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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 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 president@sfpesoc.com for consideration.

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2015 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fire and Evacuation Modelling Workshops will be hosted by Thunderhead Engineering in Toronto May 11-15, 2015. Workshops will include topics in: FDS and PyroSim, FDS/PyroSim Distance Education and Pathfinder. Please see the attached notice for more information and pricing.

  • Wednesday, April 01, 2015 1:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The University of Waterloo Fire Safety Program has recently released their upcoming course schedule. The program is catered to recent engineering graduates and experienced architects, engineers, building consultants and regulatory officials. See the attached notice or the program website (https://uwaterloo.ca/fire-research-and-safety/fire-safety-program) for information on program offerings, course dates and schedules.

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2015 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The School of Fire Protection and Seneca Fire Protection Student Association (FPSA) invites SFPE members to attend their 4th Annual Fire Protection Career Fair and Networking Dinner on Thursday, March 26th, 2015.

    This day and evening will be a perfect opportunity for individuals in the fire protection / life safety industry and future graduates from Seneca’s Fire Protection Engineering Technician and Technology programs to connect, discuss industry needs, then enjoy a casual dinner.

    The event will have two guest speakers:

    • Gary Jarrett, Assistant Division Chief, Fire Prevention, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, will discuss the current challenges and issues facing the fire service in areas of fire prevention, fire inspection, and current fire code changes with respect to vulnerable occupancies.
    • Cathy Robertson, Captain, Fire Prevention Professional Legal Section, Fire prevention, Toronto Fire Services, will discuss the legal aspects of the fire code, and the process inspection and subsequent charges being filed.

    The FIRE career fair begins at 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.
    For Career Fair information and registration please contact Scott Pugsley (Seneca College, Fire Program Industry Coordinator) at Scott.Pugsley@senecacollege.ca

    The evening begins at 5:00 PM with dinner being served at 6:00 PM.
    For Networking Dinner registration and information please contact the Seneca Fire Protection Student Association at FPSA@senecacollege.ca

    • Registration for Industry Professionals per attendee: $60.00 (Early Bird) $75.00 (After Feb 27th)
    • Seneca College Fire Protection Alumni registration per attendee: $50.00 (Early Bird) $60.00 (After Feb 27th)

    Please RSVP by Friday March 13th, 2015 to fpsa@senecacollege.ca

    This event is proudly brought to you by the Seneca College School of Fire Protection, Seneca Alumni, with the additional support of CFSA (Student Chapter), CFAA, CASA, SSF, OACETT and National Engineering Month.

  • Monday, March 02, 2015 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SFPE members are invited to attend the Canadian Association of Fire Investigators' upcoming seminar concentrating on Commercial Kitchen Fires and NFPA 96. The seminar will take place from April 7th to 9th, 2015 at Niagara Falls, ON.

    The seminar will cover regulations, safety requirements, hazards, fire causes, suppression systems and case studies. Lecturers include the Ontario Fire College instructors, ESA and TSSA and others. 

    For more information, see CAFI's registration page

    Please feel free to pass this information on to any of your colleagues who may be interested in attending the seminar.

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Proposal Deadline: March 13, 2015

    SFPE International is now accepting educational presentation abstracts for its two-day North America Conference & Expo: Freedom to Design. The conference will showcase advanced and cutting-edge practices in fire protection engineering that are used to protect people, property and the environment from fire.

    We invite you to share your knowledge with your peers on the advances in fire protection engineering as a presenter, November 9 - 11, 2015 at the Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. Presentations must be noncommercial in nature with no specific brand names mentioned. The 2015 Conference Program Committee, co-chaired by Michael Madden & Michael Venneri, will review all abstracts and make final speaker selections based on level of innovation, quality, relevance, focus, practical application, and timeliness.

    Deadline for abstract submission is March 13, 2015. For more information and guidelines, please click here. Completed abstracts should be sent to Melissa Franco and include “2015 SFPE Conference & Expo” in the subject line of the email.

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Melissa Franco, Marketing & Meetings Manager, at mfranco@sfpe.org or 301-915-9724.

  • Monday, January 12, 2015 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Proposal Deadline: 13 February 2015

    SFPE International is now accepting presentation abstracts for its two-day European Conference held in Copenhagen, 4-5 June 2015. The conference will showcase advanced and cutting-edge practices in fire protection engineering that are used to protect people, property and the environment from fire.

    We invite you to share your knowledge with your peers on the advances in fire protection engineering as a presenter. Presentations must be noncommercial in nature with no specific brand names mentioned. The 2015 Conference Program Committee will review all abstracts and make final speaker selections based on level of innovation, quality, relevance, focus, practical application, and timeliness. More information can be found in the attached document.

