OAFC 2019 - Attendees
 
   
 

OAFC 2019 May 2-5, The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

OAFC 2019 Pre-Conference events start on May 1, 2019

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) annual conference provides educational programs that are geared to everyone working in fire and emergency services, or a related sector. Our 2019 schedule offers programs that focus on professional development to specific areas of the fire service. 
 

Who Attends?

 
Fire chiefs, senior fire officers, company officers, firefighters, training officers, communicators, public educators, fire prevention officers, airport rescue and firefighting personnel, mechanical officers, and municipal officials from across Ontario come together for professional development, networking, and collaboration.  With eight programs to participate in, attendees walk away with innovative information that covers all areas of the fire service, including: technological advances, real-life fire incidents, navigating the political environment, public and life fire safety, management/leadership development and more. 
 

OAFC 2019 Trade Show, the largest fire and emergency trade show in Canada!  All those in the fire service are welcome to attend!

The OAFC 2019 Trade Show is the largest fire and emergency trade show in Canada.  The show boasts over 250 booths and fire vehicles, and is proud to host the largest and most successful gathering of fire service manufacturers and suppliers in Canada. 
 
The Trade Show offers direct access to sales teams who supply Ontario's fire departments with the important lifesaving apparatus, gear and services that they rely upon every day!  The show is open to everyone in the fire service, and is included in all registration packages.  
 
Visit the OAFC 2019 Trade Show page to see who's exhibiting, whats happening on the show floor, and to get passes.
 

Why Attend?

 

2019 Keynote Presentations

 
Toronto Strong:  The Toronto Fire Services response to the Yonge Street Van Attack and the Danforth Avenue Shootings.
Chief Matthew Pegg, Toronto Fire Services
 
On April 23, 2018, a van attack on Toronto's Yonge Street killed 10 people and injured 16 more.  On July 20, 2018, a lone gunman killed 2 people and injured 13 more on Toronto's Danforth Avenue. 
 
In this presentation, Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg will provide fellow first responders with an overview of Toronto Fire Services' response to these mass-casualty incidents and share his thoughts on how Fire Chiefs can begin to prepare for these types of incidents.  He will also discuss how these incidents have impacted the responding Firefighters and how the City of Toronto came together in the wake of these tragic events.
 

Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths
Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department
 
Benjamin Franklin is widely known for his many contributions to science, politics, and community-building across the globe, including forming one of the earliest North American fire companies in 1736 Philadelphia.
 
Franklin’s maxims on exercising leadership are as relevant today, as they were when he served as the Union Fire Company’s first fire chief.
 
 
Camp Fire: The Fire That Changed California
Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
 
The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history required a massive response that involved the mobilization of various agencies, personnel, equipment and resources.  CAL FIRE Deputy Director of Communications Mike Mohler will break down the timeline of the initial response to the November 2018 Camp Fire. 
 
Although the incident burned for over two weeks until firefighters were able to contain it, most of the loss of life and property destruction happened in just the first four hours and was centered in and around the town of Paradise in Butte County.  All told, the Camp Fire burned 153,336 acres, destroyed 18,800 homes and killed 85 people.
 
 
Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE
Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department
 
Utilizing the RESHAPE model, Tiffanye will educate participants on the importance of building an effective culture, one where all can thrive. 
 
She will inspire participants to make the change individually and collectively to build an effective culture and will leave a lasting impact that will include strategies for individual responsibility and an immediate call to action
 
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: How Brilliant Brands Create an Urge to Act
Andrew Davis, Bestselling author and Internationally Acclaimed Keynote Speaker
 
We save lives. We're pillars in the community and have our constituents safety and wellbeing at heart. We have so much to say supporting such a good cause. So why aren't more people getting involved? Maybe we need to do less and inspire more.
 
In this exhilarating 45-minute keynote presentation, author and former television producer Andrew Davis will teach us the five secrets to telling stories that inspire others to act.
 
You'll learn how to create moments of inspiration. Moments that inspire your audience to go on a journey they never expected. You'll learn the secrets to owning the entire consumer journey, and he'll uncover the secret question to discovering what inspires your existing partners and volunteers to get involved.
 
You’ll walk away ready to create your own moments that inspire new stakeholders, and volunteers to act in predictable and repeatable ways.
 
Are you ready to be inspired?
 
Pre-Conference Event Options - Wednesday, May 1, 2019
 
May 1, 2019 - Fire Service Health & Safety Program:  The Fire Service Health & Safety Program addresses topics that are at the forefront of health and safety in the fire service.  The goal is to provide information, resources and training to help reduce the number of preventable injuries in the fire and emergency service. This includes a cultural and leadership focus on safety in every aspect of the job, as well as physical and mental health fitness. The event is relevant to anyone working in a fire department, whether full-time or volunteer. The program takes a more interactive approach by allowing participants to be actively involved in the presentations, and presenting the important information you need on health/safety issues in a modern day fire service.
 
May 1, 2019 - OAFC Queens Park Advocacy Day:  The OAFC will be hosting a Queens Park Advocacy Day, the day before the commencement of OAFC 2019.  The purpose of the Advocacy Day is to promote the OAFC priorities at Queen’s Park through meetings with elected officials, question period, and a reception event. Queen’s Park advocacy days are an extremely effective tool for organizations and associations to raise our unique concerns to elected officials and policy makers. Advocacy days enable the lobbying group to dominate the agenda at Queen’s Park through question period, member’s statements, face-to-face meetings, and receptions.
 

2019 Programs

Each track is tailored to specific areas of the fire service, and each program includes applicable keynote speakers and evening functions.  All packages include access to the trade show.  Attendees are free to choose the sessions they want to attend.  
 
May 2-5, 2019 - Chief Officer Track - 3.5 Days
The Chief Officer Program provides educational development for chief fire officers who are involved with the operation, and are responsible for, the delivery of fire protection services in an urban, rural or suburban fire/rescue service. This track offers important information and resources to enhance skills, and develop leadership and executive-level knowledge to further excel in your chief officer role. This registration package includes specialized tracks on Thursday, May 2.  Delegates partake in keynote presentations and then can choose from ALL specialized sessions, based on specific interest.  
 
May 2-5, 2019 - Training Officers Track - 3.5 Days: The Training Officer’s Program includes all keynote sessions, and a 6-hour session on new research and tactics on understanding and fighting basement fires. This program offers the perfect opportunity to build a network to share best practices and resources with other training professionals.
 
May 2 & 3, 2019 - Public Educators Track - 2 Days: The OAFC and the Ontario Fire & Life Safety Educators have developed the public educator’s program, specifically tailored to promote education initiatives relevant to today’s public fire educators and fire prevention officers.  The program is designed to share information, resources and network with likeminded professionals. This role is very important in a fire service, as most fires are preventable. Ontario’s public educators educate, train, motivate and inspire fire and life safety programs and messages in their communities.  This program will help develop new, innovative ways to promote fire safety and education.
 
May 2 & 3, 2019 - Municipal Officials Track: The Essentials of Firefighting and Firefighting 101 - 2 Days:  This program offers elected officials the opportunity to understand the challenges of the fire service and its importance in their communities. This two-day session includes presentations customized to provide the essential information about the fire service.  The highlight of the program is our interactive, hands-on fire training session!  Municipal officials slip into bunker gear and experience firsthand the life of a firefighter by participating in a live fire training session.  Past attendees have included: government officials, mayors and councilors, CAO’s, directors and other senior municipal staff. 
 
May 3, 2019 - Fire Communicators Track - 1-Day:  The Ontario Fire Communicators Association (OFCA), in conjunction with the OAFC, have developed a forum to help communicators understand more about today’s common issues facing Ontario’s communication centres. Fire communicators are those responsible for the processing of requests for emergency and non-emergency assistance received via 9-1-1 lines, administration lines, the radio system or direct contact with the public. They work closely with communicators from police, EMS and other services to provide rapid, effective response. The seminar includes a variety of presentations specifically selected on important issues facing communicators in today’s fire service. 
 
What previous attendees are saying.....
 
 
OAFC 2019 is the largest of its kind in Canada and offers something for everyone in today's fire services. It is the not-to-be missed event of 2019!
 

A special thank you to the following organizations for the support of

OAFC 2019, and the fire service in Ontario!

 
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Sponsor
Memorial Reception Sponsor
Trade Show Cafe Sponsor
Delgate Bag Sponsor Delegate Gift Sponsor Lanyard Sponsor
Memorial Service Sponsor Coffee Break Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Prize Sponsor
Trade Show Front Entrance
Welcome Sponsor
Training Track
Speaker Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Prize Sponsor
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OAFC 2019 Registration Packages

OAFC 2019 offers multiple packages that accommodate all types of attendees with varied interests. 
 
If you have any questions about our registration options, please contact us!  Our staff team is here to assist you!
 
Package Option
Registration Fee
Inclusions
PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT:
Fire Service Health & Safety Program
1-day
May 1, 2019
$250
  • Specialized programming on Wednesday May 1
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day
  • Trade Show on Friday/Saturday.
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday evening
  • Memorial Service on Saturday evening
PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT:
OAFC Queen's Park Advocacy Day
May 1, 2019
Please visit the OAFC Queen's Park Advocacy Day page on our website on how to register for this event.  This is open to OAFC Individual members only.
Chief Officer Track
3.5-days
May 2-5, 2019
$550 OAFC Member
$600 OAFC Non-Member
 
$125 Companion
  • Specialized programming on Thursday
  • Friday and Saturday keynote presentations
  • Trade Show access
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday evening
  • Memorial Service on Saturday evening
  • General meeting on Sunday - 1/2 day (For OAFC Individual members only)
Training Officer Track
3.5-days
May 2-5, 2019
$550 Member 
$600 Non-Member 
 
$125 Companion
  • Specialized programming on Thursday
  • Friday and Saturday keynote presentations
  • Trade Show access
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday evening
  • Memorial Service on Saturday evening
  • General meeting on Sunday - 1/2 day
  • (For OAFTO members only)
Public Educators Track
2-days
May 2 & 3, 2019
$335
  • Specialized programming on Thursday and Friday
  • Keynote on Friday
  • Trade Show access
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day.
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday evening
  • Access to Memorial Service on Saturday evening
Municipal Officials Program: The Essentials of Firefighting and Firefighting 101
2-day
May 2 & 3, 2019
$375 
  • Specialized programming on Thursday
  • Keynote presentations
  • Live fire training on Thursday
  • Trade Show access
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day.
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday evening
  • Access to Memorial Service on Saturday evening
Fire Communicators Track - 1-day
May 3, 2019
$235 
 
Saturday Add-On

$100

  • Specialized programming on Friday
  • Keynote on Friday
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunch
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday evening
  • Option to add Saturday for $100
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2019
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OAFC 2019 Trade Show

Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4, 2019

The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

Halls: 2, 3 & 4

If you are an EXHIBITOR, please visit the OAFC 2018 Trade Show EXHIBITOR section.
The OAFC 2019 Trade Show is the must-attend exhibition for the fire service in Canada. You can find everything you need within the 250 booths and fire vehicles being showcased in over 170,000 square feet of dedicated trade show space. This is where your purchasing committee and mechanics can get on-the-spot answers to their questions from company experts. Get your fire department purchasing done in record time, and take advantage of promotions and specials offered by exhibitors.
 
The trade show takes place on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 from 10:00am until 4:00pm both days at the International Centre, located at 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, Ontario, L4V 1E8 in Halls: 2, 3 & 4.  The main entrance to the show is located by Halls 2 & 3.  More information on the venue, including parking and special services can be found below.
 
Admission and trade show shuttle are included with any conference registration. All members of the fire service are welcome to attend. Day passes are available for $20.00, or you can receive a free pass from your fire chief.
 
As a benefit of membership, each OAFC member receives complimentary trade show passes to distribute to members in their fire department.  Passes will be distributed in March 2019!
 
 

OAFC 2019 Trade Show Floor Plan & List of Exhibitors

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

2019 Exhibitor List

Exhibitor Name Booth Number
FEATURED AREA 6
2Tinga Inc. T05
3M | Scott Safety 1311
A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. 1200, 1202, 1204, 1206, 1210, 1214, 1216, 1218, FEATURE AREA 9
A.S. Roach Fire Services Ltd. T02
Advantage Fitness Sales Inc. 1938
Air Technology Solutions 1338
ALG Safety 1910
Altohelix Corp 1810
AMDOR Inc. 1234
Annex/FFIC/Firehall Bookstore 1230
Artcal Graphics 1331
Battleshield Industries Limited T01
Biernat Fire Inc. 1836
Canadian Red Cross 1434
Canadian Safety Equipment Inc. FEATURE AREA 7
Capital Networks Limited 2019
Carl Thibault Fire Trucks Inc. T11
Carrier Centers T31
Code 4 Fire & Rescue Inc. FEATURE AREA 8
Codehesive Solutions 1336
Commercial Emergency Equipment Co. FEATURE AREA 10
Concept Controls 1822
CriSys Limited 1710
Dalhousie University 1914
Darta Fleet Services/D&R Electronics T10
Defender Sales Agency 1826
Dependable Emergency Services FEATURED AREA 3, 500, 510
Dillon Consulting 1303
Dimensional Strategies Inc. 1329
Draeger Safety Canada Ltd. 1622
Eco Securica Inc. (Reinoldmax) 1438
Elite Crete Systems Canada Inc. 1934
Emergency Management & Training Inc. 1113
Fanshawe College, School of Public Safety 2018
Federal Signal T28
Fire Fighters' Association of Ontario 2131
FIreblast Global 1930
Firestar Services Inc. 2113
Fireworks FX 1339
First Alert Canada 1228
First Tactical 1328
Fisher's Regalia & Uniforms 1316
Flame Tamer Fire & Safety Ltd. 1315
Flash Formation 2025
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd. FEATURE AREA 1
FORTLOG Services 1818
GAP Wireless 1919
Geroline Inc. 1824
GovDeals, Inc. 1430
H&R Machine 1638
H.O. Bostrom Company, Inc. 1834
Health Wellness Industries Inc. 1327
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure 1319
Honeywell Footwear 1923
Iamresponding.com 1922
ICO Technologies 2031
Industries Lafleur Inc. T06
Jones & Bartlett Learning 1312
JVCKENWOOD Canada Inc. 2015
KEHOE LE Distributors 1530
Krown Corporate/Krown Rust Control 1823
Kussmaul Electronics 1523
Lakeland Protective Wear 2010
Levitt-Safety Ltd. 1310
Lightning Equipment Sales Inc. T22
Loonie Times Inc. 1524
M & L Supply Fire & Safety FEATURE AREA 11
Martin & Levesque/Blauer Canada 1718
Metz Fire & Rescue Supply FEATURED AREA 5
Mitsubishi Motor Sales Canada Inc. 1538
Mounting Technology Canada T08
Municipal Equipment 1628
National Fittings Canada 2115
Nederman Canada Ltd. 1531
Neothane Inc. 1634
North City Insurance Brokers Ltd. 1422
Northern911 1307
Onspot Automatic Tire Chains 1722
Open Access 2111
Outdoor Outfits 1534
Panasonic Canada Inc. 2135
Past into New 2123
Pelican Products ULC 1735
PMU Quebec 1535
Pro Fleet Care 2030
ProFitHR 2012
Provix 1330
Rescom Sales Inc. 1817
Rescue 7 Inc 1814
ResQtech Systems Inc. FEATURED AREA 4
Rossbro Engineering Ltd. 1911
Rusoh Fire Extinguisher/Seek Thermal 1335
SafeDesign Apparel Inc. 1522
SafeFleet 1837
Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd. FEATURE AREA 2
Safety Media Inc. 1314
Sani-Gear Fire 2117
Sava Fire Equipment Inc. 1937
Scotty Firefighter 1305
SimsUshare 1526
Smiths Detection 1317
Spectrum Communications 1413
Spirito 1935
Starfield LION 1222, 1322
STC Footwear 1325
Stedfast 1525
Stryker Canada 1625
Super Vac T27
Symposium Technologies 2034
Talbot Marketing/Uniforms 1730
Tecniq Inc. LED Lighting 1812
The Personal Insurance Company 1918
The Tin Knockers Industrial - Plymovent 2139
TransCanada Pipelines 1829
Underwriters Laboratories of Canada 1224
Unisync Public Safety Division 1334
University of Guelph-Humber 2022
VFIS 1819
Visiontec Systems 1324
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. 1716
Waterous 2119
Whelen Canada T09
Will-Burt Company, The 1835
WindTrans Systems Ltd. 1830
WPS Disaster Management Solutions Ltd 1539
X-TINGUISHER 1635
Zehr Insurance Brokers Ltd. 2129
Ziamatic Corp. 1429
Zoll 1913
 
