First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum – Chief Dan Hefkey to Provide Opening Address on Interoperability and Technology Requirements
September 25, 2008

Ottawa, Sept. 23, 2008…CATAAlliance is pleased to announce that the First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum will receive an opening keynote address from Chief Dan Hefkey, Chief of Emergency Management Ontario.

Important News Flash!

Deputy Chief Sue O'Sullivan with the Ottawa Police Service confirmed today that she will provide keynote following Chief Hefkey.  A subsequent announcement will provide further details. 


Chief Hefkey will speak about the important role that interoperability plays in Ontario's future plans for emergency management resiliency. Emergency Management Ontario has learned from past emergencies at home and abroad and is undergoing an aggressive program to implement standards, doctrines, and especially innovative partnerships with the private sector to make Ontario safer for its residents. Chief Hefkey will describe the emergency management environment in Ontario, past and current interoperability challenges, and some of EMOs current private and public sector initiatives.  Finally, Chief Hefkey will outline EMOs vision for the future including its interoperability needs.


Along with Chief Hefkey’s keynote presentation, attendees of the Forum will be hearing from the second day’s keynote, Mr. Yang Jincai: a former senior police officer of the Public Security Bureau of Shenzhen City and current Chairman of the Shenzhen Security & Protection Industry Association (SSPIA). More details on Mr. Yang’s participation can be found here.


Vendors of advanced technology products and services will not want to miss the opportunity of securing an exclusive Executive Boardroom opportunity, where in a single 25-minute presentation, you can reach an anticipated 30 different First Responder prospects.


Other key presenters include representatives from Simon Fraser University, Toronto Emergency Medical Service, the U.S. Embassy, Service des Incendies de Montreal, the Ontario Provincial Police, Export Development Canada, and many others. Click here to see the full two-day agenda.


There are only a few days left to pre-register your interest in participating in the Forum.


++ Action Items: Visit the Forum’s Event Portal for more information or skip right to the online registration form.  Registration for both this event and individual Executive Boardroom opportunities are limited. The Forum is set to accommodate only 125 attendees – register today!


A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available and provide the only guaranteed means of securing an Executive Boardroom opportunity. Please contact CATA VP Kevin Wennekes at or by calling 613.769.8614 for details.


Interested in other CATAResearch initiatives? See these related links:

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IT Project Management Study – a Canada/China research initiative – respond today!