Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) Conference 2019

August 16th & 17th, 2019, Kings County, Nova Scotia

From Hardhat to Fire Helmet: The Sprinkler Connection

Firefighter Peter Simpson, Dayspring and District Fire Department, NS

Peter Simpson will share how his position on installing automatic fire sprinkler systems in new homes has been influenced greatly by his hands-on involvement with the fire service.

Peter was once an influential building industry association CEO in Toronto and Vancouver, and until his retirement seven years ago, Peter was President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA).

During his career, Peter served on many industry, community and government advisory boards and committees. He received numerous local, provincial, national and international housing industry awards and distinctions, including the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Award for the "most effective voice on behalf of the Canadian residential construction industry" (twice) and the national Executive Officer of the Year (twice).

Following Peter's induction into the GVHBA Hall of Fame in 2012, the association created the Peter Simpson Award, which is awarded annually to a GVHBA member who exhibits a high level of integrity and ethics.

The Lower Mainland Local Government Association, comprised of mayors and councillors from 22 Metro Vancouver municipalities, honoured Peter for his commitment to forging a positive and mutually beneficial relationship between the homebuilding industry and local government elected officials and senior staff throughout Metro Vancouver.

Nova Scotia’s Minister of Finance appointed Peter to the Selection Panel on Adjudicative Committees and Boards for the Department of Finance and Treasury Board, and the Minister of Community Services appointed Peter to the Board of the Western Regional Housing Authority, where he was subsequently elected Chair by Board members.

Peter also is Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee for the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, and is on the Leadership Panel for Safe Communities Lunenburg County.

Peter is currently a Firefighter and Medical First Responder with the Dayspring & District Fire Department, and is President of the fire department's Executive Committee.

In addition to participating in many hands-on fire-service training sessions, Peter completed courses in Tactical & Strategic Decision-making for Fire-ground Operations, Incident Scene Safety Officer, and Local Assistant to the Fire Marshal.

A columnist for the South Shore Breaker newspaper, Peter likes writing about caring individuals and organizations making a positive difference in their communities, and he also doesn't shy away from commenting on issues that impact the fire service.