 
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OAFC 2019 Draft Conference Agenda

Please note that on Thursday, May 2, 2019, delegates may choose the track/session they would like to participate in.  
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
3:00pm to 8:00pm
OAFC 2019 Registration
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
Trillium Foyer
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Fire Service Health & Safety Track
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30am to 5:00pm
Registration
Trillium Foyer
7:00am
Breakfast
Trillium Ballroom
8:15am Opening Remarks Ron Kelusky, Chief Prevention Officer/ Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour Trillium Ballroom
8:30am
OHS Risk Management for Chief Officers
Norm Keith, Fasken
Trillium Ballroom
9:30am
Section 21 Update
Chief Rob Grimwood, OAFC Chair, MOL Section 21 Health & Safety Committee
Trillium Ballroom
10:30am
Coffee Break
Trillium Foyer
11:00am
Ministry of Labour Inspection Orders
Juanita Martin, Provincial Specialist, Industrial Health and Safety Program, OHS Branch, Ministry of Labour
Trillium Ballroom
11:45pm
Overview of the Ontario Designated Officers Association
TBA
Trillium Ballroom
12:30pm
Lunch
Trillium Ballroom
1:30pm
Resilience Training Needs of Emergency Workers
Dr. Dan Bilsker, Research Psychologist
Trillium Ballroom
2:30pm
PTSD Next Steps and Health and Safety Changes in Ontario
Tim Metcalfe, Fire and EMS Health and Safety Consultant, PSHSA
Trillium Ballroom
3:30pm
Coffee Break
Trillium Foyer
4:00pm
Fireground Rehabilitation Panel
Chief Rob Grimwood, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Chief Mark Pankhurst, Kawartha Lakes, Operations Chief Chris Case, Chatham-Kent
Trillium Ballroom
5:00pm
Session ends
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Queen's Park Advocacy Day
Time
Event/Presentation
Room
12:15pm
Shuttle departs Holiday Inn for Queens Park
 
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Meetings with Ministers, MPP’s, and political staffers
Queens Park
5:00pm to 7:30pm
OAFC Reception 
Legislative Assembly
Dining Room
Thursday, May 2, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:00am to 5:00pm
Registration
Conference Centre Lobby
7:00pm
Breakfast
Orion D
8:30am
ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Toronto Strong: The Toronto Fire Services response to the Yonge Street Van Attack and the Danforth Shootings
Chief Matt Pegg, Toronto Fire Services
Orion B/C
9:30am
ALL TRACKS: Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
A/Fire Marshal & Chief of Emergency Management, Jon Pegg
Orion B/C
10:00am
Coffee Break
Conference Centre Foyer
10:20am PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Welcome from the OFLSE Kevin Vaughan, OFLSE Chair Vela A
10:30am
MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS: Fire Service Impacts In Your Community
Deputy Chief Jim Jessop, Toronto Fire Services
Lyra B
10:30am
URBAN: The Fire Chief’s Role in a Complex Urban Threat Matrix
Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department
Vela B/C
10:30am to 5:00pm
6 Hours
TRAINING OFFICERS: Fire Research, Tactics, Training and Application
This is a 6-hour workshop
Robin Zevotek, PE, Research Engineer, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute
Pegasus A
10:30am
SUBURBAN-RURAL TRACK: Breaking Barriers: Busting through Recruitment & Retention Challenges
Dr. Candice McDonald, Success Up Life, LLC and Office of Protective Services, NASA
Orion B/C
10:30am
PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Drown proofing 1st Responders Wendy Lund, CEO/Founder, Wellth Management Inc.
Vela A
10:30am
MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS: Fire Service Governance
TBA
Lyra B
11:30am
PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Big Thinking on a Modest Budget: How to Make Your Communications Work Harder in 2019 Andrew Simon, Chief Creative Officer, Edelman
Vela A
12:00pm
URBAN TRACK: 
#411forthe911
Karen Simpson, Associate,  Lerners LLP
Vela B/C
12:30pm
Lunch
Orion D
12:30pm
MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS: LIVE FIRE TRAINING @ FESTI
FESTI
1:30pm
URBAN TRACK: Generating Private Income for a Public Fire and Rescue Service – A UK Perspective
Chris Blacksell, Chief Fire Officer, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Vela B/C
1:30pm
PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: OFLSE Update Kevin Vaughan, Chair, OFLSE
Vela A
1:30pm
SUBURBAN-RURAL TRACK: Marihuana Grow Operations and Clandestine Drug Lab Hazards
Dale L. Moore, Program Specialist, OFMEM
Orion B/C
2:30pm
URBAN TRACK: Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace:  An Understanding of an Employer’s Obligations in Responding to Allegations
Zaheer Lakhani, Partner, Bandhu Lakhani Campea LLP
Vela B/C
2:30pm
PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Using QR Codes as a Teaching Aid
Mel Everitt
Vela A
2:30pm
SUBURBAN-RURAL TRACK:  Title TBA
TBA
Orion B/C
3:00PM PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Are You Smarter Than a Middle Schooler OFLSE Vela A
3:30pm
Coffee Break
Conference Centre Foyer
4:00pm
ALL CHIEF OFFICERS:  CalFire 2018 Year in Review Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Vela B/C
4:00pm
PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Update from the OFLSE
Kevin Vaughan, OFLSE Chair
Vela A
4:30pm
PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Update from the OFLSE TBA
Vela A
Friday, May 3, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30am to 5:00pm
Registration
Conference Centre Lobby
7:30am
Breakfast
Orion D
8:30am
ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths
Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department
Orion A/B
9:30am
ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE
Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department
Orion A/B
10:30am
Coffee Break
Conference Centre Foyer
11:00am to 4:00pm
CHIEF OFFICER/TRAINING OFFICER Lunch and Trade Show
Halls 2, 3 & 4
11:00am to 12:00pm
COMMUNICATORS TRACK: 911 Inquest
Acting Deputy Chief Jesse Oshell, Greater Sudbury Fire Services
Pegasus A
11:00am to 12:30pm
MUNCIPAL OFFICIALS TRACK Managing Municipal Liability in the Fire Service
Norm Keith, FASKEN
Lyra B
12:00pm to 12:30pm
COMMUNICATORS TRACK: NG-911 Update
Chief John Hay, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Pegasus A
12:30pm to 5:00pm
MUNCIPAL OFFICIALS TRACK Lunch and Trade Show
Halls 2, 3 & 4
12:30pm to 2:30pm
COMMUNICATORS TRACK: Lunch and Trade Show
Halls 2, 3 & 4
2:30pm COMMUNICATORS TRACK: Legalities and Liability for Communicators,  John Saunders, Hicks Morley Pegasus A
3:30pm COMMUNICATORS TRACK: PTSD & Mental Health Resiliency for Communicators Tim Metcalfe, R2MR Instructor and Fire and EMS Health and Safety Consultant, PSHSA Pegasus A
8:00pm to 12:00pm
OAFC Networking "FUN" Raising Night
Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd and Safetek
  
Trillium Ballroom,
Holiday Inn
Saturday, May 4, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30am to 5:00pm
Registration
Conference Centre Foyer
7:30am
Breakfast
Orion D
8:30am
ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Camp Fire: The Fire That Changed California 
Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Halls 2, 3 & 4
9:30am
ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE How Brilliant Brands Create an Urge to Act 
Andrew Davis, Bestselling author and Internationally Acclaimed Keynote Speaker
Halls 2, 3 & 4
10:30am
Coffee Break
Conference Centre Foyer
11:00am to 4:00pm
Lunch and Trade Show
Halls 2, 3 & 4
7:00pm to 10:00pm
OAFC 2019 Annual Memorial Service 
Trillium Ballroom,
Holiday Inn
Service Sponsored By
 
Reception Sponsored by
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
970 Dixon Road, Toronto
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
7:00am to 12:00pm
Registration
Trillium Foyer
7:30am
Breakfast
Trillium Ballroom
8:30am
OAFC General Meeting - Individual Members Only
Trillium Ballroom
8:30am
OAFTO Annual Meeting
TBA
10:30am
Coffee Break
Trillium Foyer
11:00am
OAFC General Meeting - Individual Members Only
Trillium Ballroom
12:00pm
Departures
 
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OAFC 2019 Hotel Accommodations
 

OAFC 2019 Hotel Accommodations

 
Update: 
 
Please note the main conference hotel is full on a few select dates.  We are taking a waiting list.  Please contact OAFC Events & Trade Show Coordinator Kris Newton by email to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca to be put on the waiting list.
 
Please refer to additional accommodations below:
 

MAIN CONFERENCE HOTEL

Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

970 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario

The Holiday Inn® Toronto International Airport is newly renovated, conveniently located minutes from Toronto's Pearson International Airport and The International Centre. Easy access to highways 401, 427, and 407 will put guests just minutes away from Toronto attractions.  Guests can take advantage of their 24-hour airport shuttle service and accessible location.
 
The Holiday Inn is excited to announce the completion of a $15 million renovation. The transformation includes a makeover of the properties 451 guest rooms, and suites to complement the inviting lobby, public area and flexible conference space. The redesigned restaurant, Bistro YYZ will tempt your pallet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner offering an array of beer and wines. What would an airport hotel be without a coffee bar for the early morning departures; Seattle's Best is now serving at 6:00am.
 
The quality and quiet comfort of the newly renovated guest rooms offer you an oasis of pampering.  Relax in a room with heated bathroom floors, pillow-top mattress with hypo-allergenic duvets, free Wi-Fi Internet access and a 27-inch flat screen TV with enhanced cable.
 
Phone Number: 416-675-7611
 
 
  
 

2019 Rates

Rates:  Standard King Room - Starts at $167 per night, plus applicable taxes.
Parking:  $12.00 per night (with in-out privileges)
Check In: 3PM
Check Out: 12PM
 

2019 Reservations

 
To reserve your room online, please click on the following link:
OAFC 2019 Reservation Link Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

To reserve via phone, please call 416-674-4363 and ask for the OAFC group rate.  Please also reference our group code: OFA
 
THE ROOM RATE IS NOW EXPIRED.  ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE BELOW AND ARE ALL VERY CLOSE TO THIS HOTEL. 
 

Dining Options

 
Bistro YYZ, Restaurant and Lounge – Located in the hotel
The hotel's Bistro YYZ has an extensive collection of wines, and micro brews for your enjoyment. This is the ideal place to relax with friends or meet clients while you sample our trendy libations. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
 
Ruth's Chris Steak House – Located on property of hotel.
Recently opened Ruth's Chris Steak House specializing in serving aged USDA Prime steaks, broiled in a trademark 1800 degree oven and served on a plate heated to 500 degrees to ensure the steak stays "sizzling" hot. To experience fine dining at its best, follow the sizzle right out our front door to the newest location of Ruth's Chris.
 
Lone Star Texas Grill - 930 Dixon Road (3 minute walk from hotel)
Lone Star has been bringing Canadians a wide range of tastes from every corner of Texas for over 30 years. We use only the freshest ingredients to give our food the big, bold Texas taste that everyone loves. 
 
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar - 927 Dixon Rd (4 minute walk from hotel)
The Keg is uniquely higher end of the casual dining restaurant experience, focusing on customers looking for high-quality steak and prime rib at an affordable price. Great steaks, a casual atmosphere and friendly, very knowledgeable service have become trademarks of The Keg since the first Keg restaurant opened in 1971.
 
Turtle Jack's Muskoka Grill - 925 Dixon Road (4 minute walk from hotel)

Turtle Jack’s is a premium restaurant that offers delicious, fresh food served with the same fun, relaxed hospitality one enjoys with family and friends at the cottage.  Guests are greeted by our team as newly met friends, and then indulged with flavourful menu items prepared fresh each day by our talented kitchen team.


OAFC 2019 Additional Accommodations

 
The Westin Toronto Airport 
950 Dixon Road,
Toronto, ON, M9W 5N4
416-675-9444
 
Recently renovated and brimming with modern style, The Westin Toronto Airport offers a gateway to the best of the area. The hotel is adjacent to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and offers a complimentary 24-hour, dedicated, airport shuttle.
 
Make yourself at home in sophisticated guest rooms, which offer contemporary amenities and perks including signature Westin Heavenly® Beds. Stop by one of our sleek new restaurants, which offer flavourful cuisine, great cocktails, and convenient to-go items. Or plan your next airport-area event in one of our hotel's intuitively designed venue spaces, which include an elegant banquet hall and a scenic outdoor space.
 

Rates & Reservations

Rates:  Traditional, Guest room, 1 King – Starting at $172.00 per night
Parking:  $15.00 per night (with in-out privileges)
Check In: 3PM
Check Out: 12PM

Reservations: To reserve your room online, please click on the following link:
OAFC 2019 Reservation Link Westin Toronto Airport

To reserve via phone or email, please call 416-675-9444 x448 or email reservations@westintorontoairport.com
 
The room rate has now expired.  Please see additional options below.
 
 

OAFC 2019 Additional Accommodations

There are numerous hotels in close proximity to the main conference hotel.  The following is a list of hotels that are no more than a 5-minute walk to the Holiday Inn.  The OAFC has not secured a room block at these properties. 
 
Toronto Airport Marriott
901 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1J5
(416) 674-9400
 
The OAFC has secured a small block at this hotel
 
Room Rate:  Standard $199.00
Parking Rate:  $10.00 per day
 
Check In:  4pm
Check Out:  12pm
 
Cut off date is Thursday, April 18, 2019
 
Proximity to Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre:  5-minute walk
 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport

262 Carlingview Dr, Etobicoke
(416) 674-8442
Proximity to Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre:  3-minute walk
 

DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Airport

925 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1J8
(416) 674-2222
Proximity to Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre:  4-minute walk
 

Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites

5875 Airport Road, Mississauga ON L4V 1N1
Phone: 905-677-9900
 
Proximity to Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre:  10-15-minute walk (furthest away)
 
Conveniently located just five minutes from Toronto International Airport.
Restaurant - Choice of a la carte menu or buffet
Lounge - Light snacks and wide selection of beverages
24-hour room service
Indoor squash court
Strength and conditioning machines, including Stairmasters, treadmills, stationery bikes and extensive free weights
 
 
2019 Rates
 
Rates:  Standard King Room - Starts at $169 per night, plus applicable taxes.
Parking:  $25.00 per night (with in-out privileges)
Check In: 3PM
Check Out: 12PM
 
2019 Reservations
 
To reserve your room online, please click on the following link:
 
To reserve via phone, 1-800-445-8667, please quote Group Code:  OAFC
 
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OAFC 2019 Sponsors

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs are indebted to the many sponsors who contribute year-after-year to our annual conference and trade show.  With their continued support, we are able to offer attendees excellent and informative guest speakers, entertaining evening functions, delicious refreshments, improved communications and continued development to services that the OAFC members rely on day-to-day. 
 
