Catherine began her policing career with Peel Regional Police in 1976. After working in uniform patrol and on special assignments, she was seconded to the Ontario Police College as the first female instructor in the academic area. Upon her return to Peel Regional, she was promoted to Sergeant and supervised the Youth Bureau, responsible for investigating young offenders, child abuse and sexual offences against children.
In 1987, Catherine joined Sheridan College, coordinating the Law and Security Program. In 1994, she became an instructor at the Ontario Police College, spending six years on the Criminal Investigation Team training sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence investigation. She then moved to the Leadership Unit where she trained middle and senior officers from services across the province in the art of leadership.
In 2011, Catherine joined the Police Foundations program at Fanshawe College as the coordinator of and Professor in of that program. She developed and implemented graduate certificates in Advanced Police Studies and Public Safety Leadership and now coordinates and teaches in the graduate certificate programs.
Catherine owns a consultancy, Interactive Training Solutions, providing customized leadership training for the policing and private sector. She has a BA from University of Toronto and an MBA from Schulich School of Business – York University. She is a certified human behaviour consultant and a certified transformational leadership trainer. She is married with two beautiful daughters and five grandchildren.
After a 22-year career as a Canadian Army Officer, Reza Ali Chaudhry decided to retire from the Canadian Forces to further study community development and relationship-building. Upon his military retirement in 2015, Ali pursued various graduate certificates and a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo.
His military deployments to Kosovo and Afghanistan contributed to his passion to better understand peace-building and social relationships. Armed with an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration, Ali has certified in change management, process refinement, mediation and negotiation.
An active community volunteer, Ali has worked with various municipal committees regarding refugee assistance, social development and community arts programs. He has also joined the UNU-INWEH program to develop the Global Water Security Course framework.
Andrew Cowan is an RCMP Inspector, currently posted in London, Ontario. As an RCMP member for over 25 years, Andrew has worked in uniform general duty, major crime, commercial crime and serious and organized crime; both in British Columbia and Ontario.
A member of the Ontario Provincial Police for 31 years, Robert served in various capacities such as Commander, Investigation and Organized Crime Bureau; Major Case Manager, Criminal Investigations Branch, and Team Leader, Tactics and Rescue Unit.
Upon leaving the OPP, Robert became the Director of Nuclear Site Security at Ontario Power Generation's Darlington Nuclear Power Generating Station. He also served as a member of the RCMP Canadian Policing Mission in Afghanistan from September 2010 to June 2011. While in Afghanistan his responsibilities including oversight of the Afghan National Police Training Centre at Camp Nathan Smith, and liaison with the Canadian and US Military, Foreign Affairs Canada, US State Department, US Department of Justice and the Afghan National Police.
Robert then returned to North America, going on to work as the Director of Law Enforcement Services for Cargo Net, Verisk Crime Analytics, and as the Operations Chief, Unified Command Centre, Police Integrated Security Unit, which serviced the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. He has a Master's in Public Administration and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
Neal Roberts was appointed as Chief of Middlesex London Emergency Medical Services Authority in January, 2012. Prior to this appointment, Chief Roberts served as Deputy Chief with Niagara Emergency Medical Services from 2002-2011. During his tenure in Niagara, Neal oversaw the transition from a contracted service to a direct delivery model. Neal was also responsible for writing the business case to repatriate land ambulance dispatch to municipal control and served as a team member in setting up and implementing the Niagara Ambulance Communications Centre.
Chief Roberts has a long and distinguished career with EMS in Ontario of more than 30 years, as well as experience at the municipal, provincial and federal government levels. During that period, Chief Roberts has served as Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation as well as serving as Policy Advisor to the Premier of Ontario.
Chief Roberts currently serves as President with the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs, and previously as Vice-President and as Secretary to the Board.
Jo-Ann began her career as a Canadian Armed Forces Logistics Officer, retiring at the rank of Major in 2006 with just under 20-years of combined full-time and part-time service. During that tenure, she had also joined the Hamilton Police Service in 1997 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant of in 2006.
Jo-Ann has held many positions within the Hamilton Police Service, including Road Supervisor, Detective, Crime Manager, Service Youth Coordinator, Custody Sergeant, Recruiter and Patrol. Jo-ann was the Staff Sergeant in charge of Community Mobilization division before taking on her current role as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Chiefs.
Committed to lifelong learning, Jo-Ann has a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership. She has also obtained a Master of Arts in Leadership, as well as an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and diplomas in Police Studies, Political Science and Design. COmmunity involvement is also important to her, and she has served on various boards throughout her career, such as Ontario Women in Law Enforcement and Women in Law.