OAFC Online Learning Series

OAFC Online Learning Series

The OAFC continues to evolve to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world - and our online learning series is no different. Our priority, as always, is to provide our members with unique and invaluable experiences to help them in their roles as fire service and community leaders. 
The OAFC's mission is to lead innovation and excellence in public and life safety. We endeavour to promote excellence and innovation in the areas of education and training, legislation and public policy, fire, and membership services. 
The OAFC Online Learning Series is not a sales pitch, it won't promote any specific service, technology, or product - but is a series of educational sessions jam packed with information, tips, tricks, and tangible take-aways to educate and help you protect your community.  The Online Learning Series is provided free to our Individual Members but has a small fee for non-members. Some sessions will be restricted to OAFC membership only, while others will be open to the entire fire service.  Each individual learning session on the registration page will outline who is able to attend. 

Our Online Learning Series take place approximately once a month via ZOOM Meeting and are approximately an hour in duration.

Upcoming Online Learning Series Sessions

2021 Dates
October 28
Mandatory Vaccinations
Michael Kennedy & Rebecca Liu, Hicks Morley
November 9
TSSA 101
Technical Standards & Safety Authority

Future Online Learning Series Topics

We are also in the process of planning additional opportunities and topics for the Online Learning Series on the following topics:

  • Rescue Tools, Presented by A.J. Stone Company Ltd.
  • Fire Investigation Services
  • Fire Sprinklers
  • Facts About Firefighting Foam
If you have a topic that you would us to explore as part of our online learning series, please contact Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager by email to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca.

Past Online Learning Series Topics

  • Human Trafficking 101
  • NG 9-1-1
  • NFPA
  • Fire Truck Purchasing 101
  • Mandatory Vaccinations - Sponsored by: Hicks Morley
  • Consumer Product Safety Program 101: Including Legislation and Regulations, Incident Reporting, The Uncertified Smoke and CO Alarms issue and The Planned Public Outreach Campaign
  • Fire Service Cancer Prevention Checklist Awareness - Sponsored by: Starfield LION 
  • MTO CAS Invoicing Session 
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU)
  • Water Flow, Presented by A.J. Stone Company Ltd.
  • Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS)
  • Managing Your Fire Department During COVID-19, Presented by Hicks Morley
  • How Entitlement for Mental Stress is Determined by the WSIB
  • what3words - A geocode system designed to identify any location with a resolution of about 3 metres.


Sponsorship opportunites are available. For more information on the benefits of sponsoring the OAFC Online Learning Series, please visit 
If you would like more information on our sponsorship opportunities, please contact OAFC Event and Trade Show Manager Kris Newton at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca

About Us

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs represents the chief fire officers of the 441 municipal fire departments in the Province of Ontario.  These chief officers are ultimately responsible, by statute, for the management and delivery of fire, rescue, and emergency response to the 14.5 million residents of Ontario.
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OAFC Online Learning Series Speaker & Presentation Overviews

Thursday, October 28, 2021- Mandatory Vaccinations  

Presented By: Michael Kennedy & Rebecca Liu, Hicks Morley

Session Overview: Coming Soon

Presenter Bios:
Michael J. Kennedy, Hicks Morley
Michael is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. Michael is counsel to a wide variety of broader public sector employers, such as universities and municipalities, and large private sector employers.
Michael’s practice regularly takes him across the province. He is chair of the firm’s University practice group and is the former chair of the Municipal practice group.
Michael appears as counsel in labour and employment disputes involving the courts, arbitration, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.  Michael also has extensive experience in providing strategic bargaining advice and has unique experience as counsel in over 60 interest disputes.
Rebecca Liu, Hicks Morley
Rebecca is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She represents private- and public-sector employers in grievance arbitrations, human rights complaints, wrongful dismissal claims, employment standards complaints and employment contract disputes.
Rebecca regularly appears before labour arbitrators, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Federal Court. She reviews and revises clients’ internal policies, handbooks and workplace contracts, and she provides practical and strategic advice on a wide range of labour and employment issues. 
Since the start of the pandemic, Rebecca frequently provides advice regarding remote work, vaccinations, COVID-19 restrictions, and other COVID-19 related issues to municipalities and companies. Prior to joining Hicks Morley, Rebecca practised civil litigation and labour law at a union-side boutique and she practised labour and employment law at a full-service firm.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021- TSSA 101 

