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Stan Davis has worked as a social worker, child and family therapist, and trained Child Protective Workers. He designed and implemented training for a network of rape crisis centers and collaborated with police to develop effective interventions for domestic abuse. He became a school counsellor in High School and Middle Schools until 2011. Since the mid-1990s he has been featured in newspaper, radio, and TV articles and on a special 20/20 report on bullying with John Stossel.
Stan has contributed his expertise to the development of the following Community & Leisure courses:
- Bullying Prevention
- Cyberbullying and Digital Citizenship
Stan is the author of the 2004 book Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies to Reduce Bullying (2nd edition 2007) and the 2007 book Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention. Schools Where Everyone Belongs was published in Spanish in 2008. Stan has presented keynotes and workshops at conferences and trained school staff and students in 25 US states, in Canada, in India, and in Africa.
With Dr. Charisse Nixon, Stan is co-leading the Youth Voice Research Project, which has collected data from more than 13, 000 young people in the United States about what works and what doesn’t work in Bullying Prevention: Their 2013 book Youth Voice Project, is published by Research Press. See youthvoiceproject.com for more information.
Editor in Chief of PF Publishing
Paul Forster brings a wealth of experience in industry and education to the creation of practical, relevant, and engaging training for natural gas processing facility operators. As editor in chief of PF Publishing since 2000, Paul has developed site specific training programs for dozens of gas processing facilities, including some of Canada’s largest.
To learn more about PFP Natural Gas Processing check out their website here!
Courses in the PFP Natural Gas Processing library distil common features of the gas industry’s central processes into representative systems, which are fully illustrated and animated using vivid 3D simulations. Plain language, effective diagrams, and meaningful analogies make key concepts simple to grasp.
A Brief History
At the end of Grade 12, I cleaned out my high school locker in the morning, and worked my first afternoon shift (Intercontinental Pulp Mill, Steam & Recovery) that same day. With two years’ experience in power house and technical departments, I stepped away from a promising career in industry to pursue my first passion: Music.
With degrees in Music (University of Calgary) and Secondary Education (University of Alberta), I alternated teaching high school with professional music gigs, which included being a sideman for live shows, studio musician, recording engineer, and conductor/band leader/choral director for musical theatre productions.
Although popular with my students, I was a round peg in a square hole when it came to working within the public school system; that fact, compounded with the vagaries of being a professional musician, prompted my return to the Pulp and Paper industry.
I accrued enough firing time to obtain my 3rd Class Power Engineering Certificate, switched over to process operations, and finally held a position as in-house technical writer. In 2000, I took a teaching job in the northern community of Tsay Keh Dene, but worked concurrently as an industrial training consultant/developer, flying the PF Publishing flag.
2013-2015: I developed MOC (Management of Change) training (including an eLearning course) for all of SET West’s 5700 employees. 2015 also marked the beginning of a shift away from site/job specific training to developing training for a wider audience. My team brings a wealth of experience in industry, education, technology, film, and 3D graphics to the creation of practical, relevant, eLearning courses for process operators, managers, and maintenance personnel.
2014: I established PF Publishing New Zealand Limited in Auckland.
2012-2013: I visited every operating facility (40+) in the Spectra Energy Transmission (SET) West system (spanning Fort Nelson to Hope to Winnipeg), and worked with the facility operators to develop site specific black start procedures.
2010: I established PF Publishing PTY LTD in Queensland, Australia.
2006: I was given a project to develop training for Duke Energy’s gas controllers. A long series of energy sector contracts followed, mainly developing gas plant operations training, but also projects to train compressor station, pipeline, and measurement technicians.
2005-2007: I was the lead instructor for the Pulp & Paper Operations Certificate Programme at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC.
2001: while under contract to Canfor, I began an association with Gemini, and since then, have created dozens of Canfor branded eLearning courses using SWIFT Author and managed thru GeMS.
