OAFC 2017 - Attendees

OAFC 2017 - May 6-10 - Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario

OAFC 2017 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 officials from across Ontario come together for five days of learning, networking and collaboration.  With many 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 2017 attendees get access to the largest fire and emergency trade show in Canada.   The OAFC Trade Show boasts over 250 booths and fire vehicles, 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 sales team who supply your fire department with the important life saving apparatus, gear and services that you rely upon every day!
 
Why Attend?

 
OAFC 2017 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 2017 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.
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 CriSysoffers 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 2017 package includes exciting evening functions allowing guests to network with industry colleagues.
 
OAFC 2016 attendees said.....
 

OAFC 2017 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 2017!

 

We are truly thankful to the following companies and organizations for their support of OAFC 2017

 
 
Association Sponsor
 
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Awards Dinner Sponsor
 
Conference Prize Sponsor
Municipal Officials
 
Mobile App Sponsor
 
Memorial Reception Sponsor
 
Awards Reception Sponsor
 
Registration Booth Sponsor
President's VIP Reception Sponsor
 
Conference Notebook Sponsor
Delegate Bag Sponsor
 
 
Lanyard Sponsor
 
Lunch Sponsor
 
Phone Charging Station 
Sponsor
 
Fire Truck Entrance Sponsor
 
Memorial Program Sponsor
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2017 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 
Association Sponsor
 
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Awards Dinner Sponsor
 
Conference Prize Sponsor
Municipal Officials
 
Mobile App Sponsor
 
Memorial Reception Sponsor
 
Awards Reception Sponsor
 
Registration Booth Sponsor
President's VIP Reception Sponsor
 
Conference Notebook Sponsor
Delegate Bag Sponsor
 
 
Lanyard Sponsor
 
Lunch Sponsor
 
Phone Charging Station 
Sponsor
 
Fire Truck Entrance Sponsor
 
Memorial Program Sponsor

 

 

New in 2017

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 2017:
 
  • We have changed the format of our evening functions.  Ladders Up will be on Saturday, the Memorial Service will still be on Sunday and the Awards Dinner will now move to Monday evening.  This will give all groups the opportunity to attend as well as gain participation from more exhibitors.  The Networking Reception has been removed from the agenda for 2017 to allow more free evenings for delegates to relax or take in a sight around Toronto.
  • The Trade Show cafe has now been placed back on the trade show floor.  We have been promised new menu items for 2017 with better packaged options.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday sessions will be done in breakouts, with the focus on suburban/rural groups.
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2017 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!

2017 Registration Package Options

OAFC 2017 offers multiple registration packages that will accommodate all types of attendees with varied interests. 
 
2017 registration options are:
Package Option Price Inclusions
Option #1
Saturday - Wednesday
$930 Member
 
$1030 Non-Member
 
$440 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 Awards Reception & Dinner
Tuesday: Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks 
Wednesday: Breakfast, lunch, coffee break.
Option #2
Sunday - Wednesday
$775 Member
$875 Non-Member
$370 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 Awards Dinner & Reception
Tuesday: Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks
Wednesday: Breakfast, lunch, coffee break
Option #3
Saturday - Sunday
$445 Member
$545 Non-Member
$180 Companion 
 
(Companion registration must match their spouses registration)
All education sessions on Saturday and Sunday
Trade Show access and lunch on Sunday
Saturday: Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks & Ladders Up Reception
Sunday: Breakfast, lunch,  Memorial Service and Reception
Option #4
Training Officers
Sunday - Tuesday
$725 Member 
$825 Non-Member 
Specialized program sessions from Sunday to Tuesday
Trade Show access on Sunday
Sunday: Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, Memorial Service and Reception
Monday: Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and Awards Dinner & Reception
Tuesday: Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks
Option #5
Public Educators
Monday & Tuesday,
Trade Show on Sunday
$320
 
Awards Dinner & Reception Ticket available for an additional $75
Specialized program sessions on Monday and Tuesday
Trade Show access on Sunday
Memorial Service and Reception on Sunday
Monday: Breakfast, lunch and coffee break, Opportunity to attend the Awards Dinner & Reception
Tuesday: Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.
Option #6
Communicators Public Forum
Monday
Trade Show on Sunday

$235 

Awards Dinner & Reception Ticket available for an additional $75

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 Officials
Saturday & Sunday

$350 

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
 
Not a member but your chief or deputy is? If at least one of them are registered to attend OAFC 2017, you can 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!
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2017 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 

2017 Main Conference Agenda - Draft

Saturday May 6
6:30 to 5:00 Registration Foyer
7:00 Hot Breakfast  Ballroom B
8:00 Welcome & Introductions Master of Ceremonies & OAFC President, Stephen Hernen Ballroom A
8:15 Creating the Thinking First Responder
Dr. Richard B. Gasaway
Ballroom A
9:45 Partner Update   Ballroom A
10:00 Coffee Break Foyer
10:30
Update from the Ministry of Transportation
  • D-Z License Classification
  • KM markers on highways
  • New volunteer firefighter green light sign
  • Invoicing
Ballroom A
11:15 Opioid Overdose and Fire Department Naloxone Administration  Chief Bill Boyes, Deputy Chief Cory Mainprize, Captain Dom Filippelli, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service Ballroom A
11:45 "Rampart, This is Squad 51” – Fire Department Medical Oversight and Medical Delegation
Ian Young, MD, Medical Director, Barrie Fire and
Emergency Service
Ballroom A
12:15 Partner Update   Ballroom A
12:30 Lunch

Ballroom B

1:30 OAFC Presidents' Update Chief Stephen Hernen Ballroom A
2:30 Reporting an Injury/Illness to the WSIB Monica Nienhaus and Gavin Pokan, WSIB Ballroom A
3:15 Coffee Break Foyer
3:45
OMERS Update & Overview
Ballroom A
7:00pm to 11:00pm
Ladders Up Reception with Entertainment on Behalf of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation 
Sponsored by
 
              
Crowne Plaza, Algonquin Ballroom, Lower Level
Sunday May 7
6:30 to 5:00 Registration Foyer
7:00 Breakfast  Ballroom A
8:00
Risk and Resource: Defending Our Delivery Model - Keynote Presentation Sponsored by
Presented by Chief Tom Jenkins, City of Rogers, Arkansas and 1st Vice President, International Association of Fire Chiefs Ballroom B
9:00
Pulse Nightclub Shooting Keynote Presentation Sponsored by
Chief Roderick Williams, City of Orlando Fire Department
10:00 to 4:00 OAFC Trade Show and Lunch Hall I&J
7:00 to 10:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Reception Sponsored by    
Ballroom C & Foyer
Monday May 8
6:30 to 5:00 Registration Foyer
7:00 Hot Breakfast Ballroom A
8:00
Courage Inside the Fire - Darby Allen’s Story of Trust, Teamwork, and Leadership
Sponsored by
Darby Allen, (Retired) Regional Fire Chief of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Ballroom B
9:00
Flawless Execution 
Sponsored by
Chris "Gomez" Gomez, Afterburners  Ballroom B
10:00 to 4:00 OAFC Trade Show and Lunch Hall I&J
6:00
Awards Reception Sponsored by Safedesign Globe
 
Foyer
7:00 to 10:00
Awards Dinner Sponsored by AJ Stone Co. Ltd.
Ballroom C
Tuesday May 9
6:30 to 5:00 Registration Foyer
7:00 Hot Breakfast  Ballroom B
8:00 OAFC Business Meeting & Breakout Sessions Ballroom A
10:30 Coffee Break Foyer
11:00 Inside the Yellow Tape - The Feb 14, 2017 Toronto Badminton and Raquet Club Fire Fire Chief Matt Pegg, Toronto Fire Services Ballroom A
12:00
Case Management Approach for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD):Overview
Sal Cavaricci and Madelena Araujo, WSIB
Ballroom A
12:45 Lunch Ballroom B
1:45 How public educators can spark change and inspire movements by doing the unthinkable!   Jay Acunzo Ballroom A
3:00 Coffee Break Foyer
3:30 Update from the OPFFA Rob Hynman, President OPFFA Ballroom A
4:00
Commercial Building Project
Nina Nasiri & Kristian Kennedy, TSSA Ballroom A
4:15 Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Managment Ballroom A
Wednesday May 10
6:30 to 5:00 Registration Foyer
7:00 Hot Breakfast  Ballroom B
8:00 Career Survival Workshop Career Survival Group, Eric Rosoff & Brian Cummings  Ballroom A
10:00 Coffee Break Foyer
10:20 Career Survival Workshop Cont.. Career Survival Group, Eric Rosoff & Brian Cummings  Ballroom A
12:30 Lunch Ballroom A
1:15
Suburban/Rural Breakout
Session will feature hot topics in the surburban/rural fire service
  • TBA
Ballroom A
1:15
Urban Breakout
Session will feature hot topics in the urban fire service
 
  • Simutaneous Notification, Chief Tim Beckett
  • Data Collection, Deputy Chief Jesse O'Shell
Ballroom C
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2017 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 

Speaker and Presentations Overviews

Saturday, May 6

 
Creating the Thinking First Responder
Presented by Dr. Richard Gasaway
 
This powerful keynote discusses how shortfalls in first responder training are contributing to catastrophic outcomes. Many instructors tell their students what to do instead of teaching their students a process for making high risk, high consequence decisions under stress.
 
