This forum will attract over 130 attendees from across Canada made up of architects, engineers, fire officials, property managers, building code officials, fire protection consultants, manufacturers, government and academia.
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Program at a Glance

7:15 am - 8.00 am 

Registration and Breakfast

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Anthony Rago, President
Canadian Fire Safety Association

8:00 am - 8:05 am 

CFSA President's Opening / 50th Anniversary


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Chief Andrew Zvanitajs
Vaughan Fire & Rescue Services

8:05 am - 8:20 am 

Welcome Address


8:20 am – 9:45 am 

Keynote: A New Era in Fire Code Compliance, Maintenance, and Enforcement

The Fire Code is complex and ever evolving. As technology evolves and life safety systems become more complex, building and fire codes need to change along with them to make buildings safer. This session will discuss this evolution and some of the recent code changes which mark a major milestone in building safety right from the commissioning stage. Hear real life, practical examples of anomalies of systems working and commissioned independently but failing to work in an integrated manner in emergency situations and how recent code changes address these anomalies. The session will be rounded out by an interactive Q&A panel including a Fire Code Consultant, an engineer, and an acting Fire Prevention Officer, to engage the audience with a variety of perspectives on this new era of the Fire Code.

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Michele Farley, President

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Tom Marchese, P.Eng

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David Maiato, Fire Prevention Officer
Brampton Fire & Emergency Services


9:45 am – 10:15 am 


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Chief Gwen Lewis
SSi Fire Solutions

10:15 am – 11:00 am 

Proposals for Fire Hose Removal Division

Session description coming soon”


Chief Gwen Lewis
After starting Gwen’s career in the Communications Division, she was promoted to Fire Prevention Officer in 2006.  During her 10 years as a Fire Prevention Officer she was an on call investigator, an enforcement officer and developed a strong passion for Public Education.  Promoted to Assistant Division Chief of Public Education, she then created several new education programs for New Comers to Canada, After the Fire, and a Building Owners education program which is supported by social media.   As Division Chief of Fire Prevention she oversees all aspects of Investigation, Enforcement and Education in the Nation’s Capital.  


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Captain Brent Brooks
Toronto Fire Services; High-rise Unit

11:00 am – 11:45 am 

Tactical Benefits of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems in High-rise Buildings

Your building life safety systems keep your occupants safe, but they are also lifesaving tools for Firefighters - and they need to work.  Firefighters across Canada expect all building life safety features to be tested, maintained and working when they arrive.  Failure to maintain these numerous life safety systems in buildings can cause injuries to both occupants...... and responding firefighters.   During High-Rise fires, both your Fire Safety Plan and your tested and working systems provide lifesaving benefits and a tactical edge to arriving firefighters.  This session will share numerous lessons learned identified during the fire response of high-rise buildings, that will provide positive impacts to high-rise fire preplanning, prevention and response.

Captain Brent Brooks
Brent is an international speaker and hands on instructor. Brent teaches HighRise Tactics and large diameter hose movements. Brent is currently a Captain with Toronto Fire Services, specializing and assigned to the high-rise unit, developing IMS, training and RND for High-Rise Operations.

His 28 year career with firefighting started at Pearson Airport, with continuing duties at (De Havilland) and Bombardier Aero Space Crash Fire Rescue teams. Brent’s experience includes serving on numerous committees all related to High Rise Firefighting. He continues to travel the world attending conferences, symposiums, and hands on training. He has spoken on complex building systems, help run the 2019, 2020 Canadian HighRise conference, Started the HighRise Round Table in Toronto, hosted the Toronto & Montreal HighRise Summit and is a member of the Council Of Tall Buildings based out of Chicago. He also represents Canada as a member of the T70 Tall Building Safety Committee based out of London England. Brent shares information with Fire Departments from all over the world and has developed a network with subject matter experts related to High Rise Firefighting. Brent has spoke at Firex, Tall Building Conference in London England and “Makin’ The Stretch” Conference Colonial Park, PA. Brent continues his education by attend 4 firefighting conferences yearly and never misses HROC in the USA. Brent presents to numerous Fire Departments. Proud retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces


11:45 am – 1:00 pm 


CFSA Awards Announcements (12:35pm – 1:00pm)

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Jack Keays
Vortex Fire Consulting Inc

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm 

TBC - Mass Timber


1:45 pm – 2:30 pm 

TBC - OFM Announcement

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm 


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Jean-Nicholas Bader, P.Eng., TAPI
Quebec, Branch Manager
LRI Engineering Inc.

2:50 pm – 3:35 pm 

Protection Requirements and System Application for Invaluable/Irreplaceable Collections

The presentation will cover an overview on the application of Building and Fire Codes in Canada and the types of special extinguishing systems that are commonly employed for the protection of invaluable and irreplaceable collections of artefacts, art and other museums and galleries. 

Jean-Nicholas Bader is the Quebec Branch Manager with LRI Engineering Inc. He is a graduate of Polytechnique Montréal with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a certificate in Advanced Fire Prevention Technology. He is a registered member of the “Quebec Order of Engineers” (OIQ) and a Director at Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) St. Laurent chapter. As a fire protection engineer, Mr. Bader has experience in the field of fire sprinkler systems design and in code and specification compliance. He is engaged by engineers, architects, interior designers and other design professionals. His experience spans assembly, institutional, residential and commercial sectors.


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Parker MacNeil
Jensen Hughes

3:35 pm – 4:20 pm 

Dust Hazard Analysis


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Anthony Rago, President
Canadian Fire Safety Association

4:20 pm – 4:30 pm 

Closing and Grand Prize Draw


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