Agenda, Session Topics, and Facilitators




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General Session - Welcome


Session - Rotations


Session - Rotations




Session - Rotations


Session - Rotations


Wrap Up, Final Q&A

Session Topics and Facilitators

Resumes, Cover Letters, and the Application Process
Presented by: Kelly McDonald, Director, Human Resources, Ports Toronto; Jeremy Inglis, Deputy Chief, Central York; and Samantha Pearson, Firefighter, Billy Bishop Airport

Candidates learn how to craft a strong cover letter and resume when applying to become a firefighter.  Our fire and HR professionals will discuss what to include and what to leave off your application.   We will shed light on how to ensure the resume and cover letter speak volumes on the candidate’s behalf.  Many job opportunities have been lost because of incomplete or incorrect application submission. This session will give candidates a detailed look at a typical application process, and offer tips on how to avoid application blunders. Candidates are invited to bring their resume to this session.

The Art of Interviewing
Presented by: Kelly Holden, Associate Director, Dean of Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI); and David Hollett, Deputy Fire Chief, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)

Fire services receive hundreds of applications with every recruitment that they post. In this session, fire and HR professionals provide candidates with insight on how to put their best foot forward and come prepared when they are offered an interview. Topics discussed include: proper attire, appropriate behaviour, and the overall attitude candidates should exhibit when attending an interview in the fire service.

Candidates will also gain insight on how to make the most of the learning opportunities available to them so their application package stands out from the pile.

Mock Interview Panel
Claude Duval, Assistant Deputy Chief, Central York; Ritch Lowell, Deputy Fire Chief, Midland; Dave Elloway, Fire Chief, Guelph; Todd Aitken, Fire Chief, GTAA; Natasha Jacklyn, HR Advisor, Cambridge

A Mentoring Day favorite!  Candidates will have the opportunity to participate in mock interview sessions with representatives from our municipal testing partners. Candidates learn about the styles of questions they will be asked, take their best shot at answering mock questions, and receive helpful feedback from fire service experts.

A maximum of six candidates will be selected/volunteer to answer questions from the panel. Each candidate will have two minutes in the 'hot seat' to answer the question. Our panel of fire and HR professionals will confer before providing feedback to the candidate in a group format. The feedback received will prove to be invaluable for your interviewing process.

Municipal Roundtables 
Participating Municipalities: Markham Fire and Emergency Services, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, Cambridge Fire Department and East Gwillimbury Emergency Services

This session provides an opportunity for candidates to network with fire service and human resource professionals in an intimate, informal roundtable format.

During this session, small groups of candidates will rotate through each municipal table. There are no rules of engagement for this session. Candidates are encouraged to ask questions and learn more about the fire services of their potential future employers. Municipalities will provide outreach, and offer valuable feedback to candidates.

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