Professor Howie Page has been with TNT from its inception providing valuable service and advise. Professor Page has taught in College settings since 1999. Prior to joining the educational field, Professor Page enjoyed a distinguished policing career retiring as a senior officer with the Toronto Police Service. From 1999 to 2010 Professor Page served as a part-time instructor at the Toronto Police College, from 2009 to 2015 as a Contract Professor for the Police Foundations Program at Humber College, and most recently at Centennial College as a professor with tenure for the Police Foundations Program.
Professor Page is a co-author of a national bestselling textbook, Police Powers (2015). This textbook is used by colleges across Canada in the Police Foundation and Law and Security programs. Professor Page is currently in the early stages of co-authoring a second college textbook in the field of Emergency Management. Professor Page`s interests include the development of current serving police officers supporting their commitment to continuous education within a rapidly shifting Canadian legal environment. He continues to mentor and lecture police officers from across Ontario at various seminars and training sessions.
Professor Page has been recognized for his dedication to teaching and innovative contribution to the Centennial College annual mock disaster and is the recipient of the Centennial College Learning-Centered College Award (2017), the Dean's Apple Award (2018) for outstanding community innovation and the Dean's Apple Award (2019) for outstanding community innovation and scholarship teaching. He is also recipient of the Centennial College Individual President's Spirit Award (2019) for innovated teaching and creative problem solving in the classroom.
Cate Welsh is a retired Inspector from the Guelph Police Service and is now a training consultant who is highly regarded by the OACP and TNT partners. Former Inspector Cate Welsh completed 33 years of service and has experience in both the operational and administrative levels of policing. Operationally, Cate worked as a Patrol Officer and in Criminal Investigations of Youth, Child Abuse and Sexual Assault. Cate served as a Patrol Sergeant and as a Sergeant in both Media and Recruitment. Administratively, Cate was an Officer in Charge in both the Communications Unit and in Neighbourhood Services. As an Inspector Cate served in Professional Standards, Executive Services and most recently, she led the Patrol Division.
Cate was selected by the OACP Executive to lead a working group to update areas of the Constable Selection System (CSS) that include interviewing techniques and background investigations. Cate will continue to advise and serve the OACP and TNT specializing in training across the justice sectors.
(Ret) Superintendent Keith Merith, is a talented, multi-dimensional law enforcement professional with a unique blend of police operations, administration, and leadership experience. Well-rounded individual, with proven resourcefulness in delivery of day-to-day operations, and triaging emergent situations that are inherent in policing. Excels at cultivating partnerships, effectively managing cross-functional teams, and implementing organizational strategies.
A versatile, results driven leader known for building bridges within the community and for championing change in organizations that are transitioning to perform optimally in an ever-evolving landscape. Keith has completed his studies at the University of Guelph Humber earning a Justice Studies Degree, Rotman School of Management Police Leadership, at University of Toronto, A Law enforcement, and Security Administration Diploma, from Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Certified Municipal Manager Level III and Police Professional Designations Ontario Management. His Police experience is vast with the York Regional Police Service. He has been a unit commander in the Court Services, Professional Development Services, Organized Crime, and Intelligence Services, and the Training and Education Bureau.
In the area of community involvement and diversity, Keith Merith is the former president of the Association of Black Law Enforcers (A.B.L.E.) serving two terms to address the needs and concerns of racialized groups across North America in the Justice Field and Policing. He has also represented other Justice Agencies such as Corrections, Canadian Border Services, as well as the legal community providing advice to lawyers and judges. His main goal was to provide outreach, support, scholarships for post secondary education, always promoting harmony, cultural pride and diversity.
In addition to his formal role at (A.B.L.E.) Keith is the Co-Founder of the Citizenship Initiative Group (CIG) whose mission is to assist individuals with permanent resident status through the process to become Canadian citizens. The group promotes the benefits of Canadian citizenship, provides educational presentations about the citizenship process, assist individuals and families in completing the necessary application forms, and facilitates Citizenship ceremonies.
