Mentors

Mentors at the Security, Police & Fire Expo will be available for networking opportunities for the duration of the event. Attendees are encouraged to visit with the mentors and use the available tables to make connections and “pick the brains” of these experienced industry professionals.

Police

Chief Nishan Duraiappah
Chief Nishan Duraiappah was born in Sri Lanka, and immigrated to Canada. Chief Duraiappah began his career with Halton Police in December 1995. He served in a variety of assignments throughout his career including front line policing, specialized investigations and Diversity and Community relations. He was promoted to Deputy Chief of Halton Police in 2015 leading front line policing, community mobilization as well as innovation and technology.

In October 2019, Chief Duraiappah was appointed Chief of Peel Regional Police. Chief Duraiappah arrived with a mandate for change and the strategic goal of becoming the most progressive police service in Canada. Amidst the first year of his command, Peel Regional Police championed:

  • The creation of its first-ever community-embedded Intimate and Partner Violence Unit to respond to the growing needs in our Region.
  • A re-emphasis on front line policing.
  • A road map for Innovation and Technology, as well as a Digital Officer Transformation plan to better equip officers to serve the community.
  • The adoption of the Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) framework and establishment of a CSWB Bureau to modernize traditional community policing.

Chief Duraiappah is committed to the safety and well-being of the community he serves, with one of the primary focuses being mental health and seeking multi-sectoral collaborative partnerships to reduce risk in the community.

Chief Duraiappah is heavily involved in the community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Toronto, and a Diploma of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. Chief Duraiappah serves as Vice President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Board of Directors. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and is an Officer of the Order of Merit Canada.


Lucie Tremblay – Deputy Chief of Police, VIA Rail Canada Police Service
Lucie Tremblay has 33 years of police and security experience in Canadian public safety. She was appointed as VIA Rail’s first Deputy Chief of Police in 2016 after a career in the Canadian Armed Forces where she held numerous appointments as a military police officer. She became a criminal investigator early in her career with the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service after which she was seconded to Criminal Intelligence Service Canada to contribute to the fight against organized crime. Upon her return to the military environment, she led the criminal intelligence program to support domestic and deployed operations and she deployed to Afghanistan.

During her career, she had the privilege to be involved in policy development, selection and training and held command appointments. A highlight of her career was to lead the military police contribution to the domestic operation in support of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Prior to retiring, she was Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces National Counter-Intelligence Unit.

Lucie is a MBA graduate from Athabasca University, holds a bachelor’s degree in Administration from College militaire de St-Jean as well as a certificate in Environmental Sciences.


Ron Chhinzer
Ron Chhinzer is a currently service veteran police officer and a national gang prevention subject matter expert with over 19 years of law enforcement experience.  He has worked in various specialized police units, including: the Primary Response Unit, the Community Response Unit, TAVIS Neighbourhood Policing Unit, the Criminal Investigative Bureau, the Community Mobilization Unit, the Divisional Policing Support Unit, the Major Crime Unit (VICE), the Integrated Gun & Gang Task Force, and was the founding member of the Toronto Police Service’s Integrated Gang Prevention Task Force where he was a key member who designed and implemented one of the world’s largest gang exit strategies.

During his policing career, Ron has developed, written, and successfully implemented over seven government grants aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, sexual assault and harassment, and human trafficking.

Ron is an international speaker on the topics of altruistic leadership development, impactful policing, and crime prevention through economic development initiatives.

Ron has a College Diploma in Police Foundations Leadership from Humber College, certified in Foundations of Leadership by the Toronto Police Service, and certified in Team Building by the Ontario Police College.  He also has several certifications in various aspects of project management, grant proposal development, and various law enforcement specific training.

With over 20 years of consistent volunteer service, Ron continues to coach a variety of youth sports, Chair various neighbourhood committees, and serves as a Director on several Boards focused on community improvement.

Ron Chhinzer can be contacted on social media at @RealRonChhinzer or online at his website at www.RonChhinzer.ca.


Stuart Betts – Deputy Chief of Police, Administration
Deputy Chief Stuart Betts joined the London Police Service on July 15, 2019, after more than two decades of policing experience with York Regional Police.

Over the course of his policing career, Deputy Chief Betts served in a variety of operational, administrative and support roles including Uniform Patrol, Community Oriented Response, Criminal Investigations, Support Services (including Tactical Unit, Air Support Unit, and Canine Unit), Real Time Operations Centre, Strategic Services, Executive Services, and District Commander of Policing in the City of Vaughan.

