Northeastern Fire Education Conference and Trade Show - Attendees

2020 Northeastern Fire Education Conference, March 27-29, 2020

Deerhurst Resort and Conference Centre, Huntsville, Ontario

The Northeastern Fire Education Conference and Trade Show, otherwise known as NEFEC, provides one of the most affordable educational and networking opportunities for senior fire officers, company officers, firefighters, and elected municipal officials in northeastern Ontario. 
Over the course of three days, attendees hear from informative and engaging speakers who will be presenting on interesting and relevant topics for today’s fire service.  The conference agenda includes professional and leadership development, new technologies and science in the fire service, relevant and up-to-date topics concerning firefighter health and safety, public education, fire prevention, and team building activities.  On Sunday, attendees get to choose which workshop they want to participate in, with each workshop covering various topics in the fire service thus allowing each attendee a personalized professional development opportunity.
The agenda focuses on pertinent information for all levels of fire personnel and municipal officials in both composite and volunteer fire departments, and municipalities.
NEFEC is hosted by the Nipissing/East Parry Sound Fire Services Mutual Aid Association and takes place at Deerhurst Resort in the beautiful Muskoka’s.  All members of the fire service are welcome to participate in this invaluable learning and networking experience. 
In addition to the excellent conference content, NEFEC also boasts a world class trade show, which has all major fire service suppliers in attendance. The trade show continues to be a significant contributor to the overall success of the NEFEC. Participants are given multiple opportunities to visit with exhibitors to ensure they are up to date on the latest tools, technologies, and equipment available in the fire service. It is a perfect opportunity to negotiate the best prices on equipment and services for your department.
In the evenings, NEFEC networking events and annual banquet offer attendees the ideal opportunity to interact and socialize with colleagues, exhibitors, and municipal officials, while enjoying refreshments and entertainment.
The NEFEC would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our committee. Members of the 2020 planning committee are:
  • Fire Chief Frank Loeffen, East Ferris
  • Fire Chief Richard Maranda, West Nipissing
  • Fire Chief Mark Whynott, Markstay-Warren
  • Fire Chief Dean Butticci, Magnetawan
  • Fire Chief Mike Pichor, Espanola
  • Retired Chief, Grant Love

2020 Sponsors 

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we can 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 contributions to the next level.  
On behalf of the committee and guests, thank you!

Speaker Sponsor

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 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. 
Deerhurst Resort offers a wide array of contemporary guest accommodations to suit your needs. All accommodations 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 only available in the Pavilion and Bayshore buildings. Summit Lodges and condos have stair access only.  Check in time is 4:00pm and check out time is 11:00am. 
There is an 8% Resort Fee (RF) on all accommodations.  A one-night deposit is required to reserve.
Lakeside Guest Rooms: Newly renovated rooms located by the beach. These rooms feature two queen beds, mini fridge, sitting area, and stunning view of the lake. 5-minute walk to the Main Building.  Shuttle available to/from the main building.
2020 Rate: $140 per night, plus HST & Resort Fee
Pavilion Room 2 Queen: Main building with two queen beds, mini-fridge, television, desk, safe, internet 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. 
2020 Rate: $140 per night, plus HST & Resort Fee
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.
2020 Rate: $160 per night, plus HST & Resort Fee
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.
2020 Rate: $160 per night, plus HST & Resort Fee
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. 
2020 Rate:  $225 per night, plus HST & Resort Fee
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 and kitchen. Located 3-minutes from main building and 5-minutes from the lake.  Each room has its own bathroom. Sleeps 4-6.  Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests.
2020 Rate:  $335 per night, plus HST & Resort Fee

Deerhurst Resort Reservations

Important:  All reservations must be accompanied by one night’s room and tax deposit in the form of a cheque, or major credit card. Deerhurst Resort will not hold any rooms unless a deposit has been made at the time of reservation. The balance of the attendees’ full stay total is required at the time of check in. 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.


