In light of COVID 19, the I.A.A.I. Ontario must suspend all seminars and future seminar planning until further notice.

We appreciate your interest in the “Arson for Profit” seminar scheduled to take place at Mohawk College on May 7, 2020 and regret to advise it is cancelled.  We will schedule this event for another day and will extend another invitation when the timing is right. 

The International Association of Arson Investigators of Ontario invite you and / or your designate(s) to Mohawk College, Hamilton, on Thursday May 7th, 2020.

Session Runs 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Breakfast 7:30 AM)

Directions: A Link with specific Directions / Building including classroom number along with Parking Instructions will be provided to all registrants closer to the date.

Do we have a problem in Canada we don’t know about?

A 60-year old gentleman was walking his dog at 11 p.m. when he suddenly saw flames shooting from the rear of a house he was walking by.  He had his cell phone with him.  He dialed ‘9-11’.  As he ran up to the front door he saw it was partially open.  He looked inside and saw a fellow standing inside a hallway just watching the fire.  This fellow didn’t seem panicked at all. He was just watching.  When the discoverer yelled at him this fellow immediately turned and said, “Heh. I left a pot of grease on the stove top. I had fallen asleep.”  The witness pulled out his cell phone and started to videotape.  The tenant yelled at him to stop doing that…”

The fire department arrived a few minutes later. They only took a few minutes to knock out the fire but there was major structural damage to the home and the contents were badly smoke-damaged.  A fire captain spoke to the homeowner who told him it was an accident. 

Within minutes the homeowner was calling his insurer’s 1-800 Help Line to report the claim.  He was counselled to move out to a hotel and by 8 a.m. the next morning he was speaking to a telephone claims adjuster who said a contractor would be sent out immediately.

In the United States city of Muncie, Indiana this scenario was the start of Kenny Allen’s 14-year ‘career’ as an “arsonist”.  His first fire was an accident.  The next 73-fires were not!  Allen became the brains behind the largest organized arson ring in the history of the United States that collected over $4 million from insurance companies. 

Not one of these fires orchestrated by Kenny Allen was deemed to be an “intentionally set”.  This conspiracy sent a shiver through the entire nation’s fire investigation community.

Kenny Allen was arrested after an extensive investigation by ATF Special Agent Mike Vergon.  His case management and investigation skills cracked the case.  A plea bargain saw Allen serve 4-years in a federal prison.

The International Association of Arson Investigators (Ontario Chapter) is pleased to offer a unique “experience” on May 7, 2020 in Hamilton, Ontario.  Both retired Agent Mike Vergon and Kenny Allen will provide a very dynamic, interactive seminar where you will learn all of the inside details on how this kitchen-fire was the start of a major criminal organization. 

This seminar also includes Winnipeg, Manitoba lawyer Mike Finlayson who was successful in defending a very complicated commercial fire where no criminal charges were laid.  The civil court trial deemed the owner of a business to have been the only one with the motive, means and opportunity to have set the fire and therefore responsible.

This is a seminar you don’t want to miss.  Anyone who investigates fire scenes for the police, fire or insurance companies will never investigate a fire scene the same way after attending these presentations.


The program fee of CAD $195.00 includes admission and parking and qualifies for 8 HRS toward CFEI re-certification. 

Seminar Sign Up

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