OAFC 2016 - Attendees

OAFC 2016, April 30 - May 4, 2016
OAFC 2016 Trade Show, May 1 & 2, 2016
Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario

OAFC 2016 is an annual seminar and trade show geared to everyone working or related to fire and emergency services.
 
Who Attends?
 
Fire chiefs, senior fire officers, company officers, firefighters, training officers, communicators, public educators, fire prevention officers, mechanical officers and municipal politicians from across Ontario come together for five days of learning, networking and collaboration.  With over 35 learning seminars to participate in, attendees walk away with innovative information that covers all areas of the fire service including technological advances, real-life fire incidents, navigating the political environment, public and life fire safety, management/leadership development and more. 
 
OAFC 2016 attendees also get access to the largest fire and emergency trade show in Canada.   The OAFC Trade Show boasts over 250 booths and fire vehicles on display, and is proud to host the largest and most successful gathering of fire service manufacturers and suppliers in Canada!  The trade show offers attendees direct access to the people who supply your fire department with the important life saving apparatus, gear and services that you rely upon every day!
 
Why Attend?
 
OAFC 2016 offers something for everyone in the fire service!
 
Main Agenda:  Our main room sessions covers educational and informative topics that will provide interest to anyone in working in the fire service, corporately or in a municipality.  Whether you’re an upcoming or well-seasoned fire service professional, we have many topics of interest that pertain to all types of fire services – municipal, industrial - full time, composite and volunteer departments. 
 
OAFC 2016 highlights include high profile keynotes and knowledgeable speakers presenting on topics such as:
 
  • Post traumatic stress disorder and mental illness
  • Recruitment and retention – national and local strategies
  • Important resources and policies for fire service leaders
  • Real-life incidents, what transpired and lessons learned
  • Updates from government officials pertaining to the fire service
  • Hot fire service topics – suppression, standards, bunker gear, amalgamation, public education and more.
View the full agenda and speaker and presentation overview for complete details.
 
Subgroup Sessions:
 
Training Officers Seminar:  In partnership with the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers, the training officer’s seminar includes a variety of presentations from the main conference agenda and incorporates customized sessions dedicated to training officers.  Delivered by high profile speakers, presenting on the most current hot topics pertaining to training in the fire service, this seminar is a must attend for all levels of training officers.
 
Public Educators Seminar:  The Ontario Fire & Life Safety Educators in conjunction with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs have developed a public educator’s seminar, specifically tailored to promote education and initiatives relevant to today’s public fire educators and fire prevention officers.  The program is designed to share information, resources and network with like minded educators/prevention officers.  We encourage all educators and fire prevention officers to participate in this unique, customized program. 
 
Communications Forum:  The Ontario Fire Communicators Association in conjunction with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs have developed a forum to help communicators understand more about today’s common issues facing Ontario’s communication centres. The seminar includes a variety of presentations specifically selected on important issues facing communicators in the fire service.  If you are a communicator, supervisor, chief officer, or if you are responsible for communications in your fire service, this forum is for you! 
 
Municipal Officials Seminar: The Essentials of Firefighting and Firefighting 101 sponsored by CriSys Limited, offers municipal officials the opportunity to understand the challenges of the fire service and its importance in their communities. This two-day session includes presentations customized to provide you with essential information about the fire service.  The highlight of the program is our interactive, hands-on fire training – an experience that you will never forget!   Municipal officials slip into bunker gear and experience firsthand the life of a firefighter by participating in a live fire training session.  Past attendees have included government officials, mayors and councillors, CAO’s, directors and other senior municipal staff.
 
Each OAFC 2016 package includes exciting evening functions allowing them to network with industry colleagues.
 
OAFC 2016 is the largest of its kind in Canada and offers something for everyone in today's fire services. It is the not -to-be missed event of 2016!
 
2015 conference attendees said ....

 

We are truly thankful to the following companies and organizations for their support of OAFC 2016

 
Association Sponsor
 
Association Sponsor
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Awards Dinner Sponsor

Networking Reception Sponsor
 
 
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Memorial Service Reception Sponsor
Speaker
Sponsor

Mobile App Sponsor
Municipal Politicians Sponsor
 
 
Awards Reception Sponsor
Coffee Break Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

Delegate Bag Sponsor

President's VIP Reception Sponsor
Saturday Speaker Sponsor
Ladders Up Reception Sponsor

Front Entrance Fire Truck Welcome Sponsor

Ladders Up Reception Sponsor
   
 
 

New in 2016

Each year we strive to improve and grow the conference and trade show to better suit the needs of all attendees and exhibitors. Following the event we look for your feedback through our attendee evaluations. We take your comments, the good and the bad – seriously!
 
After careful review of the conference and trade show evaluations last year, we are excited to announce the following changes for OAFC 2016:
 
  • We have gone back to our original conference format which will increase the educational content on Wednesday.  Tuesday evening will now be a free night and the Awards Reception and Dinner will go back to being held on Wednesday evening.
  • Trade Show menu options have been changed and lunch vouchers will be in $10 denominations.
  • Lunch vouchers are included in all packages when attending the trade show.
  • Ladders Up Reception will now be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday evening.
 
Stay tuned for more announcements on what’s new to come to OAFC 2016.
 
 

OAFC 2016 Main Session Agenda

DRAFT

Saturday April 30
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast 
Ballroom A
8:00
Welcome
Master of Ceremonies
Ballroom B
8:10
Presidents Update
OAFC President, Matt Pegg
8:40
National Recruitment and Retention
Chief Vince MacKenzie, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland Fire Department
9:20
Recruitment and Retention
The Kingsville Experience
Chief Bob Kissner, Kingsville Fire Department
10:00
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Foyer
10:15
St. Catharines Fire Service Decontamination Journey
Sponsored by TransCanada
Chief Dave Wood & Deputy Chief Larry Jones, St. Catharines Fire Services, Chief Rob Grimwood, Haldimand County Emergency Services
Ballroom B
11:15
Personnel Problems and Litigation: Out of Your Control
Sponsored by VFIS
Mike McCall
12:15
Lunch
Ballroom A
1:15
Personnel Problems and Litigation: Out of Your Control
Sponsored by VFIS
Mike McCall
Ballroom B
2:15
Energy East Emergency Management
Craig Olsen, 
TransCanada Pipelines
2:45
L’Isle-Verte, Two Years Later - The Impact of the Tragedy
Sponsored by TransCanada
Éric Bérubé, Chief, Fire Department of Riviere-du-Loup
3:30
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Foyer
3:45 Technical Rescue Training Wayne McIsaac, Public Services Health and Safety Association Ballroom B
4:15
BC Training Model
Sponsored by TransCanada
Chief David Balding, Golden Fire & Rescue Service
Ballroom B
7:00pm to 11:00pm
Ladders Up Reception with Entertainment on Behalf of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation 
Sponsored by M&L VFIS and Fire Fighting in Canada
Crowne Plaza, Algonquin Ballroom, Lower Level
Sunday May 1
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast 
Ballroom A
8:00
Lac-Mégantic July 6, 2013
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters 
Ontario
Chief Denis Lauzon, Lac Mégantic, Quebec
Ballroom B
9:00
Civil Unrest: A Real Threat to Public Safety - Baltimore Riots Lessons Learned, Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Jeffrey Segal, Assistant Chief and Mark Wagner, Assistant Chief, Baltimore City Fire Department
10:00
Observations from 30,000' - Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern Fire Service Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Timothy E. Sendelbach, Editor-in-Chief, Firehouse Magazine/Firehouse.com
Ballroom B
10:00 to 5:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
Hall I&J
7:00 to 10:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Reception Sponsored by Starfield Lion
Ballroom C & Foyer
Monday May 2
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast
Ballroom A
8:00
Thriving through Adversity
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters 
Ontario
Tyler Pelke, Assistant Deputy Chief, Motivational Speaker
Ballroom B
9:00
Keynote Presentation: The Crazy Game
Clint & Joanie Malarchuk
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters 
Ontario
Ballroom B
10:00 to 4:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
Hall I&J
6:00 to 10:00
Networking Reception - Fire Service Feud 
Sponsored by Safetek
Ballroom C
Tuesday May 3
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast 
Ballroom A
8:00
Presidents Report
OAFC President, Matt Pegg
Ballroom B
8:00 OAFC Auxiliary Meeting McKennitt 5/6
8:45 CAFC Greetings Chief Paul Boissonneault, President Ballroom B
9:00 Update from First Alert Jim Rotz, President, First Alert Canada Ballroom B
9:15
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service - A single Fire Service Protecting an Entire Country
Sponsored by IBC
Assistant Chief Officer, Robert Scott QFSM MBA FIFireE, Scottish Fire and Rescue
Ballroom B
10:15
Annex Business Media
Laura King & Becky Atkinson
Ballroom B
10:30
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Foyer
10:45
Taboos in the Fire Service - The Things We Don't Want to Talk About, Sponsored by IBC
Dan Maffia, Fayetteville (NC) Fire Department
Ballroom B
11:45 Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
12:00
Update from the OFMEM
Sponsored by IBC
Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal, Chief of Emergency Management, OFMEM
12:45
Lunch
Ballroom A
1:45
Public Education – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
Sponsored by IBC
Samantha Hoffmann, Public Educator, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service
Ballroom B
3:15
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Foyer
3:30
Pipeline Safety for Emergency Responders
David Clarke
Emergency Response Coordinator & 
Ann 
Newman, Supervisor of Right-of-Way Services 
Ballroom B
4:15
Education Update
Sponsored by IBC
Multiple Presenters
Ballroom B
Wednesday May 4
6:30 to 12:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast 
Ballroom A
8:00
What you need to know about NFPA 1710 Retired Fire Chief Bill Bryson
Ballroom B
9:00 NFPA 1720: Standard for the Organization and Development of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments
Fire Chief Greg L. Render, Signal Hill Fire Department
 
10:00
You're the Fire Chief - Tell Me What I Need to Know About Residential Sprinklers
Shayne Mintz, Canadian Regional Director, NFPA
10:45
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Foyer
11:00
Clearview Township Crevice Rescue
Fire Chief Colin Shewell, Clearview Fire & Emergency Services, Chief Bill Boyes, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service, Deputy Chief Matt Pegg, Toronto Fire Services
Ballroom B
12:15
Lunch
Ballroom A
1:00
OAFC Business Meeting - Members Only
Ballroom B
3:00
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Foyer
3:15
OAFC Business Meeting - Members Only
Ballroom B
5:30
Awards Dinner Reception Sponsored by Safedesign
 
Foyer
7:00
Awards Dinner Sponsored by AJ Stone Co. Ltd.
Ballroom C
 
 

Speaker and Presentation Overviews

 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

 
Recruitment and Retention – The Kingsville Experience
Presented by Bob Kissner Jr, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator, Kingsville Fire Department
 

Kingsville was awarded the 2015 V.F.I.S. Recruitment and Retention Award at the 2015 conference.  Following this unexpected honor, the firefighters and officers were asked “What are the things that attract people to apply to our department and why do they stay once they are hired?”  This seminar will provide an overview of some of their answers and will hopefully facilitate discussion on strategies and programs that may assist in creating a positive department “culture” such that recruitment and retention do not become a hurdle.

Bob is the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Kingsville.  He started his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in Kingsville in 1975.  During that time he taught elementary school.  In 1995 he became the full time Fire Chief in Leamington.  At the time of amalgamation of Essex County municipalities in 1999, Bob returned home to Kingsville as its first full time Fire Chief.  He holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor.  Bob also has received his Certified Municipal Manager Level III designation.  He is an Ontario Fire College graduate and has worked with the college as an Associate Instructor for over 25 years.  In his spare time, Bob enjoys playing the pipe organ and directing the church music program at Epworth United Church in Kingsville.
 
National Recruitment and Retention
Presented by Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie, Grand Falls-Windsor Fire Department
 
By resolution, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs has been mandated to nationalize the successes of the Alberta firefighter recruitment program into a national model for all. Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer firefighters spans across all provinces and national borders. This presentation is an overview and status report on the role out of the national Answer the Call program being implemented across Canada by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
 

Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie has been in the fire service for over 32 years and is the full time fire chief in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador.  He is currently the Immediate Past-President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services and has served on that executive in many capacities since 1992 and 5 terms as president. He is an elected member of the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, after spending 6 years on the national advisory board. Vince is also currently the lead on the National Answer the Call recruitment program for CAFC.

Chief MacKenzie been a speaker at many conferences and functions across Canada and an instructor in different capacities from firefighting, public fire safety education, and leadership and administration of volunteer fire departments.  He is also a national instructor for the “Beyond Hoses and Helmets” fire leadership program.

Vince holds a certificate in Fire Service Leadership from Dalhousie University and is a columnist for Firefighting in Canada magazine co-writing the column, Volunteer Vision.

Chief MacKenzie has been outspoken and an advocate for a variety fire service issues within the government walls especially in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador and also on a national level.

Internationally he was a 1994 NFPA Learn Not to Burn champion and also participant in an international summit in Washington DC on the Future of the Volunteer Fire Services in North America conducted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2011.

 
    
 
St. Catharines Fire Service Decontamination Journey
Presented by Chief Dave Wood & Deputy Chief Larry Jones, St. Catharines Fire Services, Chief Rob Grimwood, Haldimand County Emergency Services
 
This presentation will provide an outline of the Ministry of Labour orders received by the St. Catharines Fire Department related to firefighter PPE and decontamination procedures, their response to the orders and the PPE decontamination, processing and cleaning procedures they implemented.
 
