Instructors, Authors, and Course Contributors

Terry Barker

  • Former lecturer for the RCMP and the Justice Institute of British Columbia
  • Trained Police Managers Internationally for CIDA
  • Former trainer with the Federal Treasury Board
  • Communications Consultant since 1974
  • Expert in communication theory and practice
  • Author of Boss Talk and Five Minute Police Officer

Dr. Scott Blandford

  • 30 years policing experience, including patrol, emergency response, planning & research, and human resources
  • 17 years teaching experience in post-secondary programs related to criminal justice and organizational
  • Former Program Coordinator and faculty member for the Athabasca University, Bachelor of Professional Arts - Criminal Justice program
  • Former Dean – School of Fire Sciences & Public Safety, Lambton College
  • Currently a Professor in the Bachelor of Commerce – HR program for the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, Fanshawe College
  • Undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice (Athabasca University)
  • Masters degree in Public Administration (University of Western Ontario)
  • Doctor of Business Administration degree, with a research focus on recruiting standards in police organizations (Columbia Southern University)

F. Richard Bruce, BA, MA

  • Executive Director of Westman Immigrant Services
  • Chief of the Brandon Police Service from 2001-2006
  • 35+ years of policing experience
  • Collaborative leader with a strong background and excellent skills in problem solving, interpersonal skills, project management, and strategic planning
  • Has a strong background in operations, community relations, and administration
  • Certified Law Enforcement Planner, International Association of Police Planners
  • Advanced Law Enforcement Planner, International Association of Law Enforcement Planners
  • Awarded Excellence in Law Enforcement - For Community Service - Province of Manitoba, 2002
  • The Lieutenant Governor’s Make a Difference Community Award, Westman Region, 2005
  • Awarded the Order of Merit for Police Forces in 2006
  • Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University
  • Master of Study in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge University, UK

Paul Ceyssens, LL.B

  • Graduate of Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
  • Members of Bars of Ontario and British Columbia
  • Former member of Legal Branch, Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General
  • Author of Legal Aspects of Policing and co-author of Ontario Police Services Act, Fully Annotated
  • Currently in private law practice in Saltspring Island, BC
  • Recognized expert in the statutory and understood role of police in Canada

Tom Chapman, BA, MA (CAM)

  • MA in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria
  • Certificates in Mediation and ADR
  • Sergeant Major (retired) with 29 years of policing experience with the OPP
  • Former manager in the Investigations Section of Professional Standards Bureau
  • Jointly developed and delivered a Professional Standards Investigator's course in conjunction with the Calgary Police Service
  • Parks Canada - (recently retired) Law Enforcement Operational Manager for Alberta and British Columbia & Informal Conflict Management Advisor For Western & Northern Canada

Ward Clapham, MOM, SBStJ

  • Associate of Arts – Criminology, Camosun College
  • Athabasca University - Administration Studies
  • Certificate in Advanced Police Studies – Canadian Police College
  • Interest Based Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
  • Superintendent (retired) 28 years with Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Chief Officer (retired) Transit Police
  • Recipient of the Canadian Order of Merit of the Police Forces for conspicuous merit and exceptional service.
  • Recipient of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, for Community Service.
  • Recipient of the Queens Golden Jubilee Award for Community Policing
  • Rotary International Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence
  • Recipient of Canada's Head of Public Service Award
  • Author of Breaking with the Law: The Story of Positive Tickets and Lead BIG: Discovering the Upside of Unconventional Leadership.

Dr. Terry Coleman

  • A Public Safety Consultant with a focus on corrections and strategic policing
  • Police Officer 1969-2007
  • Calgary Police Service - 27 1/2 years
  • Chief of Police - Moose Jaw Police Service 1997 - 2007
  • Director of Human Resources - 1997 World Police/Fire Games
  • Implemented, and managed, the culture change of the Moose Jaw Police Service to "community policing"
  • In 2003, awarded the Order of Merit for Police Forces
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Human Resource and Learning committee
  • Former member of the Mental Health and The Law Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Police Boards
  • Former Deputy Minister in SK for both Municipal Affairs, and Public Safety, Corrections and Policing
  • Substantial operational, strategic management and leadership experience
  • Completed a Masters of Human Resource Management and Masters of Arts in Police Studies at the University of Regina
  • Completed a doctorate in Police Studies at University of Regina. His research focus was the measurement of the organizational performance of police organizations.

