Born in Ontario, Canada and educated at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, Mr. Shepherd has worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Export Development Corporation, Imperial Chemical Industries PLC and Trafalgar House PLC, as well as a stint as Chief Financial Officer with the Nexus group of Companies in Burnaby, B.C. Canada. As President and founding director of NORTHSTAR Trade Finance, Inc., Mr. Shepherd has been active with the promotion and support of small and medium sized exporters throughout the world.Read More
Martin Cronin is an expert in the areas of counter-terrorism, conflict resolution, and government/corporate interface. He has extensive experience in high intensity conflict environments and recently served as CEO of a private company specializing in communications and survivability technologies. Before moving to the private sector, Mr. Cronin was British Consul-General to Western Canada, based in Vancouver. His career includes over twenty years of experience in the field of international diplomacy with the British Government, including postings in Yemen, Jordan, Sweden, Pakistan and Iraq.Read More
A serial entrepreneur who has built and exited three companies. Currently he is Managing Director of Macadamian Technologies (Toronto, Canada) where he leads business development at one of the leading product consultancies in Canada. Developed and integrated sales and marketing strategies to facilitate double-digit growth. Previous positions: VP Business Development and Marketing (Sep 2012 – Oct 2013), VP Sales (Mar 2011 – Oct 2013). Recent: Macadamian Technologies, dineshk.co, University of Toronto Rotman-Nexus. Previously was General Manager at Protus IP Solutions, TechSupport.ca, Precise Software Technologies Inc. Education: University of Ottawa.
Mr. Lancaster’s extensive career in law enforcement combined with a passion for excellence and an aptitude for business opportunity ultimately led to a successful career in business. As a former British police officer, he brings years of experience working internationally in VIP close protection, as well as service in British Overseas Territories. Throughout his career, Mr. Lancaster received several notable awards and has been recognized for his efforts both in the UK and overseas.Read More
Mr. Rozin’s career has focused on the prevention of terrorism and the teaching of proactive security for over sixteen years. He is the founder of Rozin Security Consulting (RSC) offering training to law enforcement and security agencies on counter-terrorism and tactical response techniques. Previously worked with Mall of America (MoA) as Special Operations Security Captain, where in 2008 his security program was presented to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security as a model for private sector security.Read More
Mr. Tindale has been Managing Partner of a private consulting group offering merchant banking and corporate advisory services to a number of high-growth companies across various sectors since 2006. Mr. Tindale has a strong background in corporate governance, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.Read More
Tom Ridge is Chairman of Ridge Global. He provides clients with solutions to cyber security, international security and risk management issues. Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.Read More
Canada Research Chair in High-Frequency Electromagnetics
Professor Nikolova received the Dipl. Eng. (Radioelectronics) degree from the Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria, in 1989, and the Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering) degree from the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan, in 1997. Her Ph.D. studies in Japan (1994 to 1997) were supported by a Monbusho (Government of Japan) Postgraduate Scholarship for Foreign Students.
Her research interests include microwave imaging and inverse scattering, theoretical and computational electromagnetism as well as computer-aided design of high-frequency structures and antennas. She has published more than 100 papers in engineering and physics journals, and has contributed to more than 135 refereed conferences in the field of microwave engineering and radar, antenna engineering, numerical methods and theoretical electromagnetism. Prof. Nikolova has contributed chapters for four books and is a holder of two patents. In 2011, she was appointed an IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer for a 3-year term and has given numerous invited lectures around the world.
Dr. Nikolova held a University Faculty Award of NSERC from 2000 to 2005. Since 2008, she is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in High-frequency Electromagnetics. She is a Fellow of the Institute of the Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Within IEEE, she is a member of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and the Antennas and Propagation Society. Within the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, she is a member of the following Technical Coordinating Committees: MTT-1 (Computer-aided Design), MTT- 15 (Microwave Field Theory), and MTT-10 (Biological Effects and Medical Applications).
Prof. Nikolova is also a member of the European Microwave Association and a correspondent of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) and a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario.
Mr. Gillies brings over 33 years of federal government experience, principally within the national and international security and intelligence environment. Mr. Gillies served as an Assistant Director with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and as a member of the CSIS Senior Executive Committee. Past duties within CSIS include extensive experience in both counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism sectors in a variety of roles including as Director General, Counter Terrorism Division and Director General, BC Region during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.Read More
Recently served as Chief Constable of the Victoria (Canada) Police Department, (2009 to 2014). Previously, Chief Constable (Police Chief) of the Vancouver Police Department (2002 to 2007) where he created that city’s first Counter Terrorism Unit. Chief Graham also served over 34 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), holding a number of command, investigative and executive positions. He has lectured and taught extensively on leadership, security issues, mental health, relationship building and crisis management.Read More
Phil served for over 35 years in the British Army in command and staff positions around the world including as a Brigade Commander in Northern Ireland, military advisor to the UN SRSG in Afghanistan, Military Attaché in Washington DC, and as Director of ISAF Force Reintegration organization in Afghanistan. He was the first Chief of Staff of the UK Joint Forces Command and later served as Chief of Staff of NATO’s Supreme Allied Command for Transformation. He is keenly interested in multinational strategy, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency.Read More
Andrew is a former British diplomatic officer with extensive international experience in political, intelligence and security issues. He specializes in operational and organizational development and change in diplomatic, commercial and national security sector organizations. Currently, his companies are delivering projects across Africa, in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Throughout his diplomatic career he operated in operational and representational roles, particularly in counter terrorism, counter narcotics and counter insurgency matters. He ran the Middle East operational desk of the Foreign Service during the mid-2000’s.Read More
Mr. Pearson brings nearly 25 years of active law enforcement experience and professional expertise with a major North American metropolitan police force. Throughout this period he was actively involved in all aspects of urban engagement from routine patrol assignments through to undercover anti-drug teams, crowd-control actions, ceremonial and protocol duties, and emergency operations and planning activities.Read More