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Angela Adu B.ED. (AdEd), B.A.

Academic Advisor for Curriculum, Durham Regional Police Service

Angela Adu is an expert in online course and curriculum development, having worked in the field for over 15 years. Angela is passionate about integrating appropriate measurement and assessment strategies into police education and training. She plays a leading role in moving Durham’s Police Education and Innovation Centre towards a facilitation model, as well as providing faculty with strategies to engage learners and to enhance the classroom experience.

Angela has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Brock University (specializing in Adult Education), and is currently a Masters Candidate with Central Michigan University, in the Education program. Angela also holds a Certificate in Professional Management from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Her current role involves supporting all learning within Durham’s Police Education & Innovation Centre, curriculum mapping, and ensuring appropriate learning opportunities are available to all members of the Service.

Superintendent Rhonda Blackmore

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Supt. Blackmore has 22 years of service with the RCMP. She completed her general duty service in “F” Division (Saskatchewan), serving in 3 postings, including a northern limited duration post. Supt. Blackmore was then transferred to Ottawa where she has worked in Operational Policy and Compliance, the National Use of Force program, as a member of the Emergency Response Team and as an Advisory NCO to the Director General of National Criminal Operations. In 2011, she was promoted to the rank of Inspector and has served as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commissioner Contract and Aboriginal Policing, a Travel Officer for the Governor General of Canada and as the Officer in Charge of the National Use of Force Program. Superintendent Blackmore also completed a secondment at the Ottawa Police Service as the Officer in Charge of East Division Patrol. In October 2015, she was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and became the Director of Operational Policies and Programs, which is the position she currently holds. In this role she is responsible for National Use of Force, National Traffic Services, the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Program, Operational Policy and Compliance and the Operational Communications Centre National Support Services. Superintendent Blackmore is also an active Critical Incident Commander.

Sgt. Darren Carr

Investigative Interviewing Program Manager, Pacific Region Training Centre

Darren has been a member of the RCMP for 18 years and has served entirely in British Columbia in the Metro Vancouver area. Darren has an extensive background working in serious and major crime investigations, including homicides. In 2010, he promoted to the division's full-time interview team, based out of E Division Headquarters, which provides support to investigations in the areas of hostile/reluctant witnesses, the cultivation and handling of agents and informants, repentant witnesses (full and limited immunity agreements) and complex suspect interviews.

Darren is trained in cognitive interviewing techniques, including the enhanced cognitive interview, child interviewing protocols, the PEACE model of interviewing (Tier 3), the Reid's Technique and developed and now teaches the RCMP's national interviewing model, the Phased Interview Model for Suspects.

Since 2012, Darren has been the sitting chairperson for a national focus group to develop best practises with respect to investigative interviewing. He is presently seconded from the Interview Team to the Pacific Region Training Centre where he manages the investigative interviewing training portfolio.

He lives in beautiful White Rock BC, with his wife, Loretta, and their two dogs. When not policing he is an avid, although terrible, tennis player.

Joseph Countryman

Learning and Development Coordinator, York Regional Police

Joseph Countryman is a Learning and Development Coordinator with York Regional Police. His previous roles in the Training and Education Bureau with York Regional Police include Technology Trainer and E-Learning Specialist. Joseph is passionate about integrating technology into the police learning environment, working in partnership with CPKN using the YRP Learning Management System to introduce blended learning opportunities, and other educational innovations into the training curriculums for York Regional Police learners.

Joseph has a Bachelors of Arts in Information Technology, and a Masters of Education with a focus on Educational Technologies from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Betty Froese

Learning and Development Manager, Vancouver Police Department

Betty Froese is the Learning and Development Manager of the Vancouver Police Department. With almost 10 years of experience in curriculum design for law enforcement, she is responsible for the development and oversight of all curriculum development for the department. Previous to her career in law enforcement she worked for the Alberta government in accreditation standards and prior to that was the bilingual curriculum manager for a national school in Taiwan.

Betty has a Bachelors of Education, a Masters of Education focusing on Curriculum Design from the University of Alberta and is working on her Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of British Columbia. Betty has been involved in instruction, facilitation, educational development and oversight for almost 20 years.

Dan Goodwin

Learning Solution Architect, Canadian Police Knowledge Network

With over 15 years of experience in developing instructional solutions and courseware, Dan Goodwin is the Learning Solution Architect at CPKN. During the course of his career, Dan has worked with major clients including Johnson & Johnson, Canadian Tire, Bombardier, and numerous policing organziations across Canada. He specializes in instructional methodologies that utilize appropriate technologies in client-focused learning environments.

Dan is proficient in a variety of curriculum assessment, development, and instructional techniques across various technology-based mediums including LMS and LCMS environments. Dan is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick with degrees in Adult Education, Psychology, and Criminal Justice.

