Listed below are contact details and bios for our current 2021 – 2022 Executive Officers and Board of Directors.
|Darren Berg||1st Vice President|
|Trent Blair||2nd Vice President, Regional Director|
|Matthew C. Wood||Secretary||778-32O-247I|
|Chris Reed||Director, Immediate Past President||6O4-295-342I|
|Mike Richards||Regional Director|
|Randy Thoen||Regional Director|
|Glen Edwards||Regional Director|
Glenn Danks is the President of BC Chapter 15 of the IAAI, and also sits on the membership committee. He is an NFPA 1033 Certified Fire Investigator, a Local Assistant to the Office of the Fire Commissioner, and is an IAAI certified Fire Investigation Technician. He currently holds the rank of Captain, Pre-planning and Communications with the North Vancouver City Fire Department where he has been investigating fires for 16 years. He completed an Associate of Science Degree at Capilano University, followed by an Electronics Engineering Technology diploma from BCIT, and is also an Inter-Provincially Qualified Automotive Mechanic.
Darren Berg has served on BC Chapter 15 IAAI board for many years. He is currently serving as a 1st VP. Darren has a B.A. in Criminology and is the Vice President / Executive General Adjuster at Charles Taylor Adjusting.
His areas of expertise include handling of large loss liability, property damage and bodily injury claims.
Currently serving as 2nd VP. Biographic entry coming soon.
Josiah Lee is our Treasurer of the board.
Josiah is an CFEI, CFII and IAAI-FIT. He is currently a Field Adjuster at Sedgwick Canada Inc.
Josiah originally brought UAV Documentation to fire scenes in British Columbia through a blanket special flight operations certificate for the pacific region in 2016.
MATTHEW C. WOOD, P.ENG.
Matt Wood is a private fire investigator and professional engineer, licenced in both British Columbia and Ontario. Matt currently works out of Vancouver for Roar Engineering Inc. He holds the CFEI, CVFI, and CFII designations from NAFI and has independently completed around 500 fire investigations.
Chris Reed, P.Eng.
Into 2020, Chris served as the BC Chapter 15 IAAI President and Training Coordinator. Chris’s professional credentials include a MSc.Eng. as well as P.Eng. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Vehicle Fire Investigator and Instructor through NAFI. Chris is the Principal of REED Engineering Consulting and previously worked full time at Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada where he was in charge of the Vancouver office operations. Prior to this, he was a Founding Partner at Sereca Fire Consulting Ltd. He continues to work as an active private fire investigator. He has investigated and analyzed several hundred fires and explosions, including residential, commercial, industrial, heavy equipment, marine and many other large loss fires. Based on his knowledge of chemical processes and his forensic experience, Chris has written and lectured on the particular challenges related to fires in clandestine drug laboratories. As part of the fire research program founded by Sereca, he has organized and conducted several large scale fire test programs including those conducted during the 2010 IAAI Sooke Fire Investigator Training Event.
Ray Bryant became a Director of BC Chapter 15 IAAI in 2013. Ray is currently an Assistant Fire Chief with Vancouver Fire Rescue Services (VFRS). Prior to this he served as the Captain in charge of the Fire investigation Division. He has been with the Fire Department for 29 years. He has 20 years of fire suppression experience as well as 9 years with the Investigation Division. Ray has investigated over 500 fires including 12 fatal fire incidents. Ray has taken the FPOA level 1 and 2 certifications and is also a CFEI (NAFI).
Timothy Lee is the Past President of BC Chapter 15 IAAI. He also helps to look after the website, membership inquiries and event registrations. He has served previously as 2nd Vice President, Membership Secretary and Director. He has over 25 years of related fire service experience. He is currently employed as a Private Fire Investigator with Fire Pro Investigations Ltd. where his primary role involves the investigation of fires to determine origin and cause. He is a Certified Fire Investigation Technician through the IAAI as well as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and Instructor through NAFI. Other certifications include Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) through NFPA and WETT Certified Site Basic Inspector. He started his fire service career as a fire fighter by the City of Kawartha Lakes, City of Mississauga and Town of Whitby. He served as an Auxiliary Fire Investigator for the Province of BC and as a Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner (LAFC) as the Fire Chief / Emergency Management Coordinator and Bylaw Enforcement Officer for the District of Tumbler Ridge, BC. Tim has been involved in the investigation of over 700 fires. In addition to his volunteer involvement with BC-IAAI he serves as the Vice President of Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Society and is an active Search and Rescue volunteer.
