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Conference Location and Accommodations


1235 Deerhurst Drive, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada P1H 2E8

Ontario's Destination Resort & Conference Centre
Fronting Peninsula Lake, just south of North Bay, Deerhurst Resort has become known as Ontario’s premier destination resort and conference center. Echoing the relaxed setting of Muskoka – one of National Geographic Traveler Magazine “Best of the World 2012” recommended places to visit, Deerhurst Resort offers 760 acres of truly inspiring breakout space. Featuring invigorating four-season outdoor recreation and team building, spa relaxation, renowned cuisine and breathtaking event space, it’s easy to see why Deerhurst Resort is known as such a special place. With expertise honed by hosting the G8 Summit and other high profile events, our seasoned planners will make sure that your NEFEC 2018 experience is unforgettable.
Deerhurst Resort offers a wide array of contemporary guest accommodations to suit your needs. All feature contemporary amenities that encourage work and relaxation, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, and comfortable beds crowned with feather duvets. Awaken to gleaming lake views from our lakeside guest rooms. Step out onto balconies from main building rooms and feel rejuvenated by the Muskoka air. Gather with colleagues around the fireplace in newly renovated Junior one-bedroom suites, re-imagined by HGTV Canada's "Designer Guys.” Our luxurious condos are ideal for guests that seek more space in which to entertain clients or connect with friends.

Resort Map

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Room Types

Please note: Elevator access is available in the Pavilion and Bayshore buildings only. Summit Lodges and condos have stair access only.  Check in time is 4:00pm and check out time is 11:00am. 
There is a 6% Resort Fee (RF) on all accommodations.  A one-nights deposit is required to reserve.
Lakeside Guest Rooms:  Newly renovated rooms located at the beach. These rooms feature two queen beds, mini fridge, sitting area, and stunning view of the lake. 5min walk to the Main Building.  Shuttle available to/from the main building
Pavilion Room 2 Queen: Main building with two queen beds, mini fridge, television, desk, safe, internet, radio, cd player and most with balcony or terrace.  Main Building Guest Rooms & Suites (10-minute walk to lake) Be in the center of it all in these cozy guest accommodations, located in the Pavilion. 
Summit Lodge Suite King: 1 Bedroom Suite, recently renovated with 1 king bed.  Suites feature living room, stand-up shower, fireplace, kitchenette and a balcony. Please note there is no elevator access.  There is a common room in the centre of all Summit Lodges offering a great place to gather and network. Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests.  
Summit Lodge Suite Double:  1 Bedroom Suite, recently renovated with 2 double beds.  Suites feature living room, stand-up shower, fireplace, kitchenette and a balcony.  Please note there is no elevator access.  There is a common room in the centre of all Summit Lodges offering a great place to gather and network. Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests.
2 Bedroom Condo:  Newly renovated includes 1 king bed in master bedroom, 2 queen beds in second bedroom, Separate living room with fireplace and DVD player, Kitchen with full size appliances.  Each room has its own bathroom.  Shuttle available to/from the main building. Can accommodate 3-4 people. Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests. 
Greens 3 Bedroom Condo: Our newly renovated condo features a golf course view, 1 king bed in the master bedroom, 2 queen beds in the second bedroom and 1 queen bed in the third bedroom. Living room with fireplace, DVD player and kitchen. Located 3 minutes from main building and 5 minutes from lake.  Each room has it's own bathroom. Sleeps 4-6.  Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests.

Deerhurst Resort Reservations

Important:  All reservations must be accompanied by a one nights’ room and tax deposit, in the form of a cheque, major credit card or by the organization. Deerhurst Resort will not hold any rooms unless a deposit has been made at time of reservation. The balance of the attendees full stay total is required at the time of check in. The entire amount payable to Deerhurst Resort is earned in full as of that date. If the balance is not paid to Deerhurst Resort by that date, Deerhurst Resort may release the room. If the reservation is cancelled after that date or the guest’s stay is shortened, all amounts paid to Deerhurst Resort are non-refundable.
Reservations:  To reserve you room, please call 1-800-461-4393 

Amenities and Activities at Deerhurst Resort

Whatever activities you seek – from summertime splashing in the lake, winter sports or off-road adventures – with all 760 acres offered, your Ontario getaway at Deerhurst Resort is guaranteed to be unforgettable. Enjoy everything from exceptional golf, boating, Treetop Trekking and horseback riding in summer to skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, skating in winter. Be sure to explore our local town of Huntsville with its Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery and unique shops, just minutes away. The sheer scope of activities and things to do right on property is unmatched by any other Ontario resort.
Muskoka was named as one of National Geographic’s “100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life” in 2013.
Activities/amenities include:
  • Deerhurst Resort features an indoor swimming pool with a whirlpool and children’s wading pool, plus two seasonal outdoor pools located throughout the property.
  • Indoor rock climbing wall provides a challenge for all ages with different degrees of difficulty. Test your strength and reach for the top!
  • Indoor games room fun!  The lively indoor games room will make you feel like you have crossed into another world. Play these entertaining carnival style games and collect enough tickets to win the big prize! Open daily year-round. No advance booking required.
  • Visit the stables at Deerhurst and take part in one of their many activities. Enjoy a guided trail ride on horseback. For ages 10+, no experience necessary. Available daily except Wednesdays.
  • Discover the joys of Maple Syrup right here in Muskoka. From maple inspired menus, sugar shacks to the Muskoka Maple Festival, everything maple is right here, Yum!
  • Pick up a hiking map and explore the countryside around the resort. Hit the trails and head up to Lookout Point for a magical view of the resort or try the NEW sanctuary trail.

