OAFC 2021 - Attendees

OAFC 2021 - April 29 - May 1, 2021 The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

   
 
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) annual conference provides educational programs geared to everyone working in fire and emergency services, or a related sector. Our 2021 schedule offers programs that focus on professional development in specific areas of the fire service. 
 

OAFC 2021 Trade Show - the largest fire and emergency trade show in Canada!  All those in the fire service are welcome to attend!

 
The OAFC 2021 Trade Show is Canada's largest fire and emergency trade show.  With over 250 booths and fire apparatus, we're 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 OAFC 2021 Trade Show page to see who is exhibiting in 2021! - Coming Soon
 
All OAFC members receive unlimited complimentary passes to the show. The online portal to register free passes will be available soon!
 

Who Attends OAFC 2021?

 
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.  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. 
 

Why Attend OAFC 2021?

 

What's New for the 2021 Event?

  • All-inclusive package: The OAFC is providing an all-inclusive package for those wanting to attend the entire conference and stay at the conference hotel.  We take care of you hotel reservations.  We have both a 4-day and 5-day package available. The 5-day package includes one of the pre-conference events. There is limited availability for both packages so reserve early to ensure availability. Visit our registration page for full inclusions and restrictions of the all-inclusive packages. 
  • Adjusted format: The educational content at OAFC 2021 will no longer be split into specific streams.  All content on Thursday will be split into 45-60 minute workshops, that participants can choose to attend, with most being offered more than once during the day, to allow opportunities to adjust your schedule. Content is focused on managing your fire service, leadership development, training, fire prevention/public education, technology, lessons learned and more.  We will still feature high profile, quality keynotes on all three days. Visit the conference agenda page for more details on the new format.
  • Evening Functions: The annual Awards are coming back to the conference!  Even better, we are combining our evening functions into one night.  The annual Memorial Service, Reception and Awards Dinner will be hosted at the International Centre on Saturday, May 1.  The layout will be a little different, however the change will allow those families joining us for the Memorial, to stay for the Awards Dinner.
  • We made the decision not host the Charity FUN raising night, however that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to raise money for some worthwhile causes. Throughout the event there will be opportunities for you to purchase some swag, bid on some silent auction items, get raffle tickets for some great prizes and more. All fundraising efforts will take place during all three days, and at the trade show!  Check out our fundraising-silent auction page for more information.  

2021 Keynote Presentations - Coming soon.


Pre-Conference Event Options - Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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 reduce the number of preventable injuries in the fire and emergency services. This includes a focus on cultural and leadership safety at every level of the job, and physical and mental health fitness. This pre-conference track is relevant to all personnel working in a fire department, whether full-time or volunteer. The program will take an interactive approach by allowing participants to be actively involved in the presentations on the important information you need to know about health/safety issues in a modern-day fire service.
 
OAFC Queens Park Advocacy Day: The OAFC will once again be hosting a Queens Park Advocacy Day before the commencement of OAFC 2020.  The purpose of the Advocacy Day is to promote the OAFC priorities at Queen’s Park through meetings, question period, and a reception event. The OAFC Advocacy day is an extremely effective tool for us to further develop our relationship with elected officials and it will enable us to raise our priorities directly with those who can affect the changes we seek through question period, member’s statements, face-to-face meetings, and the reception.
 

2021 Programs

In 2021 we will have a number of tracks to choose from with each track tailored to various areas of the fire service.  Each registration includes access to keynote speakers, evening functions, and access to the trade show.  Attendees are free to choose the sessions they want to attend.  
 
Visit our agenda page for more details on this year's programming.
 
What previous attendees are saying.....
 
 
OAFC 2021 is the largest event of its kind in Canada and will offer something for everyone in today's fire service. It is the not-to-be missed event of 2021!
 

A special thank you to the following organizations for the support of OAFC 2021,
and the fire service in Ontario!