Michael Lejeune was the 2nd Vice President with BC Chapter 15 of the IAAI board and was a member of the Training Committee up to 2019. He is a Professional Engineer with APEGBC and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Associate of Fire Investigators. Michael works at Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada and he has over 8 years of experience investigating fires and explosions incidents. He has published papers on topics related to fire investigation and has presented at industry seminars both locally and internationally. In addition to forensic engineering, he has experience related to fire and life safety code consulting, fire behavior, dust explosion risk assessment, and failure analysis.
Mike served 38 years with the Penticton Fire Department and retired in April of 2020 as Captain/FPO. He is a Certified Fire Inspector II NFPA 1031, Fire Investigator NFPA 1033, Fire Service Instructor II NFPA 1041, and Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist II NFPA 1035 ll, all IFSAC/ProBoard Accredited. Certified IAAI-FIT, CCFI-C. Mike also is a contract Origin and Cause Investigator for Advanced Investigative Solutions and is participating in research projects for National Research Council of Canada and FireSmart BC. Mike is currently Serving as a Director for the BC-IAAI Chapter 15.
Originally from Saskatchewan, I joined the Royal Canadian Navy specializing in marine fire fighting and damage control. While in the Navy, I qualified as a Ship’s Diver and worked in the additional role of Rescue Swimmer. Honourably discharged from the military after 8 years of service, I relocated to Port Alberni to work as a professional fire fighter.
I have 25 years professional structural fire fighting experience, 6 years as the Chief Fire Prevention Officer specializing in industrial inspection, combustible dust mitigation and lead fire investigator. Working as a Local Authority Having Jurisdiction, I reviewed fire safety plans for industrial sites and construction/demolition fire safety plans for complex demolition projects. To enforce the City of Port Alberni solid fuel burning bylaw, I became a WETT Certified Inspector completing inspections of wood/pellet stove, fireplace insert, and wood fired furnace installations. Throughout my career as a professional fire fighter, safety has been important and to that end serve as a worker representative on the Port Alberni Fire Department – Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee for many years.
I retired from the Fire Service in 2021 to pursue fire consulting opportunities in the private sector. I continue to develop my skills and knowledge through continuing education and pursuing opportunities to apply my skills practically.
Cst Glen Edwards is a director for the BC Chapter or the IAAI. He spent three years in the infantry reserve and five working as a volunteer firefighter while completing an undergraduate degree in criminology. He now works for the RCMP and has been a plainclothes police investigator (detective) for the last twelve years. He began investigating fires in 2011 and has had fire investigations as part of his core duties since 2015. With over a decade of fire investigation experience and having examined hundreds of fires, he is currently one of the senior RCMP fire investigators in BC. He has been recognized as an expert in fire and explosion investigations by the Provincial Court of BC and specializes in criminal fire investigations requiring major case management. To his end, he works closely with Northern BC’s homicide investigations units, the BC Coroner’s Service and the Office of the Fire Commissioner’s northern sections.
Cst Edwards’ other duties include supporting small police detachments in the Cariboo Region with serious crimes investigations, where he focuses on complex or complicated investigations. He is an experienced digital evidence investigator and a former member of the RCMP’s BC Provincial Cyber Crimes Committee and the international High Technology Crimes Investigators Association. He has extensive experience working with small communities and local fire services, and significant experience with military, police, and other government incident command systems. His knowledge of social and fire behavior has resulted in numerous deployments for disaster response in Northern BC. He is currently working on his thesis research project for a master’s degree in emergency management that combines his interests in fire science, social science, emergency management, and community resilience.
Past Board Members
Rebecca Hathaway is a Certified Fire Inspector, NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator and a Local Assistant to the Office of the Fire Commissioner with the North Vancouver City Fire Department. She conducts fire investigations, inspections, enforcement and public education. She has been a member of the BC IAAI Chapter since 2015.
