2024 AFCA Conference Information

May 26-29 | Calgary, AB
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About the 2024 AFCA Conference and Trade Show

Get ready to be captivated as we unveil the incredible lineup for our AFCA Conference & Tradeshow in the vibrant city of Calgary, Alberta.  Discover a world of endless possibilities as we bring you the latest trends, cutting-edge technologies, and  insights in the firefighting industry.

Join us at the iconic BMO Centre for an immersive experience like no other. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your journey, this is the event to ignite your passion and propel you towards excellence.

Mark your calendar and get ready to embark on an extraordinary adventure with the AFCA Conference & Tradeshow!

Accommodations & Host Hotel

HOTEL ARTS (Host Hotel)

Delegates of the 2024 AFCA Conference can self book accommodations at the Hotel Arts located at 119 – 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta.

Luxury Two Queens -$185/ night + taxes

Two queen-size beds, bright decor, smart functionality and a balcony with a city or pool view. Free high-speed Internet.

Luxury - One King Bed - $185/ night + taxes

389 sq ft luxury rooms feature one king-size bed, bright decor, smart functionality and a balcony with a city or pool view. Free high-speed Internet.

Luxury Suite - King - $245/ night + taxes

spacious 610 sq ft luxury suites are beautifully appointed with designer décor, roomy lounge areas and a full-size wet bar. Free high-speed Internet

Telephone: 403.206.9565

Email: [email protected]

Web Page: https://www.hotelarts.ca

Delegates should identify themselves as members of Alberta Fire Chiefs Association.

Visit Hotel Arts booking link for the AFCA is here.

Room block will close Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

Hotel Parking

Complimentary surface and underground parking with Hotel Arts.

Height restrictions in underground hotel parkade. Surface lots available.

FAIRFIELD INN and SUITES CALGARY DOWNTOWN (Secondary Hotel)

Delegates of the 2024 AFCA Conference can book accommodations at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Calgary Downtown, located at 239 – 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta.

Standard Room $177 / night + taxes

Stand room includes your choice of two queen beds, one queen bed, or one king bed, in a room. 

Mini fridge, Microwave, 200sqft/18sqm, Wireless internet, complimentary, Wired internet, complimentary, Coffee/tea maker.

Telephone: 403-351-6500 or 877-236-2427

 

Fairfield Inn and Suites Calgary Downtown Website: Marriott.com/YYCFI

Delegates should identify themselves as members of Alberta Fire Chiefs Association.

Visit Fairfield Inn and Suites Calgary Downtown booking link for the AFCA by visiting this link Book Your Group/Corporate Rate | Marriott International.

 

Reservations can be cancelled up to 72 hours prior to arrival without penalty. If an individual reservation is cancelled within 72 hours of the scheduled arrival, a cancellation fee equal to one (1) night’s room revenue will be charged. Additional costs for triple and quadruple occupancy may apply.

Hotel Parking

Parking is available and fees will apply.

Tradeshow – BMO Centre

Stampede Park, Calgary Alberta

 

The Alberta Fire Chiefs Association will be hosting its 76th Annual Conference and Trade Show at the BMO Centre located at 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary, AB.   The Trade Show is scheduled on Sunday, May 26  from 18:00 to 21:00 and Monday, May 27 from 09:00 to 16:30.

You must be a registered Trade Member of the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association to participate in the 2024 Trade Show.

Set-up time for Trade Show participants takes place Sunday, May 26 from 08:00 to 15:00 for all inside trade show booths.

Trades must have a booth in order to do business on the trade show floor.

All booths and displays must remain until 4:30 pm on Monday, May 27, 2024.  AFCA will consider an early departure administration fee of $250 if you depart earlier then the end of the show.

Proof of insurance certificate is required.  

$2 Million, listing BMO, Calgary Stampede and AFCA on the certificate. 

Insurance Certificate is due at time of payment.  Please forward to Kelly Legris [email protected]

 

Click Below to view PDF of BMO Centre

LOAD-IN ACCESS

Inside trades will have access to load booth materials through the loading docks in Halls D and E from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Apparatus parking begins at 8:00 a.m. Fire apparatus will access Halls D and E via the overhead doors in each Hall. See Map. 

