevard
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3V9
1-905-354-7887 

Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites offers an elegant stay with 53 floors of breathtaking views over the Horseshoe and American falls. The Hilton Niagara Falls is just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto and Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and provides a stylish backdrop to this natural wonder.  
 
Relax in your guest room which can sleep up to six people. Classic wooden fittings provide an inviting ambience while double whirlpool tubs in oversized bathrooms are among the special touches.
 
Savor an array of international specialties while overlooking peerless views of Niagara Falls 33 floors up at The Watermark restaurant. Complete the evening with drinks and live music at Myst Lounge for unforgettable Niagara evening. Open-fire grilled cuts are the order of the day at Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse or choose favorite Italian dishes at the Pranzo Italian Grill.
 
   
 

Parking

Niagara Falls offers off-site complimentary self parking. 
 
To access Hilton Niagara Falls' off-site guest parking lot, please do the following:
 

1. Drive into the valet entrance off Fallsview Blvd.
2. Request a key card from the door attendant.
3. Turn left onto Murray Street
4. The parking lot is the first left after crossing Stanley Ave. Insert your parking key card at the gate.

 
Covered garage self parking is offered at $10.00 per day with unlimited in and out privileges (limited availability).
 
Valet parking is offered at $20.00 per day. 
 

Hotel Reservations

   
 
The OAFC has negotiated special inclusions on your behalf including:
 
  • Discounted room rates
  • Complimentary internet in guestrooms and meeting space
  • 20% Discount food voucher for all in-house restaurants including Brasa Brazilian and Pranzo Italian Grill
  • For more information on the Hilton Niagara Falls, please visit  http://www.niagarafallshilton.com/index.php
2 Bedroom Deluxe Suite - Falls View - rates from $139.00 CAD/Night - Two King-sized beds, fireplace, whirlpool tub, Queen-sized sofa bed, U.S. Fallsview. This spacious and functional suite, with its enchanting view of the U.S. Falls, features two bedrooms, each with a comfortable King-sized bed and high-definition television, and a separate vanity area for convenience. The main bedroom also features a queen-sized sofa bed. The oversized bathroom provides the ultimate in relaxation with a glass-enclosed whirlpool bath overlooking the main bedroom and beyond. At Hilton Niagara Falls, all our rooms include WiFi access, HD televisions with on-command access, coffee maker, hairdryer, alarm/clock radios, iron, and ironing board.  This suite is located on floors 11 - 22 and can accommodate 6 people (7 with rollaway bed).  
 
2 Bedroom Deluxe Suite - Casino/Cityview - rates from $129.00 CAD/Night - Two King-sized beds, fireplace, whirlpool tub, Queen-sized sofa bed, city view. This spacious and functional suite, with its exciting view of Fallsview Casino and its colourful fountain, feature two bedrooms, each with a comfortable King-sized bed and high-definition television, and a separate vanity area for convenience. The main bedroom also features a queen-sized sofa bed. The oversized bathroom provides the ultimate in relaxation with a glass-enclosed whirlpool bath overlooking the main bedroom and beyond.At Hilton Niagara Falls, all our rooms include WiFi access, HD televisions with on-command access, coffee maker, hairdryer, alarm/clock radios, iron, and ironing board. This suite is located on floors 8 - 15 and can accommodate 6 people (7 with rollaway bed). 
 
PLEASE NOTE:  The pool and fitness centre are closed as they are being relocated within the hotel.  Guests can access the Sheraton's facilities by requesting access when you check-in.  The Sheraton is adjacent to the Hilton and can be accessed from the walkway.
 
To book your hotel room, simply click on the link below, and reserve online. If you'd prefer to book through the phone, please contact 1-800-339-5023 and reference group code OAFC or Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.  
 
 
 
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  THE SPECIAL HOTEL RATE WILL EXPIRE ON OCTOBER 26, 2018
 

OAFC 2018 AGM - Annual Awards and Luncheon

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) recognizes the important contributions that individuals make each and every day toward fire and public safety. They strive to be engaging and inspiring leaders, contribute to the community in which they serve, lead by example, and positively influence others. They are dedicated and proud to serve their community.

It is only fitting that they are celebrated for their commitment, contributions, and going above and beyond. Being recognized also motivates future generations to work hard towards improving and enhancing fire and public safety.

The OAFC invites you to identify worthy candidates who inspire others, demonstrate initiative and innovation, and make a difference.

Click on the links below to learn more about our various awards, their criteria, and application processes and deadlines. If you know someone who is deserving of an award, please nominate them by completing and submitting the online application.


The Alf Stone Award

The Bill Williams Humanitarian Award

The VFIS Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Award

The Mark Diotte Leadership Award

All nomination forms must be submitted by November 1, 2018 to be considered.

Award winners will be contacted in November and invited to the OAFC Annual Awards and Luncheon during our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in Niagara Falls to receive formal recognition. 
The luncheon and awards presentation is being sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.

For questions regarding these awards, feel free to contact Maureen Owens at 905-426-9865 x224 or toll free at 1-800-774-6651 or by email to maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca

 

OAFC 2018 AGM - Destination Overview and Travel 

Niagara Falls

 
Niagara Falls will take your breath away, and it’s not just because of the magnificent view. A four-season destination rich with culture, history, recreation, entertainment, world-class cuisine and natural wonders, Niagara Falls is a naturally inspired destination. Packed with attractions, world-class hotels, dining and exciting nightlife, there is so much for you to see and do while visiting Niagara Falls.
 
What’s your perfect Niagara Falls getaway? Visit http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/ to start planning your visit.
 

Travel to Hilton Niagara Falls

There are many ways to get to the Hilton Niagara Falls depending on which direction you are coming from. We recommend visiting the Hilton’s website as they have highlighted many travel routes.
 
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Contact Us

Have a question about the OAFC 2018 Annual General Meeting? Our event team would be more than happy to assist you!  
 
Please contact our office at 905-426-9865. Below, you will find specific staff contact details. Our staff team is here to help ensure your time with us is enjoyable.
 
For general inquires and registration assistance, please contact:
Laura Aivaliotis, Program Coordinator at ext.230 or email laura.aivaliotis@oafc.on.ca
 
For event specific details, please contact:
Maureen Owens, Events & Trade Show Assistant at ext. x224 maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca
 
For details about potential partnership or sponsorship opportunities for OAFC events, please contact Michelle O’Hara, Business Development at x222 or email michelle.ohara@oafc.on.ca