Previous to joining the fire service Rebecca was a Police Member in England for 8 years. Five of which as a Crime Scene Investigator. The majority of those years were spent in an inner city department with a high volume of vindictive crime. Rebecca specialised in suspected arson investigations and post fire evidence recovery, and in addition has investigated numerous fires involving a death. Rebecca studied at Durham University in the UK and obtained her Crime Scene Investigation Diploma (CSI Dip).
Kevin joined the BC IAAI Chapter in 2006 and presently serves as a Regional Director and representative for the South East area of the Province. Kevin Hamilton has been a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since 2000 serving at White Rock RCMP Detachment, “E” Division Major Crime and Kelowna RCMP Detachment. Kevin started his fire investigation career in 2006 as part of the RCMP Provincial Fire Investigation Team. This role incorporated fire investigations which ranged from serial wildland arsons to fire involved sudden death and homicide. Kevin has been recognized by both the Provincial and Supreme Court of BC as an expert in fire cause and determination. Kevin has extensive training and experience regarding wildland, vehicle and structure fire investigations and is currently posted with the RCMP South East District General Investigation Section.
David E. Wood
David E. Wood is the Scholarship Chair of BC Chapter 15 IAAI and a dedicated Director. He currently works as Special Investigator for the RSA Insurance Group.
Scott Melville is the International Chapter and CFI Liaison for BC-IAAI Chapter 15 as well as the Vancouver Island Regional Director. He has over 24 years of experience including having investigated over 1000 fire scenes. He is a one of Canada’s only IAAI-CFI© Certified Fire Investigators as well as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Vehicle Fire Investigator and Instructor through NAFI. He is also a Certified Fire Investigator through CAFI. He retired from the Saanich Fire Department as a Fire Suppression Captain after having attained the rank of Assistant Fire Chief in the Fire Investigation and Prevention Division. He sub-contracted to Fire Pro Investigations for 4 ½ years prior to launching Triple Sevens Fire Consulting Inc. in July of 2013. He has been accepted as an expert witness in BC Provincial Court and the BC Supreme Court for both Civil and Criminal trials involving fire cause determination. Scott is a licensed mechanic, ticketed welder, licensed pressurized fuel gas fitter (LPG), commercial vehicle inspector with LP gas endorsement and an accredited personal property appraiser. He holds numerous NFPA certifications related to fire service leadership, fire suppression operations, hazardous materials, fire prevention and fire service training.
Pat Walker is a Director of the BC Chapter 15 IAAI and has 25 years of related fire service experience. He is currently employed as an Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention with the Township of Langley Fire Department. His responsibilities include overall operation of the Fire prevention Division including the investigation of fires. Pat has worked with the OFC to review fire inspection standards for the Province of BC and provide recommendations for the Fire Service Liaison Group (FSLG). He holds an Interprovincial Certificate in Plumbing, a Province of BC certificate in sprinkler fitting, and a Gas Safety Branch license with electrical endorsement. Pat is the past Zone 2 President of the FPOABC and continues to act as an evaluator for the Fire Prevention Officer’s Association of BC NFPA 1033 course. He is Certified by ProBoard to meet the qualifications of NFPA 1033, NFPA 1031, NFPA 231 and Fire Officer III.
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Alan served as a Regional Director and Secretary of BC Chapter 15 IAAI. During that time he was employed as a Fire Prevention Officer and Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner with Nanaimo Fire Rescue. Previously he was a Suppression Firefighter and Medical first responder with Nanaimo Fire Rescue and a Lieutenant with Lantzville Volunteer Fire Department. Alan was also Emergency Program Manager for the District of Lantzville. He holds IAAI-CI and IAAI-FIT certifications, is a Graduate Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers, and has a CFIE and CFII certifications from the National Association of Fire Investigators. Alan also has NFPA 472, 1001, 1033, 1031, 1035, 1041, 1021 accreditations with Pro-Board and IFSAC through the Justice Institute and the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Prior to his Fire Department career Alan spent 15 years as a Chief Operating Officer of Praxis Technical Group, Inc a leading developer of operational and industrial health and safety compliance training for continuous process companies around the world. Alan has previously been a Director with Bantleman Court Housing Society a non-profit housing authority in Vancouver for youth at risk of homelessness. Alan continues to volunteer and be involved in activities to support underprivileged youth.
