2017 Speaker Information

Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of BC

Annual Seminar - 2017 


Friday, May 5 - 4:00-9:00pm

Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30 – 4:30

Pre-Conference Workshop - Fire Service Instructor II

This course exposes the student to scheduling, budget, records and reports and instructor evaluation requirements of a Training Officer. Fire Service Instructor II will explore the elements of instructional development, delivery, course evaluations and test analysis. This course is accredited to NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, Chapter 5. Upon completion of the course, the student will receive a certificate of completion with IFSAC and Pro Board seals. (Formerly S102).  Prerequisites:  FIRE-1201 (Fire Service Instructor I)

Monday, May 8, 2017

8:30 – 10:00

NFPA - How Ready is Your Department for the 21st Century?

This presentation will introduce the NFPA's 'Smart' Enforcement Initiative. Fire and life safety inspection and enforcement is a key activity that contributes to community safety and risk reduction. At. this session attendees will be introduced to a range of data sources and practices that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of inspection and enforcement programs. 

Shayne Mintz

Shayne Mintz has over 38 years experience in fire and emergency services and has worked in all aspects of fire and life safety.  Shayne is a career firefighter and retired from the fire service as Chief of the Burlington Fire Department in Ontario.

Shayne has also served as the Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal responsible for Fire Protection Services for the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and is now the Canadian Regional Director for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Shayne has an extensive background in Fire, Disaster and Emergency Management and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Public Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario. He has also earned Master’s Certificates in Operational Risk Management and Public Administration from York University in Toronto. 

10:15 – 12:00

Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) – The Canadian Fire Insurance Grading Index

An overview of the Canadian Fire Insurance Grading Index covering the origins; the Grading systems; how the grades are determined; how they are accessed, and how they are used.

Robert McGuiness

Robert McGuinness joined the Fire Underwriters in 2009 as a Public Fire Protection Specialist. Over the past 7 he has been integrally involved with the FUS team in the digitization and mapping of the Canadian Fire Insurance Grading Index.

Benefiting from his experience as a traffic modeling engineer with Dublin City, Robert completes fire protection consulting studies for municipalities which mainly focus on fire hall location analysis and deployment.

He completed his registration as a Professional Engineer with APEGBC in 2013 and was accepted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers as a Professional Member in 2015.

13:00 – 14:30

Timber Systems Past Present Future

It's not your grandfather's 2x4

Sukh Johal

Sukh Johal is a double graduate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology holding Diplomas in both Structural Engineering (1987) and Business Administration (1992). He also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in International Business from the Asia Pacific Institute, Graduate School of Management (1996).

For the seventeen years before joining up with the Canadian Wood Council, Sukh provided value-engineering services (including the design & supply of “engineered wood component systems) to major wood frame construction projects in all of the western provinces of Canada and the western states of the USA.

Currently for WoodWORKS! BC in addition to being a technical manager, he is also the Midrise and Tall Wood Technical Lead where his skills, extensive network base and knowledge of all structural wood products have been greatly appreciated by those who are currently undertaking these projects.

Wood WORKS! is a program of the Canadian Wood Council, whose mandate is to increase the use of wood in construction, through education, training and awareness. 

14:45 – 16:30

FireSmart Canada - Local Solutions for a National Challenge

Kelly's presentation will provide an overview of FireSmart Canada and the various FireSmart outreach program, best practices, resources, tools and initiatives available to support communities in becoming fire adapted and fire resilient.

Kelly Johnston

Kelly began his wildland fire management career in 1991, as a seasonal firefighter fo the BC Forest Service. In 1995, he moved to Parks Canada, where he continued to develop his fire management experience while working all across Canada and progressing to the Western Canada Fire Management Offcer position. In 2005, Kelly accepted a position with the City of Kamloops, where he developed and led the Community Wildfire Protection Program. Kelly continued his contributions on various wildfire initiatives and working groups at the regional, provincial, national and international levels; including his past roles as a Director and Vice President for Partners in Protection (FireSmart Canada) and his current appointment to the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee on Wildland and Rural Fire Protection. In 2014, Kelly moved into wildfire consulting full-time to increase his availability for a growing client base, and expand his involvement in developing innovative fire management solutions across Canada, the United States and internationally. At that time, he also accepted the position of Executive Director with the Partners in Protection Association (FireSmart Canada). Kelly maintains his qualifications as a consulting Registered Professional Forester, IFSAC accredited Structural Firefighter II, Wildldand Fire Behaviour Specialist and Ignition Specialist.