 
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Awards Dinner Sponsor
Memorial Reception Sponsor
Trade Show Cafe Sponsor
Chief's Tasting Room Reception Sponsor
Delgate Bag Sponsor
Memorial Program Sponsor
   
Trade Show Front Entrance
Welcome Sponsor
   
 
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OAFC 2021 - Trade Show April 30 - May 1, 2021 The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

Halls: 2, 3, & 4

If you are an EXHIBITOR, please visit the OAFC 2021 Trade Show EXHIBITOR section.
The OAFC 2021 Trade Show is the must-attend exhibition for the fire service in Canada. You can find everything you need with over 250 booths and fire apparatus' being showcased over 170,000 square feet of dedicated trade show floor 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, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 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 shuttles are included with any conference registration. All members of the fire service are welcome to attend. Day passes are available for $20.00 at the door, 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 2021!
 

OAFC 2021 Trade Show Floor Plan - Coming Soon
 
Exhibitors can select their booth(s) by clicking on the interactive online floor plan image below.  Make note of your booth selection and be sure to add it to your registration form.
 

Click on floor plan to see which booths are available.

2020 Exhibitors Last Updated - March 12, 2020

 
 
Company Booth #
Feature Are 6
T25
1913
Feature Area 9
2019
1710
1238
1910
1810
1230, 1212
1331
T01
1305
1206
1228, 2023
1430
Feature Area 7
Feature Area 8
T21
1712
1423
Feature Area 12
1523
Feature Area 10, T23
1526
1917
510
T07
1327
1438
1535
T24, 1214, 1312, Feature Area 3, T03
1313
1634
2038
1530
1339
1938
1630
1714
T20
2031
1911
1931
1813
2010
1234
1226, 1210
1424
1316
Feature Area 1
1818
2013
1236
1622
1912
1728
1437
1334
1338
T06
T-26
1531
1631
1200
1623
1522
1811
1310
1322
T17
1224
Feature Area 11
2022
1816
Feature Area 5
1917
T05
1536
1834
1422
1723
1311
1303
1839
1722
1534
2034
1202
1335
1814
1330
1624
1319
Feature Area 4
1817
1918
1328
1716
1434
Feature Area 2
1314
1301
2012
2018
1635
1324
T02
1204
1222
1325
1329
1415
T19
1731
2024
1626
1539
500
1326
1923
1930
T-27, 1015
1830
1725
1819
1823
1425
2039
T16
1439
1734
1413
1429
1315
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OAFC 2021 - April 29 - May 1, 2021 The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

 

OAFC 2021 Agenda

After listening to membership feedback, we have modified this year's format. This year, we will have a full day of specialized programming on Thursday, April 29, where you can pick and choose the sessions you wish to participate in.  This allows you to customize your own individualized learning experience by only attending the sessions that you want - pick and choose which sessions you want to attend and tailor the conference to your own unique training needs.  
 
Sessions will cover technological advances, real-life fire incidents, navigating the political environment, public and life fire safety, training, management/leadership development, with more to come.  
 
The sessions will be on Thursday, April 29 with keynote presentations on April 30 & May 1. Included is the following:
  • Specialized programming on Thursday, April 29;
  • Keynote presentations on Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1;
  • Trade Show access on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1;
  • Breakfast, breaks, and lunches each day; and
  • Memorial Service & Reception on Saturday, May 1, followed by our Awards Dinner all at the International Centre.
Keynotes - Coming Soon
  • Learn to Lead: Guaranteed to Succeed, presented by Richard Bryan
  • Unstoppable You with Humor & Motivation, You Can Crush your Obstacles and Soar to the Top!, presented by Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
  • More coming soon...
Workshops
The majority of workshops will be offered in 45-60 minute increments, most offered twice on Thursday to allow attendees to adjust their schedules.  All workshops will have limited seating, and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  A detailed schedule will be provided soon to registered 
 
Effective Command
Presenter: Dr. Katherine Lamb
 
Compassionate Communication
Presenters: Karen Gordon, Gordon Strategy & Deputy Chief Paul Hutt, Ottawa Fire Services
 
Strength Based Leadership - Appreciative Inquiry
Presenter: Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
 
