OAFC 2021 Virtual Trade Show - Exhibitors
 

OAFC 2021 Virtual Trade Show September 21, 2021

 
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) events have been reimagined to help meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world - and our annual conference and trade show is no different.  After much research, and with the premise of bringing as much value to our exhibitors and attendees, we are pleased to launch the OAFC 2021 Virtual Trade Show.
 
This event connects vendors with buyers and fire service decision makers. It is a virtual hub for exhibitors to introduce chief fire officers to their latest products or services. Sponsors and exhibitors have the opportunity to hear firsthand from those in the fire service on how the pandemic has changed their operations, or how new requirements may align to your products and services. Even though we are virtual, the opportunity to either reconnect or build new relationships with Ontario’s fire service will still be front and center through our unique virtual platforms.
 
On September 21, 2021 the Virtual Trade Show will include the opportunity for attendees to connect with YOU - one on one at your booth and through education sessions, which will include a chiefs panel, an economist & a keynote speaker.  Vendor demos will allow for an elevated profile with a larger audience. This is the perfect forum for you to do business and network as if you were there in person. 
 
Virtual sponsorship and exhibit opportunities for the OAFC 2021  Virtual Trade Show and Virtual Conference are now available, and we would be delighted to have you participate.  This event will provide you with a unique educational experience and allow you the opportunity to increase your company’s brand awareness, build new sales opportunities, reconnect, and expand relationships with chief fire officers, in a safe and enjoyable virtual environment.
 

What to Expect in 2021?

  • We are going virtual: OAFC 2021 is a hub for networking, the next best thing to a live, in person event.  We will be using technology to education, train, interact and help you introduce new products to chief officers.

  • Familiar & new platforms: OAFC 2021 will bring exciting content on the ZOOM Platform help you Network on the Airmeet Platform and allow you to interact with Vendors on the ExVo Platform.

  • The OAFC 2021 Virtual Conference will be held September 22 & 23, 2021, so no overlapping of sessions. Attendee conference packages include both the Virtual Vendor Education Day, along with the Virtual Trade Show
ExVo Trade Show Platform
 
 
 
Airmeet Conference and Networking Platform
 
  
 
ZOOM Meeting/Conference Platform
 
 
 
 

Why Exhibit in 2021?

  • Connect with the right people in the fire and emergency service sector.
  • Promote and elevate your brand.
  • Maintain competitive edge.
  • Get new leads and customer data.
  • Foster customer relationships.
  • Have representatives capture leads consistently in one place.
  • Show your support for the fire service in Ontario.
 
In 2021, the OAFC is offering a limited number of exhibitor spots to maximize the opportunity for our committed vendors to have meaningful engagements with our members and increase your exposure. Join us to find out why OAFC 2021 will be the must-attend virtual exhibition for the fire service in Canada.
 

About

Year after year, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) Conference and Trade Show has proven that it is the must-attend event for fire and emergency services in Canada!
 
The OAFC Trade Show is integral to the conference, allowing equipment and service providers to connect with all levels of fire service personnel in Ontario's $1-billion fire and emergency services market.  It continues to be one of the highest rated components of our annual event.  According to a 2019 delegate survey, 95% of responses indicated that next to the educational component, the Trade Show is one of the most important elements of the conference.
 
The OAFC Trade Show is the largest and most successful gathering of fire service manufacturers and suppliers in Canada, offering trade show attendee’s direct access to your sales team to maximize product exposure and corporate visibility.
 
Exhibiting at the OAFC Trade Show helps you elevate your brand's profile, provides invaluable networking opportunities, obtain important leads, and generate sales to fire departments who use this. Don’t miss your opportunity to exhibit at the premiere marketplace in Canada for fire and emergency services!
 

Exhibitor Highlights

  • Virtual exhibit booths that can be customized with your company logo, description, contact information and social media handles.
  • Ability to add customizable website links.
  • Upload documents including flyers, brochures, photos and more.
  • Ability to upload a promotional video for attendees to view.
  • Live 1:1 chats or group chats with up to 17 attendees at your booth.
  • Group and Individual text conversations right from the ExVo app.
  • Company name and logo displayed on event communications & the OAFC website.
  • The opportunity to attend conference keynote sessions.
  • Sponsorship and marketing opportunities are available to capitalize on your company’s investment in exhibit space by extending your branding beyond the booth.

