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LIVE WEBCAST - 2018 Facilities Operational Forum and Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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8:55 am • Welcome

9:00 am to 10:00 am • Learning From the Fernie Memorial Arena Incident Investigation

Technical Safety BC (TSBC) recently released the findings of their thorough investigation into the ammonia-release incident that resulted in three lost lives at Fernie Memorial Arena on October 17, 2017. The investigation focus was to determine cause and provide recommendations to improve refrigeration system safety in BC. The ammonia/brine refrigeration system at the Fernie Memorial Arena was typical when compared to many of the systems here in Ontario. The investigative findings of TSBC are lessons that all provinces and territories arena owners and operators must heed. This presentation will look at the organizational and operational decisions that may have contributed to equipment failure and ultimately led to the refrigerant leak and what Ontario owners and operators of registered refrigerant plants must learn from this event.

Presenter:  Art Sutherland, Recreational Ice Specialist and Energy Management at Accent Refrigeration Systems - British Columbia, Canada

10:45 am to 11:45 am • Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA): Operating Engineers Regulatory Review Status Update and 2019 Inspection

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is the leading provincial governing agency for ice arena refrigeration safety. Building on last years presentation, this year’s session will update members on what is on the horizon in respect to possible changes to the Operating Engineers Regulation (OER) and actual changes resulting from the amended Boiler Pressure Vessels (BPV) Regulation that came into effect on 1 July, 2018. TSSA inspectors continue to be active in their duties of ensuring refrigeration plants and all related equipment and services remain compliant. This presentation will help ORFA members to continue in their efforts of providing safe recreational skating and ice sport environments.

Presenter: Mike Adams, Operating Engineers Chief Officer, Technical Standards and Safety Authority

12:15 noon to 1:00 pm • Lunch and Annual General Meeting


    • Approve the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in Mississauga, Ontario
    • Receive the President's Report
    • Receive the Treasurer's Report
    • Presentation of December 31, 2017 Audited Financial Statements
    • Confirmation of auditor/accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31st, 2018
    • Receive Awards Committee Report
    • Receive Nominations and Elections Committee Report
    • Transact any other business that may properly be brought before the meeting.

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm • Municipal Finance Officers Association of Ontario - Asset Management

The Municipal Finance Officers' Association of Ontario (MFOA), established in 1989, is the professional association of municipal finance officers with more than 2,300 individual members. MFOA represents individuals who are responsible for handling the financial affairs of municipalities and who are key advisors to councils on matters of finance policy. MFOA has developed a vast amount of Asset Management-related documents, tools & templates, and training to help municipalities better understand and manage the process as they move through their asset management plan. This session will provide a general overview of MFOA and the importance of asset management. It will also include an overview of ORFA’s Recreation Facility Asset Management (RFAM) tool and how it can be accessed at no-cost as a benefit of membership.

Presenters: Donna Herridge, Municipal Finance Officers Association of Ontario and John Tarantino, Marmak

1:45 pm to 2:30 pm • Changes to the Public Pool and Spa Regulation 565 – What Aquatic Facility Professionals Need to Know

The review and revision of Regulation 565 has resulted in several key changes to operational areas that requires aquatic professional awareness and action. The introduction of a Class C pool places greater compliance on splash pads and other outdoor water activity areas for owners. Also, a shift in authorized lifeguard certification providers allows pool management more options to meet staff training needs. Operational changes to pool readings and log book entry obligations have also changed and requires greater attention.

Regulation 565, Section 6. (1) states, “every owner of a public pool or public spa shall designate an operator” while section 6. (2) states, “every operator shall be trained in public pool and public spa operation and maintenance, filtration systems, water chemistry and all relevant safety and emergency procedures”.  Although there is no specific direction with respect to how pool operators are to be trained, ORFA’s minimum expectation that is endorsed by the Canadian Red Cross is that they shall be deemed “competent” as defined under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Pools that have life guards conducting operational duties need to consider how best to train these staff in meeting this Regulation responsibility.

Presenters: Gail Botten, Advisor, Program Development Prevention and Safety, Canadian Red Cross and Chris Brown, Swimming and Water Safety Representative, Canadian Red Cross

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm • Industry Watch – New & Emerging Topics

The ORFA continues to monitor a variety of topics that have or may impact the recreation facilities sector. This session will highlight topics that are currently being monitored for member awareness and general information.

Information will include, but not be limited to:

  • Technical Advisory Committee Updates
  • Guidelines and Best Practices Update Overview

Presenter: Terry Piche, CRFP, CIT, Technical Director, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.