A thank you to the Executive and CAFI membership for your support in my previous position as 1st Vice President and now, as incoming President. I would also like to thank the Executive Board members for their dedication, commitment and service to our association.
I would especially like to thank Jacquie Link for her leadership and hard work in her role as President over the past two years. Jacquie was the force behind the reintroduction of the CCFI-C program for CAFI members. She also provided tremendous support to the Training Committee. The CCFI-C reintroduces the commitment of CAFI to excellence in the fire investigation field and a segue to CAFIs’ commitment to education with the upcoming introduction of a national training program. My hope is to continue where Jacquie left off, and introduce CAFIs’ national training program in the New Year.
The CAFI AGM held on November 16th, 2016 saw a few other changes to the Executive Board. David Slipp of ESM Emergency Security Management in Calgary was elected as 1st Vice President and Jeff Minten of the Office of the Fire Marshal & Emergency Management in Midhurst, Ontario was elected as 2nd Vice President. David Slipp is the Regional Manager of ESM Solutions Security in Alberta. He is licensed in the province of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario as a Private Investigator, Executive Protection and Security Consultant. His primary focus is geared toward insurance and property protection, along with the oil and gas industry. Jeff Minten is the Supervisor of Fire Investigation and Training with the Office of the Fire Marshal & Emergency Management in Midhurst, Ontario. In his current role, Jeff develops and delivers training for fire investigators in the province of Ontario and supervises a team of Fire Investigators who perform comprehensive investigations of fire and explosion scenes, conducts comprehensive peer reviews, liaises with members of the Fire and Police Service to advise on Fire Scene investigations and triages their information to determine if OFM involvement is required.
Two other new members elected to the Board of Directors as Regional Directors are Kurt Gagain of Advanced Fire Forensics, in Timmins, Ontario and Tim Irish, Fire Investigator with the Office of the Fire Marshal & Emergency Management in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Both are new to the CAFI Board and I look forward to working with both of them. Kurt Gagain is Principal & Lead Investigator at Advanced Fire Forensics, investigating fires in structures and vehicles in northern Ontario. Kurt also has many years experience as a firefighter with the City of Timmins Fire Department. OFM fire investigator Tim Irish is currently located in Thunder Bay and investigates fires in northern Ontario for the Office of the Fire Marshal & Emergency Management. Before joining the OFMEM, Tim was an Ident officer with the Toronto Police Service.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank past 2nd Vice President Dan Denomme of Advanced Investigative Solutions, and Regional Directors Ken Munroe of Sweetwater Consultants Inc. and Kevin Taylor, Deputy Fire Marshal with the Yukon’s Fire Marshal’s Office for their service and dedication during their terms of service to the association.
Membership renewal notices were sent out at the end of November. As CAFI is a non-profit organization annual membership fees go directly to the development of a wide range of initiatives for the support of the fire investigation industry in Canada. Please make sure that our National Executive Secretary has a current working email and mailing address for you on file when you submit your membership renewal.
In summary I am looking forward to working with the new National Executive, Regional Directors, Chapters and committees to identify and develop new strategies, achieve goals and explore options and possibilities for the best plan of action going forward. I will also be looking to develop new ways to involve more members and provide educational and networking opportunities for ALL Canadian professionals involved in fire investigation.
Vladimir Chlistovsky, CCFI-C, CFEI, P.Eng.
President, Canadian Association of Fire Investigators