Engineering A Fire Safe World

Chemical Fires

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Toronto Board of Trade, First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario
  • 3


(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 October 29th. Advanced registration for all Chapter Members and Colleagues begins on October 24th.
Registration is closed


Robert J. Shirer, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., C.Eng.
Founder & President
R. J. Shirer & Associates Inc.

Bob is founder & President of R.J. Shirer & Associates. Since his graduation from the University of Toronto in 1983 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering) degree he has worked as Forensic Engineer and Manager, conducting Fire Investigations, Accident Reconstructions, Failure Analyses, and a variety of other forensic investigations for the insurance and legal industries.

Bob is a member in good standing of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and is also designated as a Consulting Engineer by the PEO. He is a Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and is an active and contributing member to many industry-related professional groups, such as OSPE (Ontario Society of Professional Engineers), CAFI (Canadian Association of Fire Investigators), SFPE (Society of Fire Protection Engineers), NAFI (National Association of Fire Investigators), IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators), CATAIR (Canadian Association of Technical Accident Investigators & Reconstructionists), SAE International, Blue Goose Society, and various others. He also regularly attends training sessions and conferences to keep current with forensic investigation standards and techniques.

Bob has conducted seminars and training courses for various institutions and industry groups, including The University of Toronto Forensic Engineering Certificate Program, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, IAAI, CAFI, University of Toronto Continuing Education, The Technical University of Nova Scotia, EPIC Training, The Insurance Institutes of Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, The Ontario Centre for Advocacy Training, The Canadian Fire Safety Association as well as in-house seminars to professionals in the Insurance and Legal Industries. He has been admitted as an expert witness and offered opinion evidence as to the origin & cause of fires, accidents, and other technical matters in Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Manitoba on 32 occasions.


Many products readily available to the public can be combined to create very dangerous, flammable, reactive and explosive mixtures. Many of these mixtures have resulted in household and industrial fires. They also can create unanticipated dangers in the suppression of these fires. This presentation will cover several examples of these fire and explosion risks and include demonstrative examples.


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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