Clifford, Kevin, BBA CFO

Fire Chief Kevin Clifford is a more than thirty year, third generation firefighter with the Saint John Fire Department. Prior to his Fire Chief position he held the role of Acting Chief, Divisional Chief of Training & Professional Development with the Saint John Fire Department. Kevin is an IFSAC certified: Instructor; Hazardous Materials Technician; and Fire Investigator. Kevin has a Business Degree from the University of New Brunswick in Saint John with a concentration in Adult Education and Finance. He has also received the Certificate in Incident Command from Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education.

Kevin has delivered fire service training (Firefighter I & II, Incident Command, Industrial Fire Brigade and Fire Service Instructor) throughout Atlantic Canada, Northern Quebec (Nunavik), Indianapolis, Indiana (FDIC) and South America. During his twenty-two years riding the trucks, Kevin served as a firefighter, driver operator, and acting company officer.  Kevin was also an active member with the Saint John Firefighter's Association as Vice-President and Secretary of local 771 and as such has participated on both sides of the bargaining table.

Colthorp, Dean, MBA, BGS, CFO, P. Mgr.

Dean is the Assistant Deputy Fire Chief with the City of Spruce Grove Alberta with the
responsibility of Training and Operations. He began his involvement with the Fire Service in
1987 as a Paid on Call member and later as a career member with the City of Surrey Fire Rescue
Services. In 1996, Dean had the responsibility of Assistant Chief in West Kelowna British
Columbia with the Westside Fire Rescue in charge of Training and Operations. He has since
worked with the Fire and Safety Division of the Justice Institute of British Columbia as the Fire
Fighter Program Coordinator and later the Division’s Program Director. He spent time with the
Langley City Fire Rescue Services as the Assistant Chief in Charge of Training as well as the
City of Langley Occupational Health and Safety Officer. He was also the Deputy Fire Chief –
Operations and Training with the City of Abbotsford. He has a Fire Service Leadership Diploma
from the Justice Institute of British Columbia, a Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser
University and has an MBA in Public Administration from Columbia Southern University. He
has professional designations of a Professional Manager (PMgr) and Chief Fire Officer (CFO)
and is an Emergency Services Advisor with the First Nation’s Emergency Services Society of
British Columbia. Dean is also the President of the British Columbia Fire Training Officers
Association and a member of the Alberta Fire Chief Association.

Douglas, Stephen

Steve is currently the Deputy Fire Chief for Sturgeon County Emergency Services and is a graduate of Dalhousie Universities Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Administration. He also holds IFSAC certification in many areas including 1021 level II, 1041 level II, 1006 Rope Rescue Technician, 1051 Wild Land, 1081 Brigade Leader, 1035 Public Educator and many more. Steve started his fire service career as a volunteer in Sturgeon County and has fulfilled several roles in the fire service from Deputy Chief at an Industrial site to Fire Chief in Wainwright, Alberta, but in 2010 when an opportunity came to move back to Sturgeon County in a full time capacity, he jumped at the chance. Steve has taught courses for the Emergency Services Academy and Lakeland College in Alberta, the Justice Institute of British Columbia and the Fire Science Academy in Elko, Nevada. He is quite active in the training in and around Sturgeon County and is a registered Proctor and Evaluator for the Province of Alberta.

The husband of 20 years and father of 2 boys; the 16 year has completed 2 years of a fire cadet program and wishes to someday join the fire service, the 18 year old is an active member as a volunteer firefighter and plans on trying for a full time firefighting career now that he has graduated in 2015. Steve’s wife, a former 911 dispatcher, has been very understanding and patient while being surrounded by firefighters.

Enns, D.H. (Don), MBA, PBDM

Don is a District Chief with the Winnipeg Fire Department, a division of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. Don frequently acts in the Platoon Chief capacity and recently completed a Headquarters secondment as an Acting Assistant Chief responsible for “Special Projects.” In Don’s 35 year career, he has worked in many of Canada’s busiest fire stations as both a fire fighter and an officer. Having progressed through the ranks of the WFD, Don was promoted to Lieutenant, Captain and Platoon Safety Officer before his last promotion to District Chief. Presently Don is the Project Manager and facilitator of the WFD Fire Apparatus Committee, the group responsible for the tender specifications of all WFD apparatus purchases. Don’s committees have developed the purchasing criteria for the acquisition of WFD Engines, Ladder Trucks, Heavy Rescues, Tankers, Specialty Water Rescues, Squads, and HazMat Units strictly based upon the needs unique to the department.