A special thank you to the following organizations for the support of OAFC 2019, and the fire service in Ontario!
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Sponsor
Memorial Reception Sponsor
Trade Show Cafe Sponsor
Delgate Bag Sponsor Delegate Gift Sponsor Lanyard Sponsor
Memorial Service Sponsor Coffee Break Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Prize Sponsor
Trade Show Front Entrance
Welcome Sponsor
Training Track
Speaker Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Prize Sponsor

 
 
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OAFC 2019 Evening Functions

OAFC 2019 offers two evening functions promoting social opportunities, raising funds for a great cause and networking with industry colleagues.
 
All evening functions are conveniently located at the conference venue, the Holiday Inn Toronto Airport Hotel & Conferene Centre.
 

Networking "FUN" Raising Night

Friday, May 3, 2019 from 8pm to 12am
Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. and Safetek
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
 
  
 
Conference guests and trade show vendors come together for a fun night of networking and fundraising at this complimentary event.  Last year, together with our sponsors, vendors and delegates, we raised over $50,000 for the Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters Association.
 
There are many organizations that can use our help to raise funds for their worthy causes.  This year we will be raising funds for three very notable causes.  Donations will be divided, with each receiving a third of all proceeds from this event.
 
  • Camp Bucko: (Burn Camp for Kids in Ontario) is a camp open to burn survivors between the ages of 7-17.  There is no fee to attend Camp BUCKO. They are a registered charity providing the program through generous donations from firefighters associations, service groups, and other public and private organizations. A Board of volunteers from across Ontario plans for camp all year. With the donations we receive we are able to fully fund each child’s stay at camp, their transportation and provide them with souvenirs from camp, otherwise known as “swag”.
  • Ontario Fire Services Pipes and Drums:  The Ontario Fire Service Pipes and Drums is one of the first pipe and drums corps for the Ontario fire service. Their longstanding service to the OAFC and the fire service is extremely valuable.  We want to ensure that they continue to be able to travel and play at our fire service events.
  • The Working Minds First Responders:  As many know, this mental health resiliency program is extremely important, and valuable for the fire service.  Proceeds will go to fully fund as many programs as we can offer. 

   

 

Memorial Service & Reception  

  
 
Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 7pm to 10pm
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
Cost: Complimentary
 
Memorial Service/Program Sponsored by
Memorial Reception Sponsored by
 
The OAFC Memorial Service is an annual event held to honour the chief officers who have passed away since our last conference.  It is an extremely moving service. The service has many special guests in attendance. This year includes the Niagara Falls Colour Guard, the Ontario Fire Service Pipes and Drums and Harbourtown Sound choir. This is our most revered, and well attended event of the year.  The service is conducted by the Niagara Fire Chiefs Association.  We are extremely grateful for their continued support.
 
A reception will follow the service.  The attire is full dress uniform or business dress.
 
If you have a chief officer who has passed away in the last year, and would like to honour them by laying a helmet at this year's ceremony, please visit www.oafc.on.ca/ontario-association-fire-chiefs-memorial-service-form to submit the name of the chief officer, and the fire department contact information.  
 
The deadline to submit is April 12, 2019.  
 
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OAFC 2019 Conference Venue Information

 

SHOW LOCATION:  

The International Centre
Halls 2, 3 & 4
6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8 
Tel: (905) 677-6131 
 
The International Centre is one of the only privately owned trade and consumer show and conference facilities in Canada. They have a 45 year history of hosting memorable events and building long-lasting relationships with our Clients.
They are equipped with a team of talented professionals who believe in going above and beyond in the service of realizing your successful meeting, conference or exhibition. It’s our culture. And it’s just one of the reasons why “There’s Something Happening Here.”
The International Centre is proud to be the recipient of the M&IT Reader’s Choice Award. The International Centre has been recognized as the leading venue in Central Canada that exceeded Canadian meeting & event planners’ expectations!
 

BUILDING AMENITIES

The International Centre has a wide range of services and amenities located throughout the premises to help make your experience in our facility both satisfying and successful.
 
Services include:
  • Free onsite parking for over 5,000 vehicles. Electric vehicle charging stations available outside the Conference Centre.
  • Wireless internet throughout the building.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi available for visitors and attendees in all public lobbies, Conference Centre, Craft Eatery, Connector Building, Aviation Ballroom. This service is perfect for individuals who are looking to check email, perform light web-surfing, or connect into their social media.
  • Conveniently located cash machines and public telephones.
  • Taxi phones located at all hall entrances.
  • Wheelchairs may be available on a show by show basis; please contact the show directly for more information.
  • Accessible washrooms with baby-changing stations located in each hall and Conference Centre.
  • For a list of upcoming shows, please see our Events Calendar.
  • It is the policy of The International Centre to provide a smoke-free and vape-free environment for its staff, tenants and visitors. We ask that you not smoke, vape, or use any tobacco products inside the facility.

​DIRECTIONS

 
 

TRAVELLING BY CAR:

Travelling East on Highway 401

  • Take Hwy. 401 East to Hwy. 427 North
  • From Hwy. 427 North, exit at Dixon Rd and turn left at lights
  • Follow Dixon Rd. (which becomes Airport Rd.) for approx. 4 km
  • Follow the signs to the International Centre 

Travelling West on Highway 401

  • Take Hwy. 401 West to Hwy 409
  • Exit at Airport Rd. and turn right 
  • Continue along Airport Rd., for approx. 3 km. 
  • Follow the sign to the International Centre. 

Travelling East or West on Highway 407

  • From Hwy. 407, exit at Airport Rd., and go South 
  • Continue along Airport Road for approx. 5km. 
  • Enter International Centre from Airport Rd., one light South of Derry Rd. 

QEW

  • Take QEW to Hwy. 427 North 
  • From Hwy. 427 North exit at Dixon Rd. and turn left a lights
  • Follow Dixon Rd. (which becomes Airport Rd.) for approx. 4 km
  • Follow the signs to the International Centre

TRAVELLING BY BUS

A bus stop is located near the Main Entrance of The International Centre on Airport Road.

For current bus transit times and locations, please call Mississauga Transit at 905.615.4636 or visit www.mississauga.ca/portal/miway. Travelling from Toronto, please visit www.ttc.ca/Routes


TRAVELLING BY TRAIN

The Malton GO Station is located adjacent to The International Centre across the railway tracks. Please use the tunnel walkway between the Malton GO Station and The International Centre.
 
For current train transit times and locations, please call GO Transit at 1.888.438.6646 or visit www.gotransit.com.

TRAVELLING BY PLANE

The International Centre is located approximately 3 kilometers from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on Airport Road.
Many taxi and limosine services are on stand-by at each terminal.
 

OAFC 2019 Conference Shuttle

OAFC 2019 will be offering continuous shuttle service to the International Centre from the Holiday Inn Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre  to ensure guests can travel to the trade show worry free.  Guests staying at the Westin will easily be able to use the shuttle due to the proximity of this property to the Holiday Inn.
 
Shuttle Schedule 
Date First Shuttle* Last Shuttle*
Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:30am 5:00pm
Friday, May 3, 2019 6:30am 5:00pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 6:30am 5:00pm
*Times are subject to change.
 
The International Centre is approximately a 5-minute drive from the Holiday Inn Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, depending on traffic conditions.  There are two shuttles doing continuous loops, approximately every 20 minutes. 
 
Pickup location at the hotel:  At the front entrance
 
Pickup location at the International Centre:  Hall 2 entrance.  
 
Guests are welcome to drive to the International Centre.  Parking is ample and free.
 
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PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT:  OAFC 2019 Queen's Park Advocacy Day, May 1, 2019

On May 1, 2019 the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) will be hosting our inaugural Queen’s Park Advocacy Day. 
 
This will be the first time that chief fire officers from across Ontario come to Queen’s Park to meet with elected officials and advocate to Members of Provincial Parliament and staff on fire service issues.  Queen’s Park Advocacy days are an effective and efficient tool in developing and furthering the relationship between the fire service industry and elected officials from all political parties.  It is an opportunity for chief fire officers from across Ontario to come together as one voice to share our vision of fire safety in Ontario.
 
On the afternoon of May 1, the OAFC will be coordinating meetings for chief fire officers with Ministers, MPP’s, and political staffers from all political parties to discuss: Mental Health and WSIB, Fire Service Regulations, increasing access for volunteers to drive fire apparatus’, no-service calls, carbon monoxide alarms in public spaces and other areas of concern.
 
Once the afternoon meetings conclude, the OAFC will be hosting a reception in Legislative Assembly Dining Room, where we will continue to speak to our agenda with MPP’s and staff from all parties while enjoying refreshments and food, in a more informal and relaxing environment.
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - Queen's Park Advocacy Day Agenda
Time Event Location
12:15 Shuttle(s) departs Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre for Queens Park Front Entrance
1:00 to 5:00 Meetings with Ministers, MPP’s, and political staffers Queens Park
5:00 to 7:30 OAFC Reception  Legislative Assembly
Dining Room
Should you wish to participate in the OAFC’s inaugural Queen’s Park Advocacy Day, you can submit your interest on the registration page.  There is no fee to participate, however you must be able to confirm attendance.  Mark Tishman, OAFC Program and Policy Analyst will contact you directly and provide additional details.
 
Important information:  This event is open to OAFC Individual members only.  To participate it is expected that you will be available to partake in meetings from 1-5:00pm and attend the reception. Space is limited to 50 participants.
 

How to Register

To register, please select the OAFC Queen's Park Advocacy Day option on the registration page. Our office will contact you directly with additional information. 
 
Questions can be forwarded to Mark Tishman by email to mark.tishman@oafc.on.ca or call 905-426-9865 x228.

OAFC 2019 Fire Service Health and Safety Program - May 1

Holiday Inn Toronto International Hotel and Conference Centre

The Fire Service Health & Safety Program addresses topics that are at the forefront of health and safety in the fire service. The agenda is created in consultation with the OAFC Health & Safety Committee, who remain at the forefront on health and safety issues in the province. The goal is to provide information, resources and training to help reduce the number of preventable injuries in a fire and emergency service. This includes culture and leadership focus on safety in every aspect of the job, as well as physical and mental health fitness. 
 
The program is relevant to anyone working in a fire department, whether full-time or volunteer. The program takes a more interactive approach by allowing participants to be actively involved in the presentations and receiving “straight talk” on the important health/safety issues in a modern day fire service.
 
The Fire Service Health & Safety Program is on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 and includes:
 
  • Customized programming on firefighter health and safety
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks
  • Trade Show on Friday/Saturday
  • Networking "FUN" Raising Night, sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek on Friday, May 3
  • Memorial Service on Saturday, May 4

Draft Agenda

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Fire Service Health & Safety Track
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:30am to 5:00pm Registration Trillium Foyer
7:00am Breakfast Trillium Ballroom
8:15am Opening Remarks Ron Kelusky, Chief Prevention Officer/ Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour Trillium Ballroom
8:30am OHS Risk Management for Chief Officers Norm Keith, Fasken Trillium Ballroom
9:30am Section 21 Update Chief Rob Grimwood, OAFC Chair, MOL Section 21 Health & Safety Committee Trillium Ballroom
10:30am Coffee Break Trillium Foyer
11:00am Ministry of Labour Inspection Orders
Juanita Martin, Provincial Specialist, Industrial Health and Safety Program, OHS Branch, Ministry of Labour
Trillium Ballroom
11:45pm Overview of the Ontario Designated Officers Association TBA Trillium Ballroom
12:30pm Lunch Trillium Ballroom
1:30pm Resilience Training Needs of Emergency Workers Dr. Dan Bilsker, Research Psychologist Trillium Ballroom
2:30pm PTSD Next Steps and Health and Safety Changes in Ontario Tim Metcalfe, Fire and EMS Health and Safety Consultant, PSHSA Trillium Ballroom
3:30pm Coffee Break Trillium Foyer
4:00pm Fireground Rehabilitation Panel Chief Rob Grimwood, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Chief Mark Pankhurst, Kawartha Lakes, Operations Chief Chris Case, Chatham-Kent Trillium Ballroom
5:00pm Session ends  

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

OHS Risk Management for Fire Chiefs
Presented by Norm Kieth, Fasken
 

This presentation will provide chief officers with an overview of the Occupational Health & Safety (“OHS”) legal framework in Ontario; then how to managing the legal reporting of accidents, Ministry of Labour Inspectors visits, Orders, appealing Orders, when to report accidents, pre-charge legal rights, post-charge rights, and how to improve OAFC relationship with the MOL. 

Norm practices labour, employment, regulatory, government investigations, white collar defense and constitutional litigation. He also has a broad advisory practice in the areas of his expertise and is a trusted advisor to boards, executives and for and not-for profit corporations.

Norm’s Labour, Employment and Human Rights (“LEHR”) practice involves executive compensation, employment contracts, employee discipline, workers compensation, ESA enforcement and human resources risk management. He represents employers in LEHR litigation including wrongful dismissal, workplace fraud recovery, whistle-blower cases, human rights violations, labour arbitrations, workplace safety, WSIB appeals and fiduciary duty law suits.
 
Norm has an active white collar defense and government investigation legal practice. Norm is on the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association and a regular speaker at the ABA’s annual White Collar Crime Institute. He is a member of the International Bar Association’s White Collar and Business Crimes Committee and an IBA Officer. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee. Norm has authored a number of leading books including, Corporate Crime, Accountability and Social Responsibility in Canada (2nd ed.), Insider Trading in Canada (2nd ed.) and Canadian Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance (2nd ed.). Norm is also the editor-in-chief of the firm’s White Collar blog: www.whitecollarpost.com and the newsletter White Collar Crime & Compliance (Lexis Nexis).
 
Norm is the leading Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) lawyer in Canada. He has successfully defended more than 1,000 health & safety, environmental and workers’ compensation administrative, regulatory and criminal cases. Norm has written many of the leading books in his field, including Canadian Health and Safety Law, Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, and Workplace Health and Safety Crimes (3rd ed.). He was the first lawyer in Canada to achieve the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (“CRSP”) designation. He is also the longest serving Judge in Thomson Reuters’ prestigious Canada’s Safest Employers recognition and award.

Norm has unparalleled expertise in the complex area of alcohol and drugs in the workplace; has written the leading text on the subject, Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2nd ed.), has appeared before the Supreme Court in the leading case regarding alcohol and drug testing, Irving Pulp & Paper (2013) and the leading case drug addiction human rights case, Elk Valley Coal (2017). He also has extensive experience in dealing with workplace violence and harassment, sexual harassment, and workplace investigations. He has written a leading text on the subject, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd ed.).

Norm has completed 5 Ironman distance triathlons, run the New York, Chicago, Toronto and Hamilton marathons and rides in the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer for cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital. He has worked as a hard rock miner, a golf course grounds keeper, a career counsellor, a construction labourer, and a management trainee at a major Canadian bank.
 
Fire Services Section 21 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 and safety trends.
 
Rob 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 five 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.
 
Rob has been a member of the Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee since 2015 and was recently appointed as the management co-chair on behalf of the OAFC.  Rob also serves as a Vice President on the OAFC Board of Directors. 
 
