Tom McKay – President
Tom McKay is the founding President of CPTED Canada and a retired member of the Peel Regional Police. He is also the Immediate Past President of the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP), having served on the Board since 2006, and a member of the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) Crime Prevention Committee, a former Director of the International CPTED Association, the Brampton Safe City Association and the Etobicoke Crime Prevention Association as well as past co-Chair of the Central Ontario Crime Prevention Association.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Certificate in Law Enforcement and Administration from the University of Toronto. Tom has lectured extensively throughout the province on CPTED and is responsible for developing and teaching a basic and Level II CPTED courses which he has taught throughout North America and Bermuda.
Tom also serves in the capacities of a crime prevention and CPTED consultant through his professional affiliations and has frequently appeared in the local and national media as a CPTED expert.
Tom enjoys learning about and collecting vintage items including Canadian banknotes in his leisure time.
Steve Woolrich – Vice President
Steve Woolrich is an award-winning Crime Prevention and Community Safety Practitioner. He is passionate about creating safe and healthy built environments and has always considered himself a ‘boots on the ground’ consultant. Steve’s background is diverse and after graduating from Justice Administration and majoring in Police Science he went on to work closely with many different police services throughout Alberta. Trained in both CPTED and SafeGrowth ™ he has utilized these practices in many roles throughout his career, including corporate security and asset protection.
Steve is proud to have worked closely with the Alberta Government and was part of their provincial Gang Reduction Network, working as the Central Alberta lead. It was during this time that he became a trained Circle Facilitator and continues to use this process in all his community engagement work, including his previous work with high-risk youth.
Steve leads the largest Community Safety and Well-Being collaborative in Canada – Rethink Urban (RU). He is instrumental in the co-creation of RU’s signature approach – full SPECTRUM Community Safety and Well-Being fusing best practices, including CPTED, Placemaking and Healthy Built Environments to address complex community safety issues.
Steve lives off-grid on Galiano Island, BC and enjoys hiking, archery and cold water swimming.
Steve’s dream is that CPTED is embraced and adopted by both urban and rural communities across Canada.
Gregory N. Smith, CPP, CHPA, CPD – Director
Greg is a dedicated and passionate practitioner of CPTED and currently applies his skills in Public Sector Healthcare as well as an owner of an established security management consultant; Urban Security Innovation Inc.
Greg has established himself as an innovative leader in the security industry for over 27 years, establishing best practices in Physical Security, Life Safety, and Crime Prevention Programs. Greg has been recognized for his efforts by Security Magazine for Best Practices in Security and a Safety Recognition Award for Best Practices in Parkade Security and Safety by the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Police and featured in several newspapers as a local resource in crime prevention.
Greg is a lifelong learner with three professional security designations in CPTED, Healthcare and Security Management, formal education in Security Management and Leadership from the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University and Wharton School of Business.
Greg has volunteered on the board of Directors for the Edmonton Downtown Business Association, Chair of the Edmonton Safer Cities CPTED Committee and served on the local chapter of ASIS International. Greg is a regular facilitator for the Edmonton Police Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) and Crime Free Multi-Housing programs for the Edmonton Police Service.
Greg loves to tour around on his motorcycle, find great golf courses, meet friends down at the range for friendly target competitions and settle down at many of the world-renowned Vineyards in the Okanagan Valley.
Kyle Eltherington – Director
Kyle is no stranger to CPTED principles, as he has spent 25 years working in a Risk Management based transportation organization. He also holds a certification from ISCPP and has attended multiple CPTED courses and seminars.
His current role as a Country Security Manager makes him responsible for developing and enhancing internal physical security programs while offering assistance and guidance to key suppliers and customers utilizing CPTED.
Kyle is a member of CACP (Canadian Associate of Chiefs of Police) and sits on various committees for ULC and ISO.
With an ongoing dedication to education, Kyle is affiliated with ASIS, IAFCI as well as other Security Management organizations.
Kyle enjoys going on motorcycle adventures in the US and Canada, as well as travelling internationally with his family.
Kelly Prebble – Secretary
Kelly is a retired Sergeant, having served with the Waterloo Regional Police Service, in Ontario for 30 years. During her career she focused on fostering positive community relationships, promoting proactive concepts, and improving community safety and wellbeing.