Academically, Don completed an Honours Certificate in Project Management several years ago from Red River College in Winnipeg, and enjoyed the experience so much that he later pursued a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management (PBDM) and ultimately a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Athabasca University in Alberta. Don also is a sessional instructor with the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) instructing such undergraduate degree courses as Strategic Planning for the Fire Service and Financial Management, as well as the Fire Officer Level III course in Budget Management. Don is a huge believer in continuous adult education and a proponent of the advantages of eLearning programs.

Grimwood, Rob

Rob is the Manager of Emergency Services/Fire Chief for Haldimand County. This position is a combined role of Fire Chief, Manager of Emergency Medical Services and Community Emergency Management Co-ordinator. Haldimand County is located on the shore of Lake Erie just South of Hamilton and just West of the Niagara Region and is one of the largest volunteer Fire Departments in Ontario comprised of 13 Stations and over 300 firefighters.

Prior to coming to Haldimand County Rob was employed as a professional firefighter with the Toronto Fire Services, a volunteer fire officer/training officer with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Department and a paramedic with the Regional Municipality of Niagara. Rob is a graduate of the Dalhousie University Fire Service Management Program, the Ontario Fire College and the New York State Academy of Fire Science.

Harding, Ken

Ken Harding has been involved in the municipal administration field for over 30 years, more than 20 of which, he has been employed by the Town of Woodstock, New Brunswick. He is presently the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town. He is an active member of the Board of Directors of seven regional and international agencies and commissions. Ken is actively involved in the New Brunswick Association of Municipal Administrators’ Education Committee and Professional Certification Program. He has a Diploma in Public Management, and holds the highest level of Professional Certification in New Brunswick (Level 3).

Hartling, Patrick

Patrick Hartling, LLB, MPA, has over 20 years of experience in the human resources profession and over fifteen years experience in facilitation, and the development and education of adults. In 2003 he founded S.P.L. Development Services, to promote and develop best practices in Strategy, People and Leadership.

Mr. Hartling has been Director of Human Resources with organizations ranging from 1000 to well over 2000 employees in the public, health and service sectors, and has developed contemporary HR Strategies and Services, reflecting the best business practices available, as well as alignment with organizational interests. He has created and introduced Organizational Development Services, proactive Health and Wellness Strategies, contemporary HR services for Managers, such as Succession Planning and Performance Development, and developed and implemented employee surveys in a number of organizations to provide a basis for HR Programs and Services. Over the last fifteen years he has been actively developing and presenting and facilitating learning opportunities for working professionals in topics such as Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, and Program Evaluation.

He has taught university courses at Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent in the Business and Continuing Ed faculties, has both chaired and presented at HR conferences in Ottawa and in the Maritimes, and has taught courses on line for Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education, and the University of Alberta, and has also delivered courses as part of a Saint Mary's Program in Nunavut. Patrick is a certified Human Resources Professional, and possesses a Bachelor of Commerce, a Master in Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Law degree from Dalhousie University. He is currently an active member of several community Boards and is the elected Past President of the Human Resources Association of NS and PEI. He is the Chair of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations, the body which serves and supports the certification granting HR certification processes, and operates his business centered in Halifax. He lives on a lakefront lot in Halifax with his wife and two daughters.

Hutchinson, Brian

Brian began his fire service career in 2000 with Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services, following several years working on initial attack crews in the wildland setting. In the course of his career with the VF&RS he served in numerous roles such as; Captain-Emergency Management, Captain-Public Information Officer (Public Affairs & Media Liaison), and notably served a one-year secondment as a Lieutenant in the Disaster & Emergency Planning Division. This role entailed creating the Major Emergency/Disaster Response Plan for VF&RS, focused on enhancing organizational readiness and the operational stance of the department in the face of significant hazard impacts. In 2015 he accepted a position as an Assistant Chief-Operations with the District of North Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services.