Opening Ceremonies and Banquet



Adapt to Prevent PTSD

Topic covers PTSD awareness and creating dialog as well as developing traumatic incident tracking to prevent PTSD.

Key Note Speaker - Wayne Jasper

Wayne recently retired after 33 years in the Fire Service (30 as a career firefighter with CFB Esquimalt Fire and Rescue)

10 years on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

9 years as an Auxiliary Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Wayne has  spoken to numerous conferences and individual departments across Canada on the topic of PTSD in order to increase awareness on it effects not only on those suffereing from it but on those close to them.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

8:30 – 10:00

Competency Framework on Indigenous Structural Firefighting

FNESS will present one of the efforts made since last year to assist First Nation communities with enhancing their fire protection level.  The research study that will be presented Identifies leadership criteria in understanding the current and future leadership needs for BC First Nations fire officers. Also, it develops an Initial competency framework to aid in recruitment and selection, performance management, learning and development and succession planning endeavors.  


Kynan O'Rourke

Kynan is an active member of the West Kelowna Fire Department where he holds the rank of Captain. He has been actively serving for over 11 years in this exciting industry. Kynan is a Training Officer and Is Instrumental In leading the Junior Firefighter Program at West Kelowna Fire Dept. specializing In forcible entry, big box search, large water attacks. Born and raised in Kelowna, lived in the Okanagan Valley. Tsawwassen First Nation is his community; his grandmother was a leader within the Coastal Salish Nation. His immediate family still resides on the coast within the TFN lands. 

Curtis Dick

Born and raised in Ahousaht, BC, started as a volunteer firefighter with Ahousaht Volunteer Fire Department, became the training officer and then was promoted to Fire Chief.  Curtis also became Ahousaht's Emergency coordinator, held a position on elected council, and then he became Deputy Chief and Chief Councilor for Ahousaht.  Curtis began with FNESS in 2015 and enjoys working first hand with communities seeing the hard work, dedication and networking of many fire departments throughout BC.

Brent Langlois

Brent began as Manager of the Forest Fuel Management Department of the First Nations' Emergency Services Society of BC.  He held instructional and Department Head duties with a First Nations technical institute for 11 years, and has over 15 years of forest fire suppression related ci'utles. He has managed provincial and federal partnership programs related to forest fuel management and effects on community safety. Currently, Brent is the Executive Director of FNESS. 

10:15 - 12:00


There has been a lot of changes over the years to the Smoke Alarm Standard and there are more changes coming with the advancement in new technologies. In addition with the changes to the smoke alarm construction comes changes to the installation and maintenance documents.
We will be discussing the CAN/ULC-S531 Standard for Smoke Alarms, CAN/ULC-S553 Standard for the Installation of Smoke Alarms and CAN/ULC-S552 Standard for the Maintenance of Smoke Alarms

Brian McBain

Brian has over 23 years of experience in fire and emergency services and has worked in all aspects of fire and life safety. He presently works for Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative where he provides assistance to regulatory authorities across Canada with regards to ULC certification and ULC Standards. Brian has worked at ULC for 12 years.  Brian also served three years at the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM)as a Fire Protection Specialist where he provided advice and assistance to municipalities and fire departments with compliance to the Ontario Fire Protection and Fire Prevention Act and the Ontario Fire Code.  He also worked for nine years in the Fire Protection Service industry in various positions including manager of inspections where he over saw the inspections of fire alarm and sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and other fire protection and life safety systems.  Mr. McBain has 23 years as a volunteer firefighter and fire prevention officer in Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. During these years he was successful in completing numerous Chief Fire Officer and FireInspector courses including NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Level IV.

13:00 -1 4:30

Total Power – Generator Testing and Maintenance

Mike will be presenting the maintenance requirements outlined in the CSA-C28-09 Standard.  This will cover fuel storage, weekly inspections, monthly inspections and testing including semi-annual and annual maintenance and testing requirements. Mike will also outline changes within the latest 2015 version.