St. Catharines Chief Dave Wood & Deputy Chief Larry Jones will present an overview of their experience and the department procedures they implemented.
 
Haldimand County Chief Rob Grimwood, a member of the OAFC Health & Safety Committee and Section 21 Committee will moderate the discussion and provide context regarding where the issue currently rests provincially and what the  OAFC health & safety committee and Section 21 committee are currently doing regarding it.
 
Dave Wood was hired by St Catharines Fire Services on May 6 1991 after serving 6 years with Niagara Regional Police. In February of 2006, Dave was promoted to the rank of Captain and then in January of 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Platoon Chief.
 
During his time as a fire fighter and Officer, Dave served in many roles with the Association, Local 485. He served as a WSIB Representative, Treasurer and then President for a number of years.
 
In April of 2011, Dave was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief and then Fire Chief in October of 2014. Dave currently sits on the Provincial Bargaining Committee and is actively involved with committees and working groups throughout the Niagara Region.
 
Larry Jones is currently the Deputy Fire Chief of St Catharines Fire Services and has been employed there for the past 29 years.
 
Larry held the position of fire fighter for the first 12 years of his career before entering the Training Division. In 1999, he was promoted into the Training Division and remained there holding the positions of Training Instructor, Training Officer and Chief Training Officer until 2011.
 
In 2011, he assumed his current role as Deputy Chief. Larry has sat on numerous Provincial Committees, been an Instructor at the Ontario Fire College teaching numerous courses and served on the committee that developed and delivers the Provincial Fire Fighter Survival Program.  
 
Rob Grimwood is the Manager of Emergency Services/Fire Chief for Haldimand County. This position is a combined role of Fire Chief, Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Community Emergency Management Co-ordinator. Haldimand County is located on the shore of Lake Erie just South of Hamilton and just West of the Niagara Region. The Haldimand County Fire Department is comprised of 11 Stations and approximately 280 volunteer firefighters and responds to approximately 1,000 calls annually and Haldimand County EMS employs approximately 70 paramedics and responds to approximately 8,500 calls annually.
 
Prior to coming to Haldimand County Rob was employed as a professional firefighter with the Toronto Fire Services, a volunteer firefighter/officer with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Department and a paramedic with the Regional Municipality of Niagara. 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. In addition to his current position he is a zone director for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, a regional fire coordinator, an instructor with Dalhousie University, a member of the OAFC health & safety committee, a member of the Section 21 committee and regularly speaks and writes regarding emerging fire and EMS issues and trends.
 
 
Personnel Problems and Litigation: Out of Your Control?
Presented by Mike McCall
Sponsored by VFIS
 
Harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful dismissal, and other personnel claims continue to plague the fire service industry. Employment practices attorney, Mike McCall, has worked with over 600 emergency services organizations and will address ways your fire department can take steps to avoid and mitigate personnel problems and litigation.  This program is applicable to all departments, regardless of size or volunteer, combination or strictly career members.  Don’t miss this informative and entertaining program that could keep you out of the legal courtroom and court of public opinion.
 
Michael McCall, J.D. is an internationally recognized employment practices trainer, author and consultant, who has worked with over 600 emergency services organizations.  Since, 1998, McCall has assisted fire departments as a consultant for the largest provider of insurance and education the emergency services industry.  He specializes in developing risk management programs addressing work-related harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and sexual misconduct.  He is a frequent speaker at industry conventions and trainer for individual entities.  McCall is a published author of the “Employment Practices Resource Manual”, a risk management guide for emergency services agencies, as well as many newsletter articles addressing personnel law.
 
L’Isle-Verte, Two Years Later - The Impact of the Tragedy
Presented by Éric Bérubé, chief of Fire Department of Riviere-du-Loup
 

On January 23, 2014, a major fire in a seniors home killed 32 elderly people. The next morning, the Sûreté du Québec requested the help of firefighters in the recovery of the victims’ bodies. The firefighters stayed on the scene for more than a week, scratched the remains inch by inch.  They helped each other and families to try and survive this tragic event. These firefighters had to face the assaults of the media, reporters and photographers. One year later, the fire department of Rivière-du-Loup accepted to manage the fire department of L’Isle-Verte. A challenge ensued, to give these firefighters the courage to rise, face the future, and regain their pride once again. In this session you will learn how the drama was lived in the days following the fire, and how the firefighters and the authorities persevered through this event. All in respect, for the victims and the families.

Fire chief of Rivière-du-Loup’s fire department from 2010, Mr. Bérubé is also the manager of service agreements involving the fire department of the municipalities of Notre-Dame-du-Portage, St-Modeste and, since March 2015, L'Isle-Verte.
 
Chief Bérubé has many years experience in the municipal environment having been city manager for more than 17 years before joining the fire department of Rivière-du-Loup, full time in 2008.  A firefighter for more than 25 years, he moved up the ranks holding the positions of firefighter, captain, division commander and chief of the department. He holds an “Officer in Fire Safety” certificate, and a university certificate in Management of Emergency at the Polytechnique of Montreal. He’s also a board member of the Association des chefs en sécurité incendie du Québec (ASCIQ).
 
 
BC Training Model
Presented by Fire Chief David Balding, Golden Fire & Rescue Service
 
British Columbia’s fire service recently made the move from N.F.P.A. 1001 as the provincial standard to a brand new multi-tiered model. The ‘Playbook’, as it is known, outlines three distinct levels of fire protection that a community may choose to offer and the requisite minimum training standards required for each level of service. The degree of fire protection will be driven by several local factors such as the community risks, availability of resources and public expectations. This presentation will explain the new model, look at its advantages and examine the challenges of its implementation to fire career, composite and volunteer departments
 
Dave Balding joined the fire service as a volunteer in 1985, becoming chief of the Malahat Volunteer Fire Department on Vancouver Island in 1989. In 2011, Balding pursued his ambition to become a career fire chief and joined Fraser Lake Fire Rescue as the fire chief and emergency coordinator.  In May 2015, Balding accepted the position of fire chief with the Town of Golden in B.C.’s Rocky Mountains.
 

Last October, Balding celebrated 30 years with the fire service. He is the recipient of the Fire Services Exemplary Services Medal and the B.C. Long Service Award. As an instructor of the CAFC’s highly successful Beyond Hoses & Helmets course and a speaker on various fire-service topics, Balding has presented in many locations across Canada. He has also served as a director on the executive board of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of B.C. and continues to represent that organization as its lead for WorkSafe firefighter issues. Dave is also a regular contributor to our national firefighting magazine, Fire Fighting in Canada, with his column Firelines.

Dave enjoys running in his spare time and as a believer in ongoing professional development continues to pursue fire service related training at every opportunity.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

 
The Lac-Megantic Rail Disaster
Presented by Fire Chief Denis Lauzon, Lac Mégantic, Quebec
 
A 911 dispatcher awakened Lac-Mégantic fire chief Denis Lauzon from his sleep shortly after 1 a.m. on July 6, 2013, to tell him there was a house fire in the town of 6,000 people. But when the chief looked out his front door to face a wall of flame and explosions a few blocks away, he knew it was far worse.  Denis Lauzon, Fire Chief of Lac Mégantic, Quebec will give a firsthand account of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, when an unattended Montreal, Maine and Atlantic freight train of 74 oil tank cars rolled into the Quebec town at 101 km/h and exploded, killing 47 people in the worst rail accident in modern Canadian history.
 
Chief Lauzon led 1,000 firefighters from 80 departments from Quebec, Ontario and Maine in the fight against the blaze, which destroyed much of the town’s centre and burned for two days. He will review and recall the events that occurred during this devastating tragedy and how this event changed his town forever.
 
FC Denis Lauzon was born in 1962 in Valleyfield (Québec) where he attended elementary school and moved to Châteauguay (Québec) where he graduated from High School.In 1974, he started his college education in Forestry, which he completed with success in 1982. In 1984 he became “junior firefighter” and started as a part-time firefighter for the municipality of Sainte-Martine in the Montérégie area in 1986. That same year, he started his firefighter training and was promoted as Lieutenant in 1996.
 
In 2001, he completed a college attestation in Fire Safety Management and completed a second college attestation as a Fire Prevention Technician in 2005.He is currently doing a Human resources certificate at Trois-Rivière University. On a professional level, Chief Lauzon started his career in the family business. In 1988, he became a sales representative for the Wajax manufacturing company, which specializes in manufacturing of firefighting equipment for forest fire applications. He held those responsibilities until 2002, where he was promoted to the rank of Fire Chief for the Lac-Mégantic Region, the rank which he holds today. He is involved in the Association Québécoise des pompiers volontaires (Québec Volunteer Firefighter Association) now known as Fédération Québécoise des Intervenants en Sécurité Incendie (Québec Federation of Fire Safety Responders). He held the responsibilities of vice-president and president from 1988 to 2002.
 
Since 1996, Chief Lauzon is part of the firefighter brigade for the Formula 1, Grand Prix du Canada and is the « pit Chief » since 2000. In addition, he also is involved as « pit Chief » for many other types or automobile races, such as the Indy Car series, Champ Car and most recently Nascar.Chief Lauzon is an Instructor for Firefighter I and Hazardous Material operations for the l’École Nationale des pompiers du Québec.He is also an instructor-trainer the IPIQ (l’Institut de protection contre les incendies du Québec) for High-rise rescue, confined space rescue, hazardous materials and Modules 1 to 9.In February 2007, Chief Lauzon was decorated with the 20 years of service medal for his years as a firefighter.
 
Civil Unrest: A Real Threat to Public Safety (Baltimore Riots Lessons Learned)
Presented by Jeffrey Segal, Assistant Chief and Mark Wagner, Assistant Chief, Baltimore City Fire Department
 
Most would say manmade or natural disasters and terrorism are the greatest threats to public safety.  Training and exercises focused on disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, hazardous materials, and terrorism.   It is time to prepare for the modern and frequently overlooked threat to public safety “Civil Unrest”. Learn from Baltimore City Fire Department’s civil unrest experience.  Join Assistant Chief’s Jeffrey Segal and Mark Wagner’s as they share their civil unrest lessons learned.
 
Jeffrey R. Segal serves as the Assistant Chief – Safety and Member Services of Baltimore City Fire Department.  He previously served as the Assistant Chief of Operation and the Interim Chief of the Baltimore City Fire Department.
 
Assistant Chief Segal joined the Baltimore City Fire Department in 1987 as a firefighter.  He advanced through the ranks becoming a Pump Operator, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Battalion Commander, Division Chief, Deputy Chief, and Interim Chief.  Chief Segal received his last promotion November 2011 when he was appointed to Assistant Chief – Operations.  Assistant Chief Segal has a strong background in fire operations, special operations and incident management.  Chief Segal experience also includes serving in the position of Deputy Incident Commander (IC) on the Baltimore Regional Type III Incident Management Team. He also oversees the Baltimore City Fire Department’s Type IV Incident Management Team.   
 
Assistant Chief Segal has a host of certifications and training that includes Hazardous Material Technician, Fire Instructor, Fire Inspector, Safety Officer, All Hazards Incident Management Team, Weapon of Mass Destruction Incident Command and various Incident Command System certifications. 
 
Assistant Chief Segal received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s degree in The Science of Management from Johns Hopkins University.  Chief Segal is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.   
 
Assistant Chief Segal enjoys quality time with his family and the great outdoors. He is also active in his place of worship and community service.
 
Assistant Chief Mark W. Wagner has served in the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD) for 34 years with 17 years in upper management and executive leadership.  He is currently the Assistant Chief in charge of Fire Operations.  He oversees the work of 4 Shift Commanders and the Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services. Assistant Chief Wagner directs the activities and manages the operations of over 1,100 public safety professionals working out of 39 neighborhood fire stations. These stations house 35 engine companies, 17 ladder companies, 24 first-line medic units, 5 critical alert medic units, 1 heavy rescue and specialty units such as hazmat trucks, collapse rescue vehicles, mobile command vehicles and various fire boats.  During his tenure with the BCFD he has served in several different capacities including Suppression Battalion Chief, Hazmat Coordinator and Deputy Chief – Shift Commander. Assistant Chief Wagner has played a significant role facilitating many innovative projects that serve the citizens and visitors of Baltimore City. One of these many initiatives is the “Free Smoke Alarm Installation” program.

Observations from 30,000 - Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern Fire Service
Observations from 30,000 - Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern Fire Service - See more at: http://www.oafc.on.ca/event/oafc-2016-attendees#oafc_2016_main_conference_agenda__tab
Presented by Timothy E. Sendelbach, Editor-in-Chief, Firehouse Magazine/Firehouse.com
 
As firefighters and fire officers we oftentimes view the problems we face day-to-day as local or unique, but the reality is that most of the problems we face in the fire service are shared by firefighters throughout the world (volunteer, paid, urban, suburban and rural).  This high impact, high-energy program will highlight the challenges being faced by firefighters and fire officers while sharing critical insight as to the opportunities these challenges bring to current and future leaders of the fire service. This program is a no holds barred presentation designed to uphold the mission of our profession while challenging our daily routines and the decisions that accompany them.
 
Tim is a 29-year student and educator of the fire and emergency services, currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Firehouse overseeing the the content and editorial direction of Firehouse Magazine, Firehouse.com, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, and related products.

