Pearson Centre honours IAFF leader Katrina Davison

November 18 • 2023

An IAFF leader has been nationally recognized in Canada for her dedication to advancing equity and diversity in the fire service.

Pearson Centre President Scot Simms, Katrina Davison, Pearson Centre Board Chair Dr. Karen Mock.

Vancouver, BC Local 18 President Katrina Davison was presented with a Leadership Award by the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy at the organization’s annual gala Nov. 14 in Toronto.

By her side for the event were her husband Frank, General President Edward Kelly, 13th District Vice President Fred LeBlanc, British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Association leaders and other IAFF leaders. Following the award, Davison and three other honorees participated in a panel discussion about diversity and inclusivity.

Davison describes moving the fire service forward as a balance between tradition and evolution. “We all play a part in respecting our past while recognizing that to thrive in the future, we need to embrace growth,” she said. “I feel lucky to contribute to making the fire service better for everyone.”

A Vancouver fire fighter since 2012, Davison serves in a number of leadership roles locally, provincially, and internationally. Prior to her acclamation as Local 18 president on Nov. 9 she served as its vice president of culture, wellness, and equity.

In 2022, Davison was elected as one of two Canadian representatives on the IAFF’s Elected Human Relations Committee, where she contributes to the goal of fostering human relations, equity, and well-being among fire fighters on a national scale. She serves as chair of the Local 18 Women’s Committee and as Vancouver Fire Rescue Service Wellness co-coordinator and plays a pivotal role in the City of Vancouver Equity Table, demonstrating her strong commitment to enhancing overall wellness and promoting equity among the workforce.

Her dedication extends to the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Association (BCPFFA), where she actively participates in the Human Relations Committee and Wellness Committee, reinforcing her commitment to the welfare and interests of fire fighters in the province.

Katrina Davison and General President Edward Kelly among Canadian leaders.

General President Kelly said he was proud to be in the room when Davison received her award and commended her for her longstanding dedication to the fire service.

“Katrina’s leadership has supported conversation and growth not just in her Local and province, but across the IAFF,” said General President Edward Kelly. “We all congratulate her on this well-deserved award.”

Named after former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, the Pearson Centre advances progressive values through advocacy, dialogue, and teaching, especially through the engagement of young people.