Information Technology Education and Knowledge Partners
Bryan brings first-hand experience of business analysis techniques and IT Service Management having gained extensive experience in business and systems analysis, applications, development and systems support through a variety of roles across numerous industry sectors.
A British national, but based in the Republic of Ireland, Bryan is a highly experienced and qualified IT professional with a career spanning 40 years in the IT sector. For the past 15 years he has worked in a senior consultancy and training capacity including 10 years as an Associate of both Gartner and Forrester Research covering a broad range of areas including Technology Selection, IT Strategy, Business Process Improvement, IS Governance, IT Service Management and IS Organizational restructuring.
Bryan is a highly acclaimed tutor accredited through the APMG, BCS and EXIN. He regularly presents training programmes in numerous countries around the globe, and has facilitated workshops at board level.
Partner at EHS Partnerships
Glyn Jones has over twenty years of experience working as a consulting Occupational Hygienist. He has completed work in heavy industry, manufacturing, the commercial buildings industry, institutional settings and for all levels of government in Canada and overseas. Glyn has developed particular expertise in program development and auditing; regulatory interpretation and compliance; hazardous materials assessment, handling and abatement design; workplace exposure assessment and risk analysis; and ventilation for contaminant control. His specific expertise includes the areas of air sampling and analysis, indoor air quality, mould investigation and remediation, regulatory interpretation and compliance, exposure and risk analysis and management, as well as hazardous material handling and abatement technologies.
HSE Subject Matter Expert
Glyn has contributed his expertise to the development of many HSE Courses and works with us to ensure Library content remains relevant and up to date.
Education & Experience
Glyn Jones is a partner at EHS Partnerships in Calgary, an environmental health and safety support, consulting, training and project management firm. He also provides program design and instructional support to the University of New Brunswick’s OHS certificate and diploma programs. He is the chair of the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE).
Glyn’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters degree in Occupational Health and Safety. He is a Professional Engineer, a Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) and a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).
He is an instructor at the University of Alberta in their occupational health and safety certificate program. He also teaches in the University of Calgary and University of New Brunswick OHS certificate programs. Glyn continues to work on a variety of Professional Associations and committees. He was involved with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) as Program Director (1996), President (1997) and Past President (1998). He held the position of Treasurer (2005-2009) and Chair (2009-2013) of the Calgary Chapter of CSSE. He is currently the Regional Vice-President (AB, NT/NU) of the CSSE.
Glyn has as a demonstrated commitment to excellence in the field of Industrial and Environmental worker health and safety.
Gang Consultant and Lecturer
About the Gang & Inmate Secret Codes Certification.
All five courses in the Gang & Inmate Secret Codes certification are designed to provide law enforcement officers, criminal justice students and workers, or anyone interested in the secret world of gang members and inmates with the knowledge of the covert methods of communication in correctional facilities and in other situations where secret communication is used. If you’re a fan of Dan Brown books, you’ll find Gary’s courses fascinating and a real eye opener into the clandestine world of gangs. The emphasis is on deciphering and code-cracking of real confiscated documents. The courses are designed using plain language, actual pictures and documents, exercises, and questions to test your understanding.
- Blood Gang Secret Codes
- Black Gangster Disciple & Crips Gang
- Patterns on Paper & Latin Kings
- Tic Tac Toe & Alphanumeric Codes
- Other Gang & Inmate Codes
Mr. Gary Klivans is a renowned expert in gang and inmate secret code deciphering. A prolific writer on the subject, Mr. Klivans is the author of the book “Gang Secret Codes: Deciphered,” Police and Fire Publishing, Santa Ana, CA. as well as countless gang related articles published in American Jails Magazine, Sheriff Magazine, and Deputy & Court Officer Magazine. The book is available through amazon.com or www.policeandfirepublishing.com. He has been a Guest Lecturer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Office of State and Local. He has also been an Adjunct Instructor for St. Petersburg College, Florida, lecturing for the federally funded Multijurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training (MCTFT) program. Captain Klivans was employed in law enforcement for 30 years. He was employed as a Correction Officer (Peace Officer) by the Westchester County (NY) Department of Correction for 20 years, and retired with the rank of Captain. He was previously employed for nearly 10 years as a District Attorney Investigator (Police Officer) serving in the New York State counties of Westchester and Putnam. Mr. Klivans served in the US Army Reserve for 30 years assigned to Military Intelligence and the Criminal Investigation Command (CID) (Federal Agent). He retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CW4).