Safely & Effectively Responding to a Rail Incident Involving Dangerous Goods
Presenter: Chris Nicholson, Sr. Dangerous Goods Officer
 
W5 of Thermal Imaging Cameras
Presenter: Trevor Picard
 
Westboro Bus Crash Ottawa
Presenter: Deputy Chief Paul Hutt, Ottawa Fire Services
 
The Art of Reading Smoke
Presenter: Phil Jose
 
Tactical Decision Making
Presenter: Phil Jose
 
Additional presentations and workshops coming soon that include:
 
  • Occupational stress injuries workshop
  • Chiefs survival guide
  • Legal overview and legislative requirements
  • Fire prevention and public education
  • Fire service communications
  • Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal
 
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OAFC 2021 - April 29 - May 1, 2021 The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

 
OAFC 2021 Hotel Accommodations
 

MAIN CONFERENCE HOTEL

Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
970 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario

Phone Number: 416-675-7611
 
The Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport is newly renovated and 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.

Reservations

To reserve online, visit the following link.  - Coming Soon
 
  


Dining Options

Bistro YYZ, Restaurant and Lounge – Located in the hotel
The Holiday Inn'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 the 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 2021 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.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport

262 Carlingview Drive,
Etobicoke, ON, M9W 5G1
(416) 674-8442
 
Proximity to Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre: 3-minute walk
Reservations: Coming Soon
 

Crowne Plaza

33 Carlson Court,
Toronto, ON, M9W 6H5
(416) 675-2869
 
At Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, life doesn’t stop when business begins. We want you to have it all — to boost your productivity, to energize your body and to feel inspired, helping you enhance your downtime and worktime. Our hotels are designed to help today’s business people, work, rest and restore.  Our people will tap into all of our resources to support your success, whatever your business or personal needs.
 
Reservations: Coming Soon
 

Toronto Airport Marriott

901 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 1J5
(416) 674-9400
Reservations: Coming Soon
 
Proximity to Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre:  5-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
(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
 
 
Reservations: Coming Soon
 
 
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OAFC 2020 Sponsors

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs is indebted to the many sponsors who contribute year-after-year to our annual conference and trade show.  Thanks to our sponsors continued support, we are able to offer attendees excellent and informative guest speakers, entertaining evening functions, delicious refreshments, improved communications, and continued development of services that the OAFC members rely on everyday.
 

A special thank you to the following organizations for the support of OAFC 2020,
and the fire service in Ontario!

 
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Awards Dinner Sponsor
Memorial Reception Sponsor Trade Show Cafe Sponsor
Chief's Tasting Room Reception Sponsor Delgate Bag Sponsor Memorial Program Sponsor
   
Trade Show Front Entrance
Welcome Sponsor
   
 
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OAFC 2021 Evening Functions

OAFC 2021 will be hosting one night of evening functions to recognize our fallen, raise funds for great causes, recognize deserving members of the fire service, and an opportunity to network with your peers, and industry colleagues.
 
All evening functions will be conveniently located at the conference venue, The International Centre. The OAFC will be offering shuttle service between the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre and the International Centre.
 
Memorial Service, May 1, 2021
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: The International Centre
Cost: Complimentary
Dress Code: The attire is full dress uniform or business/semi-formal dress.
 
Memorial Service Program Sponsored by Bruce Power 

The OAFC Memorial Service is an annual event held to honour the chief fire officers who have passed away since our last conference.  It is an extremely moving service. Over the years, the memorial service has had many special guests in attendance and this year's service will feature the Niagara Falls Honour 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 Regional Fire Chiefs Association with whom we are extremely grateful for their continued support.  
 

2021 Ceremony Information

If you have a chief fire officer who has passed away in the last year, and would like to honour them by laying a helmet at this year's 2021 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 13, 2021.  ​
 
Memorial Reception
 
Reception Sponsored by Open Access
 
Following the memorial, guests are invited to join us for a reception where complimentary refreshments will be served.  After the reception, we will move back into the ballroom for the Annual Awards Dinner (see below).  Families of the chief officers who have passed away in the last year will also be invited to attend the Awards Dinner (some restrictions may apply).  Please contact Kris Newton at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca for more information. 

