2018 ACCPA CONFERENCE

2018 ACCPA ANNUAL CONFERENCE - THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

New Directions in Community Safety
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May 8-10, 2018

Holiday Inn Conference Centre,
4485 Gateway Blvd,
Edmonton, Alberta

Successful crime prevention takes the entire community to become engaged. ACCPA is the hub for Alberta to share best practices in crime prevention between community members & organizations, government and law enforcement.

This years' conference brought together ACCPA members, partners and experts, many of whom are engaged in crime prevention initiatives across Alberta, with a focus on how we can come together as a group and collaborate to help prevent crime in Alberta. The ACCPA 2018 Conference was a great success with over 200 delegates attending some part of the conference. Our thanks to everyone who participated and made this such a great event.

Planning is already underway for the ACCPA 2019 Conference. Mark your calendars for May 7-9 in Calgary. We hope to see you there!

SPEAKER BIOS

ETHAN BAYNE

Executive Director of Strategy and Planning with the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat

Ethan Bayne is the Executive Director of Strategy and Planning with the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat, a cross-government team responsible for coordinating Alberta’s approach to cannabis legalization. Prior to this role, Ethan worked with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, and served as chief of staff for the government task force that assisted Fort McMurray and other communities in their recovery from the 2016 Wood Buffalo wildfires. He also served on the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force. In his career, Ethan has worked as a management consultant focused on public sector clients, as well as in senior roles with several Government of Alberta ministries, including Municipal Affairs, Infrastructure, and Transportation.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION:
Alberta’s Approach to Cannabis Legalization

This presentation will outline the Alberta Cannabis Framework, and what Albertans can expect when cannabis becomes legal in our province by summer 2018.  After months of engagement with Albertans, stakeholders and partners, extensive research of other jurisdictions, and consideration of existing liquor and tobacco laws, the framework sets the stage for the responsible use of cannabis in Alberta.  Aspects of this framework will be implemented through various pieces of legislation introduced during fall 2017 and spring 2018, including substantive changes to the Gaming and Liquor Act that will address oversight, distribution and licensing for non-medical cannabis.

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ELAINE HYSHKA, BA, MA, PhD

Co-Chair of the Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission (MOERC)

Elaine Hyshka, BA, MA, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, and Scientific Director of the Inner City Health and Wellness Program at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. In June 2017, Dr. Hyshka was appointed Co-Chair of the Alberta Minister of Health’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission.

Dr. Hyshka’s program of applied health services and policy research focuses on advancing a public health approach to substance use in Canada, and her work is conducted in partnership with service providers, advocacy organizations, and governments at the local, provincial, and national level. She is currently leading a national comparative analysis of harm reduction policymaking across the provinces and territories, and a number of research projects examining the integration of evidence-based substance use services into acute care settings.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION:
Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission

This presentation will cover the mandate, composition and strategic areas of action of the Alberta’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission.

The Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission was created in May 2017 under the Opioid Emergency Response Regulation in the Public Health Act. The commission will oversee and implement urgent coordinated actions on the opioid crisis, focused on 6 strategic areas: harm-reduction initiatives, treatment prevention, enforcement and supply control, collaboration, surveillance and analytics.

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DONALD MACPHERSON

Executive Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition

Donald MacPherson is one of Canada’s leading figures in drug policy and advocates drug policies based on principles of public health, scientific evidence, human rights and social inclusion.

MacPherson is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, a national coalition of organizations and individuals working to improve Canada’s drug policies. The Coalition is a partner project with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions (CARMHA) at Simon Fraser University. He is involved in drug policy work at local, national and international levels. Formerly, he was North America’s first Drug Policy Coordinator at the City of Vancouver where he worked for 22 years. He is the author of Vancouver’s groundbreaking Four Pillars Drug Strategy, which called for new approaches to drug problems based on public health principles and the appropriate regulation of all psychoactive substances. MacPherson is also co-author of Raise Shit! Social action saving lives (2009) and More Harm than Good: Drug policy in Canada (2016). In 2007, he received the Kaiser Foundation National Award of Excellence in Public Policy in Canada. In 2009, he was awarded the Richard Dennis Drug Peace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform by the Drug Policy Alliance in the United States and the City of Vancouver was awarded the Canadian Urban Institutes Secure City Award for the Four Pillars Drug Strategy. MacPherson also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his work in drug policy reform. In 2017, MacPherson was presented with the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy at Simon Fraser University.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
The Overdose Crisis in Canada: Responses and Promising Strategies

This presentation will consider the overdose crisis in Canada and responses from all orders of government as well as Civil Society to the crisis. It will consider alternative approaches that could be taken by all levels of government as well as legislative/bylaw/regulatory changes that could be introduced in the context of a public health emergency or otherwise as part of increasing the resilience of communities to respond to problematic substance use. Examples from other jurisdictions such as Portugal will be considered.

