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MGen (ret)
National Security
Clive Addy served for 35 years in the Canadian Forces. Among his many posts, he was Commander of the Cdn Brigade in Germany, the Deputy Chief of Staff (Ops) at Central Army Group in Heidelberg, Chief of Staff of Mobile Command, and Commander of Land Forces in Western Canada. Retiring in 1996, he helped draft an audit of Emergency Preparedness for British Columbia. He is the founder of the National Security Group.
Security & Intelligence
An RMC grad, Peter Avis served on a number of frigates and destroyers, was the XO of HMCS Ville de Quebec and the elite Sea Training Unit, and was CO of HMCS Fredericton. He served as the Ops Officer for the CMS during Op APOLLO, served as sr policy advisor for Transportation Security and Emergency Mgmt in the PCO. To end his military career, he served as Commander of the Fourth Ops Group in Victoria and concurrently acted as Chief of Staff for the Board of Inquiry on Detainees in Afghanistan. Retired in the summer of 2008, he now consults for Defence and Security sectors.
Defence Strategic Communications
Until his retirement in 2019, Brian Berube was a prolific communications consultant, working for such organizations as CADSI, Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian Armed Forces Directorate of CBRN Defence, Canada Command, DND Public Affairs and Global Affairs Canada. He was involved in the Government of Canada's Sustainment Initiative for military equipment and fleets.
Policing and Leadership
Jean-Michel Blais
Jean-Michel Blais worked 25 years in the RCMP before becoming the Chief of Halifax Regional Police, retiring in 2019. He is a graduate of McGill University (political science and economics) and Université Laval (law). He is the principal of EMPIRIC Consultancy Solutions, and is currently writing a book entitled 'Working the Blue Line: Lessons in Life, Leadership and Complexity from Hockey and Policing', expected to be published in 2021.
Search and Rescue
A former infantry officer, and a lawyer by profession, Don Blakely has been involved in Ground Search and Rescue since 1987. Currently a Manager with Vernon SAR in BC, Don has responded to hundreds emergencies including floods and urban wildfires. He is a founding member and currently a Director of the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada and of the BC SAR Association. Don was responsible for the creation of the National GSAR Liability Insurance program and is a co-author of British Columbia's SAR Strategic Plan. He is a Lead Instructor with the SAR Program at the Justice Institute of BC and has participated in the development and continued evolution of BC's SAR training standards and management programs. Don is a regular presenter at Canada's national SARSCENE conference. Don was BC's 1999 SAR Volunteer of the Year and was also the executive producer/program manager for a SAR training film for the JIBC's GSTL program.
Infrastructure Security
Philip J. Boyle
Philip J. Boyle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. His research is concerned with contemporary developments in policing, security, and public safety after 9/11, particularly in relation to cities and urban governance. His current research on critical infrastructure security is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Government Contracts
After guiding over 5000 Canadian companies to win over $200M in US government contracts during 15 years as a Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC, Judy Bradt launched her consulting practice in 2003. She is Principal and CEO of Summit Insight, and is dedicated to maximizing Canadian companies' effectiveness and win rate when they seek US government business -- especially in the defence and security niche. She writes and consults for Canadian firms and the trade facilitators who serve them, and is a renowned speaker at conferences across North America on secrets to US government contract success. Her free monthly e-newsletter is available through www.summitinsight.com
Richard Bray began his media career in 1972 in West Germany as an announcer with the Canadian Forces Network, a radio service for Canadian military personnel serving with NATO. Before 1984 when he began a freelance career, Mr. Bray worked with the national radio and television networks of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto as a producer, reporter and senior news editor. During that time, he wrote and presented material on‑air for such national news and current affairs broadcasts as Sunday Morning, The World at Six and World Report.
Writer / Intelligence
After a distinguished career in Canada’s federal Public Service (CSE, PCO, TBS Program Branch, CSIS and the Solicitor General Secretariat), Alan Breakspear began his consulting practice in 1994. He is now President and CEO of Ibis Research Inc. , and a Director of BGB Advantage Corp. providing international clients with services in Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management. Founding Chair of the Ottawa Chapter of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, he has taught Competitive Intelligence in many settings, including the University of Ottawa’s EMBA program and several federal departments, and has been a featured speaker and workshop leader at conferences throughout North America.
Health and Safety Advisor
Wolfgang Brettner
Wolfgang Brettner was born and raised in Carinthia Austria and moved to Alberta with his family in 1998. He has worked in the Oil and Gas industry since 2003 with a break in 2009 to complete a tour of duty with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan. He has been an active Canadian Armed Forces Reservist for 14 years and has been in the Health and Safety Field since 2013.
Aviation & Policing
A 16-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Jacques Brunelle is currently an investigator with their National Security Investigation Section in Ottawa. His first book on the RCMP, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the 1990s: Their Uniforms and Kit was well received and a second edition is currently in the works. He has written numerous articles for Blue Line, Pony Express and Information magazines dealing with police matters and police aviation in particular. Originally from Lachine, Quebec, Jacques attended Dawson College and Concordia University in Montreal. He was selected to be a pallbearer for both Canada's Unknown Soldier and the following year for the former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
Casey Brunelle is a security and intelligence consultant with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, specializing in counterterrorism, public safety, and geopolitics. He is a strategic advisor to the International Airport Watch Association, a not-for-profit community policing and crime prevention program enhancing aviation security around airports. Casey holds an MPhil in international relations from the University of Cambridge and an honours BSocSc in International Development from the University of Ottawa.
A hands-on executive with expertise in software and hardware engineering, new product R&D and consulting, Alan developed software tools for military, security, emergency response, business and government markets. Former the VP of Engineering and senior software architect at Black Coral Inc, he went on to become President of Orcagis Inc., specializing in mission- and safety-critical systems. Upon retirement, Alan became a champion of environmental responsibility, writing many articles and commentaries plus maintaining an information portal on the internet. He passed unexpectedly away after an accident in January 2012.
Emergency Management, Environmental Response
With over 20 years of experience, Darren is called upon by global organizations to enhance their emergency management systems to world-class levels. He has been recognized for his achievements in the fields of environmental emergency readiness, petrochemical incident response, community emergency interface systems and integrated corporate response platforms. Darren currently resides in the Middle East and, in addition to his current work, is also leading the development of the new Incident Command & Management System (ICMS) program for the region.
A professor of International Business and Strategy at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, and co-director of the Telfer Business Analytics and Performance management area, Dr Calof combines research and consulting in competitive intelligence, technical foresight and business analytics to help organizations develop key insights on their competitive environment.
Global Affairs
The Canadian Global Affairs Institute is Canada’s most credible source of expertise on global affairs. The work of their researchers, fellows and advisors sparks impassioned nation-wide discussions and debates that are designed to help Canadians better understand their role on the world stage. Established in 2000 and based in Calgary and Ottawa, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute is a registered charity, which comments repeatedly in the media and publishes extensively on defence, diplomacy, trade and development.
Ken Chadder
Colonel Ken Chadder started his military career as a Combat Engineer. He held many command positions, and was selected as the Commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in 2001. He later became Director Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, and was invested as an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2007. He became the first Commanding Officer of the newly named Canadian Forces Warfare Centre in June 2010. After retiring from the CAF, he became a Business Development Consultant at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure.
Jacqueline Chartier is a freelance writer and journalist. She earned a BA in English Lit. from the University of Calgary. Her academic credentials also include graduation from the Mount Royal College journalism school. She has always maintained a keen interest in Canadian military history and current affairs. Born into a military family, her early childhood was spent on the airbase at Cold Lake, Alberta. Jacqueline’s feature articles and photojournalism have appeared in such publications as FrontLine SAR, FrontLine Defence, Esprit de Corps, Airforce magazine, Alberta Museums Review and the Globe and Mail.