Brooke Chambers is a mental health consultant, speaker, and trainer. Raised in Durham Region she lives in Whitby, Ontario Canada and is the co-founder and President of Bernice Carnegie and Associates Inc. a consulting firm specializing in Black Anti-Racism and Mental Health Promotion and Training.
She was appointed to the Canadian Ministerial Advisory Council on Mental Health for the Government of Canada in 2018 as an advisor to the Federal Minister of Health. She is also a consulting member of Promoting Health Equity: The Mental Health of Black Canadians Working Group for The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and is a board member for the Ontario Peer Development Initiative (OPDI).
Brooke is a Wellness Recovery Facilitator WRAP and is a Speaker for Voices against Stigma Everywhere (VASE) a Peer Support Speakers Bureau for Durham Mental Health Services. Her newest consultancy role is as an Anti-racism trainer for TC Online an international organization dedicated to stopping Human Trafficking.
In 1989 Brooke was the youngest police officer ever hired by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) at the age of nineteen and the only black female at the time. In this role Ms. Chambers served in traffic enforcement, accident investigation, coach officer, community engagement, strategic policy and planning and fraud investigation.
Brooke left policing to pursue a career as a financial planner managing $60 million in assets and is a Professional Financial Planner (PFP). Brooke is currently continuing her studies at Ryerson University as a third year student in Disability Studies. She is also, the granddaughter of Canadian Hockey Icon, Dr. Herbert H. Carnegie, the daughter of Bernice Carnegie, authors of the book, “A Fly in a Pail of Milk, The Herbert H. Carnegie Story.”
Yvette Blackburn, BA, MA, is an educator, advocate, public speaker, and much sought after, diversity consultant in education and government settings. She teaches at the elementary and college levels. Yvette has an extensive background in counselling, equity/diversity, policy and program training, fiscal responsibility, and fiduciary rights. Yvette is a long-standing community advocate and leader, sitting on various Boards of Directors, task forces, and committees. She has been a counsellor for at-risk and underserved students, as well as an employment counsellor assisting racialized and new Canadian women having difficulty attaining and retaining employment. In addition, she has been an instructor with TriOS College teaching Canadian Government and Criminology in the Police Foundations Program.
Yvette is a trained facilitator and considered a subject matter expert on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with specific emphasis in Anti-Black Racism, anti-racism, and oppression. Her expansive working knowledge of Human Rights, race relations, gender bias and neutrality, LGBTQI, Transphobia, feminism, and inter-sectionality shapes fulsome dialogue, analysis, and comprehension. She has facilitated and managed multiple projects, including Risk in Non-Profit Organizations, leading Boards effectively and strategically. Her focus on counselling and mediation involves guidance, liaison, conflict resolution, health promotion and wellness, interviewing, negotiation skills, advising, investigation, anger management, participative management style, advocate of team concepts, tact, innovation, flexibility, service oriented, sound reasoning, assertive, customer service focused, results oriented.
She possesses certification in Human Rights, Guidance Part 1, 2, Specialist, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity (EDI) Restorative Justice Part 1 & 2, Fair & Impartial Policing (FIP) Differentiated Instruction, Multiple Intelligences, Conflict Resolution 1 & 2, Conflict Management Skills, Strengthening Achievements, Motivation & Responsibility of At-risk/underserved students, Anti-Racism and Oppression, FNMI-Aboriginal and Indigenous Awareness, Microaggressions, Ableism, Attachment Disorder, Labour and Immigration Law, Collective Bargaining & Negotiations, Leading Boards Effectively & Strategically, WHMIS, WHSC level 1 & 2, Suicide Protocol, Creative Strategies for working with ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder).
Her demonstrative competencies include being involved with the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council–Government of Jamaica, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (Canada representative), ETFO Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario -Provincial Executive Board, TDSB Black Students Achievement Community Advisory Committee( BSACAC), PACER-EAC-Toronto Police Services External Advisory Committee, Toronto Police Services-Vice Chair, Black Community Consultative Committee (BCCPC), President-A-Supreme Foundation, Chair/Co-chair Elementary Teachers of Toronto-ETT Anti-Racism, Equity and Social Justice, Political Action, Professional Development, Governance, Budget and Status of Women committees.
