WIFI Network: "Victoria Conference"



Fairmont Empress & Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC

January 8-11, 2018


Diamond Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor


BCPFFA President

President's Message

On behalf of the BCPFFA, we invite you to attend the Biennial Western Educational Conference, January 8-11, 2018 held in beautiful Victoria, BC at the Fairmont Empress Hotel and Victoria Conference Centre.

Our panel of expert instructors from across Canada and the entire IAFF will deliver relevant material important to your Union officers and Occupational Health & Safety advocates. We are confident the material presented will assist both new and current leaders of your association in being prepared in all aspects of labour representation and occupational health and safety.

There will be an array of social opportunities to network and collaborate in the important issues. We hope you are able to tour the City of Victoria and Vancouver Island area before or after your workshop sessions.


Gord Ditchburn


BCPFFA Secretary-Treasurer

Secretary-Treasurer's Message

Thank you to all Occupational Health & Safety advocates and Union Leaders for attending the BCPFFA Western Educational Conference. As leaders of your association, an strong investment in education and training is a responsible way to build succession planning and to gain further knowledge of best labour practices in the Fire Service to help you in representing your membership. Thanks to the I.A.F.F. for their continued support.

Our networking opportunities are some of the best value our leaders and advocates can engage in and strengthen relationships and share knowledge.

On behalf of the BCPFFA, we hope you enjoy the conference and the City of Victoria.


Todd Schierling


BCPFFA Vice-President Lower Mainland

Vice President's Message

As chair of the Health & Safety session, we are very honoured to have an array of health professionals and IAFF expert advocates attend to share best practices in fire fighter safety including Mental Health. Come prepared to engage in our discussion panels and ask questions. We want you to get the most of our health professionals.

We are also very appreciative of the sponsorship support we have received for the Western Educational. Thanks to our Diamond Sponsor (WorkSafe B.C), our Platinum Sponsor (Edgewood) and all participating Sponsors for their continued support of Fire Fighters.

We hope all of you enjoy your experience in Victoria.


Steve Farina

BCPFFA Educational Conference Committee

Gord Ditchburn, BCPFFA President - Chair

Todd Schierling, BCPFFA Secretary Treasurer - Co-Chair

Steve Farina, BCPFFA Vice President Lower Mainland North - Co-Chair

Cory Parker, BCPFFA Vice President, Lower Mainland South

Dave Burns, Vice-President, Surrey Local 1271

Shelley Barrett, BCPFFA Office Manager

Brian Catinus, Secretary, Saanich Fire Fighters Association

Cliff Kennel, Secretary Victoria Fire Fighters Association