Cal Corley, MBA
Cal is a former Assistant Commissioner with the RCMP. Over the course of his career, he gained extensive experience of increasing responsibility in both operations and executive management. He served in such areas as general duty policing, national security, criminal intelligence, drug enforcement, human resources, staff relations, and leading large-scale organizational change initiatives. He also served as a national security policy advisor at the Privy Council Office (1997-1998) and as an advisor on transformational change at Public Safety Canada (2004-2005).
His last six years with the RCMP were as the Head of the Canadian Police College, where he led the institution in its alignment to better support Canada’s evolving domestic and international policing priorities. During this time he also served as the RCMP’s Senior Envoy to Mexico and the Americas, guiding the RCMP’s capacity building efforts in the Hemisphere.
He has extensive international leadership experience, largely in capacity-building and executive development roles that have taken him to a multitude of countries, including: China and Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Libya, Costa Rica and Guatemala. In 2007-08, he served on a panel appointed by the Government of Jamaica to review and recommend new approaches to modernize policing in that country. He is active as a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN) as well as on the Deputy Minister’s Experts Advisory Council on the Future of Public Safety in Saskatchewan.
Cal remains passionate about the future of policing and public safety in Canada and abroad, and continues to be highly involved with governments, leaders, practitioners and the research community in this regard.
Chris DavisChris is a security and emergency management professional with over thirty (30) years of experience in the police, security, and emergency management fields. Throughout his professional career with the Canadian Armed Forces and in the private sector, he has worked with public and private sector clients as well as with international partners on various major events and security matters. Chris focuses his passion on helping organizations to address security and emergency management strategies, policies and plan development. A strong advocate for communications interoperability he supports a wide range of Communication Interoperability projects with a focus on the development of Federal, Provincial, Regional and Municipal strategies and plans to introduce new technologies and to optimize current capabilities.
Bill Elliott BCom, ENP
As Managing Director and 9-1-1 Practice Leader, Bill is active in most parts of the FOX GROUP business operations but focuses primarily on E911 and NG 911 (Next Generation 911). In addition, he is deeply involved with the CRTC Emergency Services Working Group (ESWG) actively engaged on several technology and operational NG91-1 subgroups (including one as Chair).
Bill Elliott is a key thought-leader of NG9-1-1, emergency services deployments and next generation procurement methodologies for Unified Communications and Collaboration for complex technology and infrastructure acquisitions.
Bill's extensive experience and vendor relationships enable the FOX GROUP technology management professionals to develop effective communications technology strategies, architectures and designs to enable them to migrate their legacy voice, data and contact centre technology assets to next generation solutions.
Bill's technical expertise and business savvy give him the ability to critically analyze the business environment, determine the most appropriate technical solution; recommend improved business processes; manage the deployment and respect human interaction issues.
He has consistently been recognized as a significant contributor to the social fabric of his community, and as a respected business leader. Bill is currently a member of N.E.N.A. (National Emergency Number Association), CRTC Emergency Services Working Group (ESWG), active member of CATA and a member of CITIG.
Dan is responsible for the GTAA’s Public Safety Communication Systems, Land Mobile & Aeronautical End User Equipment, onsite Antenna Infrastructure, the extensive Distributed Antenna System utilized by Toronto Pearson, as well as the Airports Weather Systems and Reporting. In his roll Dan also liaises closely with supporting Public Safety Agencies including, Police, Fire, EMS, Board Services and Public Safety Agencies that together support Toronto Pearson Operations. He is a member of CATA PSAB as well as an active member with POINT & CITIG. Outside of the GTAA, Dan an active NASCAR Fan is active in youth sports activities holding the position of Director Select & Sponsorship for the Acton House League Hockey Association in addition to supporting local Figure Skating and Soccer Associations.
David Farnes is Principal at Farnes & Associates, a consultancy where he provides thought leadership in mobile healthcare, mobile marketing, spectrum management, mobile broadband, public safety & security, mobile commerce and telecommunications policy. With seventeen years' experience influencing the strategic direction of Canada's wireless industry and twenty-five years' experience with public policy and regulatory matters in the telecommunications industry, David is recognized as one of Canada's leading telecom experts.
