Janos Botschner

Dr. Janos Botschner is a behavioral scientist with deep experience in applied research and evaluation, program and policy development and implementation, post-secondary education and training, organizational leadership, and strategic consulting across a range of organizations and community groups.

Janos holds a joint doctorate in applied social and developmental psychology and has held adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Guelph and at Wilfred Laurier University. He has two decades of leadership experience in the broader public sector, including as founding director of a community-based research institute, senior manager in the Ontario Public Service, and as an associate dean of a large academic department delivering community safety focused programming.

Janos’ professional work covers the spectrum of issues related to collaborative public safety and well-being, with a focus on understanding, and responding adaptively to, the complex issues and emerging opportunities of today and tomorrow. Using engagement and inquiry, Janos works with organizations and groups to strengthen their capacity to support a safe, healthy, inclusive and prosperous Canadian society.

 

Jody Burnett

Dr. Jody Burnett is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (CCPA) and a High Performance Consultant who has been providing service to the general public, specializing in service provision to first responders/public safety personnel, health professionals and athletes for the past 15 years.  She is also a Clinical Research Associate at the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Regina. Jody pursued both her academic and professional career in Regina, Saskatchewan, completing her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and successfully established her own consulting firm specializing in high performance training, counselling and research/evaluation within various sectors including health, education and justice. 

 

Jody has experience working with individuals and groups at the regional, provincial and national level.  Her therapeutic background has allowed specialized populations (first responders, public safety personnel, physicians, surgeons, athletes, etc.) to access support services that aid in the development of goal creation, focusing techniques, stress management, communication, recovery, confidence and resiliency.  The adoption of these tools and techniques has helped clients to reclaim and excel in both health and overall quality of life.   

Chad Nilson

Dr. Chad Nilson has a wide background in developing and measuring collaborative social innovations for non-profit, municipal, provincial, federal and Indigenous organizations. As a community-engaged researcher, advisor and evaluator, Chad has contributed broadly to the field of community safety and well-being. Chad’s reputation and expertise has drawn him into many national and international projects of high profile and impact. 

Mark Reber

Mark Reber is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with over 20 years professional experience in policing and security sector reform.  His initial work was with the Internal Affairs Branch on internal discipline, public complaints and conflict of interest, as well as the RCMP’s first targeted anti-corruption effort. He then became Executive Officer to a number of senior RCMP officers, including the Deputy Commissioner for Organizational Strategy, before leading a number of organizational change initiatives in areas including strategic planning, performance management and police labour relations.

Prior to leaving the RCMP Mark was seconded to a number of international police reform and oversight agencies, initially for five years as Chief of Staff to the Oversight Commissioner for Policing Reform in Northern Ireland, and then for a further eighteen months as a Senior Inspector with the newly-formed Garda Síochána Inspectorate in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. His subsequent professional focus has been on international police reform and governance projects particularly in post-conflict countries such as Somaliland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sierra Leone, DR Congo and Colombia among others. He has also designed and overseen multi-year investigations and organizational strengthening initiatives for law enforcement and judicial agencies in Costa Rica, Botswana, Tanzania, Palestine, the Philippines, Egypt and Ukraine among others.

Mark holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Practice from Ulster University, Belfast, where he was also a Visiting Professor in the School of Criminology from 2013 to 2018, and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations from Carleton University, and in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Mark is a certified United Nations Security Sector Reform Advisor, and a certified Organizational Assessor under the European Foundation for Quality Management.