As Deputy Chief, of the Administration Branch, for the London Police Service, he oversees all Corporate and Support Services for the London Police Service. This includes Human Resources, Finance, Fleet and Facilities, Corporate Services (including Business Analytics, Risk Management and Continuous Improvement), Corporate Communications, Media Relations, and Dispatch Communications, Court and Records Management as well as Information Technology.

Deputy Chief Betts is committed to life-long learning and earned a Masters of Business Administration degree, with a specialty in Innovation Leadership, from the University of Fredericton, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University, and is a certified Prosci® Change Management Practitioner, in addition to holding a certificate in process management from Excellence Canada. Deputy Chief Betts is a designated as Canadian Risk Manager from the Global Risk Management Institute, as well as a Certified Municipal Manager III, Police Professional.

Stuart has completed several Executive Leadership programs including the Rotman School of Management’s Police Leadership Program, and the Senior Management Institute for Police program through the Police Executive Research Forum.

Deputy Chief Betts is immediate past co-chair of the Police Information and Statistics Committee for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and Liaison Officer to the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Ministers of Justice.


Kim Yeandle – A/Deputy Chief
As a senior police leader with the largest municipal police service in Canada, A/Deputy Chief Kim Yeandle is currently in charge of Community Safety Command which provides proactive and reactive public safety services and programs in partnership with diverse communities and key stakeholders. As A/Deputy Chief, Kim is responsible for all front line policing and oversees 12 districts consisting of 16 divisions in the City.

She is also in charge of Field Services which encompasses the Toronto Police Operations Centre, Communications Services, Traffic Services, Parking Enforcement, Public Safety Response Team and the Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit.

Kim has acquired an extensive variety of professional experiences spanning over 34 years of policing with the Toronto Police Service. Kim has an extensive background in uniform policing, specialized operations, professional standards, and program/project management.

Kim has a strong incident command background specializing in emergency response and is a qualified incident commander. She has vast experience in managing large demonstrations, critical incidents such as fires, explosions, and security threats, and events such as the Pan-Am Games, the Invictus Games, and the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star weekend.


Ali Lalani
PC Lalani has been employed with York Regional Police for over 14 years. Six of those years was in uniform at Five District and he has also worked with the Diversity & Cultural Resources Unit for approximately seven years. Most recently he is with the Uniform Recruiting Unit where he has been busy building and developing partnerships with the community and attempting to hire future officers for YRP.

Prior to joining YRP, he was with Toronto Police Service for nine years where he worked in various units including the Courts and the Intelligence Unit. Before TPS, PC Lalani was employed with the RCMP Intelligence Unit at various locations including Bowmanville and Newmarket where he gained a vast amount of experience.

PC Lalani is a resident of York Region, living with his wife of 25 years and two children.


Superintendent Lisa Crooker – Toronto Police Service
Superintendent Lisa Crooker has been a member of the Toronto Police Service since 1996, and currently she leads Talent Acquisition. As a Senior Officer, Supt. Crooker has worked in various units including; Human Resources, Professional Standards and Uniform Operations.

Supt. Crooker has a passion for public safety and as such continues to be an active member with the Public Order Unit. She is currently among an elite cadre of Public Order Commanders. In addition, she has recently taken on the role of Incident Commander and acted in such capacity for the Toronto “Freedom Convey”.

Throughout the course of her career, Supt. Crooker has amassed a variety of professional experiences including; Uniform Patrol, Drug Squad, Guns and Gangs Unit, Community Response, and Corporate Risk Management.

Supt. Crooker is a strong advocate for mental health both personally and professionally. She has been a longtime volunteer with TPS Peer support and the Critical Incident Response Team and speaks with all recruit classes regarding mental health and wellness. Outside of TPS, she presents to students enrolled in Justice Studies programs in both university and college on mental health and policing.

Supt. Crooker currently serves as the Uniform Co-Chair of the LGBTQ2S Community Consultative Committee and is the Executive Sponsor for the LGBTQ2S Internal Support Network within TPS. In addition, she also sits on the Board of Directors for the Gatehouse, and has been a volunteer/facilitator with them for eight years.

Supt. Crooker has a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Law Enforcement from Durham College.