Ministry of Labour: Some Stats, Helpful Tips and a Chance to Ask Questions
Juanita Martin, Provincial Specialist, Industrial Health and Safety Program, Ministry of Labour
 
In this session, we’ll review:
  • Some MOL stats
  • The role of the inspector
  • How does the employer prepare for an inspector’s visit
  • What should the employer do if a complaint is filed
  • What are the options to the employer if an order is issued
There will also be time to ask questions and share ideas.
 
Juanita Martin has been with the Ministry of Labour for 12 years. She started as an inspector and has worked as a policy advisor, leading changes to health and safety regulations. In her current role as a Provincial Specialist, she holds the Fire Services portfolio, providing guidance and advice to inspectors in the field. Juanita also works with stakeholders and enjoys her role as the Ministry lead on the Fire Services Section 21 Committee.
 
Prior to joining the Ministry of Labour, Juanita worked as a Paramedic and Training Supervisor for Hamilton EMS. She is passionate about the health and safety of first responders.
 
Resilience Training Needs of Emergency Workers
Dr. Dan Bilsker, Research Psychologist
 
Dan Bilsker has worked for several decades in the public mental health system (as an emergency psychologist) and in a research unit focused on innovative ways to enhance psychological health of the Canadian population.
 
In recent years, he has primarily engaged in consultation to organizations seeking to improve psychological safety of their workforce and clinical practice of cognitive-behavioural therapy. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of BC and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University.
 
 
PTSD Next Steps and Health and Safety Changes in Ontario

Presented by Tim Metcalfe, PSHSA

This presentation will review next steps in your departments PTSD prevention program. It has been two years since all departments submitted their individual PTSD Prevention Plans to the Minister of Labour. I will be discussing what has happened and further steps you can take beyond initial training.  The Chief Prevention Officer has directed PSHSA to develop programs and resources to aid emergency services in their next steps. This initiative will be reviewed including timelines, methods for delivery and dissemination. 
 
Additionally I will be speaking about the recent changes to the Mandatory Blood Testing Act as well as other changes to Occupational Health and Safety. These changes will have a significant impact on fire services in Ontario.  
 
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.
 
Fireground Rehabilitation Panel
Chief Rob Grimwood, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Chief Mark Pankhurst, Kawartha Lakes, Operations Chief Chris Case, Chatham-Kent
 
According to the US Fire Administration, 87 firefighters died in the United States (reliable Canadian statistics not readily available) in the line of duty. Of these 87 firefighter deaths, 52 of them (almost 60%) were classified as stress/overexertion. Firefighting is hard work that puts extreme stress on the body. Firefighters are susceptible to many physiological changes as a result of heat stress and overexertion. An effective fireground rehabilitation program may save firefighters lives by working to reduce heat stress and exertion, and by effectively monitoring firefighters for signs of distress.
 
This session will review the need for effective fireground rehabilitation, present three different fire departments fireground rehabilitation procedures and then offer a panel discussion and opportunities for questions. This session will assist fire departments of all sizes and demographics with establishing effective fireground rehabilitation procedures.
 

Registration

 
The registration rate for the OAFC Fire Service Health & Safety Program is $250.00 plus HST.
 
The event takes place at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre at 970 Dixon Road, Toronto. Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.   Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2019
The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 

OAFC 2019 Chief Officer Track - May 2-5, 2019

The Chief Officer track provides professional development for those who are involved with the operation, and are responsible for, the delivery of fire protection services in an urban, rural or suburban fire/rescue service. 
 
This track offers important information and resources to enhance skills, and develop leadership and executive-level knowledge to further excel in your chief officer role. This registration package includes specialized tracks on Thursday, May 2.  Delegates partake in keynote presentations, and on Thursday, May 1 can choose from any of the session/tracks, based on specific interest.  
 
The Chief Officer Program is on Thursday, May 2 to Sunday, May 5. Included in this package:
 
  • Specialized programming on Thursday, May 2
  • Keynote presentations on Friday, May 3 and & Saturday, May 4
  • Trade Show on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day
  • Networking "FUN" Raising Night, sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek on Friday, May 3
  • Memorial Service on Saturday, May 4

Don't forget the pre-conference events, the OAFC Fire Service Health & Safety Program and thQueen's Park Advocacy Day (OAFC members only) on May 1, 2019.

Draft Agenda

You are able to choose from any of the sessions being offered on Thursday, May 2 based on your specific interest.  
Thursday, May 2, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:00am to 5:00pm Registration Conference Centre Lobby
7:00pm Breakfast Orion D
8:30am ALL TRACKSKEYNOTE Toronto Strong: The Toronto Fire Services response to the Yonge Street Van Attack and the Danforth Shootings Chief Matt Pegg, Toronto Fire Services Orion B/C
9:30am ALL TRACKS: Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management A/Fire Marshal & Chief of Emergency Management, Jon Pegg Orion B/C
10:00am Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
10:20am PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Welcome from the OFLSE Kevin Vaughan, OFLSE Chair Vela A
10:30am MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS: Fire Service Impacts In Your Community Deputy Chief Jim Jessop, Toronto Fire Services Lyra B
10:30am URBAN: The Fire Chief’s Role in a Complex Urban Threat Matrix Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department Vela B/C
10:30am to 5:00pm
6 Hours
TRAINING OFFICERS: Fire Research, Tactics, Training and Application
This is a 6-hour workshop
Robin Zevotek, PE, Research Engineer, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Pegasus A
10:30am SUBURBAN-RURAL TRACK: Breaking Barriers: Busting through Recruitment & Retention Challenges Dr. Candice McDonald, Success Up Life, LLC and Office of Protective Services, NASA Orion B/C
10:30am PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Drown proofing 1st Responders Wendy Lund, CEO/Founder, Wellth Management Inc. Vela A
10:30am MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS: Fire Service Governance TBA Lyra B
11:30am PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Big Thinking on a Modest Budget: How to Make Your Communications Work Harder in 2019 Andrew Simon, Chief Creative Officer, Edelman Vela A
12:00pm
URBAN TRACK: 
#411forthe911
Karen Simpson, Associate,  Lerners LLP Vela B/C
12:30pm Lunch Orion D
12:30pm MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS: LIVE FIRE TRAINING @ FESTI FESTI
1:30pm URBAN TRACK: Generating Private Income for a Public Fire and Rescue Service – A UK Perspective Chris Blacksell, Chief Fire Officer, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service Vela B/C
1:30pm PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: OFLSE Update Kevin Vaughan, Chair, OFLSE Vela A
1:30pm SUBURBAN-RURAL TRACK: Marihuana Grow Operations and Clandestine Drug Lab Hazards Dale L. Moore, Program Specialist, OFMEM Orion B/C
2:30pm URBAN TRACK: Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace:  An Understanding of an Employer’s Obligations in Responding to Allegations Zaheer Lakhani, Partner, Bandhu Lakhani Campea LLP Vela B/C
2:00pm PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Using QR Codes as a Teaching Aid Mel Everitt Vela A
2:30pm SUBURBAN-RURAL TRACK:  Title TBA TBA Orion B/C
3:00PM PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Are You Smarter Than a Middle Schooler OFLSE Vela A
3:30pm Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
4:00pm ALL CHIEF OFFICERS:  CalFire 2018 Year in Review Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Vela B/C
4:00pm TBA TBA Vela A
4:30pm PUBLIC EDUCATORS TRACK: Networking - Roundtable Session   Vela A
Friday, May 3, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:30am to 5:00pm Registration Conference Centre Lobby
7:30am Breakfast Orion D
8:30am ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department Orion A/B
9:30am ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department Orion A/B
10:30am Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
11:00am to 4:00pm CHIEF OFFICER/TRAINING OFFICER Lunch and Trade Show Halls 2, 3 & 4
11:00am to 12:00pm COMMUNICATORS TRACK: 911 Inquest Acting Deputy Chief Jesse Oshell, Greater Sudbury Fire Services Pegasus A
11:00am to 12:30pm MUNCIPAL OFFICIALS TRACK Managing Municipal Liability in the Fire Service Norm Keith, FASKEN Lyra B
12:00pm to 12:30pm COMMUNICATORS TRACK: NG-911 Update Chief John Hay, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Pegasus A
12:30pm to 5:00pm MUNCIPAL OFFICIALS TRACK Lunch and Trade Show Halls 2, 3 & 4
12:30pm to 2:00pm COMMUNICATORS TRACK: Lunch and Trade Show Halls 2, 3 & 4
2:00pm to 5:00pm COMMUNICATORS TRACK: TBA  
8:00pm to 12:00pm
OAFC Networking "FUN" Raising Night
Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd and Safetek
  
Trillium Ballroom,
Holiday Inn
Saturday, May 4, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:30am to 5:00pm Registration Conference Centre Foyer
7:30am Breakfast Orion D
8:30am ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Camp Fire: The Fire That Changed California Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Halls 2, 3 & 4
9:30am ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE How Brilliant Brands Create an Urge to Act  Andrew Davis, Bestselling author and Internationally Acclaimed Keynote Speaker Halls 2, 3 & 4
10:30am Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
11:00am to 4:00pm Lunch and Trade Show Halls 2, 3 & 4
7:00pm to 10:00pm OAFC 2019 Annual Memorial Service  Trillium Ballroom,
Holiday Inn
Service Sponsored By
 
Reception Sponsored by
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
970 Dixon Road, Toronto
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
7:00am to 12:00pm Registration Trillium Foyer
7:30am Breakfast Trillium Ballroom
8:30am OAFC General Meeting - Individual Members Only Trillium Ballroom
8:30am OAFTO Annual Meeting TBA
10:30am Coffee Break Trillium Foyer
11:00am OAFC General Meeting - Individual Members Only Trillium Ballroom
12:00pm Departures  

Speaker and Presentation Overviews

Please visit the other track pages for session overviews
 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: 
Toronto Strong: The Toronto Fire Services response to the Yonge Street Van Attack and the Danforth Avenue Shootings
Chief Matthew Pegg, Toronto Fire Services
 
On April 23, 2018, a van attack on Toronto's Yonge Street killed 10 people and injured 16 more.  On July 20, 2018, a lone gunman killed 2 people and injured 13 more on Toronto's Danforth Avenue.  In this presentation, Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg will provide fellow first responders with an overview of Toronto Fire Services' response to these mass-casualty incidents and share his thoughts on how Fire Chiefs can begin to prepare for these types of incidents.  He will also discuss how these incidents have impacted the responding Firefighters and how the City of Toronto came together in the wake of these tragic events.
 
Matthew Pegg is the Fire Chief in the City of Toronto, Ontario.  Toronto Fire Services is the largest fire service in Canada with 3,200 full-time personnel.  Matt is also the General Manager of Emergency Management, overseeing the Toronto Office of Emergency Management.

Prior to being appointed as Fire Chief in Toronto, Matt served as a Deputy Fire Chief in Toronto, Brampton, Ajax and Georgina.  Matt is a past President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, former co-chair of the Ontario Fire Service (Section 21) Advisory Committee to the Ontario Minister of Labour and past NFPA 1971/1851 Technical Committee member.

Matt is a graduate of Dalhousie University in both Leadership and Administration, Queen’s University in Labour Relations and the Schulich School of Business' Masters of Public Management program. He is a recipient of the Heroism and Community Service Medal, Ontario Medal of Firefighter’s Bravery, the Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal and the Fire Services Long Service medal.
 
Matt has been awarded the Executive Chief Fire Officer Professional Designation and serves as Honourary Aide de Camp to Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
 
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
A/Fire Marshal, Chief of Emergency Management
 
Jon Pegg is the Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management for the Province of Ontario.
 
Jon joined the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) in July 2018 as Chief, Emergency Management and in February 2019 was appointed as Ontario’s Fire Marshal.
 
Prior to OFMEM, Jon worked for the Town of Innisfil, where he was Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator. As Fire Chief, he supported the development of a Council-adopted Fire Master Plan, and led the suppression, training and prevention divisions.  His career in fire services spanned more than 20 years, starting as a volunteer firefighter in Keswick with Georgina Fire Services. He later worked with Richmond Hill Fire Services (Fire Captain), Innisfil Fire (Deputy Chief) and Georgina Fire Services (Deputy Fire Chief).
 
Jon has a degree in Leadership and Administration from Dalhousie University, as well as leadership diplomas and certificates from Mohawk College and Seneca College. He is a recipient of the Excellence in Leadership and Health Safety Award from the Town of Innisfil, and in 2018 received a Fire Service Exemplary Service Award from the Province of Ontario.  
 
Jon’s legacy has earned him a reputation for fostering strong teams and improving relations amongst his peers and colleagues. As the Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management, Jon will lead OFMEM in enhancing and strengthening the emergency management and fire safety portfolios in Ontario.
 
Urban Track:  The Fire Chief’s Role in a Complex Urban Threat Matrix
Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department
 
Fire chiefs in cities across the globe, from Toronto to Tokyo and everywhere in-between, are faced with an increasingly complex threat matrix as they are called to help address a wide range of incidents beyond the “traditional” scope of the fire service. This interactive session will provide urban fire chiefs with opportunities for discussing evolving practices to prepare for, respond to, and recover from high-threat incidents.
 
Adam Thiel is the 20th Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. Commissioner Thiel is responsible for leading the Philadelphia Fire Department’s 2,850-plus uniformed and civilian members in every facet of protecting their nation’s 5th-largest city from fires and emergencies arising from all hazards.
 
In February 2014, he was appointed to serve as a Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In that role, he helped provide strategic direction, policy advice, management oversight, and operational coordination for eleven agencies with an overall budget of more than $3.1B and 30,000 employees. Deputy Secretary Thiel was directly responsible for the Departments of: Emergency Management, Fire Programs (including the State Fire Marshal's Office), Military Affairs (Virginia Army/Air National Guard), and State Police, along with the state’s Homeland Security and Resilience portfolio.
 
Adam also served as the Governor’s deputy Homeland Security Advisor (dHSA), deputy Chief Resilience Officer (dCRO), Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), and FirstNet State Single Point of Contact (SPOC). He facilitated the Secure Commonwealth Panel and Rail Safety/Security Task Force, co-led the state's National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) project team to a $120.5M Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant award, and collaborated with a myriad local, state, and federal agencies in managing all aspects of Virginia’s homeland security enterprise.
 
In addition to public service, he co-founded two successful consulting practices advising on a wide range of clients on crisis management, leadership, training development, risk analysis, and business strategy. Adam is a widely published author and has spoken at events around the globe; he has also developed and taught college courses at multiple universities.
 
Suburban-Rural Track:  Breaking Barriers:  Busting through Recruitment & Retention Challenges
Dr. Candice McDonald, Success Up Life LLC, and Office of Protective Services, NASA
 
The volunteer fire service is experiencing its biggest challenge to date with volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention. With today’s era of competing demands for the volunteer/potential volunteer firefighter, the question becomes, “What strategies are volunteer fire departments using to successfully recruit and retain volunteer firefighters?” This course is based on a three-year doctoral study and will offer participants proven strategies to reduce turnover and increase recruitment among all generation of volunteers. These strategies are not based on costly recruitment campaigns and incentives but offer practical professional applications that can be easily deployed.
 
Dr. Candice McDonald is a firefighter/public information officer and former EMS Officer. She is a member of the FDIC/Fire Engineering Advisory Board, director with the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association, and iWomen Trustee. McDonald holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree with a specialty in homeland security, a master's in organizational leadership, a bachelor's in business administration, and an associate's in health and human services. www.SuccessUpLife.com
 
Urban Track:  #411 for the 911
Karen Simpson, Lerners LLP
 
While this session is part of a larger presentation on some of the steps first responders should consider taking to enhance their personal insurance coverages, focus will centre on the interplay between WSIB benefits and personal auto insurance policies in the context of motor vehicle accidents during the course of employment. WSIB benefits are not necessarily the only road to recovery in these scenarios. Fire departments would benefit from increasing their awareness in this regard should a member be injured as a result of another driver’s negligence.
 