Shizen Spa

“Shizen” means “nature” in Japanese, and Shizen Spa’s nature-inspired treatments bring together the finest techniques from around the globe to help transform your body, mind and soul. There are massages to reward your team for a job well done, and body treatments to help you recover after an energizing day of outdoor adventures. Feel nourished by the earthy décor of rich wood and natural stone, as well as the spa’s friendly, experienced team. Welcome to the Shizen Moment™.
  • Massage & body treatments
  • Shizen rituals & retreats
  • Facials
  • Couples’ treatments
  • Nail care
Draft Agenda
Thursday, March 22, 2018
3:00pm Registration Open Activity Desk, Foyer
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Welcome Pub Night Maple Pub
Friday, March 23, 2018
6:00 to 9:00
Activity Desk, Foyer
Peninsula Room
Daily Announcement
Master of Ceremonies
Waterhouse Ballroom
Opening Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies & Special Guests
Waterhouse Ballroom
Developing Relationships to Promote Public Education
Samantha J Hoffmann, Public Fire and Life Safety Officer / Information Officer
Waterhouse Ballroom
Overview of Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee Update
Rob Grimwood
Fire Chief & CEMC
Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services, OAFC 
Management Co-Chair, Section 21 Committee
Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break
Sponsored by
Waterhouse Foyer
The Privelege of Leadership
Sponsored by
Billy D. Hayes, Chief Program Officer for The National Center for Fire and Life Safety
Waterhouse Ballroom
Peninsula Room
Update from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
President, Chief Stephen Hernen
Waterhouse Ballroom
The Pub-Ed Tool Shed
Laura King, Canadian Public Education Representative, NFPA
Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break
Sponsored by
Waterhouse Foyer
Gogama Train Derailment
Chief Mike Benson, Gogama Fire Department
Waterhouse Ballroom
Zone 7 Meeting
Waterhouse Ballroom
4:00 to 9:00
Trade Show
Legacy Hall
5:00 to 9:00
Networking Reception 
Legacy Hall
Saturday, March 24, 2018
6:30 to 5:00
Registration & Merchandise
Activity Desk, Foyer
Hot Buffet Breakfast
Peninsula Room
10:00 to 1:00pm
Trade Show 
Legacy Hall
Daily Announcement
Master of Ceremonies
Waterhouse Ballroom
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal, Chief of Emergency Management
Waterhouse Ballroom
Leadership Lessons from Christmas Vacation and Clark W. Griswold
Sponsored by
Billy D. Hayes, Chief Program Officer for The National Center for Fire and Life Safety
Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break and Trade Show
Sponsored by
Legacy Hall
Leading Change in Today’s Fire Service
Chief Jake Rhoades, Kingman Fire Department
Waterhouse Ballroom
Peninsula Room
The Art of Reading Smoke
Phil Jose, Ingition Point Training, Deputy Chief, Seattle Fire Department
Waterhouse Ballroom
Pre-Banquet Reception
Banquet followed by Entertainment
Peninsula Room
Sunday, March 25, 2018
7:00 to 12:00
Activity Desk, Lobby
Hot Buffet Breakfast
Peninsula Room
Attendees can chose one of the following six workshops.  There is limited availability in each.  Overviews for each workshop can be found on our Speakers & Presentations Overview Page
Job Hazard Analysis/Risk Assessments
Sponsored by Public Services Health and Safety Association
Auto/Big Rig Extrication
Sponsored by Code 4 Fire & Rescue
Traffic Protection for Emergency Services (includes traffic control person training)
Sponsored by Public Services Health and Safety Association
Tactical Decision Making
Phil Jose, Ignition Point Training, Deputy Chief, Seattle Fire Department
Fire Safety Enforcement, Know Your Authority
Tawnya Roberts, Program Specialist, Inspection and Enforcement Unit, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Fire Protection System Basics - What to look for, how to spot issues and completing proper forms.
Sponsored by the Canadian Fire Alarm Association
Coffee Break
10:20 Workshops continued.......  
Conference Finished DEPARTURES
For questions about the conference or Deerhurst Resort, please contact Maureen Owens at 905-426-9865 x224 or by email to

Speaker, Presentations & Workshop Overviews

Developing Relationships to Promote Public Education
Presented by Samantha J Hoffmann, Public Fire and Life Safety Officer/Information Officer

This session will cover public education as the first line of defense.  What you need to do to  obtain public support and how to work with local business in your community.  We will look at what public education resources are available for little or no cost to departments and what you need to consider to be successful.  There will be a strong emphasis on partnerships and thinking big ideas to protect not only your community, but surrounding ones as well.