Awards Dinner, May 1, 2021

7:00pm
Location: The International Centre
Cost: Complimentary
Dress Code: The attire is full dress uniform or business/semi-formal dress.
 
Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.
 
This formal event recognizes those nominated by their peers for outstanding achievement in the fire service.  After the Memorial Reception, guest will continue back into the ballroom for dinner compliments of our Awards Dinner sponsor, A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.   The attire is uniform or business dress. Throughout the evening numerous awards will be handed out including:
 
The Alf Stone Award, sponsored by A.J. Stone Co Ltd. celebrates an individual who exhibits a positive outlook and attitude towards improving public fire safety.  The individual consistently provides a high level of service while showing respect and courtesy to others. They demonstrate initiative and innovation in improving public fire safety and collaborates across the fire service. The individual goes about the routines of her/his job, day in and day out, with a remarkable attitude and enthusiasm that influences and benefits others.
 
To nominate a deserving individual for this award, please visit our online nomination form at http://www.oafc.on.ca/alf-stone-award-nomination
 
The Bill Williams Humanitarian Award, sponsored by Safedesign celebrates an individual who contributes to the community or the fire service over an extended period of time. This could be a lifetime of many small acts of kindness, a single incident that was above and beyond the expectations of the job, or an active ongoing contribution to an organization involved in humanitarian work. The results and outcome of the individual’s work should reflect positively on the Fire Service. The individual exhibits a positive outlook and attitude and consistently provides a high level of service while showing respect, compassion and courtesy to others.
 
To nominate a deserving individual for this award, please visit our website at http://www.oafc.on.ca/bill-williams-humanitarian-award-nomination.
 
Mark Diotte Leadership Award, sponsored by Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd, celebrates a current or former member of the OAFC who demonstrates exceptional leadership and inspires those around them, is committed to honesty and hard work and is evident in results, exhibits that wearing the uniform is an honour and a genuine responsibility and has made a difference in the Ontario Fire Service.
 
To nominate a deserving individual for this award, please visit our website at http://www.oafc.on.ca/mark-diotte-leadership-award-nomination
 
The Volunteer Fire Fighter Recruitment and Retention Award, sponsored by VFIS celebrates an Ontario fire department that has developed a resourceful and creative recruitment and retention program.
 
If you know anyone who is deserving of one of these awards we encourage you to take the time to complete the award nomination form(s) and identify worthy candidates who inspire others, demonstrate initiative and innovation, and make a difference in the community. Let’s give back to those who do so much for the fire service.
 
To nominate a fire department for this award, visit our website at http://www.oafc.on.ca/volunteer-firefighter-recruitment-and-retention-award
 
All nomination forms must be submitted by April 13, 2021 to be considered.

Award winners will be contacted in April and invited to the OAFC Annual Awards dinner on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the International Centre to receive formal recognition. The dinner and awards presentation are sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.
 
The OAFC will also be recognizing those whom have graduated from the Humber Fire Service Executive Management program during the evening.  More information to come. 
 
If you would like to purchase additional tickets, please click here. Note that all conference registrations include a ticket to the Awards Dinner. - Coming Soon

For questions and information regarding the Annual Awards, please contact Kris Newton at 905-426-9865 x224 or toll free at 1-800-774-6651 or by email at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca
 
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OAFC 2021 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 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!
 

Buliding 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.
 

Shuttle Service

The OAFC will be offering shuttle service between the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre and the International Centre.
 
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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Queen's Park Advocacy Day, Wednesday April 28, 2021

On April 28, 2021 the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) will once again be heading to Queen’s Park for are Queen’s Park Advocacy Day. 
 
Back by popular demand, the OAFC is heading to Queen’s Park, for our highly successful Advocacy Day.  On April 28, 2021, chief fire officers from across Ontario will once again attend Queen’s Park to meet with elected officials and staff to advocate on the issues that affect the fire service in Ontario.  Advocacy days are an effective and efficient tool in developing and furthering the relationship between the fire service 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 for public and firefighter safety in Ontario.
 