She served as a constable on patrol, community resource officer, criminal investigator, domestic violence investigator and field supervisor. In 2017 she became the Officer in Charge of the Rural Detachment, overseeing three municipal townships. Prior to retiring, Kelly was working with a team of officers in the Community Engagement Unit, focusing on the complex social issues in the community and working with community partners to assist the most vulnerable. She believes in the power of collaboration and has witnessed firsthand what can be accomplished when the community works together.
Kelly has been designated as an International Crime Prevention Specialist through the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP). She is also certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) since 2000 and is a member of CPTED Canada’s Board of Directors.
Kelly has received an award of excellence for fighting crime from the Ontario Crime Control Commission, been part of a collaboration that created a Ministry of Transportation award-winning road safety campaign and has received Blue Line magazine’s Lifetime in Law Enforcement Achievement award.
She continues to serve her community as a volunteer with a local Lion’s Club and applying her CPTED knowledge through consultations, training and in the private security field creating safe environments and promoting community engagement.
Khatereh Baharikhoob – Director
Khatereh is a passionate urban designer who strives to make the world a better place to live, work and play. Khatereh has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and master’s degree in urban design and is currently an associate senior urban designer at DIALOG.
Khatereh is also a member of Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA). Her experience encompasses urban design, landscape architecture, land use planning and ecological urbanism, at regional, municipal and development scales. Given her interdisciplinary background, Khatereh tries to view the elements of design, never in isolation and always as a system of relationships. This multi-layered approach to design enables her to identify the unique challenges and opportunities in planning and design process.
In 2021, Khatereh completed the CPTED level 1 course at CPTED Professional Training Centre in Ontario. In her work, she promotes both CPTED first and second generations and employs a careful, human-centric and context-sensitive approach to applying CPTED principles to her projects. In her view, it is a critical time to be an urbanist and a very special moment to plan for a better and safer future.
Khatereh loves to read nonfictional books and listening to podcasts in her leisure time.
Barry Horrobin – Director
Barry Horrobin has worked as a professional planner since 1988 and is currently employed as both the Director of Planning & Physical Resources for the Windsor Police Service and as an independent safety design consultant. He specializes in the field of environmental criminology, assessing the impact the design, construction, and usage of built environments have on crime, disorder and comfort/wellbeing.
Barry holds a Master’s degree in Geography (Resource Planning) and an Honours B.A. in Resource Management from the University of Windsor, a two-year diploma in Municipal Administration from St. Lawrence College, and possesses both an advanced certified law enforcement planner designation (from IALEP) and the Certified Municipal Manager, Level III (Police Executive) designation from the Ontario Municipal Management Institute.
Barry is a board-certified expert in the field of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED); receiving his formal training under Timothy Crowe at the University of Louisville in 1991 and regularly testifies as an expert witness in the field of Environmental Criminology. His collective experience and training has contributed to several published articles in the public safety field, consulting assignments throughout Canada and the United States, and as a regular trainer of CPTED to a wide variety of clients.
Barry is actively involved in various volunteering and community activities with Windsor and Essex County United Way, the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County, Windsor Historical Society serving Canadian veterans, Crime Stoppers, and Habitat for Humanity. He also enjoys playing volleyball, pickleball, mountain biking, golf, and baseball.
Jason Bedell – Registrar
Jason began his community safety career at the age of 18 when he was accepted as a Police Officer with South Australia Police. He spent 10 years involved in a variety of specialized criminal investigative units where he gained experience both nationally and internationally. In 2013, Jason moved to Canada and joined the City of Kelowna shortly after.
He was first hired as a municipal employee of the RCMP’s Crime Prevention Unit before moving into his current position as Community Safety Advisor. In this role, he provides robust leadership to both his team and the community and thrives in roles ranging from advocator and educator to convenor and coordinator.
Jason is passionate about increasing CPTED knowledge throughout his community by demonstrating the importance of meaningful, appropriate usage of CPTED to aide and support all members of the community. This passion led him to direct Kelowna’s first CPTED Cohort where he manages a diverse group of professional City employees who are dedicated to making a safe and inclusive community using CPTED principles.
He is enthusiastic about community service, having volunteered on the Board of Directors for his local resident association, Central Okanagan Search and Rescue and most recently, as Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 338.
In his personal time, you can find Jason enjoying live music, riding the local mountain bike trails, and spending summers in his pool with his wife and kids.