Financial Crime Prevention
Financial Crime Prevention expert and advocate, Garry Clement joined the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists team in 2016 as the Executive Vice President and helped lead strategic changes until April 2018. Garry also maintained his consulting and investigative firm, Clement Advisory Group which he founded in 2009. Garry has over 34 years of financial crime experience. Garry Clement relies on his 34 years of policing experience, having worked in roles as the National Director for the RCMP’s Proceeds of Crime Program, working as an investigator and undercover operator in some of the highest organized crime levels throughout Canada. During Garry’s policing career, he received numerous awards and commendations for his investigative abilities
Security and Technology
Richard Cohen is president of RSC Strategic Connections, based in Ottawa. He has special expertise in counter-terrorism and national security policy development. Over the years, he has advised many of the new European democracies on the development of national security and defence strategies. He is helping to establish a Strategic Research Institute for the Serbia and Montenegro Ministry of Defence. He advises on public safety technology market development and is active in public-private sector national security collaboration for the Conference Board of Canada. He lectures widely and has published numerous articles on national and international security issues.
IT Engineering
Doug Cooke has worked in the Canadian IT vendor community for more than 25 years. He joined McAfee in 1996 where his prime role has been assisting Canada’s largest organization in protecting its computing assets. As the Director of Sales Engineering for Intel Security Canada, Doug manages all technical aspects for the Intel Security Canada management team. Doug holds a Bachelor Degree in Computing Science from University of Toronto.
Biomechanics, R&D
As the president and CEO of ITAC, the Information Technology Association of Canada, Bernard Courtois is an outspoken advocate for the deployment of information and communications technology tools to improve business productivity and to achieve our societal and public policy goals. A lawyer with over 30 years experience in the telecommunications sector, Mr. Courtois served in a variety of executive roles with Bell Canada, including those of Chief Regulatory Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to that, he practiced law in Montreal and Ottawa serving a wide range of clients in telecommunications and other regulated industries.
BGen (ret)
National Security & Intell
After a 35 year military career that culminated in leading a NATO strategic military intelligence staff in Mons, Belgium from 1998-2001, Brigadier General (ret) Jim Cox has since pursued advanced national security and defence intelligence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he is currently a PhD candidate in War Studies. Prior to becoming associated with FrontLine magazines, he was the Executive Secretary of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS).
Dr Nicola Davies is a Psychologist and writer with an interest in the psychology behind frontline work.
War Studies
Since retiring from his position as Logistics Officer in the Canadian Air Force (2004), Major Robert Day continues his passion for research and military analysis. His military service has included posting in almost every region of the country and in Canadian Forces Europe. He has several degrees including an MA in War Studies from RMC where he was the Hunt Prize winner as the top graduate of his graduating year. He is currently completing his PhD in Canadian History. His dissertation is an investigation into the relationship between defence policy and defence procurement.
Hazardous Materials Specialist
STEVEN M. DE LISI, retired after 27 years in the fire service, most recently as the Deputy Chief for the Virginia Air National Guard Fire Rescue at the Richmond (VA) International Airport. He is a hazardous materials specialist, an adjunct instructor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, and a former member of the NFPA committee on hazardous materials protective clothing. He began his career in hazardous materials response in 1982 as a member of the Newport News (VA) Fire Department hazmat team. Since then, he has also served as a hazardous materials officer for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. In that capacity, he provided on-scene assistance to hazmat first responders for an area that included 20 jurisdictions. He has a master’s degree in public safety leadership.
Public Safety, Emergency Planning
Engaged in Public Safety with the City of Vancouver for over 39 years, Frank has vast experience in Crowd Management, Public Order, Public Safety and Fire Operations. He served Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services as Chief of Operations and Public Order Commander; the Vancouver Emergency Management Agency as an Emergency Planning Coordinator; the City of Vancouver as Manager, Special Event Public Safety; and is currently the Principal Consultant at Frank Dodich & Associates Ltd. Frank is a Bronze, Silver & Gold Public Order Commander, Tactical Advisor and Major Event Operational Planner through the College of Policing in London and the Vancouver Police Department. He is a certified CPTED Consultant, Obstruction Removal Team Specialist, sits on the Board of Directors and Advisory Council of the Event Safety Alliance Canada and the Board of Directors of ASIS International, Pacific Chapter 190.
Jenn Donahue
Jenn Donahue is a leadership coach, engineer, and entrepreneur with 25 years in the U.S. Navy. Donahue has led operations around the globe, spearheaded earthquake and tsunami reconnaissance missions in Samoa and Japan, and designed the seismic plans for a bridge over the Panama Canal. She later founded JL Donahue Engineering, a globally recognized seismic analysis and engineering firm. Known as the “Earthquake Doc,” she has served as the seismology expert at five nuclear power plants. Donahue has served on professional boards such as EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute) and USGS (United States Geological Survey) and is a lecturer at UC Berkeley and UCLA.
Transportation Safety
Mark Duncan is a Professional Engineer with a Masters in Public Admin from Carleton University and a degree from Royal Military College. He flew for 6 years with the Canadian Armed Forces as a pilot with VS 880 Squadron. Previously with Transport Canada and then Deputy Airport General Manager at Toronto International Airport, he was promoted to Regional Director General with regulatory responsibility for all modes of transportation in Vancouver. Following 9/11, he led a team that built the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) from the ground up. Retiring in 2007 as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, he is currently President of AeroEdge Consulting Inc. specializing in security and aviation related projects.
Chief (ret)
Chief Vincent Dunn, FDNY (ret), is the author of Collapse of Burning Buildings (Fire Engineering, Revised 2010) and Safety and Survival on the Fireground (Fire Engineering, 1992) and Command and Control of Fires and Emergencies (Fire Engineering (2000), and his most recent text book Strategy of Firefighting (2007). He can be contacted at vincentdunn@earthlink.net or 1-800-231-3388. Go to his web site vincentdunn.com.
Military Affairs, Nova Scotia Intergov Affairs
Recently retired from the position of Military Affairs Advisor with the NS Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, Tim is a retired Cdn military PA officer with 37 years of service. His experience includes peacekeeping missions in Israel, Egypt, Syria and the Balkans. He served with NATO’s peace support missions in Bosnia Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Albania and Kosovo. He has conducted seminars worldwide, and held numerous public affairs management and leadership positions, most notably with the Media Centre for the recovery operations for Swissair flight 111, and with NATO-led exercises in France, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. In 2001, Bulgaria awarded him the Medal for Loyal Service, its highest military award, for his work during a major NATO exercise that paved the way for Bulgaria to join the Alliance.
Risk Management
An internationally recognized expert in crisis mgmt, Mark Egener is president of Summit Enterprises International Inc, a consultancy specializing in crisis and risk mgmt. He has led many projects related to adaptation to global warming, disaster preparedness, the mgmt of risk, and risk communications. He was Senior Advisor to the Alberta Environmental Protection Commission in 2005. From 1983-1995 he was head of Alberta Public Safety Services, an agency responsible for hazardous materials and disaster mgmt, and in 2006 was interim head of the new Alberta Emergency Management Agency. Previously he was a senior manager at an energy and chemical company. He was a founding member and Chair of the Major Industrial Accidents Council of Canada an organization dedicated to the safe management of dangerous chemicals. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers.