 

Fire

Claude Duval – A/Deputy Chief
Assistant Deputy Chief Claude Duval started his 25-year Fire Service career in Kingston, Ontario after 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. In 2014, Central York Fire Services hired him as a Training Officer. He was promoted in 2016 to his current position as Assistant Deputy Chief.

Claude is in charge of selection and training of recruits as well as continuous education of experienced firefighters. In his Community Emergency Management Coordinator role for Newmarket and Aurora, Claude is responsible for the maintenance of the Emergency Management Plans, activation of the Emergency Operation Centers, the training and exercising of the Municipal Emergency Control Groups and ensuring both municipalities receive annual compliance under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Claude holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Western University.


Chris Cox, career firefighter – Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, volunteer firefighter – Centre Wellington Fire
Chris Cox is a firefighter and Guinness World Record holder who is also a former police officer and wrestler. Chris is passionate about fitness and the pursuit of dreams. When he was in the process of changing careers, he completed 22 applications and interviewed with seven departments before getting hired in Mississauga.  While on holidays, he once travelled 18 hours from Taiwan to Ontario to complete an interview, travelling back to Taiwan the following day. (Side note: he did not make it through to the second interview). Chris is looking forward to sharing advice and answering questions about life as a firefighter and his recruitment process.


Esther Duval, Acting District Chief, Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service
Esther Duval is a 25-year veteran in the fire service and currently an Acting District Chief with Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service. She has 10 years of experience as a Suppression Captain leading crews of engine, aerial, and rescue companies. Specialties include core rescue disciplines, firefighter survival and live fire instruction. Additional employers in fire service training have been Ontario Fire College, Humber College, FSWO, and FOOLS Ocean City Chapter.  “Safety, consistent & efficient decision making, and effective operational outcomes are my key priorities for emergency service delivery.”


Vannetta Tustian, career operations firefighter, Toronto Fire Service
Vannetta Tustian is a career operations firefighter with Toronto Fire Services, an educator, and past Director of Professional Development – Student to Recruit for Fire Service Women of Ontario. Vannetta previously worked as a financial analyst for a large fortune 500 firm. Unfilled, she searched for a career that offered personal reward, which lead to her to pursue a career change to the Fire Service.

She is passionate about the fire service and knowing how invaluable it was to have a mentor on her journey; she has made it her goal to pay it forward. Partnering with her mentor to enhance their services together they have worked with hundreds of individuals.

She enjoys assisting those seeking a career in the fire service and has made it her duty to understand the recruitment processes used in the fire service to coach individuals on navigating the fire recruitment process, helping them prepare and practice, so they can create their own tool kits for success, and ultimately achieve their dream career.


Deryn Rizzi, Fire Chief and Director, Emergency Management, City of Mississauga
Deryn Rizzi has 20 years of experience in the fire service, beginning her career in the City of Vaughan as a firefighter and gaining progressive roles including Deputy Fire Chief and most recently as Fire Chief. Her work at Vaughan garnered many awards including the Institute of Public Administration Canada (IPAC) Innovative Management Award, the Portraits of Giving recipient, and Diversity and Inclusion Award from Fire Service Women Ontario.

Her career highlights include working in the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre in the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management where she provided leadership and guidance on operations, education and training related to emergencies.

Chief Rizzi completed a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and graduated from York University with both a Masters of Arts, Disaster and Emergency Management and a Disaster and Emergency Management Certificate. Chief Rizzi has completed a Diploma in Public Administration from Western University and holds a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business. She is also a graduate of the Ontario Fire College and has extensive teaching credentials at Humber College, George Brown College, York University and the Ontario Fire College, to name a few.

Chief Rizzi served as the Vice President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, she chaired the Human Relations Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and is a member of the Hospice Vaughan Board of Directors.


Jeremy Inglis, Deputy Fire Chief – Support Services, Central York Fire Services
Currently in the role of Deputy Fire Chief – Support Services with the Central York Fire Services, Chief Inglis has also served as a Deputy Fire Chief with the Fort Erie Fire Department; Training Officer and Firefighter with the Niagara Falls Fire Department, and Firefighter, Captain, and Training Officer with the Volunteer division of the Hamilton Fire Department. In these roles, Chief Inglis had had the opportunity to become an ally and advocate for the victims and survivors of human trafficking, creating an awareness course for first responders and raising awareness across the province.

