Northeastern Fire Education Conference Trade Show

Northeastern Fire Education Conference Trade Show

March 31 & April 1, 2017

Deerhurst Resort and Conference Centre, Huntsville, Ontario

After extensive review and consideration, the Northeastern Fire Education Conference Committee is pleased to announce that we are moving the conference to the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville Ontario for 2017.  We are very excited at the opportunities this venue offers both our conference attendees and exhibitors.

We want to make it very clear that the committee did not make this decision lightly.  Before any decisions were made on changing our venue, we expanded our working committee to better reflect the fire service in northeastern Ontario, and to get feedback on conference content and to review a potential location change.  To this end, we are pleased to announce our 2017 committee members:
  • Chief Frank Loeffen, East Ferris
  • Chief Richard Maranda, West Nipissing
  • Chief Mark Whynott, Markstay-Warren
  • Chief Tim Uttley, Temiskaming Shores
  • Chief Dean Butticci, Magnetawan
  • Chief Mike Pichor, Espanola
  • Assistant Chief Rob Serson, Greater Napanee
  • Retired Chief, Grant Love
We received numerous complaints/concerns last year.  Both attendees and exhibitors expressed feedback through our evaluation process and/or directly with the committee.  The following concerns were brought to our attention;
  • Lack of seating space in the conference room.  Everyone was squeezed in too tight.
  • Limited exhibitor space/exhibitor booths.  Booths are too spread out and in separate rooms.  Some exhibitors had tiny display spaces while others had more room.
  • Limited breakout space.
  • Limited accommodations.  Many guests still stay off site as the hotel can’t accommodate everyone.
  • A disjointed banquet.  The room is too small and not able to service everyone in one room.  Shortened entertainment options.
Without a venue change in 2017, the committee was considering limiting the number of attendees and exhibitors, to ensure we continue to offer good value to our guests.  We are very pleased that Deerhurst Resort will solve all of these concerns.   Improvements include,
  • Conference seating will be expanded to half round tables as the conference room is much larger.  This will allow us to expand and make a more comfortable learning experience.
  • The trade show will be setup with proper booths – all in one large room!  No more displaced booths all over the venue.   This will offer exhibitors and attendees a focused, professional trade show.  We can increase booth space by more than a 1/3!
  • Deerhurst has many accommodation options - standard hotel rooms, suites, one, two and three bedroom condos!   Accommodation prices start at 109.99 per night – that is $20 cheaper than the last two years rates at the Best Western.  For example, if you book a three bedroom condo, that sleeps 6 people for only $314.99 per night – that works out to be only $53 per night per person (excluding taxes/fees).   Fully equipped condos come complete with a kitchen with full size appliances, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery, a dining room and a living room with stereo, TV, DVD player, and fireplace. Most feature balconies with various resort views.
  • Banquet will now be in one large room!  Deerhurst's ballroom can accommodate a larger number of guests!  This means the potential to expand our entertainment options and celebrate as a whole group!
  • A cozy pub and fine dining options available on-site – no need to travel off-site at all!
  • Lots to do onsite, especially if you want to bring your family!  There is a large indoor pool with hot tub, arcade room, rock climbing wall, fitness room, onsite store, hiking trails and a full service spa.  Horseback riding is also available year round!
The planning committee has toured the guest rooms, conference space, trade show space and restaurants and have experienced first-hand the opportunities this venue affords the NEFEC!
The committee is hard at work planning educational content for 2017 and would love to get your feedback.  In the coming month(s), the conference planning committee will be reaching out to you asking you for your suggestions.  We are looking at offering workshop/breakout sessions to further your educational experience at the conference, and to give you more take-away value.
We understand that this change may lengthen some travel for our guests.  After visiting, and exhausting many options in North Bay, Sudbury and the surrounding area, we discovered that Deerhurst offers us the best opportunity to grow and expand, and is the best option, for the best fire conference in north eastern Ontario!  Deerhurst is extremely pleased to welcome you to their resort and have committed to giving us the best service possible!
Registration for the conference and trade show will open in November.  The 2017 dates for the conference are March 31 to April 2, 2017.  The Trade Show will be on March 31 & April 1, 2017.  We will be following up with additional details to both previous attendees and exhibitors shortly in regards to booking accommodations at the resort and a site map.   We encourage you to visit their website at and checkout all they have to offer!
This is a big change - we understand!  We also understand that you may have questions.  We would be happy to answer any that you may have.   You can contact the committee by emailing or contacting one of our following staff directly:
Conference Attendees/Deerhurst Accommodations:  
Michelle O’Hara, 905-426-9865 x222 or
Trade Show Exhibitors:  
Shelley Molica, 905-426-9865 x221 or
Thank you for continuing your support of the Northeastern Fire Education Conference.  We look forward to serving you in 2017!
2017 NEFEC Planning Committee


For information on the trade show, please contact Shelley Molica at 905-426-9865 x221 or 
For questions about the conference, Deerhurst Resort and our new venue, and potential sponsorship opportunities,  please contact Michelle O'Hara at 905-426-9865 x222 or