Tim previously served as the Editor-in-Chief for FireRescue Magazine and Firefighternation.com. Tim is a past president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and has served as an Assistant Fire Chief with the North Las Vegas (NV) Fire Department, as the Chief of Training for Savannah (GA) Fire & Emergency Services, and as Assistant Fire Chief for Missouri City (TX) Fire & Rescue Services. Tim is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and has earned a master’s degree in Leadership from Bellevue University, bachelor’s degrees in Fire Administration and Arson, and an associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Care from Eastern Kentucky University.

Tim has also served as the editor of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) publication The Instructor, and as a contributing author to numerous other publications including: The Volunteer Voice, Firehouse.com Members Zone, National Fire & Rescue, The Atlantic Firefighter, and the Fire & Emergency Television Network (FETN), for which he was the writer/developer of the featured “SURVIVAL!” program. In addition to his numerous accomplishments as a writer, Tim has been a featured speaker in 46 U.S. states, and six Canadian and two Australian provinces.
 
In July 2002, Tim was awarded the prestigious Innovator of the Year Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) for his innovative training ideas and concepts in the area of firefighter safety and survival. In 2001, Tim was awarded the George Hughes Award from the Texas Association of Fire Educators for his accomplishments as a speaker and trainer in the state of Texas. In 2007, Tim was selected to serve on the City of Charleston Post-Incident Assessment and Review Team following the tragic loss of nine firefighters in the Sofa Super Store Fire. In March of this year, Tim presented the keynote address for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) Life Safety Summit in Tampa, Florida.
 

Monday, May 2, 2016

 
Leading through Adversity
Presented by Assistant Deputy Chief and Motivational Speaker, Tyler Pelke
 
Working in leadership role within a large municipal organization and playing team sports all his life has taught Tyler the foundational principals of teamwork and leadership in all types of circumstances.  He understands the challenges and pressures leaders face today.  
 
Tyler is presently working towards a degree in Public Safety Administration and applies solid principles teaching servant leadership and how to succeed as a team in dynamically changing environments. 
 
At the age of 14, Tyler’s friend was murdered while he was viscously attacked/sexually assaulted, his throat slit, set on fire and left to die. Tyler survived, but was left with physical and physiological scars and refusing to let an event or circumstance define him, he pressed on to understand his purpose in life.  
 
Featured on A&E’s - Biography Channel’s “I Survived”, Tyler tells the compelling story of confronting his fears by visiting his attacker in prison, and finding peace and purpose in life through his journey to forgiveness.  
 
Knowing all too well the challenges we can all face in life, Tyler speaks to audiences about the power of forgiveness, developing a healthy perspective and purpose in life while turning negatives into positives and challenging yourself and those around you to make every day count. 
 
Professionally, despite 3rd degree burn injuries to 25% of his body Tyler went on to pursue a career as a firefighter and has risen within the ranks of the Canadian fire service – working today as Assistant Deputy Fire Chief within a major metropolitan department.  Additionally, his passion is to see organizations and people grow to their full potential - his dynamic presentation can inspire those to continue to push forward personally and professionally. “

 
Clint & Joanie Malarchuck
 
In regards to first responders, this presentation will, in detail, give an inside look into Clint's battle with PTSD and mental illness. Joanie gives her side of seeing a loved one struggle and how it impacts the family.  Clint describes how he hide in silence and fear while playing in the pressure packed position of an NHL Goalie. It took a suicide attempt to finally get the help needed.  You will laugh you will cry, but ultimately walk away knowing you are not alone in your struggles with PTSD. There is help and there is hope.

Malarchuk, who was born in Grand Prairie, Alberta, and raised in Edmonton, played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League. He went on to play professionally in the NHL for the Quebec Nordiques, the Washington Capitals, and the Buffalo Sabres, and in the IHL for the Las Vegas Thunder. He compiled a career record of 141 wins, 130 losses, 45 ties, 12 shutouts, and an .885 save percentage.
 
After leaving the NHL as a player, he served as head coach of the IHL Las Vegas Thunder and the Idaho Steelheads. He was then a goaltending coach for the NHL Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. He became the goaltending consultant for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, going from there to the Calgary Flames, and retiring from the team in 2014.
 
His memoir, A Matter of Inches: The Crazy Game, was published in 2014.
 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service - A single fire service protecting an entire country
Presented by Assistant Chief Officer, Robert Scott QFSM MBA FIFireE, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.

In 2013 the 8 fire services that had protected the people of Scotland since 1975 were merged to create a single National Fire Service reporting direct to Central Government.
 
The newly formed Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is the largest fire department in the UK and employs over 8,000 members of staff who operate from 356 fire stations covering a wide range of risks from those associated with major cities, like Glasgow and Edinburgh, to those associated with rural and island based communities.
 
This presentation will aim to share the experiences of the service’s senior managers as they set about merging eight legacy services, harmonizing policies and practices, sharing specialist resources and standardizing training regimes and equipment to create a national fire and rescue service that provided a world class service to the people of Scotland.
 
Now three years after it’s merger, the presenter will share the lessons learned from such a radical overhaul of service provision that resulted in savings of over £50M per year without compromising public or firefighter safety and without closing a single fire station.

Robert Scott joined the Fire Service in 1989 and having served as a firefighter and junior officer in some of the country’s busiest fire stations he worked his way through the ranks and was appointed as Assistant Chief in charge of Training for the country’s largest fire department in 2010.
 
In 2013 the 8 fire services that had protected the people of Scotland since 1975 were merged to create a single National Fire Service.
 
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is the largest fire department in the UK and employs over 8,000 members of staff who operate from 356 fire stations covering a wide range of risks. Robert currently services as Director of Prevention and Protection and has a keen interest in Firefighter and Community safety.
 
Robert was recently appointed as a Director of the Fire Service Section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) where he works with colleagues from the USA and across the world to share best practice, develop standards and improve the safety of firefighters.
 
He was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2015. He has an MBA from Glasgow Caledonian University and is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
 
Robert lives with his wife Yvonne in the town of Tibbermore in rural Perthshire and enjoys walking in the country and the occasional game of Golf.
 
Taboos in the Fire Service - The Things We Don't Want to Talk About
Presented by Dan Maffia, Fayetteville (NC) Fire Department
 
We like to claim over 200 years of tradition unimpeded by progress. But that's not the case. In the last 200 years, we've seen dramatic changes and progress. But there are many things that we're afraid to talk about. Women in the firehouse, pranks and hazing, PTSD, political correctness, relationships between coworkers, substance / alcohol abuse, homosexuals in the fire service, the 'why' generation of firefighters, clinging to dangerous traditions, race, resistance to change and technology..... the list goes on and on. This presentation will talk about the things people are afraid to talk about, and will send you out thinking. Check your feelings at the door, come with an open mind, and be ready to talk about the uncomfortable things.
 
Dan Maffia is a 27- year veteran of the fire & emergency services who is currently serving as a Captain with the City of Fayetteville, NC, Fire Department, and is a former Assistant Training Officer. He has served with several volunteer & combination services where he rose to the rank of Assistant Chief for Anderson Creek Emergency Services. He has served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Fayetteville Professional Fire Fighters Association for the last 6 years & 4 years as a District Vice President for the Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics of NC. His instructing experience spans over a decade, including being a Certified Fire Instructor, EMS Instructor, CPR Instructor, and specialty instructor in several areas.
 
Update from the OFMEM
Public Education – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know - See more at: http://www.oafc.on.ca/event/oafc-2016-attendees#oafc_2016_main_conference_agenda__tab

Presented by Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management, OFMEM

A seasoned leader and public safety professional, Ross has extensive experience in team-building, critical incident command, investigations, and relationship management in a multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional operational environment.
 
He joins the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management  (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.  Ross 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 also completed a wide range of advanced investigative and command training as well as executive professional development.
 
Ross was appointed Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management effective October 5, 2015.
 
 
Public Education - You Don't Know What You Don't Know
Public Education – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know - See more at: http://www.oafc.on.ca/event/oafc-2016-attendees#oafc_2016_main_conference_agenda__tab

Presented by Samantha Hoffmann, Public Educator, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service

This session will cover public education as the first line of defense.  What you need to do to  obtain public support and how work with the media in your community.  We will look at what public education is, who can do public education and what tools are required to be successful at it.  There will be a strong emphasis on partnerships and thinking big ideas to protect not only your community, but surrounding ones as well.
 
Samantha Hoffmann has been in the fire safety field for over 25 years.  She started her fire career at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as Fire Marshal and Emergency Planning Coordinator.  In 1996 she joined North York fire department in the rank of firefighter.  Samantha worked in North York and after amalgamation with the Toronto Fire Service as an Acting Captain in the Prevention, Public Education and Media Sections. 
 

In August of 2011 Samantha joined Barrie Fire as their first dedicated Public Fire and Life Safety Officer.  Inside and outside work hours Samantha’s commitment to fighting fires before they start is never-ending. Samantha publishes articles on fire safety.  She is a member of numerous committees and organizations for which she is a passionate advocate on issues related to fire safety, senior safety, critical incident stress and relationships.  She has initiated a campaign to educate front line firefighters with NFPA 1035, Public Educator Level 1 and is providing that training to Barrie’s firefighters and through the Ontario Fire College to firefighters from across the province.In 2001 as part of the Toronto Fire CISM team Samantha worked at Ground Zero with the first responders.  This experience impacted and strengthened her resolve for education in the fire service and her passion for assisting those who serve others. 

In 2010 Samantha received the Firefighter of the Year award from the Islamic Foundation of Toronto for her work with Critical Incident Stress and Employee Assistance.  In 2014 Samantha was named Public Fire and Life Safety Educator of the year award by the National Fire Protection Association; only the second Canadian and first Ontario educator to receive the award since its inception.  Since becoming the Public Fire and Life Safety Officer with Barrie, the fire prevention team has received numerous accolades for their work in Public Education and Community Outreach including the 2013 Bernard A. Moyle Excellence in Education Award.  In 2014 and 2015 they received multiple IAFF Media Awards for Best Social Media videos and Best Public Education, Community Outreach Program for their bi-weekly television show Clear to Respond on Rogers Television. 
 
Samantha is the main contributor and inspiration behind @Barrie_Fire, a twitter account trial with the City of Barrie.  In its inaugural year the Barrie Fire twitter account was recognized as an innovative way to leverage social media for fire messaging by media professionals at the OMFPOA seminar and one of their tweets was quoted on NBC news.When she is not working or assisting co-workers and peers, Samantha is a busy mother of four and the wife of a Special Constable.  She volunteers as manager for a rep hockey and a women's soccer team.  When she finds some spare time, Samantha can be found on the soccer field where she plays in three different leagues or at the arena playing ball hockey. 
 
Pipeline Safety for Emergency Responders
Presented by David Clarke, Emergency Response Coordinator and Ann Newman, Supervisor of Right-of-Way Services 
 
Enbridge Pipelines Inc. is Canada's largest transporter of crude oil with approximately 1600 km of pipeline in Ontario and Quebec. Learn how Enbridge responds to a pipeline emergency and how Emergency Responders can help minimize the threat to the public and damage to the environment and provide your input to Enbridge’s Emergency Responder Information.  
 
Enbridge will make a donation to Camp Bucko for every feedback questionnaire completed by delegates attending this informative session.
 
Ann Newman, is Supervisor of Right-of-Way Services at Enbridge Pipelines Inc. and is responsible for the Eastern Region Operations, which includes Ontario and Quebec.  The right-of-way services department supports operations for all pipeline right-of-way activities, provides approval for construction in proximity to Enbridge infrastructure, maintains all records for landowner and properties and supports Enbridge’s Public Awareness and Damage Prevention Programs.  Ann has worked in the Oil and Gas industry since 1985, with Imperial Oil, Union Gas and for the past 13 years in Right-of-Way and Damage Prevention areas with Enbridge Pipelines.
 
David Clarke is currently the Emergency Response Coordinator for Enbridge Liquid Pipelines - Eastern Region (Ontario & Quebec). David retired as a Professional Firefighter after 12 years with the Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services in 2013.  As a firefighter he spent 8 years as a Hazardous Materials & Confined Space Technician. His portfolio also includes 11 years of service as a Police Officer/Detective Constable, and 5 years as a Paramedic/Critical Care Flight Paramedic. As the Emergency Response Coordinator, he is responsible for Emergency Management and Response for the largest Liquids Pipelines in Ontario and Quebec. This includes oversight of Industrial Field Response Teams, advising Corporate Incident Management Teams, serving on Emergency Response Advisory Committees and ensuring a unified response structure with external Public Safety Agencies. 
 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

 
What you need to know about NFPA 1710
Presented by Retired Fire Chief Bill Bryson
 
NFPA 1710 is the Standard for Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments.
 
The presentation will give a background into how and why the Standard was developed and what changes have occurred over 15 years. A brief overview of 1710 will be given including the newest changes that were made in the latest revision (2016 Edition). Industry Studies will be cited that have been used in developing 1710."
 
 William “Shorty” Bryson has been the Fire Chief of two Metropolitan Fire Departments, the City of Miami and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Since 2013 he has been retired.
 
In 2008 he was awarded Fire Chief of the Year by the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs’ Association. He currently serves as Senior Board member for the Metro Chiefs. as a member on the Labor Management Alliance, and as the Chair of the NFPA 1710.
 
 
NFPA 1720: Standard for the Organization and Development of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments
Presented by Fire Chief Greg L. Render, Signal Hill Fire Department

NFPA 1720 is the standard for the safe and effective operations of volunteer fire departments, but the details can be overwhelming and sometimes confusing. Committee Chair and Fire Chief Greg L. Render will detail the more important points of the standard, including training, staffing and equipment requirements and review some of the common misconceptions. Whether your department has adopted NFPA 1720, or is considering implementing the guideline, this presentation will guide you through the standard to improve your department.
 
