Calgary Police Service Headquarters, Westwinds Campus – 5111 47 Street Notheast, Calgary, Alberta.

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The event will take place on the 20th and 21st day of November, 2023


Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest. Please check back for updates on the 2024 Anti-Corruption Symposium and a call for speakers.


7:30 AM - 7:45 AM


7:45 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration open with an Indigenous Elder

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

Opening remarks - Chief Constable Mark Neufeld

8:20 AM - 10:00 AM

Speaker - Mr. Roger Brown

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break - with video

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Case Study - Mr. Jim Letten ** please note Mr. Letten’s talk will be presented virtually. **

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Speaker - Det. Todd Nichol 

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Case Study - ASIRT

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

YouthLink Center - Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and tours of the museum

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM

Opening remarks

8:10 AM - 9:40 AM

Speaker - Dr. Peter Collins

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Case Study - Darren Balsom, BSU

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Speaker - TBA

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Speaker - Mr. Phil Ralph

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Questions Panel

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Closing Remarks


Sandman Signature Hotel Calgary Airport

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1-800-726-3626 (Group Number 302574)


https://reservations.sandmanhotels.com/113151?groupID=3960175 (Web Group Code 2311CALGAR)


We are pleased to offer the following discounted rates for the Calgary Police Service between November 19th – 22nd 2023

  • Signature King Rooms with pull out sofas at a rate of $139.00 plus taxes and fees, per night
  • Signature Two Queen Bed Room at a rate of $129.00 plus taxes and fees, per night

The rooms will be held until October 11, 2023

Hotel Information

Situated minutes from YYC Calgary International Airport, Sandman Signature Calgary Airport Hotel offers elegant, relaxed, comfort for business travellers. Extraordinary hospitality with modern-day sophistication, and is connected to and shares amenities with Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport. During your stay, take advantage of the modern on-site amenities available to make your stay convenient and effortless: unwind in the indoor pool and whirlpool, enjoy a delicious meal at Moxie’s Grill & Bar and CHOP Steakhouse & Bar, work out in the fitness centre, and utilize our complimentary airport shuttle.

  • Check-in: 3pm
  • Check-out: 12pm

Cancellation Policy

Individual cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to arrival, cancellations after this time may result in a fee.


Dr. Peter Collins

Dr. Peter Collins will discuss the psychology of corruption pertaining to law enforcement officers.  He will also discuss best practices when dealing with Agent Handling and Source Development with case examples.

Dr. Peter Collins has been a Forensic Psychiatrist with the Ontario Provincial Police since 1995. From 1990 to 1995 he was a member of the first profiling unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Violent Crime Analysis Section, and was involved in the development of the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS). Since 1992 he has been a member of the Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Team of the Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force.


Peter obtained his Masters in Applied Criminology (MCA), from the University of Ottawa, his Medical Degree from McMaster University and completed his postgraduate medical training in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His clinical appointment is with the Complex Care and Recovery Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  Peter is an Associate Professor, in the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

He is a Certified Threat Assessment Professional (Canada) through the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.


Peter is a consulting editor with the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, published by the American Psychological Association, and a columnist with Blue Line Magazine.


He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves), at the rank of Lieutenant-Commander, and served on 2 deployments in Southern Afghanistan.  In October 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the Canadian Forces. Peter is an advisor to the newly formed Toronto Police Service outreach program for veterans in crisis.


In 1997 Peter was elected a member of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship. In 2015 he received a lifetime achievement award from the World Association of Detectives and a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Critical Incident Association, in 2017. In 2023 he was appointed to the National Expert Committee on Countering Radicalization to Violence, by the Minister Public Safety, Canada.  Peter is an authority on violent crime and has worked with, and instructed, numerous criminal justice agencies in North America, and 26 countries internationally, including the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Interpol, and Europol.

Mr. Jim Letten

Mr. Letten will discuss his experiences as a US Attorney dealing with multiple high profile corruption cases including leading the prosecution of a sitting Governor.  Mr. Letten will also discuss his best practices/lessons learned while leading a team of US attorneys working in the city once referred to as “the most corrupt city in America”.