National Security
Ward P.D. Elcock's vast experience and contacts in the fields of security and intelligence, coupled with his knowledge of govt policy and procedure and his legal background, made him an outstanding choice to serve as the Coordinator for 2010 Olympic and G8 Security. He served as the Director of the Cdn Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) from 1994-2004, and as the Deputy Minister of National Defence from 2004 to 2007. Prior to his appointment at CSIS, Mr. Elcock served as the Security & Intelligence Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council Office for five years, and as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Legislation and House Planning/Counsel) for six years. Mr. Elcock was recently appointed to the Privy Council Office, where he now serves as the Deputy Minister level advisor to government in the newly-formed Office of the Coordinator for 2010 Olympic and G8 Security.
Airport Security
Jim Facette is the president and CEO of the Canadian Airports Council. He is the chief spokesperson and responsible for the overall management and direction of the association. His association experience includes both professional and industry associations.
Valarie Findlay is a research fellow for the Police Foundation (USA) and has worked for two decades in federal security. She is President of HumanLed, Inc. (www.HumanLed.com). She has managed and participated in the transformation of mission critical systems, developed cyber-security strategies and frameworks, and risk assessment approaches. She holds a Masters in Terrorism Studies and examined the transformation and impacts to law enforcement in Western Nations and is currently engaged in doctoral research. Email: vfindlay@humanled.com Valarie Findlay is a member of both the American Society for Evidenced-Based Policing, and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police eCrimes Cyber Council, as well as a member of AFCEA DC. She is also a research fellow for the Police Foundation (USA). She has worked extensively on federal cyber initiatives, which have contributed to her two decades worth of senior expertise in cyber security and policing initiatives. She has a Masters in Sociology and a Masters in Terrorism Studies with her dissertation addressing the impacts of terrorism on law enforcement in Western Nations.
Public Safety
Alexander Fremis
Alexander graduated in 2017 from the Regular Officer Training Program at the Royal Military College of Canada with a BA Psychology and a Minor in Politics. Since graduating, he has served at the tactical level on both domestic and international operations. He is currently a graduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University pursuing a Master of Public Safety specializing in National Security, and has authored several papers and articles on matters of defence, public safety, and national security over the years.
Security and Intelligence
Greg Fyffe
Greg Fyffe is President of the Canadian Association for Security and intelligence Studies. From 2000 to 2008 he was Executive Director of the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat in the Privy Council Office. He is a consultant on security and intelligence issues and co-teaches a graduate course on security and intelligence at the University of Ottawa. He is co-presenter of short courses on strategic thinking and security and intelligence at the University of Ottawa Centre on Public Management and Policy.
Security Consulting
W.H. (Bud) Garrick has more than 30 years of experience in the realm of police and security operations both domestically and internationally. He served with the Canadian Forces Military Police for 27 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, upon retirement he assumed the position of Deputy Director General for Criminal Intelligence Service Canada. He is currently active in security consulting as a key Principal of Presidia Security Consulting and an Associate with Lansdowne Technologies Incorporated.
Counterterrorism & Counterintelligence
Angela Gendron is a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies, Carleton University, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Buckingham, Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, UK. Her fields of research relate to counterterrorism and counterintelligence. Current research interests are focused on domestic overhead surveillance using unmanned aerial systems; cyber security strategy; and the protection of critical national infrastructure.
Email Security
David Gewirtz is Editor-in-Chief of the ZATZ magazines. He is the Cyberterrorism Advisor for the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals and a columnist for The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security. He is a member of the FBI's InfraGard program, the security partnership between the FBI and industry. He is also a member of the National Defense Industrial Association, the leading defense industry association promoting national security.
Emergency Management, Fire Rescue
Mark Gillan
A firefighter, HazMat technician, and Fire Rescue specialist, Mark finished his 26-year career with the Fire Service in the position of Deputy Chief and Director of the Saint John Emergency Management Organization. He went on to cofound Emergency Solutions International (ESI), and has led teams of ESI personnel to assist corporations prepare resiliency strategies. He has conducted over 150 corporate validation exercises and evaluations around the world.
Maritime Search and Rescue
Blair Gilmore
Blair Gilmore is a retired naval officer with 20 years of public service between the Canadian Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy. He was one of the first trained Rescue Specialists of the Coast Guard’s Dive Rescue Team located in Richmond, BC. In 2007, he rejoined the military as a pilot and later became a MARS officer. Currently, he is a research fellow for the Royal United Services Institute of NS.
Aviation Security
Shawn Goudge
Shawn Goudge is the Regional Manager Aviation Security for Africa and the Middle East with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) based in Amman Jordan. Having specialized in aviation security since 2006, he joined IATA from the Canadian Department of Transport in January 2019. An aviation security specialist, Mr Goudge has expertise in the fields of compliance, audit, inspection, training, project delivery, regulation and policy. He has worked extensively in Canada and has deployed operationally to multiple locations around the world with significant experience in the Middle East Region. Shawn is certified by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as Aviation Security Professional Manager (AVSEC-PM) having completed the required training at Concordia University. He is also certified Aviation Security Auditor and Instructor with ICAO.
Simulation Systems
Mike is the President of CAE Professional Services, with offices in Canada (Greenley & Associates Inc.), the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Mike's service career over the past 15 years has focused on the development of user centred, simulation based analysis, design, testing, and training, and on the definition of integrated professional services that exhibit these principles in support of systems and capability engineering. Mike received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, is a Project Management Professional, and a member of a number of human factors and modeling & simulation societies. See www.greenley.ca
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.
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)
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.
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.
Political Science
Dr Rob Huebert, University of Calgary
Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He also severed as the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was appointed as a member to the Canadian Polar Commission (now renamed Canada Polar Knowledge) for a term lasting from 2010 to 2015. He is also a research fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and sits on the board of the Van Horne Institute. Dr. Huebert has taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. His area of research interests include: international relations, strategic studies, the Law of the Sea, maritime affairs, Canadian foreign and defence policy, and circumpolar relations. He publishes and comments on issues of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security, and Canadian Defence. His most book, written with Whitney Lackenbauer and Franklyn Griffiths, is "Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship".
Russian Military
Born and raised in Moscow, Sergey Ivanov is a retired major of the Russian Air Force. He participated in some military campaigns during the Soviet times. Currently Sergey works as writer and subject matter expert for some American and Canadian military publications. He can be reached at serge@mail.ru
Police Officer
Sergeant Jaswal joined the Ottawa Police Emergency Services Unit in 1999. He is a qualified Search Master under both the NASAR and ERI search systems and has substantial experience in conducting ground searches for missing persons and evidence searches related to criminal investigations. He is the Search and Rescue program coordinator for the Emergency Services Unit and the Chairperson of the Dementia Assistance Committee. Sgt. Uday Jaswal also has extensive experience training police and other professionals in Search and Rescue planning and response.
Secure Identity Management
Catherine Johnston is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ACT Canada, a stakeholder association. In this role she works with users, governments, regulators, suppliers and privacy advocates. She is also the Chair of the International Smart Card Associations Network. Catherine has served on many public and private sector committees. Ms Johnston has taken a leading role in policy development discussions by national and international governments and has become a leading expert in privacy, secure identity management and card technologies. www.actcda.com
CEO, Northgate
With over 36 years of experience, Michel is internationally recognized as one of our country’s foremost experts in international and national security and intelligence, and economic and industrial espionage. Now in the private sector, Michel is in demand across all continents to perform Threat and Risk Assessments and security audits.
Photo of Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan
Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan has a broad range of experience from working within academia, the private sector and UK government. This has included developing and commercializing cutting edge technology, leading the development of long term strategies through the use of foresight and futures techniques and managing business change projects. “Kabi,” as he prefers to be known informally, holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the University of Cambridge and an Executive M.B.A. from the London Business School.