Gary is a member of the Symbol Intelligence Group. The Symbol Intelligence Group specializes in the research, analysis and identification of symbols, codes and unfamiliar areas of violent crime. Our subject matter experts are available to train and assist law enforcement and defense professionals in identifying the emblems, codes, flags, graffiti, signs, tattoos and other identifiers of gangs, transnational criminal organizations, protest movements, violent subcultures and extremist groups. For more information about the Symbol Intelligence Group visit www.symbolintelligence.com .
Tactical Urban Combat Specialist
1993 marked the beginning of Greg LeBoeuf’s combat education. Over the next decade, he travelled and lived in the United States, passionately immersed in a purposeful process of intense physical and psychological training that specialized in the area of unconventional combat, tactics, and mindset. During these formative training years, he apprenticed as an instructor for renowned combat educator Paul Vunak. In this role, Greg was afforded many opportunities to train with various elite military and law enforcement personnel ranging from Navy SEALs, F.B.I., SWAT, D.E.A., as well as many other specialized units. After 13 years of prolonged exposure and experience, he received certification as a Senior Full-Certified Combat Specialist. Upon returning to Canada, he founded the Urban Combat Specialist-Group and opened the Unconventional Urban Warfare Development Centre.
As a professional combat educator, Greg is dedicated to the perpetuation of knowledge. As a result he founded, and is the chairman for, the Warrior Development Series (WDS), a successful lecture-based series that hosts some of the world’s top minds in the field of combat psychology, tactics and leadership.
Greg is also the creator of the Core Warrior Psychological Development program (CWPD). CWPD is a process that is utilized in the physical, mental, and emotional development of some of today’s most elite warriors. Elements of this work are now being used by other industries in order to help individuals cope with daily pressure, stress, and to improve overall performance. Greg also developed a program called Personal vs. Professional: Tactical Communication which helps individuals deal with “difficult” people. This program has been adopted by the City of Edmonton Community Services and is now being offered city wide. In addition, Greg has partnered with the Life Saving Society and will nationally launch this program for them in 2016.
Most recently Greg has embarked on a career as a professional speaker, providing several lectures and workshops to diversified industries, all of this in addition to being a successful husband and father. Anyone who has worked with the man will tell you that regardless of the endeavour, there are two things that resonate in everything Greg LeBoeuf does: his passion and his purpose. He serves with leadership and integrity come what may.
School Social Worker
Michelle has worked as a Social Worker for 21 years, the last 17 of those spent as a School Social Worker.
Early in her career, Michelle worked with industry expert, co-presenting with Dr. Debra Pepler, Professor at York University at a National Conference. She was a member of a National Task Force -The Canadian Initiative for the Prevention of Bullying (PREVNet) with Dr. Debra Pepler and Dr. Wendy Craig, Professor at Queens University. She began working with Stan Davis and a group of professionals dedicated to bullying prevention in 2009.
Michelle has contributed her expertise to the development of the following Community & Leisure courses:
- Bullying Prevention
- Cyberbullying and Digital Citizenship
Since Her time working with Stan Davis Michelle has lead a District Wide Initiative for The Prevention of Peer Mistreatment for the Anglophone East School District in Moncton NB Canada which consists of 38 schools and over sixteen thousand students. In 2012 she provided a case study Titled: Building a Bullying Prevention Program from the Ground Up: Students as the Key; for the book Handbook of Pro Social Education by Phillip M. Brown Ph.D. Michelle is a sought after guest speaker.