Phone: To reserve your room, please call 1-800-461-4393 and advise the hotel that you are with the NEFEC 2020 Group to get the special room rate
Online: Please ensure you read the important note below about booking online.  You can reserve online by clicking the following link:

The special room rate will be held until Monday, March 2, 2020.  Rooms book quick, so secure yours today!


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 golfboating, treetop trekking, and horseback riding in summer to skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and skating in winter. The sheer scope of activities and things to do right on our property is unmatched by any other Ontario resort. In addition, be sure to explore our local Town of Huntsville with its Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery and unique shops, just minutes away.
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.
  • An 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 and over, no experience necessary. Available daily except Wednesdays.
  • Discover the joys of maple syrup right here in Muskoka. From maple inspired menus and 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.
Amba Spa
Set in beautiful Muskoka, the hotel spa provides an intimate and private setting for your wellness escape.
Experience the place where harmony and relaxation not only meet but work in tandem to help you achieve complete and total well-being. With a selection of soothing body treatments, massage therapy, facials, manicures, and pedicures you can enhance your stay with a treatment package custom designed just for you. 
The full-service spa offers guests amenities designed to indulge the five senses. This 8,000 sq. ft. oasis of wellness and relaxation features six full-body treatment rooms, five pedicure, and three manicure stations, intimate couple’s massage room, steam room, swimming pool, and whirlpool.
Hours of operation: Sunday – Thursday 9am – 6pm | Friday & Saturday 9am – 8pm
Book an appointment by calling: 1-800-461-4393 | 705-789-7113 ext. 4488


Agenda - Updated December 18, 2019

Thursday, March 26,  2020
3:00pm - 8:00pm
Registration Open
Activity Desk
Friday, March 27, 2020
6:00am - 9:00pm
Activity Desk
Hot Breakfast Buffet
Daily Announcement
Master of Ceremonies
Waterhouse Ballroom
Opening Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies & Special Guests
Waterhouse Ballroom
Working With & Educating Elected Officials
KEYNOTE: Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Sponsored by:
Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break

Disasters - Leadership Before, During, and After

KEYNOTE: Jamie Coutts

Waterhouse Ballroom
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Ontario Fire Marshal
Waterhouse Ballroom
Update from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
Chief Cynthia Ross Tustin, President
Waterhouse Ballroom
Camp Fire: The Fire That Changed California
KEYNOTE: Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Sponsored by:
Waterhouse Ballroom
 Coffee Break 
Waterhouse Foyer
KEYNOTE: Carl Dixon, formerly of The Guess Who & April Wine
Waterhouse Ballroom
PAC 7 Meeting
Waterhouse Ballroom
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Trade Show
Legacy Hall
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Trade Show Networking Reception
Legacy Hall

Saturday, March 28, 2020
6:30am - 5:00pm
Activity Desk
Trade Show Opens & Networking Breakfast Reception
Legacy Hall
Daily Announcement
Master of Ceremonies
Waterhouse Ballroom
Guest Speaker
Waterhouse Ballroom
Guest Speaker
Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break at the Trade Show 
Legacy Hall
Guest Speaker
Waterhouse Ballroom
Guest Speaker TBA
Waterhouse Ballroom
Banquet Reception
Banquet followed by Entertainment
Sunday, March 29, 2020
7:00am - 12:00pm Registration  Activity Desk
Hot Breakfast Buffet
Waterhouse Ballrooms
Coffee Break
Workshop’s resume
Waterhouse Ballrooms
For questions about the conference or Deerhurst Resort, please contact Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager at 905-426-9865 x224 or by email to

Speaker, Presentations & Workshop Overviews

Keynote: Disasters - Leadership Before, During, and After.
Presented by Jamie Coutts

