Keynote Speakers

We’re bringing experts directly to you as keynote speakers at this year’s virtual event. Full details about our exciting lineup of presenters and their speaking schedule are below.

Stephen Metelsky

MA Professor (Mohawk College), Cold case columnist (Blue Line Magazine), (ret.) Sgt.

Presentation: Solving cold case homicides with genetic genealogy
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Time: 2:30-3:15 PM (EST)

About the Presentation

Recent technological advances in DNA have enhanced police investigations by equipping them with a new forensic tool to solve cold case homicides with the aid of a new scientific approach – genetic genealogy. This session will analyze this science within the context of two monumental case studies: The Golden State Killer case from California (2018) and the homicide of Christine Jessop in Toronto (2020).

About Stephen Metelsky

Stephen Metelsky, MA, is a criminal psychology professor at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. He also lectures about organized crime in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Stephen was a police sergeant for 21 years with the Halton Regional Police Service. He finished his policing career with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) before retiring in 2017. He has specialized in traditional organized crime, informant/agent development, and undercover operations – as a covert operator and handler.

Stephen is a writer who has covered true and organized crime stories for various newspapers affiliated with Metroland Media Group & Postmedia Network Incorporated. He also serves as a media consultant on true and organized crime, and is a cold case columnist with Blue Line magazine – a Canadian subscription geared towards front-line policing. He is currently working on his first true crime book with a tentative release date of 2021.

Dr. Katy Kamkar

PhD, C Psych, Clinical Psychologist

Presentation: Building Our Individualized Resiliency Pathways:

Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Prevention Continuum of Care
Establishing resilience pathways and protective factors

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 12:00-12:45 PM (EST)

About the Presentation

This session will focus on setting your individualized pathway to self-care and resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic, from stress, anxiety, and grief and normal reactions during the COVID-19 pandemic to finding proactive strategies for healthy coping and maintaining mental health and building resiliency.

About Dr. Katy Kamkar

Dr. Kamkar is a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Fire Investigators (CAFI). She serves as the Chair of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Traumatic Stress Section, as Co-Chair of Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association Inc. (GLEPHA), Health of Police/ First Responders.