2017 High-Rise Symposium
Hosted by the Greater Vancouver Fire Chiefs Association

October 4-5, 2017
Anvil Centre
777 Columbia street, New Westminster, BC

As cities grow and density builds, high-rise buildings are becoming more numerous and common.  Our Symposium aims to educate participants on modern firefighting approaches, prevention strategies and code application as it relates to high-rise structures.

Keynote speakers Curtis Massey and John Miller hold many years of combined firefighting experience. They are experts in disaster planning and knowledge specialty in high-rise structures. Both Curtis and John have traveled the world educating various groups on a number of topics pertaining to high-rise structures and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the Symposium.

In addition to our keynote speakers, the afternoon of day two will introduce a simulated high-rise fire scenario which will be conducted using fire simulation software from Digital Combustion and utilizing Battalion 3 Technologies in Command and Control.  A number of vendor booths will also be available to visit during the course of the two days.

Who Should Attend:

  • From Fire departments, we highly recommend Chief Officers, Training Officers, Fire Prevention Officers/Staff and Fire Protection Engineers.
  • From City departments, we would suggest staff and inspectors from Building, Planning and Engineering attend.
  • Your partners in the building community should also join i.e. developers, sprinkler/stand pipe mechanical contractors, fire alarm designers, and installers. 



Tuesday October 3

  • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Registration for out of town delegates

Wednesday, October 4

  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Symposium
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Hospitality
  • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner

Thursday, October 5

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Symposium


Please complete the Registration Form by clicking on the link below:



$395 plus GST per person
Includes breakfast and lunch both days and dinner on October 4

Dress code:

Business casual, fire personnel may wear their uniform if they wish to do so.


Inn at the Quay


900 Quayside Drive, New Westminster BC V3M 6G1
$129 plus taxes per night

Tel: 604-520-1776 and request the block booking for Greater Vancouver Fire Chiefs Association or e-mail


The High-Rise Symposium is being hosted at the Anvil Centre in the heart of the City of New Westminster.  This state of the art boutique conference centre is conveniently located directly across from the New Westminster Skytrain station and is connected to the major highways enabling ease of access from the lower mainland with convenient on-site parking at $10 per day.  https://anvilcentre.com/

For travelers arriving by BC Ferries, the newly opened South Fraser Perimeter Road (Highway 17) provides a quick, direct route to New Westminster.

Visitors arriving from YVR can connect to SkyTrain via the Canada Line at the airport.  After a transfer at Waterfront Station, visitors can arrive in New Westminster in about 30 minutes.


  • Deputy Chief John Hatch at 778-773-0841 email
  • Claire McClean at 604-519-1006 email

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