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 brief overview of the Manager, of Fire Prevention Education role and possible updates on future projects.

Lisa Barrett, Manager of Fire Prevention Education

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, Fire Reporting Officer

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

The operation of an industrial camp is prescribed as a regulated activity under the Public Health Act.  It defines the minimum requirements for hygiene, physical safety and communicable disease control at industrial camps.  Ministry of Health recently started a review of the Industrial Camps Regulation. Presently there are several “inspectors” that are needed to inspect the ‘camps’ in the Agricultural sector.

Timothy Lambert, Executive Director of Health Protection

For the last 10 years, Timothy has 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, Timothy worked in Alberta, with the Calgary Health Region.  Timothy has a PhD in Public Health, and MSc in Environmental Science and Engineering.




14:15 – 16:30

Removing the Mask and Putting A Face To Mental Illness

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. 

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.

PPE and Cancer In The Fire Service

Steve Farina, BCPFFA

Steve began his career as an on-call firefighter with the Township of Langley Fire Department in 1992 and five years later, joined the Coquitlam Fire Rescue full-time.  He was elected to the executive board of IAFF Local 1782 (Coquitlam) in 2005 and was promoted to Captain in 2015.  In addition, Steve is a VP on the BC Professional Fire Fighter Association (BCPFFA). He chair both the BCPFFA’s Health and Safety Committee and their Mental health Task Force.

Steve is a member of Coquitlam Fire Rescue’s Critical Incident Stress Team and has taken the lead in defusing a multitude of critical incidents.  He also serves as a Peer Supporter for his co-workers and has organized and hosted several mental health awareness nights for firefighter spouses and partners.



Opening Ceremonies and Banquet

50th Anniversary Entertainment


Tuesday, May 
8:30 – 9:30

CFAA Overview, Resources & Programs for AHJ

Ray McGill’s presentation will include an overview of CFAA structure, technician training for both new technicians and our continuing education program as well as resources available for AHJ’s. 

Ray McGill, Canadian Fire Alarm Association

Ray McGill looks back on his career and knows that landing the job as the Director of Education with CFAA is the culmination of his career marrying his technical skills with his love of teaching. 

Ray started his career with Edwards as a design engineer in Owen Sound over 30 years ago before being transferred to the United States to provide Engineering Fire, Life Safety and Hazardous Monitoring Systems for clean rooms in computer chip manufacture ‘FAB’ plants. From there he moved to Las Vegas to design, field engineer, and complete Verification at the Venetian Hotel. 

Returning to Ontario Ray took a position with Ough Fire Systems in Barrie before moving to Honeywell where he provided support and troubleshooting to technicians across Canada. In 2007, Ray moved to Orillia with his wife, and has spent the past 6 years as the owner and operator of RMcgill Inspections - Fire Safety Solutions, developing fire safety plans with a specialization in care occupancies and staff training. 

Ray sees this as an exciting time in the fire alarm industry and is pleased to work with the team at CFAA to continue to shape the future of training across Canada. He hopes to maximize new technology that will support new technicians and engage long standing senior technicians. 

Ray is pleased that CFAA is partnering with Orderline learning management system as this demonstrates a level of commitment by CFAA to continuously be looking for ways to improve and embrace technology. Making training accessible to technician across Canada is a priority. 

Ray has a passion for this industry and will strive to ensure technicians and partners receive a high standard of customer service.


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

Changes to the BC Fire Code

Rick Cheung

 Rick is a Professional Engineer, and a Certified Professional.  He has been actively involved in the development of both the building and fire codes for many years.  Rick is, and has been, an instructor for the BC Building Code Part 3 course at BCIT since 2005.    He’s been an active member of the National Building and Fire Codes Standing Committee on Fire Protection since 2006.

An Assistant Chief in the Community Safety Division of Vancouver’s Fire Department, Rick is responsible for development of the Vancouver Fire By-law, the UBC and UEL fire prevention office, and Public Education.

For several years, Rick was a Building Code Specialist with the City of Vancouver Building Department where he also helped develop the Vancouver Building By-law.  

Rick began his career in the private sector where he became an experienced fire sprinkler designer and building code consultant, before being appointed as the City of Surrey’s Fire Protection Engineer.


13:00 -14:30



Windshield Washer Awareness and Sharpen Your Pencil


Windshield Washer Fluid Awareness will bring out an awareness on the recent concerns and storage challenges related to this flammable liquid.  Sharpen Your Pencil will be an interactive discussion on challenging inspection pictures.  What is wrong?  Why is it wrong?  How can the code help me? Where is it in the code? The goal of this presentation is to bring the groups knowledge and experience to the benefit of everyone.

Marc Royer

 Marc is a senior level III fire inspector/investigator for the City of Lethbridge.  He works in all parts of the code but is considered an expert in the inspection of generators and the storage and containment of hazardous materials and petroleum.  Marc is active with the Alberta Safety Codes Council.  He is a member of the Fire Sub-council, works as a private contractor as an Advisor for students taking fire safety code courses online and has designed new practicum evaluations for NFPA 1031, Fire Inspector Level I & II courses.  Marc has taught at several jurisdictions in British Columbia and Alberta.  Marc is a dynamic and interesting speaker haring relevant information.




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 – 1:00

Responding to Natural Gas Emergencies

Responding to Natural Gas Emergencies is a course we created in partnership with the Canadian Gas Association and Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, to provide safety information for first responders.  The course includes a discussion of the properties and behaviour of natural gas and how it’s distributed, as well as interactive sessions using video scenarios of emergency response situations and procedures.

Ian Turnbull, Damage Prevention and Emergency Services Manager

Ian is currently the Damage Prevention and Emergency Services Manager, for FortisBC Inc. with responsibility for the company’s programs to reduce third party damage and maintain system integrity

In his time with FortisBC and predecessor companies, Ian has spent time as the Emergency Planning Manager and Training Manager. He a member of both the Common Ground Alliance & BC Common Ground Alliance’s Damage Data Reporting & Evaluation Committees. He was also a member for the CSA standard, Z 247 - Damage Prevention Standard for Energy & Utility Networks. In 2009, Ian was awarded a Career Achievement in Promoting Industry Safety by the Canadian Gas Association.

13:00 - 16:00

Field Trip

After completion of the Natural Gas Safety - Responding to Natural Gas Emergencies, the group will travel to the Parksville Natural Gas Transfer Station approximately 20 min away and tour the facility.  This facility has some detached buildings that contain components to transfer and monitor the movement of natural gas on Vancouver Island.  The participants will have a chance to get up close and learn about these procedures.


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, alcohol 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.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is a member of the Kelowna Fire Department working in the Fire Prevention Branch as an inspector and investigator. He has been in the Fire Service for 30 years, and has been a career member for the last 18 years. In his supervisor's absence he is the Acting Captain Fire Prevention Officer. He is the FPOA Zone 3 Director and is a sessional instructor for the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Paul is the bagpiper for the Kelowna Fire Department's Honour Guard. He enjoys the outdoors and spends the majority of his free time fishing remote lakes, camping, hunting and skiing at Big White. 

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.