Elisa Reid has worked in youth sector for over 26 years. After graduating from McMaster University in 1991 with a Degree in Political Science. Elisa began her career with Syl Apps as a correctional officer and a child and youth worker She moved on to manage an open custody facility and a treatment home for Turning Point Youth Services. Elisa has had the opportunity to manage youth facilities from working in the child welfare system, to shelters, mental health facilities and youth justice.
Elisa Reid has been a part time professor/ field placement supervisor at Centennial College in the Community and Justice Services Program since 2010. She has also been a part time professor at Niagara College in the continuing education program for counselling skills since 2003. Elisa Reid is considered a subject matter expert as an instructor of Crisis Intervention and Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour (UMAB) since 2003. As a level 2 designated trainer, Elisa provides specialized training like UMAB, for many organizations across Ontario. She also responsible for training the trainers as well. The range of training delivered includes shelters, residential settings, child welfare agencies, hospitals and front-line training to youth justice facilities.
Elisa Reid currently works for Peel Children’s Aid Society, (PCAS) for over 9 years in different capacities. She has held the leadership role of a Residential Supervisor responsible for managing the program to meet the needs of clients between the ages 11 and 17 years of age. The clients Elisa deals with come from diverse back grounds, struggling with emotional regulation, self-harming behaviours, attachment trauma and developmental trauma as well as mental health issues. The mental health issues range from conduct disorders, FASD, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorders, ABI to ASD. Elisa’s present role at PCAS is CYW Crisis Support Worker. This job entails visits to family homes in the community, making connection to support families staying together while coping with issues ranging from domestic violence, parent teen conflict, human trafficking, addictions and mental health issues. Elisa works hard at being an ally with the clients she engages.
Elisa continues to increase her knowledge base to remain current within the scope of her work. Elisa has completed her Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Certificate Level 1 and Level 2 from Wilfrid Laurier University. Presently she is working on her Trauma Certification from Wilfrid Laurier University, which she plans to complete in 2020.
Elisa also has extensive training in Trauma, Mental Health, Diversity and AOP, working with Autism, Effective Use of Self, CBT, DBT and DDP training, to name a few. She is a trainer Healthy Sexuality, UMAB and UMMH and a Facilitator of Restorative Justice. Her accomplishments have included program development in many organizations.
Elisa is also credited in helping to develop the curriculum for the Understanding and Managing Mental Health Program (UMMH), as well as working to support the evolution of the verbal component of UMAB
Joe Elkerton is an Indigenous Torontonian and intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School System. Abandoned by his parents and adopted by a white couple, his story of reconnection with his Indigenous identity and it’s challenges which led him to life on the streets, is one all too familiar for many Indigenous people in Canada. Elkerton offers moving and impactful instruction about Indigeneity, community work, mental health and addiction.
Elkerton’s life on the streets was forever changed when someone reached out to him and told him about Jesus. Finding new meaning, he went on to become a youth-worker and pastor, now working through “Project 417,” where he is back on the street- paying it forward. Joe hosts volunteer groups from all over the world, educating them about the circumstances that lead to people ending up on the streets and how to reach out to them even if just for a moment to provide a meal or a prayer.
Joe speaks to the impacts of residential school on his family and how these experiences led him to become well-versed in an array of issues that impact Indigenous people. Elkerton has worked with survivors of human trafficking, notably starting a safe house for women in need of shelter and protection from their traffickers. He also has a vested interest in the well-being of Indigenous families going through the child welfare system and was the president of Toronto’s Native Child and Family Services for many years. In his extensive community work, Joe has been on the Governance Committee for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aids Society, has served as a Training Officer with the Canadian Forces, Ontario and was a Certified Instructor at the National Native Bible College in Deseronto, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Religious Education from Tyndale University, Toronto, a Certificate in Recreational Leadership from Sheridan College and a Certificate from the London School of Business.
Joe has a passion for developing outreach programs and educational workshops for Indigenous communities on and off reserve. He cares deeply for vulnerable populations and is trained in Emergency response. Committed to supporting his community, he is the Coordinator of the Addiction Support Housing Program at Fife House, overseeing 37 sites where homeless people are placed in transition from street life to sustainable housing.