George Kolisnek spent a total of 41 years at DND as a Naval Officer and then senior public servant. From 2001 to 2005 he was the Director Strategic Intelligence at NDHQ, and from 2005 to 2007 he was a Senior Policy Advisor within the Security and Intelligence Secretariat in the Privy Council Office. George is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Carleton University Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies from where he has published papers of interest both at home and abroad.
RCMP, CCGA, Search and Rescue
Jack joined the Canadian Forces’ 2nd Battalion Black Watch but left to join the RCMP after two years. He served in British Columbia and Ontario before transferring to the Northwest Territories’ G Division in 1982. In 1992 he served on the UN Mission in former Yugoslavia and returned to G Division in 1993. His passion was search and rescue, and he was instrumental in growing the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Arctic District from the original two units serving the North (Yellowknife and Hay River), to the current 11 units (adding Inuvik, Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray, Cambridge Bay, Rankin Inlet, Pangnirtung, Kugluktuk, Tuktoyaktuk and Aklavik). Jack died unexpectedly on June 19th 2014. We miss you Jack.
Space & Satellites Advisor, Modeling & Simulation
Mr. Ken Krukewich was with the ADM(Mat) organization, responsible for developing and implementing the Joint Simulation and Modeling for Acquisition, Requirements, Training and Support (JSMARTS) iniatitive. In this capacity, he introduced a Modeling and Simulation course and departmental software tools and services to support three dimensional simulation to DND. In February 2007, he joined the Surveillance of Space project, as Engineering Manager, which will launch DND's first operational satellite. This project has also been featured in FrontLine Defence. He is currently FrontLine's Advisor and correspondent for Space and Satellites. Mr. Krukewich has over 27 years of experience with space programs, both with industry and the Canadian Space Agency. Sadly, Mr Ken Krukewich passed away on November 20, 2009. We will cherish his time with us. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family.
Security Issues
Alexander Landry
Captain Alexander Landry, P.Eng, PMP is a Canadian military engineering officer currently serving within the Engineering Division at NATO Allied Land Command. He has experience on operational deployments both domestically for natural disaster response in Canada, and within an expeditionary setting in Ukraine. He currently writes for various professional journals on topics related to future security issues concerning both Canada and NATO. He also volunteers as the Strategic Initiatives Specialist for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Management.
Smartcard Technologies
Scott Lindley co-founded Farpointe Data in 2003, and since then has held the management leadership position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Farpointe, Scott was Director RFID Products at Keri Systems and Sales Manager North America at Motorola Indala Corporation. Scott holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona and a Bachelor of Arts from California State University in Sacramento, California.
Extreme Weather Safety
Known as the Storm Whisperer, Martin Lisius began tracking storms in the mid-1980s, and created the world's largest storm footage library. He founded and chairs the Texas Severe Storms Association, a national non-profit dedicated to severe weather education and mitigation, and host to the National Storm Conference. He has produced, written, and directed several television programs and worked with the Weather, Discovery and National Geographic channels. Martin has been a technical advisor for blockbuster movies and TV commercials, and recently authored The Ultimate Severe Weather Safety Guide, about mitigating the risks of potentially dangerous weather.
Defence and Security
Tim Lynch was a passionate journalist who wrote about Pacific Maritime issues from public policy perspective. He has researched and written several articles about law enforcement and security in the maritime setting. Before his death in January 2017, he had been engaged in defining the relationships among policy fields associated with National Defence and National Healthcare in Canada with the goal of defining security as a determinant of healthy communities.
Information Security
Tyson Macaulay is the Customer-Chief Information Security Officer (C-CISO)/ Security Liaison Officer for Bell Canada. He is responsible for technical and operational risk management solutions for Bell’s largest enterprise clients. Tyson’s leadership encompasses a broad range of industry sectors from the defence industry to high-tech start-ups. His expertise includes operational risk management programs, technical services and incident management processes. Previously, Tyson served as Director of Risk Management for a U.S. defence contractor in Ottawa - Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA 2001 ? 2005), and founded General Network Services (GNS 1996 - 2001).
Cyber Security
Burns MacDonald has over 25 years of experience in information technology, cyber security, intelligence, strategic analysis and defence. He is currently a senior member of the CGI Cyber Resilience center of excellence in Ottawa, Canada.
Emergency Management
Mr. MacGillivray is currently the Director of the Emergency Services Branch, of the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety. Ernie has been at the centre of the ongoing transformation of emergency mgmt in Canada. Ernie has served as a senior policy advisor on public safety and security issues and has been very active nationally and internationally. His current portfolio includes responsibility for the province’s emergency management, 9-1-1 and regional dispatch systems, interoperability and intergovernmental relations. His main effort right now is implementing organizational and technological change to improve interoperability and build capacity in the emergency management and response agencies.
Canadian Director
Robert Masse is an accomplished visionary, security strategist and business leader with 20 years of experience in security and information technology. On the odd occasion he is not spending time evangelizing security, he speaks at security conferences around the world (Blackhat, RSA, NCFTA, PCI, etc).
Dr. Gordon McBean is a Professor and Director of Policy Studies for The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at The University of Western Ontario. He is Chair, International Science Committee for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk; Co-Chair, Global Environmental Change START Project; and member of International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Board and Ontario Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel. A former Assistant Deputy Minister in Environment Canada, he is a Member of the Order of Canada; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society; and American Meteorological Society. Dr McBean shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC.
Public Health & Safety
Theresa McGuire is a certified Occupational Health Nurse and Canadian Registered Safety Professional. A former Canadian Armed Forces military officer and Search and Rescue volunteer, she is currently employed with the Canadian Coast Guard on icebreakers sailing to the Arctic as a Health Officer. With a Masters in Environmental Management degree focusing on human health risks, her specialized areas of expertise include infectious disease, shiftwork, critical incidence stress, and hearing protection. Theresa is an active member of the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association. She can be contacted at theresamcguire45@gmail.com.
Jim McLean 2020
Jim served 35 years with the Toronto Police Service in a variety of postings, including the Public Order & Emergency Management Unit, Toronto Police College, Major Crime and Foot Patrol. He was a search manager and member of the Toronto HUSAR Team (CanTF3) and has delivered Public Order and Emergency Management training to the public and private sector across Canada.
Cyberspace solutions
Dave is Chief Strategist, Defence and Security at ADGA. Prior to that, he was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Bell Security Solutions Inc., and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the SecDev Cyber Corp. He has a broad-spectrum of experience working at the intersection of cyberspace, social and political change, competition and conflict. Dave was one of the founding members of the interdepartmental committee on Information Warfare and Psychological Operations, and a member of the Privy Council Office (PCO) Intelligence Experts Group (IEG). He was a special advisor to the Canadian Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Intelligence Review and an expert witness to Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs and the parliamentary Committee on Defence and Security.
Conflict Studies
President of Peace and Conflict Planners Canada Inc., a firm specializing in economic and cultural reconstruction and acceleration, Dr. Meharg is also a Senior Research Associate at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, and Adjunct Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada. She is a leading post-conflict reconstruction theorist. Her unique theory of conflict - identicide (1997) - defines the world's most recent attacks perpetrated against people and their cultural places. She achieved top honors in innovative doctoral research in post-conflict reconstruction and has received numerous awards for research, writing and conference presentations. Dr. Meharg has a regional focus on the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq and is currently researching military geography; identicide; and measuring the effectiveness of reconstruction activities during peace operations. Sheserves as a research fellow with the Centre for Security and Defence Studies and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.