Professional Horse Trainer
With more than 30 years of experience, Jay has acquired a broad spectrum of horse knowledge through his personal pursuits such as back country guiding, colt starting and professional horse training. He has sought out instruction from numerous renowned trainers and coaches to develop exceptional skill levels in both groundwork and saddlework. Through extensive study of equine behaviour and by being a student of the horse, Jay formed the foundation of his training methods based on understanding how horses think and react.
Jay O’Jay is a horsemanship clinician, trainer, author and entertainer with more than 30 years of cross-discipline experience (don’t let that cowboy hat fool you!). He’s been there and done that – and is still learning and incorporating the latest horsemanship techniques into his programs today – whether it’s training with top riders, or competing in trainer challenges. And, he makes sure you have a lot of fun in the process – after all – we all want to enjoy our time with our horses.
Jay has shared his skills and knowledge with hundreds of aspiring riders and trainers in a number of ways:
- As a guest teacher at Olds College in Central Alberta
- As the leader of clinics and demonstrations throughout Western Canada and the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany
- As a media commentator and the subject of TV, radio, newspaper and magazine features Through appearances with his specially trained horse Nugget at hospitals, schools, and community events
- As a columnist in Horse Canada Magazine, Horses All, Pacific and Prairie Horse Journal, and The Canadian Horse Journal
- As a guest clinician at several events, including The Mane Event Horse Expo, The Trainer of the North Challenge (2012) and the upcoming Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Bazaar and Petland Exhibitions
Jay has nurtured the natural gift he has for working with and connecting with horses – as well as people. With a personal mission to improve everyone’s relationship and experience with their horse, he shares his respect for the horse with enthusiasm, patience, passion and a lot of fun based on understanding how horses think and react.
A Solid Horsemanship Foundation is the Answer to Cross-Discipline Success
Jay O’Jay believes that with a strong horsemanship foundation, you and your horse will be able to overcome the barriers that are preventing you from succeeding in your chosen discipline, getting out on the trails, loading your horse. Every rider experiences these barriers whether they’re just starting out or competing at a high level – these barriers can include confidence/bravery issues, behavioural problems, or partnership issues.
J. Mark Reimer
During the past 25 years, Mark is proud to have improved facility operations and staff performance through the introduction of leading-edge technology. As an application engineer, technical project manager, systems analyst, and operations captain, Mark has initiated video and web-based programs that increased productivity, reduced errors, lowered costs, elevated booking efficiency, and accelerated the timeliness and quality of technical field services.
Mark created the Bitcoin & Virtual Currency course and continues to develop courses relating to Corrections Technology.
Mark’s Recent Work
Among Mark’s contributions is the introduction of solutions-oriented technology that improved daily workflow, records management, and staff accountability. His ability to think independently, accurately evaluate systems, and analyze all perspectives led to the implementation of innovative applications, on time and within budget. Using superior communication and interpersonal skills, Mark has consulted with vendors, end users, management, and IT staff in developing technologies specific to correctional operations.
Noteworthy accomplishments include:
- Earned reputation as industry expert and invited presenter on optimizing distributive technology in corrections settings, including performance improvement tools, video monitoring, reporting and labor compliance, and cost savings.
- Enhanced manager effectiveness and efficiency by simplifying complicated systems and data and creating standards and benchmarks to monitor progress, evaluate outcomes, and initiate improvements.
- Created the first web-based video visitation system for corrections and set an industry standard for remote scheduling.
- Supervised 800+ team members in running safe and efficient corrections operations that ensured the security of inmates, employees, and visitors, while controlling expenses, decreasing union grievances, providing a fair system for time off and overtime pay, and achieving reductions in injury and recidivism rates.