Al Smith joined the BC IAAI Board of Directors in 2015 and presently serves as a Regional Director and representative for the Northern area of the Province of BC. Al is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police serving in the Williams Lake area.
Mike Arnold was a Director and Treasurer on the BC Chapter 15 IAAI Board up to 2019. Mike joined INTACT Insurance in 2013 and is one of two special investigators in the province. He had previously enjoyed 32 years with the RCMP, primarily in the investigation of organized crime, money laundering and covert operations. Mike retired as the OIC of Covert Operations for British Columbia. His role with INTACT is to investigate substantial claims for INTACT Insurance, where there are grounds to suspect fraud or other forms of criminal activity, including grow ops, arson and staged property offences.
Fred Pinnock is a past Director on the BC Chapter 15 IAAI Board. Fred Pinnock joined INTACT Insurance in charge of the Special Investigations Unit for British Columbia in February, 2012. He had previously enjoyed 29 years with the RCMP, primarily in the investigation of organized crime and violent crime. Before his retirement from the Force, Fred had been in charge of the Major Crime Sections in North Vancouver and Burnaby, as well as managing the Witness Protection Program and the Illegal Gambling Units for B.C. Parallel to these assignments, Fred thoroughly enjoyed posing as a Crime Boss in numerous drug and homicide operations across Canada, obtaining confessions to murder and other crimes from many big names in the criminal underworld over many years. His role with INTACT is to investigate substantial claims for INTACT Insurance, where there are grounds to suspect fraud or other forms of criminal activity, including grow ops, arson and staged property offences.
Mark was the Secretary of BC Chapter 15 IAAI in 2016. In 2014 Mark Timmons became a Director on the Board. Mark is currently on assignment as an Interim Assistant Fire Chief with his employer Richmond Fire and Emergency Services. Prior this he served as an active Public Fire Investigator and as a structural Firefighter. Mark began his fire investigation training under former IAAI Director David MacDonald.
Steve Baker is a Director with BC Chapter 15 of the IAAI Board. Steve joined the Board in 2014 and works fulltime as part owner of Fire Pro Investigations Ltd. Steve has extensive knowledge and experience dealing with electrical fires and electrical fire causation mechanisms. He was the former City of Vancouver Chief Electrical Inspector and he has worked as a a licensed electrician. Steve has investigated over 400 fires.
Richard B. Lindsay QC, P.Eng
Richard B. Lindsay is s a Director and Chapter Legal Counsel for the BC Chapter 15 IAAI Board. Richard B. Lindsay is a founding partner of Lindsay LLP. For almost 35 years Mr. Lindsay’s practice has focused primarily on property and casualty insurance litigation, with particular emphasis on products liability, engineering, energy and fire related matters. Richard’s areas of specific interest include complex multi-party litigation, subrogation, fraudulent claims, coverage and catastrophic injury cases with significant liability issues. He will act as a mediator, arbitrator or umpire.
As a well known insurance lawyer in Canada, Richard has extensive trial and appellate court experience, including the Supreme Court of Canada.Appointed Queens Counsel in 2003, Richard Lindsay was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1978. He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in 1971 from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Laws in 1977 at the University of British Columbia. His pre-law experience was as a Civil Engineer, and he has also completed courses in UBC’s Masters Program in Fire Protection Engineering. He recently completed the Mediation Program at Harvard Law School.
Peter Kuhr has served as a Director for the BC Chapter 15 IAAI since 2014. Peter serves the citizens of the City of Chilliwack as Public Educator/Fire Inspector. His duties include the investigation of fires. Peter is a “hands on” Director who has taken charge annually of site logistics for the cubicle burns for our annual training program. Prior to becoming a public sector fire investigator, Peter owned and operated a manufacturing company.
Eric Froese was elected as a director of the BC Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators in 2017. He currently holds the position of Training Officer in charge of the Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services, Fire Investigation Division and has investigated hundreds of fires since completing his departmental Investigations training in 2006. He has also completed FPOA Level 1 & 2 Fire Investigation training and the BCIAAI Fire & Explosion Investigation Training Program, and holds a current Electrical Contractors License.
Eric has been a member of the Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services (VFRS) for the past 26 years, where he is the official piper for the department.