Northeastern Fire Education Conference and Trade Show - Attendees

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

Deerhurst Resort and Conference Centre, Huntsville, Ontario - CANCELLED

We regret to inform you that NEFEC 2020 scheduled from March 27-29, 2020  is now officially cancelled.  As you may have received a previous notification from Deerhurst Resort, the venue is temporarily closing due to the COVID-19 virus. 

We have spent the past week working with staff at Deerhurst to try and reschedule the event for a later date, however at this moment, rescheduling is no longer an option, thus, in the best interest of public health, we have made the decision to cancel NEFEC 2020. 

In the coming days and weeks staff work with those of you who've registered to refund your money, but ask for your patience during this unexpected period. 

On behalf of the NEFEC team, we want to thank you for your continued support and for you patience and understanding.
Please do not hesitate to contact Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager at 905-426-9865 x224 or by email to should you have any questions about NEFEC 2020 hotel accommodations, the venue, registration process or any other questions you might have.  We are here to assist you and to ensure you have an enjoyable conference experience.
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
  • Fire Chief Jean Marc St. Amour, Hearst
  • Fire Chief Jim Runciman, Greenstone

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
Lanyard Sponsor Coffee 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

Click on the map to view to download a copy.


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 March 3, 2020

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
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal, Jon Pegg, 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
Turning Crisis into Opportunity
John Robertson, FORTLOG Services 
Waterhouse Ballroom
Section 21 Update
Chief Rob Grimwood, Dryden Fire Services
Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break at the Trade Show 
Legacy Hall
SP-230 Wildland Fire Strategies & Tactics for Municipal Fire Departments Course
Simon Ethier, A/Regional Fire Advisor, Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry
Waterhouse Ballroom
Ottawa River Flood 
 Deputy Chief Paul Hutt, Ottawa Fire
Waterhouse Ballroom
Mandatory Training and Maintenance Training – Balancing the Calendar in a Volunteer Department Adam Rockall, President and Deputy Chief Reno Levesque, 1st Vice President OAFTO 
Waterhouse Ballroom
Banquet Reception
Banquet followed by Entertainment
Sunday, March 29, 2020
7:00am - 12:00pm Registration  Activity Desk
Hot Breakfast Buffet


The Working Mind First Responders 

Chief Brent Thomas, Orilla Fire

Waterhouse 1


Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responders

Chief Tim Burgess, Cramahe Township

Waterhouse 2


Livestock Extrication

Retired Chief, Victor MacPherson,  Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department

Waterhouse 3


Traffic Protection for Emergency Services 

Timothy Metcalfe, CRSP, EMCA, Health and Safety Consultant, Public Safety Unit

Public Services Health & Safety Association  

Waterhouse 4


Firefighter Performance - Evolving the Culture of Firefighter Fitness

Dr Lowell Greib MSc ND CISSN

Harris Room


Big Rig Extrication

Jason DeFosse, Code4 Fire & Rescue and Heavy Rescue Towing Expert James Ireland from the very popular Discovery Channel Show Heavy Rescue 401

Tom Thompson

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
Sponsored by VFIS 

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.

Keynote: Carl Dixon
Unbroken: A Man of Titanium Rock & Soul
Carl Dixon is a Canadian rock legend for the mere fact that he is still alive. As lead singer of Coney Hatch Carl toured with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest across North America. He later joined April Wine for four years and then was lead singer of The Guess Who for eight years.
Carl's life was shattered in 2008 by an horrific head-on car accident in Australia. Stressed and "emotionally impaired" Carl forgot that in Australia they drive on the other side. He suffered traumatic brain injury, 52 injuries in total and was assessed as having 75% loss of ability. Yet he's rebuilt a music career, become a published author and now an inspirational speaker. Carl's presentation is informative, musical, raw, honest and at times hilarious. An uplifting story of how our journey to the top is never a solo act.


SP-230 Wildland Fire Strategies & Tactics for Municipal Fire Departments Course
Presented by: Simon Ethier A/Regional Fire Advisor, Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry

Simon Ethier started his career with the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) Branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) in 2002.

Simon has 14 years’ experience with AFFES in the FireRanger program at the Sudbury Fire Management Headquarters, and 4 years’ experience working at the Northeast Regional Fire Management Centre. Simon fills functions on Incident Management Teams and has been involved in Fire Suppression Operations, Evacuations, Fire Investigations and Interagency Response across the Country. 

During his time with AFFES, Simon has gained valuable experience as a Fire Crew Leader, Special Projects Officer, Duty Tech and Safety & Training Specialist. Since March 2016, he has held the Northeast Region’s Fire Advisor position – a role that has allowed him to engage with Ontarians all over the province, promoting the importance of emergency preparedness, fire prevention and spreading the word about the FireSmart program.