Nora Houlahan, MSc

Program Manager, Police Academy

Nora Houlahan is the Program Manager at the JIBC Police Academy, responsible for curriculum and training standards. Previous to police training, Nora worked at UBC Medical School managing the Problem Based Learning program. She has been involved in instruction, facilitation, and educational development for over 15 years. She also holds an MSc and is an EdD candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of British Columbia.

Laura Huey

Professor of Sociology, Director, Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing

Laura Huey is the Director of the Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing and a Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Senior Research Fellow with the Police Foundation, a member of the Board of SERENE-RISC and a Senior Researcher for the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society. She is also the London Police Service Research Fellow and previously sat as a member of the Canadian Council of Academies' Expert Panel on the Future of Canadian Policing.

Ryan Jepson

Inspector, Calgary Police Service

Ryan Jepson is the Inspector in charge of the Technical Operations Section of the Calgary Police Service leading teams with specializations in digital forensics, cybercrime, economic crime, arson, and electronic surveillance. Ryan has been a member of the Calgary Police Service for 22 years and he sits on the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Electronic Crime Committee.

Ryan holds a Master’s Degree in Justice and Public Safety Leadership from Royal Roads University, a Certificate in Information Assurance and Risk Management and a Certificate in Information Assurance from the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the University of Washington.

Mike Legault

Officer In Charge of Training & development and the Pacific Region Training Centre in British Columbia

For the last 30 years, Michel has served in various communities in BC as well as in Ottawa, Ontario. He primarily worked in such capacities as General Duty, Major Crimes, Crime Prevention, Training and Human Resources.

For the last twenty-four years, Michel has been involved in learning & development, performance improvement initiative, change management and organizational behavior as a supervisor, manager, executive and coach.

Michel holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University and also is a sessional Instructor for the Justice Institute of British Columbia and Camosun College.

Most importantly, Michel is the husband of Leah and father to two wonderful children Tessa and Alexandre.

Joel Matthews

Inspector, Chief Crowfoot Learning Center

Joel is a 21 year member of the Calgary Police Service, and is currently Inspector of the Chief Crowfoot Learning Center. He is a member of the CPKN Board, and Chair of the Collaboration Committee (April 2017).

Joel holds a MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University and is a Nationally Certified Critical Incident Commander

Steve McCartney, MSc

Program Director, Police Academy

Steve McCartney, MSc, retired from the Vancouver Police Department after 28 years of service. Upon retiring from the V.P.D. he became the Program Chair of Law Enforcement Studies at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and in January became the Program Director for the JIBC Police Academy.

Robert Merriott

Detective Constable, Vancouver Police Department

Robert has been a member of the Vancouver Police Department for 12 years working as a frontline police officer, tactical operator, and now as a detective in the Technological Crime Unit specializing in Digital Forensics and Cybercrime.

Prior to his policing career, Robert obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and worked in the private sector as a web application developer. While working as a developer, Robert was awarded Microsoft MVP status and was a founding board member of the ASPInsiders, an organization that worked closely with Microsoft to provide expert feedback on the development of the ASP.NET web application framework.

As a result of his policing and private sector work experience, Robert understands the threats and liabilities faced by organizations with an online presence as well as the challenges faced by police agencies in investigating and preventing cybercrimes.

Supt. Al Murphy

Superintendent, Edmonton Police Service

Al Murphy has been a member of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) for 21 years and is currently assigned as the Superintendent in charge of 160 sworn and civilian members in the Northwest Patrol Division. In addition to his assignment in charge of a patrol division Al is currently the Co-Chair of the EPS Committee preparing for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis and sits on two other City of Edmonton committees dealing with the same issue from the broader corporate perspective.

Al was previously assigned as the Executive Officer (Inspector) to the Chief of Police and as the Inspector in charge of Professional Standards Branch (PSB).

Al has spent 5 years of his career working in the police disciplinary system. In addition to his assignment as the Inspector in charge of PSB he was also assigned as a Detective and Staff Sergeant in PSB at different times. His career has been divided equally in both investigative and operational assignments including Forensic Identification Services Section.

Krystine Richards

Manager of Client Services, Canadian Police Knowledge Network

Since 2010, Krystine Richards has been CPKN’s Manager of Client Services. In that role she has helped police services across the country integrate online learning into traditional classroom-based training programs. She has presented to national and international audiences on the effectiveness and efficiencies of technology-enhanced learning.

Prior to CPKN, Krystine spent 7 years in the biotech industry, working in product development, marketing, technical sales, and customer service management. She has lived and worked in the US, Japan, and England. Krystine holds a BSc. in Biology from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), a diploma in Media Arts from the Atlantic Media Institute, a certificate in International Trade from the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), and an Executive MBA from UPEI. As part of her MBA, Krystine completed an extensive research project that examined the perceptions of technologies used for education by post-secondary students and instructors.   