Samantha Hoffmann has been in the fire safety field for over 27 years.  She started her fire career at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as Fire Marshal and Emergency Planning Co-ordinator.  In 1996 she joined North York fire department in the rank of firefighter.  Samantha worked in North York and after amalgamation with the Toronto Fire Service as an Acting Captain in the Prevention, Public Education and Media Sections.  In August of 2011 Samantha joined Barrie Fire as their first dedicated Public Fire and Life Safety Officer. 

Inside and outside work hours Samantha’s commitment to fighting fires before they start is never-ending. Samantha publishes articles on fire safety.  She is a member of numerous committees and organizations for which she is a passionate advocate on issues related to fire safety, senior safety, critical incident stress and relationships.  She has initiated a campaign to educate front line firefighters with NFPA 1035, Public Educator Level 1 and is providing that training to Barrie’s firefighters and through the Ontario Fire College to firefighters from across the province.  In 2001 as part of the Toronto Fire CISM team Samantha worked at Ground Zero with the first responders.  This experience impacted and strengthened her resolve for education in the fire service and her passion for assisting those who serve others.  In 2010 Samantha received the Firefighter of the Year award from the Islamic Foundation of Toronto for her work with Critical Incident Stress and Employee Assistance. 

In 2014 Samantha was named Public Fire and Life Safety Educator of the year award by the National Fire Protection Association; only the second Canadian and first Ontario educator to receive the award since its inception.  Since becoming the Public Fire and Life Safety Officer with Barrie, the fire prevention team has received numerous accolades for their work in Public Education and Community Outreach including the 2013 Bernard A. Moyle Excellence in Education Award.  In 2014, 2015 and 2016 they received multiple IAFF Media Awards for Best Social Media videos and Best Public Education, Community Outreach Program for their bi-weekly television show Clear to Respond on Rogers Television.  Samantha is the main contributor and inspiration behind @Barrie_Fire, a twitter and Facebook accounts.  When she is not working or assisting co-workers and peers, Samantha can be found on the soccer field or at the arena playing ball hockey. 

Overview of Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee Update
Presented by Rob Grimwood, Fire Chief & CEMC, Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services, OAFC Management Co-Chair, Section 21 Committee
This presentation will provide an update from the Section 21 Committee on the recent committee work, new and revised Section 21 Guidance Notes and discuss new and emerging fire service health & safety trends.
Rob Grimwood is the Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services is comprised of 5 Stations, 15 apparatus, 110 volunteer firefighters and responds to approximately 650 calls annually.
Rob started his career as a volunteer firefighter in Niagara-on-the-Lake 22 years ago and has served as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant District Chief prior to his promotion to Fire Chief.  In addition to his time in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Rob served for 10 years as the Fire & Paramedic Services Chief for Haldimand County.
Prior to that he worked as a career firefighter with the Toronto Fire Services and as a paramedic with Niagara EMS.  Rob is a graduate of the Dalhousie University Emergency Services Management Program, the Ontario Fire College and the New York State Academy of Fire Science.  He has been a member of the Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee since 2015 and was recently appointed as the management co-chair.

The Privilege of Leadership
Presented by Billy D. Hayes, Chief Program Officer for The National Center for Fire and Life Safety
Sponsored by 
Leadership is often difficult, involving critical and tough decision-making skills. The fact is, being placed in a responsible leadership position is really a privilege, not a detriment. This workshop will explore a number of leadership lessons from history where those in charge, were faced with difficult circumstances, but demonstrated the ability to face those circumstances with confidence, competence, and effective decision making skills.  By reviewing these examples, and applying them to the fire service profession, participants will be encouraged to walk away with a positive outlook about leadership and followership. Regardless of the difficulties and challenges that leadership opportunities present, it is a privilege. 
Leadership Lessons from Christmas Vacation and Clark W. Griswold
Presented by Billy D. Hayes, Chief Program Officer for The National Center for Fire and Life Safety
In 1989, National Lampoon released Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase as Clark W. Griswold. For nearly three decades, we've laughed at the humor and hijinks of this holiday movie classic. What many people miss is that we can identify authentic leadership lessons that can be applied to our own personal and/or professional styles. This lively, festive, and humorous presentation explores Clark's (a.k.a. Sparky) commitment to align his actions with his core values, vision, persistence, and many other leadership traits, that helps him achieve his mission of a "fun old fashion family Christmas.”  
Billy D. Hayes is currently the Chief Program Officer for The National Center for Fire and Life Safety. He has served as Vice President of University Relations for Columbia Southern University, the Director of Community Affairs for the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department, and as the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Riverdale, GA. He is a graduate of Georgia Military College and Columbia Southern University, the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, and has a Certificate in Local Government Management from the University of Georgia. He is a Past-President of the Metro Atlanta Fire Chiefs Association and Past-Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, and serves on the Alabama Public Safety Leadership Academy Advisory Board. Hayes is a published author and speaker on fire, life safety, and leadership. 