On the afternoon of April 28, the OAFC will coordinate meetings for chief fire officers with Ministers, MPP’s, and political staffers from all political parties to discuss our government relations priorities.  Our priorities chosen by our members include: mental health wellness and WSIB, community risk reduction for prevention and education strategies, Ministry of Transportation issues (no-service calls, driver’s certification program, and Bill 39, The Accessible Parking and Towing Industry Review Act, emergency communications (NG-911, PSRN, PSBN, and SN-EMS TIF), protections for volunteer firefighters, 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 while enjoying refreshments and food, in a more informal and relaxing environment.
 
Please find the 2021 Queens Park Advocacy Day Agenda Below:

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 – DRAFT Queen's Park
Advocacy Day Agenda

Time Event Location
11:00am Shuttle(s) departs Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre for Queens Park Front Entrance
12:00 to 5:00pm Meetings with Ministers, MPP’s, and political staffers Queens Park
5:00 to 7:30pm OAFC Reception  Legislative Assembly
Dining Room
Should you wish to participate in the OAFC’s 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 to 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 evening reception. Space is limited.
 

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 - Coming Soon
 
Questions can be forwarded to Mark Tishman by email at mark.tishman@oafc.on.ca or by phone at 905-426-9865 x228.

Fire Service Health & Safety Program, Wednesday April 28, 2021

Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, 970 Dixon Road, Toronto

The 2020 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 of health and safety issues in Ontario. The goal is to provide information, resources, and training to reduce the number of preventable injuries in the fire and emergency services. This includes a focus on cultural and leadership safety at every level of the job, and physical and mental health fitness. 
This program is relevant to anyone working in a fire department, whether full-time or volunteer. The program will take an 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 will be on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 and includes:
 
  • Customized programming on firefighter health and safety;
  • Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks;
  • Trade Show access on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1; and 
  • Memorial Service and Reception on Saturday, May 1, followed by our Awards Dinner all at the International Centre.

DRAFT SCHEDULE 

Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
6:30
Breakfast
8:15
Opening Remarks: Health & Safety
Ron Kelusky, Chief Prevention Officer/Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour
8:30
Building a Strong Mental Health Program in the Shadow of the Opioid Crisis
Darrell Reid
9:30
Legal Overview: Health & Safety
Norm Keith
10:30
Coffee Break
10:45
First Responder Mental Wellness
TBA
11:45
Section 21 Committee Update
Chief Rob Grimwood, Section 21 Health & Safety Committee
12:15
Ontario Association of Designated Officers update
OHMRA
12:45
Lunch
1:45
Panel Discusstion: Cancer Prevention
TBA
2:45
Update from the MOL
TBA
3:15
Coffee Break
4:00
WSIB/Return to work efforts
TBA
4:45
Section 21 Committee Panel Discussion: Firefighter Safety
Members of the Section 21 Committee

Speakers and Bios coming soon!

 
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OAFC 2020 Speakers, Presentation Overviews, and Session Overviews


Keynote Speaker: Unstoppable You With Humor & Motivation, You can Crush Your Obstacles and Soar to the Top!

Workshop Sessions: Appreciative Inquiries
Presented by Unstoppable Tracy Schmidt

You are going to be blown away by the Unstoppable Tracy.  Not only is she a powerhouse from an inspirational and motivational standpoint, but she is also a powerhouse in business. TV Show host Unstoppable Tracy, is an international star and TEDx speaker who has given speeches in over 40 countries. She has shared the stage with Dr. Phil, Jane Fonda, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Douglas, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, and dozens more celebrities.  Her mind-blowing story always gets standing ovations pushing audiences out of their comfort zones and inspires them to take action.
 
Unstoppable Tracy has been in magazines such as in Oprah’s “O”, Chatelaine, Thrive, and in Business Booster Today.  She has also appeared on ABC, BBC, CBC, and many other global television stations around the world. 
 
