2023 Schedule

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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