Update from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
Presented by Chief Stephen Hernen, President
Stephen Hernen is the Fire Chief of the Huntsville Fire Department.  He has over thirty years in the fire service, eighteen of those as a Fire Chief. Chief Hernen is the President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.
Chief Hernen has served for six terms on the OAFC board and has worked closely with his counterparts to realigned the OAFC committee structure to better represent the fire service as a whole, while at the same time planning for future growth and stability within the OAFC.   Chief Hernen is responsible for the oversight of the board.  He leads both the OAFC Executive Committee, who’s primary mandate is to ensure that the board remains connected and coordinated throughout their term and to prioritize and coordinate the execution of OAFC strategic priorities. In addition, Chief Hernen is responsible for the leadership of the OAFC board and their applicable portfolios.  Chief Hernen works closely with key stakeholders in regards to furthering opportunities, and public and firefighter safety in Ontario. 
“Serving as an OAFC board member has allowed me to watch today’s fire service evolve and embrace the never ending demands of technology, modernization and demands for increased service. I feel this opportunity has given me the qualities of what a good fire service leader should be. Someone that will listen and respect others people’s opinions and thoughts and most importantly stand up for what he/she knows is the right decision.  I am honoured to serve our members and fire service community as President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs”.

NFPA Update
Presented by Laura King, Canadian Public Education Representative, NFPA
Resources, resources, resources. NFPA’s abundance of fire safety tools and messaging for chiefs, FPOs and educators is free, easily accessible and evolving to include more Canadian content. Learn about the role of the NFPA’s new public-education rep in Canada and how NFPA can help your department with its community risk reduction. Understand the resources available to help your department spread fire-safety messages. Find out about NFPA training in Canada. And leave armed with a public-education tool kit your whole department can use. 
Laura King is the NFPA’s new public-education representative for Canada, helping departments build fire- and life-safety programs. Laura was editor of Fire Fighting in Canada and Canadian Firefighter magazines for 10 years before moving to NFPA in September.

CNR Derailment March 2015
Presented by Chief Mike Benson, Gogama Fire Department
In March 2015, 3km from the village of Gogama, CNR had its worst Ontario train disaster when a train with 100 railcars carrying sweet crude derailed and exploded into fire, shutting down the rail line and hwy.#144 for days. Although this disaster was the worst, it was just one in a series of derailments and disasters this community has dealt with. Our emergency plan has been tested and found adequate in even major disasters and proves that small communities with small volunteer departments are capable of protecting themselves, given the immediate access to support from OFMEM and all other agencies when needed.
Mike Benson has been a member of Gogama Fire Department since 2000 and became Fire Chief in 2005.  Chief Benson has overseen the development of this department from a fire protection team with 1 pumper (supplied by the OFMEM) to a full service, fully-trained department with 2 pumpers and three rescue vehicles.

Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Presented by Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management
Ross Nichols was appointed Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management effective October 5, 2015. On August 4, 2017, Ross was confirmed as the permanent Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management. 
During the last several years Ross has provided strategic leadership in fire protection services, investigations and emergency management programming in Ontario. Ross’ leadership as well as he support and credibility he has established with both the fire and emergency management stakeholders, will move the organization forward as he continues to embed his wealth of knowledge and experience at the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
As Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management Ross has been an active member of the Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners (CCFMFC) and the Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM) - a Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) body that works to harmonize and improve emergency practices across the country.

Ross joined the OFMEM from his role as an Inspector with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), where he had been the Liaison Officer for the Toronto 2015 Pan AM/Parapan AM Games Integrated Security Unit (ISU) – the group responsible for coordinating security planning and operations. 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.

Leading Change in Today’s Fire Service
Presented by Fire Chief Jake Rhoades, Kingman Fire Department
Change is a hot topic in the fire service and has an impact on every member of an organization from Firefighter to Fire Chief.  This seminar will provide participants with a background of organizational change throughout an organization and what can be done to facilitate change to make an organization successful.  Many fire chiefs are being hired and directed to lead and implement change initiatives that affect them today but have an impact on tomorrow while firefighters and other personnel are often forced to accept change without really understanding why or have input or buy in on the process. 
This is not an easy task in today’s fire service and political environment however short and long term agency success is dependent upon ability to lead change as well as their organization and the members accepting change and playing a role in the change process.  This seminar will introduce principals, resources, and examples of leading change in action for a successful agency.  Members of the fire service must realize the impact that change has not only has on today but how basic change processes can be used to institutionalize a culture of change.  Everyone plays a role in the process of change and this seminar will provide examples and options for successful communication and implantation of change.
  • Recognize the types of change necessary within an agency and the need for change through effective communication
  • Understand the difference between “hard” and “soft” change within the fire service
  • Identify leadership strategies for change
  • Understand buy in and impact of change on members of an organization
  • Identify opportunities to institutionalize change, improvement, and problem-solving within your agency as it embraces the process of accreditation
This presentation addresses leading change and the process of change that is critical to the entire process of proactively invoking change in all areas of department operation and service that have an impact both internally and externally.  The target audience is for all levels as leading change and implementing processes within the agency is influenced from firefighter to fire chief.
Jake Rhoades, MS, EFO, CTO, CMO, FIFirE is a 25 year veteran of the fire service and serves as the Fire Chief for the city of Kingman (AZ) Fire Department which is an ISO Class 1 internationally accredited agency.   He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership and is pursuing his Doctorate in Business Management.   He is an appointed member on the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.  He has served elected member of the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Board of Directors where he served as the treasurer and received the Chairman Performance award in 2014.  In addition, he has served on numerous NFPA technical committees including 1001, 1251 and was the IAFC representative on NFPA 1971: Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting.  Jake is Lead Faculty for Columbia Southern University’s Fire Science and Administration program and serves as a training consultant for WHP Training Towers.  He has achieved Fellow grade with the institution of Fire Engineers.  He has been designated Professional Instructor from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and is a certified Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Facilitator. Chief Rhoades is an active peer assessor for the Center for Public Safety Excellence and also a peer reviewer for Chief Fire Officer Credentialing, Chief Medical Officer Credentialing, Chief Training Officer Credentialing, and agency accreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.  Chief Rhoades is a frequent author and speaks nationally on topics of relevance to the fire service for a variety of publication as well as conferences and engagements throughout the country.

