President’s message 2014
Firstly I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
I would also like to thank Mr. Don CHRISTAL, Past President, for his dedication and leadership of AAPI for the past two years. Together, with supportive committee members, he has continued AAPI‘s progression and was instrumental in promoting and planning last year’s superb conference in Edmonton. He also represented your association at several national events and has travelled extensively from his base in Northern Alberta to promote AAPI in his own time and at his own expense.
As a relative newcomer to the association, I thought I would tell you a little of myself by way of introduction and I hope to meet all of you at this year’s conference, details of which will be forwarded to you very shortly. I hope this year’s event will match that of last year.
I arrived in Canada in 2008, having been a Detective in one of England’s larger Police Forces for 32 years. I arrived as a PI and have continued as such ever since, now progressing to manager of Qwest Investigations Ltd., based in south Calgary. I have been a proud member and active participant in AAPI since 2010.
I would ask that you all continue to support AAPI in our efforts to improve the standing of the association and its relationship with the Alberta Government Solicitor General’s office. The SolGen are undertaking a review of the Security Industry this year and we were hoping that their timetable would coincide with our Conference being held in Calgary this year. This would have allowed you all the opportunity to listen first hand to any changes that may be implemented and offer a questioning opportunity to either Mr. Sean BONNETEAU or his representative at the “Open House” event.
SolGen will be holding their open house events throughout the province and will forward details of their events to us, which we will post on the AAPI website for your information.
Mr. BONNETEAU has promised that either he or a representative will attend our conference to discuss issues arising from those open house events.
The committee is excited to announce that this year’s conference and AGM will take place at the Sandman Hotel & Suites in South Calgary on Thursday and Friday, May 29th - 30th, 2014. Full details will be posted on the AAPI website.
We are hoping to secure the services of several keynote speakers and there will be a training opportunity provided by Mr. Kevin RIPA, which will be of interest and use to all membership.
Mr. RIPA’s training will contain a mélange of information from fascinating tech world “bet you didn’t know” tidbits that affect us all every single day, to some cyber tech tools that might scare you. Some of the topics he will discuss are fraud, theft of intellectual property, the legalities surrounding spyware on computers and phones, data infiltration, setting up a cyber unit; as well as computer and cellular forensics. His “AAPI Cyber-Event” doesn’t stop there; however, and we encourage you to attend the conference to get the most out of this one day training event.
Full details of speakers, subject matter and the program of event will be posted as they become confirmed, but the AAPI committee is sure that this year’s conference will be one you don’t want to miss.
The committee has also been discussing membership and subscriptions for the association for the coming year. Our wish is that we try to include all licensed professionals under SSIA in AAPI and in particular, the “on street” investigators and support staff. With this in mind, we have decided that Agency subscriptions shall be increased to $250 per year, and this will include free membership for any and all licensed individuals who work on that agencies behalf. This in effect removes the individual membership fee totally.
Lastly I would encourage all of you to consider, or reconsider, being part of the AAPI Executive. We are always seeking new input and committee members to help run and plan events, such as the conference.
I hope to see and meet as many of you as possible at this year’s event in May.