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Virtual Event
InterOp Canada 2023
October 11, 2023 at 11:30am ET

InterOp Canada is a new opportunity to discuss the challenges and possible solutions to interoperability and incident response between police, fire, EMS, and emergency management. This virtual event is designed to encompass technology, communications, case studies, and best practices from Canada and beyond.

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Opening Remarks

Keynote: A vision for national interoperability 

Moderator: Maria Church, editor/associate publisher, Avert
  • Inspector (Ret.) Lance Valcour O.O.M, senior strategic advisor and author
  • Pascal Rodier, Supt. (Ret.), MStJ, MA, CEM, PCP, SAS, senior emergency management, response and continuity leader
Canada’s interoperability strategy and action plan were published in the early 2010s identifying ways to enhance governance, planning, technology, training and exercises to promote interoperable voice and data communications. The end goal is for all emergency responders to communicate as needed and as authorized across all disciplines and between all levels, on demand. Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) original executive director Lance Valcour, and founding leader Pascal Rodier, helped lead the creation of these documents and will share their vision for national interoperability, how far we’ve come, and where we go from here. 

Sponsored Presentation: Axon

12:30 pm

15-minute break

Panel: What does national interoperability look like?

Moderator: Pascal Rodier, Supt. (Ret.), MStJ, MA, CEM, PCP, SAS, senior emergency management, response and continuity leader
  • Mike Callaghan, Chief of Police, Belleville Police Service
  • Fire Chief Chris Case, Chatham-Kent Fire & Rescue
  • Jay Walker, Provincial Manager, Emergency Preparedness Special Operations, Nova Scotia EHS
True national interoperability would see integrated SOPs, two-way standards-based sharing of voice and data, national and provincial training exercises, and daily use. A panel of agencies including fire, EMS, police, and emergency managers will explore what interoperability would look like for their operations, how we can advance it, and what challenges lie ahead. 

1:45 pm
Sponsored Presentation

Panel: The growing threat of heat emergencies

Moderator: Dr. Rhidian Lewis, Associate Dean Enterprise and Employability, University Apprenticeships Lead, University of Bedfordshire

  • Sam Greif, Deputy City Manager, Plano, Texas
  • Jamie Coutts, fire service leader, consultant and former chief for Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service
  • Supt. Peter Tsui, E Division Intelligence Officer, RCMP / GRC
Climate change is triggering volatile and extreme weather events. Heat emergencies are an increasing threat involving multi-agency response. Heat emergencies can be triggered by wildfires, which are also on the rise. From an interoperability perspective, heat emergencies can cover a vast geographic area and involve possibilities for power or cell phone tower outages, cooling station requirements, special care for vulnerable persons and the homeless community, and ultimately have the potential to be a mass casualty event.

3:00 pm
Closing Remarks

Product Demos

Frequently Asked Questions About InterOp Canada 2023

When & Where?

InterOp Canada 2023 will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on October 11, 2023 at 11:30am ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

Offering a virtual platform provides a no-cost education solution and gives access to an international audience while having the ability to bring together Canada’s coast-to-coast audience.

Sponsor Now

To sponsor this virtual event, contact Janice Eaton for more information. 416-527-0191 or

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of October 11, 2023.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.