Call for Speakers is now closed

The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs is delighted to open the call for speakers for Fire Rescue Canada 2019. This year’s call is focused on identifying nationally relevant issues, best practices, achievements, and experiences that inspire, inform and move the fire service forward. 

CAFC invites you to share your knowledge and experience with an influential group of colleagues at Fire-Rescue 2019!
  • Prepare a presentation 
  • Gather a panel 
  • Lead a debate 
  • Educate your peers 
We want to hear your ideas!  

This page is intended provide instructions so that you know what to expect when you go into the system or should you wish to prepare your submission with others.

How the Speaker Application Process Works 

Preparing a speaker application is quick and easy.  
1. You will need to set up an online account by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.
2. Select the proposed track for your presentation:
    • Leadership and Human Interest
    • Science and Technology
    • Research to Practice
    • National or Federal Policy
    • Future Think
    • Departmental Proud Practice
      • Volunteer Departments
      • Large and Composite Departments
    • Human Resource Issues
      • Operations and Labour Relations
      • Health and Wellness
      • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Risk Management
    • Emerging Topics
    • General Education
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Mental and Physical Health
    • Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Legal and Policy Issues
    • Fire Prevention Officer Stream
    • Industrial Fire Chiefs Stream
    • Hands on Training (HOT) topic
    • Other
3. Select the type of presentation:
    • Keynote Presentations (60 minutes)
    • Plenary Presentations (60 minutes)
    • Breakout Presentations (30 minutes / 60 minutes)
    • Workshops (60 minutes / 90 minutes)
    • Policy Forum (45 minutes / 90 minutes)
    • Lightening Talks (15 minutes)
4. List name of speaker(s) (max. 3).
5. Provide a speaker(s) mini-biography (max. 120 words). 
6. Input the title of the presentation (max. 18 words).
7. Provide a description of the presentation (up to 120 words - If selected, this description will be used in marketing materials, attendee guides, and website).
8. Presentation Abstract (max. 250 words) - Provide purpose, methodology, relevance, importance and implementation and how you conduct the presentation
9. Provide 3 learning objectives/take-aways for the presentation.
10. Indicate whether or not your presentation has been or will be presented elsewhere in 2018 / 2019 (provide event(s), dates and venue).
11. Indicate whether or not you are willing to present in a webinar format outside of Fire Rescue.
12. Provide any references, samples, testimonials or links to your work or talk (optional). You may upload up to 3 supporting files (1 document, 1 image and/or 1 video (max. 50 MB) (optional).
13. If you are in need of financial assistance to speak at this conference, please explain (please see policies for speaker selection and reimbursement - special considerations will be made on an exception basis).

Policies for Speaker Selection and Reimbursement

1. All speakers will receive a complementary registration for the full conference. Discounted hotel fares are available for all conference registrants as well as speakers
2. Please note that unless agreed otherwise,travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the speaker. Special situations can be considered. To request such consideration, please complete the appropriate section of the form.
3. A donation will be made on behalf of the FRC 2019 speakers to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
4. Submissions will only be accepted online. Faxed, emailed or mailed forms will NOT be accepted.
5. Submission of a speaker proposal does NOT guaranteed participation in Fire-Rescue Canada 2019.
6. Products for sale will NOT be accepted through presentations.
7. Individuals must complete the submission process in its entirety. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
8. If selected, all speakers will be required to submit a fully-executed speaker agreement and information regarding important deadlines and requirements will be provided and must be adhered to.
9. If selected, information regarding important deadlines and requirements will be provided and must be adhered to.
10. After the review of submissions, selected speakers will be notified by Friday, March 22, 2019.
11. Speakers to confirm their presentation at the Fire Rescue Canada Conference 2019 by Friday, March 29, 2019.

Review and Speaker / Presentation Selection Process

The CAFC Program Committee will review and score all submissions independently and select sessions based on relevance, timeliness of content, education, value and qualifications of the presenter, and number of talks that can be accommodated. Where the number of meritorious talks exceeds the number of presentation opportunities, the CAFC may be able to offer alternate presentation venues.

Key Dates

Call for Speakers open: Monday, January 14, 2019
Call for Speakers close: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 4:00 pm EST
Speakers notified of decision: Friday, March 22, 2019
Speakers to confirm acceptance to present: Friday, March 29, 2019


For queries regarding abstract submission, please contact:
Daniela Nogueira
Conference Secretariat
T: 1.888.527.3434 / +1.519.263.5050 / +1.519.263.6003 (direct line)