Brian brings over 35 years of experience building, maintaining and managing infrastructure at both the provincial and municipal level and has worked for both urban and rural municipalities. Brian has authored numerous papers and guidelines for municipal Infrastructure management and trained staff across the province on asset management principles on behalf of the Ontario Good Roads Association. Brian’s knowledge of needs studies, his work on asset management planning and his expertise in data management qualifies him to as the go to person for asset management training.
John Archibald, CRFP, CIT, AMCT
John is employed with the Town of Halton Hills as Supervisor of Facility Capital Works and Special Projects. He has over 25 years’ experience in facility operations and has been instructing for ORFA for over 15 years. A former board member and past president of ORFA, John continues to sit on the Arena Technical Advisory Committee.
After graduating from the University of Guelph, George became a Class “A” golf course superintendent. Then George joined the municipal world in cemeteries for the Town of Stoney Creek, then off to Burlington and Dunnville. Now, 25 years later, George is the Director of Community Services Operations (retired) for the City of Cambridge. In 2006, George developed the Cemeterian Operations and Management course and continues to deliver the course through the ORFA. To-date, more than 400 cemeterians from across the country have completed the program.
Lou Ann Birkett, CSCMP
Lou Ann is retired from her position as Purchasing Manager for the Regional Municipality of Durham where she was responsible for the supervision of 17 staff members. In her role as manager she was also responsible for development and delivery of various training programs both for the purchasing staff as well as clients in other departments. Lou Ann has approximately 30 years combined experience in the private and public sectors. She holds a certificate in teaching adults and her teaching experience includes: The Supply Chain Management Association, Durham College, Fleming College, Humber College, Seneca College, the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers, and the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association. Part of this experience included the development of courses as well as online instruction. Lou Ann is also the current Vice Chair for the Supply Chain Management Association.
Rob Braid, CPOI, CAT, CMM
Rob has over 20 years’ experience in managing municipal and private Club Facilities and currently works for the City of Vaughan as a Recreation Services Supervisor. Also, he has owned and operated CPO Durham for 18 years and was recognized in 2016 as being in the top five in International Certifications for the National Swimming Pool Foundation. Rob is a member of the ORFA’s Aquatic Technical Advisory Committee.
Frank lives in Guelph and attended the University of Guelph where he received a double major in management and economics. Upon completion of his degree, he worked in facility and operation management for the restaurant, entertainment and sport contracting industries in North America and China. Frank currently works for the University of Guelph in the Department of Athletics as the Facility and Business Development Manager. Frank has been a member of the ORFA for the past 8 years and is currently a member of the Grounds Technical Advisory Committee.
Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Angelo N. Caravaggio OMM, CD, Ph. D.
Angelo is a leadership, defense and security specialist with over 34 years of military and academic experience. His areas of expertise include executive leadership development, strategic thinking, operational planning, and military history. He has designed, developed and delivered advanced professional military education for both in-class and distance learning settings for Canadian Forces and university graduate courses. He has lectured extensively in his areas of expertise to the senior leaders of the Canadian Forces attending the Canadian Forces College, Emergency Management Professionals, numerous Police Services and executives of the Federal Public Service. Angelo is an adjunct faculty member of the College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph, where he teaches in the Masters in Leadership program.
David began his municipal parks and recreation career in 1970 and worked for a number of municipalities in a variety of front-line and management positions, his last being the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation in the former Borough of East York in Toronto. As a consultant, since 1991, he has helped government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and private business achieve what they originally thought was impossible through: organizational re-positioning including vision, value and goal development; strategic/business and master planning; negotiation and meeting facilitation; and operational/organizational reviews.
Craig recently started Hybla Consulting. He has been involved with municipal government for 27 years, 18 as a municipal auditor and financial advisor and 9 years as the CAO and Treasurer for the Municipality of Hastings Highlands. Craig served on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) for five years and was the Chair of Member Services for two. Craig has a Bachelor and Master of Arts, Public Administration from the University of Windsor (UK) and was instrumental in the creation and delivery of ‘Public Sector Finance Fundamentals for Asset Management’ as part of OGRA’s Asset Management Academy. He has presented at various conferences on topic ranging from municipal budgeting to financial sustainability.
Larry Fisher, CRFP, CIT, CGT, CBT
Larry is the Manager, Facilities and Operations, Algonquin College, Water Front Campus in Pembroke, Ontario. He has over 20 years’ experience in facility operations. A former board member and past president of ORFA, Larry also sits on the Building and Grounds Technical Advisory Committee.
Steve Hardie, RRFA, CIT, CPT, CAP
Steve has been employed in the Municipal Parks & Recreation business for 36 years which includes his current position as Director of Parks and Recreation for the Municipality of North Perth for the past 27 years. In addition to his administrative responsibilities within Recreation Facilities and Services, Steve is also responsible for municipal property management, facility construction and rehabilitation projects. Steve is a graduate of the Arena Management Program at Humber College, the Recreation Leadership Program at Fanshawe College and has completed 20 ORFA Training Courses. Steve has been an Instructor of various ORFA Courses for 10 years. A former board member and ORFA Past President Steve currently sits on the Arena Technical Advisory Committee and the Buildings & Grounds Technical Advisory Committee.