Specific first responder training examples will be used to demonstrate both how our training is failing to create thinking responders and the real-world consequences of this shortcoming. Solutions will be offered that ensure responders are trained to perform realistically based on the real world decision making environments they operating in.

 

Richard B. Gasaway worked as a first responder in three public safety organizations including serving 22 years as a fire chief. After completing his distinguished 30-year career, Dr. Gasaway founded Situational Awareness Matters!, a consulting and teaching organization dedicated to improving how individuals, teams and organizations develop situational awareness as a foundation for improving workplace and personal safety. His company website (SAMatters.com) has been visited by more than four million people from 156 countries.
 
As a professional speaker and author, Dr. Gasaway has contributed to more than 400 books, book chapters and journal articles on topics related to leadership, safety, situational awareness and high consequence decision making. His best selling books, Situational Awareness Matters Volumes 1, 2 & 3, Situational Awareness for Emergency Response, and Fireground Command Decision Making, serve as essential guides for helping individuals and teams develop and maintain situational awareness while making high-stress, high-consequence decisions.
 
Dr. Gasaway has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation – the highest honor awarded by the National Speakers Association. His high-energy, humor filled presentations are chocked full of valuable, actionable takeaways – as proven by his 2,500+ program and keynote address invitations throughout the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Australia.
 
Dr. Gasaway is a big proponent of “Paying it forward” and gives back by serving as the Chancellor for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) credentialing program and a peer evaluator for the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Credentialing program.
 
When he is not spreading the situational awareness message, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Carol, and his four children: Cameron (a Madison, WI firefighter), Jordan and Hanna (college students) and Micah, (a high school student).
 
You can learn more about Dr. Gasaway and his mission by visiting his websites: www.RichGasaway.com and www.SAMatters.com
 
Opioid Overdose and Fire Department Naloxone Administration
Presented by Bill Boyes, Director of Emergency Services/Fire Chief, Cory Mainprize, Deputy Chief- Operations and Training, Ian Young, MD, Medical Director, Barrie Fire and Emergency Service
 

There have been an alarming number of overdoses and deaths across Canada whereby numerous health agencies and emergency services have publicly noted that a "fentynal crisis" exists. A few fire services in Western Canada carry Naloxone on their apparatus and Barrie is the first department in Ontario to administer this medication. This presentation will outline how and why Barrie Fire and Emergency Service went about defining and delivering our naloxone program.  This is one example of how fire departments can potentially deal with a growing societal challenge. 

Bill Boyes is the Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Services for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service. Barrie Fire is a career fire department with 180 staff across 6 branches, including a Communications center that dispatches for 20 surrounding fire departments. Chief Boyes is working towards completing a PhD 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 a number of fire service committees including the International Association of Fire Chiefs- Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research working group, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Committee and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Urban Fire Service Advisory Committee.

Cory Mainprize started his career with Barrie in 2000 after serving three years in the Town of Caledon. Cory worked as firefighter until achieving the position of Captain in 2013.  Working as a member and President of the Barrie Professional Firefighters Association throughout his career, he has extensive experience in the area of Health and Safety, WSIB, Negotiations and Labour Relations. Cory was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief in March of 2016 and manages the Operations and Training Branches.

Prior to entering Medical School in 1999, Dr. Young held a position in senior management at Englehart and District Hospital, during which time he oversaw the  ambulance Service for Central Timiskaming. Previously, he had been Director of Pharmacy for the Northern and Eastern Regions of Nova Scotia and at Kirkland and District Hospital. His extensive administrative experience, clinical expertise, and aptitude for fostering strong relationships has resulted in the successful Medical Directives Program for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service.

"Rampart, This is Squad 51” – Fire Department Medical Oversight and Medical Delegation
Presented by Ian Young, MD, Medical Director, Barrie Fire and Emergency Service
 
Dr. Young is a Family Physician practicing in Barrie, Ontario. He completed his residency in Family Medicine from the University of Ottawa in 2003. He obtained his Medical Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2003 and a degree in Pharmacy from the same university in 1992. Since completing his Family Medicine residency, Dr. Young has practiced Family Medicine full-time in a shared practice with his wife and colleague, Dr. Dana Young. From 2005 to 2012, Dr. Young, at various times, has held hospital appointments in departments of Emergency Medicine and Inpatient and Hospitalist Medicine at hospitals in Ontario including Barrie, Huntsville, Sudbury, and Espanola. Since 2013, Dr. Young has been Medical Director for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service. He has recently been engaged by Central York Fire Service to be their Medical Director. He is Medical Director for a private Ambulance Service in Ontario and has been Medical Director for the 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015 RBC Canadian Opens of the PGA Tour.
 
Prior to entering Medical School in 1999, Dr. Young held a position in senior management at Englehart and District Hospital, during which time he oversaw the  ambulance Service for Central Timiskaming. Previously, he had been Director of Pharmacy for the Northern and Eastern Regions of Nova Scotia and at Kirkland and District Hospital. His extensive administrative experience, clinical expertise, and aptitude for fostering strong relationships has resulted in the successful Medical Directives Program for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service.
 
Reporting an Injury/Illness to the WSIB
Presented by Monica Nienhaus and Gavin Pokan, WSIB
 
Monica Nienhaus – Assistant  Director, Eligibility Branch –WSIB
Monica Nienhaus began her career at the WSIB in 2000 as a Consolidated Adjudicator and then moved into the Skills Development Branch as a Training Specialist in 2004. In 2007 she moved to a management position in the Industrial Sector of the WSIB and then joined the Eligibility Branch as a manager in 2008. She has been the Assistant Director in the Eligibility Branch since 2013. Monica brings a unique blend of skills and expertise in adjudication with a strong focus on training and human resources.
 
Gavin Pokan - Manager, Eligibility Branch –WSIB
Gavin Pokan has been with the WSIB since 1999, holding various roles throughout his career and is currently working in the Eligibility Branch. Previous roles include adjudication, project work with eServices and the New Service Delivery Model as well as leadership roles in the Account and Claims Registration areas.  Given Gavin’s work history, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on the different programs and divisions of the WSIB.    
 

Sunday, May 8

 

Risk & Resource:  Defending Our Delivery Model
Presented by Tom C. Jenkins, Fire Chief, City of Rogers, Arkansas, 1st Vice President, IAFC
Sponsored by
 
Assessing risk and deploying resources are the primary job of the fire chief.  In a cutback environment with political pressure, it is oftentimes difficult to justify, acquire, and maintain adequate resources to match the risk.  This session discusses research and best practices surrounding resource deployment, and provides fire chiefs with the political ammunition necessary to justify, shield, and intensify resource delivery.  
 
Tom Jenkins is the Fire Chief for the City of Rogers, Arkansas.  Previously, Tom served as the Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Sand Springs, Oklahoma Fire Department. He holds a Bachelors degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, Chief Jenkins is a 2006 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, and both a Chief Fire Officer and Chief Medical Officer Designee from the Commission on Professional Credentialing.  
 