Laurent St. Louis
Principle Owner of West Rock Safety Ltd
Over 30 years Petrochemical Experience in Exploration, Construction Management and Field Engineering assignments both domestically and foreign. Quality control, cost scheduling, safety and sub contract management were part of my everyday duties.
Creation and implementation of safety programs, JSA’s SWP/SOP, Critical Tasks, Hazop, SIMOP along with auditing systems under various governing bodies. Also skilled in liaison with multi-nationals, contractual and government officials.
Laurent has contributed his expertise to the development of many THRIL Courses and works with us to ensure Library content remains relevant and up to date.
Education & Experience
- Two-year accredited program in Hydrocarbon Engineering
- Recognized in various Universities as two years toward Petroleum Engineering
- Dealt with oil / gas development processing, instrumentation and reservoir engineering
- Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)
- American Society of Engineering Technicians (ASET–CET)
- Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE)
- Project Management Certification Program Mount Royal College
- Degree in Hydrocarbon Engineering
- Second Class Stationary Engineering
- Management Safety and Loss Prevention Program
- Final year of BSM via University of Alabama online Safety Management
- English, French, Spanish, and [some Arabic]
- Member of Small Energy Producer of Canada -SEPAC – former representative
- Director Alberta Occupational Safety Auditor Association-AOSAA
- Development of COR/Safety Manuals under the AHRE Partnership Protocol
- Risk Surveys for Hazard Identification, Workplace Practices and Action Plans
- Certified External ENFORM Auditor, and CAODC
- Certified External Alberta Association of Safety Partnerships (AASP)
- Perform Audit reviews
- ISO 9000-2000 Training
- H2S Board Committee Member
- Auditor for Safety Programs under the Oil & Gas and Construction sectors
- Development and implementation of safety programs both on a domestic and international basis
- Implementation of corporate level safety initiatives
Presently, Principal Owner of West Rock Safety Ltd.
- Implementing safety programs, auditing, and supplying field and in-house staffing
- Plans, implements and maintains all corporate Health and Safety Programs
- Formulates corporate safety policies and provides recommendations/advice to senior management regarding safety issues
- Perform “Cold Eyes Review” on projects utilizing Work Face Planning criteria
- Ensures corporate compliance with OH&S, AER, Alberta Work Place and other government-regulated safety requirements
- Ensures that corporate safety programs meet or exceed industry-accepted safety standards
- Ensures corporate compliance with all requirements of COR status and that the COR status for Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia remain in good standing
- Reports all safety non-compliances to management
- Ensures all safety training is current and compliant
Health, Safety & Environmental Program Developer
Rose created a successful safety company in 2001 as sole proprietor. The company is currently still operating. Rose’s company merged into a joint venture with two companies and incorporated an efficacious safety company taking on the role of VP Operations. Rose eventually sold all shares within the company to pursue new endeavors.
Rose Ward brings over 14 years’ experience in Health, Safety & Environmental Program Development. Throughout her career, under the Enform, AASP, and ACSA Audit Protocols Rose has developed numerous safety programs within the Oil & Gas Industry for Producers, Construction, Drilling, Servicing, Abandonment & Reclamation, Environment, Welding Operations and Transportation. In 2012 Rose acquired her AASP External Auditor Certification.
Rose’s knowledge in Health, Safety and Environmental program development includes planning, developing, and coordinating the health, safety and environmental occupational systems of personnel, materials, and equipment, providing strategic direction and leadership, highly effective written and verbal communications skills being utilized by people of various backgrounds, experience, and education levels, ISNet World Compliance, and RAVS implementation, monitoring of safety support for contracted clientele, record keeping of accident incident investigation, shop and field inspections and compliance training and operations performance indicators relative to HSE (TRIF), analyze safety requirements to develop new Health and Safety programs or modify and improve existing programs, knowledge of relevant Government Legislative Codes, and Regulatory Agencies, and strategies to promote effective local, Provincial, Federal or International operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions, knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.