Holding a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Mohawk College and completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Brock University, he has also obtained certification in multiple NFPA disciplines, including Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, and Fire Service Instructor. Outside of work, Chief Inglis is the Chair of the Board for Victim Services Niagara, Treasurer for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, and an Assistant Coach for Grimsby Minor Hockey.


Jeremy Inglis, Deputy Chief, Central York Fire Services
Mike has 26 years with Toronto Fire Services. Here is currently serving as a Captain in the Haz Mat/CBRNE program. Mike’s first passion is to serve the community, a close second is mentoring individuals. 5 years of research into recruitments, looking at patterns and habits that lead to success. That information has allowed Mike to apply that knowledge to a large number of individuals personal hiring journey. This has resulted in Mike and his business partner coaching over 400 individuals to their dream careers in the fire service.

As Program Coordinator of the Centennial College Pre-service Firefighting Program, Mike has first-hand knowledge of the barriers and challenges that many individuals face as they seek a career in the fire service.

Mike is a recipient of the Intercultural Dialogue Institute Public Heroes Award and various recognition for the work carried out in communities in Toronto.

 

 

Security

Kelpesh Mistry, Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Amazon Robotics Canada
Kelpesh Mistry is responsible for the protection of people, data and products for Amazon AR. In addition, he is responsible for the development of his team and achieving the goals set out by Canada Amazon Loss Prevention. He also leads continuous improvement projects for his team and is the subject matter expert for security/LP processes and procedures.

“As a leader of people and teams, nothing gets me going more than the satisfaction I get from being able to empower someone. Be it encouraging a co-worker to adapt to change or removing impediments for the team. I am also excited to help people grow their skills, while fostering a culture that makes everyone excited to go to work,” says Kelpesh.

Kelpesh was named to Canadian Security’s annual Top 10 Under 40 security professionals in 2021.


Brine Hamilton, President, IAHSS
Brine Hamilton has been involved in the security industry since 2005, primarily within the health-care field. His health-care experience includes both frontline and leadership roles as a proprietary and outsourced employee in both the public and private sector. Brine recently joined Omnigo, a public safety and incident management software solutions provider, as a systems engineer in the company’s health-care vertical.

He currently serves as faculty at Fleming College, Seneca College and previously Humber College, twice being named a “Top 10 Prof” at Fleming College. He has been able to combine his passions for teaching and the security industry by starting “The Healthcare Security Cast” which has been downloaded over 5,500 times in 51 countries. He is also the co-host of the “Proactive Security Podcast” with Mike Hodges. Brine was recognized by Canadian Security, earning a place on its Top 10 Under 40 list for 2020. He currently serves on the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety Board of Directors as President.


Andrew Kirsch, founder, Kirsch Consulting Group
Andrew Kirsch is the founder of Kirsch Consulting Group (KCG) a boutique risk management firm assisting clients identify threats and vulnerabilities and implementing strategies to optimize security programs and mitigate risk. Prior to KCG he served as an intelligence officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for just under a decade. He held roles as a policy analyst and a field investigator, ultimately leading the special operations security team running covert warranted operations. He was appointed to the Ontario Expert Panel on Cyber Security in 2020, advising the government on strengthening cyber security practices in the broader public sector. He is a public speaker on issues of national and cyber security. His book, I Was Never Here: My True Canadian Spy Story of Coffees, Code Names and Covert Operations in the Age of Terrorism is available wherever you buy your books. For more information visit, www.kirschcg.com.


Vivian Chiu, senior data protection analyst, Royal Bank of Canada
Vivian Chiu has worked in the physical security sector for over a decade and has overseen numerous security projects, access control programs and people management. In 2020, she was accepted into the Ryerson University’s Accelerated Cybersecurity Training Program in the RBC Women in Cyber stream, and pivoted into a career in cybersecurity. Vivian currently works at RBC Global Cybersecurity (GCS) in data loss protection, focusing on investigation and incident response.

Vivian has volunteered for ASIS Toronto Chapter for a number of years in various capacities. Most recently, she was on the Young Professionals committee, which strives to attract diverse and early talent into the security industry.

Vivian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Toronto, and Masters in Legal Studies from Carleton University. She also holds three key cybersecurity certifications from Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) – GFACT, GSEC, and GCIH.

In 2022, Vivian was named one of the Top 10 Under 40 award recipients by Canadian Security.