2022 MFCA Sprinkler Summit
Nov. 16 – 17, 2022
Inn on Prince, Truro, N.S.
Why are home fire sprinklers important? It’s simple. Home fire sprinklers give occupants more time to escape a fire.
HFSC Canada is excited to host the 2022 MFCA Sprinkler Summit.
Wednesday, November 16, 5 – 8 pm AST (Atlantic)
Thursday, November 17, 8 am – 5 pm AST (Atlantic)
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.
Who should attend: Building officials, elected officials, builders, developers, planners, architects, plans examiners, fire chiefs, fire prevention officers, fire- and life-safety educators.
What you’ll learn:
- The life-saving benefits of home fire sprinklers
- The role of planners, fire chiefs and other municipal officials in sprinkler advocacy, adoption, and installation
- Trade ups / incentives available to builders and developers
- The free educational materials and resources available through the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Canada
- HFSC’s new virtual-reality program
Registration opens Sept. 6
Cost: $100 per person
Add to your calendar.
Wednesday, November 16
Partner booths open
Welcome, logistics, introduction of partners and sponsors, Vince MacKenzie, MFCA, and Laura King, NFPA
What is the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, what are Built for Life fire departments, why are we here? Peg Paul, HFSC
Evening program: Lorraine Carli, NFPA, Sean Tracey, HFSC
Thursday, November 17
Partner booths open
Welcome, logistics, outcomes for the day
Case study, builder incentives: Ryan Schell, Central York Fire Services
Transportation to side-by-side burn/sprinkler demo at Truro Fire Department
Side-by-side burn/sprinkler demo
Lunch and virtual reality demonstrations
Builder incentives, NFPA 13D, and how to introduce sprinklers into development conversations: Sean Tracey
What is HFSC and why is it important to you? How can you use HFSC in your conversations in your communities? Peg Paul, Sean Tracey, Ryan Schell
Panel discussion and Q and A, next steps
Wrap up and closing
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.
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.
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.
Communications Manager, Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition
With 30-plus years experience in the marketing communications industry, Peg Paul has always been involved with integrated consumer information and safety awareness programs. She started her agency Peg Paul & Associates in 2000. PPA has established a niche in public safety promotion and has been retained for this purpose by some of the leading national safety advocacy groups, trade associations and industries. Paul has been the Communications Manager for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition since 1997. She has worked with HFSC’s board to develop and implement the educational programs for consumers, members of the fire service, home building industry, real estate and insurance agents, water purveyors and other targeted groups. Paul is proud to serve on the boards of The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Fire Life Safety Section.
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.