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CHRIS HAY

Executive Director, John Howard Society of Alberta

Chris Hay has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Alberta and a Masters degree in Sociology from Carleton University. In terms of work experience, he has worked for the Edmonton Police Service as the Supervisor of the Intelligence Unit, Probation Services as a Probation Officer, Childrens Services in Maskwacis as an Investigator, Tactical Advisor to the Minister of National Security for Trinidad and Tobago, and is currently the Executive Director for the John Howard Society of Alberta. Further, along with his work with the John Howard Society, Chris instructs Criminology, Sociology, Research Methods, and Intelligence Courses for MacEwan University, The University of Alberta, Athabasca University, Portage College, and the Justice Institute.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION:
Crime Prevention Through Community and Social Development

This presentation will examine crime prevention in the context of social development. According to the Canadian Council on Social Development, the principle behind crime prevention through social development (CPTSD) is the promotion of well-being through social, health, and educational measures. In support of this, the Mission Statement of the John Howard Society of Alberta is to advance the work of the John Howard Societies across Alberta through promotion, research and public education on issues of public safety and crime prevention.

Bryn Herbert

BRYN HERBERT

Relentless Connector Community Facilitator with New In Town Aboriginal Welcome Services

Bryn Herbert is a Relentless Connector Community Facilitator with New In Town Aboriginal Welcome Services, through Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society. Previously, Bryn has worked as a housing worker for the chronically homeless of Edmonton as well as front-line staff for individuals living with intellectual disabilities. Since July of 2015, Bryn has worked with families who are historically frequent user of multiple services or have extensive involvement with Child Services. Through Wrap Around Service, the delivery method of Relentless Connector’s, Bryn supports families with developing their own unique vision and plan for their future based on their goals, strengths and aspirations. These families create a team of trusted and supportive people from all facets of their life, both professional and the personal.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION:
New in Town Aboriginal Welcome Service

The New in Town Aboriginal Welcome Service is the first of its kind in Canada. The service welcomes and supports Aboriginal families and individuals who are new to Edmonton. The service is coordinated, mobile, culturally driven, hands-on, and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with referrals for employment, elder services, housing, culture, and education. New in Town is a project by Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society in partnership with Boyle Street Community Services and Boyle Street Aboriginal Services. The project was initiated after partners recognized a need to assist people transitioning to Edmonton.

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SHARLENE WOLBECK MINKE

Principal of SWM Consulting Services and Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Sharlene Wolbeck Minke, Principal of SWM Consulting Services and Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, has an academic background in nursing and health promotion. For over 25 years, she has collaborated with individuals and communities across Alberta to help them address conditions that are often integral to crime prevention.  Her approach blends respectful engagement with evidence-informed processes to create meaningful, context-specific evaluations.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION:
Police and Youth Engagement Program (PYEP)
Presented by Sharlene Wolbeck Minke, Timiro Mohamed, Ayan Omar Siad and REACH Edmonton

This presentation is co-delivered by staff, evaluators and youth presenters of REACH’s Police and Youth Engagement Program (PYEP). The two week, high school credit course gives youth and police officers a unique chance to communicate one-on-one, build positive relationships and learn from each other. The program aims to bring police and youth together, remove misconceptions on both sides, build trust, and create a safe and comfortable environment in which dialogue can occur. It is focused on equipping youth with the tools and skills to become leaders in their own communities.

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AYAN OMAR SIAD

Ayan was involved with PYEP when she was 14 as a participant, Youth Leader for two years and this past year she was a Youth Coordinator. She is a student at the University of Alberta, in Environmental Science. Learning about various immigrant and refugee experiences opened her interest in people and helped her understand the challenges and experiences of different people.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION:
Police and Youth Engagement Program (PYEP)
Presented by Sharlene Wolbeck Minke,Timiro Mohamed, Ayan Omar Siad and REACH Edmonton

This presentation is co-delivered by staff, evaluators and youth presenters of REACH’s Police and Youth Engagement Program (PYEP). The two week, high school credit course gives youth and police officers a unique chance to communicate one-on-one, build positive relationships and learn from each other. The program aims to bring police and youth together, remove misconceptions on both sides, build trust, and create a safe and comfortable environment in which dialogue can occur. It is focused on equipping youth with the tools and skills to become leaders in their own communities.