The Art of Reading Smoke
Presented by Phil Jose, Ignition Point Training, Deputy Chief, Seattle Fire Department

Through dynamic teaching and the use of fire-ground video, attendees will learn the skill of reading smoke. You will learn about the attributes of smoke including volume, velocity, density and color. Explore how those attributes will indicate fire size, fire location and predict fire behavior. Improve your strategic and tactical decision-making through Reading Smoke. The course was originally developed by Chief Dave Dodson who selected Phil as an adjunct instructor for the Reading Smoke curriculum after teaching with Phil at FDIC.

Phillip Jose has been in the Seattle Fire Department for 30 years currently working as a Deputy Chief of Operations/Shift Commander. He has worked in the training division as a Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief. Over that time, he has proposed, designed, and delivered a wide variety of training programs and has spent plenty of time in the operations division where he has developed a good blend of the operational and training environments.  Phil currently teaching classes on Reading Smoke, Tactical Decision Making, and Instructor Development and has spent a lot of time researching the topic of decision-making in high stress environments and the Recognition-Primed decision making model. Phil's belief is that fire service professionals can be trained to make better decisions. He strives to create better instructors through teaching to fire department’s like yours and by developing the people in his own department. 
Quick Bio:  PHILLIP JOSE, Deputy Chief, 30 years in Seattle Fire Department. He chairs the SOG and PIA committees.  Chief of the Year 2013.  FDIC Instructor 14 years. Co-recipient FDIC 2008 Tom Brennan Training Achievement Award and author of Air Management for the Fire Service (PennWell, 2008) and Train the Trainer (2015), Fire Engineering Handbook for FF 1 and 2 (2010); Fire Engineering “Bread and Butter” video for SCBA (2012).

Sunday 4-Hour Workshops

Participants get the opportunity to choose from 6 different learning workshops.  Upon registration, each person will be contacted to select their workshop preference.  It is based on a first come, first served basis.  Each participant will receive a certificate.
Job Hazard Analysis/Risk Assessments
Sponsored by Public Services Health and Safety Association
Identifying hazards and assessing the level of risk associated with those hazards is the most important activity you perform every day, at work and away from work. Effective health and safety management is based on a universal understanding of risks and how to control them through good planning. This training program outlines the steps in a risk assessment and provides details on completing a job hazard analysis. Identifying hazards and assessing the level of risk associated with those hazards is the most important activity you perform every day, at work and away from work. Applicable for all sectors, this training is intended for managers, supervisors, workers and joint health and safety committee members. It outlines the steps in a risk assessment and provides details on completing a job hazard analysis. Identifying hazards and assessing the level of risk associated with those hazards is the most important activity you perform every day, at work and away from work. Effective health and safety management is based on a universal understanding of risks and how to control them through good planning.

Big Rig Extrication
Sponsored by Code 4 Fire & Rescue
Led by Instructor Jason Defosse from Code 4 with special guest speaker James Ireland, Heavy Towing Specialist, Rescue 51 Towing & Recovering, from the hit show Heavy Rescue 401.
Jason will be lending his expertise on the hazards of dealing with big rig and multiple passenger vehicles
Jason will cover:
  • Vehicle construction, hazards and dangers
  • Equipment an resources
  • Securing the scene with hazmat consideration
  • Identifying loads and weights
  • Heaving lifting and stabilization
  • Heavy truck anatomy and extrication
  • Multiple patients incidents
  • Gaining access and creating space
  • Rapid extrication techniques 
Code 4 Fire & Rescue has been focused on Extrication Training for over 30 years. Code 4 provides Service & Training to Thousands of Fire Departments in Ontario, Atlantic Canada and New York State.  Jason Defosse has been a Firefighter & Extrication Rescuer for 22 years.  In conjunction with Chris Christie, Jason has helped further develop Code 4’s Rapid Response, Train-The-Trainer, Big-Rig & School Bus Courses. Over the past 6 years, Jason has successfully conducted approximately one thousand Courses in Ontario, Atlantic Canada, North America and South America, training thousands of students.