OAFC Industry Membership

Industry members get discounted rates at the OAFC 2021 Virtual Trade Show and first opportunities for sponsorship/marketing opportunities.  In addition, Industry members are included in our online directory, they receive an Ontario Fire Department Directory (magazine style), a set of complimentary fire department mailing labels and more.  Most important, Industry membership helps support the fire service in Ontario through our programs, initiatives, and advocacy. Contact us for more information on becoming an industry member.


Participate in one of the many Sponsorship Marketing Opportunities

Capitalize on your investment in exhibit space by extending your marketing message beyond the booth. Each year the OAFC offers a selection of sponsorship opportunities that help maximize product exposure and corporate visibility at our conference and trade show.  With many chief fire officers attending the conference, sponsors can leverage their brand with an elevated profile.  We love to work individually with companies to discuss ideas and customize your sponsorship to ensure your return on investment.  Contact us to see how you can leverage your brand at OAFC 2021.
 

A special thank you to our sponsors for your continued support of the association, and the fire service in Ontario!

   
 
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OAFC 2021 Virtual Trade Show

Exhibitor Agenda & Prospectus 
 
Agenda - Tuesday, September 21, 2021
 
Event/Presentation
Speaker
8:00-4:00
Virtual Trade Show - ExV0 3D Virtual Trade Show Platform
 
8:00-9:00
Trade Show
 
9:00
Opening Remarks
 
9:15
Trust and Teamwork: The Necessities to Building Partnerships
Keynote: Dr. Samantha Weeks, Retired Colonel, United States Air Force
10:15-12:15
Trade Show
 
12:15
The Crystal Ball of a Post-COVID Economy
Benj Gallander,  Co-Editor of the Contra the Heard Investment Letter
1:15
Chiefs Panel & Vendor Discussion: Making Changes, Future of Fire Services, Thinking Green, Purchasing, Technology and more
Moderator: 
  • Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood -Vaughan Fire
Panel:
  • Chief Bill Boyes - Brampton Fire
  • Chief David Cunliffe - Hamilton Fire
  • Chief Jason Whiteley - North Bay Fire
  • Mary-Ann Kotylak, Purchasing Manager,  City of North Bay
  • Rob Anselmi,  Division Chief, Equipment & Asset Management, Toronto Fire Services
2:30-4:00
Trade Show
 
 
Keynote Presentation: Trust and Teamwork: The Necessities to Building Partnerships
Dr. Samantha Weeks, Retired Colonel, United States Air Force
 
Dr Samantha Weeks, Colonel, United States Air Force, retired, will share her experiences as the first-female solo pilot on the Air Force Thunderbirds in building trust and teamwork to showcase the pride and precision as part of a high-performance demonstration team.  She'll connect this message with how partnerships, built on trust and teamwork, are a true center of gravity to accomplish any mission undertaken.  
 
Session Overview:
 
While working at NORAD Samantha learned that partnerships are the center of gravity.  Flying as a  thunderbird where trust and teamwork are paramount to partnerships.  Samantha will share her journey, while bringing the importance of a cohesive partnership that allows vendors to support the OAFC  mission to ensure that it is accomplished effectively and safely.  
 

The Crystal Ball of a Post-COVID Economy
Benj Gallander,  Co-Editor of the Contra the Heard Investment Letter
 
The Globe and Mail, called Benj Gallander “The most classic of contrarians.” In another article they wrote, “Benj Gallander is widely considered to be Canada’s top authority on contrarian investing.” The National Post stated, “If all the world’s a stage, then Benj Gallander is one of the market’s greatest characters.” Over at the Investor’s Digest magazine, he was featured amongst “Canada’s Best Investors…” In the best-seller “Market Masters: Interviews with Canada’s Top Investors ― Proven Investing Strategies You Can Apply”, Benj was #1 of 28 people on the list.
 
