2022 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 15-21.

As part of Home Fire Sprinkler Week 2022, HFSC Canada is excited to host HFSC Canada Sprinkler Symposium virtually, on Thursday, May 19, 2022, 1-3 pm EDT (Eastern).

The symposium is an opportunity for fire-department personnel, municipal planners, building officials, builders and developers, and elected officials to learn about the benefits of sprinklers and available resources.


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1 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

Laura King, NFPA Regional Director, Canada

1:05-1:20 p.m.

Overview of HFSC Canada, Builder Incentives, Virtual Reality Home Fire and Sprinkler Kit,
Lorraine Carli, HFSC president and NFPA vice-president of outreach and advocacy

1:25-1:25 p.m.

Transition video

1:25-2:00 p.m.

Case study: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Ryan Schell, Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Central York Fire Services

2:00-2:20 p.m.

A Win-Win Approach to Advancing Residential Sprinklers
John McKearney, President, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, Leduc County Fire Chief Kevin Lefebvre, CAFC Executive Director Tina Saryeddine, Sean Tracey, Chair, HFSC Canada

2:20-2:35 p.m.

Stakeholders, best practices, resources and next steps
Sean Tracey, Chair, HFSC Canada

2:35-2:55 p.m.

Moderated panel discussion, Q and A
All speakers

2:55-3:00 p.m.

Summary and closing

Laura King, NFPA Regional Director, Canada


Laura King

Laura King

NFPA Regional Director, Canada

Laura was editor of Fire Fighting in Canada and Canadian Firefighter magazines for 10 years before moving to NFPA in 2017. She was a reporter and editor for more than 20 years for newspapers and magazines across Canada and the United States. Laura has an honours degree from Carleton University in journalism, political science, and public administration. She is a certified fire- and life-safety educator and holds several other certifications. Laura is from Cape Breton, and has lived in Halifax, Ottawa, Edmonton and the Greater Toronto Area.

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.

Ryan SchellRyan Schell

Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Central York Fire Services Fire Prevention Division

Chief fire prevention officer Ryan Schell manages and provides leadership for the fire prevention division of Central York Fire Services, which focuses on public education and enforces the Ontario Fire Code through inspections and investigations.

Schell began his career in the fire service in 2001 with the former Aurora Fire Department as a fire prevention inspector; he continued in his role after the amalgamation with the Newmarket Fire Department to form Central York Fire Services until 2008, when he was promoted to captain and, most recently, chief of fire prevention in April 2016.

Schell is a graduate of the Ontario Fire College Fire Prevention Officer Program and the Seneca College advanced three year Fire Protection Engineering Technology Program. He also is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and a Building Code Inspector for fire protection (BCIN). In April 2017 he graduated from Dalhousie University, having earned a certificate in Fire Service Leadership.

John MckearneyJohn McKearney

President, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
Chief McKearney has been in the fire service for 39 years, 37 of those were with the Vancouver Fire Rescue Services and almost 2 years with Whistler Fire Rescue Services. He has served as the Fire Chief/GM with Vancouver Fire Rescue Services for 9 years and is currently the Fire Chief in the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

He has experience leading both a large metro Career fire service and a smaller composite fire service. He has a Masters’ Degree from Royal Roads University in Leadership. Through the Fellowship program with the US Fire Administration, he attended the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. He has achieved the Executive Chief Fire Officer (ECFO) designation and the MIFireE designation through The Institution of Fire Engineers and served as Board member with the Fire Chiefs Association of BC (FCABC).

Keven LefebvreKeven Lefebvre

Director, Treasurer, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, Fire Chief, Leduc County Fire Services
Chief Lefebvre started as a Volunteer Firefighter in 1982, and at 17, was carrying a pager for the Nisku Fire Department a few months prior to graduating High School. In 1987. After completing a 4-year apprenticeship as an electrician, he was hired as a full-time professional Firefighter with the City of Edmonton. He served with Edmonton for 31 years rising to the level of Deputy Fire Chief in 2013. One of his top memories of those years is the year he spent as a firefighter imbedded with an Australian fire Brigade in Hobart Tasmania.

Upon Retiring from Edmonton in 2018, Keven took on the role of Fire Chief for Leduc County, working back at the station where it all started for him in 1982. Leduc County is a large county with mainly Paid On Call firefighters, 8 districts & 65 pieces of rolling apparatus not counting some of the towns and cities that lie within their border which operate their own fire service.

He is often sought out as a subject matter expert for Fires involving Electricity. As the newest member of the board of CAFC, building on his prior involvement with the CAFC codes committee, Keven is excited to have thrown his hat further into the ring of a nationally centric group who are progressive, collaborative, and transparent in their commitments to the fire service.

Tina SaryeddineTina Saryeddine

Executive Director, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs

Tina Saryeddine is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, an organization that has represented Canada’s Fire Chiefs since 1909. In her role as the CAFC’s Executive Director, she has oversight of all CAFC operations and provides strategic and policy support to the Board of Directors. CAFC has close to 1000 members each year and a National Advisory Council of all provincial and territorial chief associations, as well as fire related national affiliate organizations. National committees of subject matter experts provide expertise from across the country. Close to 100 fire chiefs serve on these committees.

Tina has a PhD in Health Services Management from the University of Toronto and an adjunct faculty appointment at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa where she had previously completed her Masters in Health Administration in 1998.

Prior to coming to the CAFC, Tina spent 20 years in the health sector with healthcare providers in regional and national associations having served as the Assistant Vice President Research and Policy Analysis at the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO) and the Executive Director Research and Innovation when ACAHO merged with the Canadian Healthcare Association to form HealthCareCAN. Tina is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders from which she holds the Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation.

Sean TraceySean Tracey

Sean Tracey is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Kingston with a degree in Civil Engineering. Sean completed a twenty-year career in the Canadian Forces including serving as the Canadian Forces Fire Marshal from 1997-2000. From 2000 to 2012, he was appointed the first ever Canadian Regional Director for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Sean joined the Ottawa Fire Service in 2012 where he served until August 2019, retiring as the Deputy Chief of Education, Safety & Innovation. Sean is a past Director of the Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners, and a Past Director of the Ontario Fire Marshal Public Fire Safety Council. From 2005-2010, and 2012-2013 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness. In 2015 he was awarded the grade of Fellow with the Institution of Fire Engineers. Sean is currently the co-chair of the Codes Committee for the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, and Chair of the Canadian Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. He is passionate about building and fire codes, as well as promoting residential fire sprinklers.