O.P.P. Commissioner Thomas Carrique, M.O.M., SBStj. MA, CMM III became the 15th Commissioner on April 8, 2019, he was previously Deputy Chief of York Regional Police, where he began his policing career in 1990. He has worked in a plethora of roles across the organization, including Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Investigative Services, Traffic, Marine, Public Order and was seconded to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Criminal Intelligence Services Ontario.Before joining the York Regional Police Executive Command Team as the deputy chief of administration, Commissioner Carrique served as superintendent of Staff Services. He also spent time as officer-in-charge of the Organized Crime Bureau, and as Special Investigation Unit liaison officer.Carrique holds a certificate in terrorism studies from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews in Scotland and is a graduate of the National Policing Improvement Agency’s International Commanders Program and the United States Department of Justice Drug Unit Commanders Academy. He earned a masters degree in leadership and training, with a specialty in justice and public safety, from Royal Roads University. He also earned a Certified Municipal Manager III police executive designation and received a chartered management designation from the Chartered Management Institute in the United Kingdom.A gold medalist at the Canadian Police Olympics, Carrique served as the co-chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Organized Crime Committee, and he serves on the boards of directors at Seneca College and St. John Ambulance – York Region Branch.He is the recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Award of Excellence for Fighting Crime, the Governor General’s Police Exemplary Service Medal and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2013, Deputy Chief Carrique was presented with the Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces medal by the Governor General of Canada, and on September 11, 2015, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, he was granted admission in the grade of Member in the Order of St. John by The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Prior of the Priory of Canada.Greater Sudbury Police Service Chief of Police Paul Pedersen has more than 35 years of exceptional police experience and is well regarded for his contribution to police education.
Chief Pedersen holds a Master of Public Administration from Western University, a Diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, and is a graduate of executive leadership programs from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, the National Police Improvement Agency in the United Kingdom, and the Senior Management Institute for Police through the Police Executive Research Forum in the United States.
Chief Pedersen holds the Certified Municipal Manager Police Executive Level 3 Designation and an Executive Diploma in Management Level 7 through the Chartered Management Institute. He is the proud recipient of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.
Paul became the Chief of the Greater Sudbury Police Service in 2014 and continues to be a proponent for change and innovation. He is a strong advocate for community policing and Sudbury’s full circle approach to community safety and wellbeing.Follow the Chief of Police personally on Twitter at@ChiefPaul_GSPSor on Instagram at@chiefpaul_gsps.
Dr. Ian Shulman Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist with an energetic and creative style, who enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Dr. Shulman is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Ontario Psychological Association. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary in 1999. His background includes professional positions with the Hospital for Sick Children, the former Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (now CAMH), North York General Hospital and the University of Waterloo. Dr. Shulman has extensive experience in individual and marital/couples therapy and psychological evaluation. Ian’s approach is warm and engaging and he believes that all people have within them the power to create the kind of life they want to lead. Dr. Shulman will be assisting with the academic standards facilitated throughout our programming and we are extremely fortunate to have him as part of our team moving forward.
Bill Brown M.A., C.I.C.A. has more than 35 years of service in public safety. As a member of the Edmonton Police Service for 25 years, he worked in various capacities from homicide and economic crimes to crime and intelligence analysis.
He was also a member of a peer support group that offered support to police officers experiencing workplace difficulty. Following his retirement in 2005, Bill served as a criminal intelligence analyst with the RCMP, where he provided tactical and operational support, as well as analysis in support of local, national and international portfolios.
Currently, Bill is a course facilitator with Simon Fraser University as part of the First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate – Continuing Studies Program. Bill will be assisting Badge of Life Canada with a variety of insight to assist with the delivery of our Programs.
Robert L. Perkins Ph.D., C.P., B.C.E.T.S. is a former Police Sergeant of 14 years and a Professor of Applied Psychophysiology with the College Of Certified Psychophysiologists. He is a Board Certified Psychophysiologist. He is a member of the Board of Directors of NABCP (North American Board Of Certified Psychophysiologists), CPCA (California Practical Chaplain Association), OCISF (Ontario Critical Incident Stress Foundation), and Restored Heroes. He is an advocate of the successful treatment of P.T.S.D. within the Law Enforcement Community without the use of medication or continual therapy. He is advocate of the prevention of P.T.S.D. through the use of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and founded the Ontario Critical Incident Stress Foundation in 2004 in Toronto Canada. He established the California Practical Chaplain Association in 2014 to properly train and certify those wishing to serve as Police Chaplains. In 2016 he established Restored Heroes, a non profit that treats military veterans suffering from PTSD through what is known as Surf Therapy or Ocean Therapy.
Currently he is working with the Ontario Critical Incident Stress Foundation and other Chaplaincy organizations helping establish and train Mental Health Professionals and Chaplains in practical Psychophysiological Skills that allow them to assist people in trauma in the community. He is the lead course facilitator for Critical Incident Stress Debriefing to which he travels around the United States and Canada teaching and certifying primarily law enforcement professionals in CISD which has direct impact on preventing PTSD.
He resides between Los Angeles California and Toronto Canada with his wife who is also a Psychophysiologist.
Robert L. Perkins Ph.D., C.P., B.C.E.T.S. Executive Director Member, Board of Directors Global Critical Incident Stress Foundation www.gcisf.org
Michelle Vincent MACP, Retired YRP, Founder/Director of the Haven is a recently retired York Regional police officer, as well as the founder/director of Ontario’s non-profit, occupational-specific, inpatient treatment centre exclusive to first responders and uniform personnel, The Haven, Michelle is connected with policing organizations in the GTA, nationally and internationally. She has a cultural understanding of mental health issues within the first responder and uniform personnel community. Michelle has supported the implementation of leading-edge programming within her own policing organization and continues as a consultant in this area. Her extensive background and education, including a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology, experience providing counselling/therapy to first responders, being a PhD candidate in Forensic Psychology with a specialization in Crisis Response provides Badge of Life Canada as an advisor with numerous resources. Michelle uses evidence-based programming along with an open-minded approach to connect with leading-edge modalities in mental health program delivery. She is a published writer for Blueline Magazine, monthly column Holding the Line addressing a combination of mental health and policing, as well as writes occasionally for Intime Articles. Michelle has been nominated for various awards and was the recipient of the 2019 Program Assistance Therapist Award from Badge of Life Canada. Her passion in supporting the mental health and reintegration of first responders into family, workplace and community life along with phenomenal programs such as Edmonton Police Service’s Reintegration After Critical Incident and Long-Term Leave, Badge of Life Canada’s SOLE Sistas and Heroes Call is what inspires her to serve with these life-saving organizations. Although retired from policing, she remains an active York Region CISM member and call-out coordinator.
Michelle’s most important message is, in partnership we can!