2019 Speaker Information

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Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of BC

50th Annual Conference - 2019

Pre-Conference Workshop
Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5
8:30 – 4:30

Fire Life Safety Educator I

Students will gain knowledge and skills to deliver sound public education to their communities. Students will explore the myths and realities of fire, human behaviour during fire emergencies and strategies to effectively reach a variety of audiences. Methods of delivering fire and life safety education, selecting educational materials, working with the media and evaluating program success will also be covered. Upon successful completion of this course and Fire Service Instructor I (S101), students will receive a certificate with ProBoard and IFSAC seals for NFPA 1035 Professional Qualifications for Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Level I. (Formerly F276) 


Monday, May 6
8:30 – 9:30

Update from the Office - Meet the new Manager of Fire Prevention Education

This presentation will cover a breitn overview of the Manager, of Fire Prevention Education role and possible updates on future projects

Lisa Barrett, Office of the Fire Commissioner

Lisa joined the Office of the Fire Commissioner in February 2019 as the Manager of Fire Prevention Education. Her previous role was with Emergency Management BC as a Public Education and Online Communications Officer, where she was instrumental in the development of the PreparedBC public education program, as well as the evolution of the Emergency Info BC website and Twitter feed. She has extensive experience in government communications, preparedness education and social media.


Gord Sharpe, Office of the Fire Commissioner

Gord Sharpe has been with the Office of the Fire Commissioner since September 2018.  Prior to that he was with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training as the Director of the Trades Training Unit. He also spent time previously with Emergency Management BC as the Manager, Strategic Planning, Policy and Legislation.  His EMBC time followed a career with the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Air Force where over a 25 year period he gained a broad range of operational and staff experiences.



Liz England, Office of the Fire Commissioner

Discuss entering fire reports.  Accessing fire department data, statistic reports.  Issues for USERS of fires.  Questions about fire reports, exposure, fires, etc

Liz has been with the OFC for 3 years as the Fire Reporting Officer.  She brings 25+ years’ experience with the Provincial Government with her, spending much of that time as a Court Clerk in Provincial and Supreme Courts.  She was able to use her skills to assist the Logistics team in the PECC and PREOC’s and the Structure Protection Office at the PWCC for the wildfires of 2017 and 2018.  Liz has been working with our team to repair the Fire Reporting System.  She is available to assist with any reporting questions and will be developing an online training program for FIRE. 


10:00 – 12:00

Residential Sprinklers – Different Requirements to Make Them Successful 

An overview of residential sprinklers and the different requirement necessary for success.

Jason Ryckman, Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association

Jason Ryckman is the National Codes & Standards Manager at the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association. He started his fire protection career in June 1998 after graduating from Fire Protection Engineering Technology program at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario. Mr. Ryckman worked as an Engineering Technician, and Senior Project Manager specializing in fire sprinklers for 16 years in the United States before joining the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association in May 2014. Mr. Ryckman is responsible for codes & standards, and fire sprinkler education across Canada assisting all stakeholders in the fire protection industry. Mr. Ryckman completed the Water Based System Layout Level III from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology. Mr. Ryckman is a Graduate Member for the Institution of Fire Engineers, and committee member on NFPA 13, 13 R/D, 14, 25, Ontario Building Code Technical Advisory Committee for Part 3 - Fire Protection, Occupant Safety and Accessibility, CSA B139 Technical Committee on Installation Code for Oil-Burning Equipment, and Member at Large SFPE Southern Ontario Chapter.

13:00 – 14:00

Industrial Camps:  Collaboration Between Health Protection and Fire Safety

Timothy Lambert

For the last 10 years, I have been the Executive Director of Health Protection, BC Ministry of Health.  The Health Protection branch addresses food safety, drinking water, on-site sewerage, air quality, healthy community environments, industrial camps tobacco enforcement and personal service establishments.  Prior to this role, I worked in Alberta, with the Calgary Health Region.  I have a PhD in Public Health, and MSc, in Environmental Science and Engineering.




