Engineering A Fire Safe World
Lunch & Learn Event List

Upcoming Lunch & Learn events

    • Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
    • Cisco Webex Meeting
    • 138


    Barry Rowswell
    National Sales Manager
    National Foam

    Barry Rowswell has over 50 years in the Fire Business; the last 35 years have been spent representing National Foam here in Canada. Previous to that, Barry worked for Dyer & Miller (7 years in fire protection), Levitt Safety (Fire Group 17 years and Manager 5 years), Capp Fire Marketing (Owner 22 years and Agent for National Foam for Canada). He is a Member of the ULC committee on Fire Foams, NFPA and SFPE over 25 years ago, rejoining last year.


    The firefight foam marketplace is adapting rapidly due to changing legislation regarding PFAS chemical persistence in the environment. End-users are now faced with the task of converting legacy (C8/C6) foam systems to fluorine free systems in order to meet new legislation. Fire Protection Experts are realizing all Fluorine free foams are not created equal and asking questions like “How do I know F3 will work for my specific system? When converting a system to F3 how do I gain local AHJ approval?”. This presentation will cover:

    1. Changing marketplace – Covering on-going Legislation
    2. Proven performance - Testing on Fluorine-Free Foams
    3. Deploying for use- What it means when converting existing systems to Fluorine-Free
    4. Example


    1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Presentation & Questions
    • Tuesday, December 08, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
    • Cisco Webex Meeting
    • 150


    Lui Tai, P. Eng., AIFireE

    Lui Tai is a Professional Engineer with over 30 years of practical experience working in the fire protection industry in Canada. He is the Engineer of Record for many fire protection projects for landmark buildings in Canada and abroad, including Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminals 1, numerous OPG generation stations, Toronto Eaton Centre, North Warning System near the North Pole, and Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal, just to name a few.

    Lui had served on the OBC Part 3 Technical Advisory Committee in 2017, and also took part in the Technical Advisory Committee of Fire Marshal’s Office in 2018. Lui also teaches part-time in Seneca’s School of Fire Protection Engineering.

    In addition to work, Lui actively volunteers in the industry. He was the Chair of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) York Chapter in 2018 and 2019, and a Director at Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) Ontario Chapter for the last 7 years. Lui is a council member of The Institution of Fire Engineers Canada Branch. He is also an industry advisor for Lassonde School of Engineering at York University.


    Even though “Smoke Control” is not a defined term in the Fire Code, smoke control features are commonly present in high-rise buildings. Per the requirement of the Ontario Fire Code, if you have smoke control measures in your building, you are obligated to have these tested to ensure satisfactory operations.

    A recent study revealed that the smoke control systems in the majority of high-rise buildings in Ontario are not tested per the Fire Code. The reason is that there is no stipulated standard on the procedures required for such tests. To make matters worse, most sequence of operations for the originally engineered smoke control features cannot be located. Maintenance contractors are at a loss when it comes to how the smoke control systems are supposed to be tested.

    In this presentation, we will attempt to demystify smoke control, by review some of the most common smoke control features in high-rise buildings. We will refer to actual case studies to point out some of the most common issues we found in existing building, explore options on how smoke control features can be evaluated and reviewed. We will then look at means on how a new testing sequence for an existing smoke control system can be re-established and approved.


    1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Presentation & Questions

Past Lunch & Learn events

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 COVID-19 and the Fire Safety Engineer: Impact on Fire Safety and Lessons Learned for Future Pandemics
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 Lowering the Alarm – A Deep Dive Audit of the Fire and Life Safety Service Industry
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Construction Fire Protection
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Passive Performance Criteria & Combustible Cladding
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 The Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Comparative Case Studies: Design of Cannabis Extraction Spaces
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Chemical Fires
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 Forty Years: Losses and Lessons
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 NFPA 14 / Standpipe
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Annual General Meeting and Tall Wood Buildings
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 Protecting our Vertical Communities
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Understand the Current Fire Codes for Ontario and Beyond
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 CAN/ULC-S4400, Standard for the Safety of Premises, Buildings and Equipment Utilized for the Cultivation, Production and Processing of Cannabis
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 Ontario Fire Code Updates
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Magnitude of the Grenfell Tower Fire / SFPE - State of the Society
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Fire Rated Wiring (MI Pyrotenax Cable)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Commissioning - CAN/ULC Fire Alarm and Commissioning Standards
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Firestopping – Codes, Tests and Applications
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 Annual General Meeting and Licensure of Fire Protection Engineers & Use of the PEO Seal
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Durham York Energy Centre Site Visit
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Retro-Fit of Ontario Care Facilities and Retirement Homes
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Understanding Water Supply for Fire Protection
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 Fire Investigation, Methodologies and Case Studies
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 A Review of the Changes to the Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Corridor Fire Separation Requirements, and Occupancies in Corridors
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Ontario Building Code Changes to Retirement Home Requirements
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Using New Technologies in Video Analytics for Fire Detection
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 Annual General Meeting and Combustible Dust Processes: Fire Code Fundamentals
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Fire Investigation: Electric Vehicle Fires, New Investigation Technologies, and Fire Case Reviews
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Flexible Hoses 101
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Corrosion Inhibiting Products
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Fire Safety Plan Preparation and Review
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Origins Found!
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Explosion Protection
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Fire Performance of Metal-Faced Sandwich Panel Systems
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Fire Safety During Construction of Wood Buildings in Ontario
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Annual General Meeting and Roof Fires
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 NFPA 25
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 Fire Modelling
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 An Update on Fire Protection Research Foundation's Suppression Related Projects
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Clean Agents and their use in Special Applications
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 CSA C282-15 Emergency Electrical Power Supply for Buildings and Changes for 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 ULC Fire Test Standards and the National Building Code of Canada
Thursday, September 17, 2015 Commissioning A Complex Building
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Annual General Meeting & Renovation and Construction: "Are You Ensuring the Safety of Occupants and Contractors?"
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Retrofit of Ontario Care Facilities and Registered Retirement Homes
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Sheppard West Station Site Tour
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 All-Hazards Approach to Developing Emergency Action Plans for High Rise Offices
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 The Lac-Mégantic Train Derailment – A Study of Safety Deficiency
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Fire Performance of Tall Buildings Using Combustible Construction
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Oxygen Depletion Technology
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Firestop Installation and Challenges
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 Changes to the Ontario Fire Code
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Annual General Meeting & Union Station Renovations
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Significant Advances In Storage Protection
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Fire Safety In North America’s Third Largest Transit System
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Protecting Life, Property and Productivity — The Latest in Gas Detection
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 EIFS Performance Under Fire
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Mid-Rise Combustible Buildings in Canada
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Explosion Protection
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 OPG's Wesleyville Fire Training and Incident Training Facility Tour
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Fire Loss Statistical Considerations in Relating Failure and Building Damage to Building Code Objectives
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Upcoming Changes to National Codes
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 Loss Lessons – Learning from Losses
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Toronto Star Vaughan Press Centre Tour
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Modern Fire Investigation Techniques
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 Fire Alarm Systems: Intelligibility
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 NFPA 13, 2013 Edition – A Review of Major Changes
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Changes to the Ontario Fire Code
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 New Water Mist Technologies for Building Fire Suppression
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Muskoka Heights Retirement Residence Fire Inquest


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