Debra Crowell, CMM, CLGA

  • Director of Finance since 1997 for the Town of Kentville, Nova Scotia
  • Extensive experience in preparing annual budgets, financial statements and other associated government reports
  • 22 years of financial and accounting experience at the municipal level
  • Graduate of Dalhousie University’s Certificate in Local Government Administration Program
  • Certified Municipal Manager
  • Member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and the Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia
  • Recipient of the Community IT Hero Award presented by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Industry Canada "in recognition of your leadership and dedication to improving your community through the innovative use of information technology."

Dr. Chris Giacomantonio

  • PhD. Criminology University of Oxford
  • Research Coordinator with the Halifax Regional Police Service
  • Atlantic Regional Coordinator, Canadian Society of Evidence-Based Policing
  • Board member, CACP Research Foundation
  • Author of multiple journal articles on policing, public safety and policy, including Policing Integration, a 2015 academic text examining integrated policing in Canada
  • Previously Senior Analyst with RAND Corporation's UK office
  • Specializing in program evaluation and policing research

Ted Herbert, BPE, BEd, MA

  • Public Sector leadership development specialist with over 20 years experience
  • 25 years designing and delivering Police Education
  • Experienced sport and public sector work place coach
  • International project management experience
  • Diverse experience and training in the delivery of adult education
  • Educated in Adult Learning principles and practice
  • Skilled curriculum developer
  • MA in human performance
  • Director of the Police Leadership Program from 1998-2001
  • Currently working as a Senior Advisor to the Government of Ontario

Dr. Craig S. MacMillan

  • Over 30 years experience in the justice system as police officer, lawyer, and investigator
  • Ph.D. in Law (U.B.C.), LL.B. (Dalhousie University), M.A. in Judicial Administration (Brock University), B.A. in Legal Studies (University of Lethbridge), Diploma in Law Enforcement (Lethbridge Community College), Certificate in Police Advanced Education Program (Level IV) (Justice Institute of B.C.), Certificate in Advanced Police Studies (Canadian Police College), Certificate in General Police Studies (Canadian Police College)
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the British Columbia Bar (since 1994) with experience in government practice and private practice experience in a small firm and as a sole practitioner representing police officers in a variety of legal forums
  • Former Grievance Adjudicator and ad hoc adjudicator for discipline and discharge cases in federal police cases
  • Previous police experience in uniform (both federal and municipal police agencies), Major Crime, Informatics, Operations Policy Unit, Hate Crime Team, Training Branch, Commercial Crime Section (Special Advisor), Member Representative Unit
  • Previous experience as a Designated Investigator with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (Atlantic Region) and with the Investigative Branch of the Nova Scotia Police Commission (conducting reviews of public and internal complaints against municipal police officers and agencies)
  • Facilitator in ethics education for investigative training at the Pacific Region Training Centre (RCMP) and Canadian Police College.
  • Educator and guest lecturer on various courses at Kwantlen University College, University of British Columbia Continuing Studies, University College of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Royal Roads University
  • Author of professional and academic works dealing with ethics, constitutional law, hate crime, violence in relationships, police independence and legal services, and compelled statements from police officers.

