October 5


Welcoming and Introduction - Rob McAlpine

Opening remarks from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources


Keynote: Thomas Homer-Dixon - Global Perspectives and Pressures on Natural Resource Management in Canada


Plenary Session: Fire Management in Canada Today and Tomorrow - The Director's View

Ralph Wheeler - Ontario Fire Director: State of Wildfire Policy

Walter Fanning - Nova Scotia Fire Director: Challenges and Opportunities

Brian Simpson - British Columbia Fire Director: British Columbia’s Wildfire Reality


Plenary Session: On the Fireline - Chair: Kris Johnston

Chuck Bushey - On the Fireline: Past, Present and some Emerging Trends

Thomas Garvey - Out of the Box and Into the Fire: How Product Innovation is Possible by Design

Dennis Hulbert - Organizational Culture in Aviation Fire Suppression: A Lessons Learned Overview of Emerging of Emerging Issues and Challenges in a Multi-Agency Aviation Fire Suppression Program


Concurrent Sessions on the Fireline

Safety, Risk and Organizational Culture - Chair: Tim Greer
  • Darren Toner - An Occupational Health and Safety Journey

    Tim Greer - High Reliability Organizations and a Culture of Mindfulness

Greg Baxter - Firefighter Survival Zones
Larry Freemont - Protecting a Gold Mine from Wildfire “Lessons Learned”

Bob Bale - Overtraining for High Reliability: Increasing Organizational Resilience


Fuels and Fire Behaviour - Chair: Bill Droog

Al O’Connor - Climate Change and Weather Damaged Fuels: Challenges to Ontario Fire Management Staff

Dave Schroeder - Fire Behaviour in Insect Damaged Stands

Susan Kidnie - Southern Ontario Tallgrass Prairie
Jonathan Large - Fire Behaviour in Mulched Fuel Types

Anne-Claude Pepin - Predicting Fire Behaviour in Shrub Vegetation Assemblage


New and Emerging Technology - Chair: Jim Thomasson

•Daniel Moser - A Comparative Analysis of Mark III Water Pump Carriage Systems

Katie Godfrey - Kestrel Pocket Weather Meters on the Fireline

Richard Wilson - Moisture Matters! Wiltronics

Aaron Tweedy - SEI Industries: Leader in Ignition Technology for Aerial & Ground Prescribed Burning

Tetyana Andriychuk - Night-Vision Aided Aerial Forest Fire Detection: Experience in a Control Test Grid

Dennis Hulbert - Wildfire Warfare: Night Ops


October 6

Plenary Session: In the Response Centre - Chair Cordy Tymstra


Keynote: Tim Brown - "Centering a U.S. Wildlife Response - Perspectives on the Second Decade of the 21st Century


Concurrent Sessions: In the Response Centre

Fire Weather Forecasting and Fire Occurrence - Chair: Mick Rice

Mick Rice - Meteorological Case Study for Strong Winds Observed on 3rd April 2010

Normand Gagnon - Ensemble Forecasting at the Canadian Meteorological Centre
Kerry Anderson - Extended-range Fire Weather Products within the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

Daniel Poirier - Challenges Facing the use of Mid-range Meteorological Ensemble Models to Develop Wildland Fire Management Decision-supporting Tools


New Information Technology and Systems - Chair: Susan Reany-Iskra

Franco Nogarin - SPARCS 2010: Spatial Precipitation and Risk Calculation System
Peter Englefield - Advancement in GIS-based Fire Modeling Applications
Steve Sakiyama - BlueSky Western Canada Smoke Forecasting System Pilot Project

Colin McFayden - Digital Wildfire Reporting: OPS Ideas & Innovation Fund Project

Susan Reany-Iskra - Precision Information Environments Concept


The Future of Resource Sharing - Chair: Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor - Canadian Fire Resource Demand System

Dennis Brown - Resource Sharing in Canada: CIFFC Perspective

Graham Gordon - Resource Sharing An Agency Perspective

Brian Stocks - Forest Fire Management Resource-Sharing in Canada: The Need for an Expanded & More Effective Capability


Zoning and Appropriate Response - Chair: David Milne

Philippa Rodrigues and Rick Moore - Development of an Integrated Wildland Fire Economic Framework for Alberta