Traffic Protection for Emergency Services (includes traffic control person training)
Sponsored by Public Services Health and Safety Association
Applicable for the Emergency sector, this training is designed for workers whom are exposed to traffic hazards and work on or near roadways for emergency response purposes. 
This program covers the hazards of working close to vehicles and equipment, the legislation and Section 21 Guidance Notes that apply, and how workers can protect themselves from these hazards. Upon completion of this program the participant will be able to list traffic hazards that may be found in their workplace, describe the legislation related to these hazards and be familiar with Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7, Appendix A1 for Unplanned Events. Signaling and Traffic Control Person (TCP) are also covered. 
Specific Learning Objectives
  • Describe the legislation and guidelines that apply to traffic protection for emergency services workers
  • Identify the hazards of traffic, risk factors for traffic incidents and the purpose of temporary traffic control/protection
  • Illustrate the use of Traffic Control Persons (TCP), the legal requirements for training, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), where they should be located and how they should signal and communicate
  • Recognize additional factors at emergency scenes that can affect worker health or safety.
  • Apply the Ontario Traffic Manual Temporary Conditions (Book 7) to set up appropriate traffic protection for common scenes to protect emergency services workers

Tactical Decision Making
Phil Jose, Ignition Point Training, Deputy Chief, Seattle Fire Department
This is a highly-interactive and informative course where students learn to achieve rapid, accurate solutions to fire-ground problems. Using fire-ground video, Recognition-Primed strategies and a question based approach, Phil’s interactive style engages students in the decision-making process, where they will learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their tactical plans. (see bio in speaker presentations).

Fire Safety Enforcement, Know Your Authority
Tawnya Roberts, Program Specialist, Inspection and Enforcement Unit, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Being a modern and strategic Fire Service leader means recognizing the importance of ensuring compliance with the Ontario Fire Code in order to provide for the safety of our communities and emergency responders. Emergency services across Ontario increasingly finding themselves addressing complex and often serious fire safety issues that require the implementation of appropriate measures to save lives.
This session will provide participants with an introduction to various legislative enforcement powers under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 and mitigation strategies that can be utilized to address serious fire and life safety issues, “Immediate Threat to Life” situations and gain a better understanding of how building inspections can have significant impact on effective fire ground operations and pre planning activities. 
Tawnya Roberts is a Program Specialist with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Inspection and Enforcement Unit. She joined Lanark Highlands Fire Service in 1999 as a volunteer fire fighter and served as a District Fire Chief from 2002 -2009 before joining the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. A strong advocate of the power of fire prevention, for over 15 years she has provided dynamic leadership in shaping fire safety standard enforcement across Ontario by developing and delivering educational seminars and mitigation strategies to support fire service leaders in utilizing their extensive legislative powers to save lives. From mitigation of extreme hoarding situations, execution of entry warrants to addressing “Immediate Threat to Life” situations, Tawnya Roberts highlights the significant impact, purpose and strategies surrounding fire safety enforcement. 

Fire Alarm and Protection Systems, an AHJ Overview and how to ensure they are inspected and maintained properly
Sponsored by the Canadian Fire Alarm Association
This workshop will be based on our successful Authorities Having Jurisdictions Courses and has been developed and delivered as part of this series. Participants will receive an overview of Fire Alarm Systems as well as their integration with the other systems in a building. A highlight of the appropriate codes and standards will be provided along with a review of what documents should be completed, and how to identify proper completion. We will describe in-depth qualifications and requirements for testing systems in Ontario and recent changes to our programs as well as those in the OFC.
Finally we will discuss and review resources available to the fire service to assist you with your work in relation to our systems, and provide an overview of our new complaints policy. Participants will receive an official certificate from CFAA as well as a reference manual for some of the testing and inspection documents that they can take back to their departments.

Trade Show - March 23 & 24, 2018

The Northeastern Fire Education Conference Trade Show has all major fire service suppliers in attendance. You can find everything you need within the 50 booths and fire vehicles on display. This is where you can get on the spot answers to your questions from company experts. Come to the trade show, connect with the exhibitors, see what's new in technology and products and get all your department purchasing done in one-stop. 
Exhibitors will showcasing their products and services starting on Friday, March 23 from 4pm to 9pm and Saturday, March 24 from 10am to 1pm.  The Trade Show takes place in the Legacy Hall.