Jamie has been in the fire service for 29 of the 46 years he's been alive.  Jamie has worked his way up through the ranks, beginning as a volunteer firefighter then moving onto become a fulltime training officer, deputy chief, and then fulltime regional fire chief of the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service.  In late 2019, Jamie moved to the private sector and now helps fire departments and firefighters in a new way.  During Jamie’s fire service career, he was lucky (or unlucky) enough to participate in 3 of Canada’s top 6 Disasters.  He survived the Slave Lake Wildfires of 2011, the Southern Alberta Floods of 2013, and the Fort McMurray Fire of 2016.  In between, and since, Jamie has had the opportunity to help build a very capable regional fire service with some of the greatest people he has ever met.  Fires, floods, storms, train derailments, and other environmental disasters have always kept him busy in the 10,000 square km area of responsibility and out into Alberta and BC.  In 2015 he started a new enterprise, a TV show “Hellfire Heroes” (worst name ever) and that brought about even more challenges and the social media frenzy that has followed since.

Keynote: Camp Fire - The Fire That Changed California & Working with & Educating Elected Officials.
Presented by Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Chief Mohler began his fire service career in 1991, as a reserve firefighter in Orange County, assigned to the heavy equipment and crew division.  While working as a reserve, he attended the Santa Ana College fire science program and worked full time as a firefighter for Boeing’s Aeronautics and Missile Systems Division in Anaheim. Mike began his career with CAL FIRE in the San Bernardino Unit as a Firefighter I in June 2000.  In May 2001, Mike promoted to Firefighter II in the Riverside Unit and in 2005, he was promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer. In 2010, Chief Mohler was promoted to Fire Captain in the San Diego Unit.  In 2015, he was promoted to Battalion Chief at Southern Region, where he worked for the next 3 years supervising the Southern Region Information and Communications Programs. Mike was vital in continuing to build the Department’s nontraditional media exposure with projects such as Netflix’s Fire Chasers and National Geographic's Extreme Weather which showcased his department worldwide.

Chief Mohler participates on several statewide cadres and working groups, including S-420, CIMCI, and AAIMS.  He holds several qualifications, including Advanced All Hazard Incident Commander from the University of Texas A&M, and has been assigned to the CAL FIRE Incident Management Team for over 11 years. He currently holds a seat on FEMA’s advisory committee for response to large scale incidents. In addition to his Departmental assignments, Chief Mohler has also served as an Honor Guard member for over 17 years honoring our fallen and supporting their families. Mike is currently enrolled in American Military University’s Emergency and Disaster Management program.




Trade Show 

The Northeastern Fire Education Conference Trade Show has over 40 Trade Show booths showcasing vehicles, equipment, and services offered by various fire service suppliers. The Trade Show highlights new in technologies and products in the fire service, and allows attendees to connect with exhibitors and to get all your departments purchasing done in one centralized location.
The NEFEC Trade Show takes place on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at Deerhurst Resort's Legacy Hall.
All fire service personnel are welcome to attend the trade show – even if you didn’t register for the conference. To get free passes, please contact Laura Aivaliotis, NEFEC Registrar, by email at or call 905-426-9865 x230.

Floor Plan

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2019 Exhibitor List - 2020 Coming Soon

Company Name Booth Number
1200 Degrees – Darch Fire
3M | Scott Safety
A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.
Air Technology Solutions
ALG Safety
Annex/FFIC/Firehall Bookstore
Battleshield Industries Limited
Biernat Fire Inc.
Bulldog Hose
Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association
Canadian Safety Equipment Inc.
Carrier Centers
Code 4 Fire & Rescue Inc.
Commercial Emergency Equipment Co.
Dependable Emergency Services
Draeger Safety Canada Ltd.
Emergency Management & Training Inc.
Fanshawe College, School of Public Safety
Fire Bug Inc.
Fire Fighters' Association of Ontario
Fire Marque
Firerein Inc.
Fireworks FX
Fisher's Regalia & Uniforms
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd.
FORTLOG Services
GovDeals, Inc.
Inservus Management
KEHOE LE Distributors
Krown Corporate/Krown Rust Control
Lakeshore Hydrant Services Inc.
Levitt-Safety Ltd.
Lightning Equipment Sales Inc.
M & L Supply Fire & Safety
Metz Fire & Rescue Supply
Near North Fire Safety Inc.
North City Insurance Brokers Ltd.
PPE Solutions
Pro Fleet Care
Rescom Sales Inc.
ResQtech Systems Inc.
Royal Roads University
SafeDesign Apparel Inc.
Sani-Gear Fire
Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd.
Talbot Marketing/Uniforms
Trans Canada Safety
Uniform Uniforms
Unisync Public Safety Division
Whelen Canada
Wrightway Merchandise


Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we can 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

Evening Functions 

Networking Reception - Friday, March 27

Join us on Friday, March 27 at 5pm for the Northeastern Fire Education Conference Networking Reception at the Trade Show.  Enjoy complimentary appetizers while you catch up with your fire service colleagues, municipal officials, and guests of the conference. Always a well attended evening!

Banquet Cocktail Reception - Saturday, March 28

The annual banquet cocktail reception offers you a great social opportunity before enjoying 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 28

The banquet is an excellent opportunity to network with your peers while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner.  A great night out!  Tickets are included in the full conference registration.  But while at the banquet, don't forget about the NEFEC raffle. Purchase your tickets for some great raffle prizes during dinner.  
The banquet follows the cocktail reception and starts at approximately 7:15pm.


Companions Program 

A selection of unique and entertaining excursions is 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. Our event team puts together a fun and educational program for those accompanying their spouse, or significant other to the conference.  The program includes two activities, breakfast, lunches, coffee breaks, and a ticket to the annual banquet. 

2020 Activities Coming Soon

Friday, March 27, 2020 from 10am - 1pm & Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 11am - 1pm

Companions are to check-in with their spouse or significant other upon arrival to the conference.  We look forward to welcoming you to another fun-filled program in 2020.
If you have any questions about the Companions Program, please contact Kris Newton 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 all over the world. The Toronto Star ranked Huntsville as the #1 place to take a summer trip in 2011.  


You will always feel welcome in this inclusive community all year long.  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 here.

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

Dining Options 

Discover the delicious tastes of Muskoka dining in Huntsville where the restaurants of Deerhurst are committed to the “eat local” food movement. 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
Friday - Saturday: 3pm – 12am

Maple Pub & Patio

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

Options in Huntsville

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.

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. 
Phone: (705) 789-9769
Address: 87 Main St W, Huntsville, ON P1H 1X1

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 at 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.

3 Guys and a Stove

3 Guys and a Stove is a place where multi-level seasoning and multi-layered flavours are applied to real, honest comfort foods that are healthy, aromatic, and addictively good. Here and there you will enjoy the spice and aroma of the Caribbean, a dash of Southeast Asia, or a good dose of “down-home southern comfort”. Whatever you eat, it will be delightfully simple, and simply delicious. So sit back, relax, and let your taste buds savour the flavour.

Phone: (705) 789-1815
Address: 143 Highway 60 East Huntsville, Ontario



New for 2020 – Always popular at NEFEC is merchandise. 

This year you can order merchandise when you register and pick it up when you arrive at Deerhurst in March.  Add Merchandise to your Order 
Long Sleeve T-Shirt

50/50 with Fire Rescue on back & NEFEC logo on front small – Grey or Black
Short Sleeve T-Shirt

50/50 with Fire Rescue on back & NEFEC logo on front small – Grey or Red

50/50 with Fire Rescue on front & NEFEC logo on Hood small – Grey or Red
Baseball Cap

Fire Rescue on front and NEFEC on back
*Prices may differ for certain sizes

Contact Us
Do you have a question about the Northeastern Fire Education Conference?  We are happy to help.

Questions about registration and general inquiries can be sent to Laura Aivaliotis, Registrar by email at or by phone at 905-426-9865 x230

For information about the conference, trade show inquiries sponsorship, business development opportunities, or Deerhurst Resort, please contact Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager at 905-426-9865 x224 or 
Vendors/exhibitors can visit the NEFEC Trade Show Exhibitor website for information on the trade show.