Dale L. Sheehan, M.O.M.

Assistant Commissioner (Retired), Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Dale Sheehan is a Retired Assistant Commissioner with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with 35 years experience in law enforcement. Born and raised in Montreal, he attended John Abbott College’s Police Technology Program and is a graduate of Carleton University (B.A. Sociology/Criminology/Law) and the Sprott School of Business Executive Strategic Human Resources Leadership Program.

Dale has served across Canada and internationally with the RCMP and was seconded to the former Yugoslavia with the United Nations Peacekeeping forces. He was Director General, Chief Superintendent of the RCMP Learning and Development Branch. His responsibilities included all RCMP National Training programs, Tactical and Technical Training, Canadian Law Enforcement Training and International Training.

Peter Sloly

Partner, Risk Advisory

Peter Sloly is Partner and lead of Security and Justice in the Risk Advisory practice, specializing in building leading edge cybersecurity capacity, modernizing organizations for success in the digital age and implementing successful diversity & inclusion/human capital strategies. He retired as a Deputy Chief of Police after a decorated 27-year policing career.

Peter Sloly’s policing career included the successful implementation of a social media/cyber security strategy for Canada’s largest municipal police agency as well as implementing innovative corporate strategies in the areas of emergency management, operations center design, risk management, human capital management and public safety.

Sandy Sweet

President, Canadian Police Knowledge Network

Sandy Sweet has been an advocate for technology-enhanced learning within Canada's police community since 2004. At that time, he collaborated with like-minded individuals from the policing sector to create the Canadian Police Knowledge Network. As President of CPKN, he has cultivated an extensive network of stakeholders that has advanced CPKN from a pioneering concept to a core element of Canadian police training.

With a focus on building productive relationships, Sandy has played a leading role in mobilizing the police community in its transition to online learning models and creating a national knowledge-sharing network of police services and training organizations. CPKN is now the focal point for collaboration on common training standards, competency management, and advocacy for continued enhanced professionalism in policing.

Sandy addresses audiences across Canada and internationally about the challenges of introducing 'disruptive innovations' into organizational culture and the evolution of learning technologies in the policing environment 

A native of Nova Scotia, Sandy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and a Masters of Business Administration from Dalhousie University.

Wendy Taylor

Lead Instructor, Justice Institute of British Columbia

Wendy is currently the Lead Instructor with the Justice Institute of British Columbia for the Vancouver Island Bachelor of Law Enforcement Program and part time faculty with Camosun College. Wendy has been teaching and developing curriculum and programs in the Criminology and Criminal Justice field since 2004. Wendy has also worked in the areas of public safety, community justice, privacy and legislation and research with the BC Government for the past 30 years.

In her last position in government as Executive Director of the Cross Government Compliance and Enforcement Secretariat, she supported and worked with compliance and enforcement business areas across government and the broader public sector assisting with strategies focusing on information sharing, intel, safety, training and human resources and developing core curriculum for the sector.

Wendy has an MA in Public Safety Leadership from Royal Roads University and has completed all of the coursework for her PhD in Criminology from SFU focusing on Evidence Based Policy and Decision-Making in Law Enforcement.

Rob Thomas

Detective, Toronto Police Service

Detective Rob Thomas has been a member of the Toronto Police Service for the past 29 years. In 2007 he obtained his certification by the Canadian Police College as a forensic polygraph examiner and now serves as a senior Polygraph Examiner for the Toronto Police where he administers polygraph examinations in support of criminal investigations.

In addition to polygraph, Rob also assists the field investigative offices and specialized units within the Toronto Police with in-custody suspect interviews and developing interviewing strategies in serious criminal investigations.

Throughout his career Rob has worked in a variety of different capacities, including uniformed policing, the Criminal Investigations Branch, the Public Order Unit and the Financial Crime Unit. Most recently Rob has worked with the RCMP – Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) as a member of their Investigative Interview Team where he’s assisted with several high profile terrorism files.

Rob has lectured to federal, provincial and local law enforcement agencies, as well as private companies, and is a part-time instructor at the Toronto Police College where he lectures on the topic of Interviewing, Interrogation and Statement Admissibility.

Prior to policing, Rob studied Commerce at Ryerson University, and is married with two daughters.

Geneviève Tremblay

Director, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Geneviève Tremblay is the Director of National Learning Design Services at the RCMP and member CPKN’s National Advisory Committee. She is responsible for the design and development of national training, learning strategies, standards and policies, and the RCMP’s Learning Management System.

She joined the RCMP in 2005 and has held a number of positions in Human Resources Management functions. As a result, she understands the importance of underpinning training with a solid competency framework.

A proponent of partnerships and collaboration, Geneviève believes that sharing best training products and practices makes for a stronger law-enforcement community in Canada.

Geneviève holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Ottawa.