Chief Render began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Signal Hill Fire Department in 1971. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1974 and to the Assistant Chief in 1977. He was appointed Chief of the Department in December of 1992. He has been a career employee of the Signal Hill Fire Protection District since 1976. Chief Render earned a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Leadership from Greenville College. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy. Chief Render also holds Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Fire Science and Aviation Maintenance from Southwestern Illinois College.
 
He served as President of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and is a Past Chairman of the Board for the Gateway Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Network, Inc. He Co-Chaired the St. Louis Area Regional Response System Advisory Council, and is active with the St. Clair/Monroe County Fire Chiefs Association, and Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Division 32.Chief Render is the Program Manager for the International Association Fire Chiefs – Volunteer and Combination Officers Section, Beyond Hoses & Helmets Leadership course. He is the Committee Chair for the National Fire Protection Association 1720 – Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments committee.
 
In 2009, the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association recognized Chief Render as Chief of the Year. He was named The Best Firefighter by the Belleville News Democrat in 2009 and 2011. He has also been presented with a Leadership Award by the East-West Gateway Hazardous Materials Response Network, a program of the East – West Gateway Council of Regional Governments. Chief Render has spoken before national, state and regional audiences on fire service related issues. The Signal Hill Fire Protection District is located in southwestern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO. In July 2000, Signal Hill became the first volunteer fire department in all of southern Illinois to have earned an ISO Class 3 rating.
 
You're the Fire Chief, Tell me What I Need to Know About Residential Sprinklers
Shayne Mintz, Canadian Regional Director, NFPA
 

This presentation will cover the myths, facts and fallacies of residential fire sprinklers and the tools and initiatives the NFPA has developed to help the fire services educate and advocate for the use of sprinklers in new one- and two-residential dwellings and manufactured homes.

The program will cover all the resources and programs available from the NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. There will also be a call to action to attendees to become  ‘Built for Life’ Fire Departments.

Shayne Mintz has over 38 years’ experience in fire and emergency services and has worked in all aspects of fire and life safety.  Shayne is a career firefighter and retired from the service as chief of the Burlington Fire Department.

Shayne has also served as the Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal responsible for Fire and Protection Services for the Office of the Fire Marshal and is now the Canadian Regional Director for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Clearview Township Crevice Rescue
Presented by Fire Chief Colin Shewell, Clearview Fire & Emergency Services, Chief Bill Boyes, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service, Deputy Chief Matt Pegg, Toronto Fire Services
 
In June 2015, fire services from Clearview, Barrie and Toronto worked for nearly 14 hours to extricate a patient from a deep crevasse in the Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area. Co-operation among agencies, incident command and standardized technical rescue training combined for a successful outcome. This incident brought together volunteer firefighters, career firefighters, communicators, paramedics, civilians, various external agencies and community businesses to achieve a positive outcome. This incident is clear testament to the value of a coordinated and collaborative response, standardized professional training and the effective use of the incident command system. Moreover, this incident demonstrated the challenges associated with the delivery of technical rescue services in terms of cost, response and post-incident cost recovery in today’s fire service. Lastly, this large scale incident resulted in a number of post-incident issues that chief officers must be cognizant of should a similar scale incident occur in their jurisdiction.
 

This presentation will provide Chief Officers with an understanding of the response to this incident and the post-incident challenges that needed to be addressed.

Fire Chief Colin Shewell is a 21-year veteran of the fire service, serving as the fire chief for the past 3 years and deputy 2 years prior with Clearview Fire & Emergency Services. Colin joined Springwater Fire & Emergency Services in 1994 and progressed from firefighter to lieutenant and then Captain of Training during his 16 year career. Colin holds the accreditation of Fire Officer IIII (NFPA 1021), Public Fire & Life Safety Educator (NFPA 1035), Fire Service Instructor II (NFPA 1021), Fire Inspector Level I (NFPA 1031), Fire Investigator (NFPA 1033), Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) and enrolled in Master Certificate in Municipal Leadership (Schulich, York University). Colin has also served with the Ministry of Transportation in the position of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer.
 
 
Bill Boyes is the Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Services for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service. He is a PhD candidate in human resources management, which supplements his Master’s degree in public policy and administration and Bachelor’s degree in public management from the University of Guelph.
 
Boyes has also been elected to the NFPA Fire Service Section Executive Board and is a member of the IAFC Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research working group and the CAFC Labour Relations Committee. In addition, Boyes is working at completing the United States Fire Admnistration's Executive Fire Officer Program. 
 
 
 
 

OAFC 2016 Trade Show - May 1 & 2, 2016

If you are an EXHIBITOR, please visit the OAFC 2016 Trade Show EXHIBITOR section
The OAFC 2016 Trade Show is the largest fire and emergency show in Canada! You can find everything you need within the 250 booths and fire vehicles being showcased in over 130,000 square feet of dedicated exhibitor space. This is where your purchasing committee and mechanics can get on the spot answers to their questions from company experts. Get your fire department purchasing done in record time and take advantage of promotions and specials offered by exhibitors.
 
The trade show takes place on Sunday, May 1st from 10:00am until 5:00pm and Monday, May 2nd from 10:00am until 4:00pm in the North Building at the Toronto Congress Centre, beside the conference ballroom and facilities.
 
Admission is included with any conference or seminar registration. All members of the fire service are welcome to attendDay passes are available for $20.00.
 
As a benefit of membership, each OAFC member will receive 10 complimentary trade show passes to distribute to members in their fire department.  Passes will be distributed in early March 2016!
 
OAFC 2016 Trade Show Floor Plan - Click to enlarge and view the interactive floor plan and explore exhibitors.
 

OAFC 2016 Exhibitor List

 
Exhibitor Name Booth #
2Tinga Inc. T29
A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.
Action Meals 814
Acura Embedded Systems Inc. 1515
Advantage Fitness Sales Inc. 1127
Air Technology Solutions 526
Air Vacuum Corporation 813
Akron Brass Company 513
ALG Safety 229
AMDOR Inc. 1513
Angus Fire 613
Annex/FFIC/Firehall Bookstore 421
APEX Emergency Vehicles T16
Arnprior Fire Trucks Corporation T18
Asphodel Fire Trucks T08
Base Camp Connect 921
Biernat Fire Inc. 414, 415
Bostrom Company, Inc. , H.O 419
Camp F.A.C.E.S. 1714
Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association 517
Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation 330
Canadian Fire Fighters Museum 1716
Canadian Hearing Society 1718
Canadian Red Cross 712
Canadian Safety Equipment Inc. 1501
Cardiac Science Corporation 627
Carl Thibault Fire Trucks Inc. T13
Carleton Uniforms 919
Carrier Centers 134
T04
Code 3 Inc. 912
Code 4 Fire & Rescue Inc. 1113
Compair Canada 1016
Concept Controls 620
CriSys Limited 819
Custom Protect Ear 719
D&R Electronics T43
Dalex Canada Inc 1519
Dalhousie University 1816
Darch Fire Incorporated 1135
Dependable Emergency Services 725
Dillon Consulting 614
Dixon Group Canada 1624
Door Engineering & Manufacturing 514
Draeger Safety Canada Ltd. 1229
DriveWise 1812
Eastway Fire & Rescue Vehicles T27
Emergency Management & Training Inc. 326
Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC) T38
Fanshawe College, School of Public Safety 1224
FDM Software 624
Federal Signal 913
Ferno Canada 617
Fertilizer Canada 1424
Fire Bug Inc. 1618
Fire Fighters' Association of Ontario 1730
Fire Marque 914
Fire Service Society 1615
Fire Service Women Ontario 1719
Fire Services Credit Union 328
FireBozz 2013
Firefighters Without Borders 1717
Firehouse Software 1524
First Alert Canada 721
Fisher's Regalia & Uniforms 1527
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd. T01
FORTLOG Services 420
Fortran Traffic Systems Ltd. 1631
FP Technologies/Flexlite 715
Froggy's Fog 1728
Fundy Tactical and Uniform Ltd. 1712
Global Risk Innovations 525
GovDeals, Inc. 321
GTAA-Fire & Emergency Training Institute 430
GTT Ontario 728
H&R Machine 625
Hale Products, Inc. 915
Harrison Hydra-gen 1020
Hazard Control Technologies Inc. 1614
HME Incorporated T34
Iamresponding.com 329
ICO Technologies 1625
IFSTA / Fire Protection Publication 315
Industries Lafleur Inc. T24
Innotex Inc. 413
Insurance Bureau of Canada 317
ITM Instruments 1818
Jones & Bartlett Learning 424
Jordair Compressors Inc. 820
KD SIGN SYSTEMS Inc. / SECURITRIM 1430
Kelcom Radio Solutions 1015
Kochek Co., Inc. 313
Krown Corporate/Krown Rust Control 812
Kussmaul Electronics 521
Lakeland Protective Wear 1721
Levitt-Safety Ltd. 1701
Libertevision 1131
Lightning Equipment Sales Inc. T25
Local Union 853 Sprinkler Fitters of Ontario 519
M & L Supply Fire & Safety 1725
Martin & Levesque 720
Metalfab Ltd. T39
Metz Fire & Rescue Supply 2000
Mitsubishi Motor Sales Canada Inc. 531
Motion Industries (Canada) Inc. 716
Mounting Technology Canada 331
MSA - The Safety Company 213
Municipal Equipment 1228
Muscular Dystrophy 1715
National Fitness Products 425
Nemo/Granby Composites 227
North City General Insurance Brokers Ltd. 621
Northern911 726
Novacks Uniform Solutions 730
Office of the Fire Marshal 1813
ONSCENE Inc. 1227
Onspot Automatic Tire Chains 520
Ontario Fire Administration Inc. T06, 426
Ontario Fire Store 626
Open Access 225
Outdoor Outfits 515
Past into New 1724
Pelican Products ULC 717
Pfizer Canada Inc. 1014
PPE Solutions 1021
Pro Fleet Care 1612
Pro-Safe Fire Training Systems Inc. 1621
Provix 431
Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) 1129
Ram Canada Inc. 818
Realwheels 713
ResQtech Systems Inc. T22
Richards-Wilcox Canada 1329
RPC-Research & Productivity Council 714
SafeDesign Apparel Inc. 217, 219
Safelane Fire Truck Driver Training 1613
Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd. T44, P10, P11
Safety Aid 1713
Sani-Gear Fire 1726
Saunacore 615
SaunaRay Manufacturing 816
Scott Safety 1425
Scotty Firefighter 516
Sparkle Solutions 1013
Spectrum Communications 1324
SPI Health and Safety 1325
Starfield LION 1116
Stedfast 316
Sterlmar Equipment T31
Stillwater Consulting Limited 1814
Stokes International 327
Stratotask 1426
Streamlight, Inc. 524
Super Vac T07
Swissphone/Thames Communications Ltd. 1525
Talk Wireless Inc. 1720
Tecniq Inc. LED Lighting 1517
Tencate Protective Fabrics 1620
The Auxilium Group 530
The Personal Insurance Company 1125
The Tin Knockers Industrial 1431
The Uniform Group Inc. 618
The Will-Burt Company T05
TOA Canada Corporation 1226
TransCanada Pipelines 518
Transport Canada 1114
Underwriters Laboratories of Canada T11
Unipart Dorman T33
USSC Valor Seating 815
VFIS 325
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. 1225
Ward Diesel Filter Systems 616
Waterous 1521
Whelen Canada T30, 1530
Workrite Uniform Company 319
Ziamatic Corp. 629
 

 

Evening Functions

Throughout OAFC 2016 there are several evening functions promoting social opportunities and networking with your industry colleagues.
 
The majority of evening functions take place at the Toronto Congress Centre (TCC) North Building.  This year, Ladders Up will take place at the Crown Plaza Hotel.  For evening functions at the Toronto Congress Centre, shuttles will be running continuous loops between the hotel and the TCC so you can enjoy your evening.
 
 

Ladders’ Up for the Foundation Auction & Reception
Saturday, April 30 - Crowne Plaza Hotel
Cost: Complimentary 
 
Sponsored by:

         

Ladders’ Up is an initiative started in 2012 to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation. Thanks to the online auction each April and the evening reception, Ladders Up has raised over $100,000!
 
Ladders Up offers an online auction that is launched in early spring which features all types of fire service equipment and life style items at unbelievable prices. During the reception, there are some amazing raffle prizes that guests can win.  The auctions closes on May 3, 2016. 
 
Guests enjoy live music, great food and opportunities to connect with colleagues, all while we raise money for a good cause.  Everyone is invited to attend this unique and casual event.  
 
For more information on Ladders Up, visit http://www.laddersup.ca/about.aspx.
 
 
 
Memorial Service Reception  
Sunday, May 1st from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Cost: Complimentary
 
Sponsored by:
 

The OAFC Memorial Service is an annual event held to honour the chief officers who have passed away since our last conference. It is an extremely moving service.  The memorial service has many special guests in attendance, includes a colour guard, the Ontario Fire Service Pipes and Drums and a choir. This is our most attended event of the year.

A reception will follow the service, where guests can enjoy refreshments compliments of our sponsor, Starfield Lion. The attire is full dress uniform or business dress.


