About the Event

Since its inaugural “regional” Canadian conference in 1988, APCO Canada has delivered an annual flagship event focused on providing its membership with valuable education, networking and learning opportunities to enhance their profession. With significant emphasis placed on professional development and growth, the annual APCO Canada Conference offers a unique forum for public-safety communication officials to take in relevant and often leading-edge education to support advanced knowledge and performance in their roles.

The opportunity to network at the event fosters many intangible benefits including problem-solving, perspective building, empathy, shared learning, and best practices. Since inception, the format of the event has grown throughout the years to now include a full tradeshow, an Annual Awards Gala, Annual General Meeting, a sophisticated sponsorship program, and three full days of industry leading educational and networking opportunities.

About APCO Canada

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, Canada, Inc. is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications. It serves the people who supply, install and operate the Emergency Communications Systems used around the Country from coast to coast to coast. Members come from every type of public safety organization in the country, including 9-1-1, police, fire and emergency medical services as well as emergency management, disaster planning and federal search and rescue personnel. 

The head office of APCO Canada is located at 440 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 200, in Ottawa, Ontario (K1R 7X6). 

Association is affiliated with numerous Public Safety Communications organizations, including APCO International Inc., APCO Australasia and British APCO which collectively represent some 17,000 members world-wide.

APCO Canada members strive to ensure that the safety of human life, the protection of property and the public welfare benefit to the utmost degree through the provision of the call-taking and dispatching of services to those who are in need.

Justification Toolkit 

APCO Canada understands that the economy is impacting a number of emergency services travel and training budgets. These budgets are either being reduced or eliminated. Regardless of the merits of a conference, we understand that you may need to justify the expense. We have provided some guidance to help you with that process:

  • Use the Justification Toolkit and the Making the Case Letter to present to your supervisor outlining the costs and benefits of participating in the conference.  
  1. You can advance your knowledge in a concentrated amount of time.
  2. Networking among others in your field to gain different perspectives on your job.
  3. After the conference you will bring valuable knowledge home with you. When you return you can offer to share that knowledge with others in your unit.
    • Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A to your colleagues to share what you learned.  That way others in your unit will get the benefits of your attendance, too.
    • Share the syllabus and speaker handouts with your colleagues. As an attendee, you have unlimited access to materials posted by speakers.
    • If needed, be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the conference.

Be sure to check out the registration page where all the various rates are listed to see if you qualify for any of the lower rates or discounts.

Spread the Word

As an event sponsor, partner or member of the Canadian public safety communications industry, you can support us in promoting the APCO Canada 2023 Conference & Tradeshow.

The following marketing and communication tools have been developed to leverage the support of the public safety communications industry to further promote this event. This collateral suite has been designed to maximize awareness of the event, ensuring you can share every exciting detail with your employers, staff, students or colleagues.

Simply click on each of the tools below to download files and corresponding instructions.

Should you have any questions or require customization of any of the following materials, please contact our conference marketing team at conference@apco.ca and we would be pleased to assist you.

If there is any additional information or marketing collateral you may require, please contact us at conference@apco.ca. Our marketing team would be pleased to discuss any special requirements you may have.