Errol P. Mendes is a lawyer, author, professor and has been an advisor and consultant to corporations, governments (including the Privy Council Office, Government of Canada), civil society groups and the United Nations. His teaching, research and consulting interests include public and private sector governance, anti-corruption, globalization, human rights, national security and dispute resolution and has authored or edited eleven texts in these areas. He has helped leading Canadian and international companies develop cutting edge ethics and compliance systems. Since 1979, Professor Mendes has taught at Law Faculties across the country, including the University of Alberta, the University of Western Ontario, McGill and the University of Ottawa from 1992 to present.
Assistant Commissioner
Bud joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1976 and has served Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the far north and points between. In the last 7 years he has served at Command and Executive levels. In October 2007, Assistant Commissioner Mercer transferred to his current position as the Chief Operating Officer for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Integrated Security Unit. Prior to assuming this responsibility, he held the positions of the Deputy Criminal Operations Officer responsible for Federal Policing in the province of British Columbia, the Operations Officer for the Lower Mainland District in the Province of British Columbia, the Officer in Charge of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Police Service, the Officer in Charge of Chilliwack Detachment and a Patrol Duty Officer at Surrey Detachment.
Trauma Response
Samuel A. Miller (M.A.), President of Sam Miller Consulting, is a resourceful Therapist with extensive experience in Trauma Response and Treatment as well as Wellness Programs. He has demonstrated strengths in leadership, coaching and communication. Sam has worked with many organizations and corporations in creating healthy, respectful, workplace environments as well as managing work-related traumatic events. Based in Toronto, Mr. Miller can be reached at 416-455-1684. Please visit his website www.millertraumawellness.com
Edward Minyard is a partner of Global Outsourcing & Infrastructure Services for Unisys. By the summer of 2007, he had spent much of the previous 22 months in New Orleans helping local, state and federal agencies restore communications networks in the city and surrounding areas.
Defence R&D
Dr Ingar Olav Moen, the Director of Science and Technology Policy, with Defence R&D Canada, was responsible for science policy issues, strategic planning, technology forecasting and international R&D coordination. Dr. Moen did postdoctoral research in Physics at the University of Cambridge, England and at McGill University. He taught mechanical engineering and physics at McGill, Western and Trent Universities. He joined the Defence Research Establishment Suffield in 1981, was responsible for R&D on Explosive Systems and Explosive Effects, and wrote many articles for FrontLine before he passed away in June 2006. He is missed by all who knew him.
Security and Emergency Management
Stephen Moore is a police, security and emergency management professional with over twenty-eight years of experience. He has worked with all levels of Government and with police and security agencies both domestically and internationally. Highlights of his career include leadership of the security program for the Department of National Defence and service as the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (Chief of the Military Police) leading an organization of 2000 members delivering policing, security and criminal intelligence services both in Canada and abroad. Stephen is currently the President of Presidia Security Consulting.
Now a writer and biotechnology consultant, John acquired a PhD in genetics from the University of Washington in Seattle, and completed postdoctoral studies in Italy at the University di Pavia and Philadelphia at the Fox Chase Cancer Institute. He has held faculty positions at the University of Kansas and at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. His writings include over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers, non-peer reviewed coverage of the biotechnology industry, books and marketing reports. A number of companies, including Meridian Bioscience, Affitech, Henderson-Morley Biotechnology, Brandwidth Communications and Emergent Technologies have taken advantage of his consultancy services, provided through Newport Biotechnology Consultants.
Search and Rescue
At the time of writing, Jean Murray was the Executive Director of the National Search and Rescue Secretariat. Prior to joining the federal Public Service, Ms. Murray worked in municipal government and the private sector in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and New Brunswick, Canada. She has held positions with Public Works Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat, and Transport Canada, where she worked in aviation policy and railway safety and as Director, Departmental Secretariat. Ms. Murray also spent 13 years with the Canadian Coast Guard, where her appointments included Director General, Rescue, Safety and Environmental Response, and DG, Marine Navigation Services.
Associate Editor
With 38 years of policing with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police including over 6 years in the top post of Commissioner, Phil Murray has made significant contributions to shaping the RCMP, and law enforcement generally, to meet the challenges of modern policing. He has championed community policing model to meet diverse needs; strengthened positive working relationships to encourage shared solutions to law enforcement and governance issues; encouraged technological innovation and investment; and led collaborative and proactive development of enforcement and prevention strategies to address major security threats and risks. Recent experience includes Fairness Commissioner; Ipperwash Commission of Inquiry into Aboriginal, Government and Police relationships; Cornwall Commission of Inquiry into Historical Sexual Abuse; Vice-Chair Ottawa Hospital Board of Governors; Governance Committee, Garda World Security Corporation; Vice-Chair Strategy, National Security Group; and Board of Directors, Pearson Peacekeeping Centre.
IT Security
Lysa Myers is the Director of Research for West Coast Labs, a leading independent test facility for information security and threat trends. She is responsible for researching and analyzing IT threat trends, reviewing and developing test methodologies. Myers spent 10 years in the Avert group at McAfee Security, Inc. coordinating detection and removal solutions, and training security researchers both within McAfee and at US government agencies. She is a member of numerous security industry groups, including the Drone Armies mailing list. A highly sought after expert resource on security topics, Myers is a regular conference presenter, and an IANS faculty member.
Edward R. Myers is the Editor of FrontLine Security magazine. Myers earned a Master of Arts degree from Carleton University's Institute for Canadian Studies. He specialized in Law and Journalism which propelled him into an early career in the publishing industry where he authored a school textbook, Living Law, published by McClelland and Stewart, and directed a video called Jury Duty which was produced for the Law Reform Commission of Canada by the National Film Board of Canada. Myers is an accomplished executive with 25 years experience in developing new businesses and strategic relationships in the information technology and defense sectors in Canada and the United States.
Policing, Emergency Management, HUSAR, CBRNE
William (Bill) Neadles
William (Bill) Neadles is a highly experienced senior management police officer with over four decades of progressive responsibility and leadership in law enforcement, emergency management, preparedness, response operations, recovery, training, exercise design. He has extensive emergency services training in Emergency Management, Public Order, Crowd Management, Search Management, Heavy Urban Search and Rescue and Security.
Associate Editor
A former Crown Prosecutor in Alberta, Scott Newark moved to the national criminal justice reform advocacy stage when named as the first non-police officer to serve as the Executive Director of the Canadian Police Association in Ottawa. After 9-11 he was named as Ontario’s Special Security Advisor on Counter Terrorism and authored that Province’s Security Perimeter Strategy. He co-authored “A View from the Front Lines” which led to the arming of Canada’s Border Services Officers and ending work-alone situations. He is a border and transit security advisor to governments in Canada, most recently as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Public Safety. He holds memberships in Borderpol, the North American Advisory Board to the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Aviation Security Committee, and is Vice Chair/Operations of the National Security Group. Scott is a frequent media commentator on matters of criminal justice reform, Islamic extremism, counter terrorism, infrastructure protection and border security.
Business & Justice Studies
Dr. Norrie serves as Dean of Business & Justice Studies at Utica College in Utica, NY where he is also a Professor of Management with graduate degrees in business, engineering and law. He is the author of 5 books, multiple articles and has given hundreds of public lectures and professional presentations in fields related to IT strategy, leadership, project management and information systems & security best practices, areas in which he is also consulted on by leading organizations globally. Utica college has the only dually accredited cyber security & cybercrime programs in the United States. Please visit www.utica.edu for information on the programs.
Adrian's writing experience includes conducting interviews with industry and government leaders, MPs, and members of the armed forces. His focus is on the Canadian Armed Forces and DND, and government relations, program management.
Dr. Helen Ofosu is a Career Coach and HR Consultant with I/O Advisory Services. She bases her advice on Psychology and has experience working in a Top Secret environment.
