President's Message - Summer 2017

Dear CAFI Members,

The summer is finally upon us as we conclude a busy spring at CAFI. After a lengthened RFP process in selecting a new Secretariat for CAFI National, I am happy to announce Bond Association Management as CAFI’s new secretariat and managing office. Bond was quickly narrowed down from a list of 7 contenders and through the interviewing and vetting process, David Slipp and I became impressed with Bond’s capabilities, qualifications and fit.

The CAFI executive made the decision at end of March this year and it did not take long for Bond to get engaged and complete the smooth transition from Golden Planners International. It is back to business as usual under the capable hands of Shari Bricks and Shirley Yuen. Shirley is dealing with the everyday tasks of managing CAFI and she can be reached at I’d like to again welcome the members of Bond to the CAFI family and look forward to working with you for the future success of CAFI in Canada.

I would also like to wish Hélène Lamadeleine of Golden Planners a joyous and fulfilling retirement and thank her for the last 5 years of managing CAFI’s front office like a well-oiled machine. Thank you also to Derrick and the rest of the Golden Planners team.

I am excited to announce that part of CAFI’s transition into 2017 will see the launch of a new, overhauled web site. The new web site is expected to launch in the next month and will feature a modernized and appealing interface. Stay tuned for the announcement, and expanded content to be added over the next few months, which will include easier on-line membership renewals, on-line CCFI-C applications and renewals, on-line sign up for local CAFI training opportunities and events, and a members-only section with members-only content. The members section will feature items such as back issues of the Journal, a blog on various fire related topics, member status and CAFI member listings. We are also planning on-line training resources and self-training courses in addition to live webinar type presentations on advanced fire investigation topics.