Mike August

Mike has been in the power generation field for over 28 years, EGSA certified, and a Generac Certified Master technician and trainer. Mike is also a member of both the CSA C282 technical committee and CSA B138 technical committee and a founding member of the Fleming College EPG advisory council.

14:45 - 16:30

AGM and Zone Meetings


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

8:30 - 10:00

Job Related Cancer in Firefighters

Dr. Kunz will describe what cancer is, discuss the different types of cancer that firefighters can get and how firefighters can avoid cancer.

Dr. Kenneth Kunz

Dr. Kunz received his Bachelor of Science degree and the University Gold Medal for chemistry in 1982 from the University of Winnipeg. Thereafter, he completed his medical degree and clinical internship at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Center in 1987. He then received a Medical Research Council Scholarship from Ottawa to undertake studies leading to a Ph.D. in cancer pharmacology, which he completed at the Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Following medical school, he served as a clinical research physician for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, IN., where he participated in cancer drug development and clinical trials. He has worked as a medical oncology consultant in academic medicine, as well as private practice in Arizona and North Carolina.

Currently, he works as a writer, lecturer and independent consultant to the medical and scientific communities of BC, giving medical lectures province-wide on cancer-related diseases and disorders of the blood. He has a particular interest in cancer prevention and Job-Related Cancers as they affect firefighters and emergency response workers. He lives in Victoria, BC with his two children and is a competitive 800 meters runner.

10:15 - 10:45

Kokanee Physio

The presentation will focus on the main postural and movement faults that can lead to injury with the types of tasks firefighters are exposed to on a daily basis. Strategies for limiting these aberrant stresses on the body will be summarized, along with ideas for possible screening assessments to help individualize self-management strategies throughout a member's career.

Joe Melo

Joe earned his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia after completing a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree in 2007. During his time working in private practice in Vancouver, he pursued post-graduate certifications in acupuncture (CAFCI), manual therapy, Functional Movement Systems (FMS), and K-Taping. Since moving to the Kootenays, he has further expanded his knowledge of rehabilitating shoulder injuries and provides custom knee bracing services. Joe’s treatment approach utilizes manual therapy, education, dry needling, and corrective exercises to help patients achieve their unique therapy goals.

10:45 - 11:15

Nutritional Health

How to naturally support the bodies ability to detox from on the job toxic byproducts. How food and our digestive system are important to this. If supplementing what would be necessary for additional support to the body. Nutrition for day to day wellbeing and combating stress and adrenalin. How preceived or unknown stress can effect the body and what you can do about it.

Alexa Greatrex

Alexa Greatrex, was raised in the Okanagan and could usually be found during the summer mornings picking raspberries or some abundant fruit on a local farm. Alexa grew up having natural remedies around the house that her mother or grandmother showed her. When she found her self working at a local health food store as a in house nanny her love for natural products and nutrition was sparked. Alexa attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition where she recieved a diploma in Holistic Nutrition. She enjoys speaking with people about nutrition and mostly likely you'll hear her tell you with great enthusiasm about your intestines, liver or digestive enzymes. Alexa is the creator of Bear Roots Nutrition and can be always be found with a cup of tea and a smile on her face.

11:15 - 12:00

PPE for Fire Investigators

Discuss fire investigator personal protective equipment and th need for the elevated level of protection due to the health rises.  This will be an awareness session and will include discussion on personal fitness both physically and mentally.  Skin absorption of toxic carcinogens will be highlighted.

Cpt. Shaun Neighbour

Currently Captain - Fire Protective Services for Port Coquitlam Fire Rescue
24 years in the fire service.  18 years as a suppression firefighter including 3 years volunteer with Surrey Fire Department.
2 years as a Fire Inspector
10 years Honour Guard duty
4 years Union Executive duty
Currently sitting on the FPOABC as Zone 2 Director and as a Board Member of the IAAI - Chapter 15
Honour House volunteer.
Husband and father of two

13:00 – 16:30

Kootenay Dam Tour

Nelson Hydro is a City of Nelson owned and operated utility, and is the local supply authority for electrical service in the City of Nelson and surrounding area. Nelson Hydro will be offering a guided tour of the facility.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

8:30 - 9:15

Diversity Consideration in Fire Education

Richmond Fire-Rescue has undergone a monumental diversity information gathering project thorough focus groups within the local community to understand their needs, knowledge and differences. This has enabled us to better understand the cultural differences of our community and better serve their needs through mutual understanding.

