At TNT, Ms Trovato is a senior administrator and advisor to the executive team . Her area of expertise is in developing policy, managing internal policy compliance, government compliance and affairs, company negotiations, building industry partnerships, and overall strategic management at TNT.
Prior to taking the leadership role at TNT, Ms Trovato worked 12 years in the Criminal Justice System specializing in managing complex sexual offenders and those deemed to be affiliated with Organized Criminal Groups as a senior Probation and Parole Officer. Her work also included a long-term assignment as an Intelligence Analyst with the Correctional Services Criminal intelligence Unit, Ontario Ministry, designing and creating a relational database across all Ontario Correctional facilities to be able to capture critical data on how to collect, record, properly identify, and codify this data into an IT system designed to share and manage the population of gang members in custody.
Ms Trovato is also an Educator with over 10 years of online and in-class teaching experience teaching in a variety of programs at Humber College, Centennial College, and at the Community Justice Degree Programs at both Colleges.
Ms Trovato is a PhD candidate completing her studies in the Criminal Justice Program at Walden University with a focus and in research, policy development, and curriculum development. Ms Trovato holds a BA in Sociology and Linguistics from University of Toronto, a Graduate degree in Human Resource Management, from York University, and a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources, from University of Toronto.
VICE PRESIDENT - OPERATIONS & BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Theodore (Theo) Parassakis is a highly regarded and efficient leader at the TNT. As the Director of business operations, Mr. Parassakis leads a team of highly skilled members who ensure customer service 24/365 to our clients. In addition, Mr. Parassakis specializes in web design and web development for TNT. Mr. Parassakis is known nationally as someone who understands clients web needs, but more importantly, understands that their business needs go beyond customer satisfaction to loyalty. Over the past year, Mr. Parassakis has delivered on mission critical, technically challenging projects under tight timelines while also providing exceptional operational support to our clientele.
Mr. Parassakis prior to joining the TNT executive team was a Correctional officer in Toronto for 6 years. Additionally, Mr. Parassakis held a number of high-level security and administrative positions prior to his current position at TNT.
Mr. Parassakis has attained an Honour Roll diploma in Police Foundations, this in addition to holding a highly esteemed Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Harvard Business School. He is attending the University of Toronto for Business studies. As a result of his educational and professional background, Mr. Parassakis has provided TNT with expansive ideas, spanning from the technical aspect of the business to the frontline experience and rudimentary knowledge of the criminal justice system.
Mr. Parassakis offers a balance in understanding the dynamic nature between governmental needs and the progressive mindset of the business world. Mr. Parassakis ’s friendly demeanor and knowledge has enabled him to communicate effectively with members of law enforcement and fellow entrepreneurs with the consistent desire to drive TNT into the future.
GENERAL MANAGER - TNT OPERATIONS
John Margetson has recently joined the TNT team effective September 01, 2020 after serving as a subject matter expert with the company for the past four years. John Margetson will assume a leadership role at TNT guiding a very dynamic team and assisting the company expand across Canada and the U.S with a specialization in training.
In policing, John has had a distinguished career serving over 30 years with the Toronto Police Service. Within the service, John has held many positions such as a lead detective with the Organized Crime Enforcement-Drug Squad, as an investigator with the Homicide Squad, Major Crime Unit-Vice Section, and served at the Criminal Investigation Bureau. In a uniform capacity, John served in the Community Response Unit and the Public Safety Unit. A very proud achievement prior to joining the Toronto Police Service, John served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Section Commander in the Infantry.
In the education field, John has taught at Humber College and Centennial College in their respective Police Foundations Programs for over 6 years as well as a part-time instructor at the Toronto Police College. John has also provided numerous educational lectures on policing to various community and police organizations. While employed with the Canadian Armed Forces, John provided training and instruction in various areas such as the infantry leadership course and basic infantry training.
John has completed his Baccalaureate of Applied Arts in Criminal Justice Studies, at the University of Guelph-Humber (2017) and received a college diploma in Police Foundations Leadership with Honors at Humber College (2015).
Superintendent Keith Merith (Ret) 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 immediate past 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.
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.
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)
INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS - INSTRUCTOR
Joe Elkerton is an aboriginal Torontonian who was abandoned by his parents and adopted by a white couple. He tells of his struggle to find his aboriginal identity and acceptance which led him into life on the streets. His life changed when someone reached out to him and told him about Jesus. He now is back on the streets as a youth worker and native pastor through "Project 417", reaching out to those in the sex trade. Joe holds a Bachelor of Religious Education from Tyndale University, Toronto (1985), holds a Certificate in Recreational Leadership (1990) from Sheridan college, and Certificate from the London School of Business (1978).
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 from 1978 to 1992, a certified instructor at the National Native Bible College, Deseronto, Ontario, and has served as a Pastor, Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship, Youth Minister at the Eden United Church, and a Director of Community Ministries from 2004-2007.
His passion is to develop outreach programs and education workshops for aboriginal communities on and off reserves. He cares deeply about helping the homeless, victims of human trafficking, people with addictions, and mental health.
