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Upcoming Speakers and Topics
Here are some of the speakers we have confirmed for 2021. Dates will be finalized soon – watch this page for updates and registration links.
POLICE PROCEDURES – February 2021
You’ll learn about police procedures, with a focus on homicide investigations from SERGEANT GORD REID, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
During his years with the RCMP Sergeant Gord Reid has worked General Duty, Youth Section, Drugs, Vice and Sex Crimes, and has been a member of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Section. Ten years ago he transferred to the Serious Crimes Section in North Vancouver and for the last three years has managed Professional Responsibility within the detachment. Sgt. Reid grew up in Quebec, travelled extensively (both after high school and after university), and worked as a teacher before joining the RCMP. In addition to travelling, he enjoys reading, listening to music, and socializing.
Registration details coming soon!
You’ll learn about forensic procedures from SERGEANT JONATHAN P.R. SHELDAN, M.O.M., a member of a British Columbia municipal police department.
Sergeant Jonathan Sheldan is currently in his twenty-eighth year of police service with a municipal department in British Columbia. He served as a Forensic Identification Specialist from 2001 to 2011 and returned to Forensic Services as the Sergeant in charge of both the Forensic Identification Services and Integrated Tech Crimes Units in 2017. Sergeant Sheldan has experience as an Integrated unit Homicide Detective from 2011 until 2016; and as a Patrol Road Supervisor (2016/17). Prior to his Law Enforcement career, Sergeant Sheldan was a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces serving as an Armoured Officer.
CRIMINAL LAW – A LAWYER’S PERSPECTIVE
Learn about the Canadian criminal justice system from a British Columbia defence lawyer, Jeffrey Ray, Q.C., who will speak about procedural matters (preliminary hearings, bail applications, trials, sentencing), ethical dilemmas facing criminal lawyers, and a day in the life as a defence lawyer.
Jeffrey Ray, Q.C. represents clients charged with a variety of criminal offences. He also provides advice to individuals facing criminal investigations or criminal charges. In addition, he has represented small and medium sized businesses engaged in quasi-criminal regulatory investigations. He has appeared in all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada on both Conviction and Sentence Appeals, and often provides advice to other counsel on appeal matters.
AN EXPERTS PANEL – March 25, 2021 6:30 pm Pacific time
Learn from accomplished members of the publishing community as they share tips about what writers can do to secure a publishing contract and, once an author is published (either traditionally or indie) what she can and should do to keep her books in the public eye and on the “must-read list” of crime fiction lovers everywhere. In alphabetical order, our panelists are CRYSTAL (C.J.) HUNT, JENNIFER SOMMERSBY, and GORDON WARNOCK.
Crystal (C.J.) Hunt (crystalhuntauthor.com) is a writer, creative mastermind, health psychologist, productivity geek, and strategic authorpreneur who has 40+ published books to her various writing names. She is passionate about helping writers embrace technology and succeed in the brave new world of indie publishing. She writes non-fiction for writers as Crystal Hunt, contemporary romance as CJ Hunt, and kids books as Crystal Stranaghan and various pen names. She has helped hundreds of books through the publication process over the past 15 years, and held leadership positions in numerous writing organizations. Crystal is also the co-founder of the Creative Academy for Writers (creativeacademyforwriters.com), and co-host of the Strategic Authorpreneur Podcast (strategicauthorpreneur.com).
Jennifer Sommersby is, among other things, a collector of elephants, a Superman freak, a wearer of tattoos, an author, a Shakespeare nerd, and a copy and line editor. She lives in Coquitlam with her darling husband and kids and two Very Spoiled Tuxedo Cats.
Gordon Warnock, Partner at Fuse Literary, works with New York Times bestsellers and debut authors alike, representing high-concept suspense, psychological thrillers, and graphic novels. His clients include Amber Cowie (Loss Lake), Steena Holmes (The Perfect Secret), and Kerry Lonsdale (Last Summer). He is a helicopter dog parent and lives in an island fortress off the coast of Vancouver. www.fuseliterary.com, @gordonwarnock
Registration Details coming soon!
JAN BURKE – November 20 and 21, 2020
We are very grateful to Sisters in Crime, Inc’s Speakers Bureau, for making it possible to host Jan Burke for three events in late 2020:
Ask Me Anything (About Writing). An opportunity to ask Jan how she handles plotting, drafting, revising, writer’s block, fear of rejection, staying motivated when life intrudes, or the thousand other questions you have.
The Essential Triangle – The sleuth, the victim, the villain
What makes a great protagonist? What are some of the considerations you need to bear in mind about your subgenre that may affect choices about your sleuth? What are the “must haves“ concerning any sleuth? Does the victim need to be anything more than a dead body? Should the antagonist be anything more than a creepy dude with a knife? What do you need to keep in mind about these characters and the tensions between them?
Clues, Red Herrings and Suspense
What are some of the most basic mistakes writers make concerning suspense? How can you create a suspect who didn’t do it without making a reader immediately say, “Oh, this one didn’t do it!” What are some of the tools you can use to create clues that work? How do challenges with these elements differ based on point of view?
About Jan Burke — a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jan Burke has won the Edgar for Best Novel, and the Agatha, the Macavity, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award for Best Short Story, among other honours. Her books have been published internationally and have been optioned for film and television. She is the author of over thirty short stories. Jan’s work in nonfiction includes serving as the associate editor (with Sue Grafton) for MWA’s Handbook, Writing Mysteries. Her forensic science and criminal justice columns appear in Sisters in Crime’s InSinC Quarterly. For more about Jan Burke and her books, click here.
INTERVIEW WITH A CANADIAN JUDGE – January 9, 2021
On Saturday January 9, 2021 Sisters in Crime-Canada West interviewed Laura Bakan, P.C.J., a Judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia, to gain insights into the Canadian justice system, the jurisdictions of various Courts, procedural matters, and a day in the life of a Judge.
About Laura Bakan, P.C.J. — After thirty-one years as a civil litigator, Ms. Bakan finally became Honourable, joining the British Columbia Provincial Court as a judge in 2015. She hears criminal, family, child protection and civil matters.