 
 
Networking Reception - Sponsored by Safetek Emergency Vehicles
Monday, May 2nd 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Cost: Included Option 1, 2 & 4 – Additional tickets can be purchased for $100.00 eachSponsored by:
 
The Networking Reception is a casual and fun affair.  This year, get ready to play "SAFETEK'S FIRE SERVICE FEUD"  
 
Join your fire service colleagues on stage to compete for some AMAZING prizes.  Based on the popular TV game show "Family Feud", contestants will try and guess the most popular answers from real people surveyed on the fire service!
 
After a quick break, get ready because it only takes a MINUTE TO WIN IT.   Another popular TV game show, contestants compete against each other by participating in a 60 second fun activity.   It really does only take a MINUTE TO WIN IT. 
 
While you are thoroughly entertained, enjoy a delicious meal and refreshments, compliments of our evening hosts, Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd., while you catch up with your colleagues and industry representatives.  A great opportunity to meet new people in the fire service. 
 
 

  

Awards Dinner & Reception
Wednesday, May 4th 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Cost: Included in Option 1 & 2.  Additional tickets can be purchased for $100.00 each
Reception Sponsored by: Dinner Sponsored by:
This year we will celebrate the 64th OAFC Awards Dinner & Reception.  This formal event recognizes those nominated by their peers for outstanding achievement in the fire service.  The evening begins with a cocktail hour with a refreshment provided by Safedesign.
 
The evening then continues to the ballroom for a formal dinner in an elegant atmosphere, compliments of our Awards Dinner sponsor, A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.   The attire is full dress uniform or business dress. Throughout the evening numerous awards will be handed out including:
 
The Alf Stone Award, sponsored by A.J. Stone Co Ltd. celebrates an individual who exhibits a positive outlook and attitude towards improving public fire safety.  The individual consistently provides a high level of service while showing respect and courtesy to others. They demonstrate initiative and innovation in improving public fire safety and collaborates across the fire service. The individual goes about the routines of her/his job, day in and day out, with a remarkable attitude and enthusiasm that influences and benefits others.
 
To nominate a deserving individual for this award, please visit our online nomination form at http://www.oafc.on.ca/alf-stone-award-nomination
 
The Bill Williams Humanitarian Award, sponsored by Safedesign celebrates an individual who contributes to the community or the fire service over an extended period of time. This could be a lifetime of many small acts of kindness, a single incident that was above and beyond the expectations of the job, or an active ongoing contribution to an organization involved in humanitarian work. The results and outcome of the individual’s work should reflect positively on the Fire Service. The individual exhibits a positive outlook and attitude and consistently provides a high level of service while showing respect, compassion and courtesy to others.
 
To nominate a deserving individual for this award, please visit our website at http://www.oafc.on.ca/bill-williams-humanitarian-award-nomination.
 
Mark Diotte Leadership Award, sponsored by Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd, celebrates a current or former member of the OAFC who demonstrates exceptional leadership and inspires those around them, is committed to honesty and hard work and is evident in results, exhibits that wearing the uniform is an honour and a genuine responsibility and has made a difference in the Ontario Fire Service.
 
To nominate a deserving individual for this award, please visit our website at http://www.oafc.on.ca/mark-diotte-leadership-award-nomination
 
The Volunteer Fire Fighter Recruitment and Retention Award, sponsored by VFIS celebrates an Ontario fire department that has developed a resourceful and creative recruitment and retention program.
 
To nominate a fire department for this award, visit our website at http://www.oafc.on.ca/volunteer-firefighter-recruitment-and-retention-award
 
If you know anyone who is deserving of one of these awards we encourage to take the time to complete the award nomination form(s). Please take the time to recognize a peer for their achievement.  Let’s give back to those who do so much for the fire service.
 
 

OAFC 2016 Registration Packages

OAFC 2016 offers multiple registration packages that will accommodate all types of attendees with varied interests.  
 
2016 Registration options are:
Package Option
Price
Inclusions
Option #1
Saturday - Wednesday
 
$995.00 Member
$1,195.00 Non-Member
$430.00 Companion
 
(Companion registration must match their spouses registration)
All education sessions from Saturday to Wednesday
Trade Show access Sunday & Monday
Saturday: Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks & Ladders Up Reception
Sunday: Breakfast, lunch,  Memorial Service and Reception
Monday: Breakfast, lunch and Networking Reception
Tuesday: Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks
Wednesday: Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and Awards Reception & Dinner
Option #2
Sunday - Wednesday
$845.00 Member
$1045.00 Non-Member
$385.00 Companion
 
(Companion registration must match their spouses registration)
All education sessions from Sunday to Wednesday
Trade Show access Sunday & Monday
Sunday: Breakfast, lunch,  Memorial Service and Reception
Monday: Breakfast, lunch and Networking Reception
Tuesday: Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks
Wednesday: Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and Awards Reception & Dinner
Option #3
Saturday - Sunday
$525.00 Member
$625.00 Non-Member
$270.00 Companion
 
(Companion registration must match their spouses registration)
All education sessions from Saturday and Sunday
Trade Show access on Sunday
Saturday: Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks & Ladders Up Reception
Sunday: Breakfast, lunch,  Memorial Service and Reception
Option #4
Training Officers
Sunday - Tuesday
$725.00 Member
$825.00 Non-Member
Specialized program sessions from Sunday to Tuesday
Trade Show access one Sunday
Sunday: Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, Memorial Service and Reception
Monday: Breakfast, lunch coffee breaks and Networking Reception
Tuesday: Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks
Option #5
Public Educators
Monday & Tuesday,
Trade Show on Sunday
$370.00
Specialized program sessions from Monday and Tuesday
Trade Show access and lunch on Sunday
Memorial Service and Reception on Sunday
Monday: Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks
Tuesday: Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.
Option #6
Communicators
Monday
Trade Show on Sunday
$275.00
Specialized program sessions on Monday
Trade Show access with lunch on Sunday
Memorial Service and Reception on Sunday
Monday: Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks
Option #7
Municipal Politicians
Saturday & Sunday
$410.00
Specialized program sessions on Saturday and Sunday
Firefighting 101 training session on Saturday
Ladders up Event on Saturday
Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch & Reception
Breakfast and Trade Show access with lunch on Sunday
Do you find yourself struggling to justify the cost of attending OAFC 2016 to your supervisor or council?
 
If so, we encourage you to download, personalize and submit this Justification LetterIt’s a great tool to illustrate the value you will receive from attending our event.
 
Not a member but your chief or deputy is? If at least one of them are registered to attend OAFC 2016, you are able to take advantage of the discounted member rate. This is our way of opening our doors to new people and exposing them to this invaluable event!
 
 
 

OAFC 2016 Venue Information – Toronto Congress Centre
 

 

 

 

Show Location:  

The Toronto Congress Centre
North Building Halls I & J
650 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario, M9W 1J1 
Tel: (416) 245-5000 
Fax: (416) 245-4923
 

Exhibitors at The Toronto Congress Centre enjoy the full service and all the modern amenities of the leading event facility in the world.

The Toronto Congress Centre complex has been carefully engineered to serve its clients – not warehouse them. To that end, every aspect of their facilities has been developed specifically to support positive experiences. In addition, their knowledgeable staff has been trained to deliver superior service, every time. 

The Toronto Congress Centre’s uniquely progressive approach to green event planning gives you the opportunity to reduce your environmental footprint. Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint by providing zero-waste and linen-free event options, supply virtually allergen-free air, and use energy-efficient devices wherever possible. 

Directions:

 

By car (via highways)

South Entrance (650 Dixon Road)
From Hwy 401 – exit Dixon Rd W, turn into The Toronto Congress Centre
From Hwy 427 north – exit at Dixon Rd E, follow until left turn into The Toronto Congress Centre
From Hwy 427 south – exit Hwy 409 E, follow until Martin Grove Rd exit, travel south on Martin Grove Rd, turn right on Dixon Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
From Hwy 407 – exit Hwy 27 S, follow until Dixon Rd E, turn left into The Toronto Congress Centre
From the Gardiner Expressway – exit Hwy 427 N, follow to Dixon Rd E, turn left into The Toronto Congress Centre

North Entrance (1020 Martin Grove Road)
From Hwy 401 E - exit Hwy 409 W, follow until Martin Grove Rd exit, travel south on Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
From Hwy 401 W - exit Hwy 427 N, exit Hwy 409 E, follow until Martin Grove Rd S exit, travel south on Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
From Hwy 427 north – exit Hwy 409 E, follow until Martin Grove Rd S exit, travel south on Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
From Hwy 427 south – exit Hwy 409 W, follow until Martin Grove Rd exit, travel south on Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
From Hwy 407 – exit Hwy 27 S, follow until Belfield Rd and turn left, right onto Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre
From the Gardiner Expressway – exit Hwy 427 N, exit Hwy 409 E, follow until Martin Grove Rd S exit, travel south on Martin Grove Rd, turn right into The Toronto Congress Centre

By public transportation
TTC*  (*NEWLY UPDATED)

The Toronto Congress Centre is directly accessible by TTC.
From the Lawrence West Subway Station - Transfer onto the #52A or #52B bus heading west (Monday - Friday), or onto the #52A or #52D bus heading west (Saturday/Sunday/Holidays) and take to City View Drive stop. We are located on the right.
From the Kipling Subway Station - Transfer onto the Martin Grove #46 bus heading north and take to Dixon Road stop, then walk a few minutes west along Dixon Road to City View Drive. We are located on the right. 
For further information visit www.ttc.ca.

GO Transit
GO provides bus service to The Toronto Congress Centre via the Brampton bus service. Please call 1 888 GET ON GO for information or visit www.gotransit.com for schedules.

From Toronto Pearson International Airport
Take Airport Road eastbound for approximately 3 miles; turn onto Dixon Road. Continue eastbound past Hwy 27 until the first set of traffic lights. Turn left into The Toronto Congress Centre. www.gtaa.com
For further directions, please call: 416-245-5000.
 

Parking

 

Access
Our facilities are all on one level, providing easy access from multiple entry points. This means you go directly from your car to a building entrance and then to your event in one convenient trip.

Staff
The Toronto Congress Centre also provides uniformed and knowledgeable Parking Attendants and clear signage to help you get to your destination.

Hotel Accommodations

Note: The shuttle will only be provided from the main conference hotel, the Crown Plaza


MAIN CONFERENCE HOTEL

Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport
33 Carlson Court, Toronto, Ontario M9W 6H5
Phone: 416-675-4728
Website:
 http://crowneplazatorontoairport.ca/
 
The Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport is conveniently located over the bridge and just minutes from the Toronto Congress Centre. Located just two kilometres from Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and 20 minutes from downtown Toronto, you will find excellent service, newly renovated hotel rooms, award-winning cuisine and modern amenities that will make you feel at home.
 
Staying at the conference hotel affords you many benefits including shuttle transportation to and from the Toronto Congress Centre, access to our sponsor’s hospitality suites, discounts on parking and food and provides a central location for all conference delegates.
 
The Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport rooms are tastefully designed to create a comfortable and productive space for our guests. Rooms have been recently updated with new, stylish furnishings. Both classic and modern rooms feature:
 
  • 233 square feet
  • King, queen or two double beds(depending on room configuration)
  • Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet
  • Complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service
  • Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage®  Program
  • Ergonomic work station
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • In room tea and coffee
  • Flat screen TV with extensive channels
  • In-room dining
  • Complimentary use of our 24-hour business centre, indoor pool, hot tub and 24-hour fitness room
Parking: Discounted rate at $14.00 per day
Check-In: 3:00pm
Check-Out: 12:00pm
 
Looking to unwind after a long day? Catch up with old friends over a cold refreshment in the Rendezvous Bar and Lounge or enjoy a meal in La Brasserie. Over the course of the conference, the Crowne Plaza will be converting the hotel lounge into our very own OAFC Lounge and offering a 10% discount on all food.
 
 
Single Rate
Double Rate
Triple Rate
Quad Rate
Guest Rooms
$140.00
$140.00
$160.00
$180.00
Suites
$174.00
$174.00
$194.00
$214.00
Group Reservation Code: Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
NOTE: The room block expired March 31, 2016
Hotel reservations should only be made directly with the hotel by personally contacting the OAFC reservation representative, Mariela Rossi, at OAFC@cptayyz.com or 416-675-4728. Please indicate you are booking your room for OAFC 2016 or reference Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs. Do not respond to calls from reservation companies or anyone claiming to be from the hotel.  The hotel does not solicit by telephone.

UNAUTHORIZED SOLICITATION WARNING REGARDING HOTEL/HOUSING FOR OAFC 2016.


The OAFC has been made aware of unauthorized hotel reservation service providers contacting a number of companies exhibiting at OAFC 2016, or previous shows, using our name and referencing our trade show.  We have not authorized any company to solicit reservations on our behalf.

Please note that all OAFC reservations should be made by contacting Mariela Rossi at
 OAFC@cptayyz.com or 416-675-4728. Please indicate you are booking your room for OAFC 2016.

Do not respond to calls from reservation companies or anyone claiming to be from the hotel.  

Please note that no other service provider is representing the OAFC, nor has the OAFC authorized them to use your name or our name/trademarks on information they send out to exhibitors.

If you are contacted by one of the "hotel pirates" listed below that are offering hotel reservation services for the OAFC 2016, we urge exhibitors and attendees to proceed with extreme caution before signing anything sent by this organization or other organizations such as this.

These type of companies offer a pre-paid hotel reservation service and we believe that exhibitors and attendees need to be extremely careful when dealing with them as a substantial booking fees (up to 25% of the booking) are charged in addition to the hotel price.  These types of companies operate very stringent cancellation policies and are not always transparent on their fees or services upfront.

