Presenter Profiles

Mike Adams
Mike Adams, TSSA’s Statutory Director for both the Boiler and Pressure Vessels and Operating Engineers Safety Programs, (BPV/OE), has been appointed TSSA’s OE Chief Officer.This follows the retirement of John W.B. Coulter July 31, 2015, and consolidates both Chief Officer functions into one role.

Mike has been with TSSA as Statutory Director for over four years and brings with him a wealth of OE experience, starting with 20 years in the Canadian Navy as a marine engineer.  He earned his marine engineering Certificate of Competency (equivalent to First Class OE) in the early eighties and served on several steam destroyers (First Class Power Plants) as well as fulfilled the responsibilities of Chief Examiner Marine Engineering at the Naval Officer Training Centre. He finally made it ashore in 1992 where he managed the Navy’s research and development program for fuel cell power systems.

In the mid-nineties, he took off the uniform and began an eclectic career as a project manager, then program manager, with Science Applications International Corporation (an engineering services company). Subsequent roles included that of Program Director at a Kingston fuel cell research and development company as well as Ontario Power Generation before Mike joined TSSA in 2011.

Mike’s credentials include a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Electrical Engineering (with two patents just for the fun of it). He is a registered P.Eng in Ontario and a certified Project Management Professional. Mike also holds a boiler inspector commission and is the Chief Inspector representing Ontario at National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.  He is also a member of ASME, IPE, PEO, PMI and NB.

Andrew Epp, P.Eng, PMP, CEM
Andrew is a graduate of Queens’ University and Conestoga College and has been practicing mechanical engineering for 18 years. He holds the P.Eng, the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designations which makes him a very valuable leader given his expertise in all of those fields.

Andrew has been with Efficiency Engineering for over 9 years and during that time has become the resident arena retrofit and refrigeration expert. He has retrofitted arenas all along Highway 6 (Hamilton, Cambridge, Guelph) and is currently consulting with the Town of Meaford. His most notable project to date is the full replacement of the Ice Rink and Reflecting Pool at Nathan Philips Square in downtown Toronto which should be complete this fall .

Brad McCannell
Mr. McCannell’s expertise in the area of disability comes from both personal experience and practical knowledge. He has extensive experience in the application of universal design across the entire built environment and is familiar with national and provincial building codes, as well as being well versed with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). He has been part of the International Paralympic Committee’s Access Working Group since 2006 (responsible for the technical content of the Paralympic Games access design manual) and consulted on the 2008, 2012, 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the 2015 Pan / Para Pan American Games in Toronto. For the 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games in Vancouver, Brad was responsible for all accessibility concerns for all venues and live event sites. He has also developed Access Strategies for the Vancouver Convention Centre, YMCA, the World Urban Forum and Rogers Arena (home of the Vancouver Canucks) among others.

McCannell is a recipient of the City of Vancouver ACCESS and INCLUSION AWARD; the Canadian Paraplegic Association’s AWARD OF DISTINCTION and the Rick Hansen ACCESSIBILITY AWARD for Leadership in creating accessible environments.

He has been the featured speaker at several conferences including the Airports Council International conference in Kuala Lampur; the IAKS International Conference on Sport Facility Design in Cologne, Germany; and has also been a featured subject on the CBC national television program ‘Witness’.

Brad joined the Rick Hansen foundation in 2016 as the Vice President for Access & Inclusion and the content expert for developing a universal rating system for the built environment. The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program (RHFAC) will be launched in the fall of 2017.

Brad became a C6-7 quadriplegic after a car accident in 1980 at age 27. He uses a wheelchair and a service dog on a daily basis.

Terry Piche, CRFP, CIT
Terry is the Technical Director for the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA). Terry has been in the business of recreation for over 30 years having experience at all levels of operations and management. In his role at the ORFA, Terry works with experts in the fields of ice and refrigeration, aquatics, buildings and grounds, and management to help identify, document and disseminate the latest information on recreation facility-related industry best practices. Terry develops leading-edge education and training sessions and teaches in a number of ORFA professional development courses. He has been an invited speaker at many recreation industry events across Canada and the United States. Terry holds both the Certified Recreation Facility Professional, and the NHL-recognized Certified Ice Technician professional designations.

Ross Rankin, CRFP,CAT
Ross is employed with the RA, in Ottawa, as Director, Facility and Property Services. He has over 30 years’ experience managing recreation facilities in both the Municipal and Private Sector. Ross is currently the President/Chair of the ORFA Board of Directors.