Karen practices personal injury law at Lerners LLP in London. She is particularly interested in educating emergency service personnel about increasing their awareness of the importance of private insurance policies, having powers of attorney and Wills in place, the interplay between WSIB and personal auto insurance policies and the rehabilitation realities inherent with serious injury.
 
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Karen served the citizens of Chatham-Kent for 10 years as a career firefighter. During that time, Karen sat on the Board of Directors for iWomen and Fire Service Women Ontario, for seven and six years, respectively, and continues to support both organizations.
 
Urban Track: Generating private income for a public Fire and Rescue Service – a UK perspective
Chris Blacksell, Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
 
Chris will be discussing how he is leading Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, in the UK, to deliver a Fire and Rescue Service across four single tier municipalities, during a period of austerity and continually reducing budgets, and how he is mitigating the impact of budget reductions through work with the private sector and is taking an increasingly commercially minded focus to his role.   In addition, Chris will talk about setting up a company as a Social Enterprise in 2012 to deliver safety services to the private sector.
 
Chris Chairs the Board of HFR Solutions, which is based at Service Headquarters and currently returns around 1 million Canadian Dollars a year to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. The company also makes significant contributions to local communities’ charities. It is now a sustainable, award winning, business that delivers services which include a private 24/7 Fire and Medical Response service at an Upper Tier Major Accident Hazard site (a large steelworks), managing an Airport Fire Service and providing Safety and Rescue teams for large scale construction projects. 
 
Along with other innovative public/private partnerships the Fire and Rescue Service is benefiting from different, more commercial, thinking at all levels whilst ensuring their core business is still delivering an excellent public sector emergency service. 
 
Chris Blacksell is Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS), which is a UK Fire and Rescue Service covering 4 different Local Authorities (or municipalities) all with a different political make up. There are around 1 million people living in the area and his annual budget for the 31 fire stations, 4 Public Safety teams and corporate services is around £75 million Canadian Dollars.
 
Chris joined HFRS as a Firefighter in 1988 and is passionate about the organisation and the people in it. He is an innovative leader with a keen interest in Organisational Development and has led transformational change in the Service over many years. He has a Masters Degree in Fire Investigation and has led on many high profile investigations, including several murder cases, and is now the UK National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Lead Officer for Fire Investigation. He is also the National sponsor of the NFCC’s Executive Leadership Programme, delivered by Warwick Business School, which is the principle leadership programme for UK Senior Fire Officers.
 
Chris is an unpaid Director of HFR Solutions (CIC), an award winning Social Enterprise and private company that delivers safety services, predominantly to the private sector, and generates significant funds for HFRS and local charities, is also a trustee of the Tribune Trust charity.
 
Suburban-Rural Track:  Marihuana Grow Operations and Clandestine Drug Lab Hazards
Dale Moore, Program Specialist, OFMEM
 
This presentation will allow participants to gain knowledge of the inherent hazards associated with marihuana grow operations and clandestine drug labs. The participants will learn what to look for during size up of an incident and how to identify indicators that they may be dealing with a possible marihuana grow operation or an illicit drug lab. The presentation will provide the participants with the steps to take if they encounter one of these operations to ensure the safety of their firefighters. The presentation will also demonstrate the additional serious hazards to avoid including booby traps and other dangers for First Responders.
 
Dale Moore is an Instructor with the Canadian Police College, the Ontario Fire College, and the Ontario Police College.  He provides specialized support to the Police Service’s Drug Enforcement units when they are executing warrants for grow ops and drug labs.  Through his support on drug enforcement investigations, he has played a major role in laying drug charges and convictions that have resulted in jail time for Fire Code violations involving grow ops and drug labs.
Dale is also a Program Specialist with the Ontario Fire Marshal Emergency Management’s (OFMEM) Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU).
 
Before joining the OFMEM, Dale spent 26 years in the Fire Service as a career firefighter.  He rose through the ranks of the Fire Service to the position of Chief of Operations with the Gatineau Fire Service in Gatineau Quebec. During his firefighting career, he was a member of the Quebec Ministry of Public Security’s committee responsible for the creation and administration of Quebec’s level 3 Hazmat/CBRNE teams.
 
Dale has been a federal instructor for the Canadian Emergency Management College and CFB Suffield First Responders Training Program (CBRNE). International CBRNE instructor with the Canadian International CBRNE Program and instructed CBRNE/Counter-Terrorism response to Fire, Police and Military members in Indonesia and South East Asia.  He also served as a member of the Canadian CBRNE Security Detail for President Bush’s Canadian visits and for the Vancouver Olympics.
 
Urban Track:  Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace:  An understanding of an Employer’s Obligations in Responding to Allegations
Zaheer Lakhani, Partner, Bandhu Lakhani Campea LLP
 
We all have the right to work in an environment that is free from harassment and violence. An unhealthy workplace can have harmful and damaging consequences for both the employer and its employees. This presentation will set out what the legislation says about harassment in the workplace and will provide attendees with a better understanding on how to identify what is and what is not harassment, and what obligations they have in preventing, responding to and investigating allegations that may arise.
 
Learning Objectives:
  • understanding what the law defines as harassment pursuant to the OHSA, the Code and the Common Law
  • understanding the legal test for harassment
  • what is not harassment according to the courts and the legislation, even when harassment is being claimed
  • understanding the impact of harassment and outlining tips on how to prevent and combat harassment in the workplace outlining how to respond to and investigate allegations that arise only if an investigation is warranted
  • strategies for creating a positive workplace
Zaheer Lakhani is a partner at Bandhu Lakhani Campea LLP, a boutique employment law firm located in Oakville, Ontario that specializes in employment and labour law. Zaheer advises and represents various sized employers in a variety of areas such as human rights, including disability and accommodation; wrongful dismissal claims; employment standards compliance and litigation, and general strategic HR advice.
 
Zaheer has been practicing law since 1998 and has previously appeared as a guest on CBC Radio and Radio Canada to speak about gender discrimination in the restaurant industry and to discuss toxic workplaces. He has been quoted by the Canadian Safety Reporter in a story related to workplace harassment and was a presenter in HRPA’s Quarterly Employment Law Update where he provided updates in a series of four webcasts from 2013 – 2014 regarding employment human rights.
 
End of Day Keynote: All Chief Officers
CalFire 2018 Year in Review
Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
 
Last year, California experienced more than 7,600 wildfires that charred more than 1.8 million acres, up from 1.3 million acres in 2017. Six of the 10 most destructive fires in the state have occurred in the past two years. Deputy Director, Mike Mohler will take you through CalFire 2018, a year in review - the worst wildfire season in recorded history for California.
 
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 was 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 their department’s non-traditional media exposure, with projects such as Netflix’s Fire Chasers and Extreme Weather with National Geographic, which has showcased their 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 a 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 the fallen and supporting their families. Mike is currently enrolled in American Military University’s Emergency and Disaster Management program.
 

Friday, May 3, 2019

 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths
Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department
 
Benjamin Franklin is widely known for his many contributions to science, politics, and community-building across the globe, including forming one of the earliest North American fire companies in 1736 Philadelphia. Franklin’s maxims on exercising leadership are as relevant today, as they were when he served as the Union Fire Company’s first fire chief.
 
Adam Thiel is the 20th Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. Commissioner Thiel is responsible for leading the Philadelphia Fire Department’s 2,850-plus uniformed and civilian members in every facet of protecting their nation’s 5th-largest city from fires and emergencies arising from all hazards.
 
In February 2014, he was appointed to serve as a Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In that role, he helped provide strategic direction, policy advice, management oversight, and operational coordination for eleven agencies with an overall budget of more than $3.1B and 30,000 employees. Deputy Secretary Thiel was directly responsible for the Departments of: Emergency Management, Fire Programs (including the State Fire Marshal's Office), Military Affairs (Virginia Army/Air National Guard), and State Police, along with the state’s Homeland Security and Resilience portfolio.
 
Adam also served as the Governor’s deputy Homeland Security Advisor (dHSA), deputy Chief Resilience Officer (dCRO), Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), and FirstNet State Single Point of Contact (SPOC). He facilitated the Secure Commonwealth Panel and Rail Safety/Security Task Force, co-led the state's National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) project team to a $120.5M Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant award, and collaborated with a myriad local, state, and federal agencies in managing all aspects of Virginia’s homeland security enterprise.
 
In addition to public service, he co-founded two successful consulting practices advising on a wide range of clients on crisis management, leadership, training development, risk analysis, and business strategy. Adam is a widely published author and has spoken at events around the globe; he has also developed and taught college courses at multiple universities.
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE
Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department
 
Utilizing the RESHAPE model, Tiffanye will educate participants on the importance of building an effective culture, one where all can thrive.  She will inspire participants to make the change individually and collectively to build an effective culture and will leave a lasting impact that will include strategies for individual responsibility and an immediate call to action
 
Tiffanye S. Wesley is celebrated as a leader and trailblazer. The author, trainer and inspirational speaker is also a Fire/EMS Battalion Chief with the Arlington County Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia - the first African American female to be promoted to this level of leadership in the department’s 78-year history.
 
A 25-year veteran of the Arlington County Fire Department, Tiffanye has served in numerous positions. The most notable positions include Nationally Certified Bomb Technician and Bomb Commander, Station Commander for the largest and busiest firehouse in Arlington and most recently Battalion Chief. As a Battalion Chief, Tiffanye is responsible for effective supervision, management and coordination of emergency scene operations, as well as; daily operations of a battalion which includes 5 fire stations and approximately 40 personnel.
 
As a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer and coach, Tiffanye ignites audiences all over the country with her leadership and development classes, as well as, her inspirational speeches. This year she will be presenting for the 3rd year in a row at the largest Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC), normally attended by more than 39,000 industry leaders. She has also been selected the be the Keynote Speaker for the 2019 I-Women conference.
 
As an Author, Tiffanye released her published work in the book anthology, No More Chains. Her story is also profiled in a 2017 documentary by the same title.
 
Tiffanye’s story has been featured in several local news segments, as well as, several internet projects published by Georgetown University Journalism students. Her most prized interview to date was her 2016 ‘Leading Lady’ segment on the Harry Connick Jr. Show.
 
This ‘woman on fire’ is an inspiration to men and women all over the country because of her transparency and story of determination and commitment in a career no one ever thought she would survive. Her ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ attitude has allowed her to climb the ladder of success even when the odds were stacked against her. 
 
Tiffanye uses prayer, poetry and daily positive affirmations to keep focused and renewed. She also commits to a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercise.
 
She is married to her best friend, Eric Wesley, who is also a Lieutenant in Arlington County. They have four beautiful children, 2 of which also work in public safety and one grandchild.
 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Camp Fire: The Fire That Changed California
Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
 
The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history required a massive response that involved the mobilization of various agencies, personnel, equipment and resources.  CAL FIRE Deputy Director of Communications Mike Mohler will break down the timeline of the initial response to the November 2018 Camp Fire. 
 
Although the incident burned for over two weeks until firefighters were able to contain it, most of the loss of life and property destruction happened in just the first four hours and was centered in and around the town of Paradise in Butte County.
 
All told, the Camp Fire burned 153,336 acres, destroyed 18,800 homes and killed 85 people.
 
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 was 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 their department’s non-traditional media exposure, with projects such as Netflix’s Fire Chasers and Extreme Weather with National Geographic, which has showcased their 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 a 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 the fallen and supporting their families. Mike is currently enrolled in American Military University’s Emergency and Disaster Management program.
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: How Brilliant Brands Create an Urge to Act
Andrew Davis, Bestselling author and Internationally Acclaimed Keynote Speaker
 
We save lives. We're pillars in the community and have our constituents safety and wellbeing at heart. We have so much to say supporting such a good cause. So why aren't more people getting involved? Maybe we need to do less and inspire more.
 
In this exhilarating 45-minute keynote presentation, author and former television producer Andrew Davis will teach us the five secrets to telling stories that inspire others to act.
 
You'll learn how to create moments of inspiration. Moments that inspire your audience to go on a journey they never expected. You'll learn the secrets to owning the entire consumer journey, and he'll uncover the secret question to discovering what inspires your existing partners and volunteers to get involved.
 
You’ll walk away ready to create your own moments that inspire new stakeholders, and volunteers to act in predictable and repeatable ways.
 
Are you ready to be inspired?
 
Andrew Davis is a bestselling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker. Before building and selling a thriving digital marketing agency, Andrew produced for NBC’s Today Show, worked for The Muppets in New York and wrote for Charles Kuralt. He's appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and on NBC and the BBC. Davis has crafted documentary films and award-winning content for tiny start-ups and Fortune 500 brands.
 
Recognized as one of the industry's "Jaw-Dropping Marketing Speakers," Andrew is a mainstay on global marketing influencer lists. Wherever he goes, Andrew Davis puts his infectious enthusiasm and magnetic speaking style to good use teaching business leaders how to grow their businesses, transform their cities, and leave their legacy.
 

Registration

The registration rate for the Chief Officer Track is $550.00 for OAFC members and $600 for non-members, plus HST.
 
The event takes place at the International Centre at 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.  Accommodations and evening functions are at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.   Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 
 
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OAFC 2019 - Training Officers Track May 2-5, 2019

The Training Officer’s track offers a specialized program that offers new and innovative ideas relevant to today’s chief and fire training officers. The program includes specialized sessions by a high profile instructor, speaking on the most current hot topics in fire training.  This program offers the perfect opportunity to build a communications network to share best practices and resources with other training professionals.
 
The Training Officers Program is on May 2 to May 5, 2019 and includes the following,
 
  • Customized session tailored to training officers
  • Keynote presentations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Trade Show on Friday and Saturday
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on all days
  • Networking "FUN" Raising Night, sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek on Friday, May 3
  • Memorial Service on Saturday, May 4
Don't forget the pre-conference events, the OAFC Fire Service Health & Safety Program and the Queen's Park Lobby Day (OAFC members only) on May 1, 2019.
 