Please be assured that the OAFC is committed to providing you with quality services to make your show experience positive, and we will vigorously pursue these organizations to prevent unauthorized contact. 

The following list are unauthorized providers that we are currently aware of. (Please note there may be additional companies that we aren't aware of.)
 
  • Convention Hotel Management
  • Convention Housing Services
  • EHS Exhibitors Housing Services
  • Expo Housing/Expo Marketing
  • Room Connections
  • Rooms Connect, Limited
  • Tira Convention Travel Management 
  • Global Corporate Consultants Inc.
  • Global Housing Management
  • Trade Show Housing
If you have any questions or would like to report an incident, please contact the OAFC board office at 905-426-9865 or email kim.damato@oafc.on.ca
 
 

Event Shuttle and Transportation

OAFC 2016 offers a daily shuttle that will operate between the Crowne Plaza and the North Building at the Toronto Congress Centre. 
 

2016 Draft Shuttle Schedule

Date
First Shuttle*
Last Shuttle*
Saturday, April 30, 2016
6:30am
5:30pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016
6:30am
10:30pm
Monday, May 2, 2016
6:30am
10:30pm
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
6:30am
5:30pm
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
6:30am
10:30pm
*Times are subject to change.

During peak times (start and end of day) the shuttle will be available every 10 minutes. At all other times the shuttle will be available approximately every 20 minutes.
 
If you would like to drive your own car between the two venues there is complimentary parking at the Toronto Congress Centre and your daily parking rate at the Crowne Plaza allows in and out access.
 
If you’d rather get some fresh air and walk between the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Toronto Congress Centre, it is approximately a 14 minute walk each way.
 
 

Destination and Travel

Just five minutes from Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and conveniently located  to highways 27, 427 and 401, OAFC 2016 is easy to get to and offers many exciting attractions for you and your guests to explore after the conference.  Toronto is a thriving business and cultural destination - a cosmopolitan city that is at the centre of it all. During your stay, we encourage you to mix business with pleasure and take advantage of everything the area offers.
 

Travel

 
By Air: The Crowne Plaza Hotel and Toronto Congress Centre are within 5 minutes of Pearson International Airport. The Crowne Plaza offers complimentary shuttles between the hotel and airport. For more information please visit the Crowne Plaza’s website at http://crowneplazatorontoairport.ca/luxury-hotel/ or contact the hotel directly.
 
By Car:
 
HWY 401
Take ON-401 to Dixon Road in Etobicoke. Take exit 354 on to Dixon Road, turn right on Attwell Drive and another right on Carlson Ct.
 
HWY 407
Take Toll Route/ON-407 to ON-427 South. Take exit ON-409 West toward ON-401 East. Take exit toward Attwell Drive and turn left on Carlson Ct.
 
Toronto & Area Activities
 
Between 5 to 30 minutes from the OAFC Conference hub there are a plethora of entertainment and shopping highlights. We encourage you and your guests to enjoy all the area has to offer during your visit.
 
For more information, please click on some of the suggested options:
 
Thoroughbred racing and slots at Woodbine Racetrack & Slots
Catch a play at one of the many Mirvish Theatres Downtown Toronto
 
For a full list of top Toronto activities and attractions please visit www.seetorontonow.com
 
Don’t forget, there are some great excursions being offered during the conference for companions. Visit the Companions Program tab for more information.
 
 

OAFC 2016 Sponsors

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and its members are indebted to the many sponsors who contribute year-after-year to our annual conference and trade show.  With their continued support, we are able to offer attendees excellent and informative guest speakers, entertaining evening functions, delicious refreshments, improved communications and continued development to services that the OAFC members rely on day-to-day. 
 

We are truly thankful to the following companies and organizations for their support of OAFC 2016

 
Association Sponsor
 
Association Sponsor
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Awards Dinner Sponsor

Networking Reception Sponsor
 
 
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Memorial Service Reception Sponsor
Speaker
Sponsor

Mobile App Sponsor
Municipal Politicians Sponsor
 
 
Awards Reception Sponsor
Coffee Break Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

Delegate Bag Sponsor

President's VIP Reception Sponsor
Saturday Speaker Sponsor
Ladders Up Reception Sponsor

Front Entrance Fire Truck Welcome Sponsor

Ladders Up Reception Sponsor


Memorial Service Program Sponsor

 

 

 

Municipal Officials Seminar - Sponsored by CriSys Limited

 
The Municipal Officials Seminar: The Essentials of Firefighting and Firefighting 101, offers municipal officials the opportunity to understand the challenges of the fire service and its importance in their communities. This two-day session includes presentations customized to provide you with essential information about the fire service.  The highlight of the program is our interactive, hands-on fire training experience that you will not soon forget. 
 
Slip into bunker gear and experience firsthand the life of a firefighter by participating in a live fire training session that includes a simulated search and rescue, vehicle extrication and extinguishing fires. This program has been specially tailored by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority Fire Department.
 
Attendees who have previously attended this seminar repeatedly said that it was one of the best seminars and training sessions that they had ever attended! Past attendees have included government officials, mayors and councillors, CAO’s, directors and other senior municipal staff.
 

2016 MUNICIPAL POLITICIANS DRAFT AGENDA

Saturday April 30
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast  
Ballroom A
8:00
How Legislation Impacts the Delivery of Fire and Emergency Services in Your Community
Sponsored by
Jim Jessop, Deputy Chief, Toronto Fire Services, Former Ontario Fire Marshal
McKennit 5/6
8:30 Dale Paus, President CriSys Limited
9:00
Councillor or Fire Chief??? Who Are You?
Sponsored by
Rob Browning
10:00
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
10:15
Councillor or Fire Chief??? Who Are You?
Sponsored by
Rob Browning
11:00
Legal Responsibility & Liability of the Municipality and the Fire Service
Sponsored by
Julia Nanos, Hicks Morley
12:00
Departure for Hands-On Fire Training - Lunch at FESTI
Crowne Plaza
12:45 to 4:30
Hands-On Fire Training
Sponsored by CriSys Limited
GTAA Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute
7:00pm to 11:00pm
Ladders Up Reception with Entertainment on Behalf of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Sponsored by Fire Fighting in Canada, M&L and VFIS
Crowne Plaza, Algonquin Ballroom, Lower Level
Sunday May 1
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast  
Ballroom A
8:00
Lac-Mégantic July 6 2013
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Chief Denis Lauzon, Lac Mégantic, Quebec
Ballroom B
9:00
Civil Unrest: A Real Threat to Public Safety - Baltimore Riots Lessons Learned
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Jeffrey Segal, Assistant Chief and Mark Wagner, Assistant Chief, Baltimore City Fire Department
10:00
Observations from 30,000 - Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern Fire Service
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Timothey E. Sendelbach, Editor-in-Chief, Firehouse Magazine/Firehouse.com
10:00 to 5:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
Hall I&J
7:00 to 10:00
Memorial Service & Reception -
Reception Sponsored by Starfield Lion
Ballroom C & Foyer

Presentation Overviews

 
How Legislation Impacts the Delivery of Fire and Emergency Services in Your Community
Presented by Jim Jessop, Deputy Chief, Toronto Fire Services, Former Ontario Fire Marshal
 

This presentation will provide an overview of recent legislative and regulatory amendments related to municipal duties and responsibilities for the delivery of fire protection services. In addition, Jim will highlight recommendations and findings from recent Coroner’s Inquests and civil litigation decisions as they relate to the delivery of municipal fire protection services. 

Jim is currently a Director/Deputy Fire Chief with the City of Toronto; responsible for fire safety inspections and enforcement, investigations, engineering and public education. Prior to this position Jim held progressively more responsible positions both provincially and municipally including:
 
  • Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management of Ontario – Assistant Deputy Minister
  • Director of Field and Advisory Services/Deputy Fire Marshal with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
  • Deputy Fire Chief with the City of London
  • Deputy Fire Chief with the City of Niagara Falls
 
Jim holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Business Administration from the Goodman School of Business at Brock University. Furthermore, Jim represents the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs on the NFPA 1730 (Fire Prevention Activities) technical committee.
 
Councillor or Fire Chief??? Who Are You?
Presented by Rob Browning, CAO for the Township of North Kawartha and part-time Executive Director, Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy
 
Are you wondering about your role as an elected official with your fire department and/or fire chief? Do you have questions about policies for your fire department or its operations? Join in on a lively engagement with the facilitator on a variety of topics about fire services. Fire protection is a complex and important service in a large basket of municipal services. The actions and decisions of the Municipal Council are integral in delivering appropriate levels of service to keep your community safe. This session is designed to be interactive and discuss topics raised by the audience.
 
Rob is a seasoned municipal leader with 38 years of experience in the public sector having worked at the provincial and municipal levels. He is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of North Kawartha and the part-time Executive Director for the Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy in Norwood, ON. Rob started his career as a fire fighter in Markham and progressed to the positions of Fire Chief, General Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. He has worked in many municipalities including Kitchener, Chatham-Kent, Ajax, Greater Sudbury, Oshawa and Asphodel-Norwood. He also served with the Office of the Fire Marshal. Rob is not averse to risk and embraces innovation and change. He brings a medley of experiences to this session.
 
 
Legal Responsibility & Liability of the Municipality and the Fire Service
Legal responsibility & liability of the municipality and the fire service - See more at: http://www.oafc.on.ca/event/oafc-2016-attendees#municipal_officials_seminar_tab
Presented by Julia Nanos, Hicks Morley
 
Municipal officials are increasingly called upon to make difficult decisions regarding their municipality’s fire services, including how to provide effective services in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. The decisions that council members make with respect to the municipality’s fire services will be scrutinized publicly by labour unions, the media, lawyers and the judiciary (at an inquest), among others. In this session, Julia will provide municipal officials with a “crash course” on the law of municipal liability for fire services. What fire services must a municipality provide, and to what standard must these services be provided? What if the municipality can no longer afford to provide certain fire protection services - can services be cut, or the level of service lowered? If so, what are the risks and to what extent are council’s decisions subject to review? Finally, if services are to be reduced, what steps should be taken to protect the municipality? We will explore the answers to these (and other) important questions, and will provide municipal officials with the legal knowledge needed to oversee the delivery of fire protection and preventions services.
 

Julia Nanos is a labour and employment lawyer at Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She advises public and private sector employers on a wide-range of labour and employment issues including employment standards, collective bargaining, union certification and organizing drives, human rights and accommodation, wrongful dismissal litigation and grievance and interest arbitrations. In addition, Julia provides advice and representation to municipalities with respect to their fire department labour and employment matters. She has represented municipalities at interest arbitration and in collective bargaining negotiations with both volunteer and career fire unions, and regularly speaks at fire service-related conferences. In her spare time, Julia sits on the Board of Directors of Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – a 35-bed emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence in Toronto.


The Municipal Official Seminar includes a customized agenda and presentations on Saturday and Sunday morning, live fire training exercise, access to Canada’s largest fire and emergency trade show and meals & refreshments over the course of the two-days.  In addition, an invitation to the Ladders Up Reception on Saturday and the Memorial Service and Reception on Sunday is also included.
 

Registration

The Municipal Officials Seminar EARLY BIRD RATE is $410.00 plus HST.  REGISTER FOR THE MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS SEMINAR NOW!
 
The event takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building located at 650 Dixon Road.
 
If you are interested in hotel accommodations, the main conference hotel is the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel. The Crowne Plaza is conveniently located over the bridge and just minutes from the Toronto Congress Centre. A special rate has been negotiated for all guests attending the event of just $140.00 per room, plus taxes.
 
In order to receive this discounted rate you must book your hotel room directly with the hotel no later than March 28, 2016. Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 10 minutes between the hotel and the conference facilities.
 
 

Training Officers Seminar

In partnership with the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers, the training officer’s seminar includes a variety of presentations from the main conference agenda and incorporates customized sessions dedicated to training officers.  Delivered by high profile speakers, presenting on the most current hot topics pertaining to training in the fire service, this seminar is a must attend for all levels of training officers.
 
The Training Officers Seminar is on Sunday, May 1st to Tuesday, May 3rd and includes:
 
  • Customized sessions and a selection of presentations offered in the general session.
  • Trade Show access with lunch on Sunday, May 1.
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Access to the Memorial Service and Reception on Sunday evening and the Networking Reception on Monday evening.