Internationally, he has spent 11 years annually leading teams of Canadian fire service professionals delivering international aid; 3 deployments to Belize, 1 to Columbia, 1 to Anguilla, and 6 to El Salvador. He was a founder of the Canadian NGO Firefighters Without Borders Canada and is currently a director with Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA). In addition to his in-country deployments, since 2003 he has provided executive oversight and management to an additional fifteen international humanitarian deployments to Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Panama, Thailand, and Venezuela. On the home front, Brian has devoted over 10 years advocating on behalf of two deserving organizations; Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Academically, he completed the Fire Service Leadership Diploma and a Bachelor Degree in Fire and Safety Studies through the Justice Institute of BC. Thereafter he completed his Masters’ Degree at Royal Roads University, with a degree specialization in Disaster and Emergency Management. His graduate studies research focused on urban career firefighter perceptions of civilian volunteer participation in disaster response. A Certificate in International Development from the University of British Columbia and completion of the Fire Executive Management Certificate from BCIT supplements his response based training and education.

Brian recognizes that training and education combined with experience and self-development comprise essential components of fire service competency. Fire service leaders of tomorrow have the future of our profession in their hands; let’s hope that higher education supports their efforts to make our fire service better and stronger.

Jenson, Jory

Jory Jenson is currently employed as a career shift Captain with Cochrane Emergency Services in Alberta. He started his emergency services career as a Paramedic with the City of Calgary, and moved into the Fire Service more than 10 years ago. Prior to his current role as a suppression Captain, Jory held the position of Battalion Chief in charge of EMS Operations for Cochrane. He holds a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Calgary, is a registered ALS Paramedic, and an NFPA Level II Officer and Instructor. He has been involved in both FIRE and EMS education for close to 10 years.

Karpluk, Les

Les Karpluk, BAPPBUS:ES, joined the Prince Albert Fire Department in 1982 as an Alarm room operator and fire fighter. In his 28 years of service in the department he has received certificates in Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Administration from Dalhousie University CCE, Bachelor of Applied Business: Emergency Services degree from Lakeland College and in 2009 received the Full Time Fire Chief of the Year from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

Maddess, Glen

Glen Maddess, MEMSM, is the retired Director of the Fire Safety Division, Justice Institute of British Columbia. He is also the retired fire chief from the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services. When he was chief, he established a high performance emergency medical system, that included continuous quality improvement, and computer aided dispatch. Glen holds a Masters in Science (EHS) degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Oregon University. He has worked as a consultant to the Province of BC, Ministry of Health Planning in establishing scopes of practice, governance and educational requirements for First Responders and Para Medics and currently as a consultant to the Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) for their Middle East programs in Toronto. In addition to being an instructor for Dalhousie University Fire Management Certificate Programs Glen is an adjunct faculty member of Western Oregon University, and the US Fire Administration, National Fire Academy. In 2008 Glen completed a rewrite of Emergency Medical Services Management and the Fire Department.

Mosher, William

Bill Mosher, CFO, has worked in the fire service for more than 30 years. In the former Halifax Fire Department, he served as a firefighter for 10 years, was then promoted to lieutenant, then captain, then district chief and deputy chief. As deputy chief he was responsible for human resources, fire prevention and administrative services. He became deputy director of operational support services at the point of municipal amalgamation into the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service. Bill is the retired Chief Director of Halifax Regions Fire & Emergency. He holds a Certificate in Fire Service Administration, Local Government and Public Administration and has earned the Chief Fire Officer designation.

Prevost, Denys

Denys Prevost, BENG, is the Chief of Welland Fire and Emergency Services composite department. He has been a full-time fire chief and ambulance director in Ontario since 1998 and before that was an industrial fire chief, municipal volunteer firefighter and a part-time firefighter in Nova Scotia and Ontario since 1978. Denys is also a professional engineer and has worked as a designer, construction manager, and engineering manager for 17 years in the petro-chemical and nuclear industries. He studied engineering, mathematics, and computer science at Acadia University and Nova Scotia Technical College in Nova Scotia. He is also a graduate of the Dalhousie Fire Management program, and has many other educational credits in the broader fields of firefighting and management. Denys has his CFO designation from the CAFC.

Denys has been an associate instructor in the Fire Service Leadership program for a number of years. He is also a contributor to the fire service in Ontario, in particular on volunteer firefighter issues and on broader important service delivery issues that are occurring in a developing fire service. He has been a member of a number of joint OFM-OAFC development teams, including Tiered Response, Pre-Hospital Care, and Shaping Fire Safe Communities projects. Denys is a past board member for Victim Crisis Assistance Services Haldimand-Norfolk and is a current board member of the Welland Safe Communities Partnership. He is also the Provincial Fire Coordinator for the Niagara Region and the editorial committee chair for the CAFC national magazine.