Professor of Psychology
Richard Ogle, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at University of North Carolina Wilmington. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2001 at University of New Mexico. His research interests are in the areas of substance abuse, trauma, and psychopathology. He has more than two dozen publications in top journals in the field of psychology, and he is Editor of the North Carolina Psychological Association newsletter. He is currently a Co-Principle Investigator on a 2.6 million dollar grant funded by the Department of Defense to develop and implement a treatment program for veterans with PTSD.
Emergency Management
Jill Olen is the CEO of The Olen Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in public safety and homeland security issues. She served as San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety and Homeland Security during his first term. She had oversight of the City’s Police, Fire and Homeland Security Departments, Emergency Medical Services, Family Justice Center and Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention. Prior to moving to San Diego in late 2004, Olen served in several top level emergency services planning, operations, and policy posts as a senior civilian at the Pentagon.
Risk & Disaster Science
Dr Diego Otegui
Dr. Diego Fernández Otegui is an acclaimed humanitarian practitioner and scholar. He has published in top journals and lectured in numerous conferences around the world. He received his Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware. He participated in missions in several countries including East Timor, Democratic Republic of Congo, India and Mozambique. He currently serves on the board of the International Humanitarian Studies Association and is the US Representative for the University Network of the Americas for Disaster Risk Reduction.
CEO, Striker Pierce, LLC
Brian O’Shea is the current CEO of Striker Pierce Investigations. Mr. O’Shea has over 20 years of experience in the intelligence and counter intelligence world. He has worked across multiple intelligence disciplines for various U.S. Intelligence Agencies, Private Competitive Intelligence Firms, Corporate Litigation and Investigative Teams.
The son of a naval commander and the grandson of an army major general, Tim Page 's career has been within the business sector. He is currently President of CADSI, the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries. Through this position, Mr. Page is lobbying for greater recognition and support for the role played by Canadian industry in support of Canada?s national security objectives. An experienced public policy, communications and association professional, previously involved with industry groups such as the Cdn Chamber of Commerce and the Assn of Consulting Engineers of Canada, his interests have been to promote Canada as a globally competitive economy and as a contributor to international development.
Policing & Security
Lee Patterson
Lee served in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy before joining the West Midlands Police Service specializing in public order, anti-terrorist and crime scene search in the UK. Having emigrated to Canada, he continues to serve as a police supervisor. Lee represented the Integrated Security Unit as the Chief Search Coordinator for the 2010 Winter Olympics. He holds a Masters Degree in Disaster Emergency Management, teaches, and has written on several disciplines. He also holds the ASIS CPP designation.
Karl Payeur is an analyst with The Northgate Group. In 2008, he interned at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he prepared reports on topics pertaining to homeland and international security. Karl is also an M.A. candidate at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa. His current research examines the use and relevance of open sources in counter-terrorism investigations.
Public Safety
A certified management consultant and project mgmt professional, Brian Phillips brings 35+ years experience in security, strategic planning and operational readiness to his role as the Director, Public Safety for Bell Canada. As part of Bell’s Vancouver 2010 Team, he is providing expertise in leading edge technology in strategic and tactical solutions that support public safety and critical infrastructure protection. He was previously a senior executive at the RCMP, where he served for 28 years in protective policing ops, integrated intelligence services and corporate mgmt functions. Mr. Phillips' work has involved planning security for major world events such as the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, economic summits, and papal and royal visits to Canada.
Critical Infrastructure
Mr Pickering is the Chief Learning Officer for the Critical Infrastructure Institute. After 38 years of public service in the Canadian Forces, Mr. Pickering has consulted in critical infrastructure protection in the private and public sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Applied Military Science from the Royal Military College of Canada and is a graduate of the National Security Studies Course. He has been a senior consultant on projects that have included assessing security and emergency management policy and procedures at government, transportation, energy and industrial facilities.
Bruce Pitt-Payne retired in 2017 after 26 years with the RCMP where he was a major crime investigator and interview specialist (adult and child). He is currently an internationally-recognized investigative consultant and interview trainer. He is a licensed private investigator in British Columbia.
Defence & Aviation Journalist
Ken Pole is currently the longest-serving continuous active member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery. A staff writer and desk editor with The Canadian Press in several bureaus across the country before moving to newspapers, he has been a freelance journalist since 1979, writing extensively on a range of military issues as while maintaining a keen interest in all aspects of civil fixed-wing and rotorcraft aviation. He is an avid sailor, diver and photographer as well as an aspiring guitarist.
Paramedics and Community Policing
Constable Julien Ponsioen is the Neighbourhood Police Officer for the Metro Vancouver Transit Police in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Julien Started his Emergency Service career as a Paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service in 1993 in a small town called Sicamous. Julien eventually found his way into the Metro Vancouver area in 2001 to continue his Paramedic career, eventually becoming a Superintendent with the BC Ambulance Service. In 2014, he decided to join the Metro Vancouver Transit Police Department as a recruit Police Constable, and spent time in patrol before becoming the Neighbourhood Police Officer for the Downtown Vancouver core, and the LGBTQ2S+ Liaison member. Follow Julien on Social Media @cstjponsioen
Tom Quiggin is a court-qualified expert in jihadist terrorism, a Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU, Singapore and a regular contributor to FrontLine Security magazine.
Natural Gas
Shahrzad Rahbar is the Vice President of Strategy and Operations at the Canadian Gas Association where she leads activities in sustainable development and delivery operations. She obtained her BSc in Mechanical Engineering and her PhD in heat transfer from Queen Mary College. Prior to joining the gas industry in Canada, she held a variety of research and academic positions in England. Shahrzad has over 16 years of leadership experience in the natural gas industry.
International Defense and Security Analyst
A former officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, he went on to be a military advisor to the Saudi Royal Family, Sunil Ram taught for two decades at American Military University in the Military History Department and the School of Security and Global and Studies. He is currently the Director of Intelligence for private concerns in the UAE and works as an international defense consultant to major private enterprises around the world.
Jon Ramsey is the Chief Technology Officer at Dell SecureWorks in Atlanta, GA and a Dell Fellow. Ramsey has 25 years of hands-on experience at every level system administrator, software engineer, analyst, security penetration specialist and senior engineer. Prior to joining Dell SecureWorks, Ramsey worked for the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), Siemens, and the University of Pittsburgh. Ramsey earned a Master's degree in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Emergency Management
Dave Redman has worked with all orders of government and the private sector to develop emergency management in North America. He worked for Emergency Management Alberta (EMA) for over five years, leading it for two. He served for over 27 years as an officer in the Canadian Army, including on a number of United Nations and NATO operational tours in areas in conflict. He continues to work in the U.S. with Federal and State governments. In Canada he works with federal provincial governments, the private sector and academic institutions.
Infectious diseases
Dr Shane Renwick
A graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), Dr Renwick also holds an MSc in Epidemiology from the Department of Population Medicine at the OVC. After working for several years in Animal Health Risk Assessment for the federal government, he accepted a position as Chief of Science and Tech at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Dr. Renwick coordinated the National Federal-Provincial Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Network and the National Avian Influenza Surveillance Network, and was project manager on foreign animal disease diagnostic test development in CFIA where he has been Director of Animal Health Science Foresight and Intelligence and Senior Advisor, Strategic Science Engagements.
Business Analytics
Greg Richards is currently MBA Director and Director of the Centre for Business Analytics and Performance at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management where he teaches courses on Organizational Performance Management and Management Consulting. His current research focuses on the use of performance management techniques, the use of information technology in delivering performance information, the role performance information plays in stimulating organizational learning and innovation, and the issue of “cognitive load” related to people’s decision-making processes.
