Media Advisory: VIP Interviews and Photo Ops: Minister Gary Goodyear, Gatineau and Ottawa Police Chiefs and Other Senior Public Safety Leaders to Speak at 5th Annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum
October 15, 2012

Ottawa, Ottawa Sheraton Hotel, Rideau Room – On Tuesday, October 16, and Wednesday, October 17, dozens of leading first response and public safety leaders will be discussing the importance of technology in the pursuits of their public safety mandates.

These leaders will be available for post-remarks interviews and photo shoots.

Speakers will be available immediately following their presentations or we can work with any interested media to arrange interviews post-Forum.

Please see the list below for the speakers, the times of their respective presentations, and the focus of their key remarks.

Tuesday, October 16

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.       Keynote Speaker: The Honourable Gary Goodyear
First Responders, ICTs, and Innovation: New Products. Improved Outcomes. Saved Lives

9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.     Steve Palmer, Director Science & Technology Transition, Defence R&D Canada Centre for Security Science Canadian Safety and Security Program: A proud history, an exciting future

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  Inspector (Ret.) Lance Valcour O.O.M, Executive Director, Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group
Public Safety Interoperability in Canada & Beyond: Challenges, Opportunities & Future Directions

11:45 a.m. - 12:35 a.m.  Barry Gander, Chair, Networked Vehicle Association
A First Responder LTE Test Bed

1:30 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.      Chief Mario Harel, Gatineau Police
Public safety: adopting new technologies in an era of budget cuts

2:10 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.      Chief Michael Nolan, President Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada Technology and Paramedicine

3:10 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.      Lieutenant Commander Kristof KG Langland
Effective Command and Control: How 700mhz could potentially create that environment              

3:50 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.      Dan Elliott, Greater Toronto Airport Authority & Chris May, Responder Equipment List Project Technical Committee Member
Emergency Responders Catalogue and Procurement Group Initiative

Tuesday, October 16

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.       Morning Keynote: Major Robert C. (Bob) Edwards
Where Military Police have come from, where do we expect to be in the future, and what makes us 'unique' from all of the other public safety folks in the room (or are we really?!)

9:30 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.     Chief Charles Bordeleau, Ottawa Police Service
A Changing Policing Environment: Rising expectations in a constrained fiscal environment

10:10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.  Norman Taylor, CACP Institute for Strategic International Studies & Barry Zehr, Superintendent, Waterloo Regional Police Services
Full Circle Community Safety: A model that will change the conversation about police economics and performance

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Michael Doucet, Chief Information Officer – Royal Canadian Mounted Police Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Our Past, Present and Future Accomplishments Achieved through Partnerships

Further, a large complement of local First Responders are acting as “Dragons” in a series of Executive Boardroom meetings with vendors and also available for interviews. A comprehensive list of these leaders can be found at this site: 

Media Contact:                 Emily Boucher
                                                Director of Communications and Diversity
                                                Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance
                                                Cell: 902-817-6428