Home Fire Sprinkler Week Canada

2021 HFSC Canada Sprinkler Symposium


Why are home fire sprinklers important? It’s simple. Home fire sprinklers give occupants more time to escape a fire.
In 2017, NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition launched Home Fire Sprinkler Week, a campaign to unite the fire-department personnel around a full week of fire sprinkler education. The goal of Home Fire Sprinkler Week is to build awareness of the benefits of life-saving home fire sprinklers.

This year, Home Fire Sprinkler Week is May 16-22.

As part of Home Fire Sprinkler Week 2021, HFSC Canada is excited to host our inaugural HFSC Canada Sprinkler Symposium, on Monday, May 17, from 1-3 p.m. (Eastern).

The symposium is an opportunity for fire-department personnel to learn about the benefits of sprinklers and available resources. Speakers will also help chief fire officers understand the roles they can play in the development of sprinklered communities.


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1 p.m. Welcome and introduction

Laura King, NFPA Public-Education Representative, Canada

1:05-1:20 p.m.
Home Fire Sprinkler Week, Built for Life Fire Department Program overview and objectives
Lorraine Carli, HFSC president and NFPA vice-president of outreach and advocacy

1:25-1:40 p.m.
The role of fire departments in home fire sprinkler outreach and advocacy
Sean Tracey, chair, HFSC Canada

1:45-2 p.m.
Codes, standards and sprinklers
Shayne Mintz, NFPA regional director, Canada

2:05-2:20 p.m.
Fact versus fiction: The insurance industry and sprinklers
Maya Milardovic, senior vice-president, government relations, The Co-operators

2:25-2:55 p.m.
Moderated panel discussion, Q and A
All speakers

2:55-3 p.m.
Summary and wrap-up


Lorraine Carli

Lorraine Carli

President, Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition
Vice-president outreach and advocacy, NFPA

Lorraine is vice president of outreach and advocacy for the National Fire Protection Association, where she oversees media, public-affairs and advocacy activities, the organization’s magazine NFPA Journal, and NFPA’s wildfire, public education and U.S./Canada regional operations divisions. Lorraine is president of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and past president and current member of the board of directors for The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. Lorraine is a member of the board of directors for the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation and serves on the executive committee of the Electric Safety Foundation International board of directors. Lorraine holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts; she is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University in Boston, teaching graduate public relations courses.

Shayne Mintz

Shayne Mintz

Canadian regional director, NFPA

Shayne is the Canadian Regional Director for the National Fire Protection Association. Shayne has 40 years experience in the fire service in many aspects of fire and life safety. Shayne served as fire chief for the City of Burlington, Ont., and was assistant deputy fire marshal in charge of fire protection services for the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal. Shayne has a bachelor of arts degree and a masters degree in public administration, and is a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers (MIFireE). Shayne holds chief fire officer designation from Dalhousie University and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.Shayne sits on several boards, including the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, and FireSmart Canada. Shayne is a member of the codes committee for the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

Sean TraceySean Tracey

Chair, HFSC Canada
Sean chairs the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Canada. Sean is a longtime sprinkler advocate. He retired in 2020 from the Ottawa Fire Department, where he was deputy chief of training, safety and innovation. Sean works closely with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs on its home-fire sprinkler file. Sean was the NFPA regional director for Canada from 2000 to 2012, and was Canadian Forces Fire Marshal from 1997 to 2000. Sean is a past director of the Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners, and a past director for the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. Sean is a graduate of the Royal Military College with a degree in civil engineering. In 2015 Sean was awarded the grade of fellow with the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Maya Milardovic

Maya Milardovic

Senior vice-president, government relations The Co-operators

Maya is the senior strategic lead for the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of strategies, policies and programs that raise the profile of The Co-operators Group of Companies. Prior to joining The Co-operators, Maya worked in Ottawa for two high-profile public-relations firms and a trade association; she also worked at an embassy, in charge of public relations and diplomatic protocol. Maya is a graduate of the faculty of public affairs and management at Carleton University with a degree in political science, high honours. Maya also completed a certification program in corporate citizenship from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Laura King

Laura King

NFPA public-education representative, Canada

Laura was a reporter and editor for more than 20 years at newspapers and other publications across Canada and the United States; she was editor of Fire Fighting in Canada and Canadian Firefighter magazines for 10 years before joining NFPA in 2017. Laura has an honours degree in journalism, political science and public administration from Carleton University. As NFPA’s public-education representative, Laura delivers workshops and presentations to fire departments from coast to coast to coast.