The Canadian Advance Technology Alliance, Canada's largest technology association, recently invited David to join the CATAAlliance Management Team as an Executive-in-Residence to assist in advancing Canadian Telecom advocacy and business development in key areas of opportunity such a mobile health care, public safety & security and mobile communications generally. He also serves as an Advisor to the Mobile Institute, which helps educate, enable and empower organizations to capture their share of the global mobile marketplace.
Prior to founding Farnes & Associates, David was Chief Operating Officer at the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), where he managed CWTA's day to day operations and worked closely with industry leaders to develop and implement the strategic direction that the Association undertook on behalf of its members.
David has been a key figure on many of the wireless industry's initiatives, notably his role in the creation and ongoing expansion of Recycle My Cell, the wireless industry's new national recycling program for mobile phones and accessories. As well, David was instrumental in the launch of the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada, the first mobile giving platform for Canadian wireless operators that brought mobile philanthropy to Canada. He also served as the Foundation's first Executive Director.
David was centrally involved with the introduction of inter-carrier text messaging (SMS) in 2002. Following that initiative, he worked with the mobile operators to introduce Common Short Codes in Canada. He also provided leadership during the implementation of Wireless Number Portability (WNP) in Canada. Launched in 2007, Canada was one of the first countries in the world to offer this service. Additionally, he was responsible for establishing the Wireless AMBER Alerts program, a partnership initiative that allows Canadian wireless users to opt-in to receive free AMBER Alerts as text messages on their cell phones. David also led CWTA's 9-1-1 activities and co-chaired the Wireless E9-1-1 Working Group, an industry-wide group created to develop a Canadian plan for the improvement of wireless 9-1-1 service.
Actively engaged with many stakeholders, David has served on several Boards and committees, including: Finance Canada Payments Advisory Committee (FinPay); Canadian Payments Association Stakeholder Advisory Council; Radio Advisory Board of Canada; CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee; and North American Numbering Council. Before joining CWTA in 1996, David held various positions at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). He began his career in the Economics Department of Bell Canada.
David has a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Queen's University at Kingston.
Rob Graham is the President and CEO of Genwave Technologies, an RF Engineering and Wireless System Engineering firm based in Mississauga, Ontario. Genwave designs, builds and supports all types of wireless systems for enterprise and institutional clients across Canada enabling wireless connectivity in highly challenging environments.
Prior to founding Genwave, Rob was SVP Business Development and CTO for PageNet Canada, the leading provider of critical messaging services for Healthcare and First Responders in Canada, supporting the team that managed 500 critical sites across Canada. Prior to PageNet, he led the sales and marketing efforts of Weblink Wireless from startup to the sale of the company to Bell Canada. Prior to Weblink, Rob led the development and managed the wholesale distribution group within Rogers Wireless (Cantel) providing access to first launch cellular devices for Rogers partners across Canada.
Outside of Genwave, Rob spends as much time with his family skiing, surfing, camping & cycling as well as serving on two non-profit boards.
Mr. Kedar's persistent and tenacious battle to introduce competitive telecom business services to Canadians is legendary in the Canadian telecommunications industry. In 1992, after leading his upstart telecom resale company, Call-Net for six years, Mr. Kedar succeeded in convincing the CRTC to break Bell Canada's long distance voice telephone monopoly. Today, after launching several other successful Canadian and international telecoms, Mr. Kedar is the CEO of mobilExchange, a venture capital company in Toronto.
Mr. Michael Kedar serves as Chief Executive Officer of Mobil exchange Ltd. Mr. Kedar is a pioneer and has an extensive experience in the Canadian telecommunications industry, having launched Call-Net Enterprises Ltd. in 1986. He served as President of Mobil exchange Ltd. He was the Founder and Strategy Advisor of Canada Popfone Corporation, now Microcell Solutions Inc. In the international arena, as Founder of TeleBermuda International Limited (TBI) in Bermuda, Mr. Kedar was instrumental in securing its international telecommunications-facilities license. He serves as Chairman of the Board of BCS Global Networks Inc. He serves as Chairman of Mobil exchange Ltd. and GlobeNet Communications Ltd. He served as Chairman of TeleBermuda International Limited. He serves as Director of Terago Networks Inc. Mr. Kedar has been Director of BCS Global Networks Inc. since June 14, 2002. He served as Director of GDI Global Data Inc. and Terago Inc. from November 20, 2003 to June 2008.