Draft Agenda

 
Thursday, May 2, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:00am to 5:00pm Registration Conference Centre Lobby
7:00am Breakfast Orion D
8:30am KEYNOTE Toronto Strong: The Toronto Fire Services response to the Yonge Street Van Attack and the Danforth Shootings Chief Matt Pegg, Toronto Fire Services Orion B/C
9:30am Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management A/Fire Marshal & Chief of Emergency Management, Jon Pegg Orion B/C
10:00am Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
10:30am
Fire Research, Tactics, Training and Application
This is a 6-hour workshop
Robin Zevotek, PE, Research EngineerUL Firefighter Safety Research Institute
Pegasus A
12:30pm Lunch Orion D
1:30pm 
Fire Research, Tactics, Training and Application
Continued....
Robin Zevotek, PE, Research Engineer, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Pegasus A
3:30pm Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
4:00pm
Fire Research, Tactics, Training and Application
Continued....
Robin Zevotek, PE, Research Engineer, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Pegasus A
Friday, May 3, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:30am to 5:00pm Registration Conference Centre Lobby
7:30am Breakfast Orion D
8:30am KEYNOTE Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department Orion A/B
9:30am KEYNOTE Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department Orion A/B
10:30am Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
11:00am to 4:00pm Lunch and Trade Show Halls 2, 3 & 4
8:00pm to 12:00pm
OAFC Networking "FUN" Raising Night
Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd and Safetek
  
Trillium Ballroom,
Holiday Inn
Saturday, May 4, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:30am to 5:00pm Registration Conference Centre Foyer
7:30am Breakfast Orion D
8:30am ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Camp Fire: The Fire That Changed California  Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Halls 2, 3 & 4
9:30am ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE How Brilliant Brands Create an Urge to Act  Andrew Davis, Bestselling author and Internationally Acclaimed Keynote Speaker Halls 2, 3 & 4
10:30am Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
11:00am to 4:00pm Lunch and Trade Show Halls 2, 3 & 4
7:00pm to 10:00pm OAFC 2019 Annual Memorial Service  Trillium Ballroom,
Holiday Inn
Service Sponsored By
 
Reception Sponsored by
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
970 Dixon Road, Toronto
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
7:00am to 12:00pm Registration Trillium Foyer
7:30am Breakfast Trillium Ballroom
8:30am OAFC General Meeting - Individual Members Only Trillium Ballroom
8:30am OAFTO Annual Meeting TBA
10:30am Coffee Break Trillium Foyer
11:00am OAFC General Meeting - Individual Members Only Trillium Ballroom
12:00pm Departures  

Speaker and Presentation Overviews

Thursday, May 2, 2019

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: 
Toronto Strong: The Toronto Fire Services response to the Yonge Street Van Attack and the Danforth Avenue Shootings
Chief Matthew Pegg, Toronto Fire Services
 
On April 23, 2018, a van attack on Toronto's Yonge Street killed 10 people and injured 16 more.  On July 20, 2018, a lone gunman killed 2 people and injured 13 more on Toronto's Danforth Avenue.  In this presentation, Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg will provide fellow first responders with an overview of Toronto Fire Services' response to these mass-casualty incidents and share his thoughts on how Fire Chiefs can begin to prepare for these types of incidents.  He will also discuss how these incidents have impacted the responding Firefighters and how the City of Toronto came together in the wake of these tragic events.
 
Matthew Pegg is the Fire Chief in the City of Toronto, Ontario.  Toronto Fire Services is the largest fire service in Canada with 3,200 full-time personnel.  Matt is also the General Manager of Emergency Management, overseeing the Toronto Office of Emergency Management.

Prior to being appointed as Fire Chief in Toronto, Matt served as a Deputy Fire Chief in Toronto, Brampton, Ajax and Georgina.  Matt is a past President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, former co-chair of the Ontario Fire Service (Section 21) Advisory Committee to the Ontario Minister of Labour and past NFPA 1971/1851 Technical Committee member.

Matt is a graduate of Dalhousie University in both Leadership and Administration, Queen’s University in Labour Relations and the Schulich School of Business' Masters of Public Management program. He is a recipient of the Heroism and Community Service Medal, Ontario Medal of Firefighter’s Bravery, the Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal and the Fire Services Long Service medal.
 
Matt has been awarded the Executive Chief Fire Officer Professional Designation and serves as Honourary Aide de Camp to Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
 
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
A/Fire Marshal, Chief of Emergency Management
 
Jon Pegg is the Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management for the Province of Ontario.
 
Jon joined the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) in July 2018 as Chief, Emergency Management and in February 2019 was appointed as Ontario’s Fire Marshal.
 
Prior to OFMEM, Jon worked for the Town of Innisfil, where he was Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator. As Fire Chief, he supported the development of a Council-adopted Fire Master Plan, and led the suppression, training and prevention divisions.  His career in fire services spanned more than 20 years, starting as a volunteer firefighter in Keswick with Georgina Fire Services. He later worked with Richmond Hill Fire Services (Fire Captain), Innisfil Fire (Deputy Chief) and Georgina Fire Services (Deputy Fire Chief).
 
Jon has a degree in Leadership and Administration from Dalhousie University, as well as leadership diplomas and certificates from Mohawk College and Seneca College. He is a recipient of the Excellence in Leadership and Health Safety Award from the Town of Innisfil, and in 2018 received a Fire Service Exemplary Service Award from the Province of Ontario.  
 
Jon’s legacy has earned him a reputation for fostering strong teams and improving relations amongst his peers and colleagues. As the Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management, Jon will lead OFMEM in enhancing and strengthening the emergency management and fire safety portfolios in Ontario.
 
Fire Research, Tactics, Training and Application
Robin Zevotek, P.E., Research Engineer II, Firefighter Safety Research Institute, Underwriter Laboratories
 
6-Hour Workshop
 
Understanding the fire dynamics of a residential structure fire is essential to  strengthens a firefighter’s ability to operate effectively on the fire ground. Research has demonstrated some key fire dynamics principals all firefighters should know. This class will review these key principals and discuss how they can be employed tactically on the fire ground. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how the actions of the initial arriving companies will impact the fire dynamics and victim survivability within a residential structure.
 
Robin Zevotek is a Research Engineer with the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Firefighter Safety Research Institute where for the last 5 years he has studied firefighting ventilation and suppression tactics for residential structures. He has 17yrs in the fire service thought out the east coast, and is currently serving as a Lieutenant with the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department in Howard County, MD.  He has a bachelor’s and master’s both in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland. In addition, he is a licensed fire protection engineer with 5 years of fire protection design experience. 
 
 

Friday, May 3, 2019

 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths
Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department
 
Benjamin Franklin is widely known for his many contributions to science, politics, and community-building across the globe, including forming one of the earliest North American fire companies in 1736 Philadelphia. Franklin’s maxims on exercising leadership are as relevant today, as they were when he served as the Union Fire Company’s first fire chief.
 
Adam Thiel is the 20th Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. Commissioner Thiel is responsible for leading the Philadelphia Fire Department’s 2,850-plus uniformed and civilian members in every facet of protecting their nation’s 5th-largest city from fires and emergencies arising from all hazards.
 
In February 2014, he was appointed to serve as a Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In that role, he helped provide strategic direction, policy advice, management oversight, and operational coordination for eleven agencies with an overall budget of more than $3.1B and 30,000 employees. Deputy Secretary Thiel was directly responsible for the Departments of: Emergency Management, Fire Programs (including the State Fire Marshal's Office), Military Affairs (Virginia Army/Air National Guard), and State Police, along with the state’s Homeland Security and Resilience portfolio.
 
Adam also served as the Governor’s deputy Homeland Security Advisor (dHSA), deputy Chief Resilience Officer (dCRO), Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), and FirstNet State Single Point of Contact (SPOC). He facilitated the Secure Commonwealth Panel and Rail Safety/Security Task Force, co-led the state's National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) project team to a $120.5M Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant award, and collaborated with a myriad local, state, and federal agencies in managing all aspects of Virginia’s homeland security enterprise.
 
In addition to public service, he co-founded two successful consulting practices advising on a wide range of clients on crisis management, leadership, training development, risk analysis, and business strategy. Adam is a widely published author and has spoken at events around the globe; he has also developed and taught college courses at multiple universities.
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE
Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department
 
Utilizing the RESHAPE model, Tiffanye will educate participants on the importance of building an effective culture, one where all can thrive.  She will inspire participants to make the change individually and collectively to build an effective culture and will leave a lasting impact that will include strategies for individual responsibility and an immediate call to action
 
Tiffanye S. Wesley is celebrated as a leader and trailblazer. The author, trainer and inspirational speaker is also a Fire/EMS Battalion Chief with the Arlington County Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia - the first African American female to be promoted to this level of leadership in the department’s 78-year history.
 
A 25-year veteran of the Arlington County Fire Department, Tiffanye has served in numerous positions. The most notable positions include Nationally Certified Bomb Technician and Bomb Commander, Station Commander for the largest and busiest firehouse in Arlington and most recently Battalion Chief. As a Battalion Chief, Tiffanye is responsible for effective supervision, management and coordination of emergency scene operations, as well as; daily operations of a battalion which includes 5 fire stations and approximately 40 personnel.
 
As a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer and coach, Tiffanye ignites audiences all over the country with her leadership and development classes, as well as, her inspirational speeches. This year she will be presenting for the 3rd year in a row at the largest Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC), normally attended by more than 39,000 industry leaders. She has also been selected the be the Keynote Speaker for the 2019 I-Women conference.
 
As an Author, Tiffanye released her published work in the book anthology, No More Chains. Her story is also profiled in a 2017 documentary by the same title.
 
Tiffanye’s story has been featured in several local news segments, as well as, several internet projects published by Georgetown University Journalism students. Her most prized interview to date was her 2016 ‘Leading Lady’ segment on the Harry Connick Jr. Show.
 
This ‘woman on fire’ is an inspiration to men and women all over the country because of her transparency and story of determination and commitment in a career no one ever thought she would survive. Her ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ attitude has allowed her to climb the ladder of success even when the odds were stacked against her. 
 
Tiffanye uses prayer, poetry and daily positive affirmations to keep focused and renewed. She also commits to a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercise.
 
She is married to her best friend, Eric Wesley, who is also a Lieutenant in Arlington County. They have four beautiful children, 2 of which also work in public safety and one grandchild.
 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Camp Fire: The Fire That Changed California
Mike Mohler, Deputy Director, Communications, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
 
The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history required a massive response that involved the mobilization of various agencies, personnel, equipment and resources.  CAL FIRE Deputy Director of Communications Mike Mohler will break down the timeline of the initial response to the November 2018 Camp Fire. 
 
Although the incident burned for over two weeks until firefighters were able to contain it, most of the loss of life and property destruction happened in just the first four hours and was centered in and around the town of Paradise in Butte County.
 
All told, the Camp Fire burned 153,336 acres, destroyed 18,800 homes and killed 85 people.
 
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 was 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 their department’s non-traditional media exposure, with projects such as Netflix’s Fire Chasers and Extreme Weather with National Geographic, which has showcased their 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 a 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 the fallen and supporting their families. Mike is currently enrolled in American Military University’s Emergency and Disaster Management program.
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: How Brilliant Brands Create an Urge to Act
Andrew Davis, Bestselling author and Internationally Acclaimed Keynote Speaker
 
We save lives. We're pillars in the community and have our constituents safety and wellbeing at heart. We have so much to say supporting such a good cause. So why aren't more people getting involved? Maybe we need to do less and inspire more.
 
In this exhilarating 45-minute keynote presentation, author and former television producer Andrew Davis will teach us the five secrets to telling stories that inspire others to act.
 
You'll learn how to create moments of inspiration. Moments that inspire your audience to go on a journey they never expected. You'll learn the secrets to owning the entire consumer journey, and he'll uncover the secret question to discovering what inspires your existing partners and volunteers to get involved.
 
You’ll walk away ready to create your own moments that inspire new stakeholders, and volunteers to act in predictable and repeatable ways.
 
Are you ready to be inspired?
 
Andrew Davis is a bestselling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker. Before building and selling a thriving digital marketing agency, Andrew produced for NBC’s Today Show, worked for The Muppets in New York and wrote for Charles Kuralt. He's appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and on NBC and the BBC. Davis has crafted documentary films and award-winning content for tiny start-ups and Fortune 500 brands.
 
Recognized as one of the industry's "Jaw-Dropping Marketing Speakers," Andrew is a mainstay on global marketing influencer lists. Wherever he goes, Andrew Davis puts his infectious enthusiasm and magnetic speaking style to good use teaching business leaders how to grow their businesses, transform their cities, and leave their legacy.
 

Registration

The registration rate for the Training Officers Track is $550.00 for OAFC/OAFTO members and $600 for non-members, plus HST.
 
The event takes place at the International Centre at 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.  Accommodations and evening functions are at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.   Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2019
The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 

OAFC 2019 Municipal Officials Program: The Essentials of Firefighting and Firefighting 101, May 2 & 3, 2019

  
 
The Municipal Officials Program: The Essentials of Firefighting and Firefighting 101 offers municipal officials the opportunity to understand the challenges of the fire service and its importance in their communities. This two-day session includes presentations customized to provide you with essential information about the fire service.  The highlight of the program is our interactive, hands-on fire training experience.
 
Slip into bunker gear and experience firsthand the life of a firefighter by participating in a live fire training session that includes a simulated search and rescue, vehicle extrication and extinguishing fires. This program has been specially tailored by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority Fire Department.
 
Attendees who have previously attended this seminar repeatedly said that it was one of the best seminars and training sessions that they had ever attended! Past attendees have included government officials, mayors and councillors, CAOs, directors and other senior municipal staff.
 
The Municipal Officials Program is on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3 and includes the following:
 
  • Customized programming tailored to municipal officials
  • Live fire experience on Thursday
  • Keynote presentations on Thursday an Friday
  • Trade Show on Friday
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on all days
  • Networking "FUN" Raising Night, sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek on Friday, May 3
  • Memorial Service on Saturday, May 4

Draft Agenda

Thursday, May 2, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:00 to 5:00 Registration Conference Centre Lobby
7:00 Breakfast Orion D
8:30 Toronto Strong: The Toronto Fire Services response to the Yonge Street Van Attack and the Danforth Shootings Chief Matt Pegg, Toronto Fire Services Orion B/C
9:30 Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management A/Fire Marshal & Chief of Emergency Management, Jon Pegg Orion B/C
10:00 Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
10:30
Fire Service Impacts In Your Community
Deputy Chief Jim Jessop, Toronto Fire Services Lyra B
10:30
Fire Service Governance
TBA Lyra B
12:30 Municipal Officials Lunch and Live Fire Training at GTAA Fire and Emergency Training Institute FESTI
Friday, May 3, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:30 to 5:00 Registration Conference Centre Lobby
7:30 Breakfast Orion D
8:30 KEYNOTE Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department Orion A/B
9:30 KEYNOTE:  Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department Orion A/B
10:30 Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
11:00 to 12:30 Managing Municipal Liability in the Fire Service Norm Keith, FASKEN Lyra B
12:30 to 5:00 MUNCIPAL OFFICIALS Lunch and Trade Show Halls 2, 3 & 4
8:00 to 12:00
OAFC Networking "FUN" Raising Night
Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd and Safetek
  
Trillium Ballroom,
Holiday Inn

Speaker and Presentation Overviews

 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONToronto Strong: The Toronto Fire Services response to the Yonge Street Van Attack and the Danforth Avenue Shootings
Chief Matthew Pegg, Toronto Fire Services
 
On April 23, 2018, a van attack on Toronto's Yonge Street killed 10 people and injured 16 more.  On July 20, 2018, a lone gunman killed 2 people and injured 13 more on Toronto's Danforth Avenue.  In this presentation, Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg will provide fellow first responders with an overview of Toronto Fire Services' response to these mass-casualty incidents and share his thoughts on how Fire Chiefs can begin to prepare for these types of incidents.  He will also discuss how these incidents have impacted the responding Firefighters and how the City of Toronto came together in the wake of these tragic events.
 
Matthew Pegg is the Fire Chief in the City of Toronto, Ontario.  Toronto Fire Services is the largest fire service in Canada with 3,200 full-time personnel.  Matt is also the General Manager of Emergency Management, overseeing the Toronto Office of Emergency Management.

Prior to being appointed as Fire Chief in Toronto, Matt served as a Deputy Fire Chief in Toronto, Brampton, Ajax and Georgina.  Matt is a past President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, former co-chair of the Ontario Fire Service (Section 21) Advisory Committee to the Ontario Minister of Labour and past NFPA 1971/1851 Technical Committee member.

Matt is a graduate of Dalhousie University in both Leadership and Administration, Queen’s University in Labour Relations and the Schulich School of Business' Masters of Public Management program. He is a recipient of the Heroism and Community Service Medal, Ontario Medal of Firefighter’s Bravery, the Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal and the Fire Services Long Service medal.
 
