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CAFC Elections and voting will be held during the Annual General Meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland.


Available Positions:

President - two (2) year term

Two (2) Directors-at-large - two (2) year term

One (1) Director-at-large - one (1) year term




Len Garis

Fire Chief, Surrey Fire Service

City of Surrey, British Columbia


Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis joined the Surrey Fire Service in 1998 and has worked in the fire service and related fields since 1980. In 2010, he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research and then Appointed as an Associate to the Centre for Social Research

In February 2011 Chief Garis became an Adjunct Faculty member in the Part-time Studies Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. June 2013 he was appointed as an Affiliated Research Faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice / The Christian Regenhard Centre for Emergency Response Studies in New York. In June of 2011 he was elected as President of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of B.C. He has also been a member of the FIREfighting in Canada editorial advisory board since 2005. 

Chief Garis believes strongly that long-range vision, planning and innovation can reduce costs, improve efficiency and ultimately enhance services and public safety. This notion is supported by international studies, including Rising to the Challenge, a 2008 report by the United Kingdom’s Audit Commission on improving fire service efficiency, and Global Concepts in Residential Fire Safety, a 2009 report by System Planning Corporation’s Tri-Data division about best practices in Canada and other countries.

In April of 2009, Chief Garis provided evidence for a study on the state of organized crime in Canada to the Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights. In November 2009, Chief Garis testified to the Standing Senate Committee on the topic of Bill C-15, to increase the minimum mandatory sentencing for serious drug offences and in April 2016 testified before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport and Infrastructure.    

On behalf of the City of Surrey, Chief Garis regularly initiates scientific research and data-collection with the objective of developing alternate methods to address public safety challenges and improve service delivery and efficiencies.

Several of these initiatives have garnered awards and recognition for the City of Surrey in the past decade, including the Union of B.C. Municipalities Community Excellence Awards (for four different programs), a Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award for Public Safety, recognition from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and in 2013 a Community Health and Safety Award from the International City / County Management Association ( ICMA).  In 2013 Chief Garis was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadians.


Assistant Chief Shawn Matheson

Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services


After 22 years of experience with Canada's 6th largest fire service and with a keen interest in Canada's National Fire Service, I am seeking a position on the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Board as a Director-at-Large.  I have been a strong supporter of the CAFC for many years with annual attendance at Fire-Rescue Canada and this year participated at Government Relations Week in Ottawa.  I have a particular interest in health, safety and wellness of the first responder community and firefighters in particular.  As an Ontario trainer for the Road to Mental Readiness program, I have seen first-hand the benefits of current and further efforts in the area of firefighters mental health and resiliency building programs.  I have collaborative and innovative leadership style built upon global, national and local career opportunities in both the Canadian Forces and Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services.  I hope to further my development through the CAFC CFO Program and continue to contribute and learn as a member of the CAFC Board furthering our shared National agenda.



Acting Deputy Chief Ken McMullen

Calgary Fire Department


I joined the Fire Service in 1997 as a Volunteer Fire Fighter in the M.D of Rockyview, Alberta. Throughout my time in that Department, I was promoted through the ranks and in 2001, became a full-time Training Officer for Rocky View Fire Service. I later moved to become Fire Prevention Officer for the MD of Rocky view. 

In 2003, I began work as a Provincial Fire Safety Officer with the Alberta Fire Commissioners Office. With the FCO, I was able to utilize my skills as a certified Fire Investigator and Inspector. I conducted over 500 investigations in a 6 year period and was involved in over 55 fire fatality investigations.  Fire Prevention quickly became a passion for me, and I pursued a great deal of Training and Education in all aspects of Fire Prevention, Education and Investigations.

In 2009, I was fortunate to become an Assistant Deputy Chief with the Calgary Fire Department. My previous employment within the fire service has provided him with numerous invaluable experiences such as fulfilling a team leader position with Airdrie Emergency Services, working with municipalities, creating bylaws, reviewing quality management plans, fulfilling investigation and inspection roles, assuming incident command in emergency situations, initiating projects, forging partnerships with other agencies to better the fire service as a whole, serving on a number of committees and attending conferences to enhance my skills and knowledge.


As a member of CANADA task Force 2, I have been deployed to the Slave Lake Fire in 2010, the Calgary Floods in 2013 and most recently as the Task Force Commander to the Wild Fires in Fort McMurray


Throughout my career, maintaining relationship with other emergency services departments has been very important, as such, I continue to sit on the Program Planning Committee for the CAFC for over 12 years, first volunteering with the CAFC conference when Calgary hosted it on 2001. In 2011, I was asked to represent the CAFC on the program planning committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) annual conference.  


I was elected as a Director-at-Large to sit on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. During my tenure on the Board, CAFC's President appointed me to hold the position of Secretary for the Canadian Division Secretary in the International Association of Fire Chiefs as well as lead on the Mental Health Readiness Program.


As a Director on CAFC's Board, I am seeking re-election to continue to serve CAFC in such a capacity that will help the Association to continue to grow and provide a beneficial service to the fire service across the nation.

I have been extremely privileged to have been a part of the CAFC for so many years, and especially as a Director on the CAFC Board.  I have great respect for the organization and I believe now is the right time for me to take the next step and assist with the organization in the capacity of a Director with the CAFC.


Director Daniel Perron

VIlle de St-Julie

I started my career as a volonteer in 1980 and am today the chief of the city of Sainte-Julie on the south shore of Montréal in Québec. Sainte-Julie is a suburb city of 32 000 people with a fire dept. of 43 part-time firefighters, company officers and district chiefs. I also worked in the private sector and for the ministry of public security of the province of Québec as a fire safety counselor. I am a graduate of the University of Montréal in fire prevention and of the university of Québec in Chicoutimi in management (HR and accident prevention). I am currently a regional director and a board member of the Québec Fire Chiefs Association.


I have been a member of the CAFC board of directors for the last year and a member of the national advisory council for two more years. I am putting my name forward for a two year board member term because after a lot of work by a lot of people in presenting many very interesting projects, I want to be part of the team that will put those projects to work and do so on a national basis with a full participation from the Québec wing.


Fire Chief Pierre Voisine

Cornwall Fire Department

Pierre is the Fire Chief for the City of Cornwall, Ontario. Prior to this posting he was served as the Canadian Forces Deputy Fire Marshal, leading one of the largest Fire Services in Canada. The combined experience acquired from more than 25 years of private and public sector management offers a unique approach to fire service management.

As a sought after committee member, he has chaired and contributed to numerous standard setting bodies such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Underwriters Laboratory of Canada (ULC) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Through the use of his knowledge and expertise, Pierre has contributed to the development of standards and guides related to Fire-ground operations, Fire Protection Equipment, Aircraft Firefighting and Rescue, Respiratory protection, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosion (CBRNE), Haz-Mat, and Firefighter safety.

His contributions to fire protection also include more than 10 years as a board member and Executive Secretary of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, and International Association of Fire Chiefs as division secretary.

An accomplished manager and leader, Pierre graduated from the Ontario Fire College with a Fire Protection Technology and Company Officer designation and holds education in the areas of Fire Service administration, labor relations and project management from the University of Ottawa as well as the universities of Cincinnati and Colorado.

As a Director at large, Pierre will work towards clarifying the CAFC mandate, both within its membership and in the eyes of external organizations. “I believe that CAFC needs to increase its membership benefits and enhance its governance structure.”   Pierre will also endeavor to instill a focused strategy to propel CAFC into the future.

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