2018 Floor Plan

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2018 Exhibitor List

To view the trade show floorplanclick here

3M Canada 401
A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. 203
Air Technology Solutions 600
ALG Safety 404
Angus Fire 403
Annex/FFIC/Firehall Bookstore 204
Canadian Fire Alarm Association 602
Canadian Safety Equipment Inc. 115
Carleton Uniforms 410
Carrier Centers 405
Code 4 Fire & Rescue Inc. 512
Darch Fire Incorporated 608
Dependable Emergency Services 114
Fire Bug Inc. 311
Fire Marque 206
FireQ-RVS (Breton Smartek) 413
Fireworks FX 213
Fisher's Regalia & Uniforms 215
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd. 500
FORTLOG Services 105
GovDeals, Inc. 214
Handy Hydrant Inc 618
Inservus Management 202
ITM Instruments 210
Krown Corporate/Krown Rust Control 208
Lakeshore Hydrant Services Inc. 612
Lightning Equipment Sales Inc. 100
Lion Distribution Inc. 113
M & L Supply Fire & Safety 516
Martin & Levesque/Blauer Canada 107
Metz Fire & Rescue Supply 303
Municipal Equipment 415
Nederman Canada Ltd. 211
North City General Insurance Brokers Ltd. 504
OAFC 614
PPE Solutions 604
Pro Fleet Care 102
Provix 620
Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) 616
Rescue 7 Inc 106
ResQtech Systems Inc. 312
SafeDesign Apparel Inc. 506
Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd. 209
Southwest Fire Academy 308
Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. 502
SPI Health and Safety 313
Talbot Marketing/Uniforms 310
The Loomex Group 309
Trans Canada Safety 212
VFIS 103
Whelen Canada 305

2018 Sponsors

With the generous support of sponsors we are able to offer attendees knowledgeable guest speakers, entertaining evening functions and delicious refreshments.   The Northeastern Fire Education Conference values the support of the following organizations/companies who have decided to take their contribution to the next level.  On behalf of the committee and guests, thank you!

Speaker Sponsor
Workshop Sponsor Coffee Break Sponsor
Sudbury District Mutual Fire Aid Association
Muskoka Fire Chiefs Association
Coffee Break Sponsor Workshop Sponsor Conference Sponsors
Nipissing-Parry Sound Mutual Aid Association
Cochrane District Mutual Aid Association

Temiskaming District Mutual Fire Aid Association

Algoma District Mutual Aid Association
Conference Sponsors Conference Sponsors  

Evening Functions at NEFEC 2018

Welcome Pub Night - Thursday, March 22 @ 7pm

A casual night for guests arriving to Deerhurst taking place in the Maple Pub.  
Stop by for a drink and say hello to friends new and old!

Networking Reception - Friday, March 23 from 5pm to 8pm

Join us on Friday, March 23 at 5pm  for the Northeastern Fire Education Conference Networking Reception.  Enjoy complimentary appetizers while you catch up with your fire service colleagues and guests of the Conference.  Always a well attended evening!

Banquet Cocktail Reception - Saturday, March 24 at 6:30pm

A great social opportunity before we enjoy a delicious meal and great entertainment.  Join us at 6:30pm and enjoy a complimentary beverage and some apps before we get started on a fun filled evening.

Banquet, Saturday, March 24 @ 7:15pm

The banquet is an excellent opportunity to socialize with your peers while you enjoy a delicious buffet dinner.  A great night out!  Make sure you purchase your tickets as we will raffle off some amazing prizes during dinner.  

The banquet follows the cocktail reception and starts at approximately 7:15pm.

2018 Banquet Entertainment

Lukas Stark - The Mystery Entertainer

What is a Mystery Entertainer?
Not in the Oxford English quite yet, but I take it to mean the following: Magician, Mentalist, Hypnotist, Side Show, Host, Musician, Vaudevillian, Dancer, Singer, Musician, Dime Store Philosopher, Raconteur and Dreamer.Fast-paced and action-packed.
A short bio:  Lukas Stark has been performing magic for so long, he can't remember exactly when he got started.  Inspired by the legendary magicians and everything from philosophical literature to psychology textbooks to sci-fi movies, Lukas engages his audiences with a thought-provoking and often startling blend of mentalism, suggestion, and sleight of hand.
His props might include playing cards, antique small objects, strait jackets and recovered old creepy items. He is the impresario behind a monthly vaudeville variety show in Toronto, and performs at resorts, theatres, trucker bars and on television.
Lukas encourages and challenges skepticism, and entices audiences to consider and re-consider what they understand and believe about psychology and science, possibility and impossibility.

Live Entertainment featuring Big Sweet Lou

Big Sweet Lou is a local band that will continue entertaining guests well into the evening.  They will feature sets on classic rock and pop music covering such artists as - The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, James Brown, Bryan Adams.  They have a great set that is dance friendly and multi generational.




2018 Companions Program 

A selection of unique and entertaining excursions are arranged for those registered as companions for the Northeastern Fire Education Conference and Trade Show. Participation in the activities is included in your companion’s registration.
Friday, March 23 at 10:30 – Create a Masterpiece!
Marike MacDonald, a local artist, will be your guide and take participants step-by-step on how to create an acrylic painting. NO artistic skills necessary. It's a lot of fun. In fact, that's what it's all about - FUN! 
Marike MacDonald is a Canadian artist whose character has been shaped by Christian values, deep connection to nature and a desire to play with shape and colour mainly in the form of landscape painting. 