14:15 – 16:30

Mental Health

Marcel met Michael Landsberg in person on February 24, 2017. Marcel approached him in the Vancouver airport and showed him the Sick Not Weak hashtag that he has as part of a tattoo on his wrist. Michael was a huge influence in Marcel’s understanding of depression and was honored to meet him. Marcel’s first aha moment in regard to depression came as he was watching Michael’s TSN show ‘Off the Record’ in 2009 when he and Stephane Richer discussed their mental illnesses. Marcel’s second aha moment was watching Michael’s video “Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me”.  Over the years Marcel has respected and admired those who have shown the courage to help others by sharing their stories but has never been able to summon the courage to share his own story.

Marcel has discussed his struggle with depression with very few people and every year when the Bell Let’s Talk Day came around he felt more and more guilt for not being able to share. Not anymore. It’s time for Marcel to talk. 

Steve Farina, BCPFFA

Steve started out as a POC fire fighter with the Township of Langley in 1992. He began his professional career with Coquitlam Fire Rescue in 1997, was elected to the executive board of IAFF Local 1782 in 2005 and was promoted to Captain in 2015. Steve currently sits on the BCPFFA’s Mental Health Task Force and represents the BCPFFA on the WorkSafe BC’s First Responder Task Force on Mental Health. He also chairs the BCPFFA’s OHS committee and currently represents the Tri-cities, North Shore, Squamish and Whistler IAFF Locals on behalf of the BCPFFA as the VP of the Lower Mainland.

Marcel Profeit

Marcel started his emergency services career as a Pulp Mill Fire Crew member at Prince George Pulp and Paper in 1989.  Then in 1992 he went to Transport Canada and became an Airport Crash Rescue fire fighter.  May 1, 1995 was his start date with the City of Prince George as a full time career firefighter.  During his time on the floor he was a member of the high angle team, haz-mat team, an EMR instructor and one of Prince George Fire Rescue’s original Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team members.  On November 1, 2008 Marcel chose to move from the floor into the Fire Prevention Branch starting as an Inspector and promoting through Lieutenant, Captain and currently he is the CFPO.  During his time in prevention Marcel completed the JI’s Fire Officer 1, 2 and 3, as well as the JI’s Prevention Officer Certificate.  He has been with his wife almost 36 years and they have raised two amazing young men.  Over the years Marcel has spent time in a number of volunteer capacities for different organizations.

All of Marcel’s accomplishments professionally and personally have been obtained while struggling with chronic depression and anxiety.  In 2017 Marcel went public with his history of depression and anxiety and will be speaking o you to try and dispel the stigmas of mental illness while explaining what the disease is like for him 


Opening Ceremonies and Banquet

50th Anniversary Entertainment


Tuesday, May 
8:30 – 9:30

CFAA Overview, Resources & Programs for AHJ

CFAA Overview and Resources and Programs for AHJ’s”  In this one I give an overview of the CFAA structure, I go in-depth on our technician training program both for new technicians and our continuing education program then I close with the resources we have for the AHJ’s not only to check technician credentials but also the courses we have for AHJ’s and the reference material to assist with their inspections. This will be timely for your members as we now have a formal agreement with ASTTBC we signed at this years conference where going forward they will be recognizing our program. We are also now working with them to create a Verification certification that should be in place by next May

Peter Hallinan, Canadian Fire Alarm Association

Peter Hallinan is the Executive Director of the Canadian Fire Alarm Association and responsible for it’s over all operation and relationships with the AHJ’s across Canada

Prior to assuming his position with CFAA in September of 2017 Peter had spent almost 15 years in the Life Safety Industry including working in Estimating, Project Management and as a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of a Life Safety Company. In addition he has been active with the CFAA for almost 10 years including serving on the Education Committee, Instructing the AHJ Course and as a Chapter President and National Board Member.

In addition Peter is a long time Volunteer Fire Fighter having served the last 15 years with the Ottawa Fire Services and has been active in a training and public education role in his rural district of the city.