Rebekah Elkerton is an experienced researcher and program developer specializing in Indigenous topics and communities. As an Anishinaabe woman and member of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Rebekah has committed herself to supporting the betterment of Indigenous lives through knowledge sharing projects and community support.
At the undergraduate level she studied in both Aboriginal studies at the University of Ottawa and Women’s and Gender studies at Carleton University. Elkerton went on to complete a MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Carleton University, exploring representations of Indigenous womanhood in contemporary art. Rebekah’s knowledge of Indigenous women’s experiences is diverse. In addition to her studies Rebekah was a Policy Analyst at the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) specializing in human rights and international affairs, and violence prevention. Notably, she was part of the team that brought the petition for a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to Parliament Hill in 2014.
Rebekah is passionate about the Indigenous experience. This is evident in her extensive work with urban Indigenous communities; using her vibrant personality, resourcefulness, and program development skills to identify and respond to gaps in services. She has worked with academic institutions as well as community organizations to understand the needs of their Indigenous stakeholders and develop programs and knowledge sharing materials accordingly. Rebekah finds joy in research and in 2019 worked with the Quebec Native Women’s Association’s Climate Change department studying the impacts of climate change on Indigenous women and consequently their communities. She currently works as the Coordinator of the Indigenous Studies program at McGill University in Montreal.
Christopher Lussow is a 32-year veteran law enforcement professional with twenty years dedicated to the Emergency Task Force (ETF) as a Tactical Operator (SWAT), Team Leader, and Senior Training Instructor for the six teams in the unit. His role as senior instructor included major projects planning, organizational interoperability, and the implementation of resources for Joint Forces Operations.
Christopher’s largest operation engaged 44 tactical team warrants simultaneously. Christopher’s experiences identified a gap in practice, so he implemented a peer-support program for officer-involved shootings. The program, available across Canada, provides a direct officer to officer connection, focusing on mental well-being, post-incident investigation processes, and inquest expectations.
In Canada and the United States, Christopher has extensive experience as an instructor and keynote speaker in both the classroom and larger conference venues, providing education and insight on a variety of tactical subjects and in-depth incident debriefings.
Currently, in his role as a provincially certified Use of Force Instructor for the largest municipal police academy in Canada, Christopher educates frontline officers in de-escalation, critical thinking, tactical warrant entries, firearms, and dynamic simulation training.
Christopher’s educational certifications include: Teaching Effectiveness, Guelphhumber University, Law and Security Administration and Police Science at Loyalist College, Force Science Institute, Chicago, USA.
Professional certifications include: Emergency Management, Incident Management systems (100-200), Realistic De-escalation Instructor (2019), Certified Analyst Lethal Force in use and assessing use of force incidents, Use of Force Instructor, Ontario Police College, MCSCS, Firearms Instructor, Provincially certified C8 Carbine Instructor (OPC), Glock Armorer, Pistol, Shotgun, Submachinegun, ITLS Certified (International Trauma Life Support Medic, Tactical Medicine, Combat casualty care, Crisis negotiator, Explosive Force Entry Instructor, Raid Planning, Dynamic Entry, Ballistic shield instructor, Executive and Dignitary Protection instructor. Less Lethal Instructor includes: Defense technologies, AMTEC ALS-less lethal instructor, Chemical Munitions instructor, ASP instructor, CEW (conducted Energy Weapon) Instructor, Taser Instructor, Specialty Impact Instructor (i.e. Sock Round, ARWEN)
Christopher’s accomplishments have been recognized in him receiving the Police Exemplary Service Medal, 1st bar 30 years exemplary service, Police Exemplary Service Medal 20 years of exemplary service, Queens Jubilee Medal-Actions during hostage rescue (2005), Teamwork Commendation-Actions during hostage rescue (2005), National Police Award-Actions during hostage rescue (2005)
Phil Duncan is a Use of Force Expert/Instructor with over 35 years of Martial Arts expertise. Subject Matter Expert in Plainclothes and Undercover Close Quarter Survival. 15 years of Plainclothes and Undercover experience with a total of 23 years of law enforcement experience. 12 years have included instructing Plainclothes and Undercover officers in Survival tactics and Undercover operations.