Chief Jenkins serves on various boards, committees, and working groups relating to fire and emergency services, including NFPA 1710 and the UL Technical Panel on Positive Pressure Ventilation.  He is a regular speaker at conferences and functions across the United States and still works as an adjunct professor for his local community college and Oklahoma State University.  Tom is currently serving as the 1st Vice President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

 

Response to the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy - June 12, 2016
Presented by Chief Roderick S. Williams, Orlando Fire Department
Sponsored by
 
Preparation, action and post-incident response to the nation’s most deadly terrorism based active-shooter incident in our history. A high level review of the incident rolled out in various phases, including many strategic partnerships. The City of Orlando Emergency Operations Center activated to support all other agencies and entities. Post-incident activities included the immediate deployment of our Critical Incident Stress Management team for our fire personnel, anticipating the influx of dignitaries to our city, providing Fire/EMS support for local vigils and being readily available for all unplanned activities in the aftermath of the tragedy.
 
Effective April 1, 2015, as a newly appointed Fire Chief Roderick Williams oversees the day-to-day operations of the department and serve as chief counsel to the Mayor in matters of public safety. During his 21-year tenure with the Orlando Fire Department, Williams has worked in many capacities including serving as Deputy Chief for both the Fire Administrative Services Bureau.  He has also served as Assistant Chief in Administration focusing on key technology upgrades and improvements, worked in the Field Operations Bureau directly serving Orlando citizens and in the Training Division with responsibilities over recruitment, hiring process, Field Training Officer Program and various civic organization and mentoring groups in Central Fl. Chief Roderick Williams was born and raised in Orlando in the Washington Shores/Richmond Heights area.
 

Monday, May 8

Courage Inside the Fire - Darby Allen’s Story of Trust, Teamwork, and Leadership
Presented by Darby Allen, (Retired) Regional Fire Chief of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Sponsored by

A native of Birmingham, England, where he worked as a Fireman for the Hampshire Fire Brigade, Darby emigrated to Canada in 1990, beginning work as a Firefighter with the Calgary Fire Department in 1992, moving up in rank from Training Officer to Assistant Deputy Chief of Operations, before moving on to Fort McMurray Fire Service in 2009 and becoming Fire Chief in January of 2013.    Consistently calm and collected, he shot to international recognition as the lead spokesperson and the man that drove the evacuation of the entire community of Fort McMurray to safety, while the entire nation watched in horror as the fire threatened.  Throughout the ensuing days and weeks, his updates on the status of the fire in the community and its impact on the surrounding area was often the only  constant source of information for those impacted by the tragic events.  He provided calm reassurance on the status of the community and when it came time to welcome residents back, he and his team were there with open arms to bring people back in to the city.

Flawless Execution - Afterburners - Keynote Presentation
MILITARY STRATEGY & EXECUTION FOR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP
Presented by Chris “Gomez” Gomez, Executive Consultant, Afterburner, Former U.S. Navy SEAL
Sponsored by
 

The framework applied by the military to complex or stressful situations during combat teaches people to have discipline, be thoughtful and align strategically with their teams. Based on these tried-and-true principles, our founding team of elite military leaders created Flawless Execution — a business framework that equips individuals and teams with the tools they need to successfully drive accountability, establish strategic alignment and build mission-first cultures.

Chris is a decorated former Navy SEAL with twelve years in the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community serving as a medic and SEAL Instructor. During his time in the SEAL Teams, Chris was able to qualify as a Master Training Specialist, HRST Master, Diving Supervisor, Range Safety Officer, Free-fall and static line parachutist, Nationally Registered Paramedic (former), and numerous other NSW qualifications. As a SEAL Instructor, he evaluated, trained, and mentored hundreds of SEALs through a litany of high-risk training. Many of these students have gone on to do amazing things in the Global War on Terror.

Along with his SPECWAR career, Chris also served as a Navy Supply Corps Officer for nearly 9 years, growing his leadership talent further. Known as the MBAs of the Navy, he was able to gain tremendous experience as a Business Financial Manager and Government Acquisition professional.

Recently retired from Military service, Chris is excited to combine his experience from working with the best the military has to offer with his newly minted Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas to produce amazing results for your organization.

 

Tuesday, May 9

Inside the Yellow Tape – The Feb 14, 2017 Toronto Badminton and Racquet Club Fire"
Presented by Chief Matthew Pegg, Toronto Fire Services
 
Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg will provide a behind the scenes look into one of the largest-ever single-incident deployment of TFS resources.  You will learn about the operational challenges faced during this six alarm fire and the international media event that ensued.  Chief Pegg and members of the Toronto Fire Services team will explain how traditional and social media were used as partners in the incident management plan and how collaboration with emergency response partners, agencies and divisions resulted in the successful management and mitigation of this immense incident. 
 
Matt is the Fire Chief and General Manager of Toronto Fire Services and is the Past-President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.  Prior to Toronto, Matt served with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services and the Georgina Fire Department.  Matt is a past member and former co-chair of the Ontario Fire Service (Section 21) Advisory Committee to the Ontario Minister of Labour, past NFPA 1971 / 1851 Technical Committee member and past member of the CAFC National Advisory Council.
 

He is a graduate of Dalhousie University in both Leadership and Administration, Queen’s University in Labour Relations and the Schulich School of Business in Public Management. Matt is the recipient of the Heroism and Community Service Medal, Ontario Medal of Firefighter’s Bravery and the Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal and has been awarded the Chief Fire Officer Professional Designation.

Case Management Approach for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Overview
Presented by Sal Cavaricci, Director, Serious Injury Services and Madelena Araujo, Director, Work Transition Specialists Program
 
Recent amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act have introduced a presumption of work-relatedness for first responders and other designated workers diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
 
This session will provide a brief overview of the WSIB’s policy on Traumatic Mental Stress followed by an overview of the policy and case management approach relating to PTSD under the presumptive legislation. The session will also provide information on return to work considerations for workers with PTSD.
 
Sal Cavaricci is the Director of Serious Injury Services at the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) which includes the Serious Injury Program and the Traumatic Mental Stress Program. During his career at the WSIB, he has held a variety of roles including Appeals Resolution Officer and Policy Analyst. Sal holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Public Administration degrees.
 
Madelena Araujo is the Director of the Work Transition Program at the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB. During her career at the WSIB, she has held a variety of Management, Return to Work and Case Management roles. Madelena holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Psychology and Economics. 

 

How public educators can spark change and inspire movements by doing the unthinkable!  
Presented by Jay Acunzo
 
Whether you sell a product or pursue a cause, want to affect your bottom line or move the community around you, we all seem to start in the same place: with the facts and the figures. We have the data to prove our point, and we wield it to push our message. 
 
The only problem is, the audience we're trying to reach doesn't seem to listen. They're not buying. They're not budging. They're holding their ground.
 
What gives? Why aren't people changing their behavior?
 
Here's the deal: reasonable arguments don’t spark change. There is no such thing as an overnight revolution. In fact, messages that trigger widespread action don't convert everyone all at once. Sparking reform isn't about the data -- it's about emotion. 
 
You don't need more facts. You need better stories. Stories create traction. You need to do the unthinkable.
 
In this keynote session, former Google media strategist and startup marketing leader Jay Acunzo will show you how entrepreneurs inspire movements bigger than themselves. He’ll take you outside the echo chamber and show you how understaffed, under-resourced teams bridge that gap between knowing the facts and convincing others to heed them. 
 
In this fast-paced talk, you’ll learn how widespread change starts with creative, atypical attempts to attract the first few. You’ll walk away ready to stop playing IN your community and start SHAPING it -- not through dry research or parent-like warnings, but through truly creative marketing that resonates deeply with others. 
 
So ask yourself: Are you ready to do the unthinkable?
 
Jay Acunzo is obsessed with helping craft-driven creators and is a highly sought keynote speaker. 


So what's this "craft-driven creator" obsession? That means Jay spends all his time helping marketers, entrepreneurs, writers, designers, podcasters, videographers -- you name it -- who want to build meaningful careers based on their love of creativity rather than all the shortcut culture out there. 

Jay launched his career as a reporter for The Hartford Courant and PR writer for ESPN before landing a job with Google as a digital media strategist. He went on to lead content creation and marketing strategies for brands like Breaktime Media (fka Dailybreak) and HubSpot. Today, Jay helps early-stage startups gain initial traction at NextView Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm based in Boston and NYC. When he’s not helping one of the firm's 50+ tech companies, he’s hosting two award-winning podcasts and traveling the world inspiring others to create marketing that doesn't suck.