He has been an observer on many of the ULC committees related to Fire Alarm as well as participating in the most recent National Fire Code review and revisions to be adopted for 2020.

10:00 - 11:00

How Can I REALLY Do More With Less?

Availability of Smart mobile devices, ubiquitous data networking and cloud services are key enablers of workflow transformation for Fire Prevention including inspection, investigation, pre-incident planning.

Warren Gallagher

CTO at APX :: Building + Onsite Data Solutions, a company combining smart devices with mission critical web and cloud technologies to improve efficiency and quality for Fire Prevention and Suppression officers. Expert in mobile devices, web technologies, systems programming, real-time event processing and high-performance network computing. Worked in the computing and telecommunications industries for 32 years having assumed roles as VP Product Development, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Architect, Strategic Product Planner and Software Designer.



11:00 -12:00


13:00 -14:30

NFPA 33 – Standard for Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials

This presentation will cover the NFPA 33 – Standard for Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials Standard, where it does and does not apply, and things to look for when conducting an inspection

Shayne Mintz

Shayne Mintz is the Canadian Regional Director for the National Fire Protection Association and has 40 years experience in the fire service. He has experience in many aspects of fire and life safety. He has served as fire chief for the City of Burlington, ON and has also held the position of assistant deputy fire marshal in charge of Fire Protection Services for the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal. Mr. Mintz has earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Public Administration degree and is also a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers (MIFireE). He also holds Chief Fire Officer designation from Dalhousie University and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs



14:45 – 16:30

AGM and Zone Meeting


Wednesday, May 8
8:30 – 10:30 

Elevator Firefighter Emergency Operations

This course examines how elevators respond during Phase I and Phase II operation with and without emergency power

Chris Hinse, Technical Safety BC

Chris has been with Technical safety BC for 2.5 years as an elevating devices safety officer. Prior to being a safety officer he worked in the elevator trade all over BC doing new installations, Service work, and Modernizations for 9 years.





10:45 – 12:00

Fortis Natural Gas Information Session 

13:00 - 16:00

Field Trip


Thursday, May 9
8:30 – 12:00

Ignitable Liquids and Pour Patterns

This presentation will introduce course candidates to the three commonly used liquid accelerants, namely hydrocarbon, acetone and keytone based accelerants. Significat focus will be made discussing how Liquid accelerants are introduced and ignited in a scene.  Case studies will be presented showcasing how liquid accelerants were used in active fire scenes, the effect they had on fire development, how fire investigators locating remaining trace evidence of liquid accelerants and how evidence collection was undertaken. 

Kevin Hamilton

Constable Kevin Hamilton is a regular member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with 18 years Policing experience and is currently stationed as a plainclothes investigator at the Kelowna RCMP Detachment. Kevin has been a fire investigator for the RCMP for 13 years working throughout British Columbia with “E” Division Major Crime and South East District HQ. Kevin has experience in both vehicle, wildland and structural fires but particularly enjoys and specializes in fatal fires and body recovery. Kevin is also a Regional Director with the International Association of Arson Investigators, BC Chapter. When not working, Kevin can usually be found hunting in the backwoods or enjoying the sunshine while boating on beautiful Okanagan Lake with his family and friends.

13:00 - 16:30

Drones and Fire Investigation

The session will cover ICAR regulations, pilot certification and selection of UAVs. In addition, the presentation will cover newly released certification requirements as set out by Transport Canada for implementation in June 2019.

Darrell Lindout

Darrell Lindhout is a Senior Operations Technician with the City of Chilliwack where he oversees the technical staff in the Operations Department. While working in local government, Darrell's passion for positive change and new initiatives has led him to a wide range of experiences including that of UAV Operations. Darrell's extensive UAV experience has seem him conduct flight missions in response to flooding, 

land slides, structure fires and orthophoto mapping. Since becoming involved with UAVs, Darrell's been leading the charge for certification and compliance for all UAV operators especially those in the municipal and fire operations field. Darrell's desire is to continue to be involved in new initiatives and strengthening the voice of UAV pilots in the aviation industry.