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2018 Ontario Expert Witness Drug Investigators Conference

    2018 Ontario Expert Witness Drug Investigators Conference


When: May 30-31, 2018

Where: Novotel Toronto North York Hotel
              3 Park Home Avenue
              Toronto, ON M2N 6L3

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.


Topics Include:

  • Principles of Addiction
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Role of the Expert: Latest in the Law
  • Expert Ethics
  • Building a Defensible Report
  • Qualifying as an Expert in Court
  • Preparing for Cross Examination
  • Undercover Operations
  • Dark Web Investigations & Cryptocurrency
  • Source and Agent Management
  • CBSA Intelligence
  • Wellness
  • Marihuana Legislation
  • Street Level Trafficking, Coded Language and Debt Lists
  • Analysis of Controlled Substances
  • Cocaine
  • Fentanyl/Heroin
  • Methamphetamines
  • Synthetics


Networking Event:

A networking event will be hosted in the evening on Wednesday May 30th at the hotel.



Registration Information:

$125.00 +HST (includes light breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks)




**Delegates are required to book their own accommodations. Please ensure you book by Friday, May 4th to receive the preferred rate.**

Novotel Toronto North York Hotel -
Executive King Bed - $179.00 +HST per night.
Address: 3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto, ON M2N 6L3
Phone: (416) 733-2929
Group Code: "Ontario Drug Investigators Conference"
Block ID: 1120108
Parking: $12.00 per day.
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, May 2nd, 2018, are subject to a full refund less an administrative fee of $50.00 + HST ($56.50) No refunds will be given after May 2nd, 2018. We welcome substitutions at no charge.

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

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