Customs and Borders
Barry Risk
Born in Bristol, England and immigrating to Canada, Barry Risk has enjoyed all the riches that Canada can provide. Over his 35-year career in Customs, he has witnessed many changes to his area of expertise, border protection. He has travelled and worked in many parts of Canada. His career, from field officer to Counter-Terrorism intelligence Officer, began in Toronto and finished off at CBSA headquarters. He has won many awards of excellence and Ministerial awards, and takes particular pride in his medals for Peacekeeper, Peace Officer, and the 125 medal. His recently authored the book "The Thinner Blue Line", published by Burnstown Publishing House, journeys through his 35 years of border protection and the complexities of the Customs Service.
Crisis Management, Responder Interoperability
Pascal Rodier is the Executive Editor of FrontLine Safety & Security magazine. He is a Certified Emergency Manager with the International Association of Emergency Managers. His extensive 30+ years of experience includes leading teams on large-scale incidents and events; commanding responses to multiple airplane crashes, multi-casualty incidents, EMS support for fire/Hazmat/CBRNE and civil unrest incidents, and large scale civic celebrations (including the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics). He recently joined Nova Scotia Health’s Emergency Preparedness team where he is Manager of Project and Planning.
Criminal Investigations
Dustine Rodier
Dustine Rodier began her RCMP career in British Columbia and soon moved to the Serious Crimes Unit where, in 2008, where she was promoted to Corporal. Dustine was key in establishing the Special Victims Team and led a team of highly skilled investigators. Moving to New Brunswick, she was assigned to the Federal Policing Unit in Saint John. In 2021, Inspector Rodier was assigned as Executive Officer to the Commanding Officer in H Division, Nova Scotia. Her new assignment has her working on Division-wide initiatives supporting the Force’s mandate across the province.
Policing, Critical Incident Training
Monique Rollin
Inspector Monique Rollin retired as a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service in January 2019 with over 31 years’ experience in policing. She has been trained by the US Coast Guard in tactical response, mass casualty disaster response and incident command to international levels. Monique has now taken on private consulting including a position as Vice President and Director of Training for Canadian Critical Incident Inc. and develops curriculum and delivers training to Incident Commanders, Crisis Negotiators, 911 Communicators, Front-line Supervisors and Special Constables on crisis/hostage negotiations, major incident command and crisis de-escalation.
Legal Counsel
Jay Rosenblatt, a Partner in the law firm Simpson Wigle LLP, located in Hamilton, Ontario, is engaged in a Business and Technology law practice. He counsels companies from early stage start up to maturity through each phase of their growth, and assists them in enhancing enterprise value. Due diligence and disaster management are key elements to his Risk Management guidance. Jay has provided such input to vulnerable mid-sized companies as well as very large corporations. Jay is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Centre for Emergency Planning.
Emergency Management and EMS
Steve Rowland has been involved with the Emergency Medical Services in Ontario since 1974. He is a provincially certified instructor in Basic Emergency Management and Incident Management systems. He was a visiting staff member at the Canadian Emergency Management College in Ottawa. In 2010, he became a Certified Municipal Manager III. Steve Rowland retired after 37 years as a Superintendent from Durham Region EMS and worked part-time with the City of Kawartha Lakes EMS.
Associate Editor
Martin Rudner passed away in December 2019. He was a Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor at Carleton University prior to his retirement in 2007. He was the founding Director of the Cdn Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies at Carleton and authored hundreds of books and articles dealing with Southeast Asia, international affairs, and security and intelligence studies. He consulted and lectured on security and counter-terrorism issues to various departments and agencies of the Government of Canada and other international authorities.
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Policing and Training
Stephen Sadler served with the Toronto Police Service for 30 years, retiring as the Sergeant in Charge of one of the two CBRNE teams in Toronto. Over the years, he was involved in a variety of investigative and tactical roles, and taught extensively in Search and Rescue, Public Order and Crowd Management, and Emergency Management programs. Stephen served a year-long tour in Afghanistan, working with EUPOL as a mentor and adviser for the Commanding General in charge of policing for the province of Badakshan. During that tour he co-created and implemented a Community Policing program model for the Afghanistan National Police. He retired to the corporate sector in 2018, as the Manager for Corporate Security for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
Development Economics
Yiagadeesen Samy is an Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University. Samy holds a PhD in Economics with specializations in international and development economics. He has published several articles in refereed academic journals and contributed chapters to several books. Samy recently won a research achievement award from the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University for his work on state fragility. He is currently working on aid allocation and effectiveness in fragile states; fiscal pacts and development outcomes; aid for trade; and emerging donors.
Jeni Sandeman is a senior communication strategist in the RCMP's Public Affairs and Communication Services Directorate with over 5 years of service as an RCMP Civilian Member. Jeni has over 9 years of experience in the communication field and holds two degrees (Mount Royal College and University of Calgary). Jeni is currently an acting team leader within the Strategic Communication group, providing consultation, issues management and communication support to the Critical Incident Preparedness and Response Initiative, the Protective Policing Directorate, and the Major Events Section for security related to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Doug Silver is the Division Chief, Professional Development and Training, Toronto Fire Services and Special Teams Coordinator HUSAR.
Defence Research
Joining the CF as a Medical Assistant, Major Sloan completed numerous postings and tours. He was later commissioned as a Bioscience officer, and was instrumental in setting up the new CF School of Survival and Aeromedical Training. He participated in various UNSCOM missions in Iraq (1995, 1998) as a Biological weapons inspector, and was one of the first leaders of Force Health Protection’s Deployable Health Hazard Assessment teams. In 2003, he was posted to DRDC Suffield as the first Director of the Counter Terrorism Technology Centre. This centre, with a staff of over 30 civilian CBRN experts, is responsible for providing Training, Test and Evaluation, and Forensic support to both domestic and international CBRN First Responders and the military community.
Policing & Intelligence
Angus Smith is the Officer in Charge, Alternative Analysis, RCMP National Security Criminal Investigations. Mr. Smith has close to 25 years experience as an intelligence analyst across the RCMP and worked in a variety of areas, including drugs, organized crime and anti-corruption before taking up national security-related duties after 9/11. Mr. Smith has also worked in Eastern Europe and Latin America. His current areas of focus include strategic issues related to the Middle East, South Asia, Russia and China. He has a particular interest in domestic radicalization.
Disaster Mangement
Douglas G. Smith is a researcher and emergency manager. From 2002 to 2016 he worked as a contractor for the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC). He operated in Myanmar, Haiti, West Africa and Peru. Back on Canadian soil since 2017, he currently studies the roles of military forces in disaster management.
Maritime & Northern safety and security issues
A retired maritime barrister, Joe Spears is a principal of the Horseshoe Bay Marine Group (HBMG) in West Vancouver Canada. He has a long-standing interest in all aspects of emergency response, regulatory law enforcement and governance, and the growing impact climate change has on these issues in Canada, an arctic and ocean nation. Joe has acted as ad hoc civil agent for the Attorney General of Canada and has prosecuted federal offenses on behalf of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. He has developed and delivered a national investigation course for Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security. A graduate of Dalhousie University, with a Masters from the London School of Economics, London, England in Sea-Law law, Economics and Policymaking, he has acted for various private sector organizations and government departments as a legal, policy and training advisor (including commercial interests and insurers). A certified mariner and pilot, Joe is a frequent lecturer, commentator and writer both domestically and internationally on these issues. Joe has been writing for FrontLine since 2008.
Public Health
Paula J Stewart MD, FRCPC is the highly respected Medical Officer of the Health Unit in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District in Ontario.