Ernie MacGillivray was appointed as the Department’s Alignment Champion in May 2012. His most recent assignment was Executive Director of Emergency Services, where he led numerous policy, program and technology initiatives. For two decades, Ernie played an active role in the transformation and modernization of the emergency management field, culminating in a six-year appointment as the Director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization. He has led several whole of government initiatives, most recently, the revitalization of the provincial nuclear emergency program, a necessary step in the commissioning of the Point Lepreau Generating Station. He has also served as a senior policy advisor and lecturer on broader public safety and security issues.
Ernie has been very active nationally and internationally, including terms leading the Canadian Council of Emergency Management Organizations, Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management, and the New England States and Eastern Canadian Provinces International Emergency Management Group. He is currently the Co-Chair of the National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction and Co-President of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network, which are national collaborations working to reduce risk and improve resiliency. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Centre for Security Science’s, Canadian Safety & Security Program.
Ernie was largely educated in Quebec, and attended UNB, but chose a military career path. He served ten years before joining the public service. He continued to serve for twenty years as a reservist, commanding the Royal New Brunswick Regiment (Carleton & York) and instructing at the Army Staff College.
Michael Martin leads the Motorola Solutions Federal Government business team located in Ottawa, Ontario. Mike works closely with Federal Government department leaders supporting their requirements for mission critical public safety communication solutions (Voice, Data & Video) as well as advanced data capture solutions for evidence tracking, logistics management and asset management.
Prior to joining Motorola Solutions, Michael spent three years as the Federal Practice lead at Accenture (Global Systems Integrator) and ten years at TELUS, Canada’s second largest telecommunications and IT solutions company serving as the Managing Director of Public Sectors Solutions and Vice President of Public Sector Marketing.
Previously, Michael held executive positions over a sixteen year period with Telesat Canada where he focused on helping Canada’s fortune100 companies and Government organizations solve their most complex business application and network access challenges.
Michael holds an Electronics Engineering Diploma from Algonguin College in Ottawa and has completed advanced business studies at Ivey Business School - London, Ontario, Rotman School of Business - Toronto and Insead Business School in France.
In September 2012, after 26 years as a police officer in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, including nine years as the Chief of Police for the Prince Albert Police Service Dale McFee was appointed as Deputy Minister of Corrections and Policing in the Ministry of Justice for the Saskatchewan government. Dale has considerable small to mid size business experience and currently lectures on Leadership and HR management at the Saskatchewan Police College and has spoken to several private businesses within Western Canada and parts of the U.S. on these same topics. Dale is a former member of Entrepreneurs International and served in the capacity of moderator for groups of business leaders within Saskatchewan.
During his tenure as Chief of the Prince Albert Police Service, Dale McFee was recognized in 2008 for his work in Policing by being named to the Order of Merit and was promoted again within the Order to the rank of Officer in 2011. Dale is an alumnus of the 2004 Governor General’s Leadership program and was recognized in 2010 by the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police with a Leadership Award for his work within multi-agency Community Mobilization.
Steve Palmer, P.Eng
Steve Palmer is the Executive Director of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety at the University of Regina. He is a Professional Engineer with extensive experience in Canada’s innovation system including the National Research Council where he was Director of National Initiatives for the Industrial Research Assistance Program, as Executive Director of the Canadian Police Research Centre and with Defence Research and Development Canada where he held the position of Director of Science and Technology Transition. He is a graduate from the University of Waterloo's Systems Design Engineering program, Steve also holds a Master's of Business Administration from York University. Steve volunteers as a Director for The Society for the Policing of Cyberspace and is also a dedicated member of the Women in Defence and Security's Advisory Board. He has received several awards including the prestigious CATA Alliance award for Public Sector Innovation and Leadership in Advanced Technology. He was recognized for Leadership that Made a Difference by the Communications Interoperability Technology Interest Group, CITIG, for his role in building and growing CITIG, and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for service to public safety
Prithu Prakash is with General Dynamics Canada and is responsible for advancing the development and managing strategic relationships within Canada for Public Safety. Prithu was given the opportunity to leverage the core strengths of General Dynamics Globally for Public Safety in Canada.