Jim letten is a member of Butler Snow LLP’s Compliance, Corporate Investigations and White Collar team. He is a 1979 Tulane University Law graduate, consults and provides representation on international trade and regulatory issues, including the establishment of FCPA/UK Bribery Act corporate compliance and integrity programs; Anti-Money Laundering/Bank Secrecy Act/Counter-Terrorist Financing (AML/BSA/CTF) compliance programs; crafting and reviewing Anti-Corruption warranties in corporate mergers and acquisitions; and training and monitoring state and local police departments on constitutional policing, as well as complex litigation. He previously served 34 years as a prosecutor (30 years of it with the United States Department of Justice). Before his federal retirement at the end of 2012, Jim was the longest-serving United States Attorney in the nation and one of only three U.S. Attorneys appointed to the position by successive presidents from different parties. In all, he spent nearly 12 continuous years as the United States Attorney in New Orleans/Southeast Louisiana, during which his office led the nation in corruption prosecutions. Prior to serving as the ranking federal law enforcement official in the district, Jim had distinguished himself as Organized Crime Strike Force Chief and later First Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Jim spent over 30 years prosecuting virtually every type of complex state and federal white collar, narcotics, violent crime and corruption offense (including extensive use of RICO prosecutions). Among his many notable corruption cases, which Jim personally led, was: Operation Hardcrust, which yielded the convictions of 25 individuals, including the entire core leadership (Boss, Underboss, Consigliere and others) of the New Orleans La Cosa Nostra crime family—as well as a New York Gambino family captain and other mob members—on RICO and related federal offenses arising out of a scheme to infiltrate and control Louisiana’s newly-legalized video poker industry; and later, the investigation, prosecution, four-month trial and conviction of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and others for operating a RICO criminal enterprise and extortion schemes resulting from their corrupt influence in the state’s fledgling riverboat casino industry’s licensing process. During Letten’s years as U.S. Attorney, he was credited by the local press with waging a campaign against public corruption “with a ferocity unmatched in recent history”.

A military veteran of 20 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Jim is a retired Navy Commander, having focused much of his military intelligence career on foreign counterintelligence (having been variously tasked to the Defense Intelligence Agency and Office of Naval Intelligence); and some 13 of those years as a fully-credentialled NCIS Agent.

Jim was recently appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as a Board member of the 14-member Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board—having served since 2017 as a LADB Hearing Committee Chair.

Jim is married to JoAnn for 41 years, with two children and two grandchildren.

Mr. Roger Brown

Former Police Chief and RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown will discuss his experience in senior leadership with the RCMP and a municipal police force.  Roger will share his experience dealing with corruption and lessons learned – both good and bad.

Roger Brown joined the RCMP in 1980, serving in Quebec and Newfoundland.

He worked in uniform and in plain clothes, taught at Depot, worked in VIP travel having the opportunity to work with Prime Ministers and the Queen of England while working across numerous provinces in Canada.

In 2008, he became the Commanding Officer of the RCMP Academy (Depot Division) until his transfer to New Brunswick in 2013, where he became the 29th Commanding Officer of the RCMP in New Brunswick (J Division).

In his role of Commanding Officer, Mr. Brown oversaw the investigation into the murder of three Moncton RCMP officers in 2014. On June 4th, 2016, after a distinguished 36-year career, then-Assistant Commissioner Brown retired from the RCMP.


In 2019, he was appointed as Chief of Police for Fredericton, NB, a department mourning the loss of two of their officers. He was tested by three years in New Brunswick that were marked by other tragic, high-profile events.

In the first few months after he arrived, an escaped python killed two young boys in Campbellton, NB. Then a series of shale gas protests culminated in a violent demonstration in Rexton, NB, during which 40 people were arrest and six police vehicles burned. He also presided over the case of an RCMP officer who took his own life in 2014 following a struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, and the debate over using marijuana for treatment.

Mr. Brown retired from his illustrious policing career in December 2022 and now engages in public speaking throughout Canada. He lives in New Brunswick enjoying time on his boat and with his family.

Mr. Darren Balsom

Darren Balsom will present a CPS case that BSU was involved in. The talk will demonstrate how a Behavioural Sciences Unit can support an Anti-Corruption Unit from the start of a file to it’s conclusion. It will highlight what worked, what didn’t and lessons learned along the way.