Update from the OPFFA
Presented by Rob Hyndman, President, Ontario Professional Firefighters Association
 
The purpose of the session is to provide a brief overview of the activities of the Ontario Professional Firefighters Association as well as identifying collaborative opportunities and challenges for the participants in their own respective organizations. 
 
Rob is the president of the Ontario Professional Firefighters Association, representing over 11,000 career firefighters in the province.  He is a 17 year acting captain with the Greater Sudbury Fire Service and was formerly in charge of its Local until 2016 where he made the transition to provincial president, a scenario the OPFFA had not seen in over 43 years.  Rob is an IAFF advocate representing locals in Interest Arbitration and in 2015 graduated from Harvard Law School’s Labour and Worklife program.  Rob has recently travelled to California to present on Organizational Strategic Planning and will be in Vancouver at the Redmond Symposium this summer speaking on EMS and increasing capacity in municipal fire services.
 
Commercial Building Project

Presented by Nina Nasiri, P. Eng.; Fuels Safety Engineer, TSSA

This brief presentation will summarize the commercial building program and explain why it all began, what the next steps are and how we can collaborate.
 
Nina Nasiri is the Program Manager for the Commercial Buildings Program and an Engineer working in the Fuels Safety Program for the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). With over 5 years in the fuels industry, Nina has extensive knowledge and experience with provincial safety regulations and codes for fuel oil, Natural gas, digester, landfill and biogas.
 
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management
 
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.
 

Wednesday, May 10

 
Career Survival Training
Presented by Eric Rosoff, Executive Manager and Brian Cummings, Senior Trainer/Consultant, Career Survival Group
 
Terminating a firefighter’s employment and/or claims of harassment/discrimination are known to have a devastating impact on the involved employees and negatively impact morale. Additionally, terminations and lawsuits cost agencies millions of dollars annually.
 
With this in mind, it is essential that fire service professionals at all levels acknowledge today’s firefighter is much more likely to be fired than killed in the line of duty and most lawsuits filed against an agency come from within the agency! Many of these terminations and litigations can be avoided if we provide meaningful training specifically designed for today’s fire services.
 
Aims
Career Survival Training is designed to help establish a culture of “administrative accountability” that is on a par with the existing culture of “operational accountability” so prevalent in fire services.
 
Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students will:
 
  • Have a clear understanding of the common behaviors that are costing firefighters their jobs and resulting in costly claims of discrimination/harassment.
  • Understand how their passion and skill for operational preparation and readiness must also apply to their application of administrative responsibilities.
Eric Rosoff is a 31 year law enforcement professional. His career included several operational assignments including gangs and special enforcement. Eric accepted an administrative assignment as a Professional Standards Bureau Commander and received his basic and advanced POST certificates in Internal Affairs. Eric is an expert in personnel investigations and work place environment issues. He is sharing his experiences with Fire Service agencies through training and consultation as the Executive Manager of the Career Survival Group. Eric is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Sherman Block Supervisor Leadership Institute.
 

Brian Cummings has recently retired after 34 years of experience in the operational and administrative aspects of an All-Risk Life Safety Response Agency. He joined the Los Angeles Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT in 1980 and his work assignments included Paramedic , Urban Search & Rescue, and Hazardous Materials. In 2011, Brian was selected as the 17th Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He remains committed to Public Safety and Service Delivery in his role as a member of the Campus Safety Group.

Simultaneous Notification Update
Tim Beckett, Fire Chief, City of Mississauga
 
This presentation will provide a brief history, current state and future direction for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Simultaneous Notification program with the Ontario Fire Services.
 
Tim Beckett is the Fire Chief/ Director of Emergency Management for the City of Mississauga where he manages the overall strategic, financial and day to day operations of the fire service and emergency management. In total, Tim has 31 years of fire service experience, and has served as Fire Chief in City of Kitchener and town of Whitchurch-Stouffville prior to coming to Mississauga. Tim is a past President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (2010-2012), and served on the board of directors for 10 years in many capacities.  
 
Fire Services Data Gathering and Records Management - Developing a Framework for Standards
Jesse Oshell, Assistant Deputy Fire Chief, Greater Sudbury Fire Services
 
This round table discussion will create an opportunity to focus on the challenges Fire Departments across Ontario encounter when gathering and managing data. Although reporting to the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office is mandatory and some standard reporting exists, Fire Services across the province need to be nimble and diverse in their records management and data gathering. Developing a standard for data management, key performance indicators, and risk assessment will allow a more collaborative work environment with peers across the province when sharing information or resources as well as managing internal data at a higher level.
 
Discussions will encompass the needs in Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention, Asset Management, and Daily Logging. Incorporating Mobile Data Terminals, the Computer Aided Dispatch system (CAD), and the Records Management System (RMS) into a solution for standardizing data gathering that goes beyond OFM requirements.
 
RMS products like Firehouse or Crisys are utilized by many departments and can be customized to meet the demands of each individual Fire Service but should the Ontario departments develop a framework for standards, key performance indicators, and data gathering points these pieces of information can be incorporated into a RMS no matter which product a department currently has in place or chooses to utilize in the future. Showcasing Firehouse RMS from Sudbury and St Catharine's, examples and discussion points will be brought forward.
 
The OAFC Urban round table will allow senior administration an opportunity to hold a discussion on best practices for RMS requirements leading to a framework for data standards that Fire Departments across the province may follow moving forward. Better data, better departments!
 
Jesse Oshell joined Greater Sudbury Fire Services in 2011 as a Volunteer Firefighter and was promoted to full time in 2015 as Assistant Deputy Chief with a direction to manage data using technology in the department. Prior to becoming a full time member of the Fire Service, Jesse had over 20 years of experience as a senior technical leader within the public school board and private industry in Greater Sudbury.


As part of Fire Services, Jesse has assisted in the completion of the P25 digital radio system across 3200 square KM, implemented a new records management system, and currently is working towards an installation of mobile technology in the fleet. Fire Services data analysis and gathering is a core function of his role as Assistant Deputy.

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Commercial Building Project

Presented by Nina Nasiri, P. Eng.; Fuels Safety Engineer, TSSA

OAFC 2017 Trade Show - May 7 & 8, 2017

If you are an EXHIBITOR, please visit the OAFC 2017 Trade Show EXHIBITOR section
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Trade Show has proven year-after-year that it is the must-attend exhibition for the fire service in Canada. You can find everything you need within the 250 booths and fire vehicles being showcased in over 160,000 square feet of dedicated trade show 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 7th from 10:00am until 4:00pm and Monday, May 8th 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 2017!
 

OAFC 2017 Trade Show Floor Plan & List of 2017 Exhibitors

Click the image below to open and view the interactive floor plan and explore our 2017 exhibitors.

 

 

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OAFC 2017 - Venue Information - The 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
 

Guests 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.

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OAFC 2017 Evening Functions

Throughout OAFC 2017 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. Ladders Up will once again 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 Reception
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - Crowne Plaza Hotel - Lower Ballroom
Cost: Complimentary 
 
Sponsored by:

         

     

Ladders Up for the Foundation is a charitable event held annually to raise funds for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF). The event takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday, May 6 at 7pm and features live music, great food, prize draws and immeasurable networking opportunities. In the months leading up to this event, companies and organizations donate goods and/or services which are then sold to fire departments and/or individuals with profits from the sale going directly to the CFFF.
 
Funds raised from the sale of this donated equipment/services specifically supports the CFFF’s education fund which honours firefighters who have been fatally injured in the line of duty by helping the families they left behind manage education costs. Every dollar raised from the Ladders Up event goes towards the CFFF’s education fund.  Since the inception of Ladders Up in 2012, more than $134,735.00 has been raised!
 
For more information on Ladders Up, visit www.firefightingincanada.com/laddersup/

  
 
Memorial Service & Reception  
Sponsored by
 
 
Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 7pm to 10pm
Cost: Complimentary
 

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 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 revered, and well attended event of the year.

A reception will follow the service, hosted by Scott Safety where guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments. The attire is full dress uniform or business dress.

 

  

Awards Dinner & Reception - NEW NIGHT!
Monday, May 8, 2017 - Reception at 6pm, Dinner at 7pm
Cost: Included in Option 1 & 2.  Additional tickets can be purchased for $75 each
Reception
Sponsored by
Awards Dinner Sponsored by
This year we will celebrate the 65th 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 refreshments.
 
The evening then continues to the ballroom for dinner compliments of our Awards Dinner sponsor, A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.   The attire is 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.
 
