Board of Directors

Listed in alphabetical order:

MICHAEL CAIN has served the Grimsby Fire Department for the past 18 years.  As a certified building official, he began his fire service as a volunteer firefighter.  In the late 1990’s, Michael joined Leber- Rubes Inc., one of the province’s most distinguished fire & life safety engineering firms.  In 2002, he assumed the full-time role of Chief Fire Prevention Officer with Grimsby Fire Department.   Over the past decade, he has served the department as Deputy Fire Chief and in 2009 took on the role of Fire Chief. Michael is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Administration programs with a Human Resource Management designation.  He maintains his Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (CFEI) designation and serves on the executive of the Arson Niagara Committee and the Niagara Regional Fire Chiefs Association.  Throughout his management tenure, he has been committed to employing a workplace culture that draws balance between professionalism, personal fulfillment, due diligence and community service.  Michael has also assisted other Niagara fire departments with their firefighter selection processes.

LARRY COPLEN is a third generation firefighter, and is one of over a dozen  family members who have been in the fire service around North America.  From 2009-2017, Larry was the Fire Chief and Emergency Manager for the Town of Fort Erie. Larry was with the Thorold Fire Department for 27 years, with the last 5 as Fire Chief. Larry is a graduate of Niagara College Business Administration program, Ontario Fire College Fire Protection Technology Program, Dalhousie University Fire Service Leadership program, Professional Management Certificate program at Brock University, and has an advanced certificate is Public Administration and Governance from Ryerson University.  He is currently finishing a B.A. in Public Administration and Governance, taking courses at Ryerson, Brock, and Athabasca University.  He has received his Certified Municipal Manager designation (level III) from the Ontario Municipal Management Institute, and has been awarded three enhancements. Hobbies include mountain biking, amateur radio, and has been recently certified as a YMCA Group Fitness Leader and volunteers as a group cycle leader in Fort Erie.

DR. LISA COTIE has been employed with Firefighter Services of Ontario (FSO) since its inception. Prior to working with FSO, Dr. Cotie worked for Brock University Firefighter Screening Services. Dr. Cotie completed her PhD in Kinesiology at McMaster University and is currently completing her post-doc at University of Ottawa. Her main academic focus is in Fitness and Lifestyle assessment and Exercise Prescription in many populations. Dr. Cotie has worked at  McMaster University as an Instructional Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology and at the University of Guelph Humber, where she taught Fitness and Lifestyle Assessment in Clinical populations. Dr. Cotie is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP). Dr. Cotie is certified as a CSEP – Certified Personal Trainer Instructor/Examiner, giving her the qualifications to certify successful applicants as Personal Trainers through the CSEP.

DR. BRENT E. FAUGHT is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University. His research expertise is in physical activity and health. Dr. Faught created the Brock University Firefighter Screening Services in 1999. This program was considered the leading firefighter pre-employment screening service in Canada. Dr. Faught has also been solicited as an expert witness in human rights tribunal cases involving health assessment protocols in the fire service industry.

ANDY MACDONALD  is the General Manager of Emergency Services at the City of Guelph. He began his fire fighting endeavours with the Snelgrove Volunteer Fire Department, after earning his BSc from McMaster University.  He started his professional fire fighting career two years later with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services.  Andy progressed through the ranks, promoted to the department’s Fire Chief from 2008 – 2014 (retired in 2014). Andy was a member of the executive of the Brampton Professional Fire Fighters Association, for many years. Andy has continued his formal education throughout his career.  Andy holds Certificates in Advanced Industrial Relations and Organizational Development from the Queen’s University Industrial Relations Centre. He participated in the Program on Negotiations at the Harvard Law School and has also studied at York University and the Ontario Fire College.  Andy is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Queen’s University and teaches Negotiation Skills at the Queen’s Industrial Relations Centre. He was also the Director of Fire Management Studies at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. He spends much of his free time aiding in many charitable causes and was the driving force behind the construction of his dream, the world’s first Fire/Life Safety Education Centre in Brampton.  Andy’s other charitable exploits include rappelling off the CN Tower in 1985 to raise money for a Toronto burn unit, earning him a spot in the Guinness Book of Records.