In 2013 he published two white papers 'Enabling Interoperable Public Safety Communications, A Primer for Development of a National, Secure Mission-Critical Network', and 'Building a National, Interoperable Public Safety Communications Network' , these papers discuss usability, proactive social and economic benefits with the ability to advance and continually evolve on an architectural framework as public safety and military’s needs change.
Before General Dynamics: Prithu was with Bell Mobility in the wireless enterprise data division where he led many visions including the M2M directive.
He has deep passion for finding the right 'mix' and the ability to blend business process rules with technology in a way that can continually evolve while keeping a firm grip on execution complexities.
He has designed, developed and executed several complex wired and wireless communication systems for over 20 years, working in Canada, USA, Europe and Asia.
Christine Robson is the I.T. Manager at Durham Regional Police. Durham Region has a population estimated to be over 620,000 and 645,000. Durham Region covers approximately 2,500 square kilometers of mixed urban and rural land.
Durham Region is geographically the largest municipal jurisdiction in the Greater Toronto Area. There are over 1100 members at Durham Regional Police. Ms Robson has a staff of 22 IT members and has been with DRPS for 14 years.
In that time Ms. Robson has implemented numerous successful projects with her team including a new RMS and CAD system (Versadex), CCTV IP based system for cells, interview rooms, outside parking lots and more, a fully virtualized disaster recovery site for both 9-1-1 and mirroring two data centers. She is also responsible for managing the I.T. infrastructure which encompasses over 24 buildings for both voice and data and that also includes the 9-1-1 system.
Ms Robson is involved in various National and Provincial committees such as the (CACP ICT) Canadian Association Chiefs of Police- Information Communication Technology Committee, the (OACP IT) Ontario Association Chiefs of Police -Information Technology Committee, CIO Summit, (OWLE), Ontario Women in Law Enforcement and the PMP Durham Chapter.
Ms Robson also writes various articles on Technology including the challenges in policing as well as an active blogger on Linked In.
Ms Robson has her Computer Science degree as well as her Masters of Information Systems. She has her PMP designation and her Certified Municipal Manager accreditation CMMIII.
Ms Robson teaches part time at Seneca College and Centennial College and has worked in the I.T. industry since 1992.
Jim Peter Safar
JP Safar conducts Canadian, US, and International business development in support of Mutualink and their Law Enforcement And Defense Services (LEADS) across North America and allied nation’s Public Safety, Homeland Security, Defense and associated agencies. He identifies new business opportunities and establishes strategic relationships to help PS/HS/D customers acquire integrated and interoperable COTS solutions and products to overcome current capability gaps and enhance their operational effectiveness.
Since 2007, JP worked extensively in the fields of Mobile Product Identification and Information Management Systems, is a winner of multiple Young Entrepreneur Contests and award winner in Commerce & Industry. He is active in advancing security and interoperability in Canada and has been a supporter of 700MHz-LTE-FirstNet wireless public safety network initiatives since 2009. He advocates for Canadian Small Businesses as key partners capable of delivering innovative technologies and applications that can utilize wireless broadband public safety networks to enhance public safety agency capabilities, and to bridge other information and communication environments to maximize trusted collaboration and information sharing.
JP holds an undergraduate bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business in Montreal, QC. He is also engaged in advanced graduate studies in the Master of Infrastructure Protection & International Security program at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs & Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in Ottawa, ON.