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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
$145.00
$145.00
$165.00
$185.00
Suites
$179.00
$179.00
$199.00
$219.00
Group Reservation Code: Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
NOTE: The room block expired April 7, 2017
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 2017 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 2017.


The OAFC has been made aware of unauthorized hotel reservation service providers contacting a number of companies exhibiting at OAFC 2017, 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 2017.

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 2017, 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.
 

Other Accommodations

Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East

At the Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Hotel they strive to ensure that a hotel is more than simply a place to sleep while you are travelling. Their mission is to provide you with a home away from home, where no detail is too small when it comes to your comfort and enjoyment. Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Hotel is pleased to offer a wide variety of services and amenities in each guestroom. All guests enjoy complimentary high speed Internet access, bright and spacious guestrooms offering a sizeable in-room work area to ensure a more productive stay.  In addition, guests will receive at 10% discount in Perkins Restaurant.
 
600 Dixon Rd, Toronto, Ontario  M9W1J1
King Rooms:  Single/Double Occupancy - $129.99 per night
 
Reservations:  To reserve, please contact 1-800-491-4656 and reference Group Code FIR or 99801505 or you can book online at https://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=hi&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=YYZ
 
 

Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport

Boasting 216 generously appointed suites as well as on-site dining, a fitness centre and complimentary Wi-Fi access, the Radisson Suite Toronto Airport has all the hotel services you need to enjoy a stress-free stay.

640 Dixon Rd, Toronto, Ontario M9W 1J1
King Suite: $149.00
Superior Suite with 2 queen beds: $169.00
Business Class King: $195.00
 
Reservations:  Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel room reservations by calling 416-242-7400 or 1-800-
333-3333 and reference the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.
 
The “cut-off date” for accepting reservations into this room block is April 5, 2017. Reservations requests received after 5:00 p.m. local time at the Hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.
 
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Event Shuttle and Transportation

OAFC 2017 offers a daily shuttle that operates between the Crowne Plaza and the North Building at the Toronto Congress Centre. 
 

2017 Draft Shuttle Schedule

Date First Shuttle* Last Shuttle*
Saturday, May 6, 2017 6:30am 5:30pm
Sunday, May 7, 2017 6:30am 10:30pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 6:30am 10:30pm
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 6:30am 5:30pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 6:30am 12:30pm
*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.
 
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OAFC 2017 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 2017

 
Association Sponsor
 
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Keynote Speaker Sponsor
Awards Dinner Sponsor
 
Conference Prize Sponsor
Municipal Officials
 
Mobile App Sponsor
 
Memorial Reception Sponsor
 
Awards Reception Sponsor
 
Registration Booth Sponsor
President's VIP Reception Sponsor
 
Conference Notebook Sponsor
Delegate Bag Sponsor
 
 
Lanyard Sponsor
 
Lunch Sponsor
 
Phone Charging Station
Sponsor
 
Fire Truck Entrance Sponsor
 
Memorial Program Sponsor
 
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Municipal Officials Seminar

Sponsored by
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.
 
  
 
 
 

2017 MUNICIPAL POLITICIANS DRAFT AGENDA

Saturday May 6, 2017
6:30 to 5:00 Registration Foyer
7:00 Hot Breakfast   Ballroom A
8:00
How the Fire Service Impacts your Community
Jim Jessop, Deputy Chief, Toronto Fire Services, Former Ontario Fire Marshal
McKennit 5/6
8:45
Fire Service Governance, Policy versus Operations
Rob Browning, Past President, OAFC (03-05), Consultant
McKennit 5/6
10:00 
Coffee Break
McKennit Foyer
10:15
Managing Municipal Liability in the Fire Service
Julia Nanos, Hicks Morley
McKennit 5/6
11:15
The ABC’s of the Incident Management System in the Emergency Operations Centre
Hosted by CriSys Limited
McKennit 5/6
12:30 to 5:00
Lunch and Hands-On Fire TrainingGTAA Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute - Sponsored by CriSys Limited
7:00pm to 11:00pm
Ladders Up Reception with Entertainment on Behalf of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Sponsored by:
         
 
Crowne Plaza, Algonquin Ballroom, Lower Level
Sunday May 7
6:30 to 5:00 Registration Foyer
7:00 Hot Breakfast   Ballroom B
8:00
Defending Our Delivery Model 
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Presented by Chief Thomas Jenkins, City of Rogers, Arkansas and 1st Vice President, International Association of Fire Chiefs Ballroom A
9:00
Pulse Nightclub Shooting 
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Chief Roderick Williams, City of Orlando Fire Department
10:00 to 4:00 OAFC Trade Show and Lunch Hall I&J
7:00 to 10:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Ballroom C
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.
 

Speaker and Presentation Overviews

 
Fire Service Governance, Policy versus Operations
Presented by Rob Browning, Past President, OAFC (03-05), Consultant
 
Participate in a lively discussion about the role of Council in fire service governance. The conversation will be as far-reaching as the group wants to take it. What policies must your municipality have in place? What might Council like to consider? Should Councillors meet directly with firefighters? You will leave this session with a clear understanding of your role in fire service governance.
 
Rob is a seasoned senior leader with almost 40 years of public service in provincial and municipal governments. He started as a fire fighter and worked his way through the ranks to Fire Chief, General Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. With over 20 years in executive level positions, Rob brings a breath of knowledge and experience to this presentation. Committed to ethical and contemporary leadership, Rob has been successful in building motivated staff teams and respectful relationships with elected councils. Rob has grown as a leader through formal training and a variety of experiences in different types and sizes of organizations. Away from work, Rob serves on the Board of Directors for the Oshawa Senior Citizen Centres and enjoys outdoor activities. 
 
How the Fire Service Impacts Your Community
Presented by Deputy Chief Jim Jessop, Toronto Fire Services, Former Ontario Fire Marshal
 
This presentation will provide an overview of how the responsibilities and qualifications of fire service managers have been significantly expanded with recent regulatory and legislative changes. Furthermore, the expectations of how municipalities execute their duties, powers and responsibilities under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act  has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent Coroner’s Inquests, Fire Safety Commission decisions and torts.
 
Jim currently serves as a Director/Deputy Chief with Toronto Fire Services; the fourth largest fire service in North America.
 
He has previously served as the Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management. Prior to that, he was the Ontario Deputy Fire Marshal. Jim has also been a Deputy Fire Chief in the Cities of Niagara Falls and London; roles in which he championed the retroactive installation of sprinklers in care occupancies, enforcement of the Ontario Fire Code and data driven public education strategies. 
 
Jim holds multiple degrees including a Masters of Business Administration from Brock University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He is currently representing the City of Toronto at the Provincial Fire Technical Table.
 
Managing Municipal Liability in the Fire Service
Presented by Julia Nanos, Hicks Morley
 
In this presentation, we will review key liability issues within the fire service with a view to providing attendees with the practical tips and advice they need to manage risk within their municipality’s fire department.
 

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 ABC’s of the Incident Management System in the Emergency Operations Centre
Presented by CriSys
 
This session will detail how an emergency response can escalate into a full disaster response that requires your involvement! You will be given hands-on experience in handling a 9-1-1 call, sending fire trucks to the scene, escalating the initial incident into a major incident, and then escalating the major incident into a disaster response that requires the involvement of the municipal control group. You’ll see how important decisions are made, tracked, how necessary resources are found, ordered and used (including how costs are tracked and managed) and how the Incident Management System (IMS) is implemented in the emergency operations centre.
 

Registration

The Municipal Officials Seminar rate is $350.00 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 $145.00 per room, plus taxes.
 
