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.

Superintendent Bill Merrylees has been a member of the London Police Service for 37 years.  He is currently the Commander of the Uniformed Division and his career has included homicide investigation, incident command, patrol operations and internal investigations.   

Superintendent Merrylees is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  In 2013 he was awarded the Exemplary Police Service Medal from the Canadian Solicitor General for 30 years of service and in 2012 he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community service.  

Superintendent Merrylees has been a strong leader in the community when it comes to volunteer work.  He is currently the Chair for the 2018 and 2020 Ontario Summer Games being held in London, Ontario.  He is also the CEO and President of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games Federation for North America, and is past Vice-President for the International Police Sports Union (USIP) located in Kuwait City.

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.

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