She has climbed the Himalaya Mountains, captained tall ships in the Eastern Atlantic, and is a decorated world cup athlete in the male dominated sport of sailing.  Tracy is both a best selling author on Amazon with her book ‘Unstoppable YOU; Delivering the Limitless Secret’.
 
To top it all off, if she is not inspiring enough as a businesswoman, humanitarian, World Cup sailor, or a mountain climber, she did all this while being born a four way amputee - no hands, no legs. No problem.


Her mantra is, If I Can Do It You Can Do It! No Excuses! #UnstoppableTracy

 


Keynote Speaker: Learn to Lead Guaranteed
Presented by Richard J. Bryan

At only 28 years of age, Richard J. Bryan took the reins of a 100 year old, $120 million, family owned, car and truck dealership in the UK after his father was forced to retire due to illness.  That alone was a challenge.  Worse, the business was losing $3.5 million a year and there was no leadership succession plan in place. After a difficult start to his career, and lots of mistakes, Richard hired a seasoned executive and business turnaround specialist named Frank. (He was a former Navy Seal with a fine arts degree – a pretty unusual mix!). With Frank’s help Richard was able to clearly define his role as a leader, forge a team of trusted A-Players, and learn the vital art of leadership succession planning.
 
Ultimately, the business was able to survive and thrive in a highly competitive industry with outstanding growth and profitability.  
Richard was CEO of the dealership group for 10 years before selling the business via a successful trade sale and embarking upon a new career. 
 
Richard is based in Evergreen, Colorado where he lives with his wife and teenage daughter. He makes regular visits to his hometown of Bristol England where he owns a real estate business. 
 


Thursday Workshops

 
Safely & Effectively Responding to a Rail Incident Involving Dangerous Goods
Presented by Chris Nicholson

Chris Nicholson is the Senior Dangerous Goods Officer for Canadian National Railway, based in Toronto, and also manages the Dangerous Goods Officers in the Eastern Region. Chris is mandated with three core responsibilities at CN; 1) outreach activities along CN’s corridor to teach communities and first responders how to safely and effectively respond to a train incident, 2) respond to rail incidents involving dangerous goods, and 3) ensure regulatory compliance of the movement of dangerous goods by rail. Chris started his hazmat emergency response career in 1994 as a contractor in BC for all modes of transportation, and then accepted a job with CN in 2015 as a Dangerous Goods Officer. 

Compassionate Communication
Presented by Karen Gordon 

Karen Gordon is a communications strategist with over two decades of experience answering the bell for leading law firms and their corporate clients, employers of all stripes, emergency services organizations, and sports leagues and clubs. She provides deep, strategically targeted expertise in practice areas encompassing corporate litigation, employment and labour relations, and crisis and incident management. Widely recognized for her communications knowledge, she appears regularly on radio and television as an expert commentator.
 
Since founding Gordon Strategy in 2002 (then Squeaky Wheel Communications), Karen has developed an extensive body of work punctuated by numerous high-stakes, high-profile, strategically complex engagements. She has advised clients on case-specific legal communications, corporate communications, media relations, and crisis management. Prior to Gordon Strategy, Karen cut her teeth in communications working in politics, business, and government.
 

Karen has a strong record of volunteer work. She is a longtime volunteer with the Greater Toronto Hockey League and a former member of the board of the Regent Park Community Health Centre. For three years she served as the Inaugural Chair of the Scarborough Hospital Community Advisory Council and chaired the Parent Council at Centennial Road Junior Public School in Scarborough.


Compassionate Communication & Westboro Bus Crash Ottawa 
Presented by Paul Hutt Deputy Chief, Urban and Special Operations Ottawa Fire Services
 
Paul’s introduction to the fire service was in 1993 where he started as a volunteer firefighter in a community south of Ottawa.  As a result of great mentorship, Paul advanced to the position of captain within the newly amalgamated City of Ottawa in 2001.  Soon after, Paul assumed the role of Sector Chief within the Ottawa Fire Service and served in that capacity until 2011.  In 2011, Paul accepted the role as Director of Emergency Services/Fire Chief responsible for Fire Services, Emergency Management, and Bylaw Services with the Municipality of North Grenville. In 2016, Paul returned to Ottawa Fire Services as Deputy Chief of Urban Operations and Special Operations. Paul is a proud to be part of the progressive team in Ottawa. 
 