2016 DRAFT TRAINING OFFICERS SEMINAR AGENDA

Sunday May 1
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast 
Ballroom A
8:00
Lac-Mégantic July 6 2013
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Union
Chief Denis Lauzon, Lac Mégantic, Quebec
Ballroom B
9:00
The New Norm:  A Manager’s Guide to Improving Workplace Behaviour .… and Keeping Out of Legal Hot Water
Stephen Hammond B.A., LL.B., CSP
McKennit 7/8
10:00
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Anka Foyer
10:30
The New Norm:  A Manager’s Guide to Improving Workplace Behaviour .… and Keeping Out of Legal Hot Water
Stephen Hammond B.A., LL.B., CSP
McKennit 7/8
11:30
Human Behaviour and Postive Psychology Tools for the Firehouse
Chief Cynthia Ross-Tustin, Township of Essa Fire Department
McKennit 7/8
12:30 to 5:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
Hall I&J
7:00 to 10:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Reception Sponsored by Starfield Lion
Ballroom C & Foyer
Monday May 2
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast  
Ballroom A
8:00
Thriving through Adversity
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Tyler Pelke, Assistant Deputy Chief, Motivational Speaker
Ballroom B
9:00
Keynote Presentation:  The Crazy Game
Clint & Joanie Malarchuk
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Ballroom B
10:00
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Anka Foyer
10:30
In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy  Dr. David Griffin
McKennit 7/8
12:30
Lunch at the Trade Show
Hall I&J
1:30
In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy  Dr. David Griffin
McKennit 7/8
3:30
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Anka Foyer
3:45 - 5:00
In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy  Dr. David Griffin
McKennit 7/8
6:00 to 10:00
Networking Reception Sponsored by Safetek
Main Foyer
Tuesday May 3
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast  
Ballroom A
8:00
Don’t do Ground Hog Day! Moving forward in Resiliency”, “Critical Incident Traumatic Stress Leadership”
John Robertson, FORTLOG
McKennit 7/8
10:15
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Main Foyer
10:30
OAFTO
Panel Discussion
Ballroom B
11:00 Fire Marshal & Fire Marshals Public Fire Safety Council Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal, Chief of Emergency Management, OFMEM, Art Pullan & Peter Townsend, FMPFSC McKennit 7/8
11:45
Update from OFMEM
Sponsored by 
Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal, Chief of Emergency Management, OFMEM 
Ballroom B
12:45
Lunch 
Ballroom A
1:30
OAFTO Business Meeting - Members Only
McKennit 7/8
3:00
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Main Foyer
3:15 - 5:00
OAFTO Business Meeting - Members Only
McKennit 7/8
 

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

 
The New Norm:  A Manager’s Guide to Improving Workplace Behaviour .… and Keeping Out of Legal Hot Water
Presented by Stephen Hammond B.A., LL.B., CSP
 

Stephen Hammond’s expertise is in improving workplace behaviours.  He’s a professional speaker delivering training and keynotes speeches, predominantly for workplace leaders, regarding harassment, bullying, discrimination and the changing face of Canada. 

Since 1992 Stephen has rescued organizations from workplace disasters and has strongly encouraged workplace leaders to change with the times, even if they are perplexed, overwhelmed and reluctant to act. While a lawyer by trade and still a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, he no longer practices law. He holds a professional designation with the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), is a past-Chair of their National Ethics Committee, and holds the designation of CSP, Certified Speaking Professional.

At a relatively young age, Stephen's life experiences shaped his views and passions regarding rights and other behaviours. Yes, his Bachelor of Arts in political studies from the University of Manitoba, and his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), gave him a good base. However, his education of “hard knocks” likely came from intense discussions with his feminist and politician mother Gerrie Hammond, as well as his experience of being arrested in communist Poland before being thrown out of the country for being a “spy.” 

Stephen was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1988 and proceeded to work in the field of labour and employee relations both in the private and public sectors.  He is the author of three publications

In summary, Stephen Hammond is an author, speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of the weird things people do at work that get them into trouble. His favourite pastimes are downhill skiing, golfing and playing ball with his little dachshund, Willis. Stephen's goal is to support welcoming workplaces.

Human Behaviour and Postive Psychology Tools for the Firehouse
Presented by Chief Cynthia Ross-Tustin, Township of Essa Fire Department
 
Cynthia Ross Tustin proudly serves with the men and women of the Essa Fire Department. She has thirty years of service with volunteer, composite and full-time departments; as well as the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. Chief Tustin presents at numerous fire related conferences throughout North America and regularly contributes to professional fire service journals
 
 
 
In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy
Presented by Dr. David Griffin
 
In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy, is based off of the best-selling book with the identical name, which includes doctoral research that will help all organizations, whether public, private, for-profit, or non-profit to determine whether organizational change is needed in their respective organization. Students are taken on an emotional ride from the dark days of fighting fire in Charleston, SC, where nine firefighters perished in the line of duty, to today where the organization is now a national model for change. All organizations need to learn the lessons from Charleston to ensure that they do not experience this type of tragic incident. This course utilizes never before seen video footage from June 18, 2007, as well as the radio traffic that coincides. It was developed and is presented by the first due engineer on the scene of this multiple line of duty death incident.
 
Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 
1. Describe The City of Charleston Fire Department pre and post June 18, 2007.
2. Discuss the findings of The Routley Report regarding the investigation of the Sofa Super Store Fire.
3. Discuss the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s report on the Sofa Super Store Fire.
4. Describe the methodology utilized and the results of the scientific study entitled “In Honor of the Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy”.
5. Discuss organizational changes following a multiple line of duty death incident, and how these changes can be instituted in the student’s respective organization to ensure this type of tragedy does not occur again.
 

Dr. David Griffin is a Captain with the City of Charleston Fire Department in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the operator of the first due engine on June 18, 2007 when nine of his fellow firefighters perished in the line of duty. He has a Bachelor of Science in education from The Citadel, a Master of Science in executive fire service leadership, and a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership and development. He is the author of the Best Seller In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy and ACTION: 9 Missions for Personal and Professional Growth. David is also an international speaker and instructor, a certified Chief Training Officer and Fire Officer with The Center for Public Safety Excellence, is currently completing the Executive Fire Office Program at The National Fire Academy, and owner of On A Mission, LLC at drdavidgriffin.com.

Don’t do Ground Hog Day! Moving forward in Resiliency”, “Critical Incident Traumatic Stress Leadership”
Presented by John Robertson, FORTLOG
 
This presentation will cover:
 
  • The first session is the 5 elements of real and effective change [V-M-A-R-AP] - the what.  
  • The crisis opportunity…often struggle with whether this one is the first phase? Sometimes it makes sense after people understand change and how, sometimes it is important to know the big picture first!!!! –big picture of puzzle when it is all fit together.
  • When change happens or need to, SHIFT are the 5 core elements that address the how of an action plan - SHIFT

John Robertson is enthusiastic, empathetic and results-oriented with extensive experience in visioning, training and implementing professional change solutions. He works with clients to identify opportunities to utilize excellent leadership, delivery and training strengths to develop organizational health through purposeful change.

Education
  • Master of Divinity, MDIV, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 1987
  • Bachelor of Arts, BA, Psychology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Onatrio, 1985
Certifications and Training
  • CTS - Certified Trauma Specialist - ATSS (Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists)
  • ICISF - International Critical Incident Stress Foundation member
  • AI - Approved Instructor in Group, Advanced group, Individual-Peer [one to one] Crisis Intervention and Support, Grief Following Trauma, Law enforcement perspectives for CISM enhancements, & Comprehensive Crisis Preparation & Response for the Workplace; plus trained in strategic response to crisis; suicide prevention, intervention & postvention; individual crisis intervention & peer support; emotional & spiritual care in disasters; changing face of crisis & disaster mental health intervention
  • ASIST [Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training]
  • MBTI – Myers Briggs Type Indicator –Step I & II
  • Certified Human Behaviour Specialist - Disc
  • COPS Certification – Concerns of Police Survivors
  • Birkman First Look
  • Strong’s Interest Inventory
  • TKI Conflict Resolution Instrument
  • Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis
  • Leadership Training and Development - Ken Blanchard and Rich Devos
  • Leadership Development - Disney Management Institute
  • Prepare - Enrich Canada

Registration

The rate for the Training Officers Seminar is $725.00 for members and $825.00 for non-members.  REGISTER FOR THE TRAINING OFFICERS SEMINAR NOW!
 
Do you find yourself struggling to justify the cost of attending OAFC 2016? If so, we encourage you to download, personalize and submit this Justification Letter . It’s a great tool to illustrate the value you will take-away from attending the event.
 
The event takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building located at 650 Dixon Road.
 
If you are interested in  hotel accommodations , the main conference hotel is the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel. The Crowne Plaza is conveniently located over the bridge and just minutes from the Toronto Congress Centre. A special rate has been negotiated for all guests attending the event of just $140.00 per room, plus taxes.
 
In order to receive this discounted rate you must book your hotel room directly with the hotel no later than March 28, 2016.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 10 minutes between the hotel and the conference facilities.
 
 

Communications Public Forum

The Ontario Fire Communicators Association in conjunction with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs have developed a forum to help communicators understand more about today’s common issues facing Ontario’s communication centres. The seminar includes a variety of presentations specifically selected on important issues facing communicators in today’s fire service.  If you are a communicator, supervisor, chief officer, or if you are responsible for communications in your fire service, this forum is for you! 
 
The Communications Forum takes place on Monday, May 2, 2016.   In addition, access to the OAFC Trade Show – the largest fire service trade show in Canada on Sunday May 1st is included.  With over 250 booths and fire vehicles on display it is the largest gathering of fire service manufacturers and suppliers in Canada.  Sunday evening you are welcome to attend the Memorial Service and Reception.
 
The 2016 forum includes:
 
  • A customized agenda and access to the general session keynote speakers on Monday.
  • Access to the OAFC Trade Show with lunch vouchers on Sunday.
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on Monday.
  • Invitation to the annual Memorial Service and Reception on Sunday, May 1
 

2016 DRAFT COMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC FORUM AGENDA

Sunday, May 1
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
10:00 to 5:00
OAFC Trade Show
Hall I&J
7:00 to 10:00
Memorial Service & Reception 
Reception Sponsored by Starfield Lion
Ballroom C & Foyer
Monday, May 2
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast 
Ballroom A
8:00
Thriving through Adversity
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Tyler Pelke, Assistant Deputy Chief, Motivational Speaker
Ballroom B
9:00
Keynote Presentation:  The Crazy Game
Clint & Joanie Malarchuk
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario

Ballroom B
10:00
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Anka Foyer
10:15
Workshop: Developing an Ontario Fire Communications Learning Network Carol Frank, Communications Trainer, York Regional Police & Robin Johnstone, Training Coordinator, Niagara Regional Police
McKennitt 5/6
12:00
OAFC & Ontario Fire Communicators Updates Chief John Hay, OAFC and OFCA Executive Board
McKennitt 5/6
12:30
Lunch
Ballroom A
1:30 
Line of Duty Death Case Study Deputy Chief Sue Dawson, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service
McKennitt 5/6
2:15 Liability and Emergency Communications  Kirk Boggs, Lerners LLP McKennitt 5/6
3:15
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Anka Foyer
3:30
Liability issues arising from 911 emergency communications
Kirk Boggs, Lerners LLP
McKennitt 5/6


Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

Line of Duty Death Case Study
Presented by Deputy Chief Sue Dawson, Communications and Business Services, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service
 
Look at an incident from a Communications perspective.  You have a two storey detached residential structure fire.  Incident command has been set up, benchmarks are verbalized and things are progressing as many structure fires have before. Then the unthinkable; a firefighter is missing.  You have all the immediate issues to contend with in the communications centre, but what happens next?
 
Investigations become the focus.  When something goes wrong, what are we compared to? This presentation is an overview of investigations leading to an inquest experienced by the Barrie Fire & Emergency Service.
 
Sue Dawson started in the Administration Branch of Barrie Fire in 1982; she took the position of Communications Manager in 2000. 
 
She has led the way in the Communications field in the fire service.  She participated in the creation of this Division within Barrie Fire in 1995 and has overseen its growth to its current status of a centre responsible for over 400,000 citizens in Simcoe County and Muskoka. 
 
Sue has achieved several designations from International 9-1-1 organizations and is currently the Past President of the Ontario chapter of NENA, a technical 9-1-1 organization.  She was on the committee that brought 9-1-1 to the City of Barrie and Simcoe County and is the current 9-1-1 coordinator for the City of Barrie. 
 
As one of the founding members of the Ontario Association of Fire Communicators, Sue is now Past President and is very proud to serve as the lead on the Provincial Advisory Committee bringing certification to fire communicators in Ontario with the certification to NFPA 1061.
 
Her experience in many aspects of management, public safety communications and technology implementations have advanced the Barrie Fire Service over her career.
 
Workshop: Developing an Ontario Fire Communications Learning Network
Presented by Carol Frank, Communications Trainer, York Regional Police & Robin Johnstone, Training Coordinator, Niagara Regional Police Service
 
For those of us fortunate enough to attend conferences, trading business cards with peers and subsequent SOG’s emailed back and forth has been the basis for much of our training portfolio. If unable to attend learning sessions, we are sometimes isolated in finding a knowledge base to draw upon when we need help, whether it’s finding information, resources or need feedback to new training concepts or technologies.
 
The goal of this workshop is to engage those in the fire service responsible for training and education to create a Fire Communications Learning Network, similar to the Ontario Police Communications Learning Network.  Established in 2002, the Police Communications Learning Network was formed in order to develop and deliver concurrent training programs in an in-house format that can be used by all participating Police Service Communications trainers.
 
As fire educators, our objectives are the same as police. We aim to enrich those fire departments that provide fire emergency communications training at all levels of education by ensuring that supervisors, trainers and front line personnel have access to best practices in the field, regardless of funding opportunities.
 
Facilitated by Carol Frank and Robin Johnstone, this interactive workshop is the first step in developing new training connections which will lead to greater consistency, reduced costs for training and province wide partnerships that will continue to stimulate training development in fire communications.
 
Carol Frank is the 9-1-1 Communications Training Coordinator and has worked for the York Regional Police for the past 16 years. During that time she has been a 9-1-1 Call Taker, Police Dispatcher and Communications Trainer. Carol is a member of the Police Learning Network which is comprised of Trainers, Supervisors/Managers, Directors and Coordinators of Police Communications across Ontario.
 
