Debrief a major critical incident that occurred on June 6th, 2020 in the area of Santa Cruz, CA. Dan was the Incident Commander for a multijurisdictional man hunt for a member of the Boogaloo Boys. The suspect was a trained military veteran who murdered a US Federal Agent and a county Sheriff's Deputy.
This is a heart wrenching debrief with many points to learn from.
A: Dependent on current Covid-19 restrictions, a limited number of classroom attendees will be permitted during the live event. For more information on available spots, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How can I attend the VirTra Simulator Training Day?
A: Registered attendees within a reasonable travel distance are encouraged to sign-up for VirTra Simulator Training taking place between 0900hrs and 1600hrs EST on Wednesday, November 3rd at Toronto Metro ETF HQ.
Trainers from VirTra and OTAB will be available throughout the day and multiple scenarios will be run. You may also attend to review the VirTra 300° Simulator and speak with sales personnel from VirTra.
A: All tactical team members located within Canada are welcome to register for this event. Non-OTAB members may be required to submit credentials prior to registration.
We encourage tactical units to register their entire team to have open access to all training materials both during and after the summit.
Q: I will be accessing the event remotely. How do I participate?
A: Prior to the event, all registrants will be sent individual login information to a secure web-based platform on which the summit will be streamed live.
All attendees will have the opportunity to view the live sessions as well as engage the presenters with questions during their sessions.
Q: What is OTAB?
A: The Ontario Tactical Advisory Body is branch of the Association of the Ontario Chiefs of Police. We currently have 36 member Teams across the Province and are growing to include Units in Quebec Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The Member Teams range from 6 member Containment Teams to 90 member Hostage Rescue Teams, as well as Armed Tactical Security. Our executive in comprised of 6 Volunteer members throughout the province.
The Body was established from the recommendations made during a Coroners Inquest in 1987. The recommendations were that Tactical Units across the Province need to form an organized Body with the mandate to provide a voice and a venue for the Tactical Community in Ontario.
This Body will facilitate Communication, and the Sharing, Learning the latest and best Tactical practices to all the member units. This done through facilitating and advertising cost effective training courses, tactical debriefs, lessons learned at major incidents, quarterly meeting, and our website.
We are the voice of the Ontario Tactical Community in Ontario and feel that we have succeeded in doing so while growing our organization.
Q: Will I recieve a certificate with attendance?
A: Yes. All summit attendees will receive a Certificate of Training from this event.
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A handpicked collection of Subject Matter Experts
Everyone of our expert speakers was selected for their proven experience and knowledge in their subject of choice. Make sure to view the speaker profiles in the "Event Schedule" section.
Relevant, accessible training for tactical teams
Due to Covid-19, many teams and units have relied on their individual units for training over the past 18 months. This summit was designed to provide an opportunity for national collaboration between teams, to share best practices and to enhance all-around training.
All materials presented are applicable to any Law Enforcement agency and tactical operations unit across Canada.
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Lieutenant Colonel (ret)
Steve Nash is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel and Infantry-Airborne-Ranger with almost 25 years of military experience serving Canada at home and abroad. Having served most of his military career in operational units, he has also served as an instructor/mentor for officers at the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College in Kingston.
In addition to commanding at the platoon level (40 people) and company level (150 people) for over 10 years; he also served as a staff officer for both operations (600 people) and personnel administration (4500 people).
With experience in airborne, airmobile, and specialist/light infantry units in the jungle, mountain, desert, arctic, urban, and CBRNE environments, he is a Distinguished Honor Graduate of US Army Ranger School. Steve was also selected to serve in Canada’s Special Operations community where he completed his military service as Operations Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, and then Commanding Officer within Canada’s two strategic ‘special mission’ units.