Vera Lindsay - Values at Risk: The Spatial Precipitation and Risk Calculation System

David Milne - Yukon Fire Zone Policy and the Minto Mine Fire of 2010: A Case Study


Keynote: Sophie D’Amours - “Canada’s Shift from Forest Management to Value Chain Management”


Plenary Session: On the Landscape - Chair: Bill de Groot

Rick Sneeuwjagt - Management of Fire in Southwest of Western Australia

Alan Westhaver - Landscape Fire Management Canada’s National Parks


Concurrent Sessions: On the Landscape

Forest Communities in the Fire-Prone Forest - Chair: Paul Maczek

Lyle Gawalko - British Columbia’s Strategic Wildfire Prevention Program

Adam Gossell - FireSmart Landscapes: Safer Communities & Healthier Forests
Colleen Mooney - Fuelbreak Effectiveness in Canada’s Boreal Forests: A Synthesis of Current Knowledge
Rick Sneeujagt - Lessons Identified from Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission Inquiry into Black Saturday Bushfires
Brad Hawkes - Effectiveness Monitoring of Fuel Treatments


Fire in Parks and Wilderness Areas - Chair: Mike Etches

Dave Heaman and Lisa Solomon - Ontario Parks Fire Management Planning: Two Different Parks Distinct Plans

Beth McEwen and Jennifer Gibb - Oak Savannah Restoration in Toronto: A Progress Report

Jed Cochrane - Using Landsat Images to Determine Burn Severity in Western Canadian Landscapes

Leonardo Cabrera - Fire History, Ecology and Management in Point Pelee National Park


Fire in the Commercial Forest - Chair: David Martell

David Andison - The Healthy Landscape Approach to Landscape Management Planning

Karl Peck - Consideration of Forest Management Values During Escaped Fire Priority Setting
Dave Schroeder - Industry and Wildfire Management

Dave Manol - Fire in the Commercial Forest “An Incident Commander’s Perspective”


Remote Sensing of Fire Prone Landscapes - Chair: Tim Lynham

Nancy French - The Wildland Fire Emissions Information System: A Web-base Regional Scale Approach to Mapping Fire Emissions in North America

Brian Simpson - Characterizing Boreal Forest Fuels with Operational Airborne LiDAR Data

Justin Podur - Incorporating a Spread Event Model Defined by MODIS Hot Spots into Fire Growth Modeling

Doug McRae - Insights on the Statistical Variability of Experimental Fire Behaviour Data Using Airborne-Infrared

Tim Lynham - The Fire Monitoring, Accounting and Reporting System (FireMARS) in Support of National Forest Carbon Accounting


October 7

Concurrent Sessions: Fire Management and the Fire Community in the 21st Century


Building Community and Public Engagement - Chair: Adam Gossell

Bonita McFarlane and Tara McGee - Lessons Learned: Engaging Homeowners and


Neighbourhoods in Wildfire Mitigation

Rob Harris - Beyond Brochures: Using Social Marketing to Reduce Human Caused Wildfires

Alan Westhaver - Lessons in Gaining Public Acceptance of Wildfire Mitigations: A Field Perspective


Understanding Risk and Uncertainty - Chair: Judi Beck

Hayley Hesslin - Evaluating the Role of Geospatial Technology in Risk Reduction

Al Tithecott - Risk Management in Operational Fire Management

Paul Kovacs - The Emerging Role of Insurance in Wildfire Risk

Brian Stocks - Emerging Trends/Issues in Global Fire Management: Implications for Canada?


Systems Approach to Fire Management - Chair: Mark Johnston

Mike Flannigan - Forest Fire Activity in Canada During the 2030s to 2050s

Juha Metsaranta - Fire, Forest Management, and the Carbon Dynamics of Canada’s Managed Forest over the 21st Century

Lyle Gawalko - Fire, Fuel, and Carbon Management in Fire-Prone Forests

Norma Griffin - A Balancing Act


Plenary Session: Fire Management and the Fire Community in the 21st Century - Chair: Paul Ward

Peter Fuglem - Who is the Fire Community?

Tim Sheldan - Forest Fires in Canada: The Federal Government’s Changing Role


Closing Remarks