Her connection to nature stems from growing up on a 100 acre farm complete with meadows, forest land and marsh land and animals. She was free to roam the farm and the outdoors and participate in plant and animal discoveries and farm activities. Currently, she continues this connection by living in beautiful Muskoka, where she loves plein air painting, gardening and hiking. 

Capturing the light is essential to being a landscape painter. As a plein air painter, it is always the quality of light that decides whether the scene is paintable.

Art has always been important to Marike – from early childhood projects to art school to now, there has been constant learning, constant observing, and the constant practice of art. She loves colour and the play of light on colour – and admires the impressionistic works of Group of Seven, contemporary Canadian artists – Mike Svob and Michael O’Toole, and that of contemporary American artist – Stephen Quiller.

Saturday, March 24 at from 11:00am – 1:00pm - Create a Dessert Masterpiece with Deerhurst Executive Chef!
Learn how to make the most amazing four item dessert.  No baking, no rolling, no fuss no muss.  Get the recipe and see how to make a peanut butter ganache crunch bar with accompaniments.  Truly a SWEET experience.
Courtesy vans will be available during the conference to shuttle you in town for lunch and shopping.
If you have any questions about the Companions Program, please contact Maureen Owens, Events & Trade Show Assistant at 905-426-9865 x224 or by email to

Destination Overview

Visiting Huntsville

Huntsville is nestled in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario, located in the hilly terrain of the Canadian Shield and is dotted with many lakes. Due to its natural beauty and abundant natural resources Huntsville is known as a major tourist destination drawing people from around the world. The Toronto Star ranked the town the #1 place to take a summer trip in 2011.  


You will always feel welcome in this inclusive community all months of the year.  Huntsville is a great vacation destination to browse, shop, eat and stay and is also the major gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park.  There are plenty of things to do while you're are here.

For more information on what Huntsville has to offer, visit Tourism and Events Huntsville at

Dining Options at Deerhurst

Discover the delicious tastes of Muskoka dining in Huntsville where the restaurants of Deerhurst are committed to the “eat local” food movement. Director of Food & Beverage Rory Golden has been a true advocate for Ontario growers and producers, assisting in the creation of the Savour Muskoka culinary trail. Now, Executive Chef, David Bakker is continuing and furthering that trend working with 20 local food producers. Seasonally, Deerhurst harvests its own honey, herbs, shiitake mushrooms and maple syrup right at the resort.

Eclipse Dining Room - A Muskoka Favourite

Sweeping lake vistas are the ideal accompaniments to generous breakfasts and great dining experiences with family and friends. Our signature Savour Muskoka inspired dining room is known for locally-inspired menus, bountiful buffets, Muskoka’s longest running Sunday brunch and experienced and courteous service. 
Reservations required for dinner seatings.

Compass Grill & Bar

Centrally located just steps from the lobby, Compass Grill & Bar is the place to gather for a refreshing cocktail, casual intimate dinner or an exquisite glass of wine. Here, the menu is pleasantly familiar bistro fare with an inviting twist, celebrating inspiring choices in a contemporary Muskoka setting.
Sunday – Thursday: 4pm – 11pm, Fridays & Saturdays: 3pm – 12am

Maple Pub & Patio

Grab some friends and settle in while enjoying the best selection of pub classics, and cool beverages after a day meetings, on the course, on the water, relaxing or doing outdoor adventures.Casual atmosphere and casual dining.

Hidden Valley Resort - The Birches Restaurant

Muskoka hospitality and dining at its finest, overlooking Peninsula Lake Huntsville Muskoka.
The Birches Restaurant promotes local suppliers and features menu offerings that highlight local products.

Options in Huntsville

Spencer’s Tall Trees

A Culinary treat in the center of Huntsville, Tall Trees enjoys a reputation for quality food, wine and hospitality.  Chef/Owner Randy Spencer produces simple yet elegant classics with the finest & most unique products available creating balanced and innovative dishes carefully married to the restaurant's award winning wine list. His daily 3 course table d’hote is a favourite with the locals and visitors alike, not only for the quality but as well the value. 
87 Main St W, Huntsville, ON P1H 1X1
Reservations:  (705) 789-9769

On the Docks Pub

On the Docks Pub has been the hot spot for visitors and locals in the Huntsville area for the last 20 years. It is the epitome of Muskoka Cottage life. Relaxed atmosphere by day and summer party central every night! Located in the heart of Huntsville and right on the town dock; it doesn’t get more central than this!
Phone: (705) 789-7910

Address: 90 Main Street East, Huntsville, Ontario.

Contact Us
Do you have a question about the Northeastern Fire Education Conference?  We would be happy to help.
For questions about the conference, registration and trade show inquiries, please contact Maureen Owens at 905-426-9865 x224 or  Vendors/exhibitors can visit the NEFEC Trade Show Exhibitor website for information on the trade show.
For information about sponsorship opportunities or Deerhurst Resort, please contact Michelle O'Hara at 905-426-9865 x222 or