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LIVE WEBCAST - 2017 Facilities Operational Forum and Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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8:50 am • Welcome     

9:00 am to 10:00 am • The Future of the Operating Engineers Regulation

Ontario’s Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has been undertaking a comprehensive review of the Operating Engineers Regulation with an objective of releasing a revised Regulation that will better serve the province. What these changes will specifically mean to the ice rink issue has yet to be determined. The ORFA has been in consultation with TSSA to discuss member issues such as the application of a B-Refrigeration Certificate in our industry and how we might be better served in the future; Ontario’s aging ice arena refrigeration infrastructure and the loss of a high rate of skilled refrigeration operators; the installation of high horsepower self-contained refrigeration packages that are often being operated with inadequately trained/certified operators; the lack of preparedness of many recreation facilities to address an emergency event.

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

10:45 am to 11:45 am • Facility Access – Meeting the Shifts in User Trends

Access is making it possible for a person with disability to attend a game or an event in a recreational facility. Inclusion is enabling someone to participate in a game or an event in a recreational facility. The long-term goal for any facility should be to develop inclusive models where the built environment and the facility operations combine to enable people with disabilities, older adults and seniors to fully participate in all the available programs. Recreation facilities have always been open to everyone however, openness does not guarantee equal levels of comfort or use. Demographic shifts have caused significant changes in the nature of recreational facility users. Most of Ontario’s recreation infrastructure remains stuck in the 80’s when it comes to design features that meet the usability and safety needs of people with disabilities, older adults and seniors. Currently, 1 in 7 Canadians have a disability and that number is expected to rise to 1 in 5 by 2036. Facility owners and managers must have a goal to create an inclusive world where people with disabilities can reach their full potential. Accomplishing these objectives in buildings that are 50+years of age will require creativity, commitment and long-term planning for ORFA members to deliver what is expected and required by legislation supporting an increasingly active Community of people with disabilities.

Presenter: Brad McCannell, Vice President of Access and Inclusion, Rick Hansen Foundation

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


  1. Approve the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held Wednesday, December 3rd, 2016 in Mississauga, Ontario
  2. Receive the President's Report
  3. Receive the Treasurer's Report
    • Presentation of December 31, 2016 Audited Financial Statements
    • Confirmation of auditor/accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31st, 2017
  4. Receive Awards Committee Report
  5. Transact any other business that may properly be brought before the meeting.

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm • Ontario’s Aging Infrastructure – The Three Choices Are - Revitalize, Repurpose or Decommission

The ORFA continues to monitor Ontario’s aging recreation infrastructure and how members are approaching the issue. Communities that have already undertaken the challenge of what to do with aged recreation facilities are helping set guidelines and best practices for others to consider. The choices include – revitalize which often means blending together old and new construction materials and technologies. Repurpose – take a building that was specifically constructed for one use and then redesign it for a completely different purpose(s) or decommission it which often involves community attachment or possibly government involvement if the building is a “memorial” building. This session will explore what to expect as we collectively deal with the last stage of many of our buildings life-cycle.

Presenter: Andrew Epp – Revitalizing Nathan Philips Square (TBC), Ross Rankin – Repurposing of Ottawa’s RA Centre, Terry Piche – Decommissioning a Recreation Facility – What needs to be considered.

2:15 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, CIT, CRFP, Technical Director, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.