Matt has been awarded the Executive Chief Fire Officer Professional Designation and serves as Honourary Aide de Camp to Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
 
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
A/Fire Marshal, Chief of Emergency Management
 
Jon Pegg is the Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management for the Province of Ontario.
 
Jon joined the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) in July 2018 as Chief, Emergency Management and in February 2019 was appointed as Ontario’s Fire Marshal.
 
Prior to OFMEM, Jon worked for the Town of Innisfil, where he was Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator. As Fire Chief, he supported the development of a Council-adopted Fire Master Plan, and led the suppression, training and prevention divisions.  His career in fire services spanned more than 20 years, starting as a volunteer firefighter in Keswick with Georgina Fire Services. He later worked with Richmond Hill Fire Services (Fire Captain), Innisfil Fire (Deputy Chief) and Georgina Fire Services (Deputy Fire Chief).
 
Jon has a degree in Leadership and Administration from Dalhousie University, as well as leadership diplomas and certificates from Mohawk College and Seneca College. He is a recipient of the Excellence in Leadership and Health Safety Award from the Town of Innisfil, and in 2018 received a Fire Service Exemplary Service Award from the Province of Ontario.  
 
Jon’s legacy has earned him a reputation for fostering strong teams and improving relations amongst his peers and colleagues. As the Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management, Jon will lead OFMEM in enhancing and strengthening the emergency management and fire safety portfolios in Ontario.
 
How the Fire Service Impacts Your Community
Deputy Chief Jim Jessop, Toronto Fire Services
 
The responsibilities and qualifications of fire service managers have been significantly expanded with recent regulatory and legislative changes. Furthermore, the expectations of how municipalities execute their duties, powers and responsibilities under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act  has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent Coroner’s Inquests, Fire Safety Commission decisions and torts. 
 
Jim Jessop started his career in the fire service as a fire fighter in the City of Toronto in 1996.
Jim currently serves as a Director/Deputy Chief with Toronto Fire Services; the fourth largest fire service in North America.
 
He has previously served as the Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management. Prior to that, he was the Ontario Deputy Fire Marshal. Jim has also been a Deputy Fire Chief in the Cities of Niagara Falls and London; roles in which he championed the retroactive installation of sprinklers in care occupancies, enforcement of the Ontario Fire Code and data driven public education strategies. 
 
Jim holds multiple degrees including a Master of Business Administration from Brock University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. 
 
Managing Municipal Liability in the Fire Service
Norm Keith, FASKEN
 
This presentation will review key liability issues within the fire service with a view to providing attendees with the practical tips and advice they need to manage risk within their municipality’s fire department.
 

Norm practices labour, employment, regulatory, government investigations, white collar defense and constitutional litigation. He also has a broad advisory practice in the areas of his expertise and is a trusted advisor to boards, executives and for and not-for profit corporations.

Norm’s Labour, Employment and Human Rights (“LEHR”) practice involves executive compensation, employment contracts, employee discipline, workers compensation, ESA enforcement and human resources risk management. He represents employers in LEHR litigation including wrongful dismissal, workplace fraud recovery, whistle-blower cases, human rights violations, labour arbitrations, workplace safety, WSIB appeals and fiduciary duty law suits.
 
Norm has an active white collar defense and government investigation legal practice. Norm is on the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association and a regular speaker at the ABA’s annual White Collar Crime Institute. He is a member of the International Bar Association’s White Collar and Business Crimes Committee and an IBA Officer. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee. Norm has authored a number of leading books including, Corporate Crime, Accountability and Social Responsibility in Canada (2nd ed.), Insider Trading in Canada (2nd ed.) and Canadian Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance (2nd ed.). Norm is also the editor-in-chief of the firm’s White Collar blog: www.whitecollarpost.com and the newsletter White Collar Crime & Compliance (Lexis Nexis).
 
Norm is the leading Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) lawyer in Canada. He has successfully defended more than 1,000 health & safety, environmental and workers’ compensation administrative, regulatory and criminal cases. Norm has written many of the leading books in his field, including Canadian Health and Safety Law, Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, and Workplace Health and Safety Crimes (3rd ed.). He was the first lawyer in Canada to achieve the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (“CRSP”) designation. He is also the longest serving Judge in Thomson Reuters’ prestigious Canada’s Safest Employers recognition and award.

Norm has unparalleled expertise in the complex area of alcohol and drugs in the workplace; has written the leading text on the subject, Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2nd ed.), has appeared before the Supreme Court in the leading case regarding alcohol and drug testing, Irving Pulp & Paper (2013) and the leading case drug addiction human rights case, Elk Valley Coal (2017). He also has extensive experience in dealing with workplace violence and harassment, sexual harassment, and workplace investigations. He has written a leading text on the subject, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd ed.).


Norm has completed 5 Ironman distance triathlons, run the New York, Chicago, Toronto and Hamilton marathons and rides in the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer for cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital. He has worked as a hard rock miner, a golf course grounds keeper, a career counsellor, a construction labourer, and a management trainee at a major Canadian bank.
 

Friday, May 3, 2019

 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths
Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department
 
Benjamin Franklin is widely known for his many contributions to science, politics, and community-building across the globe, including forming one of the earliest North American fire companies in 1736 Philadelphia. Franklin’s maxims on exercising leadership are as relevant today, as they were when he served as the Union Fire Company’s first fire chief.
 
Adam Thiel is the 20th Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. Commissioner Thiel is responsible for leading the Philadelphia Fire Department’s 2,850-plus uniformed and civilian members in every facet of protecting their nation’s 5th-largest city from fires and emergencies arising from all hazards.
 
In February 2014, he was appointed to serve as a Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In that role, he helped provide strategic direction, policy advice, management oversight, and operational coordination for eleven agencies with an overall budget of more than $3.1B and 30,000 employees. Deputy Secretary Thiel was directly responsible for the Departments of: Emergency Management, Fire Programs (including the State Fire Marshal's Office), Military Affairs (Virginia Army/Air National Guard), and State Police, along with the state’s Homeland Security and Resilience portfolio.
 
Adam also served as the Governor’s deputy Homeland Security Advisor (dHSA), deputy Chief Resilience Officer (dCRO), Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), and FirstNet State Single Point of Contact (SPOC). He facilitated the Secure Commonwealth Panel and Rail Safety/Security Task Force, co-led the state's National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) project team to a $120.5M Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant award, and collaborated with a myriad local, state, and federal agencies in managing all aspects of Virginia’s homeland security enterprise.
 
In addition to public service, he co-founded two successful consulting practices advising on a wide range of clients on crisis management, leadership, training development, risk analysis, and business strategy. Adam is a widely published author and has spoken at events around the globe; he has also developed and taught college courses at multiple universities.
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE
Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department
 
Utilizing the RESHAPE model, Tiffanye will educate participants on the importance of building an effective culture, one where all can thrive.  She will inspire participants to make the change individually and collectively to build an effective culture and will leave a lasting impact that will include strategies for individual responsibility and an immediate call to action
 
Tiffanye S. Wesley is celebrated as a leader and trailblazer. The author, trainer and inspirational speaker is also a Fire/EMS Battalion Chief with the Arlington County Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia - the first African American female to be promoted to this level of leadership in the department’s 78-year history.
 
A 25-year veteran of the Arlington County Fire Department, Tiffanye has served in numerous positions. The most notable positions include Nationally Certified Bomb Technician and Bomb Commander, Station Commander for the largest and busiest firehouse in Arlington and most recently Battalion Chief. As a Battalion Chief, Tiffanye is responsible for effective supervision, management and coordination of emergency scene operations, as well as; daily operations of a battalion which includes 5 fire stations and approximately 40 personnel.
 
As a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer and coach, Tiffanye ignites audiences all over the country with her leadership and development classes, as well as, her inspirational speeches. This year she will be presenting for the 3rd year in a row at the largest Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC), normally attended by more than 39,000 industry leaders. She has also been selected the be the Keynote Speaker for the 2019 I-Women conference.
 
As an Author, Tiffanye released her published work in the book anthology, No More Chains. Her story is also profiled in a 2017 documentary by the same title.
 
Tiffanye’s story has been featured in several local news segments, as well as, several internet projects published by Georgetown University Journalism students. Her most prized interview to date was her 2016 ‘Leading Lady’ segment on the Harry Connick Jr. Show.
 
This ‘woman on fire’ is an inspiration to men and women all over the country because of her transparency and story of determination and commitment in a career no one ever thought she would survive. Her ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ attitude has allowed her to climb the ladder of success even when the odds were stacked against her. 
 
Tiffanye uses prayer, poetry and daily positive affirmations to keep focused and renewed. She also commits to a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercise.
 
She is married to her best friend, Eric Wesley, who is also a Lieutenant in Arlington County. They have four beautiful children, 2 of which also work in public safety and one grandchild.
 

Registration

 
The registration rate for the Municipal Officials Program is $375.00 plus HST.
 
The event takes place at the International Centre at 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.  Accommodations and evening functions are at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.   Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2019
The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 
 

OAFC 2019 - Public Educator's Track, May 2 & 3, 2019

The OAFC and the Ontario Fire & Life Safety Educators (OFLSE) have developed a public educator program, specifically tailored to promote education initiatives relevant to today’s public fire educators and fire prevention officers.  The program is designed to share information, resources and network with likeminded professionals.  This role is very important in a fire service, as most fires are preventable.  Ontario’s public educators educate, train, motivate and inspire fire and life safety programs and messages in their communities.  This program helps develop new, innovative ways to promote fire safety and education.
 
The Public & Life Safety Educators Program is on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3, 2019 and includes the following
 
  • Customized programming tailored to public educators/fire prevention officers
  • Keynote presentations on Thursday and Friday
  • Trade Show on Friday, May 3
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on all days
  • Networking "FUN" Raising Night, sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek on Friday, May 3
  • Memorial Service on Saturday, May 4

Draft Agenda

Thursday, May 2, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:00am to 5:00pm Registration Conference Centre Lobby
7:00pm Breakfast Orion D
8:30am
ALL TRACKS KEYNOTE: 
Toronto Strong: The Toronto Fire Services response to the Yonge Street Van Attack and the Danforth Shootings
Chief Matt Pegg, Toronto Fire Services Orion B/C
9:30am ALL TRACKS: Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management A/Fire Marshal & Chief of Emergency Management, Jon Pegg Orion B/C
10:00am Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
10:20am Welcome from the OFLSE Kevin Vaughan, OFLSE Chair Vela A
10:30am Drown proofing 1st Responders Wendy Lund, CEO/Founder, Wellth Management Inc. Vela A
11:30am Big Thinking on a Modest Budget: How to Make Your Communications Work Harder in 2019 Andrew Simon, Chief Creative Officer, Edelman Vela A
12:30pm Lunch Orion D
1:30pm OFLSE Update Kevin Vaughan, Chair, OFLSE Vela A
2:00pm Using QR Codes as a Teaching Aid Mel Everitt Vela A
3:00PM Are You Smarter Than a Middle Schooler OFLSE Vela A
3:30pm Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
4:00pm TBA TBA Vela A
4:30pm
Networking - Roundtable Session
Vela A
Friday, May 3, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:30am to 5:00pm Registration Conference Centre Lobby
7:30am Breakfast Orion D
8:30am ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department Orion A/B
9:30am ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department Orion A/B
10:30am Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
11:00am
Hoarding Coalition
Jennifer Brock, Michelle Oosterhof, Madelaine Crevier and John Thruong
Vela A
11:40am
Overview of Camp BUCKO
Patrick Howlett, Director, Camp BUCKO
Vela A
12:20pm
Wrap up & Evaluation
 
Vela A
12:30pm
Lunch & Trade Show
 
8:00pm to 12:00pm
OAFC Networking "FUN" Raising Night
Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd and Safetek
  
Trillium Ballroom,
Holiday Inn

Speaker and Presentation Overviews

Thursday, May 2, 2019

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONToronto Strong: The Toronto Fire Services response to the Yonge Street Van Attack and the Danforth Avenue Shootings
Chief Matthew Pegg, Toronto Fire Services
 
On April 23, 2018, a van attack on Toronto's Yonge Street killed 10 people and injured 16 more.  On July 20, 2018, a lone gunman killed 2 people and injured 13 more on Toronto's Danforth Avenue.  In this presentation, Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg will provide fellow first responders with an overview of Toronto Fire Services' response to these mass-casualty incidents and share his thoughts on how Fire Chiefs can begin to prepare for these types of incidents.  He will also discuss how these incidents have impacted the responding Firefighters and how the City of Toronto came together in the wake of these tragic events.
 
Matthew Pegg is the Fire Chief in the City of Toronto, Ontario.  Toronto Fire Services is the largest fire service in Canada with 3,200 full-time personnel.  Matt is also the General Manager of Emergency Management, overseeing the Toronto Office of Emergency Management.

Prior to being appointed as Fire Chief in Toronto, Matt served as a Deputy Fire Chief in Toronto, Brampton, Ajax and Georgina.  Matt is a past President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, former co-chair of the Ontario Fire Service (Section 21) Advisory Committee to the Ontario Minister of Labour and past NFPA 1971/1851 Technical Committee member.

Matt is a graduate of Dalhousie University in both Leadership and Administration, Queen’s University in Labour Relations and the Schulich School of Business' Masters of Public Management program. He is a recipient of the Heroism and Community Service Medal, Ontario Medal of Firefighter’s Bravery, the Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal and the Fire Services Long Service medal.
 
Matt has been awarded the Executive Chief Fire Officer Professional Designation and serves as Honourary Aide de Camp to Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
 
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
A/Fire Marshal, Chief of Emergency Management
 
Jon Pegg is the Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management for the Province of Ontario.
 
Jon joined the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) in July 2018 as Chief, Emergency Management and in February 2019 was appointed as Ontario’s Fire Marshal.
 
Prior to OFMEM, Jon worked for the Town of Innisfil, where he was Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator. As Fire Chief, he supported the development of a Council-adopted Fire Master Plan, and led the suppression, training and prevention divisions.  His career in fire services spanned more than 20 years, starting as a volunteer firefighter in Keswick with Georgina Fire Services. He later worked with Richmond Hill Fire Services (Fire Captain), Innisfil Fire (Deputy Chief) and Georgina Fire Services (Deputy Fire Chief).
 
Jon has a degree in Leadership and Administration from Dalhousie University, as well as leadership diplomas and certificates from Mohawk College and Seneca College. He is a recipient of the Excellence in Leadership and Health Safety Award from the Town of Innisfil, and in 2018 received a Fire Service Exemplary Service Award from the Province of Ontario.  
 
Jon’s legacy has earned him a reputation for fostering strong teams and improving relations amongst his peers and colleagues. As the Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management, Jon will lead OFMEM in enhancing and strengthening the emergency management and fire safety portfolios in Ontario.
 
Drown proofing 1st Responders
Wendy Lund, CEO/Founder Wellth Management Inc.
 
'When you teach first responders how to manage a difficult airway, you save patients lives, when you teach them how to handle difficult emotions, you save theirs'.
 
We live and work in a pathogenic model of reacting to challenging, life-threatening situations.  First responders are highly skilled at doing so.  We now know they are at risk for drowning in their work ~ emotionally, psychologically, spiritually. 
 
When we teach people to swim, we first teach them how to save themselves from drowning.  Not because they will, but because we know the risk. 
 
It's time to we started drown-proofing our most vulnerable workers with a proactive approach to equip them with the tools that may come in handy one day.  Not because they will, but because we now know the risk. 
 
Wendy brings more than 3 decades of experience as a Professor in Nursing & Paramedicine to Wellth Management Inc.  As the science lead for over 30 years, she understands how the mind and body work at ease and in dis-ease.
 