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IAN O’DONNELL

Executive Director, Edmonton Downtown Business Association

An advocate for resilient communities, Ian has had the pleasure of working both professionally and through his volunteerism on making Downtown a more livable, inviting and safe place. Graduating from the University of Alberta (01’) with a degree in Economics and Psychology, he has worked for leading developers, architects and now with the Downtown Business Association. As the Executive Director of the DBA, his role is to work with stakeholders such as his member businesses, the City of Edmonton, the Province, Edmonton Police Service among many other great organizations to promote a vibrant, inclusive and beautiful Downtown core. When not in the office, Ian volunteers for groups such as the Downtown Edmonton Community League, the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, Winter City Edmonton and sits on the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues Planning Committee. During his free time you will find him on a patio, at the newest Downtown restaurant or out on the hockey rink.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION:
Towards a Safer Downtown Edmonton

This presentation will cover a number of the reasons behind a safer Downtown Edmonton. In a 2010 survey, 39 per cent of respondents said they felt safe in the downtown core at night. The same figure increased to 63 per cent in 2017. The increase in sense of security is attributed in part to a variety of changes, including: expansions of MacEwan University and NorQuest College, more students and restaurants in the downtown core, a growing residential population, and more street fronting businesses.

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DARLENE WILSON

Community Facilitator, Social Planning, The City of Red Deer

Darlene was integrally involved with the community in the development of the first Community Safety Strategy for The City of Red Deer in 2016. This strategy offers a collective view of what is going well in Red Deer, what needs to improve, and recommended actions moving forward. From a community development perspective her current role is to work with stakeholders to implement key collaborative strategies related to community safety and well-being. She is interested in public discourse, systems change, problem solving, and leadership and change theory.

Darlene has a Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University, and has completed her Professional Facilitation Certification. She currently works as a Community Facilitator with Social Planning at The City of Red Deer.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION:
A Year in Review: City of Red Deer’s Community Safety Strategy

This presentation reflects on the first year of implementation of the City of Red Deer’s Community Safety Strategy. This Strategy represents almost two years of dedicated effort by the Community Safety Ad Hoc Committee, convened in 2014 by Red Deer City Council. The Strategy itself captures community feedback, significant local data, and research on effective principles of practices in community safety and crime prevention. The presentation focuses on key learnings around process, collaboration, taking action, and growing change.

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FRÉDÉRIC MAURETTE, CD, PCIP

Regional Training & Development Specialist, Paladin Security Group Ltd.

Fred first joined Paladin Security Group in July 2013 after spending 12 years in Ottawa working on projects in security risk management, critical infrastructure resilience, and emergency management with governments and with the private sector.

He is currently responsible for training and development for the region encompassing northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, training our guard force, supervisory staff, and select clients in basic security, threat and risk assessments, and emergency preparedness. The focus is to understand the full threat spectrum, including terrorism and domestic radicalization, so that our staff will feel more confident and empowered not only to deter, detect, and respond to security threats, but also to understand and contribute to business and community resilience.

Fred previously led Paladin’s Oil and Gas Critical Infrastructure vertical in Fort McMurray. Recognized by the RCMP as a Counter-Terrorism Information Officer, he holds a Top Secret federal security clearance. He was previously the Critical Infrastructure Institute’s Chief Learning Officer, responsible for the ongoing development and delivery of the RSES-accredited Professional Development Course in Critical Infrastructure Protection. He also served 16 years as a reconnaissance soldier in armoured regiments in Canada and overseas.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION:
Partnering to Reduce Crime in Commercial Districts

This presentation will cover the context of crime and commercial facilities in Alberta, and will help businesses and partners understand the various types of programs available: from facility risk assessments, business continuity planning, and security risk management – with a goal to prepare businesses to better prevent disruptions and loss to their critical assets, and better contribute to business and community resilience.

Alex Girvin

ALEX GIRVIN

Senior Investigator, Telus Corporate Security

Alex Girvin joined TELUS IN 2013 as a Senior Investigator in Corporate Security. Prior to joining TELUS Alex was a 30 year member of the Calgary Police Service and spent his last seven years as the Stolen Property Unit Co-ordinator which included metal theft investigations. He has also worked closely with Crime Stoppers and Community Crime Prevention groups. Alex played a key role in the evolution of Bill 201, the Scrap Metal Dealers & Recyclers Identification Act, which received Royal Assent on April 29th 2013 but has not been proclaimed. Alex is a member of the Provincial Electricity Physical Security (PEPS) working group and as part of the group’s efforts to reduce metal theft he continues to work with Alberta Justice and Solicitor-General’s department to develop a legislative framework to regulate the Scrap Metal Industry.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION:
Telus Wise - Youth Online Safety