Ms. Sully brings over 25 years of engineering and business experience in Telecommunications and Energy sectors to her role as Immediate Past-Chair of UTCC. She has led UTCC in reshaping its strategic direction. In 2013, she received the UTC Chairman’s Award. Ms. Sully is an active advocate in Information and Communications Technology, working to ensure that Regulators and Industry recognize the need for utilities’ critical infrastructure. She represents the Canadian Utilities as Vice-President of Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC). She is also a member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance Public Safety Advisory Board.
Presently, she works as a Senior Technical Specialist at Hydro One Telecom. In 2010, she received Hydro One President’s Award for her leadership role in Distributed Generation Connections. Before joining Hydro One, she worked in the Telecommunications Industry at Signatec Inc., Videotron Telecom and DTI Telecom.
Ms. Sully holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor Degree in Engineering Physics. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC) and an honorary member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) where she served as President and Chair in 2011-2012.
Eric Torunski began his tenure as the second Executive Director of the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) in April 2014. In one form or another, he has been an instrumental part of CITIG since the organization’s inception in 2006. Eric brings more than twenty years of non-profit, government and corporate experience focusing primarily in the technology, public safety and healthcare fields. As Executive Director, his job duties include overseeing all of CITIG’s activities and operations, working closely with the CITIG Board of Directors and facilitating CITIG’s work to improve Canadian public safety interoperability at home and abroad through collaborative efforts, innovation and leadership.
A native of the Montreal area, Eric earned a bachelor of arts in English from Carleton University and has completed the Canadian Securities Course. Eric and his wife, Lori, live in Ottawa and have two children. He serves his community through various volunteer activities and has been recognized with several appreciation awards. Eric can often be found on the ice, ball diamond or pitch coaching hockey, little league baseball and soccer.
Tim is the Alberta Emergency Alert/GIS coordinator for Alberta Emergency Management Agency. In this role, he is the steward of the provincial emergency alerting system which encompasses all Alberta and uses radio, television, Facebook, Twitter and other media to provide emergency information to the public.
Tim is a graduate of the University of Alberta and has worked in both the Alberta and British Columbia governments in corrections, policing and emergency management.
He is responsible for the on-going operation and development of the Alberta Emergency Alert system. Additionally, Tim is the Chair of the national Common Look and Feel Committee and Alberta’s representative on the Common Alerting Protocol – Canadian Profile (CAP-CP) Specifications Committee.
Kevin Wennekes, Chief Business Officer, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) is responsible for developing and executing "impact" research projects for the advancement of the technology industry and Canadian economic growth.
In his nine years with CATA, Kevin has led over 40 different studies and personally published over a dozen research papers on topics including public safety and emergency response, IT security, communications interoperability, global sourcing, high performance computing, and procurement practices and reform.
Kevin is also CATA's Canadian Executive Champion for China and responsible for developing and executing trade and investment opportunities in collaboration with CATA's office in Shenzhen. Kevin has helped in the development and execution of Canadian Pavilions for major China trade shows and missions and keynote speaker for Canadian receptions and panel discussions including locations such as the great Hall of the People.
Kevin has co-authored a book titled SUCCESS: How Canada's CEOs Create Global Competitive Success. The book, published in 2002, reveals the leadership skills and industry insights demonstrated by more than 100 of Canada's most influential CEOs as derived from personal one-on-one, in-depth interviews with them.
Kevin's experience also includes: a partner position with an online survey and assessment firm; consultant in the organizational effectiveness practice for Watson Wyatt Worldwide; public relations and marketing specialist for Algonquin College; and media relations officer for the National Museum of Science and Technology.
Honourable Vernon White
Vernon White was sworn in as Chief of Police of the Ottawa Police Service in May 2007. Prior to this, he led the Regional Police Service in Durham, Ontario, and spent over 20 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, leaving as an Assistant Commissioner.
Mr. White holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the College of Cape Breton, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Acadia University, a Masters Degree from Royal Roads University in British Columbia in Conflict Analysis and Management and a Doctorate of Police Leadership at the Australian Graduate School of Policing.
Mr. White has been honoured with a number of awards and commendations over the years, including a Commissioners Commendation, a Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and a United Way Community Builder of the Year Award.