FERN MACLEOD is the founder of Firefighter Services of Ontario. She is the former and longest standing manager of Brock University Firefighter Screening Services. Fern developed the curriculum for the Employee Wellness course in the Fire Services Management Executive Certificate program at Humber College. She is currently assisting in the curriculum development of the Fitness and Lifestyle Management course in the fire fighter diploma program at Humber College. Fern obtained her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Sciences at Brock University, completing courses in statistical analysis, exercise physiology, clinical health assessments, and epidemiology. She was the recipient of the Distinguished Graduating Student Award in Health Sciences which is given to the student with the highest academic average at convocation. Prior to becoming the Manager of Brock University Firefighter Screening Services, Fern worked as a Research Coordinator for two health programs: Leave The Pack Behind and Brock University Physical Health Activity Study Team.  She was also the Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Advisor in the Community Health Sciences Department at Brock University and taught two academic sessions for the first year undergraduate course, Introduction to Community Health Sciences. She has completed professional development courses in interpersonal communications, problem solving, conflict management, nonviolent crisis intervention, and the Professional Management Certification at Brock University.

BRENDA MAGGS started working for the City of Niagara Falls in 1989 and has 15 years experience working in Human Resources.  Her responsibilities include managing payroll, benefits, recruitment, labour relations and has been instrumental in successfully negotiating Collective Agreements.  The City has three unions CUPE (inside and outside workers), ATU (transit) and the Niagara Falls Professional Fire Fighters Association.  She has  been responsible for hiring Fire Fighters, since 1997, implementing new and improve recruitment strategies. Brenda has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Economics from Brock University and has attended many Human Resources courses.  She is a member of HRPA (Human Resources Professional Association) and OMHRA (Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association).  In her spare time she enjoys gardening, reading and fitness activities.

DR. ART MARCHAND graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 1982. Dr. Marchand is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and Canadian Association of Optometrists. His professional interests include advanced contact lens technologies. Dr. Marchand is well versed in the NFPA standards for vision and has administered vision testing on thousands of firefighter applicants. Dr. Marchand’s hobbies include hockey and golf. He is an active member of Kiwanis, and has served as president of the St. Catharines branch. He has participated in The Big Move Cancer Ride and believes strongly in giving back to the community.

JEREMY PARKIN is a 15 year firefighter. In that time he has volunteered with three different departments, but has spent the last twelve years in a full-time position with Rama Fire Rescue Service in Rama First Nation. There he has been the Deputy Chief and alternate CEMC since July of 2009. Jeremy has held three levels of fire service certification (Firefighter, Company Officer, and Training Officer), as well as an advanced certificate in Public Administration and Governance from Ryerson University. He has also received his Certified Municipal Manager designation Level II from the Ontario Municipal Management Institute with enhancements. He has been an active fire service instructor in a variety of disciplines for over ten years. He is currently completing his certification to become a Personal Training Specialist with Canfitpro. Jeremy has been an active advocate for increased fire safety on Ontario’s First Nation communities and has served on or been involved with several boards/groups since 2007.

PETER SELLS is a fire protection management consultant based in Mississauga, Ontario. Peter served 24 years with Toronto Fire Services, retiring as District Chief of Special Operations in 2009. During his 14-year tenure as a District Chief in Professional Development and Training, Peter was responsible for the Toronto Fire Academy, Canada’s largest municipal fire training centre, for a decade. He has authored and/or contributed to manuals, textbooks and field guides published by Fire Protection Publications (IFSTA) and several other major publishing companies, and is the author of a regular column and blog for Fire Fighting In Canada magazine since 2007. Peter is a graduate of the Ontario Fire College Company Officer Diploma program and the Canadian Emergency Preparedness College. He holds a BSc from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the University of Windsor. Peter currently serves on the advisory board of the Institution of Fire Engineers Canada Branch.