Keynote 1
  • Tuesday 8:35am

    Keynote Opening - Know your Leadership Level

    Les Karpluk

    Chief Les Karpluk (retired)

    Chief Karpluk began his career in the Prince Albert Fire Department in 1982 and worked his way up through the ranks until becoming the fire chief in 2006. In 3 short years Chief Karpluk was given the honour to be recognized by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) as the full time career chief of the year for 2009. In February 2014 Chief Karpluk retired from the fire department with over 3 decades of service.
    Les has contributed to writing over 100 magazine articles and blogs and has spoken about fire service leadership at conferences across Canada and the U.S. Through his writing and blogging he strives to break down leadership into manageable bite size pieces and believes that we learn when we work together.
    Les is no stranger to post secondary education and is an avid life long learner. He has certificates in Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Administration from Dalhousie University, the Bachelor of Applied Business: Emergency Services from Lakeland College (Honours), Emergency Management certificate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Fire Officer IV, and numerous courses from other post secondary institutions in Canada and the U.S.
    In April 2014 Les and his writing partner fire chief Lyle Quan wrote “Leadership Prescribed: A Handbook for Fire Service Leaders.” The book has received great reviews from chief officers and firefighters across North America and many departments across Canada are now purchasing the book to give to their firefighters.
    Today Les devotes his time consulting with volunteer fire departments and is a sought after speaker for leadership seminars and speaking engagements across Canada and the U.S. He is also an adjunct instructor for Dalhousie University, Lakeland College and the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

    Session Description

    This 90-­minute presentation focuses on basic leadership levels that are important to know for any chief officer. Failing to understand the different levels can impact an officer’s leadership capacity.