Darren Balsom has been a Threat Assessment Specialist with the Calgary Police Service for the past 10 years and is currently assigned to the Behavioural Sciences Unit (BSU).  In 2017, Darren completed the RCMP Threat Evaluation and Management understudy and is currently enrolled in the Criminal Investigative Analysis (Criminal Profiling) Understudy program also with the RCMP.  Prior to BSU Darren has worked in the High-Risk Offender Program, Serious Habitual Offender Program and General Analysis Section.  Darren held a contract with the Correctional Services of Canada

Darren is a member of The Association of Treatment of Sexual Abusers, The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and is the President of the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

Darren has conducted Threat and Risk Assessment training to various government and non-governmental agencies such as the Parole Board of Canada, the Correctional Services of Canada, Alberta Child and Family Services, the Calgary Police Service Child Abuse Unit, Calgary Catholic School District, the Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary John Howard Society, the Circles of Support and Accountability and the RCMP.

Darren is a graduate of the Psychology and Criminology programs of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Detectives Kurtis Hauptman and Kim Berthiaume

An Edmonton Police Officer enters into a personal relationship with an accused person leading to a professional standards investigation into his conduct. The involved officer began a sophisticated scheme to manipulate those involved in his up-coming disciplinary hearing with the hopes of avoiding discipline or dismissal. ASIRT investigators faced the challenges presented by witnesses who had been manipulated into distrusting the oversight investigators and the Edmonton Police Service.

Kurtis Hauptman is one of two Edmonton Police detectives currently seconded to the Alberta Serious Incident Response (north) team, participating in police oversight investigations for nearly three years. A member of the Edmonton Police Service since August, 2006, he was assigned to various roles in his career including: general patrol duties, community beat projects, field intelligence, drug interdiction, public safety (crowd control), child protection (Zebra Centre), and front line supervision. He will be returning to the Edmonton Police, assigned to the Homicide Section, in January 2024.

Detective Todd Nichol

Detective Nichol will present CPS Operation Gum Shoe.   This Calgary Police Corruption file deals with now former CPS members involved in the harassment of a billionaire’s former spouse.

After a career in the private sector, Todd Nichol joined the Calgary Police Service in 2008.  After leaving patrol duties and promoting to Detective, Todd worked in a variety of units including the Serious Habitual Offender Program (SHOP), High Risk Offender Program (HROP), Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) and in the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).  In the four years Todd spent in the Anti-Corruption Unit, he was the primary investigator of many sensitive and/or corruption investigations including “Operation Gumshoe” which he will speak about at this Symposium. Todd continues to be a dedicated investigator and is currently assigned to the Child Abuse Unit.

Mr. Phil Ralph

Health Services for Wounded Warriors

Phil currently serves as the Director, Health Services for Wounded Warriors Canada and has served in various capacities throughout the organization’s history, including serving as Chair for two years. As Director, Health Services he oversees the implementation of a robust and exciting slate of transformative culturally appropriate group-based interventions that are clinically facilitated and grounded in evidence that draws upon leading trauma research benefiting Veterans, First Responders, and their Families.

For over a quarter century until releasing from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2016, Phil served our nation as the Regimental Chaplain to the 32 Combat Engineer Regiment (formally 2nd Field Engineer Regiment) in Toronto. In that capacity, he was exposed to challenges and needs of today’s veterans. As a CAF Chaplain, Phil has been directly involved in several notifications to the families of Canadian Forces Personnel, including notifications that have resulted from both overseas and domestic situations. Having seen firsthand the effects of deployments on our Veterans he has a passion to contribute to assisting today’s Veterans towards wholeness and healing. As the son of a Firefighter whose families service extends back into the 1800’s he has also witnessed first-hand the challenges that face first responders and their families as well.

Padre Ralph has served as Directing Staff at the Canadian Force Chaplains School and Centre located within CFB Borden on several different occasions. He has also served as the Senior Chaplain at Blackdown Cadet Training Centre for eight summers supervising his staff as they cared for a Camp of 3,000 personnel including up to 2,500 young people.

Phil brings a wealth of experience that inform his current role from both his civilian and Military roles. He holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Ontario Bible College and a Master of Divinity degree from Ontario Theological Seminary.

Beyond military and congregational ministry, Phil has been active in the wider community by serving on the Boards of several agencies dedicated to assisting those in need, including the North York Emergency Needs Network (Treasurer and Chairman), Foodshare Metro Toronto, the North York Harvest Food Bank (three terms as Chairman).

His work in the community has been well received. Largely due to his work with the Food Bank, he was awarded the Canada 125 Medal, given for “Significant Contributions to Canada.” In 2002 he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, primarily for his contributions to the Public School Community. He is also the recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration.


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Members include professionals from law enforcement, academia, mental health, and corporate/private security communities skilled in threat assessment and risk management.

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