Benj is the co-editor of the Contra the Heard Investment Letter (www.contratheheard.com), which has amongst the highest returns in the world at 18,1 percent annualized over the past 20 years. He is the author of three best-selling books, two in the stock market sector and The Canadian Small Business Survival Guide, which was first published in 1988 and is still in the stores today.  Six of his plays have seen the stage across Canada. He is a co-founder of one of Canada’s largest performance festival, SummerWorks, which celebrated its 29th anniversary. His columns have appeared under The Contra Guys banner in The Globe and Mail since 2001. He also writes for MoneySaver Magazine and a number of publication in the United States including Wall Street Digest.
 
He was a regular on BNN – Bloomberg’s number one show for almost 20 years. In addition, he appeared every couple of weeks on CBC’s On the Money with Peter Armstrong, talking about topics as diverse as marijuana, crypto currencies, AI and many others until, ironically, the show ran out of money.
 
Speaking engagements have included Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Palm Springs, South Africa, many universities, plus more.
Once upon a time he also worked for the Ontario Worker Co-op Federation, which was designed to help people who were on EI and Welfare to start businesses. He was a provincial coordinator.
 
He also taught at Humber College and adult education for three years. The courses were: How to Start a Business and Market Research.
 

Chiefs Panel & Vendor Discussion: Making Changes, Future of Fire Services, Thinking Green, Purchasing, Technology and more.
 
Moderator: 
  • Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood -Vaughan Fire
Panel:
  • Chief Bill Boyes - Brampton Fire
  • Chief David Cunliffe - Hamilton Fire
  • Chief Jason Whiteley - North Bay Fire
  • Mary-Ann Kotylak, Purchasing Manager,  City of North Bay
  • Rob Anselmi,  Division Chief, Equipment & Asset Management, Toronto Fire Services
Moderator: Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood - Vaughan Fire
Rob is the Deputy Chief of Training, Safety & Special Operations for the City of Vaughan Fire & Rescue Service. He has been in the fire service for 25 years, the last 13 of which have been in senior leadership positions. Prior to joining the City of Vaughan, he was the Fire Chief in the City of Dryden, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Haldimand County and a Firefighter with the City of Toronto. He also worked as a Paramedic for 20 years and spent 9 years as the Paramedic Chief in Haldimand County. He is the Management Co-chair of the Ontario Fire Service Section 21 Committee, an instructor for Dalhousie University’s Fire Service Management Program and is on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of Fire Chief where he also serves as the Chair of the OAFC Health & Safety Committee.
 
Panelist: Rob Anselmi,  Division Chief, Equipment & Asset Management, Toronto Fire Services
 
 
 
 
 
 

Panelist: Chief Bill Boyes - Brampton Fire
Bill is the fire chief for Brampton Fire & Emergency Services in Ontario overseeing 554 staff across 8 divisions. He is working on a PhD dissertation at the University of Toronto, which supplements his master’s degree in public policy and administration and bachelor’s degree in public management. Bill is an avid hockey player and formerly sat on the OAFC Board of Directors from 2016-2018.
 
Panelist: Chief David Cunliffe - Hamilton Fire
David was born and raised in Hamilton, Chief Cunliffe is in his 27 year in the Ontario Fire Service and is a third generation Hamilton Firefighter. After joining the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Fire Department in 2005, he held the positions of Divisional Chief of Training, Deputy Fire Chief and in 2016 was appointed Fire Chief.  Prior to joining the Hamilton Fire Department, Chief Cunliffe served as the Deputy Fire Chief with the Town of The Blue Mountains Fire Department and Firefighter with the Town of Haldimand Fire Department.  Chief Cunliffe brings a unique combination of business and fire service knowledge, skills and experience into his role as Fire Chief having held various senior level management positions in both the business sector and the fire service. He holds a Business Administration Diploma from Mohawk College; is a graduate of the Ontario Fire College Company Officers Program; a recognized Certified Company Officer with the Office of the Fire Marshall as well as a Certified Firefighter, Certified Public Fire and Life Safety Educator, Trainer Facilitator, Community Emergency Management Coordinator (C.E.M.C.) and holds the Certified Management Professional Designation (CMP).  Chief Cunliffe is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, The Metro Fire Chiefs Association, The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, The Ontario Large Urban Chiefs Sub Committee and the Ontario Fire Marshal Mutual Aid Advisory Committee.
 