Paul received his Master Certification in Municipal Leadership with York University, Schulich School of Business. Paul also received the status of Certified Municipal Manager from the Ontario Municipal Management Institute with the status of Fire Service Executive, CMM III.


 


Effective Command 
Presented by Dr. Katherine Lamb, MIFireE, MSc (Oxon), BSc (hons)
 
Dr Katherine Lamb is a respected authority on the training and assessment of incident command and crisis decision making. She received her MSc from the University of Oxford and her doctorate at the University of London.  She worked as an accomplished researcher before joining the Fire Service in 2004. During her Fire Service career, she served in Birmingham, Manchester and Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Services, where she held many operational roles, including Station Manager within the incident command training team.
 

In 2015, she established Effective Command, a charitable organisation which develops the concept of the thinking commander - someone who has the capacity to deal with the unexpected. This development tool is accredited by several professional bodies and academic institutions and is used to train and assess incident command competence and crisis decision making. It is widely used throughout the international emergency response community for the training of crisis decision makers.


Challenges Faced in First Nations Community & Forming Partnerships
Presented by Nicholas Rhone,CEMCDeputy Chief, Lac Seul Fire and Emergency Services Department & St. Catharines Fire
 

W5 of Thermal Imaging Cameras
Presented by Trevor Picard, MSA
 

Reading Smoke & Tactical Decision Making
Presented by Philip Jose, Deputy Chief Seattle Fire Department
 

Philip Jose, Deputy Chief (Ret) spent over 31 years at Seattle Fire Department. He chaired the SOG and PIA committees and won Chief of the Year in 2013.  Philip has been a FDIC Instructor for 17 years and received the 2008 FDIC Tom Brennan Training Achievement Award. He is the author of the bestselling books Air Management for the Fire Service (PennWell, 2008) and Train the Trainer (2015), FE Handbook for FF 1 and 2 (2010); FE “Bread and Butter” video for SCBA (2012).




 


 
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OAFC 2021 Companions Program

We encourage attendees to bring their spouse to OAFC 2021. During this time both parties will enjoy a few days away from home, while appreciating the ample networking opportunities and chance to 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.
 
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OAFC 2021 Fundraising and Silent Auction

We will be hosting numerous fundraising initiatives at OAFC 2021 to support some worthy causes including a raffle, silent auction and special merchandise for purchase.
 
The silent auction will take place during the entire OAFC 2021 event.  Bid on some great prizes, donated by our vendors, partners and sponsors. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will go to charities specific to the fire service. Charities will be listed here in the upcoming week.
 

How to Participate in the Silent Auction

Donate!
It can be anything you like – local crafts, gift baskets, vacation and travel packages, combo packages with several donors, packages for groups, gift certificates, framed prints, attraction admission, sports memorabilia, regional delicacies – the sky’s the limit!  Simply complete the online donation form at any time and your exposure will start almost immediately!  The silent auction will be available for bids througought the entire event. 
 
Bid!
Bid high and bid often at OAFC 2021!  Details on the silent auction are coming soon!
 

How to Donate Items

Please contact Kris Newton at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca regarding your silent auction donation. You can bring your donations with you to OAFC 2021.  Your company is displayed on our website as a donor and supporter of the auction, and in ongoing auction promotions!
 
 
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OAFC 2021 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 Manager by email at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca or call 905-426-9865 x224
 
For questions about the pre-conference Queen's Park Advocacy Day, please contact Mark Tishman, Program and Policy Analyst by email at mark.tishman@oafc.on.ca or call 905-426-9865 x228
 

We look forward to welcoming you to OAFC 2021!

 
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