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LIVE WEBCAST EVENT - 2014 Facilities Operational Forum and Annual General Meeting

  • Wednesday, December 03, 2014
  • 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Live Webcast


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2014 Facilities Operational Forum and Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, December 3, 2014


8:45am • Welcome     

9:00am to 10:00am • Staff-Council Relations 

The interaction and relationships between staff and elected municipal officials form the most important link to the smooth running of municipal government. This session will help participants understand the nuances of this relationship.

Presenter: Cathie Best, former AMCTO President, and former Clerk of the Town of Oakville.  

10:30am to 11:30am • Ministry of Environment: Waste Management for Recreation Facilities 

Today’s recreation professional have a responsibility to be an “environmental steward” as part of their regular job description. The Ministry of Environment is the governing body responsible for compliance to environmental law in Ontario. Recreation professionals must be aware of Ontario Regulation 347 which outlines what is considered subject waste, defines generators of subject waste, sets out manifesting responsibilities and land disposal restrictions that can impact all sectors of recreation facility operations. Additionally, Ontario Regulation 463 provides obligations and objectives for controlling ozone depleting substances and other halocarbons handling/ certification requirements. This presentation will help clearly define proactive waste management responsibilities and legislative compliance strategies.

Presenter: Ryan Thorsley, EP, District Supervisor, Halton Peel District, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change


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

  • Approve the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 in Markham, Ontario 
  • Receive the President's Report 
  • Receive the Treasurer's Report
  • Presentation of December 31, 2013 Audited Financial Statements 
  • Confirmation of auditor/accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31st, 2014 
  • Receive the Elections Committee Report
  • Swearing In of 2015-16 Board of Directors
  • Transact any other business that may properly be brought before the meeting.   

1:15pm to 2:15pm • Winter Grounds Operations: Reducing Risk of Litigation 

In Ontario we see dramatic changes in weather with each new season. However, many recreation departments fail to make the same defined shift in their operations. Removing waste containers and halting maintenance activities in a recreational area may be insufficient warning to users that they should no longer be using playground equipment, grounds or other outdoor recreational infrastructure not meant for winter use.  Consider the CSA soil compaction standards for areas below a play structure. A frozen ground would no longer meet that standard and the play area would not be considered safe. Educating the community, proper signage and regular inspections should all be a part of your winter operations plan. Children love to play outside, and the winter months are no exception. This session will discuss common operational hazards surrounding toboggan hills, playgrounds and outdoor skating facilities while offering important tools for effective risk management that participants can take and use in the course of their work. We all want to foster a culture of active play while at the same time helping to ensure user safety and reducing litigation exposure. 

Presenter: Jessica Jaremchuk, B.A., LL.B, Manager, Risk Management Consulting Services, Frank Cowan Company  

2:15pm to 3:00pm • Industry Watch – New & Emerging Topics

The ORFA continues to monitor a variety of topics that have or might impact on the recreation facilities industry. This session will highlight topics that are currently being monitored for member awareness and general information.

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