OAFC 2019 - Attendees

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

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs 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 attendees get access to the largest fire and emergency trade show in Canada.   The OAFC Trade Show boasts over 250 booths and fire vehicles, and is proud to host the largest and most successful gathering of fire service manufacturers and suppliers in Canada.  The Trade Show offers attendees direct access to the sales team who supply your fire department with the important lifesaving apparatus, gear and services that you rely upon every day!

Why Attend?

2019 Programs
Each program is tailored to specific areas of the fire service, and each program includes applicable keynote speakers and evening functions available on that day.  All packages include access to the trade show.

2019 Programming coming soon...

May 3-5, 2019 - Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program:  The Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program provides professional development for those who are involved with the operation, and are responsible for, the delivery of fire protection services in a rural or suburban fire/rescue service. This program offers important information and resources to enhance skills, and develop leadership and executive-level knowledge to further excel in your chief officer role.
May 3-5, 2019 - Urban Chief Officer Program:  The Urban Chief Officer Program provides professional development for those who are involved in the operation, and are responsible for the delivery of fire protection services in an urban community. The program offers important information and resources to enhance skills, and develop leadership and executive-level knowledge to further excel in your chief officer role.
May 2, 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 culture 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 receiving the “straight talk” on the important health/safety issues in a modern day fire service.
May 2-4, 2019 - Training Officers ProgramIn partnership with the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers (OAFTO), the Training Officer’s Program includes a variety of training resources, information and innovative ideas relevant to today’s fire training officers. The program is delivered by high-profile instructors, 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.
May 2 & 3, 2019 - Public Educators Program: 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 3, 2019 - Fire Communicators Program:  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. 
May 3 & 4, 2019 - Municipal Officials Program: The Essentials of Firefighting and Firefighting 101:  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. 
What previous OAFC 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!



OAFC 2019 Trade Show, Friday, May 3 and 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 4 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 2018!

OAFC 2019 Trade Show Floor Plan & List of 2018 Exhibitors

Click the image below to open and view the interactive floor plan and explore our 2018 exhibitors.
OAFC 2019 Hotel Accommodations


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 highway 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 $15million renovation. The transformation includes a makeover of the properties 451 restyled guest rooms and suites to complement the inviting lobby, public area and flexible conference space. Their 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
Please note that the OAFC special room rate expires on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.  Rooms book fast so secure your accommodations now!

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 (5 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 (5 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
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 OAFC special room rate expires on April 2, 2019.

OAFC 2019 Evening Functions

OAFC 2019 offers two evening functions promoting social opportunities, raising funds for a great cause and networking with your industry colleagues.
All evening functions are conveniently located at the conference venue, the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference 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.
2019 charity to be announced soon.

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
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.
A reception will follow the service.  The attire is full dress uniform or business dress.

OAFC 2019 Conference Venue Information



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!


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.




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. 


  • 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


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


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.


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.

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.
Shuttle Schedule 
Date First Shuttle* Last Shuttle*
Friday, May 3, 2019 9:00am 5:00pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 9:00am 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.

Contact Us

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

Laura Aivaliotis, Program Coordinator & Registrar, call 905-426-9865 x230 or send an email to laura.aivaliotis@oafc.on.ca.
Michelle O’Hara, Business Development & Operations Manager, call 905-426-9865 x222 or send an email to michelle.ohara@oafc.on.ca

We look forward to welcoming you to OAFC 2019!