Rayworth, Stephen, CET, B. Tech

Stephen Rayworth has over 20 years in both private and public sector management and administration as well as almost 5 years in an engineering consulting role. He also has extensive involvement in product and project management, and public service program delivery. He was educated at NBCC Moncton, and Memorial University. He is currently working toward his Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Stephen currently works as a director with a municipal board authority. Stephen’s first 5 year organizational strategic plan, focusing on strengthening the organization through improved employee development and board governance, was completed in a little over 3 years, with a new plan developed and being implemented as of September 2014. This new plan focuses on program and service delivery, using data and measurement to evaluate the effectiveness of these services and make adjustments as needed.

Stephen has assisted with the delivery of both college and university level online courses. He is also an Instructor with the local sea cadet squadron. He has been married for 15 years, and he and his wife Danielle have two young daughters.

Scammell, Angela

Angela Scammell, B.Sc., M.Adult Ed, has 20 years experience delivering and managing organization development and training in private, public, and academic organizations. As a GE Aircraft-trained Six Sigma Black Belt, she also has significant project management experience in technical, industrial, administrative and business process domains. Angela's company, Scammell & Associates Organization Development Consulting, assists people and processes to perform effectively through group facilitation, training, change acceleration and business process improvement. She has been a Principal Instructor in the St. F. X. University Diploma in Adult Education (Training for the Trainer) program since 1991.

Soehl, Tom

Tom Soehl has over 20 years’ experience in natural resource negotiation and conflict resolution. He has worked for provincial governments in British Columbia and Nova Scotia. In British Columbia he managed multi stakeholder negotiations on land use and protected areas. In Nova Scotia he was Director of Negotiations for the provincial Office of Aboriginal Affairs for negotiations on Aboriginal and treaty rights and self-government with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and the federal government. 

Tom’s background is in complex, multi-party negotiations, but the process and skills needed to be effective are equally relevant to other negotiations, whether they involve resolving workplace issues, buying a car, or deciding where to go on the next family vacation.

Tom currently works with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources as Director of Aboriginal Policy.

Shaw, Jay

Jay Shaw is an Assistant Chief with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service with 19 years of emergency services experience. Jay has served as primary care paramedic and firefighter and has a portfolio's that includes emergency management, public information, firefighter protective equipment, mass casualty incident planning, high rise firefighting, and Fire & EMS operating procedures. He holds a MA from Royal Roads University, multiple diplomas and accredited emergency services certifications.

Shkurska, Oksana

Dr. Oksana Shkurska has 15 years’ experience in adult education at the university level. Her research interests are in the field of communication and sociolinguistics, and they include barriers to effective interpersonal communication and intercultural communication. She regularly presents her research at conferences throughout Canada and internationally.

She teaches Business Communication at Rowe School of Business as well as Intercultural Communication within the Certificate of Intercultural Communication program at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She is an instructor at Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education, teaching Interpersonal Communication and Organizational Behaviour.

Dr. Shkurska is also a freelance intercultural trainer and consultant for Brookfield Global Relocation Services. She conducts workshops and consults for local organizations and individuals on the issues of communication, conflict management, and negotiation across cultures.

Simonds, Robert (Rob), MA, CFO

Rob Simonds was appointed Chief of the Hamilton Fire Service on March 14th, 2011 and previously served with the Saint John Fire Department in Saint John N.B for 32 years; including 8 years as Fire Chief. Rob is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC), the New Brunswick Association of Fire Chiefs (NBAFC) and the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association (MFCA). For the past two years he has served as the Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the CAFC.

In addition to earning a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from Royal Roads University and a Chief Fire Officers professional designation from the CAFC, he has completed studies in: Fire Service Administration at Dalhousie University, advanced Incident Command training at the United States National Fire Academy and Special Operations training at Texas A & M University. In 2010, Chief Simonds was one of six Fire Chiefs from North America to be selected for the Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.

In addition to serving as a distance education instructor for Dalhousie University, Rob has also served as a Service Coach at the Canadian Emergency Preparedness College in Ottawa.

Temani, Grace

Grace Temani, BCOMM, BCOMP, is the Program Director for the Fire Management Certificate Programs. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and received a Computer Science degree from Dalhousie Technical University in 2003. Her involvement in the Fire Management Certificate Programs started in 1997. Her interests in computer assisted learning led her to design the CFSA and the CFSL courses to be offered online. She is currently working on certification in Project Management. Her areas of interest are organizational behaviour, change management and strategic planning.