Robin is in her 26th year at the Niagara Regional Police (NRPS) and employed as the Communications Unit Training Coordinator.  Prior to obtaining her current position in 2011, she worked in the Communications Unit as a communicator, platoon trainer and supervisor.  As the Training Coordinator, Robin is involved in writing policy and procedure, implementing and testing new technology and system upgrades as well as serving as a subject matter expert for the Unit.  She was introduced to the Learning Network immediately upon obtaining the position of Training Coordinator and received invaluable support and assistance from the members.
 
Liability issues arising from 911 emergency communications
Presented by Kirk Boggs, Lerners LLP
 
Supervisors, trainers and communicators should be aware of actions that could be scrutinized within the centre exposing Communication Centres to legal liability. Legal terms will be defined and explained within the context of emergency dispatch operations including, hiring and management of personnel and training.
 
Case studies from lawsuits against 9-1-1 centres will be discussed.
 
C. Kirk Boggs is a Partner of the Toronto Litigation Group at Lerners LLP and is certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada. His areas of practice are trial and appellate work in the insurance and personal injury areas, particularly litigation involving occupiers, products liability, intentional torts and the representation of municipalities, public authorities, lawyers and health care professionals. Mr. Boggs received his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1982 and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1984. He appears regularly in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal, with numerous reported cases. He is a member of the Advocates' Society, the Defence Research Institute, the Lawyers' Club, Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association, and the Canadian Bar Association (Insurance and Municipal Law Sections). Mr. Boggs has authored many articles on topical legal issues for insurance adjusters, insurers and municipalities and has spoken at numerous legal conferences on insurance and public entity liability issues. He is recognized in the Canadian LEXPERT Directory as a leading practitioner in the fields of personal injury, insurance and professional liability law, and is recognized as a leading practitioner in the fields of insurance and personal injury law by Best Lawyers in Canada. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
 
 

Registration

The rate for the Communications Forum is $275.00 plus HST.  REGISTER FOR THE COMMUNICATIONS FORUM NOW.

Do you find yourself struggling to justify the cost of attending OAFC 2016? If so, we encourage you to download, personalize and submit this Justification Letter. It’s a great tool to illustrate the value you will take-away from attending the event.
 
The event takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building located at 650 Dixon Road.
 
If you are interested in hotel accommodations, the main conference hotel is the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel. The Crowne Plaza is conveniently located over the bridge and just minutes from the Toronto Congress Centre. A special rate has been negotiated for all guests attending the event of just $140.00 per room, plus taxes.
 
In order to receive this discounted rate you must book your hotel room directly with the hotel no later than March 28, 2016. Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 10 minutes between the hotel and the conference facilities.
 
 

Public & Life Safety Educators Seminar

The Ontario Fire & Life Safety Educators in conjunction with the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs have developed a public educator’s seminar, specifically tailored to promote education and initiatives relevant to today’s public fire educators and fire prevention officers.  The program is designed to share information, resources and network with like-minded professionals.  We encourage all levels of fire service educators and fire prevention officers to participate in this unique, customized program. 
 
The Public Fire & Life Safety Educators Seminar takes place on Sunday, May 1st to Tuesday, May 3rd and includes:
 
  • Customized sessions and a selection of presentations offered in the general session.
  • Trade Show access with lunch on Sunday, May 1
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Access to the Memorial Service and Reception on Sunday evening and the Networking Reception on Monday

2016 DRAFT PUBLIC EDUCATORS SEMINAR AGENDA

Sunday, May 1
 
10:00am to 5:00pm OAFC Trade Show - Lunch at the Trade Show Halls I & J
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Memorial Service & Reception
Reception Sponsored by Starfield Lion
Ballroom C & Foyer
Monday, May 2
 
6:30 - 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast
Ballroom A
8:00
Thriving through Adversity
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario

Tyler Pelke, Assistant Deputy Chief, Motivational Speaker Ballroom B
9:00
Keynote Presentation:  The Crazy Game
Clint & Joanie Malarchuk

Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Ballroom B
10:00
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Anka Foyer
10:30
OFLSE Update
David Blizzard McKennit 9/10
11:30
Lunch at the Trade Show
Trade Show Cafe
12:30
OAFC Trade Show
Halls I & J
1:30
Building a Farm Fire Safe Community
Tanya Bettridge, Perth East Fire Department McKennit 9/10
2:00 Electrical Safety Authority: Photovoltaic Rooftop Systems – Implications for Fire Safety
Dr. Joel R. K. Moody, MD, PhD, MPH
Director, Safety Risk, Policy and Innovation, Electrical Safety Authority
McKennit 9/10
3:00
A Look Ahead to the Expansion of 2016/2017 Public Education Campaigns
Arthur L. Pullan
Executive Director, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
McKennit 9/10
3:30
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Anka Foyer
3:45
Making It Work.  How  To Be a Life Safety Educator Rock Star
Jessica Webb, 
Waterloo Region Public School Board
McKennit 9/10
6:00 to 10:00
Networking Reception (ticket required, available for purchase)
Sponsored by Safetek
Main Foyer
9:00
OFLSE Chat Room, Sponsored by First Alert
 

Crowne Plaza
Tuesday, May 3
 
6:30
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast
Ballroom A
8:00
Using Humour and Seeing Life's Humor
Neil Dunsmore
McKennit 9/10
10:15
Coffee Break Sponsored by Enbridge
Anka Foyer
10:30
First Alert Smart Program
John Ward, First Alert
McKennit 9/10
11:00
Alert Ready in Ontario: Ontario’s Emergency Public Alerting System
Ryan Betts, Manager (Acting) Public Safety Education, OFMEM
McKennit 9/10
11:45
Update from the OFMEM
Sponsored by IBC
Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal, Chief of Emergency Management, OFMEM  Ballroom B
12:45
Lunch
Ballroom A
1:30
Excel at Presenting - Toastmasters
Toastmasters District 86 Representative
McKennit 9/10
3:00
Coffee Break, Sponsored by Enbridge
Foyer
3:15
Public Education Updates and New Programs Various Presenters McKennit 9/10
3:45 Personal Productivity for Fire & Life Educators
Doug Heidebrecht
McKennit 9/10
 

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

 
Building a Farm Fire Safe Community
Presented by Tanya Bettridge, Perth East Fire Department
 
The program that is catching across North America was first presented to FPOs and Public Educators at the “2 Lines of Defence” seminar in the fall of 2015.  This spring conference seminar will include a brief overview of the program and how FDs can easily adopt it, provide an update on what has happened with the program since, and discuss some of the exciting things to expect moving forward.  With barn fires making headlines, one barn fire is too many, so don’t miss out on a great opportunity to get a free program.
 
Tanya Bettridge has been with the Perth East Fire Department since 2005 and added the West Perth Fire Department in 2014. An NFPA 1035 Certified Level I and II Fire & Life Safety Educator, Tanya also contributes columns to Fire Fighting in Canada, and is the current Communications Director for the OFLSE.
 
Electrical Safety Authority: Photovoltaic Rooftop Systems – Implications for Fire Safety
Dr. Joel R. K. Moody, MD, PhD, MPH, Director, Safety Risk, Policy and Innovation, Electrical Safety Authority
 
ESA has launched a fire safety website portal dedicated to providing a list of existing renewable energy installations in Ontario. Dr. Moody will also identify changes in the 2015 Ontario Electrical Safety Code related to photo-voltaic systems to help prevent fires. The new code comes into effect on May 5, 2016.
 
Dr. Moody is the principal author of ESA’s annual Ontario Electrical Safety Report, which draws together data and information from a variety of sources and offers insight into the state of electrical safety in the province. Dr. Moody leads the research function at ESA, which informs corporate strategy, safety program development and evaluation. Dr. Moody holds a Ph. D. in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto, a Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
 
A Look Ahead to the Expansion of 2016/2017 Public Education Campaigns
Arthur L. Pullan, Executive Director, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
 
Art Pullan is a 30 year member of the Brockville Fire Department, served as a fire fighter, inspector and Chief Fire Prevention Officer.  He has been an NFPA Advisor since 1992.  Art is the Past President of OMFPOA, an inaugural member of Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, an Inaugural member of the National Fire & Life Safety Foundation and is presently the Executive Director of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council.  Art has served on many boards & committees involving fire code retrofit and public and life educators courses.
 
Using Humour and Seeing Life's Humor
Presented by Neil Dunsmore
 
Neil is one of those people who consistently reminds us that we want to live large in the moment. He is present in his life in a way that lets others put down their concerns and be happy with NOW.  It’s why I suspect that both Youth and Business Leaders seek out Neil’s messages, story telling and humour.
 
Alert Ready in Ontario: Ontario’s Emergency Public Alerting System
Ryan Betts, Manager (Acting) Public Safety Education, OFMEM
 
 
Learn about Ontario’s public alerting tools and protocols: How it works and how to subscribe for immediate alerts on pending or current emergencies. National alerting programs and new social media tools to stay connected will be also be discussed. 
 
Ryan began his career in Forestry with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Temagami, Ontario, where he joined the local Volunteer Fire Department. He moved up the ranks in the department to hold the positions of deputy fire chief and ultimately fire chief.
 
He joined the OFM in 1995 as an Instructor at the Ontario Fire College, where he coordinated and taught the Fire Prevention and Public Education programs. He was instrumental in developing curriculum to meet provincial fire service standards for company officers and fire prevention officers. In 1997, Ryan became one of the first Certified Public Fire and Life Safety Educators in Ontario.
 
In 2005, Ryan joined the Public Education and Media Relations section of the OFM as a Program Specialist, providing support to the fire service through programs, resources, and initiatives to assist municipal fire departments in meeting their obligations under the FPPA.
 
Ryan returned to the Fire College in 2014 as the Academic Manager, where he supervised the Instructional Team and Registrar’s Office and guided curriculum development and delivery during the transition to training based on NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards.
 
Currently Ryan is the Acting Manager of the Public Safety Education Section for the OFMEM providing oversight in public education on fire safety and emergency preparedness.
 
Excel at Presenting - Toastmasters
Presented by Toastmasters District 86 Representative
 
Since 1924 Toastmasters International  has helped millions of men and women become more confident in front of any audience.  Our members learn to listen effectively, think on their feet, speak convincingly, become confident charismatic leaders, better negotiators, sharpen their management skills and inspire their teams by learning to effectively formulate, organize and express their ideas.   
 
The District 60 Speakers Bureau ’s qualified speakers embody the organization’s attributes of communication, leadership, organization, time management, focus and quality and much more. They area  passionate  and dedicated group of trained advanced-level speakers who will inspire and motivate you to embark on your own journey of self development and discovery, of  finding your voice and confidence in the fun, supportive environment synonymous to our organization, where leaders truly are made.
 

Registration

The rate for the Public & Life Safety Educators Seminar is $370.00 plus HST.  REGISTER FOR THE PUBLIC & LIFE SAFETY EDUCATORS SEMINAR NOW.

Do you find yourself struggling to justify the cost of attending OAFC 2016? If so, we encourage you to download, personalize and submit this Justification Letter. It’s a great tool to illustrate the value you will take-away from attending the event.
 
The event takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building located at 650 Dixon Road.
 
If you are interested in hotel accommodations, the main conference hotel is the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel. The Crowne Plaza is conveniently located over the bridge and just minutes from the Toronto Congress Centre. A special rate has been negotiated for all guests attending the event of just $140.00 per room, plus taxes.
 
In order to receive this discounted rate you must book your hotel room directly with the hotel no later than March 28, 2016. Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 10 minutes between the hotel and the conference facilities.
 
 

Companions Program & OAFC Auxiliary

We encourage you to bring your spouse to OAFC 2016. You’ll both enjoy a few days away from home, appreciate the ample networking opportunities and experience what’s new and exciting in the fire service. The Companions package allows access to all the guest speakers, the trade show and includes all meals and evening functions included in your spouses package. 
 
We have arranged some exciting excursions for 2016 that includes a canvas paint session, the popular "behind the scenes cooking experience at the TCC" and be on TV by attending a LIVE taping of the popular show, "The Social". 
 
Costs of excursions are included in the companion’s registration package as outlined below.   In order to arrange transportation and logistics, registration for excursions must be received by April 8, 2016.
 
Please note, there is a minimum and maximum amount of registrations. Please register well in advance to avoid disappointment.
 

2016 Excursions!

Date Excursion Details Cost Time
Saturday, April 30th
PaintLounge
Freestyle Canvas PaintSession Toronto West
 
Must have a minimum of 10 participants 
Included with Option 1 Companion Registration Package.
 
$45 plus HST if not registered.
Bus departs at noon.
 
Approx 1pm to 4pm
Sunday, May, 1st Behind the Scenes at the TCC Join us for an exciting behind the scenes cooking experience Included with all Companion Registration Packages. No charge. 11:00am to 2:00pm
Monday, May, 2nd
TV Show – “The Social”
Co-hosted by Melissa Grelo, Cynthia Loyst, Lainey Lui , and Traci Melchor.   The Social is produced by Bell Media In-House Productions and brings a fresh, daily perspective on up-to-the-minute news, pop culture, and lifestyle topics that matter most. A socially interactive series, The Social incorporates viewer feedback and conversation through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more.
Included in Option 1 and 2 Companion Registration Packages. $45 plus HST if not registered.
 
We must have 20 people registered to attend and confirmed no later than April 8th.  TapesLIVE on Monday at 1:00 PM EST. You must be at least 18.  Audience members will walk away with a daily gift bag.
This is limited to 20 participants only!
Bus departs at 11:am sharp
 
Returning to TCC at approx.
3:30pm
Click the button below to register for the OAFC 2016 Companion's Package.
 
 
Click the button below to register for the OAFC 2016 Excursion!