All display materials must be loaded in by 3:00 p.m. A forklift and operator will assist with movement of crates for the inside trade show booths. This service is complementary to AFCA trade members.

If a trade requires assistance to move crates and boxes they must arrive early to ensure a smooth load in and movement on the trade show floor.

APPARATUS PARKING

Apparatus will commence parking at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday May 26th.

The apparatus parking schedule will be emailed to trades one week prior to the conference and trade show.

Apparatus and all display materials must not exceed assigned space. Number of apparatus are to be equivalent to the apparatus spot(s) purchased.

Annual Golf Tournament –

Please join your AFCA members, trades and sponsors for a fun day on the links on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at The Track Golf Course.
The tournament fee is $170.00 plus GST which includes, green fees, cart and a delicious BBQ lunch.
Delegates and Trades can add the golf fee to their conference and trade show registration or purchase golf separately by adding to cart or visit the Delegate Registration Page.
If you do not golf, you are welcome to join the BBQ dinner at 5:30 pm in the Club House.  The fee for just the dinner is $50.00 plus GST.  Please follow the Golf Registration Page to complete your registration and purchase your BBQ ticket.
If you are interested in golf sponsorship opportunities please visit the golf sponsorship tab.
For more information on the AFCA 2024 Annual Golf Tournament and Golf Sponsorship please see the Sponsorship Tab or contact Isaac Comandante, [email protected], 403-999-9211.

$170.00

Partners Program

The Partner’s Program fee of $250 plus GST covers the following conference items:

  • Trade Show welcome reception on Sunday, May 26, BMO Centre, Calgary
  • Breakfast on Monday and Tuesday in the BMO Centre
  • Lunch on Monday in the Trade Show at the BMO Centre.
  • Lunch on Tuesday in the Ballroom, BMO Centre.
  • AFCA Annual Banquet on Tuesday, May 28, Spectrum 4 & 5, Hotel Arts.

The Partner’s Program Committee has planned extra activities for the 2024 conference.  Please visit the Partners Program Page.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Conference Coordinator, Kelly Legris.

$250.00

Sponsors

We invite you to join us as a sponsor and play a crucial role in making this event an unforgettable experience. If you’re eager to make a difference, head over to our Sponsorship Page and discover the exciting opportunities that await you. As a sponsor, your company logo will be proudly showcased alongside other esteemed partners, and you may even have the chance to share potential links to your website, depending on our Sponsorship Levels. Help us shape the future of the AFCA Conference by becoming a sponsor today!

Current Conference Sponsors

  • ATCO Logo
  • TC Energy Logo
  • Ambipar Response Logo
  • AMHSA Logo
  • Alberta Municipalities
  • Fortis Alberta
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Alberta Counsel Logo
  • CSE Works Logo
  • Electrogas
  • Rebel Heart Trucking Logo
  • WFR Logo
  • Associated Fire Safety Group Logo
  • Commercial Truck

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a guide to assist you in getting the most out of this 76th Annual Conference and Trade Show.

The AFCA will kick-off the Conference on Sunday, May 26 with an opening keynote speaker, two workshops followed by Member Round Table sessions prior to the Opening Ceremonies and Memorial Service.

The Conference will conclude on Wednesday, May 29.  Please reference the Conference Schedule to view the details and full line-up of speakers.

ARE THERE ANY ADVANTAGES FOR EARLY REGISTRATION?

Yes, you’ll save $100.00 if you register before April 5th, 2024.  Please visit the Delegate Registration Page and complete your registration.

Please view the Conference Schedule to see the line up of keynote speakers and workshop speakers.

Please view the link Speakers Page to see the great line up of speakers for the 2024 Conference and Trade Show.

I CAN’T ATTEND THE WHOLE CONFERENCE. ARE THERE OPTIONS TO PARTICIPATE FOR ONE DAY?

Yes, there is a day pass option for those who would like to participate in a portion but not all of the Conference. Please visit the Delegate Registration Page and complete your registration.