She discovered the benefits of mindfulness in her personal life over 10 years ago through a period of significant adversity and became passionate about sharing it with others.  She co-founded a student association called Mindful Medics and the first full credit college course on mindfulness in Canada called 'Mastering the Moment' that continues to fill up every semester.
 
She returned to school and completed a MSc in Mindfulness Studies in the fall of 2017 where her research study investigated the experience of trauma in first responders to build a case for why proactive resiliency education matters. 
 
Her trademarked certificate educational program, Reach for Resiliency [R4R] helps to fill a significant gap of understanding how to use our minds to engage omnipresent stressors of trauma, tragedy and suffering in a way that moves us towards our best potential.
 
Big Thinking on a Modest Budget: How to Make Your Communications Work Harder in 2019
Andrew Simon, Chief Creative Officer, Canada Edelman
 
Gone are the days of forcing messaging down peoples’ throats and expecting them to care. This talk will delve into how to create excitement and interest through magnetic storytelling and earned-centric thinking. Real world examples will be shared to demonstrate how with an ever-changing media landscape, it’s more important than ever to create campaigns that people want to actively engage with, participate in and share.
 
With an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Andrew is anything but the typical Chief Creative Officer. He began his career in the US at JWT New York and Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles. In 2001, he moved to Toronto to join DDB, eventually rising to the role of Executive Creative Director. In his nine years at the agency, DDB was named Agency of the Year an unprecedented five times and Canada’s most creative agency six times. Andrew joined Edelman in September 2015 and in 2017, helped the team win Strategy's PR Agency of the Year as well as earn the first Cannes Lion as well as Clio ever awarded to a Canadian PR agency for his work on HP.
 
Andrew is acknowledged as an industry leader and has been featured on CBC’s The National, Metro Morning, Q, Global TV’s National News, TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and has been profiled by both the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star. He is the current president of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada. But for all of Andrew’s accomplishments and accolades, perhaps most impressive of all is his vast collection of shiny shoes.
 

Friday, May 3, 2019

 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths
Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department
 
Benjamin Franklin is widely known for his many contributions to science, politics, and community-building across the globe, including forming one of the earliest North American fire companies in 1736 Philadelphia. Franklin’s maxims on exercising leadership are as relevant today, as they were when he served as the Union Fire Company’s first fire chief.
 
Adam Thiel is the 20th Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. Commissioner Thiel is responsible for leading the Philadelphia Fire Department’s 2,850-plus uniformed and civilian members in every facet of protecting their nation’s 5th-largest city from fires and emergencies arising from all hazards.
 
In February 2014, he was appointed to serve as a Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In that role, he helped provide strategic direction, policy advice, management oversight, and operational coordination for eleven agencies with an overall budget of more than $3.1B and 30,000 employees. Deputy Secretary Thiel was directly responsible for the Departments of: Emergency Management, Fire Programs (including the State Fire Marshal's Office), Military Affairs (Virginia Army/Air National Guard), and State Police, along with the state’s Homeland Security and Resilience portfolio.
 
Adam also served as the Governor’s deputy Homeland Security Advisor (dHSA), deputy Chief Resilience Officer (dCRO), Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), and FirstNet State Single Point of Contact (SPOC). He facilitated the Secure Commonwealth Panel and Rail Safety/Security Task Force, co-led the state's National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) project team to a $120.5M Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant award, and collaborated with a myriad local, state, and federal agencies in managing all aspects of Virginia’s homeland security enterprise.
 
In addition to public service, he co-founded two successful consulting practices advising on a wide range of clients on crisis management, leadership, training development, risk analysis, and business strategy. Adam is a widely published author and has spoken at events around the globe; he has also developed and taught college courses at multiple universities.
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE
Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department
 
Utilizing the RESHAPE model, Tiffanye will educate participants on the importance of building an effective culture, one where all can thrive.  She will inspire participants to make the change individually and collectively to build an effective culture and will leave a lasting impact that will include strategies for individual responsibility and an immediate call to action
 
Tiffanye S. Wesley is celebrated as a leader and trailblazer. The author, trainer and inspirational speaker is also a Fire/EMS Battalion Chief with the Arlington County Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia - the first African American female to be promoted to this level of leadership in the department’s 78-year history.
 
A 25-year veteran of the Arlington County Fire Department, Tiffanye has served in numerous positions. The most notable positions include Nationally Certified Bomb Technician and Bomb Commander, Station Commander for the largest and busiest firehouse in Arlington and most recently Battalion Chief. As a Battalion Chief, Tiffanye is responsible for effective supervision, management and coordination of emergency scene operations, as well as; daily operations of a battalion which includes 5 fire stations and approximately 40 personnel.
 
As a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer and coach, Tiffanye ignites audiences all over the country with her leadership and development classes, as well as, her inspirational speeches. This year she will be presenting for the 3rd year in a row at the largest Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC), normally attended by more than 39,000 industry leaders. She has also been selected the be the Keynote Speaker for the 2019 I-Women conference.
 
As an Author, Tiffanye released her published work in the book anthology, No More Chains. Her story is also profiled in a 2017 documentary by the same title.
 
Tiffanye’s story has been featured in several local news segments, as well as, several internet projects published by Georgetown University Journalism students. Her most prized interview to date was her 2016 ‘Leading Lady’ segment on the Harry Connick Jr. Show.
 
This ‘woman on fire’ is an inspiration to men and women all over the country because of her transparency and story of determination and commitment in a career no one ever thought she would survive. Her ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ attitude has allowed her to climb the ladder of success even when the odds were stacked against her. 
 
Tiffanye uses prayer, poetry and daily positive affirmations to keep focused and renewed. She also commits to a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercise.
 
She is married to her best friend, Eric Wesley, who is also a Lieutenant in Arlington County. They have four beautiful children, 2 of which also work in public safety and one grandchild.
 

Registration

 
The registration rate for the Public Educators Track is $335.00 plus HST.
 
The event takes place at the International Centre at 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.  Accommodations and evening functions are at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.   Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 
 
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OAFC 2019 Fire Commuicators Track, May 3, 2019

The Ontario Fire Communicators Association in conjunction with the OAFC have developed a forum to help communicators understand more about today’s common issues facing Ontario’s communication centres. Fire communicators are those responsible for the processing of requests for emergency and non-emergency assistance received via 9-1-1 lines, administration lines, the radio system or direct contact with the public. They work closely with communicators from Police, EMS and other services to provide rapid, effective response. The seminar includes a variety of presentations specifically selected on important issues facing communicators in today’s fire service. 
 
The Fire Communicators Track is on Friday, May 3 and includes the following:
 
  • Customized programming tailored to fire communicators on Friday, May 3
  • Keynote presentations on Friday, May 3
  • Trade Show on Friday, May 3
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks
  • Networking "FUN" Raising Night, sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek on Friday, May 3
  • Memorial Service on Saturday, May 4

There is an optional "add-on" should you want to stay for Saturday, May 4, 2019 and participate in the keynote sessions and trade show.

Draft Agenda

Friday, May 3, 2019
The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Time Event/Presentation Speaker Room
6:30am to 5:00pm Registration Conference Centre Lobby
7:30am Breakfast Orion D
8:30am ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department Orion A/B
9:30am ALL TRACKS: KEYNOTE Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department Orion A/B
10:30am Coffee Break Conference Centre Foyer
11:00am
COMMUNICATORS TRACK: 911 Inquest
Acting Deputy Chief Jesse Oshell, Greater Sudbury Fire Services
Pegasus A
12:00pm
COMMUNICATORS TRACK: NG-911 Update
Chief John Hay, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Pegasus A
12:30pm to 2:30pm
COMMUNICATORS TRACK: Lunch and Trade Show
Halls 2, 3 & 4
2:30pm
Legalities and Liability for Communicators, 
John Saunders, Hicks Morley
Pegasus A
3:30pm
PTSD & Mental Health Resiliency for Communicators Tim Metcalfe, R2MR Instructor and Fire and EMS Health and Safety Consultant, PSHSA Pegasus A
8:00pm to 12:00pm
OAFC Networking "FUN" Raising Night
Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd and Safetek
  
Trillium Ballroom,
Holiday Inn

Speaker and Presentation Overviews

 

Friday, May 3, 2019

 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Fire Service Leadership: Ben Franklin’s Timeless Truths
Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department
 
Benjamin Franklin is widely known for his many contributions to science, politics, and community-building across the globe, including forming one of the earliest North American fire companies in 1736 Philadelphia. Franklin’s maxims on exercising leadership are as relevant today, as they were when he served as the Union Fire Company’s first fire chief.
 
Adam Thiel is the 20th Fire Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. Commissioner Thiel is responsible for leading the Philadelphia Fire Department’s 2,850-plus uniformed and civilian members in every facet of protecting their nation’s 5th-largest city from fires and emergencies arising from all hazards.
 
In February 2014, he was appointed to serve as a Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In that role, he helped provide strategic direction, policy advice, management oversight, and operational coordination for eleven agencies with an overall budget of more than $3.1B and 30,000 employees. Deputy Secretary Thiel was directly responsible for the Departments of: Emergency Management, Fire Programs (including the State Fire Marshal's Office), Military Affairs (Virginia Army/Air National Guard), and State Police, along with the state’s Homeland Security and Resilience portfolio.
 
Adam also served as the Governor’s deputy Homeland Security Advisor (dHSA), deputy Chief Resilience Officer (dCRO), Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), and FirstNet State Single Point of Contact (SPOC). He facilitated the Secure Commonwealth Panel and Rail Safety/Security Task Force, co-led the state's National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) project team to a $120.5M Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant award, and collaborated with a myriad local, state, and federal agencies in managing all aspects of Virginia’s homeland security enterprise.
 
In addition to public service, he co-founded two successful consulting practices advising on a wide range of clients on crisis management, leadership, training development, risk analysis, and business strategy. Adam is a widely published author and has spoken at events around the globe; he has also developed and taught college courses at multiple universities.
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Change the Culture, Change the Game #It’s Time to RESHAPE
Tiffanye Wesley, Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Arlington County Fire Department
 
Utilizing the RESHAPE model, Tiffanye will educate participants on the importance of building an effective culture, one where all can thrive.  She will inspire participants to make the change individually and collectively to build an effective culture and will leave a lasting impact that will include strategies for individual responsibility and an immediate call to action
 
Tiffanye S. Wesley is celebrated as a leader and trailblazer. The author, trainer and inspirational speaker is also a Fire/EMS Battalion Chief with the Arlington County Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia - the first African American female to be promoted to this level of leadership in the department’s 78-year history.
 
A 25-year veteran of the Arlington County Fire Department, Tiffanye has served in numerous positions. The most notable positions include Nationally Certified Bomb Technician and Bomb Commander, Station Commander for the largest and busiest firehouse in Arlington and most recently Battalion Chief. As a Battalion Chief, Tiffanye is responsible for effective supervision, management and coordination of emergency scene operations, as well as; daily operations of a battalion which includes 5 fire stations and approximately 40 personnel.
 
As a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer and coach, Tiffanye ignites audiences all over the country with her leadership and development classes, as well as, her inspirational speeches. This year she will be presenting for the 3rd year in a row at the largest Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC), normally attended by more than 39,000 industry leaders. She has also been selected the be the Keynote Speaker for the 2019 I-Women conference.
 
As an Author, Tiffanye released her published work in the book anthology, No More Chains. Her story is also profiled in a 2017 documentary by the same title.
 
Tiffanye’s story has been featured in several local news segments, as well as, several internet projects published by Georgetown University Journalism students. Her most prized interview to date was her 2016 ‘Leading Lady’ segment on the Harry Connick Jr. Show.
 
This ‘woman on fire’ is an inspiration to men and women all over the country because of her transparency and story of determination and commitment in a career no one ever thought she would survive. Her ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ attitude has allowed her to climb the ladder of success even when the odds were stacked against her. 
 
Tiffanye uses prayer, poetry and daily positive affirmations to keep focused and renewed. She also commits to a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercise.
 
She is married to her best friend, Eric Wesley, who is also a Lieutenant in Arlington County. They have four beautiful children, 2 of which also work in public safety and one grandchild.
 
2018 Coroner's Inquest into the 911 Communications System.
Jesse Oshell, Acting Deputy Fire Chief, City of Greater Sudbury Fire Services
 
Jesse has been a member of the City of Greater Sudbury Fire Services for eight years. He began his career as a Volunteer Firefighter before being promoted to Assistant Deputy Fire Chief, and most recently to Acting Deputy Fire Chief. He is completing the Humber College Fire Services Executive Management Program this fall and has over 20 years of experience in senior level Information Technology and Information Systems Management. Leading the Greater Sudbury Fire Service records management system, 911 communications, health and safety committee, along with suppression and fleet operations, Jesse is an integral part of the leadership team in Greater Sudbury. During the 911 Coroner's Inquest, held in 2018, Jesse was a member of the expert panel which provided testimony on the state and function of 911 communication and dispatch services. 
 
Update & Overview of Next Generation 911
Chief John Hay, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
 
Jon Hay has been with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue for over 35 years and has been the fire chief for 11 years. 
 
Chief Hay serves on the NFPA 1026 Technical Committee for the Professional Qualifications Standards for Incident Commanders, is a Level 4 Incident Commander, is a member of the Ministry of Labour’s Section 21 Committee for Fire Fighter Safety in the Fire Service and serves as the Thunder Bay District Mutual Aid Coordinator.  Chief Hay’s speciality training includes Haz Mat Technician, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Urban Search and Rescue, Technical Rescue, High Angle Rescue, CBRNE response, Large Scale Disaster Management and Incident Management.
 
Chief Hay is a northern Ontario appointee to Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and serves as a director on the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Board.  Chief Hay’s holds the fire service communications portfolio on the OAFC Board and has been actively working with stakeholders on NG-911 and the Public Safety Broadband Network. 
 

Registration

 
The registration rate for the Fire Communicators Track is $235.00 plus HST.  The optional Saturday "add-on" is $100 plus HST.
 
The event takes place at the International Centre at 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.  Accommodations and evening functions are at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.   Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2019
The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 

Companions Program and OAFC Auxiliary

We encourage attendees to bring your spouse to OAFC 2019. You’ll both enjoy a few days away from home, appreciate the ample networking opportunities and experience what’s new and exciting in the fire service.
 
The Companions program allows access to all the guest speakers, the trade show and includes all meals and evening functions included in your spouse’s package. 
 

2019 Schedule

We are currently finalizing the 2019 Companion's program.  Stay tuned. 
 
Last year we hosted a gift making workshop that taught guest how to make soaps, lotions and other items and the hotel hosted an amazing cooking demo from their executive chefs.   
 

Registration

The registration rate for the Companions Program is $125.00, plus HST.  
 
The event takes place at the International Centre at 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.  Accommodations and evening functions are at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.   Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2019
The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact one of our staff below.  Our event team is more than happy to assist. 

For questions regarding the event, hotel accommodations, companions program or trade show, please contact Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Coordinator by email to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca or call 905-426-9865 x224.
 
For registration questions or passes to the trade show, please contact Laura Aivaliotis, Program Coordinator & Registrar by email to laura.aivaliotis@oafc.on.ca or call 905-426-9865 x230
 
For questions regarding sponsorship or business development opportunities, or contributions to our Networking "FUN" Raising Night, please contact Michelle O’Hara, Business Development & Operations Manager by email to michelle.ohara@oafc.on.ca or call 905-426-9865 x222
 

We look forward to welcoming you to OAFC 2019!

 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2019
The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!