In order to receive this discounted rate you must book your hotel room directly with the hotel no later than April 3, 2017. Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 10 minutes between the hotel and the conference facilities.
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2017 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 

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 Monday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 9, 2017 and includes the following:
 
  • Customized sessions and a selection of presentations offered in the general session.
  • Trade Show access on Monday, May 8
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Access to the Memorial Service and Reception on Sunday evening
  • Opportunity to attend the Awards Dinner & Reception (ticket is not included but can be purchased for $75)

2017 DRAFT PUBLIC EDUCATORS SEMINAR AGENDA

Sunday, May 7
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Memorial Service & Reception
Ballroom C & Foyer
Monday, May 8
6:30 - 5:00
Registration Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast Ballroom A
8:00
Courage Inside the Fire - Darby Allen’s Story of Trust, Teamwork, and Leadership
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Darby Allen, (Retired) Regional Fire Chief of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Ballroom A
9:00
Flawless Execution Presented by Afterburners
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Ballroom A
10:00
Coffee Break
Anka Foyer
10:30
OFLSE Update & Elections OFLSE McKennit 9/10
11:30
Lunch  McKennit 9/10
12:30
Fundementals of Grant Writing and "Making the Ask" to Corporate Businesses  
Suzanne Syzdek, New York State Fire Chiefs
McKennit 9/10
2:00
Coffee Break
Anka Foyer
2:15
Social Media Fitness
Chris Vollum, CMV Social Media Inc
McKennit 9/10
6pm
Awards Reception Sponsored by Safedesign Globe
 
Tickets are additional 
Foyer
7pm
Awards Dinner Sponsored by AJ Stone Co. Ltd.
 
Tickets are additional 
Ballroom C
Tuesday, May 9
6:30
Registration Foyer
7:00
Breakfast Ballroom A
8:00
Coping Strategies for Managing Workloads and Expectations John Atkinson, Peak Proformance Systems Ltd. McKennit 9/10
10:30
Coffee Break
Anka Foyer
10:45
High-Impact Presentations Donna Forgy, ProSkills McKennit 9/10
12:45
Lunch Ballroom A
1:30
Leadership from Below Donna Forgy, ProSkills McKennit 9/10
3:15
Coffee Break
Foyer
3:30

Content is King: How to Build Effective Strategies and Messaging to Get Attention and Influence Behaviour

Andrew Simon
Chief Creative Officer, 
Edelman 

McKennit 9/10

 

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

 
Fundamentals of Grant Writing and "Making the Ask"
Presented by Suzanne Syzdek, Grants Administrator/Grantwriter, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.
 
You’ve got a great idea for a fire prevention program but no money in your department to make it a reality. Or somebody heard that there is “loads of grant money out there” and you were told to find some for your department. Or maybe your chief handed you information about a funding opportunity and told you to make sure the proposal gets submitted. Sound familiar? This presentation will cover the basics of finding appropriate grant opportunities and the steps involved in preparing a competitive funding application. It will review the main components of a traditional grant proposal and discuss the best practices for developing a project budget. The presentation will include the written and unwritten rules of grantwriting and some real life tips to make your grant preparation experiences more effective.
 
In addition, the presentation will explore some of the non-grant sources for funds and donations that can help your program idea become a reality. It will also cover the basic guidelines for “making the ask” for funding and resource assistance.
 
Suzanne Syzdek is the Grants Administrator and Grantwriter for the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. She has been writing grants that focus on fire prevention and safety, firefighter education and training, public health, injury prevention, and community development topics for more than 23 years. To date, she has written successful grant proposals totaling more than $5.5 million for projects of all sizes and scopes. Suzanne has also participated on numerous grant review panels and is highly experienced in all aspects of grant management. She currently operates her own grant writing and consulting business.
 
Suzanne has worked in various settings during her career including local, county, and state government, higher education, and community based not-for-profits. She has been involved with fire safety and fire prevention programs since 1999 and began writing grants for the NYSAFC in 2004.
 
 
Suzanne has a Bachelor of Science in Cell & Developmental Biology from the University of Rochester, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Rochester, and Master of Public Health degree from the University at Albany. Sue lives in upstate New York with her husband, teenage sons, two dogs and four cats. She is a very active volunteer in her community and is a Foster Mom for a local dog rescue.
 
 

Social Media Fitness
Presented by Chris Vollum, CMV Social Media Inc
 
For many, Social Media is a foreign world. Social Media Fitness inspires participants to understand the depth to which social apps and platforms are shaping the world, how youth are being evaluated with their online content and how we can engage with them at a level that creates interest and meaning.
 
Participants will develop clarity, confidence and new skills to support themselves, their students and others in the world of Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and more! Through understanding the social platforms most used by youth today, you will walk away equipped with how, where and why to engage them with your specific and relevant message.
 
An Oakville-based parent, Chris Vollum is a widely recognized educator on numerous social platforms including Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and Periscope. Ten years and half-a-million participants later, Chris believes that inspiring an individual's social media experience with hope, positivity and self-awareness consistently trumps fearbased teaching. A successful social media journey begins with understanding your audience, actively listening to their goals and interests, and adding value to them first.
 
Content is King: How to Build Effective Strategies and Messaging to Get Attention and Influence Behaviour
Presented by Andrew Simon, Chief Creative Officer, Edelman 
 
On average, there are 300 hours of new videos uploaded to YouTube every minute. With this incredible volume of content, the challenge is how to stand out from the pack and get noticed. By sharing his tips and tricks from 20 years in the communications industry along with examples of successful, cost effective campaigns that were able to break free from the clutter, this session promises to be both informative and entertaining.  
 
Andrew is one of the most celebrated Creative Directors in Canada. He began his career in the US at two of the world’s biggest advertising agencies, JWT New York and Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles. In 2001, he moved to Toronto to join DDB, eventually rising to the role of Executive Creative Director. In his nine years at the agency, DDB was named Agency of the Year an unprecedented five times and Canada’s most creative agency six times. Andrew joined Edelman in September 2015 as ECD and was promoted to CCO in 2016. Acknowledged as an industry leader, he’s been featured on CBC’s The National, the Age of Persuasion, Metro Morning, Q, Global TV’s National News, and has been profiled by both the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star. He sits on the board of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada and has been a featured speaker at numerous Canadian Marketing Association conferences. 
 
Effective Presentations
Presented by Donna M. Forgy, Proskills Inc,
 
This workshop will give you the tools to create a clear, concise, convincing, colorful and motivating presentation. No matter how big or small your audience, we can help you to communicate facts and ideas with polish and authority.  We will also be discussing tips on how to get an audience engaged as well as how to handle those difficult Q&A sessions.
 
Leadership from Below
Presented by Donna M. Forgy, Proskills Inc,
 
The person who has the most influence on a given situation at a given time is what a real leader shows.  Winning organizations need to embody more than efficient practices.  Although these are extremely important it is not enough.  The best organizations create an enthusiastic environment, have a clear vision, encourage creativity, communicate with impact, set goals, and empower their employees.  We call this LeadershipIn this workshop we will be discussing several management techniques that are tired and true from several of the “experts in the field”. 
 
A seasoned training professional with over 30 years of experience in leadership and management training, Donna is founder and owner of ProSkills, Inc. ProSkills specializes in designing and facilitating customized professional development programs for corporations and associations in a variety of industries. Her areas of expertise are in leadership and team development, sales and customer service training, presentation skills and health & fitness workshops.
 
Prior to founding ProSkills, Donna was a full-time trainer for Dale Carnegie.  She is certified to teach the Dale Carnegie Class, the High Impact Presentation skills class and many one day customized workshops.  Representative organizations for which Donna has worked include Nestle, Edward Jones, A.G. Edwards, John Hancock, Barry Wehmiller, Pepsi, Anheuser Busch, Missouri Baptist Hospital, Rockwood School District, and U.S. Bank. Donna is also a certified personal fitness trainer and conducts many workshops on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
 
Before joining Dale Carnegie, Donna spent six years at Spectrum Healthcare where her primary focus was training in functional areas of information technology as well as customer service, sales and presentation skills.  She was responsible for training at all of Spectrum’s remote sites throughout the U.S.
 
Prior to her experience at Spectrum, Donna worked as a training manager at A.G Edwards and Forsythe Computers.  She was responsible for overseeing a team of trainers as well as for the development and implementation of curriculum. 
 
Donna’s first job was in education as a teacher at Ladue High School in St. Louis.
 
A native St. Louisan, Donna has a bachelor’s degree in Business and Education from Missouri State University.
 

Registration

The rate for the Public & Life Safety Educators Seminar is $320.00 plus HST.  REGISTER FOR THE PUBLIC EDUCATORS 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 $145.00 per room, plus taxes.
 
In order to receive this discounted rate you must book your hotel room directly with the hotel no later than April 3, 2017. Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 10 minutes between the hotel and the conference facilities.

 

Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2017 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!

