Clive Addy served for 35 years in the Canadian Forces. Among his many posts, he was Commander of the Cdn Brigade in Germany, Deputy Chief of Staff (Ops) at Central Army Group in Heidelberg, Chief of Staff of Mobile Command, and Commander of Land Forces, Western Canada. Retiring in 1996 at the rank of Major-General, he then helped draft an audit of Emergency Preparedness for British Columbia. Clive Addy is the founder and inspirational leader of the Ottawa-based National Security Group.
An educator for 30 years, K. Angus became interested in topics related to public safety and began writing to educate the public more about challenges that frontline safety and security experts face every day.
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Peter Avis served on a number of frigates and destroyers, was the XO of HMCS Ville de Quebec and the elite Sea Training Unit, and was CO of HMCS Fredericton. He served as senior policy advisor for Transportation Security and Emergency Mgmt in the PCO. He was called back to NDHQ as Chief of Staff for the Board of Inquiry on Detainees in Afghanistan. Retired in 2008, he joined Lansdowne Technologies as a Senior Consultant for Defence and Security.
Jean-Michel Blais worked 25 years in the RCMP before becoming the Chief of Halifax Regional Police, retiring in 2019. He is a graduate of McGill University (political science and economics) and Université Laval (law). He is the principal of EMPIRIC Consultancy Solutions, currently writing a book entitled Working the Blue Line: Lessons in Life, Leadership and Complexity from Hockey and Policing, expected to be published in 2021.
A former infantry officer, and a lawyer by profession, Don Blakely has been involved in Ground Search and Rescue since 1987. Currently a Manager with Vernon SAR in BC, Don has responded to hundreds emergencies including floods and urban wildfires. He is a founding member and currently a Director of the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada and of the BC SAR Association. Don was responsible for the creation of the National GSAR Liability Insurance program and is a co-author of British Columbia's SAR Strategic Plan.
Philip J. Boyle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. His research is concerned with contemporary developments in policing, security, and public safety after 9/11, particularly in relation to cities and urban governance. His current research on critical infrastructure security is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.