Cal Corley, MBA

CEO, Community Safety Knowledge Alliance

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 Davis

Principal / Security and Emergency Management, Lansdowne Technologies Inc.

Chris 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.

Vishal Dhir

Managing Director
Canada & Latin America, Axon

Vishal is the Managing Director of Canada and Latin America for Axon. He's responsible for leading efforts in Canada and Latin America as Axon establishes their technology platform within Law Enforcement Agencies and Public Safety. He has spent over 10 years helping community focused organizations like Municipal Government, Non-Profits and now Law Enforcement agencies implement cloud-based solutions to help streamline their processes and operate more efficiently.

He has been a speaker at numerous conferences including the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Annual Conference, CACP Leadership Conference, International Association of Women of Police Conference (IAWP) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Technology Conference as well as many webinars on topics related to the benefits of Cloud Technology and Software as a Service for Public Safety.

Bill Elliott BCom, ENP

Managing Director and Practice Leader at 9-1-1 Tech Advisors

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 Elliott

Manager, Communication Systems – Integrated Operations Control Centre
Greater Toronto Airports Authority

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


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.

Valarie Findlay

Research Fellow, Police Foundation (US), Doctoral Research (DocSoSci), Univ. of Leicester, Masters, Terrorism Studies, Univ. of St. Andrew's President, HumanLed, Inc.

Valarie has over 15 years experience in providing cyber security strategic expertise compatible to the operational level for federal initiatives in defence and public security. She specialized in cyber security in her undergraduate work and holds a Masters in Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrew's, with her dissertation on the transformation of law enforcement in Western nations. Currently, she is writing her thesis for her doctorate in Social Sciences on terrorism as a social phenomenon within Elias' process of civilization theory. She writes regularly for Vanguard, Police Chief and Frontline magazines and is a research fellow with the Police Foundation (US). Current research focuses on human factors derived from body-worn camera footage (joint effort with NJ's Chief Parham and West Point) to improve CIT and mental health CI, and cyber security policies and frameworks for law enforcement organizations.

She is member of the NATO Assoc. of Canada, the Cyber Committee with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police (US), Women in Defence (WIDS) and the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.

Stephen Foad
Public Sector Client Manager, Unisys Canada

Rob Graham

President and CEO
Genwave Technologies

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.

Brock Kahanyshyn
CIO, Edmonton Police

Michael Kedar

Mobilexchange Spectrum Inc

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.

Yves Laliberté

Komutel Inc.

Yves Laliberte is President of Komutel Inc. Prior to Komutel, Yves was Executive Vice President of Aastra Telecom Inc and APAC Group President. Prior to joining Aastra, Yves was on the board for Aastra for ten years following the IPO in 1996. With over thirty years of experience in the IT, Telecommunication and Networking industry, Yves has a proven tack record of creating winning business strategies, driving profitable growth, building sound management teams and establishing profitable strategic alliances. Yves has earned a BBA from Bishop's University, an Executive Business certificate from Queen's University as well as an International Executive Business certificate from INSEAD in France. While in University, Yves achieved the rank of Lieutenant in the Canadian Armed Forces.

His career includes over 30 years of senior leadership roles in general management, sales, business development, and strategy formulation with industry leaders such as Avaya, Cisco Systems, AT&T, and IBM Canada. In addition, he has demonstrated the ability to manage and grow start up organizations such as AlphaNet Telecom. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and a graduate of the Corporate Director Leadership Program at Rotman's School of Management in Toronto.

Yves has been married to his wife Helen for 37 years and has two children. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, running, cycling, skiing, golf, fishing, wine tasting and volunteer work.

Michael Martin

Federal Sales Lead & Ottawa GM
Motorola Solutions Canada

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.

Dale McFee

Deputy Minister of Corrections and Policing
Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice

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.

Kelly Nash
Paramedic Chiefs of Canada

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

Pierre Poirier
Deputy Chief, Ottawa Paramedic Service and Executive Director, Paramedic Association of Canada.


Jim Peter Safar

President - Inter-Op Canada, Inc. & Country Manager - Mutualink, Inc.

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.

Michael Sullivan

Acting Executive Director, Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group
Assistant Deputy Fire Chief (ret)

Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Michael Sullivan was a 35-year veteran with Ottawa Fire Services. He was seconded to the City of Ottawa as the Program Director for the City Radio Project in 2012.

Michael has an extensive background in a wide range of firefighting services from suppression and training to communications with ever expanding leadership roles. After a serious injury sustained on the job, Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Sullivan focused his energies on a myriad of technology related projects. In 2003 he received the General Manager's Commendation Award for implementing a state of the art CAD and RMS.

Since 2010, Michael has been supporting the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) as their lead on the issue of 700 MHz broadband for mission critical public safety data in Canada. In 2011 he was asked to be their representative on the Board of the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), a role he continues today. He is also the CAFC representative on the Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM) Federal/Provincial/Territorial Interoperability Working Group.

Michael is a sought after speaker and commentator on public safety interoperability. He holds an Economics degree from Carleton University. He is married with three adult children. In October 2012 he was honored with the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal. Michael is now retired from active duty.

Geoffrey Trofimuk
Chair, Utilities Telecom Council Canada (UTCC)

Tim Trytten

Alberta Emergency Alert/GIS coordinator
Alberta Emergency Management Agency

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

Kevin Wennekes, Chief Business Officer, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is responsible for identifying new business opportunities and driving business growth through the design and development of research initiatives, advocacy campaigns, issues identification/management, and new product/service development, that further grows and retains CATA's membership base.

Kevin was CATAAlliance's VP, Research, beginning in 2002 where he was responsible for developing and executing "impact" research projects for the advancement of the technology industry and Canadian economic growth.

In his 15 years with CATAAlliance, 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, performance management, talent acquisition, and procurement practices and reform.

Kevin has helped establish three advisory councils under CATAAlliance: the Public Safety Advisory Board, the Cybersecurity Advisory Council, and the eCrime Cyber Council. Kevin also sits on the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Information and Communications Technology Committee and the Ottawa Police Service Information Technology Services Modernization Committee.

Kevin has spearheaded the CATAAlliance "Bridging the Gap" campaign, seeking to create greater understanding and collaboration between the public safety community and the vendors who seek to serve them. This has resulted in the development of unique programming including Innovation Den sessions, workshops and forums dedicated to exploring public safety issues, and the creation of a dedicated video podcast channel currently featuring over 150 interviews with noted public safety experts.

Tony White

Capability Manager, Public Safety and Security Solutions
General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada

Tony White is a Capability Manager for the Public Safety and Security Solutions business unit responsible for EmergencySHIELD at General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada. EmergencySHIELD is a deployable broadband network and coordination capability for emergency response and disaster management. After retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with 27 years of experience in communications and electronics, as well as public affairs, Tony joined General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada in 2016.

Previously, Tony worked at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium where he was the Strategic Communications Advisor to the Chairman of the Military Committee. Following his retirement from the CAF, he was responsible for NATO's strategic communications and media relations for Afghanistan, Libya, and the Ukraine. Before NATO, Tony held key communication roles in the CAF such as the Senior Public Affairs Advisor to the Commander of the Canadian Navy, and Head of the Department of National Defence Media Liaison Office and Media Outreach.

Honourable Vernon White

Current Position: Senator, Senate of Canada

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.

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