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 7 to Tuesday, May 9 and includes the following
 
  • Customized sessions and a selection of presentations offered in the general session.
  • Trade Show access with lunch on Sunday, May 7.
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Access to the Memorial Service and Reception on Sunday evening
  • Includes a ticket to the Awards Dinner & Reception on Monday, May 8

2017 DRAFT TRAINING OFFICERS SEMINAR AGENDA

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast 
Ballroom B
8:00
Training for Failure Understanding why the way first responders are trained must Change
Dr. Richard Gasaway
McKennit 7/8
10:00
Coffee Break
P. Anka Foyer
10:20
Training for Failure Understanding why the way first responders are trained must Change
Dr. Richard Gasaway
McKennit 7/8
12:30
Lunch
 
P. Anka Foyer
1:30
How Quickly a Firefighter Can Die:  Lessons Learned from the Asheville LODD Captain Jeff Bowen
Dr. Richard Gasaway
McKennit 7/8
3:30
Coffee Break
P. Anka Foyer
3:50
How Quickly a Firefighter Can Die:  Lessons Learned from the Asheville LODD Captain Jeff Bowen
Dr. Richard Gasaway
McKennit 7/8
7:00 to 10:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Ballroom C & Foyer
Monday, May 8, 2017
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast  
Ballroom B
8:00
Improving and Evaluating Effectiveness of your Training Program
Brian P. Kazmierzak - Kaz Fire
McKennit 7/8
10:00
Coffee Break
P. Anka Foyer
10:20
Improving and Evaluating Effectiveness of your Training Program - Dealing with the 21st century Gen "Y" Learner
Brian P. Kazmierzak - Kaz Fire
McKennit 7/8
12:30 to 5:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
Hall H - I - J
6:00
Awards Reception Sponsored by Safedesign Globe
 
Ballroom C
7:00
Awards Dinner Sponsored by AJ Stone Co. Ltd.
 
Ballroom C
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
Foyer
7:00
Hot Breakfast  
Ballroom A
8:00
The Three C’s of Fire Operations - Coordination – Communication – Control
Presented by Sean DeCrane, Lead Regulatory Engineer, Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
McKennit 7/8
10:30
Coffee Break
Foyer
10:50
The Three C’s of Fire Operations - Coordination – Communication – Control
Presented by Sean DeCrane, Lead Regulatory Engineer, Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
McKennit 7/8
12:45
Lunch 
Ballroom A
1:30
OAFTO Business Meeting 
 
McKennit 7/8
3:15
Coffee Break
Foyer
3:35
OAFTO Business Meeting 
 
McKennit 7/8

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

 
Dr. Richard B. Gasaway entered the fire service in 1979 and has served as firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and fire chief in 6 fire and EMS agencies in West Virginia, Ohio and Minnesota. After completing his 30-year fire service career, Chief Gasaway founded Situational Awareness Matters! a consulting and teaching organization dedicated to improving how individuals, teams and organizations make decisions in stressful environments.
 
Chief Gasaway earned a doctor of philosophy degree while researching how individuals and teams use situational awareness to improve high- risk decision making. His research is rooted in cognitive neuroscience and human factor analysis.
 
Dr. Gasaway is a resident faculty member in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and has been a long-standing instructor for the Executive Development Program at the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is a Credentialed Chief Fire Officer through the Commission for Public Safety Excellence.
 
A prolific speaker and author, Dr. Gasaway has contributed to more than 450 books, book chapters and journal articles on topics related to leadership, safety, situational awareness and decision making. His best selling books, Situational Awareness Volumes 1, 2 and 3, Fireground Command Decision Making and Situational Awareness for Emergency Response (Fire Engineering Books & Videos) serve as essential guides for both developing and experienced company officers and Situational Awareness Matters!incident commanders. His high-energy, humor filled presentations are a favorite with emergency service providers and have earned him over 2,200 program and keynote address invitations throughout the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Australia.
 
In 2014 Dr. Gasaway earned the National Speaker’s Association’s highest honor, Certified Speaking Professional. In 2016, he received the Next Level award from the National Speaker’s Association Minnesota Chapter for the exceptional growth his speaking business has achieved.
 
Dr. Gasaway has been the recipient of several prestigious honors including the American Heart Association’s Phoenix Award, the C. B. Shingleton Academic Scholarship, the William J. Litzinger Outstanding Instructor Award, and the British Fire Journal – W.L. Gore Research Excellence Award.
 
Chief Gasaway hosts the SAMatters Radio podcast show (available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. The show features close call survivor stories and shares lessons on how to improve situational awareness and high risk decision making. The show has been downloaded over 100,000 times making it one of the most popular fire service safety-oriened podcast shows on the Internet.
 
Improving and Evaluating Effectiveness of your Training Program - Dealing with the 21st century Gen "Y" Learner
Presented by Brian P. Kazmierzak
 
How do you evaluate and improve the effectiveness of your training program?  This session will look at evaluating the effectiveness of your training program, and will also look at some of the common pitfalls of most fire department training programs. 
 
We will look at the role of the training officer and the training division, in addition to the company officer and chief officers roles in the program
 
  • Evaluate the Effectiveness of Your Current Training Program
  • Improve the Effectiveness of Your Training Program with Tools you can take back and implement tomorrow
  • Look at new ideas in training and dealing with the 21st century Generation "Y" learner
 
Brian P. Kazmierzak, EFO, CTO, has been a member of the fire service since 1991. Brian is currently employed by the Penn Twp. Fire Dept. in Mishawaka, IN as Battalion Chief on C-Shift and also the Chief of Training. He was a founding member of the MABAS Division 201 Tactical Rescue Team and currently serves as a Team Leader, MABAS 201 TRT provides technical rescue response using a coordinated system of six fire departments serving a nine county area in Indiana and Michigan. Brian has an associate’s degree in Emergency Services Administration from Indiana University, an associate’s degree in Fire Science from Ivy Tech State College and a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration from Southern Illinois University. In addition, Brian completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in 2006, is a CPSE credentialed Chief Training Officer.

He serves Director of Operations for www.firefighterclosecalls.com where he runs the day to day operations of the leading fire service safety and training website along with publishing THE SECRET LIST and recently launched the website www.ModernFireBehavior.com with Firefighter Close Calls and the UL FSRI. Brian was the recipient of the 2006 F.O.O.L.S. International Dana Hannon Instructor of the Year Award, the 2008 Indiana Fire Chiefs Training Officer of the Year Award Recipient and the 2011 Fire Engineering / ISFSI George D. Post International Fire Service Instructor of the Year Award at FDIC. Brian was in the original Blue Card Hazard Zone Management Instructor Course (www.bluecardcommand.com) and served as Blue Card Instructor and program contributor for Version 2 of the online program. He is a member of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Indiana Fire Instructors Association, Michiana FOOLS and has served as a Peer Assessor and Team Leader for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Brian is also a partner in the website www.TheTrainingOfficer.com as well as running his own company – KAZ-FIRE – Consulting, Simulation and Training. Brian is also a board member of the ISFSI serving as a Director at Large and serves on the UL FSRI PPV Research Study Panel.
 
The Three C’s of Fire Operations - Coordination – Communication – Control
Presented by Sean DeCrane, Lead Regulatory Engineer, Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
 

There have been many changes in the fire service over the last twenty to thirty years. We have seen changes in equipment, personal protective gear, tools and of course the fire environment. These changes have required the fire service to adapt, to change or modify our approaches to battling fires.

The modern fire environment has continued to evolve over time. We have changed our tactics to address the size of today’s fires and how they produce large amounts of smoke. We have implemented rapid ventilation tactics to permit engine companies to enter structures. We ventilate to create a more tenable atmosphere for occupants. We have made things safer and better on the fire ground. Or have we?

Even with the improvement of personnel protective gear, awareness of the importance of training and improvement in tools the number of fire fighters who die from traumatic injury on the fire ground has increased, almost doubled from 1.8 in 100,000 structure fires in the 1970’s to over 3 today. If we are changing our tactics to improve safety on the fire ground why are we not seeing results?

Let’s us take a page from our EMS responses, if we provide interventions that should improve our patient’s condition and we are not seeing a positive improvement where do we turn? To our ABC’s of course or our Basics. The fireground is not different in this respect. But when it comes to fire ground operations what are our Basics? The three C’s of course: Communication, Coordination and Control.

Fire Suppression companies efforts must communicate and coordinate efforts on the fire ground. Communicate when to initiate water application when to perform ventilation and when to cool the environment from the safest location possible. It is also vital to understand how we can control fire growth by controlling airflow by using doors and windows or more correctly by not using the doors and windows.