Barbara Spyropoulos – Treasurer
Barbara Spyropoulos started her professional life as a geneticist. As editor of the Genetics Society of Canada newsletter, she became familiar with behavioural genetics. Living in one of the more interesting areas of Toronto gave her the opportunity to explore human behaviour, particularly as it related to criminal activity. This led to her interest in the multiple aspects of crime prevention, particularly CPTED, Restorative Justice, and community mobilization. She was one of the early members of CPTED Ontario and acted as the editor of their newsletter. She attained level 1 CPTED under the training of Tom McKay, levels 1 – 3 of Restorative Practices courtesy of the OPP, and levels 1 – 3 of VTRA through Toronto Police. She became accredited as an International Crime Prevention Practitioner (ICPP) in 2005 and has acted as the chair of the Community Police Liaison Committee at 12 Division, Toronto Police Service, for 25 years. She is also a member of Central Ontario Crime Prevention Association (COCPA) which she thanks for the amazing amount of crime prevention training over these many years.
CPLC 12 Division, Toronto Police Service
200 Trethewey Dr
Toronto ON M6M 5E6
Robert Clarke – Director
Robert comes to us with 25 years of front line and senior leadership experience in the Correctional sector, where he has gained an appreciation of how environments can shape behavior through physical design and human interactions. He currently works for the City of Edmonton as a Corporate Security Advisor, providing advice and guidance to civic management on securing city assets and developing security programs. CPTED methodologies form an integral part of his work in order to balance physical security needs of buildings, with ensuring safe access by patrons to various facilities within the city. Robert first received his training in CPTED in 2019 and continues to look at ways to expand on that knowledge towards community safety and well being initiatives.
Robert can be contacted on his LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-l-clarke/
Paul Ferris – Director
Paul Ferris is a leading member of the Canadian Landscape Architecture community and the Principal at Ferris + Associates Inc., one of the most prominent landscape architecture firms in the country. With over thirty-five years he is currently involved in the design development and implementation of a wide variety of development projects including some of the Greater Toronto Area’s most successful projects including the National Trade Centre (Enercare) the Rogers Centre, the ScotiaBank Arena, the Markham Municipal Centre, the CityPlace Residential Community, and the Niagara Fallsview Casino. In addition to his extensive expertise in his chosen field, Paul has become well-respected within the broader development community for insights and innovative ideas that extend beyond his discipline and reflect his many years of development related experience.
Mr. Ferris graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1976. He formed Paul D. Ferris & Associates Inc. in 1978 and was the founding partner of several practices culminating with Ferris + Associates Inc. in 2002. He is a registered member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, a Director of the Ron Ellis Team Canada Foundation, and an inaugural member of the City of Toronto Design Review Panel.
He also has extensive experience as an expert witness before the Ontario Land Tribunal. Paul has been a member of CPTED Ontario since 2013.
Paul D. Ferris
Ferris + Associates Inc.
11 Church Street Suite 302
Mobile: 416 565 8547
Gary Galbraith – Director
Gary Galbraith is the Chair of the School of Public Safety & Behavioural Studies and the School of Recreation & Environmental Studies at Seneca College. At Seneca, Mr. Galbraith manages a team of over 80 full-time, part-time and partial-load faculty in delivering post-secondary programs across credential levels (certificate, diploma, and two undergraduate degree programs), including the Honours Bachelor of Crime and Intelligence Analysis (BCIA). Mr. Galbraith has over eleven years of administrative and teaching experience in post-secondary education in Ontario, and he was previously a faculty member and program coordinator at Sheridan College from 2011-2017, where he coordinated the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and the Investigation: Public & Private program.
From 2000-2009, Mr. Galbraith worked for the British Government as a Diplomatic Service Officer for over nine years where he received two civilian service medals for his overseas postings in 2003 and 2004, and was a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in a reserve unit of the British Armed Forces (2000-2004).
Mr. Galbraith holds a Masters degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from York University, and worked as a research coordinator at the Centre for International and Security Studies, York University from 2009-2011. In 2014, Mr. Galbraith received the Security Educator of the Year award from the Toronto Chapter of ASIS. Mr. Galbraith is an active member of several professional associations related to emergency management, public safety, and business continuity, and he previously served as the Director of Education for the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers (OAEM) from 2015-2016. Mr. Galbraith was a member of the Ryerson University’s Research Ethics Board (REB) for two years (2015-2017). Gary is also a member of the independent advisory board for Speciality Risk and Intelligence Services (SRIS).