This presentation will outline the TELUS WISE® initiative. TELUS WISE (Wise Internet and Smartphone Education) is a free educational program on Internet and smartphone safety and security. The program offers interactive and informative workshops and content to help Canadians have a positive experience as digital citizens. Topics include cyberbullying, protecting your online reputation, identity theft and more. TELUS WISE is made possible in collaboration with multiple partners. TELUS has worked with many of them to create a variety of Internet and smartphone safety resources, including: Helping our kids use their smartphone safely guide; Helping our kids navigate cyberbullying parent guide; Helping our kids navigate their wired world; Helping Canadian adults navigate their wired world; TELUS WISE seniors guide and TELUS WISE tip sheets (available in English, French, Chinese, Punjabi and Spanish).

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DR. CHAD NILSON

Defense Research & Development Canada, RCMP, and Community Safety Knowledge Alliance,
The University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Chad Nilson provides research, evaluation, advising and planning services to various community-based organizations and government agencies in provincial, federal, and Indigenous jurisdictions. As a Community-Engaged Scholar with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies – University of Saskatchewan, and Community Safety and Well-Being Advisor with the Living Skies Centre for Social Inquiry, Chad has developed a strong research agenda in community safety, has helped communities build strategies for violence reduction, and has conducted numerous evaluations of crime prevention programs. Since releasing his 2014 preliminary impact assessment on the Hub Model in Prince Albert, Chad has been invited to lead and support conversations and planning of collaborative risk-driven intervention practices, data collection and evaluation in Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. Finally, Dr. Nilson continues to support various communities with his expertise as the lead developer of the Hub (Risk Tracking) Database now being used in over 80 communities across Canada.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
Advances in Rural and Remote Communities Safety Through Technology

This session will examine the role of communication technology in community safety and well-being. Panelists with expertise from academic, non-profit, and industry sectors will begin by discussing a collaborative project between the University of Saskatchewan, Defense Research & Development Canada, RCMP, and the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance. The goal of the project is to develop and pilot a tech-enabled Hub in rural and remote communities, with an objective to change the way services are delivered by overcoming geographic barriers through a virtual environment. This discussion will then evolve into a broader dialogue on the role of technological solutions in social innovation.

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MATTHEW SWARNEY

Senior Counsel and Director of Government Affairs,
Motorola Solutions Canada Inc.

Matthew is Senior Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for Motorola Solutions Canada Inc. As a member of the Canadian leadership team, Matthew’s responsibilities include providing strategic advice on all legal and regulatory matters for the corporation in Canada as well as leading the corporation’s outreach efforts with elected officials at all three orders of Government. Matthew joined Motorola in 2001 as legal counsel and was made a member of the Canadian leadership team in 2010.
Prior to joining, Motorola, Matthew practiced commercial and litigation law at a boutique firm in Toronto.
Matthew has obtained both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree both from McGill University in Montreal and is licenced to practice law in the Province of Ontario.
Matthew’s interests include skiing, cycling and mountain biking with his family.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
Advances in Rural and Remote Communities Safety Through Technology

This session will examine the role of communication technology in community safety and well-being. Panelists with expertise from academic, non-profit, and industry sectors will begin by discussing a collaborative project between the University of Saskatchewan, Defense Research & Development Canada, RCMP, and the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance. The goal of the project is to develop and pilot a tech-enabled Hub in rural and remote communities, with an objective to change the way services are delivered by overcoming geographic barriers through a virtual environment. This discussion will then evolve into a broader dialogue on the role of technological solutions in social innovation.

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CAL CORLEY

Chief Executive Officer, Community Safety Knowledge Alliance

Cal has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance since its inception in July 2015. He is a former Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. During his career, he gained extensive experience in both operations and executive management, serving in such areas as national security, criminal intelligence, drug enforcement, human resources, and leading strategic reform initiatives. He also served at Canada’s Privy Council Office and at Public Safety Canada. From 2008 – 2014, he was head of the Canadian Police College. During this time he also served as the RCMP Senior Envoy to Mexico and the Americas.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
Advances in Rural and Remote Communities Safety Through Technology

This session will examine the role of communication technology in community safety and well-being. Panelists with expertise from academic, non-profit, and industry sectors will begin by discussing a collaborative project between the University of Saskatchewan, Defense Research & Development Canada, RCMP, and the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance. The goal of the project is to develop and pilot a tech-enabled Hub in rural and remote communities, with an objective to change the way services are delivered by overcoming geographic barriers through a virtual environment. This discussion will then evolve into a broader dialogue on the role of technological solutions in social innovation.

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