These are not new concepts, in fact, if we go back in time to fire manuals from the 50’s and 60’s they discuss the concepts of coordinating ventilation and cooling the fire environment from the safest location possible.

This proposed presentation will use research and actual fire scene scenarios to explain the importance of utilizing the Three C’s on the fire ground and how to incorporate the Four W’s of Ventilation. We will also explain how one Urban City Division has implemented changes in tactics by utilizing continuous training efforts and officer training courses to implement modifications to Department Standard Operating Procedures.

Sean DeCrane is a retired Battalion Chief with 25+ year years of service with the Cleveland Division of Fire. He rose through the ranks retiring as a Battalion Chief. He has served as the Director of Training and Acting Chief of Operations. Sean currently has joined Underwriters’ Laboratories as a Lead Regulatory Engineer.
 
Sean has been very involved in the research at Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He served on the UL Fire Council for nine years, is a member of the UL Fire Fighter Safety Research Institute’s Advisory Board and is currently on a number of technical panels for research and standards.
 
Chief DeCrane has also represented the International Association of Fire Fighters in the International Code Council process and has served on the 2009, 2012, 2105 and 2018 Fire Code Developing Committee and as Chair for 2015 and 2018. Sean served on the NFPA 1 Technical Advisory Panel, NFPA Research Foundation on Tall Wood Buildings and was recently appointed as the IAFF alternate to the NFPA Fire Behavior Research Technical Committee.
 
Sean was recently awarded the 2015 UL Council Member’s Achievement Award, 2014 Fire Equipment Manufacturer’s Fire Safety Advocate of the Year Award, the 2013 International Association of Fire Chiefs Life Safety Award and the 2012 ICC-IAFC Life Safety Advocate Award. Sean recently was the keynote speaker for the 2015 Fire Department Instructor’s Conference.
 

Registration

The rate for the Training Officers Seminar is $725.00 for members and $800.00 for non-members.  REGISTER FOR THE TRAINING OFFICERS 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 $145.00 per room, plus taxes.
 
In order to receive this discounted rate you must book your hotel room directly with the hotel no later than April 3, 2017. Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 10 minutes between the hotel and the conference facilities.

 

Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2017 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!


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 8, 2017.   In addition, access to the OAFC Trade Show – the largest fire service trade show in Canada on Sunday May 7 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 2017 forum includes:
 
  • A customized agenda and access to the general session keynote speakers on Monday.
  • Access to the OAFC Trade Show on Sunday.
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on Monday.
  • Invitation to the annual Memorial Service and Reception on Sunday, May 7
  • Opportunity to attend the Annual Awards Dinner and Reception on Monday, May 8
 

2017 DRAFT COMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC FORUM AGENDA

Sunday, May 7
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 
Ballroom C & Foyer
Monday, May 8
6:30 to 5:00 Registration Foyer
7:00 Hot Breakfast  Ballroom B
8:00
Courage Inside the Fire - Darby Allen’s Story of Trust, Teamwork, and Leadership
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Darby Allen, (Retired) Regional Fire Chief of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Ballroom A
9:00
Flawless Execution Presented by Afterburners
Sponsored by CASA & UA Local 853 Sprinkler Fitters Ontario
Ballroom A
10:00
Coffee Break 
Anka Foyer
10:15 NFPA 1061 Certification Update, Learning Network Pilot Project Update    McKennitt 5/6
11:00 Trade Show  
12:00 OAFC & Ontario Fire Communicators Association Meeting and Elections  
12:30 Lunch Ballroom B
1:30 - 2:30 Social Media in the Communication Centre Karen Gordon, Gordon Strategy McKennitt 5/6
2:30 Coffee Break Anka Foyer
3:00 Social Media in the Communication Centre Karen Gordon, Gordon Strategy McKennitt 5/6
6:00
Awards Reception Sponsored by Safedesign Globe
 
Tickets are additional 
Ballroom C
7:00
Awards Dinner Sponsored by AJ Stone Co. Ltd.
Ballroom C

Speakers & Presentations Overviews

 
Social Media in the Communication Centre
Presented by Karen Gordon, Gordon Strategy
 
Karen Gordon is a communications strategist with over two decades’ experience answering the bell for leading law firms and their corporate clients, employers of all stripes, emergency services organizations and sports leagues and clubs. She provides deep, strategically targeted expertise in practice areas encompassing corporate litigation, employment and labour relations, and crisis and incident management. Widely recognized for her communications knowledge, she appears regularly on radio and television as an expert commentator.
 
Since founding Gordon Strategy in 2002 (then Squeaky Wheel Communications), Karen has developed an extensive body of work punctuated by numerous high-stakes, high-profile, strategically complex engagements. She has advised clients on case-specific legal communications, corporate communications, media relations and crisis management. Prior to Gordon Strategy, Karen cut her teeth in communications working in politics, business and government.
 
Karen has a strong record of volunteer work. She is on the board of the Regent Park Community Health Centre and is a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee of the Greater Toronto Hockey League. For three years, she served as the Inaugural Chair of the Scarborough Hospital Community Advisory Council and chaired the Parent Council at Centennial Road Junior Public School in Scarborough.
 

Registration

The rate for the Communications Forum is $235 plus HST.  REGISTER FOR THE COMMUNICATIONS FORUM NOW.

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 $145.00 per room, plus taxes.
 
In order to receive this discounted rate you must book your hotel room directly with the hotel no later than April 3, 2017. Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 10 minutes between the hotel and the conference facilities.
 
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2017 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 


Companions Program & OAFC Auxiliary

We encourage you to bring your spouse to OAFC 2017. 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. 
 
ALL ATTENDEES MUST CONFIRM REGISTRATION NO LATER THAN APRIL 28, 2017 - CLICK ON THE REGISTER FOR EXCURSIONS BUTTON BELOW TO SECURE YOUR SPOT!
 

Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise, Saturday, May 6, 2017

This is your chance to get on board one of Toronto's best attractions and sail the Kajama, a traditional 165 foot three masted Schooner boat cruise. Toronto's only Tall Ship boat cruise attraction sailing daily from downtown Toronto. Sit back and relax with a cold drink from our fully licensed bar as you set sail on Toronto Harbour and beautiful Lake Ontario. 

Jewellery Making Workshop, Sunday, May 7, 2017

Beading is a unique, creative and fun activity that is rewarding, boosts self-esteem and provides an opportunity for communication and/or networking.  Your beading experience starts with a presentation by the head instructor introducing the craft of beading and the tools and materials that you will use. Our team of highly qualified instructors will then assist in helping your guests design and create their piece of art by choosing from hundreds of glass beads and sterling silver or gold findings. At the end of the session each participant will be presented with an elegant jewelry storage pouch. 

The Social TV Show, Monday, May 8, 2017 - Limited availability.

Co-hosted by Melissa Grelo (@melissagrelo), Cynthia Loyst (@cynthialoyst), Lainey Lui (@LaineyGossip), and Traci Melchor (@stayfabulous), 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.
 
The Social tapes LIVE Monday to Friday at 1:00 PM EST. Audience members must arrive at the studio located at 299 Queen Street West, by 12:00 PM sharp. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend the show, and present valid photo ID.
 
Audience members will walk away with a daily gift bag.
 

2017 Schedule

Date Excursion Details Cost Time
Saturday, May 6
Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise.  
 
Transportation is included. Departs from the TCC
Included in Companions Package. 
 
$30.00 plus HST if not registered
Bus departs the TCC at 12:45pm
Boarding Time: 1:30 PM
Cruise Time: 2:00 PM
Return Time: 3:30 PM
Sunday, May, 7
Jewellery
Making Workshop
Included in Companions Package. 
 
$25.00 plus HST if not registered
11:00am
Monday, May, 8
The Social
 
Departs from the TCC
Included in Companions Package
 
$40.00 plus HST if not registered
Bus departs the TCC at 11:00am
Click the button below to register for the OAFC 2017 Companion's Package AND the Excursions.
 
 
 
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Contact Us

For more information regarding OAFC 2017, please contact us at 905-426-6565.

For specific details pertaining to the event, please contact:
 
Interim Event, Manager Michelle O’Hara at 905-426-9865 x222 or michelle.ohara@oafc.on.ca
 
 
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