Aerial Firefighting Conference 2021

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Thought Leadership Conference

Thought Leadership for Fixed- and Rotary-Wing Operators
and Fire Agencies

The Aerial Firefighting Conference, presented by WINGS and HELICOPTERS, is a one-day event featuring sector-leading suppliers on hand to display and discuss new technologies and services. The conference also includes a range of case studies and presentations from industry leaders to provide rotary- and fixed-wing operators, as well as their clients, with critical business information about the aerial firefighting sector.

Connect and Innovate @ AFF

Why attend? 

Critical business information for aerial firefighting operators and agencies, with an emphasis on the following segments:

  • New products impacting the sector
  • Available support services
  • Air Traffic Management
  • Aircraft innovations
  • Procurement needs
  • Governmental regulations and procedures
  • Opportunities and challenges, domestic and international

Conair Aerial Firefighting on Display

Conair Aerial Firefighting will have on display a variety of fixed-wing aircraft from their balanced fleet, including Air Attack Bird Dogs, amphibious water bombers; plus both small and large airtankers ( Featured will be the new Dash 8-400AT, the most modern large airtanker on the global market today, produced in Conair’s Abbotsford Hangars. Book a Fireside Chat with Jeff Berry, Director, Business Development and tour Conair’s hangars at 4 pm –

***MUST register for event to sign up for Conair tour.

Bell 407GXi on Display

Bell Textron Canada is offering demonstration flights of both helicopters to qualified operators and fire-agency personnel, immediately following the event. Demo Flights must be coordinated with Bell Flight and approved. For more information contact Lorenz Jessen, Regional Sales Manager Canada, Bell Textron,

(Aircraft are scheduled to be at the airfield on October 26, allowing for the possibility that either helicopter might be needed for operation on that day.)
***MUST register for event to sign up for BELL demo.

Attend Aerial Firefighting Conference 2021
Get ready to discover new technologies and solutions

Register to Attend

Should provincial guidelines not allow for social gatherings at the time of the event,
your registration can be transferred to our next event date or refunded


7:30 am – 8:30 am

Exhibitor set up

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Doors open, light breakfast and coffee, networking

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Presentation, Conair Group Panel Discussion

  • Jeff Berry - Director, Business Development, Conair Group
  • Brent Misura, Director of Engineering and Products Group, Conair
  • Mark Baird, Large Airtanker Fleet Manager and Simulator Program Manager, Conair
Wildfires have changed and so must our response. Conair shares how the company has continually worked to improve, anticipating needs, adapting operations, and acting to better support wildfire agencies, protecting people, communities and resources.
10:15 – 11:00 am

Helicopter Operator Panel Discussion

  • Mike King, Owner and Chief Pilot, White Saddle Air
  • Ronn Palley, President, Sierra Helicopters Ltd.
  • Corey Taylor, Manager of Business Development, Yellowhead Helicopter Ltd.
  • Robert Gallagher, President and CEO, Coldstream Group of Companies

Inside the aerial firefighting sector; operator challenges and opportunities, needs, investments and aircraft.

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Exhibitors, Refreshment Break, Networking

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Complimentary Aerial Firefighting System – The Twin Otter

Speaker: Dan Seroussi - Programs Director, Viking Air Limited

As climate change continues its impact globally, we have all experienced an increase in devastating wildfires worldwide. Viking continues to make innovative advancements in aerial firefighting to protect communities and infrastructure. To compliment the renowned Canadair aerial firefighter, Viking, in partnership with PAL Aerospace, is excited to announce the development of an external, removable aerial firefighting tanker system for the Twin Otter.

12:15 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch, Exhibitors, Static Display, Networking

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Presentation, Bell Flight, aircraft investment

Speaker: Lorenz Jessen - Regional Sales Manager, Bell Textron Canada

Rotary-wing aircraft developments and what to consider when adding to or enhancing your fleet.
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Exhibitors, Refreshment Break, Networking

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Presentation, Ground to Air Communications

Speaker: Vincent Hoog, CEO, IQonboard

New technologies available to help streamline ground-to-air support and communications.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Exhibitors, Networking


Abbotsford International Airport – Airside Event Spaces

30462 Liberator Ave, Abbotsford, BC – V2T 6H5



Sandman Hotel Abbotsford Airport
3010 Mount Lehman Rd.
Abbotsford, BC
V4X 2L4

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