    Deadline for abstract submission is 13 February 2015. Complete the abstract guidelines form here. Completed form should be sent to Melissa Franco and include “2015 SFPE Europe Conference” in the subject line of the email.

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Melissa Franco, Marketing & Meetings Manager, at mfranco@sfpe.org or 301-915-9724.

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 6:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TORONTO, Ontario -- On December 9th, 2014, the Southern Ontario Chapter recognized their newest Past-President and their Corporate Members prior to their Lunch & Learn event. They also made a sizable contribution to the Thomas Chiang Memorial Award.

    Edward Koe receives his commemorative pinThe Chapter was delighted to recognize Edward Koe for his many years of involvement on the Chapter's Executive Committee and his contributions to the Chapter. "We are pleased to continue to have the opportunity to work with Ed in his roll on the committee as our Past-President" said Melinda Amador, Chapter President. Ed was awarded with a commemorative SFPE President’s Pin and a plaque recognizing his contributions the Chapter. Thank you Ed!

    Corporate Members with their certificate of appreciationThe Chapter also took the opportunity to thank their eighteen Corporate Members for their continuous support towards promoting the fire protection engineering agenda. "It was a pleasure to honour each of our members with their certificates at our December 2014 meeting" said Paul Johnston, Membership Chair. "Without their support we wouldn't be as strong as we are today, and as Membership Chair, and on behalf of the Southern Ontario Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Executive Board, we thank you."

    Lindsay Osborne selects the TCMA 50/50 draw winner.Finally, the Chapter was delighted to make a significant contribution towards the Thomas Chiang Memorial Award. The contribution was made possible through the generosity of our members and guests attending the December Lunch & Learn event. Attendees of the event participated in the Chapter's annual 50/50 draw raising $130 towards the award. The winner of the draw, Domingos Lopes, went on to donate his $130 winnings to the award to bring the total contribution to the award to $260!! The Chapter has raised $435 so far this season and will match all donations received. The winners of the award, who are deserving students pursuing an education in Fire Protection, will be announced in May.

  • Wednesday, December 03, 2014 8:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attention Members! SFPE International’s Educational & Scientific Foundation Board of Governors makes numerous scholarships and awards available each year. The Dr. Guylène Proulx Scholarship provides at least one recipient with up to $5,000.00 annually. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student undertaking a research project in the field of human factors or human behaviour related to fire or emergencies.

    As described on the SFPE website, Dr. Guylène Proulx was an outstanding researcher in human factors and human behavior related to fire. She received her Ph.D. in architectural planning/environmental psychology from the Université de Montréal in 1992, following which she joined the Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council Canada (NRC) to conduct research in human factors related to fire. For that research, she received international acclaim from all of the diverse interests in the fire safety community. This scholarship honors her legacy by building on the research in her chosen profession.

    Application details are available at the following websites:

    Applications are required to be received by December 31, 2014 to be eligible for review by the international panel.

    Please consider if you or your colleagues may be eligible to apply for this scholarship, or others made available by SFPE International.

  • Monday, November 10, 2014 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SFPE Logo SignatureBETHESDA, Maryland -- SFPE has officially changed its logo and tagline to convey a more contemporary, bold and global image while maintaining the iconic triangle. The logo represents the new brand as it continues to attract and bring together the community of fire protection and fire safety engineers, and its allied stakeholders, around the world.

    Similarly, the new tagline, Engineering A Fire Safe World, was selected as it communicates a broadening of SFPE's base worldwide, while still maintaining the emphasis on engineering.

    "We are excited to launch a new logo and tagline that reflects the evolution and future of the SFPE global brand," said Carl Baldassarra, SFPE President. "The SFPE Board of Directors has spent the better part of 2014 reviewing our strategic direction and plans for the future. Rebranding with a stronger image and more inclusive messaging was needed if we are to better serve the global community and attract the next generation into the profession."

    The new logo and tagline were unveiled at SFPE's Conference & Expo in Long Beach, California on October 12. New logos have also been created for all of SFPE's chapters, Corporate 100 and SFPE Foundation.

    The Southern Ontario Chapter is excited to begin phasing out use of the old logo as we implement the new brand and logo.

  • Monday, November 03, 2014 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Melinda Amador attended the 2014 SFPE Conference and Expo, including the SFPE International Business Meeting, held in Long Beach from October 12-17, 2014 to represent our Chapter.

    We are pleased to announce that the Southern Ontario Chapter was the recipient of a Chapter of Excellence Award, and Melinda was on-hand to receive the award on behalf of the Chapter. This is the first award for our Chapter and recognizes the efforts of our dedicated Executive Committee and the continued support and contributions from our members. Thank you to everyone for their support!

    2014 Bronze Patch

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