 
Panelist: Mary-Ann Kotylak, Purchasing Manager, City of North Bay 
Mary-Ann is the Purchasing Manager at the City of North Bay and has over 25 years experience in public procurement.  She started her career as an account executive, with a primary focus on servicing public accounts before moving over the public sector in 2011.  She has worked in a variety of public sector agencies including the York Region District School Board and the City of Barrie before joining the team at North Bay in 2018.   Mary-Ann is dedicated purchasing professional with both her Certified Professional Buyer (CPPB) and Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) accreditations from Universal Public Procurement Certification Council. 

Panelist: Chief Jason Whiteley - North Bay Fire
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Trade Show Exhibitor Prospectus 

Please note that all exhibitors must agree to the registration Terms and Conditions and those set forth in the Exhibitor Prospectus upon registration.  Coming soon.
 

OAFC 2021 Virtual Trade Show Exhibit Options and Fees

Registration opens first to sponsors, then to OAFC Industry Members, then to 2019/2020 exhibitors, and finally to any potential vendor.  The dates for registration are as follows:
 
  • Opens for SPONSORS ONLY: Thursday, March 25, 2021
  • Opens for INDUSTRY MEMBERS ONLY: Monday, March 29, 2021
  • Opens for 2019/2020 EXHIBITORS: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
  • Open to ALL POTENTIAL EXHIBITORS: Monday, April 5, 2021
Booth Options
Inclusions
Virtual Deluxe Booth 
Member Rate: $625
Non-Member Rate: $655
  • A virtual exhibit booth with 2 representatives that has the ability to customize with your company logo, description, contact information and social media handles.
  • Ability to add customizable website links.
  • Upload documents including flyers, brochures, photos and more. (Each booth can have 2 downloads)
  • Ability to upload a promotional video for attendees to view.
  • Live 1:1 chats or group chats with attendees at your booth.  (Up to 17) Chat with attendees and other exhibitors.
  • Group and Individual text conversations
  • Company name and logo displayed on the OAFC website & communications.
  • 1 virtual pop-up banner showcasing your brand.
Virtual Enhanced Booth SOLD OUT
Member Rate: $570
Non-Member Rate: $600
  • A virtual exhibit booth with 2 representatives that has the ability to customize with your company logo, description, contact information and social media handles.
  • Ability to add customizable website links.
  • Upload including flyers, brochures, photos and more. (Each booth can have 2 downloads)
  • Ability to upload a promotional video for attendees to view.
  • Live 1:1 chats or group chats with attendees at your booth.  (Up to 17) Chat with attendees and other exhibitors.
  • Group and Individual text conversations
  • Company name and logo displayed on the OAFC website & communications.
Additional Trade Show Representatives
Rate: $25
Each virtual exhibit includes 2 representatives at your booth.  There is an additional cost per person for additional representatives.  

Technology Requirements

Exhibitors must have access to stable, high speed internet to use virtual platforms.  We also recommend a desktop/laptop computer with camera, microphone, and good sound.
 
Any specific technical requirements will be provided after registration.  Contact show management for any questions.
 

OAFC 2021 Show Management

Kris Newton, Trade Show Manager
Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
 

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds or credits for cancellations of the OAFC 2021 Virtual Vendor Education Day and Trade Show.  Please ensure your attendance before registering!
 

OAFC 2021 Conduct

The exhibitor agrees to use the virtual space solely for the display and/or sale of his product and/or service manufactured, distributed, or sold as a bona fide sales agency (incorporated with the laws of Canada as such).
 
He/she agrees not to sublet, assign, or share any part of the exhibit space with any other manufacturer; distributor; wholesaler; jobber; sales agency or person or to allow orders to be taken within the exhibitor’s space by any person other than the exhibitor’s own employees or agents.
 
Virtual booths must be always staffed during the show hours. 
 
Screenshots or other digital capture of another exhibitor’s virtual display is not permitted without consent of the exhibitor. In addition, exhibitors are reminded that visiting other booths is by invitation only and are requested to always observe this fundamental courtesy.  OAFC reserves the right to digitally capture all booths for use in promotion, and digital marketing and sponsorship.
 

