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Political Science
Based in Alberta, Kevin Hampson is a journalist and freelance writer. His columns have been published in the Edmonton Sun, the Calgary Sun, the Montreal Gazette online, and numerous community papers. He has become a regular contributor to FrontLine Security. He earned a BA in history and political science from McGill University.
Emergency Management
Doug Harrison is the president of Georgian Emergency Management & Associates Inc. (GEMA), a consulting company specializing in risk-based comprehensive emergency management programs for both the public and private sectors. He served as Deputy Chief, Emergency Management Ontario for ten years and was primarily responsible during this period for emergency management program development and implementation. Mr. Harrison retired as Acting Chief, Emergency Management Ontario in 2005.
Author
Fran Hawthorne has covered medical and food security issues for over 20 years as the author of Inside the FDA The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat (John Wiley and Sons, 2005) and as a freelance writer for The New York Times, The Scientist magazine, and many other publications. She also writes about a wide range of other topics (from financial planning to whether to hire a bodyguard). Her latest book, Pension Dumping (Bloomberg Press, 2008), has just won top awards from ForeWord magazine and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Master's Student
Sarah Henry received her BA in Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2011 where she was awarded the Michael Bradley Award for Applied Research. She is currently a first-year student in the Master’s Program in Psychology at UNCW where she holds a Research Associate position funded by the National Science Foundation. Her research interests are in the areas of forensic and clinical psychology.
IT Security
Peter is a Senior IT Security Consultant with CGI's Information Systems and Management Consultants in Ottawa, Canada. A 20-year career of Security and Intelligence roles with the Canadian Armed Forces culminated with strategist and management roles within the DND Computer Incident Response Team. Currently assigned as the Business Growth Lead for CGI's Managed Security Services, he is responsible for the strategic directions of CGI's Security service, Business Development, and partner relations. A Certified Information Systems Professional, Peter is also the founder and past President of the Ottawa Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.
BGen (ret)
Engineering
Brigadier-General Holt joined the Canadian Army (Regular) in 1966. A graduate of CMR and RMC as a Mechanical Engineer, he served in a number of appointments with 2 Service Battalion Petawawa, 1 RCR London and 4 Service Battalion Lahr, Germany, and later assigned to the original Leopard Tank Project in Germany. Completing a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981, he was posted to a Project Mgmt job in Ottawa and later attended Staff College in Toronto. Promoted LCol in 1986, he served the Air Force as Senior Staff Officer Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. In July 1989, he returned to Germany to command the Base Technical Services Branch. He served the next four years in NDHQ in the Military Personnel Group before moving to the Materiel Group as Project Mgr of the LAV Project. Subsequently, he was appointed Director Land Equipment Resources Management and EME Branch Advisor in August 2001. He was inducted into the Order of Military Merit in the grade of Officer in May 2002. In 2002 he was promoted Brigadier-General and appointed Director General Land Equipment Program Management (DGLEPM) responsible for the acquisition, mgmt and disposal of all land equipment for the Canadian Forces. He retired in 2005, and was appointed EME Col Comdt in 2008.
Commissioner
Jay C. Hope was appointed by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty as the province’s Commissioner of Community Safety in December 2006. Commissioner Hope serves as a key advisor to the Premier and Cabinet on issues related to emergency management, particularly in times of crisis. He oversees a broad portfolio, including Emergency Management Ontario (EMO), the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), the Office of the Chief Coroner (OCC) and the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (CISO). Prior to his current appointment, Commissioner Hope served for 27 years with the Ontario Provincial Police, rising through the ranks to Deputy Commissioner (the country’s first black officer appointed to the ranks of chief of police). In 2006 he was made an Officer of the Order of Merit of Police Forces.
Ph.D
Political Science
Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He is also the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. Currently a senior research fellow of the Cdn International Council, Dr. Huebert has also taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. His area of research interests includes international relations, strategic studies, the Law of the Sea, maritime affairs, Canadian foreign and defence policy, and circumpolar relations. He publishes on the issue of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security, and Canadian Defence. His work has appeared in International Journal; Canadian Foreign Policy; Isuma Canadian Journal of Policy Research and Canadian Military Journal. He was also a co-author of the report To Secure a Nation Canadian Defence and Security into the 21st Century; and co-editor of Commercial Satellite Imagery and United Nations Peacekeeping and Breaking Ice Canadian Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North. He also comments on Canadian security and Arctic issues in both the Canadian and international media.