As a student of leadership and human dynamic, Steve has worked with a wide variety of organizations (RCMP, Tier 1 SOF, FBI Academy Association, Ontario Tactical Advisory Body, Iron Stride Triathlon Training, Corrections Ontario, Probation Officers Association of Ontario, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Ontario Police Association, Canadian Forces College, 2 CF Flight Training School, St Lawrence College, Queen’s University, Halton Regional Police, Kingston Police, and Regina Police SWAT Roundup) through presentations and workshops to assist in considering best practices, building best teams with best leaders and achieving best results. Of note, Steve has worked with OTAB since 2005 in creating and conducting the challenging and successful Tactical Team Leaders’ Course.
He has a BA from RRMC/RMC (89) and an MDS (03) from RMC as well as a Bachelor’s (10) and Master’s (12) Degree in Education with a Leadership specialty.
Steve has studied martial arts for over 33 years and was graded to an 8th-degree black belt in January 2014 by Takemasa Okuyama. Further, he is an unarmed combat, use of force, and defensive tactics instructor.
He has been married to Kim for more than 25 years and has two girls, 23 and 21.
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Deputy Chief (ret)
Dan retired in September 2020 after serving the Santa Cruz Police Department for over 29 years. He started his career in March of 1991 as a Reserve Police office at the age of 20. He finished his career as the Deputy Chief of Operations where he oversaw all of the uniformed staff within his agency.
He served as an officer, motor officer, and as a Field Training Officer early in his career. It was working as a detective that he solidified his resolve to change the tactical decision making and officer safety training within his department.
He was a Firearm’s and Defensive Tactics Instructor and recognized that the department needed more dynamic, stress-inducing, and scenario-based training. He became a consummate student who began to train with others in the industry that were far more skilled and experienced. He developed relationships and trained with San Jose Merge (SWAT), LAPD SWAT, and LASO SEB. Along the way, he developed mentors who helped expose him to better tactics, planning, and critical decision-making. He has continued to remain involved in the tactical world and continues to study from resources such as the California Tactical Officers Association (CATO), the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), and most recently, the International Law Enforcement Training Summit (ILETS).
Dan was also one of the developers and founding members of his department's tactical team. One of his proudest accomplishments has been the creation of this team, from nothing to an 18-person functioning and professional team. He served on the team for over 12 years. His experience and exposure to real-world incidents have provided a depth of knowledge that will help the course students to develop stronger tactics, critical decision-making, prioritization of roles during events, and the ability to formulate plans to resolve high-risk encounters.
Within his last few months of service, Dan was in charge of multiple critical incidents within his city and outlying jurisdictions. Dan dealt with a hostage situation involving an infant, multiple protests, his departments response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and was the incident commander during a tragic and horrific officer involved shooting where hundreds of law enforcement officers responded to the scene. These experiences provide the students with real-life lessons learned. Not war stories, but practical discussions with humility of the challenges and what worked and what didn’t. Dan looks forward to facilitating great discussions and learning moments within his classroom, and always learns something himself along the way.
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Sergeant - Toronto ETF
Gerry is a 23 year police veteran and is currently active as a sergeant with Toronto's Emergency Task Force.
His law enforcement career included 5 years in narcotics, 4 years in the OCE Major Projects Section, and currently 10 years as part of the ETF.
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CQC / TRICOM Master Instructor
Chris Mandigma specializes in close-quarter combatives that spans over fifteen years of experience in law enforcement and the security sector combined. Chris is recognized as one of the leading instructors in Canada in arrest tactics, empty-hand combatives, edged and impact weapons.
After joining the Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association in early 2018, Chris founded the first PTTA-sanctioned affiliate in Canada - Pekiti Tirsia Tactics, which specializes in the training of law enforcement, military, and security professionals in extreme close-quarter combatives of empty-hand, impact and edged weapons through the TriCom (Tri-Angle Combatives) system.
Chris is the Director for Canada, a member on the Board of Tactical Advisors for the PTTA and Canada's only TRICOM Master Instructor; he is also an Advisory Board member with the Canadian Tactical Officers Association (CTOA).