Downloads

Coming Soon Download a copy of the 2021 Virtual Trade Show Exhibitor Prospectus.PDF

 

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2021 OAFC Exhibitors

1200° Darch Fire Inc.
AJ Stone 
ALG Safety
Annex
Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
Canadian Safety Equipment Inc.
Coinamatic Commercial Laundry
Commercial Emergency Equipment Co.
Dependable Emergency Vehicles / Dependable Fire Equipment
Draeger Safety Canada Ltd.
Emergency Reporting
Emergmart Response Systems, Inc.
Ferno Canada Inc.
Fort Garry Fire Trucks
GovDeals
GTA Compressor Solutions Inc.
Guelph Humber
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure
Industries Lafleur Inc.
Innotex
ITM Instruments
J-Tek
Krown Corp - Krown Rust Control
Martin & Levesque/Blauer Canada
MSA
PPE Solutions
Provident Benefits
Safetek
Safety Media Inc./ Commercial Fire and Safety Inc.
TC Energy
Tech Forward Solutions
TFT
University of Guelph-Humber
VFIS of Canada

 

 

 

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OAFC 2021 Virtual Trade Show

Sponsorship Opportunities

Stay connected & informed at the OAFC 2021 Virtual Trade Show & Virtual Conference

As we adjust to a world changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the OAFC 2021 Virtual Trade Show will allow fire and emergency services vendors and chief officers from all over Ontario and beyond to reconnect, share knowledge and learn about the latest industry developments.
 
Moving the entire OAFC 2021 annual event to a digital platform allows the association to continue developing the industry and encouraging thought leadership, while safeguarding the health and well being of our members, staff, and conference and trade show delegates. It also allows participants to stay informed and connected from the comfort of their own workspace!  We are excited to embrace the opportunities offered by modern technology.
 
Our sponsors and exhibitors are integral to providing participants with an experience that continues to raise the bar. This annual opportunity to explore new ideas and hear from local and international experts presents the perfect forum to support the fire services industry, to connect with colleagues, and promote your business through virtual sponsorship and/or exhibiting.
 

SUMMARY OF SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

At a Glance
Number Available
Member
Cost (+ HST)
Non-Member Cost (+ HST)
Keynote Speaker SponsorSold
Multiple
$10,000
$11,000
Virtual Lanyard Sponsor
Exclusive
$10,000
$11,000
Virtual Conference Lunch/Refreshments
Multiple
$7,500
$8,000
ELITE Conference Prize Sold
Exclusive
$5,000
$5,500
Virtual Trade Show Vendor Demo
Multiple
$5,000
$5,500
Video Advertisement 90 seconds
Multiple Almost Sold Out
$5,000
$5,500
Virtual Coffee Breaks
Multiple
$5,000
$5,500
Branded Waiting Room
Multiple
$4,000
$4,500
Session Sponsorship
Multiple
$4,000
$4,500
Conference Registration Sponsor
Exclusive
$3,000
$3,500
Video Advertisement 30 seconds
Multiple
$3,000
$3,500
Virtual Sugar Break
Exclusive
$3,000
$3,500
Virtual Welcome Gift for Attendees
Exclusive
$3,000
$3,500
Moderate a Panel or Breakout Session
Multiple
$2,000
$2,500
Virtual Banners – Walkways, Lobby or Ceiling
Multiple
$2,000
$2,500
Branded Networking LoungeSold
Multiple
$2,000
$2,500
 
If you are interested in sponsoring any element of OAFC 2021 Virtual Events (Vendor Education Day, Trade Show and Conference) or have a great idea for the event, please contact Kris Newton at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca , for more information The sponsorship package is available below for downloading.
 
ATTACHMENTS/DOWNLOAD
 
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and its members are indebted to the many sponsors who contribute year-after-year to our annual conference and trade show.  With their continued support, we can offer attendees a unique and exciting experience, and sponsor support allow us to continue development of the services and advocacy that our chief fire officers rely on day-to-day.
 

A special thank you to our sponsors for your continued support of the association, and the fire service in Ontario!

   
 
 
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Contact Us

Wow!  There is a lot of information on the trade show! 

 
If there is something we didn’t cover on our website, or if you have any additional questions, please contact Kris Newton, Event & Trade Show Manager @ kris.newton@oafc.on.ca
 

We look forward to welcoming you to the OAFC 2021 Virtual Trade Show

 

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