Defence R&D
Dr. Harold Stocker has been a Defence Scientist with the Directorate of Science and Technology Policy (DST Pol), Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) Programs since 2001. In his 25-year career, following post-doctoral assignments, including with the National Research Council of Canada, he held progressively senior mgmt positions with the Atomic Energy Control Board (now, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission), and the nuclear regulatory authority in Canada. Although trained as a nuclear physicist, his interest and attention with DRDC are devoted to the study, analysis and assessment of emerging technologies in the defence and national security domains.
Military Intelligence
J.Paul de B. Taillon
Dr. Taillon served 30 years in the intelligence community and is a published author who lectures in counterinsurgency, special operations, counterterrorism, intelligence, strategic issues, and leadership. Colonel Taillon’s 42-year military career included more than 22 foreign training missions and numerous deployments. He served as Counterinsurgency Advisor to the Commander Canadian Army, Commanding Officer of the Toronto Scottish Regiment, and served with the British Special Air Service Regiment, U.S. Army Special Forces, and Canada’s JTF2. He is Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Canadian Grenadier Guards.
Border Safety & Security
Thomas is a recognized international expert on border safety, security and migration management. His career began in the CBSA, and in 1993 was appointed Regional Immigration Control Officer accredited to 13 countries. After many major contributions and promotions he was soon recognized for establishing innovative intelligence reporting and counter trafficking programs in Central and Eastern Europe. He is a founding member and since 2003 the Executive Director of BORDERPOL?, a global body of security and migration experts, distinguished diplomats and recognized academics. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, is married, has two children, three grandchildren and currently resides near Toronto, Ontario.
An innovative thinker, Warren Tkachuk is able to succeed with challenging initiatives. He has channeled this by supporting SMBs and self sustaining community initiatives. As the managing director at Achieve IP, he bridges strategic operational initiatives with executives and stakeholders. Achieve IP, is a management company that creates shared value partnerships, is conscious about integrating Indigenous people into the Canadian economy and building sustainable funding vehicles for social enterprises.
P.Eng., MIFireE
In 2000, Sean Tracey became the first Regional Manager in Canada for the National Fire Protection Association. He is a past Director of the Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners and from 2005 to 2010 served as the Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness. Sean is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Kingston with a Civil Engineering Degree. He is a certified Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. He contributes regularly to technical publications on fire and life safety.
Crisis & Continuity Management
Annick is Director of Security, Crisis & Continuity Management, for GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, located in Belgium. A criminologist with 25 years of experience, Annick started her career as an operative with the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS). She has performed duties as Investigator, Intelligence Officer in both Counter Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. She has extensive experience at a senior managerial level with significant safety and security experience in the international environment; She has demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in managing complex organizations. Her extensive experience in handling complex safety and security issues includes disaster/crisis management and in managing a large and geographically dispersed department.
Interoperability, Incident Command
Inspector Valcour has extensive Incident Command, Leadership, Strategic Planning and Technology Program/Project Mgmt experience at national and international levels. A veteran of the Ottawa Police Service, he led the national interoperability program, spearheaded by the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG). He has worked on major projects with numerous national organizations, including police, fire, EMS, Industry Canada and Public Safety Canada.
Dr Vallerand is the Director of S&T Public Security of the Center of Security Science, a program that supports 21 Departments and Agencies with Homeland Security Research, Technology and Analysis (RT&A). He specializes in research, design and implementation. He has established investment guidance and directions for Human Factors, Modeling & Simulation and Capability Assessment domains, led major S&T initiatives, and spearheaded several major S&T programs nationally and Internationally.
Security Advisor
Joseph Varner
Joseph Varner has extensive experience in the fields of intelligence, international security, and diplomacy as a trusted advisor to the highest levels of the Canadian government. He holds certificates in Emergency Program Management, Hazardous Materials, and Disaster Recovery from the Federal Emergency Management Institute in Maryland and in Security Supervision from the International Foundation of Protection Officers. Joe Varner is an Adjunct Scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute and is author of “Canada’s Asia-Pacific Security Dilemma.” He served as Director of Policy to the Hon. Peter McKay from 2008 to 2014. Varner taught homeland security and intelligence studies at the American Military University.
Information Security Consultant, EGYDE
Martin Verreault is an Information Security Consultant with experience in multiple industries such as finance, insurance, transportation and professional services. He is a results oriented and pragmatic consultant with a keen understanding of the need to implement the right security measures to enable business innovation while protecting key assets from cyber threats. This balanced approach, combined with his passion and attention to details, allows him to work and communicate at any level within an organization in order to deliver security initiatives and services.
As founder of Waits Consulting Group, Inc., David Waits is a highly sought after consultant, speaker and author. As a proven expert in developing powerful initiatives that revolutionize culture, David helps his clients create a thriving organizational environment that facilitates rapid growth, innovative development and on-going profitability. He has worked with clients in all 50 states, including Quest Diagnostics, General Dynamics, Major League Baseball, Walmart, Walt Disney World and numerous other world-class organizations. For more information, visit www.DavidWaits.com.
Contributing Editor
After graduating from Seneca College’s Aviation and Flight Technology program in 1989, Blair flew aerial survey in several countries. Between 1996 and 2005, he worked in air traffic control training, airport operations and project management, airline instructional design, and technical writing. He then began a writing career, covering military and homeland security topics. Sadly, Blair passed away in 2014.
Audio Solutions
Chris Wildfoerster has three decades of experience in audio and controls industries building channels, driving strategic partnerships and developing go to market strategies in the commercial and professional AV markets. He is the Business Development Manager for Audio Solutions at Axis Communications.
Scott Wright is an Ottawa-based consultant who helps organizations that are concerned about the business risks related to today's rapid information sharing culture. He founded the Streetwise Security Zone, a collaborative web community for sharing news and information about security risks, and providing affordable security training and education for teams. Scott has over 20 years of experience with organizations such as Entrust, Hummingbird (now Open Text) and Mitel, as well as several Canadian government departments. He has an Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.
Sgt (ret)
Security/Intelligence, Current Affairs
Anthony (Tony) Wyver
Tony served for more than 24 years in the Canadian Forces enjoying the fields of Meteorology and Intelligence. He worked in Canada with the Navy, Air Force and Army, and deployed to Europe and Cyprus, plus at sea on destroyers and supply ships. He retired as a Senior NCO and returned to school to become a Broadcast Journalist, gaining on-air radio and television news-writing experience. The Security sector called back and he held positions at various levels in the areas of Management, Quality Assurance and Client Services. Freelance writing allows him to write, utilizing his love of research, investigation, psychology, current affairs. He is proud of his family, Canada, and its rugged beauty.
Cyber Security
Previously Director of the US-CERT and National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security, and CEO and advisor to In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA, Amit Yoran has been serving as Chairman and CEO of NetWitness since Nov 2006. He was the Vice President of Worldwide Managed Security Services at the Symantec Corporation. The co-founder of Riptech, a market leading IT security company, he served as its CEO until it was acquired by Symantec in 2002. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in the Department of Defense's Computer Emergency Response Team. Mr. Yoran serves as a commissioner on the CSIS Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, and numerous other industry advisory bodies.
Paramedicine and Search and Rescue
Tom Zajac
Tom Zajac is a Critical Care Paramedic based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. He has 20 years of paramedic experience and currently works on rotor and fixed-wing air ambulances for BC Emergency Health Services. Tom is a Medical Specialist on CAN-TF1, the Vancouver Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team. He is the President and a Search Team Leader with Coquitlam Search and Rescue. Tom is also President of Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation and an active member of the Paramedic Association of Canada’s National Awards and Benevolent committees.