Brian MacLeod

Previously the Fire and Life Safety Educator 2014-2015
Current Community Relations Officer
FPOABC Public Educator of the Year – 2016

9:15 - 9:45

Fire Safety Act

Changes to the new Fire Safety Act and up to date status of the new act coming into use and an update on the Fire Reporting System rebuild

Ron French

Started as a volunteer firefighter in Kelowna, moved to Vancouver Island in 1990 and going the North Saanich Fire Department as Deputy Chief in Fire Prevention/inspections. Became the Fire
Chief/Emergency Coordinator for the District of Central Saanich Fire Department in 2001, after 16 years retired 2016.
Currently with the OFC as Deputy Fire Commissioner.
Volunteer (when available) with the Canadian Red Cross with past deployments with American Red Cross to hurricane Ivan and Katrina as Logistics Officer.
Married to Natalie and have 3 sons

10:00 - 10:30

Partnerships in the Community

In Chilliwack we have worked very hard at building and maintaining working relationships. We want to showcase how these relationship help us every day; relationships with groups such as RCMP, WorkSafe, BC Safety authority, Restorative Justice, First Nations, City Building dept., Bylaw Dept., School District, Private Fire Investigators, Canadian Tire Home Depot to mention a few.

Peter Kuhr

Peter was hired in 2014 as a Public Educator / Fire Inspector, he also does fire investigations. Peter joined Chilliwack Fire Dept. in 2009 as a paid on call Firefighter. In 1986 he started his own business, Kisco Manufacturing Corporation, designing and fabricating flour and sugar handling equipment. During his career he has installed equipment in 22 countries around the world. Much of the work he has done in his career had to do with designing dust explosion mitigation and control equipment.

10:30 - 12:00

Firefighter Autism Awareness Training Program

As of 2010, 1 in 68 children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)(CDC, 2014), a complex neuro-developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behaviour. Interactions between fire service personnel and individuals with autism is a common occurrence. The Autism Awareness Training Program provides a general overview of autism and strategies that can be used to provide service in an effective, efficient, and compassionate manner.

Ben Wilson, Captain – Fire Prevention

Ben Wilson is the Captain of Fire Prevention at the Surrey Fire Service and the proud father of an amazing child with autism. He is a member of the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) First Responder Advisory Committee and Emergency Management BC Autism Working Group.  Through his experience as a fire fighter and in partnership with Ryan Yao of the Canucks Autism Network, Ben co-developed a fire fighter autism awareness training program for the Fire Service.  

13:00 - 16:30

RCMP Cladenstine Lab Enforcement and Response Team

RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team – the recognition and dangers of Clandestine Labs. From Fire Investigators and Fire Inspectors perspective – how you would recognize the signs that a lab had been on site both while inspecting and at a fire scene. 

Cpt Shawn Fisher

Cpl. Shawn FISHER has been a member of the RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team since 2012. During this time, he has been involved in numerous clan lab investigations including MDMA, MDA, DMT, Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, marihuana extraction as well as numerous other types of drugs. Cpl. FISHER has presented in Ottawa on the National Clan Lab Investigators course as well as the National Expert Witness course. Cpl. FISHER is also a regular presenter on the Drug Investigative Techniques course held in Chilliwack, BC at the Canadian Police College. Cpl. FISHER routinely visits fire halls throughout the Province to present on the recognition and dangers of Clandestine Labs.

Constable Mike McNab

Constable McNAB has been a member of the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team since 2013. During this time, he has been involved in numerous clan lab investigations including MDMA, MDA, DMT, Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, marihuana extraction as well as numerous other types of drugs. Constable McNAB is also a regular presenter on the Drug Investigative Techniques course held in Chilliwack, BC at the Canadian Police College. Constable McNAB routinely visits fire halls throughout the Province to present on the recognition and dangers of Clandestine Labs.