Professional Background | Law Enforcement Certifications:
Use of Force Training Advisor | undisclosed Government Agency
TriCom Master Instructor | Survival Edge Tactical Systems
P.O.S.T. Certified Subject Matter Instructor | State of Wyoming
Adjunct Defensive Tactics Instructor | Public Order Solutions
Advanced Expandable Baton Instructor | Bonowi International Police Equipment (IPE)
Gym Jones Tactical Instructor Level 2
Verbal Judo Instructor | Verbal Judo Canada
Adjunct Travel Security Instructor | Global Affairs Canada
Former Use of Force & Firearms Instructor | Canada Border Services Agency
Former Defensive Tactics Instructor | PPCT
Chris' martial arts journey began with Muay Thai, where he then added Jujutsu and Filipino Martial Arts specializing in the TriCom (Tri-Angle Combatives) system under the Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association. His training is under the tutelage of Tuhon Jared Wihongi and Mandala Jason Jones in Pekiti Tirsia Kali .
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Canadian Forces - JTF2 (ret)
After serving his country at the highest level of Elite Special Forces, Randy Turner transitioned to a leadership role delivering Integrated Defence Training to people of all ages and existing skillsets. All members of our society deserve access to training that will increase their safety, sense of comfort and well-being. Due to a lack of awareness and training, the general public is vulnerable because they are not equipped to respond to real threats of violence. Direct Action Combat is a system is designed to provide the general public with skills to effectively respond to modern dangers through realistic self-defence training.
Randy Turner merged a series of skills into a comprehensive package specifically designed to assist our Military, Law Enforcement, Security Professional and the Government Agencies. He has also adapted his training methodology to allow the general population to benefit from customized training courses. His courses allow students to adapt to challenging real-world scenarios with confidence in their acquired skills and decision-making abilities.
During his 21 years of Military service, Randy completed the first 5 years with the storied Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and 16 years as an Operator with Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2), within Canada’s Special Operations Forces Command. Randy was fortunate to work with some of the finest soldiers around the world. He was employed on eight operational deployments, including stints in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Experiences were gained through a wide spectrum of missions sets: from kill-capture missions in Afghanistan, to Close Personal Protection details for the Prime Minister of Canada. The consummate professional, he balanced operational deployments, leadership roles, training and instructional development. Mr. Turner played an integral role in the development and implementation of the Combative program utilized by his former Unit.
Complementing his Military service, Randy was an active professional Mixed Martial Arts athlete. He fought professionally for ten years, retiring from competition in 2018. During his MMA career, Randy was ranked in Canada’s Top 10, including two different weight categories (#8 at Bantamweight and #3 at Flyweight). Randy became a Bantamweight Champion in 2012, successfully defending the title in 2013. Since retiring, Mr. Turner has dedicated his time and energy developing other skills of interest, such as competition shooting. He is a fierce competitor who has a thirst for challenges. Randy currently takes part in IPSC shooting competitions and 3-gun shooting challenges. He is an expert instructor with pistol, carbine rifle and shotgun firearms.
In addition, Randy invests time in continued education. His main areas of enlightenment reside in gathering knowledge through studies in Applied Sports Psychology, Human Behaviour, Nutrition, and Strength and Conditioning. Through a variety of resources and course offerings, Randy continues to learn and apply certain areas of education to complement his instructional approach.
Randy Turner is the owner and lead instructor for Direct Action. The company provides full-spectrum combative training, blending a mixture of skills and experiences to create a system for self-defence and combative skill enhancement. His humble and easy-going demeanour enables him to evolve, grow, adapt and share his combat expertise.
Forged through years of trial and error, a form of Mixed Martial Arts has been designed. The design is intended to help resolve situations commonly witnessed in the streets, where there are no referees or rules. The system blends components of the following disciplines: Krav Maga, Commando Krav Maga, Combat Submission Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Freestyle Wrestling, Blauer Tactical System (SPEAR), Canadian Use of Force System, Kali, Sport Shooting (IPSC) and Combat/Tactical Shooting principles and concepts.
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