Canadian Wildfire Conference

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Thought Leadership for Aerial and Ground Wildfire Suppression 

The Canadian Wildfire Conference is a two-day event featuring sector-leading suppliers displaying and discussing new technologies and services alongside an educational program designed to unite air and ground personnel. The conference will host an appreciation dinner on October 25, followed by a full program on October 26. The conference agenda includes a range of presentations from industry leaders to provide air and ground crews and commanders with critical information on the challenges and trends facing wildfire suppression today.

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Why attend? 

Critical business information for aerial and ground wildfire crews, ICs, chiefs, operators and agencies, with an emphasis on the following segments:

  • New products impacting the sector
  • Interoperability
  • Support services
  • Air traffic management
  • Innovation
  • Procurement
  • Government policies and procedures
  • Opportunities and challenges

Attend the 4th annual Canadian Wildfire Conference 2023

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Should provincial guidelines not allow for social gatherings at the time of the event,
your registration can be transferred to our next event date or refunded


*Event schedule subject to change
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Light Reception

6:00pm – 6:45pm

Keynote Speaker and Q&A

Canadian Wildfire Conference Appreciation Dinner
The Canadian Wildfire Conference Appreciation Dinner and SickNotWeak fundraiser will be held at the Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, BC on October 25th. It’s been a formidable wildfire season, and this dinner is an avenue to show appreciation for all those on its frontlines and raise funds to benefit mental health awareness. The evening’s festivities will kick off with a welcoming cocktail reception at 5 pm, followed by a keynote presentation from a very well-known figure in Canadian sports broadcasting — Michael Landsberg — who is the founder of SickNotWeak.

Michael Landsberg
Michael has been a prominent face and voice on the Canadian sports scene since 1984. With his unique style, he quickly became one of this country’s most polarizing personalities- perceived by some as forthright and others as arrogant. In 2009 people began to agree more on Michael after he publicly shared his, then decade-long, struggle with severe depression and anxiety. Since then, he has become one of this country’s loudest voices- pushing for all Canadians to see mental illness as a sickness, not a weakness. Michael frequently used his platform as producer and host of Off the Record on TSN to change people’s opinion of mental illness.

Michael has been an official spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk Day since that initiative was launched. In 2016 Michael launched his own initiative, a charity, called SickNotWeak. SickNotWeak is dedicated to changing the way Canadians see mental illness. SickNotWeak is dedicated to helping people understand that mental illness is a sickness, not a weakness. SickNotWeak, like Michael, approaches the conversation surrounding mental illness in a raw and candid way, mixed with a dash of Landsberg attitude and humor.

A plated dinner will follow at approximately 6:45 pm.

Transportation is not included in registration.

Sick Not Weak is a national charity in Canada founded to support all Canadians who live with mental illness, struggle with symptoms of mental illness, or have a loved one afflicted with a diagnosis or symptoms but not diagnosed. Our charity fulfills its mandate through community engagement, active partnerships with like-minded organizations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Our primary goal is to eliminate the stigma still associated with mental illness through awareness campaigns, education, and advocacy.

We are excited about the future and look forward to bringing new programs and resources to support the community. We are hopeful people are empowered by our programs to help raise awareness and be empowered with confidence to engage in discussions, seek treatment and strive to live life to its fullest potential. It is through raising awareness and creating a movement of understanding and acceptance we will be successful.

6:45pm – 9:00pm

Appreciation Dinner

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All conference sessions take place at the KF Aerospace Centre of Excellence

All conference sessions take place at the KF Aerospace Centre of Excellence
6:30am – 7:30am

Exhibitor set up at KF Aerospace Centre of Excellence

7:30am – 8:00am

Registration and networking

8:00am – 8:15am

Welcoming remarks

8:15am – 9:30am

Air and ground interoperability panel

  • Michael Benson, Director of Business Development, Conair Group (former AAO)
  • Sean Rickards, Director of Operations, Yellowhead Helicopters
  • Greg Adams, Air Attack Officer, BC Wildfire Service
  • Tom DeSorcy, Fire Chief (Ret.)
Leaders from aerial and ground operations discuss wildfire suppression techniques, challenges and best practices

9:30am – 10:30am

Refreshment break and trade show

10:30am – 11:30am

Deploying resources for structure protection

Speaker: Larry Watkinson, ECFO, C.Mgr, Deputy Fire Chief

How air and ground can better manage resources to provide support when and where it’s needed most

11:30am – 1:00pm

Lunch, trade show and networking

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Innovation and advanced tactics for wildfire suppression panel

  • Wayne Coulson, Chief Executive Officer, Coulson Group
  • Thomas Hoppe, Owner, 43 Degrees North Aviation
  • Mike King, President and Chief Pilot, White Saddle Air Service
Leaders from ground and air discuss the significant changes in the wildfire fight, from advanced water systems and aircraft modifications to training and resource deployment


2:00pm – 3:30pm

Trade show

Product demonstrations, KF Centre Ramp
  1. Perimeter Solutions: 2:00 pm
    Ground applications of long-term fire retardants are THE answer when aerial resources are unavailable due to night time and visibility issues
  2. Safetek Profire: 2:15 pm
  3. Yellowhead Helicopters - Augmentations Causing Future Shock in Legacy Aircraft: 2:30 pm
  4. Commercial Emergency Equipment: 2:45 pm
  5. Coulson Aviation aircraft tour: 3:00pm
3:30pm – 4:00pm

Using IGNIS for Aerial Ignition

Speakers: Paul Fletcher and Hope Nelson, Drone Amplified

Closing remarks, trends, opportunities, and the future of Canadian wildfire suppression



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Special Group rate starting from $159 CAD per night

Start Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023

End Date: Thursday, October 26, 2023

Last Day to Book: Friday, October 6, 2023

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