Paul McKenna, BEd, MA, MLIS

  • Bachelor of Education degreee from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, a Master's degree in Political Science (University of Western Ontario), a Master's degree in Library and Information Science (University of Toronto)
  • President of Public Safety Innovation, Inc. providing consulting services to several police departments across Canada, with a particular emphasis on business and strategic planning, police service restructuring and reorganization
  • Served as theDeputy Director (Administration) of the OPP Academy
  • Has authored several important textbooks on policing in Canada, including: "Canadian Government and Administration: A Policing Perspective", "Foundation of Community Policing in Canada" and several others

Dr. Ian Messenger

  • M.A. Honours in Social Policy and Politics (University of Edinburgh), MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (University of Edinburgh), DCrimJ Doctor of Criminal Justice (University of Portsmouth), Certificate in Police Leadership (Dalhousie University)
  • 10 years experience in United Kingdom law enforcement, including 8 years experience in national and international operations with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) with a focus on the Middle East and Asia.
  • Subject Matter Expert on Pakistan law enforcement
  • Experience of needs analysis and capacity building projects in Middle East Asia region
  • Doctoral thesis on cross-border and cross-cultural working in international law enforcement 

Dr. Merry Miller

  • Sports and Performance Psychologist
  • Master Course Conductor in the National Coaching Certification Program in Canada
  • She has coordinated workshops for all coaching levels in many different areas of Canada
  • Nationally recognized for her expertise in providing good educational programs for coaches in all sports and for supervising advanced level tasks for certified coaches from the developmental to the elite level.
  • As a coach, Merry has been responsible for improving the performance of athletes in swimming and of soldiers in the military.
  • As a psychologist, she has assessed, diagnosed and treated performance problems in athletes from a variety of sports and with a variety of performance obstacles.
  • As a teacher, she has instructed courses in Sports Psychology at the graduate level to students in the Masters of Coaching Program at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Chris Murphy

  • Leader in research into Community Policing
  • Experience with Canadian Solicitor General’s Department, Research Division
  • Experience with Corrections Canada
  • Author of numerous books and articles on community policing
  • Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax in Crime and Criminology
  • PhD. dissertation on implementation of Community Based Policing models
  • Instructor and author of Understanding and Responding to Global and Domestic Terrorism: A Social Science Perspective

Dan Ogle

  • Past Editor of The Mezzanine, a Police Leadership Bulletin
  • Former Research Officer at The Canadian Police College
  • Civilian member of the RCMP for 19 years
  • Work experience at FBI Academy; Bramshill, UK; and other police colleges
  • Edited Strategic Planning for Police
  • 8 years full time university teaching experience
  • 21 years military experience with several command and staff positions
  • Has been with the Police Leadership Program since 1993
  • Authored the first course in the program, Police Leadership and Management Development

Robert F. Purcell, LL.B

  • Executive Director of Public Safety at the NS Dept. of Justice
  • Inspector with the RCMP before joining the NS Dept. of Justice
  • Over 23 years of policing experience, including both operational and administrative experiences
  • Past special advisor to the Commanding Officer and Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations for the RCMP “H” Division
  • Graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1992
  • Worked with the Crown Prosecution Service in London, England

Don Spicer, BA (Police Leadership)

  • Director of Policing Services, Nova Scotia Department of Justice
  • Former police executive with thirty-five years’ experience 
  • Invested as an Officer, Order of Merit (OOM) by the Governor General of Canada
  • Recipient of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for advancing policing in Canada
  • Trained hundreds of police officers in media relations
  • Former media relations officer 
  • Bachelor of Arts in Police Leadership, Charles Sturt University
  • Certificate in Police Leadership, Dalhousie University

Theresa Rath Spicer, MA

  • Bachelor of Public Relations and Master of Arts (Communications)
  • Public Relations practitioner and communications strategist for 20+ years
  • Led and directed the public relations function for Halifax Regional Police for 14+ years (2003-17)
  • Trained hundreds of police officers in media relations
  • Provided strategic communications counsel to the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association
  • Guest lecturer at Mount Saint University on issues management, crisis communications, media relations, internal communications, etc.
  • Volunteer mentor to public relations students at Nova Scotia Community College


Dr. David Siegel

  • Professor, political science, local government and public administration at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
  • Co-author of Public Administration in Canada
  • Co-editor of Agencies, Boards and Commissions in Canadian Local Government
  • Experience working for the City of Toronto and the Government of Canada