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2017 Expert Witness Symposium

    2017 Expert Witness Symposium

When: May 1-3, 2017

Where: Holiday Inn Toronto Airport
              970 Dixon Road
              Etobicoke, ON M9W 1J9

We are in an age where complex criminal investigations are unable to be prosecuted without the assistance of subject matter specialists. Police Officers lead this area as those identified as Drug Experts. The OACP Drug Substance Abuse Committee has identified a need to provide training to support officers who provide expert evidence in the multi-faceted area of Drugs. 

This requires us to identify, mentor, and provide on-going training to Officers who already have been recognized as experts in the courts to provide opinion evidence. Further, there is a strong need for the appropriate succession planning in identifying and establishing new experts. The resources of the established expert pool needs to be shared among all police services across the Province. Shortages in our collective expert pool have been identified and need to be addressed collectively, as we all require individuals who possess these special skills for a multitude of our serious prosecutions involving those persons trafficking drugs or participating in a criminal organization. 

Attendees will receive training from subject matter experts from various government, medical, and law enforcement agencies.

This year’s symposium will identify those who are suitable for expert witness training in drugs with the applicable training lectures. The PPSC will be directly involved in this training, which will involve a breakout session in order to facilitate the specialized training required by the different attendees.

Topics Include:


  • Principles of Addiction
  • Role of the Expert: Latest in the Law
  • Building a Defensible Report
  • Ethics of Expert Evidence
  • Street Level Trafficking, Coded Language and Debt Lists
  • Analysis of Controlled Substances
  • Cocaine
  • Fentanyl/Heroin
  • Methamphetamines
  • Synthetics


Networking Event:

You asked, we listened. We are pleased to offer an evening of networking on Tuesday, May 2nd at 67:00PM located on the Roof Garden. Snacks will be provided as well as a cash bar.

Registration Information:

$250 plus HST (includes full hot breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and snacks on all three days as well as the evening networking event.)


**Delegates are required to book their own accommodations, please ensure you book by Friday, March 31st to receive the preferred rate. When booking please quote "OAC".**

Holiday Inn Toronto Airport - $119 +HST per night.
Address: 970 Dixon Rd, Toronto, ON M9W 1J9
Phone: (416) 675-7611
Online: Click Here
Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Registrations will only be processed if accompanied by full payment of registrations fees at the time of registration.
Cancellations or substitutions must be received in writing to
Cancellations made on or before Friday, April 7th, 2017, are subject to a full refund less an administrative fee of $50 + HST ($56.50) No refunds will be given after April 7th, 2017. We welcome substitutions at no charge.

For more information, please contact Darron Knebel at or 416-926-0424 x 23.

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