Engineering A Fire Safe World

Find out what is new and exciting in the fire protection engineering industry! Click on any of the individual news postings to find out more.

If you have any newsworthy information that might be of interest to our members including promotions, retirements, transfers, change of employment, articles that you have come across, we encourage you to send it to us. Forward your story to for consideration.

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  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023 5:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (CASA) invites everyone at SFPE to their annual conference. They are having a free Day Pass for June 27th if any would like to attend. They are also having a Fire sprinkler Symposium. Please see the link below for registration: CASA "Day Pass" / Fire Sprinkler Symposium (

  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello everyone:

    It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of former Seneca employee David McGill.

    David McGill worked for Seneca College Fire Protection Engineering Technology from 1984 to 2014 (25 years of service). He was one of the most dedicated professors, in the office 8am until 4pm every day. He enjoyed classical music, and it could often be heard through the nearby corridors. He was an excellent mentor that welcomed new faculty and embraced them as valuable members of the team.

    He was a world leader in Fire Modelling and worked for Klausbruckner & Associates Inc as well as FireModel Inc from 2005 until the present. While at Seneca, he was one of the first adopters of modelling, after 9/11, when NIST put a huge effort into improving FDS to model behaviour of fire in the WTC Complex. Often, NIST software developers would have Dave do preliminary testing on updates and asked him his opinion on what new features should be added.

    In retirement, Dave continued with his consulting work completing fire models for architects and engineers around the world (not an exaggeration – Vietnam, Spain, to name a few). Part of his consulting business was training fire safety professionals how to use the current fire modelling software (FDS, Pyrosim and Smokeview) at the request of the company, Thunderhead Engineering, who created the software. These training opportunities were also worldwide (South America, New Zealand, Dubai, the UK, and of course Canada and the U.S.).

    From a personal point of view, Dave had a sharp wit and dry humour that made the classroom a unique experience and made him an exceptional friend. He was an avid touring motorcyclist and cyclist, enjoyed kayaking (did a family trip to Costa Rica), and loved keeping up with his friends over a cold beer in a frosty mug. Dave was a talented woodworker and built furniture. Lastly, he was also an automotive enthusiast who surprised many younger drivers as he pulled up in his bright blue Subaru WRX.

    Dave will be missed by the fire protection industry, our school, and most importantly, his friends and family who were lucky enough to have him in their life.

    To leave a tribute, or make a donation to the Southlakes Regional Health Centre (Cardiac Care Program), please follow the link:

  • Thursday, November 17, 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SFPE Saint-Laurent is hosting a training seminar in January 2019 on "Smoke Control Essentials". Click on the following link for more information:

  • Friday, December 17, 2021 11:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Microsoft® recently announced that the Internet Explorer 11 browser (IE11) will be retiring on June 15, 2022. This means the IE11 browser will no longer be supported and will be replaced by Microsoft Edge. Due to the increasing limitations of IE11, our payment provider is planning to stop supporting access from IE11 on January 1st, 2022.

    If you’re currently using IE11, after January 1st, 2022, plan to start using any of these more modern browsers to register and pay for any of our events: Google Chrome (preferred), Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, or Firefox.

    If for whatever reason, using IE11 is mandated at your organization, you should be able to use Microsoft Edge’s IE compatibility mode as an exact replacement for IE11.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you experience any issues.

  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 11:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration details

  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings from the UL team.

    We are excited to share information about UL’s Building Innovation Summit 2021 on Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 2021. This virtual event is for the building material and construction industry covering various topics of interest for architects and consultants, building owners, manufacturers, fire safety professionals, and associations.

    The built environment industry is transforming faster in recent times, as the COVID-19 pandemic changed how the construction industry does business. New technologies and practices, stricter safety and security regulations will continue to bring challenges to industry professionals. Construction Industry trends will bring rapid changes in global markets.

    This three-day virtual event will feature informative sessions given by UL safety experts on a range of topics impacting the built environment, safety, and security. Hear what industry experts have to say about:

    • Enhancing safety and security in uncertain times
    • Innovations for a brighter tomorrow
    • Building strong foundations for a safer future

    We invite you to join us for this three-day summit and register to book seats in advance via the link below.

    Please visit the above link to view the program schedule for each day.

    For any more information or questions, please feel free to contact our marketing team at

  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021 9:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following upcoming event may be of interest to you.

    BarrierTek presents Science vs. Fire, a virtual experiment, on June 16 at 11:00 AM Mountain Time, where they will be burning two 3-story wood structures with a 0.5 MW fire each, one of the structures will be treated with their fire protectant coating.

    Register for the BarrierTek session:

    The fire demos have already been run ahead of the June 16th virtual session. See article below from the Journal of Commerce related to the these fire demos:

    Another article:

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CASA will be hosting the following seminars:

    • May 3 to 6, 2021 - Professional Approaches to Fire Sprinkler Plan Review
    • July 5 to 6, 2021 - The Know How for Fire Sprinkler System Acceptance
    • July 7 to 8, 2021 - Understanding, Applying, and Enforcing NFPA 25
    • October 4 to 5, 2021 - Understanding, Applying, and Enforcing NFPA 13D
    • October 6 to 7, 2021 - Seismic Protection for Fire Sprinkler Systems

    For more information, visit

  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Seneca College will have its annual keynote speaker event on March 29, 2021, at 7pm, via Zoom. Shayne Mintz will discuss the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem. Register now with this link:

  • Tuesday, March 09, 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thomas Chiang Memorial SFPE Award

    Presented to the TOP GRADUATE of a 3 year full-time Fire Protection Technology Course, who has taken Insurance or Engineering Courses and excelled with outstanding leadership, motivation and technical skills and an overall academic proficiency ≥ 3.3 GPA.


    1. Currently enrolled in a Fire Protection Technology program at a Canadian college or university.
    2. Submit up to 300 words, in paragraph form, providing a brief description of:
      1. Your interest in fire protection and knowledge of SFPE
      2. The course you are enrolled in and how you would like to utilize your education (i.e. consulting, sales, risk management, etc.), and
      3. Any experience you have in fire protection either work related, attendance at conferences, SFPE functions etc. and a statement on your extracurricular involvement (i.e. student clubs, mentoring, tutoring, athletics & community volunteering).
    3. All entries (with official transcript) must be submitted by 11:45am, March 30, 2021 to:

      Attention: Derek Gruchy – Program Co-ordinator
      The Southern Ontario Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers
      1750 Finch Avenue East, Toronto, ON M2J 1W8


    1. All submissions for this award become the property of the SFPE Southern Ontario and will be seen by industry professionals during the selection process.
    2. Award presentation takes place May 4, 2021 during our Annual Business Meeting.
    3. Award Recipients are expected to attend the Business Meeting to receive the award.
      1. Award recipient registration fees are paid for by SFPE Southern Ontario.
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