Kevin Hill, CRFP
Kevin is currently employed with the Town of Renfrew as the Director of Parks and Recreation and owns and operates Eastern Rink Services. He has over 25 years’ experience in municipal recreation and has been instructing for ORFA for over 10 years. A former board member and Vice President of ORFA Kevin continues to sit on the Arena Technical Advisory Committee.
Frederick Horvath, CRFP, CMM III
Fred has been employed in municipal government for 36 years. He commenced employment with the Municipality of Clarington January 1989 and has assumed many portfolios including property manager, health and safety office, operations manager and in 2001 became the Director of Operations. In this capacity he is responsible for directing and overseeing all aspects of the Operations Department including planning, organizing, implementing and supervising activities as it relates to parks, cemeteries, roads, buildings and fleet. Fred has served as President of two national boards and one provincial association and continues to volunteer and mentor with those organizations. Fred has held many ORFA Board positions and has taught in ORFA courses for over 22 years.
Jay spent 36 years in the horticultural field including both the private and public sectors. He was four years with the Town of Dundas in parks and cemeteries and twenty-eight with the City of Guelph in parks and park planning and facilities. He ended his municipal career, in Guelph, as Director of Parks. Jay has provided horticulture advice to individuals, companies and municipalities and has been an educator for municipalities and organizations.
Jamie Knight, LL.B.
Jamie is a partner in the Hamilton and Toronto offices of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP. The firm is part of the international law firm alliance L&E Global, which has some 1200 employment and labour lawyers operating in 18 countries, including the highly regarded Jackson Lewis firm with over 50 offices in the United States. Jamie has over 30 years of experience representing management as a labour and employment lawyer, including regular appearances before the courts, arbitration boards, labour relations tribunals, as well as participating in adjudications in human rights, employment standards and health and safety matters. Jamie also has extensive experience in collective bargaining and assisting employers in interacting with trade unions. Jamie’s clients are in various sectors, including manufacturing, entertainment, construction, food and cleaning services, municipalities, health and financial services. Jamie is often asked to sit as an employer nominee on interest arbitration boards.
Brian is President of Redbrick Communications and he leads the firm’s extensive municipal communications practice. Redbrick’s diverse range of clients includes municipalities of all sizes, municipal associations and other municipal sector organizations. He has been the media contact for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) for more than a decade. For the past five years, Redbrick has tracked the growth and nature of municipal social media use across Ontario.
Gary Makins, RRFA
Gary has over 30 years’ experience in the municipal recreation sector. He was an ORFA board member, and currently serves on several technical advisory committee.
Graham Nesbitt, CRFP, CIT, CARPT
Graham is ORFA’s Coordinator, Training and Development responsible for the delivery of a variety of ORFA courses across the province. Graham has been employed in the arena and recreation facilities business in various capacities for 35 years and has also been painting ice for over 25 years for many rinks in his local area.
Jeff Pajot, BSc.Kin, CCPE, CRSP, OHS Cert.
Jeff is a health & safety consultant with the Public Services Health and Safety Association on the Municipal- Government team specializing in Parks and Recreation. He has over 28 yrs. Experience in health and safety. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, specializing in Ergonomics. Jeff is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Canadian Certified Ergonomist (CCPE).
Tony is a certified instructor and has been associated with various training facilities for over 25 years. Presently, he works full time as a Training and Service Support Specialist for CIMCO Refrigeration. He has worked with commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment including roof-top AC and reach-in and walk-in boxes but specialized in industrial refrigeration including food and beverage, chemical processing and arena refrigeration systems. He has assisted the Ministry of Education and Training with the development of provincial standards for the trade of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, which is a certified compulsory trade in Ontario, as well as assisted with critiquing and validating the government’s Certificate of Qualification Examination for the trade of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.
Mark Reinert, CRFP, CIT, CPT
Mark is employed with the Town of Petawawa as the Parks and Facilities Supervisor. He has been with the Town for 23 years and is his 30th year in the parks and recreation field. Mark is a member of the ORFA Board of Directors and has been instructing for 7 years. Mark also sits on the ORFA Grounds and Building Technical Advisory committees.
Ross Rankin, CRFP, CAT, CPOI
Ross is employed with the RA as Director, Facilities and Asset Management. He has over 30 years’ experience in operating and managing multi-use recreation facilities in both the municipal and private not-for-profit sectors. Ross is a CPO Instructor and has taught at the college level. A current ORFA board member and past President, Ross also sits on the Aquatics Technical Advisory Committee.
Cathy was employed by the City of North Bay and retired as the Manager of Arenas and Facilities. She has over 34 years of experience in the field of recreation, planning programs, events and working in community development with individuals and community groups. She is a member of the ORFA Board of Directors and sits as a member of the Arena Technical Advisory Committee.
Bill is a past president of the ORFA and principal owner of Visionary Arena Services. Retired from the City of Thunder Bay with 34 years of experience in the "hands on" operation and management of arenas, Bill also brings 20 years of experience to the classroom as a Basic Arena Refrigeration course instructor where he has a proven track record of providing a quality learning experience. He is a graduate of the Humber College Arena Management program and possesses a current Ontario 3rd Class Stationary Engineer's license
Greg Wright, CRFP
Greg has over 25 years’ work experience in the recreation sector and recently retired from his last position as of Manager of Community Services, Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands. Greg has held several ORFA Board positions over the years, serves on ORFA committees and teaches the legal awareness courses.