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LIVE WEBCAST EVENT - 2015 Facilities Operational Forum and Annual General Meeting

  • Wednesday, December 02, 2015
  • 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Live Webcast


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2015 Facilities Operational Forum and Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


8:45 am to 10:00 am • Banning Tobogganing and Other Outdoor Litigation Experiences

Part One: A ban on tobogganing city-wide in Hamilton, which put a $105 to $5,000 fine according to city signs made headlines across the province and beyond last winter. The media focused on the ban rather than what caused the action to be taken. Hamilton has a rich history in providing safe outdoor winter recreational experiences, however, we will explore why they felt obligated to place a ban on tobogganing and how the City plans on dealing with such matters moving forward. The lessons learned in Hamilton are tools other ORFA members may use should they find themselves in the same situation.

Part Two: Frank Cowan Company is the leading provider of municipal insurance coverage across Canada. They will share additional litigation experiences relating to outdoor recreational activities and tools that can lend to better protecting any defendant when the writ arrives.

Presenters:  Tennessee Propedo, Parks Manager with the City of Hamilton and Len Bennett, BA, FCIP, CRM, Risk Analyst, Frank Cowan Company

10:30 am to 11:30 am • NHL Green Sustainability Program

The NHL represents the highest level of hockey in the world.  For a number of years, the League and their affiliated Clubs have been working together toward the common goal of greater sustainability. In 2010 the NHL recognized that nearly all 30 Member Clubs and a significant number of the 700 players were already active in the pursuit of more sustainable business practices and environmentally-conscious lifestyles. "NHL Green" was the response to those efforts. The League then began to coordinate and focus all environmental efforts under the NHL shield, under one umbrella for the first time. The NHL believes that this effort is not only the right thing to do for the environment, but is also a core strategy for the long-term success of the League. The NHL has a vested interest in this cause. As a business, they rely on freshwater to make ice, on energy to fuel operations and on healthy communities for athletes, employees and fans to live, work and play. Moreover, to continue to stage world class outdoor hockey events, like the NHL Winter Classic, NHL Heritage Classic or NHL Stadium Series, there is a direct need for winter weather. Community rinks must adopt the same mindset to ensure that collectively, we are recognized as environmental stewards.

Presenter:  Omar Mitchell, Senior Director, Public Affairs and Sustainability, National Hockey League

12:30 pm to 1:15 pm • Lunch and Annual General Meeting 

  • Approve the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 in Mississauga, Ontario 
  • Receive the President's Report 
  • Receive the Treasurer's Report
  • Presentation of December 31, 2014 Audited Financial Statements 
  • Confirmation of auditor/accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31st, 2015
  • Receive Awards Committee Report
  • Transact any other business that may properly be brought before the meeting.   

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm • Swimming Pool Indoor Air Quality, PSHSA New Products and Services and Ministry of Labour (2016)

Part One: This session is a blend of important health and safety topics that ORFA members should be aware of. Recently, the Association released a document on the risks and hazards associated with swimming pool indoor air quality. Members responsible for the safe operation of these environments should be aware of the contributors to poor indoor swimming pool air and what actions should be undertaken to reduce toxic air.

Part Two: The Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) is continually developing products and services to assist workplaces in remaining compliant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. PSHSA staff will provide an overview of existing and new training programs, services and tools available to meet this objective.

Part Three: The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is continually conducting safety blitzes in an ongoing effort to reduce workplace injuries. The objective of these initiatives is to promote a better understanding of roles and responsibilities, current or changing regulatory obligations, and removing workers from risky environments prior to an accident. The MOL will offer their current and upcoming blitz objectives.

Presenters: Representatives of the Public Services Health and Safety Association and the Ministry of Labour

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
  • Use of drone aircraft on recreational grounds and inside facilities
  • Colour blind employees
  • Guidelines and Best Practices Update Overview

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