Phil Duncan has worked various plainclothes units, has conducted over 1500 plainclothes investigations which include but not limited to Homicide, Firearm, Gang, Drug and Traditional Organized Crime investigations. In his role Phil has conducted upwards of 300 dynamic entry search warrants and over 100 High Risk Vehicle Takedowns. Phil is considered a subject matter expert in Use of Force and Undercover Officer Safety.
Recently prior to his retirement from the police service, Phil was a Senior Use of Force/Defensive Tactics Instructor at the Toronto Police Training College in charge of such areas as the Tactical Plainclothes Survival Course, Defensive Tactics, De-Escalation, and Scenario based Judgement Training. Phil spent 5 years as a Senior Undercover Operative Handler and 12 years, an Undercover Operative. Phil was considered a founding member of the first Gun and Gang Task Force in Canada formed in 2002. In those roles for the past 12 years Phil has been a facilitator and Lead instructor of the Undercover Foundations Course, for the Intelligence Division - Covert Operations Undercover Unit. Phil was also tasked with developing a Close Quarter Survival Course for our Undercover Operatives.
Phil was the Head Instructor and in charge of delivering the curriculum for this course which includes Weapons Survival training. In addition, Phil was a member of a select team that acted as Handlers and provides Witness Protection to Undercover officers testifying in major court cases (i.e. Homicide Trials).
Professional certifications and education include: Degree in Justice Studies from the university of Guelph Humber, Certificate in Adult Learning, Humber College, Certification Extended Range Impact Weapon Instructor (i.e. Sock Round,) Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) Instructor (i.e. TASER. X26), Provincially Certified Firearms Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, Ontario Police College and with the Ministry of Community and Safety Correctional Services, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (C.I.S.O.), Expert Witness General Division Court.
Kathy J McCormack is a retired justice professional with over 35 years’ experience as a member of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) and retiring as a proud member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). As a front line OPP supervisor over the past 26 years Ms McCormack has led dynamic teams, is considered a subject matter expert in all areas of the Criminal Code and Provincial Statutes where she has had to respond to major accident scenes and be the spokesperson regarding media and senior management. In her professional role, Kathy worked as a liaison for the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Policing Services Division to prepare policy documents and liaise in partnership with Emergency Measures Ontario, Fire Marshall Office, and Victim Services.
As educator, Ms McCormack has taught at Centennial College, Humber College, George Brown College, and Fanshawe College. As a police instructor, Ms McCormack has taught at the Ontario Police College overseeing all police service officers hired in the Province of Ontario for seven years, at the Canadian Law Enforcement Training School for eight years, the Greater Toronto Region In Service Training Unit, Ontario for three years. For her distinguished services in policing and the education sector, Ms McCormack has been awarded the Ontario Women In Law Enforcement Award,
Detachment Commander Award for Leadership in Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision, Commissioners Award in help managing on scene during the serious Sunrise Propane Explosion in 2008, Fitness Award Yearly, and over combined 35 letters of commendation.
Ms McCormack’s education includes Diplomas from the Ontario Police College, Diploma from Centennial College, and over 30 certification courses in policing. Ms McCormack is also a published author of a True Crime Novel called “10-45 Spells Death” in 2005.
Marc Levine has supported youth and adults who have encountered the justice system for the past 38 years. He has worked as a Youth Probation Officer, Probation Manager, Program Coordinator, Program Supervisor and Regional Manager with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
During his time with the Ministry, Marc was deemed to be an expert witness by the courts, on youth matters. Marc also provided assessments to the courts on some of the highest risk youth in the Province at that time. Now retired from the Ministry, Marc maintains a keen interest and passion for issues of justice and mental health. Marc has acted as a Board of Director member for a regional Children’s Mental Health Centre and since 2018, has been an active volunteer with the peer support organization, Boots on The Ground.
Marc attended York University, with a focus on sociology and psychology. Marc has been a part time professor at Centennial College, since 2007. Marc takes pride in being creative in the class and using humour to get the best effort from his students. Marc has a love of travel, sports, and the outdoors.