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2019 Expert Witness Symposium

2019 Expert Witness


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 and Canada. 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.

When: November 25-27, 2019

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

Topics Include:

  • The Pharmacological Effects of Opiates;
  • Addiction;
  • Ethics of Providing Expert Opinions;
  • The Law of Expert Evidence;
  • Substance Specific Education, Including: Heroin, Fentanyl, Cocaine and Methamphetamine
  • CV and Report Writing

Networking Dinner:

A networking dinner will be hosted on the evening of Tuesday, November 26th at the hotel. The dinner will feature a guest speaker. Tickets may be purchased during registration for $65.00 per person.



Registration Information:

Early Bird
(Until September 30th)
(After September 30th)
Ontario Personnel $350.00 $450.00
Non-Ontario Personnel $450.00 $550.00
Networking Dinner $65.00 $65.00

*All prices are subject to applicable taxes. Your registration fee includes: Full hot breakfast, refreshments breaks, lunch, and materials each day.


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**Delegates are required to book their own accommodations. Please ensure you book by Friday, November 15th to receive the preferred rate.**

Holiday Inn - Toronto Airport
Standard King/Double - $142.00 +HST per night.
Phone: (416) 674-4363
Online: Click Here
Group Code: OACP
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, November 1st, 2019, are subject to a full refund less an administrative fee of $50.00 + HST ($56.50) No refunds will be given after November 1st, 2019. We welcome substitutions at no charge.

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

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