Engineering A Fire Safe World

Forty Years: Losses and Lessons

  • Tuesday, October 08, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Toronto Board of Trade, First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario
  • 15


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • For Colleagues of our Chapter that pay in advance.
  • For all guests.
  • For Junior and Senior Members and Colleagues, and Past Presidents of our Chapter.
  • For Members and Colleagues of our Chapter.
  • For Members of our Chapter that pay in advance. Eligible Members will be emailed an access code.

Registration opens to the public on September 19th. Advanced registration for all Chapter Members and Colleagues begins on September 12th.
Registration is closed


Richard Ilomaki

RICHARD ILOMAKI attended Central Technical School in Toronto from 1959 to 1964, taking the General Pre-Engineering courses. He worked as a general labourer in a precious metal refinery and later for an international chemical manufacturing company as a laboratory technician and shift supervisor in large phosphorous and chlorine dioxide bleach plants.

In 1970 he joined Factory Mutual Engineering Toronto in the field engineering group and in 1975 joined Allendale Insurance in the Account Engineering group.

During the 70s he also taught for 19 years in the night program at Seneca College: Basics, Processes and Protection, Water Extinguishing Systems, Special Suppression Systems and Building Code Basics. He served on the CSA Standards Committee on Underground Rubber Belt Conveyors.

In 1995 he relocated to the Vancouver Allendale Office in the Account Engineering group working mainly with forest products operations, including Fire and Boiler & Machinery as well as in petrochemical plants.

In 1997 he relocated to the FM Operations Asia in Singapore and P.R.China as Field Operations Specialist in Semi-conductor , Petro-Chemical, Electronics and Mining occupancies. The primary responsibility was training new local engineers in the growing Asian operations. Countries visited : China & Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

In 2007 he returned to Toronto for two years and retired in 2009 as a Senior Loss Prevention Specialist.


On January 26, 1986 the Challenger Space Shuttle suffered a “Non-Survivable Incident”. The subsequent investigation concluded that a major causative factor was what has come to be known as “Normalization of Deviance”: Incremental seemingly minor changes that over time resulted in fatal flaws and a catastrophic loss!

Other losses I have investigated and read about emphasize lessons that must be learned to prevent other losses, initially “Normal” from becoming “Catastrophic”. There are also some losses yet to happen as a result of ignoring the lessons!


12:00 AM to 12:15 PM Registration & Reception
12:15 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM Presentation & Questions


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