Turning Crisis into Opportunity
Presented by: John Robertson, FORTLOG Services 


John Robertson is an expert in transforming crisis and mental health challenges into the opportunity for growth.

A leadership and culture specialist, he provides the guidance to develop a values-based framework for resilience. Connecting a common-sense approach with innovation, experience and forward-thinking to create meaningful relationships & strategies developed by trust, leadership and communication.
Providing leaders & organizations the tools and support to address and implement positive change solutions enabling people & organizations to focus on the vital component of all resilience –the implementation!
Experience: He has over 30 years of training, equipping and coaching incuding crisis intervention, leadership, culture transformation and experience with numerous workplaces, families, first responders, First Nations, communities, EAPs and has served on international trauma and crisis boards.
John’s education includes; Certifications include MHCC’s The Working Mind Trainer, Coach, Advisor in National Standard for Psychological H&S in the Workplace, Instructor in numerous CISM courses, Grief Resolution Specialist, Trauma Treatment Specialist, numerous psychometric tools & assessments, and Bachelor and Master Degrees from Queen’s University.
Ottawa River Flood 
Presented by: Deputy Chief Paul Hutt, Urban and Special Operations Ottawa Fire
Paul’s introduction to the fire service was in 1993 where he started as a volunteer firefighter in a community south of Ottawa.  As a result of great mentorship, Paul advanced to the position of captain within the newly amalgamated City of Ottawa in 2001.  Soon after, Paul assumed the role of Sector Chief within the Ottawa Fire Service and served in that capacity until 2011.  In 2011, Paul accepted the role as Director of Emergency Services / Fire Chief responsible for Fire Services, Emergency Management, and Bylaw Services with the Municipality of North Grenville. In 2016, Paul returned to Ottawa Fire Services as Deputy Chief of Urban Operations and Special Operations. Paul is a proud to be part of the progressive team in Ottawa. 
Paul received his Master Certification in Municipal Leadership with York University, Schulich School of Business. Paul also received the status of Certified Municipal Manager from the Ontario Municipal Management Institute with the status of Fire Service Executive, CMM III.

Section 21 Update
Presented by: Chief Rob Grimmwood

Rob Grimwood is in his 24th year in the fire service, which includes time as a Firefighter for Toronto Fire Services; a Firefighter, Company Officer and Fire Chief/CEMC for the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake; Fire & Paramedic Chief and CEMC for Haldimand County and is currently the Fire Chief/CEMC for the City of Dryden. He also served for 20 years as a paramedic with Niagara EMS and Haldimand County Paramedic Services.

He serves on the Ontario Fire Service Section 21 Committee and is currently the Management Co-chair. He is also on the Board of Directors and the Executive of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, as well as the Chair of the OAFC Health & Safety Committee.

He is a graduate of the Dalhousie University Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Management Programs, the Ontario Fire College and the New York State Academy of Fire Science. He is currently an instructor for the Dalhousie University Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Management Programs, an Associate Instructor for the Ontario Fire College and an NFPA Provincial Evaluator.

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.

The Working Mind First Responders

Instructed by Fire Chief Brent Thomas, Orilla Fire
Max participants:  30


The Working Mind First Responders (TWMFR), formerly known as Road to Mental Readiness, is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a first-responder setting. This training program is aimed to: 

  • Improve short-term performance and long-term mental health outcomes
  • Reduce barriers to care and encourage early access to care
  • Provide the tools and resources required to manage and support employees who may be experiencing a mental illness
  • Assist supervisors in maintaining their own mental health as well as promoting positive mental health in their employees

Participants are provided with valuable information, skills, tools and resources specific to: 

  • Stigma and barriers to care
  • Health coping strategies
  • Mental toughness
  • The Mental Health Continuum Model, a self-assessment tool with indicators of positive, poor, and declining mental health 
  • To enable continuous learning, booster sessions are also available (1-2hrs in length, focussing on one of the topics from the full course, and facilitated by a certified instructor. Booster sessions are intended only for participants who have taken the initial full course

Brent is the Fire Chief of the Orillia Fire Department. Previously he was the Assistant Chief responsible primarily for training and emergency management.  He also provides mental health training via The Working Minds of First Responder to Ontario fire departments and The Working Minds training to city and workplace staff through the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  Brent is past president of the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers (OAFTO). He is a member of several committees and working groups in the Province including the OAFC Education and Training Committee. Since becoming Fire Chief Brent has been invited to teach Fire Officer III & IV at the Ontario Fire College. Brent is also a member of the OFD Honour Guard.

Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responders

Instructed by Fire Chief Tim Burgess, Cramahe Township
Max participants:  30

The class is an interactive, PowerPoint driven lecture filled with energy and experiences in responding to electrical emergencies. We take the book “Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responders “, and explain it from one firefighter to another firefighter. Tim will explain how to apply the concepts listed in the publication in order to be safe while at the scene. There are discussions and video clips to help re-enforce the understanding.

Tim’s background incorporates over 30 years of emergency response experiences within Ontario in various capacities and environments including electrical emergencies, Industrial Firefighter, Volunteer Firefighter, Nuclear Generation Power Plant Firefighter, Forest Firefighter, Fire and Technical Rescue Instructor, and Health & Safety Instructor. Tim’s background also includes being an arborist, powerline maintainer, underground high voltage cable splicer, and accomplished photographer.

Since 2007 Tim has been an active instructor in the Fire Service and Industrial Sector. Tim has been an instructor for the following disciplines: Incident Command, hazmat operations, high angle rescue, emergency medical responder, health & safety, supervisory courses, JHSC training, and certified Driving Instructor. Tim has delivered safety and response speeches throughout Ontario at Mutual Aid meetings, Fire Departments, and the FSWO Conference in 2018. Tim is currently the Fire Chief for the Cramahe Township Fire Department.

Livestock Extrication

Instructed by Retired Fire Chief Victor MacPherson, Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department
Max participants:  30

Sponsored By

First responders are accustomed to handling vehicular accidents involving tractor-trailer trucks.  However, accidents involving trucks hauling livestock present unique challenges where first responders can find themselves in unfamiliar territory when dealing with live and/or injured animals.  Be proactive and ensure that you and your team are properly trained to respond to and manage livestock emergencies, including truck rollovers.  Be prepared by knowing where you can access animal care equipment and resources within your community.

Victor is a retired District Fire Chief, from the Adjala-Tosorontio Fire Department, Station 2, having served 25 years. He has been employed since 2000 with the City of Vaughan Fire Department as a Master Emergency Vehicle Technician, and an Acting Mechanical   Officer, in their Fire Vehicle and Apparatus Mechanical Division. Since 2013 he has been involved with the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue group both in Canada and the United States. He is the lead trainer for both awareness and operational levels in Canada working together with Equine Guelph (University of Guelph) and the assistant instructor with Dr. Rebecca Gimenez-Husted (TLAER Inc.) in the United States. Victor has been involved with Farm and Food Care Ontario since 2018 as a trainer for the Livestock Tractor Trailer Rollover Awareness Program.  He is also a member of the Dufferin Emergency Search and Rescue since 2017; a non-profit organization that assists in emergency response to locate missing persons in all forms of disasters and crisis.  He is a retired Master Corporal with the Canadian Military having served in Canada, Europe and NATO in their armored units. Victor lives in Loretto, Ontario, with his wife of 30 years, and two grown children.

Traffic Protection for Emergency Services

Instructed by Timothy Metcalfe, CRSP, EMCA, Health and Safety Consultant, Public Safety Unit

Public Services Health & Safety Association   
Max participants:  30

This program covers the hazards of working close to vehicles and equipment, the legislation that applies 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 the newest edition to Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 - Unplanned events

Applicable for the Emergency sector, this training is designed for workers who are exposed to traffic hazards and work on or near roadways for emergency response purposes. Unplanned events are covered, this course is specifically designed for the Emergency services sector - there is a separate module for municipal sector clients.

Tim brings over thirty years of experience in the Ambulance and Fire Services. During this time Tim spent many years training in the fire service and college fire programs. This led to a specialization in the last ten years in Occupational Health and Safety and Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) for Toronto Fire Services. In addition to the Company Officer and Training Officer Programs at the Ontario Fire College, Tim also completed IPAC course at Centennial College, OH&S at Ryerson University, Hazardous Material Operations and the National Chemical Biological Radiologic Nuclear Explosive (CBRNE) advanced level, Incident Safety Officer Instructor and Road 2 Mental Readiness (R2MR) Instructor.  In 2013 Tim received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medial in 2013 for his involvement in two WSIB research projects exploring metabolic heat management for emergency services workers

Tim is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) currently works for Public Service Health and Safety as the Fire/EMS Specialist.

Firefighter Performance - Evolving the Culture of Firefighter Fitness

Instructed by Dr. Lowell Greib MSc ND CISSN, The Sport Lab  
Max participants:  30

Sponsored By: 

Firefighters are expected to be able to respond to a variety of physical stressors in a

operational environment. But are all of our fire fighters truly occupationally prepared?  Further, there are well defined linkages between strength and conditioning and developing disease over time. Through the design and implementation of a well-crafted performance model, fire departments can improve occupational performance while simultaneously mitigating risk of long term, adverse health outcomes.