DELEGATE GROUP REGISTRATIONS

Departments have the option to register more than one fire service member on a registration form.

The group administrator can manage the registrations.  Add the number of delegates you would like to register, and the complete the attendee details on the Checkout Page.

You can also pay the fees online with a credit card.

When the registrations are complete the Group Administrator will receive an email with attendee tickets and information.  Please check your spam and junk folder for the email if your server blocks external emails.

If you require assistance, please contact Conference Coordinator Kelly Legris at [email protected].

CAN MY REGISTERED PARTNER ATTEND ANY OF THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS?

Yes.  We would be pleased to have your partner participate. Please refer to the Partners Program Page for schedule of dates and times. 

HOW WILL I BE IDENTIFIED AS A CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT?

All registered delegates will receive an Event Name Badge.  Your Event Badge will allow access to all activities throughout the Conference.  Delegates and Trades are distinguished by the name badge.  Day passes will be valid for the date indicated on the badge.

CONFERENCE APP

The AFCA will have a Conference App at the AFCA 2024 Annual Conference and Trade Show.  The App will include the conference schedule ; speakers; trade show floor plan; the ability to communicate between delegates, amongst other features.  The conference app will be available to registered delegates, trade members and partners.  Registrants must provide an email address in order to access the conference app.  

WILL THERE BE A GOLF TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR?
We are excited that the AFCA will be hosting it’s 24nd Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 25 at The Track Course.  The fee is $170.00 per golfer (plus GST).  This includes green fees, power cart and buffet dinner.
Course registration will commence at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12 noon.  You will be assigned to a golf cart, and receive an information package that will include the day’s program, tournament rules and regulations and your scorecard. Please remember that appropriate dress is required both on the course and in the clubhouse and that no metal spikes are allowed.  Please follow the link to the Golf Registration.
The Tournament will be played in a ‘Best Ball’ format and there will be a variety of contests and prizes to be won.  For a sneak preview, or to find some additional information on the golf course, please visit The Track Golf Course
If you have any questions on the tournament or golf sponsorship please contact Isaac Comandante.
Golf BBQ Only Tickets

The golf tournament BBQ is open to non-golfers.  Please join your AFCA members, trades and sponsors for a delicious BBQ dinner and an opportunity to reconnect with your AFCA friends.  The fee for the BBQ is $50.00 plus GST.  Please follow the link to the Golf Registration Page.  There will be prizes for non-golfers!

WHAT CAN MY PARTNER PARTICIPATE IN WHILE I AM ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE?

Calgary has many attractions and entertainment options. Several activities are being planned for partners to participate.  Please visit the Partner’s Program Page for details, schedule, off property activities and associated fees.  If your partner/guest is interested in any off-site activities please complete the on-line Partner Program registration form

WHAT IS THE ATTIRE FOR THE CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW?

The Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, May 26th will be held in the Palomino A-D Room at the BMO Centre.  Tuesday, May 28 evening will be the Annual Banquet will be held in Spectrum 4 & 5 at the Hotel Arts. This event has a formal dress code. Class A’s for the opening ceremony events on Sunday evening and then Class A’s again for the Banquet. No Hats. Thereafter, business casual or station wear is the standard everywhere else.
If you are golfing, the dress code is standard golf attire.  

CAN I MAKE A DONATION TO THE SILENT AUCTION?
Yes, the AFCA would be pleased to accept silent auction donations.  The AFCA 2024 Conference Silent Auction benefactor will be the Edmonton Firefighters Burn Treatment Society.
The Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Society is managed and operated by Edmonton firefighters who volunteer their time. Monies raised are presented to the Firefighters Burn Unit, University of Alberta Hospital. The FFBTS designates that the funds be used to purchase new specialized equipment for the burn unit ensuring enhanced patient care and for the continuing education of burn treatment staff to remain current in new treatment techniques and for funds to be designated to the burn camp held annually. If you’re interested in donating an item to the cause, please contact Rob Evans or David Mohl.  Items may be delivered to the conference office starting on Sunday, May 26.
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