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Webcast Roundtables: Critical Incident Response

June 1, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Primary site location:

Best Western Truro - Glengarry
150 Willow St
Truro, Nova Scotia

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Roundtable 1: Critical incident preparedness 

This roundtable will address the following core themes:

  • Planning for critical incident response, including emergency preparedness, coordination and resources;
  • The role of organizational learning and adaptation; and
  • Lessons from past reviews of critical incident responses.

Roundtable Members:

  • Dr. Hunter Martaindale: Director of Research for the ALERRT Center at Texas State University. As part of his role, Hunter oversees ALERRT’s research into active attack response, police practices/training, use of force, decision-making, and the impact of stress on performance.
  • Dr. Kimmo Himberg: Retired at the end of 2021 as the Rector of the national Police University College, after having served the Police of Finland for over 30 years. Originally a natural scientist, Dr. Himberg also has a PGCert in Criminal Justice Management from the University of Birmingham, UK. He has provided expert services to several international law enforcement related organizations, including Interpol, UNODC, CEPOL and ENFSI.
  • Supt. Wallace Gossen: Has been with York Regional Police (YRP) for 32 years and is currently the officer in charge of Operational Command. During this time, he has spent 24 years working with the Emergency Response Unit as an instructor, Team Sergeant, Tactical Commander and Critical Incident Commander (CIC). Wallace is the Chair of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Emergency Preparedness Committee (OACP EPC) and Vice President of the Association of Canadian Critical Incident Commanders (ACCIC).
  • Dr. Bjørn Ivar Kruke: Professor in risk management and societal safety at the Faculty of Science and Technology/Department of Safety, Economics and Planning, University of Stavanger/Norway. He holds a part-time position as professor in Arctic preparedness and response, Svalbard, Norway. He has 16 years of experience from national and international positions in the Norwegian army and NATO, including officers academy.
  • Ms. Kerry Murray-Bates: Joined the Toronto Police Service as a Communications Operator, progressing through the ranks over the past 30 years to her current position, Manager of Communications Services. Prior to joining the Toronto Police Service, Kerry spent 5 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and sought out formal education in Business Administration and Management, since joining the Service her education has developed in Extreme Event Response, Event Planning and Change Management.
  • Dept. Chief Stephen MacKinnon: A 31-year officer with Cape Breton Regional Police, presently assigned to Operations as Deputy Chief of Police. He has instructed and worked with the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and has been involved in critical incidents as a Tactical Operator, Team Leader, and ERT Commander for the Regional Police in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia for 25 years. Chief MacKinnon’s past and present additional roles include K9 Handler (Trainer), Criminal Operations, Ethics, Strategic Planning as well as managing the 911 Communications Center.

Roundtable 2: Critical Incident Response: Civilians, 911 And First Responders

This roundtable will address the following core themes:

  • Civilians as first responders and key informants during a mass casualty incident;
  • The role of 911 call takers and dispatch in a mass casualty incident; and
  • General duty police members: training and techniques for immediate response to mass casualties.

Roundtable Members:

  • Dr. Hunter Martaindale: See biography above.
  • Dr. Bjørn Ivar Kruke: See biography above.
  • Ms. Kerry Murray-Bates: See biography above.
  • Dr. Paul Taylor: Assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. His research is focused on decision-making, human factors, and system safety in the context of police interactions with the public. Prior to his academic career, Paul worked as a police officer for over ten years.


  • For documents related to the roundtables, visit the Research and Commissioned Reports page.
  • Visit the Roundtable webpage for information about other discussions held earlier in proceedings. 
  • All timing, agendas, format and schedules are subject to change and will be updated here as required.


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