This workshop will discuss the following items:

  • A performance model for the fire service
  • The difference between strength and conditioning
  • What is operational and tactical training?
  • What does it take to be a firefighter? The current literature in the strength and conditioning needs of a firefighter
  • Firefighter fitness facilities
  • Implementation of tactical training
  • The link between operational strength and conditioning and cardiovascular disease prevention
  • The link between operational strength and conditioning and cancer prevention
  • The link between operational strength and conditioning and PTSD (mental health) Prevention

Dr. Lowell Greib is a clinician, academic and athlete. He is the president of The SportLab - Muskoka’s first and only athlete-focused Sport Therapy Clinic.

Dr. Greib holds academic positions across North America and the Caribbean where he teaches methodology to improve athlete performance. Dr. Greib raced as a professional ultra-distance mountain biker, while completing both his Degree in Biochemistry/Biotechnology and his master’s in chemistry at the University of Waterloo. He then completed 4 years of medical training at the CCNM. With the combination of science, medicine and sport, The SportLab has developed a unique approach to performance. Dr. Greib leads his team developing and implementing strategic programming to optimize performance in occupational athletes - those whose work is tactical in nature, such as firefighters and emergency response teams. Dr. Greib continues to be a competitive athlete himself in the marathon distance, where he has raced the Boston Marathon twice and holds a sub-3-hour personal record.

Big Rig Extrication

Instructed by Jason DeFosse, Code4 Fire & Rescue Inc. and special guest Heavy Rescue Towing Expert James Ireland from the very popular Discovery Channel Show Heavy Rescue

401Max participants:  50

Sponsored by: 

James Ireland from the very popular Discovery Channel Show Heavy Rescue 401 is our special guest presenter. James will be sharing his knowledge and experiences working large accidents with firefighters and how to work together on scene when dealing with large scale incidents. Jason will be sharing the latest info and extrication tactics when facing large truck incidents. Also, in addition to this Jason will share if the latest information on self-driving cars and driver assist technology plus best practices and extrication considerations when working on electric and or hybrid vehicles.



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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2020 Exhibitor List - Last updated February 13

Company Booth Number
1200 Degrees – Darch Fire 108
3M | Scott Fire & Safety 402
A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. 203
ALG Safety 411
Annex/FFIC/Firehall Bookstore 308
Battleshield Industries Limited 313
Biernat Fire - Feu Inc. 109
Breton Smartek-FireQ-RVS 208
Bulldog Hose Company 312
Carrier Centers Emergency Vehicles 401
C-Max Fire Solutions 407
Code 4 Fire & Rescue Inc. 408
Dependable Emergency Services 112
Draeger Safety Canada Ltd. 614
Eco Securica Inc. (Reinoldmax) 210
Emergency Management & Training Inc. 608
ERAC - Emergency Response Assistance Canada 403
Fanshawe College 307
Fire Marque 206
Fisher's Regalia & Uniform Accoutrements Co. Ltd. 315
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd. 103
FORTLOG Services 417
Globalstar Canada Satellite Co. 500
GovDeals Canada 215
ICO Technologies 600
Inservus Management 506
KEHOE LE Distributors Inc. 214
Krown Corporate/Krown Rust Control 303
Lakeshore Hydrant Services Inc. 415
Levitt-Safety Ltd. 104
Lifesaving Society Ontario 405
Lightning Equipment Sales Inc. 100
M & L Supply Fire & Safety 516
North City Insurance, (a division of) RDA Insurance Corp. 504
Nuclear Waste Management Organization 107
Onspot Automatic Tire Chains 106
PPE Solutions Inc. 604
Pro Fleet Care 102
Provix 618
Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) 406
ResQtech Systems Inc. 113
SafeDesign Apparel Inc. 512
Safetek Emergency Vechicles Ltd. 207
Sani-Gear Fire 404
Sootsoap Supply Co. Ltd. 306
Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. 502
Talbot Marketing/Uniforms 305
TargetSolutions 209
Tech Forward Fire Solutions Ltd. 314
Trans Canada Safety 610
Unisync Group Limited 204
VFIS 202


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
Lanyard Sponsor Coffee 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.

2020 Banquet Entertainment

The Tobin Spring Band has been entertaining audiences around Muskoka for the past 15 years.  Their large repertoire of songs enables them to bring the right vibe to every event.  They will be sure to get the dance-floor rocking.  NEFEC Delegates are encouraged to make song requests throughout the show and dance the night away


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.  
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.