Board Member Biographies

Chief Jeff Brooks (Chair)

Chief Jeff BrooksJeff Brooks graduated Conestoga College from the Paramedic Program in 1986. He worked as a Paramedic for Forest District Ambulance Service until 2001 when responsibility for EMS was taken over by the County of Lambton and was promoted to Supervisor. He became the County of Lambton's EMS Quality Assurance Manager in 2004, and later became EMS Acting Manager/Chief in 2008. Jeff is an Equivalency Examiner for the Ontario Ministry of Health. He is a Certified Municipal Manager with his EMS Executive Designation and continues to work on a number of Provincial committees for the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs. 

 

 

 Inspector Brendan Dodd (Vice Chair)

Brendan Dodd

Throughout his twenty years of service as an officer with the Windsor Police Service (WPS), Inspector Dodd has worked in a diverse array of operational and administrative assignments. He has frontline operational and supervisory experience in the areas of patrol response and tactical support. Additionally, he served as a Detective for four years of specialized investigative work in the area of internet child exploitation offences and technology crime, where he led several investigations that were international in scope, and testified in court as a trained Computer Forensic Examiner.

In addition to his operational experience, Inspector Dodd has also had administrative assignments which included serving as a police Training Instructor, an auditor in the Office of Corporate Development, and as Public Information Officer (PIO) where he developed and implemented innovative digital communications strategies as a founding member of the WPS Corporate Communication Unit.

A strong believer in the power of technology to transform police operations, Inspector Dodd has also led a number of cross-functional special project teams tasked with implementing strategic information and communications technology initiatives. These projects have included the deployment of large-scale digital voice radio and broadband mobile data systems, as well as CAD and RMS applications. Inspector Dodd also serves as a member of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Innovation and IT Committees of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP).

Inspector Dodd has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario (Huron College) and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Windsor. In addition to professional certifications in policing and emergency management, Inspector Dodd achieved Executive Level accreditation as a Certified Municipal Manager by the Province of Ontario, and sits as a member on the Board of Directors for the Windsor-Essex County Children's Aid Society.

Assistant Deputy Chief Michael Sullivan (Secretary)

Division Chief Michael SullivanAssistant Deputy Chief Michael Sullivan is a 32-year veteran with Ottawa Fire Services currently on secondment to the City of Ottawa as the Program Director for the City Radio Project.

Michael has an extensive background in a wide range of firefighting services from suppression to training with ever expanding leadership roles. After a serious injury sustained on the job, Division Chief Sullivan focused his energies on a myriad of technology related projects. In 2003 he received the General Manager’s Commendation Award for implementing a state of the art CAD and RMS.

Since 2010, Michael has been supporting the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) as their lead on the issue of 700 MHz broadband for mission critical public safety data in Canada. In 2011 he was asked to be their representative on the Interim Board of the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), a role he continues today. He is also the CAFC representative on the Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM) Federal/Provincial/Territorial Interoperability Working Group.

Michael is a sought after speaker and commentator on public safety interoperability. He holds an Economics degree from Carleton University. He is married with three adult children.

Association Advisors to the Board

Ms. Kelly Nash (PCC)

Kelly Nash

Kelly Nash serves as the Executive Director for the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC) and is responsible for the day to day operations of the association as a whole and it’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Nash provides strategic leadership and direction to the Board of Directors, consistent with the mission and values of the association. Ms. Nash maintains the constitution of the association, leads the annual conference and fall business meetings conducted on a yearly basis. Ms. Nash is the liaison for all sub-committees of the PCC. She is accountable to the Board of Directors, comprised of twenty Emergency Medical Services Chiefs and/or Directors across Canada.

Ms. Nash holds a degree in English Communications with a minor in Psychology obtained at the University of Victoria and a business administration degree. She worked as a manager in telecommunications for over eight years. Most recently she has worked in the Emergency Services in Calgary, Alberta for seven years. Ms. Nash is in her seventh year as Executive Director of the PCC.

Mr. Mike Webb, (CACP)

Mike WebbMichael Webb, P.Eng., is Vice President of Technology Services at E-Comm 9-1-1 in Vancouver, BC. E-Comm 9-1-1 is a private, not-for-profit corporation established under provincial legislation in to provide consolidated public safety communications services. E-Comm currently operates an interoperable, wide area radio network serving first responders in the lower mainland of BC. E-Comm also operates a consolidated Police and Fire dispatch centre and is the region’s primary 9-1-1 answer point.

Mike leads the Technology Services group at E-Comm, which is responsible for developing and operating a wide range of technology applications and services for its public safety clients. In addition to the interoperable radio network, the team provides telephony, call centre management, computer aided dispatch, Fire records management, GIS and other enterprise and network services.

Mr. Webb has over twenty eight years’ experience in the technology and public safety industries, including an earlier assignment at E-Comm responsible for the initial implementation of its radio network. Prior to re-joining E-Comm in 2011, he was with Emergency Management BC and undertook a number of strategic initiatives related to emergency communications, including coordination and governance of radio interoperability and development of provincial emergency management information systems.

Mike has also consulted for a variety of public safety clients in BC and Alberta and has worked in several start-ups in Silicon Valley developing broadband wireless technologies. He is a member of APEGBC and IEEE.

CAFC - TBC

CITIG Personnel

Eric Torunski, Executive Director

Eric Torunski

Eric Torunski began his tenure as the second Executive Director of the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) in April 2014. In one form or another, he has been an instrumental part of CITIG since the organization’s inception in 2006. Eric brings more than twenty years of non-profit, government and corporate experience focusing primarily in the technology, public safety and healthcare fields. As Executive Director, his job duties include overseeing all of CITIG’s activities and operations, working closely with the CITIG Board of Directors and facilitating CITIG’s work to improve Canadian public safety interoperability at home and abroad through collaborative efforts, innovation and leadership.

A native of the Montreal area, Eric earned a bachelor of arts in English from Carleton University and has completed the Canadian Securities Course. Eric and his wife, Lori, live in Ottawa and have two children. He serves his community through various volunteer activities and has been recognized with several appreciation awards. Eric can often be found on the ice, ball diamond or pitch coaching hockey, little league baseball and soccer. 


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