SENIOR POLICY ADVISER
FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AND VICE-PROVOST-UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Professor Lang has long been active in a wide variety of professional activities. This includes professional associations such as the Association for Institutional Research (1975-2000), the Operations Planning and Analysis Group (1979-1991), the Center for Research Libraries (1993-1999), and the Ontario Universities Council on Admissions (1998-2005) where he chaired various committees and/or on the boards. He was a member of the Associate Graduate Faculty, Central Michigan University, from 1998 to 2005, and has served in various board capacities at the University of Toronto Schools (1986-1996), St. Augustine’s Seminary (2001-2007), Seneca College (2006, 2007), Algoma University College (1998-), University of Calgary (2006-) and the Toronto School of Theology (2008-).
The single greatest beneficiary of his expertise has been the Council of Ontario Universities, where he has served on many committees and task forces, beginning in 1982. He has also done work for the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities/Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, especially its Task Force on Accountability (1991-1993), its Graduate Survey of 1997 with the COU, and Steering Committee / Working Group on Transfers (2008-2011). From 2016-2018, he served as Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister and served on the planning committee for a French-language university in Ontario. Professor Lang has also long promoted scholarly discussion by editing, sitting on the editorial boards of, or acting as editorial consultant to numerous academic journals, including Interchange: A Journal of Educational Studies (1974-1975), Canadian Journal of Higher Education (1973-1996), Ontario Journal of Higher Education (1994-1997), Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Professional File (1997-), and Higher Education Perspectives (1998-2001). He was also a manuscript reviewer for the University of Toronto Press from 1997 to 1999 and for the years 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2009. Professor Lang has also written three books, numerous chapters in books, and a substantial number of refereed journal articles and review essays, along with other articles and letters to the editor. He has presented papers at many refereed conference proceedings (some of which have been published), given a good number of other papers, public lectures and presentations at invitational panels.
Professor Lang has been the recipient of a number of honours including International Association of Universities Palgrave Prize (2003) and the Beijing Forum (2004). In 2005 he was made an honorary member of the Senate of Algoma University College, Laurentian University, and was named to the Papal Order of Saint Gregory in 2006. That year he also received the Arbor Award for outstanding personal service to the University of Toronto. His passion for baseball was recognized when he was named OUA Coach of the Year in 2004 for his many years of service to the University of Toronto Blues baseball team. In 2010 he was inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame. He stepped down from coaching in 2011. Professor Lang retired in 2013 and subsequently received the title of Emeritus Professor. He continues to work and live in Toronto.
SENIOR POLICY ADVISER
MENTAL HEALTH & POLICE TRAINING PSYCHOLOGIST
For more than 30 years, Dr. Dorothy Cotton has been working with police organizations to help them change the way they respond to people with mental health challenges. As a Queen’s University adjunct professor and mental health advocate Dorothy Cotton has been awarded the Order of Ontario, the highest citizen honour in the province.
Working as a clinical and correctional psychologist with a primary interest in police psychology Dorothy Cotton provides a variety of services to police organizations including pre-employment and fitness for duty assessments, program development, and research consultation. Dr. Cotton is also well known for her work in the area of police interactions with people with mental illnesses.
Dr. Cotton says one of her proudest accomplishments is developing the TEMPO model (Training and Education about Mental Illness for Police Organizations). It provides a blueprint for Canadian law enforcement officers to help them interact with people with mental health challenges in the field. She is also proud of her work in early 2000 that brought together law enforcement and mental health professionals into one room. She is quoted as saying: “We convinced the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police to get involved and we hosted our first conference that featured half police officers and half mental health workers. It resulted in new programs and strategies for working with people with mental health challenges.”
SENIOR POLICY ADVISER
GOVERNMENTAL ADVISER, MENTAL HEALTH, & POLICE TRAINING
Dr. Terry Coleman has enjoyed a highly successful policing career spanning over 40 years. He worked as Chief of Police for Moose Jaw Police Service from 1997 to 2004, and at the Calgary Police Service after 27+ years as the Inspector-Professional Standards and Director of Human Resources. As the Chief of Police, Dr. Coleman was the Chair of the Criminal Intelligence Service-Saskatchewan and President of the Saskatchewan Chiefs of Police from 2004-2007. He has also served as the former Director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and since 1998 has been a member of the CACP-Human Resource and Learning Committee. Post policing, Dr. Coleman from 2007 became Deputy Minister of Public Safety, Corrections and Policing for Saskatchewan and then Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs. Subsequently, in politics, he was a Councilor for the City of Moose Jaw and a member of the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners. He is currently the Chair of the High River Policing Committee and Vice Chair of the Alberta Association of Police Governance.
As a public safety consultant, Dr. Coleman's work has focused on the interactions of police personnel with persons with mental health issues along with Dr. Dorothy Cotton. His recent work has included reviews of police agencies and colleges/academies regarding their curricula for preparing police personnel for their interactions with people with mental health issues. In this regard, since 2007, he has worked with the Mental Health Commission of Canada on various projects such as learning developed for police personnel to de-escalate difficult situations. He is co-author of the Mental Health Commission’s 2014 ‘TEMPO’ study conducted with Dr. Dorothy Cotton. Additional consulting has included the review of police agencies, police colleges, and correctional facilities to identify workplace performance issues and make recommendations.
Dr. Coleman holds a Doctorate in Police Studies from the University of Alberta, a Masters of Human Resource Management, and a Masters of Police Studies, from the University of Regina. His research focus was the measurement of the organizational performance of police organizations. He was also a sessional instructor in the Department of Justice Studies and is currently an online tutor for Athabasca University as well as an instructor for the Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education. In 2003, he was awarded the Order of Merit for Police Forces.