Presented By: Kristian Kennedy is the Manager of Stakeholder Relations & Shaun Montano, Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA)
Session Overview: The presentations will focus on the array of touchpoints that TSSA has with fire services in the Province of Ontario, from fuels to elevating devices to boilers and pressure vessels. In particular, TSSA will discuss new requirements for agricultural operations in Ontario.
About TSSA: The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) promotes and enforces public safety. It's their vision to be a valued authority for a safer Ontario.
Presenter Bios:
Kristian Kennedy, Manager of Stakeholder Relations at TSSA
Kristian is the Manager of Stakeholder Relations at TSSA. He has been with TSSA for seven years. He previously worked as a policy advisor for the Ontario engineering society and started his career as a legislative assistant on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Shaun Montano, TSSA 
Shaun joined TSSA in 2009. He obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Western Ontario and holds the designation of P. Eng and PMP. Shaun started off at TSSA as an Inspector and has transitioned to Technical Advisor. He currently leads the BPV Revocation project.

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Online Learning Series 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

As we adjust to a world changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the OAFC Online Learning Series allows fire and emergency services personnel and vendors from all across Ontario and beyond to connect, share knowledge, and learn about the latest industry developments.

Using a digital platform allows the OAFC to continue to offer our sector thought leadership, while safeguarding the health and safety of our members, staff, and colleagues. It also allows participants to stay informed and connected from the comfort of their own office! 

Sponsors and partners are integral to providing participants with an experience that continues to educate, entertain, and inform. The OAFC Online Learning Series will allow attendees to explore new ideas and hear from local and international experts. It affords the perfect forum to support your business by making connections and promoting your business through the OAFC’s new virtual marketing opportunities.

Why sponsor

Supporting an OAFC Online Learning Session helps with your brand recognition, connections, and helps achieve your marketing goals specifically to your desired audience. In addition, you can be proud to know that your commitment goes to helping Ontario's fire service leader's further protect and promote public and firefighter safety.  The OAFC continues to advocate for the health and safety of our fire service personnel.  Whether it be through; mental health services and supports; fire and building code amendments; advocacy on life saving equipment; public education initiatives, and more. Your sponsorship assists us with achieving our vision of inspiring and influencing a safer Ontario.

Sponsorship Inclusions

  • Company profile – Name, logo, website, and social media links.  Plus, a banner ad in a prime location at the top of our online learning series website.
  • Access for you and your staff to the online session.
  • Electronic copy of the online session registration list with contact details.
  • Recognition in all OAFC Online Learning Series e-communications, and on the website leading up to the event.
  • Downloadable PDFs of your company profile sent to all attendees.
  • Questions included in post conference survey & logo on post event survey.
  • Right of first refusal for the next online learning opportunity.
  • Logo displayed during the online learning opportunity.
  • Welcome and Introduction at beginning of session.
  • Company logo displayed at the end of the webinar.
  • Verbal recognition by moderator.
  • Opportunity to provide a short video clip advertising your organization.

OAFC Online Learning Session Opportunities:

OAFC Industry Member :

Industry Member Sponsor (single session)
Industry Member Sponsor – Series of 3 sessions
Industry Member Sponsor – Series of 12 sessions


Non-Member Sponsor (single session)
Non-Member Sponsor – Series of 3 sessions
Non-Member Sponsor – Series of 12 sessions

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

Don't forget to tweet #OAFCLearning
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Contact Us

For questions regarding the OAFC Online Learning Series, or any of our events, please contact Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager by email at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca.
The OAFC Online Learning Series is offered monthly at no cost to Individual members. It is important to note that some sessions are reserved for specific membership categories and there may be a small fee for non-members who would like to attend the open sessions. 
If you have any topic suggestions, would like to speak at one of our online learning sessions, or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kris Newton, Events and Trade Show Manager by email to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca
Don't forget to tweet #OAFCLearning
The official hashtag of the OAFC 2021 Online Learning Series!