2023 Crime Prevention Conference

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Established in 2010, the Annual Crime Prevention Conference presented by Safe City Mississauga calls on academics, government officials, educators, law enforcement, social workers, crime prevention practitioners and community members from across Mississauga to present new research, discuss best practices, and solutions to public safety.

The 12th Annual Crime Prevention Conference will be centered around Online Harms and will showcase presentations on community-centered approaches and evidence-based research on safety and well-being.

Address: 4180 Duke of York Blvd, Mississauga
Date: 27 October 2023
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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The Annual Crime Prevention Conference Aims to:

  • Present regional and local best practices in crime prevention programming
  • Educate local practitioners and community organizations on up-and-coming developments
  • Discuss evidence-based, best strategies on Community Safety planning for the future
  • Lead the way to implement this plan and reduce crime more effectively in Mississauga


Keynote – Josh MacKenzie, Bullying Canada

Josh E. MacKenzie has been a volunteer with Bullying Canada since its founding in 2006. He started out his time with the organization as a guest speaker delivering presentations to local entities. Now, Josh sits on the Board of Directors as their ‘Senior National Mobile Facilitator’.

When he was younger, Josh enrolled in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets at the age of 14 where he developed his passion for community outreach. “After being a cadet, becoming a CIC Officer was my way of giving back to the program that was there for me as a youth when I needed it. Now, it’s my turn to be there as a leader and a mentor to the next generation of youth in my community who need these programs the same way I did.”

Josh is also a Lieutenant (Navy) in the Canadian Armed Forces, serving with the Cadet Instructor Cadre. Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) Officers are dedicated members of our community who work with youth in their spare time by providing them with a dynamic and structured program. The CIC consists of approximately 7,800 commissioned officers whose primary duty is the safety, supervision, administration, and training of over 52,000 Cadets. His primary roles have been that of a Commanding Officer and Training Officer with several different cadet corps.

Aside from these organizations, Josh is also working as the Chief Operations Officer for Podcast Bay Productions, a company devoted to media development for companies who are looking to expand their listener outreach.

Josh E. MacKenzie is a Bathurst High School alumnus, graduating in 2008 with honours. After high school: he attended college to obtain his qualification as a Personal Support Worker; graduating with honours and at the top of his class. He is currently employed with Vitalité Health Network at the Chaleur Regional Hospital working in the Intensive Care Unit.

Josh E. MacKenzie resides in Bathurst, N.B. where he grew up.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Paul Hommersen, Professor at Sheridan College, Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Dr. Hommersen is a clinical forensic psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and is currently a full-time faculty member at Sheridan College in the School of Public Safety. He has been engaged in various aspects of clinical practice since 1999 and has worked for both the public and private sectors in a variety of settings including schools, provincial inpatient mental health facilities, community outpatient mental health services, probation offices, pretrial detention, and a federal penitentiary.

His academic and clinical expertise is in understanding the development of externalizing disorders and working with clients and agencies to understand and mitigate threat and risk levels for suicide and violence. He has worked extensively with clients using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and has facilitated partnerships between clients and community agencies to maintain client health and safety.

Guest Speaker: Manny San Pedro, MDSP Consulting

Manny San Pedro is an independent consultant providing services for several Police Services and Regulatory Agencies in Canada. He is a retired Detective Constable with the Toronto Police with 26 years of service, having served most of his career in investigative, analysis, and instructor roles. He is a Co-Creator and Creative Consultant in the Television and Entertainment Industry, as well as the current Technology Director of the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), and former Vice-President of the South West Ontario Chapter of IALEIA (International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts). He also hosts a YouTube Channel focused on Crime Analysis.

Manny’s dedication and commitment to excellence have earned him a strong reputation in both strategic management and crime analysis. With his deep understanding of data-driven approaches and ability to navigate complex organizational landscapes, he is regarded as a trusted advisor and leader. Manny has a proven track record in guiding organizations towards long-term success and providing strategic insights in crime analysis. His ability to deliver tangible results and make a positive impact continue to drive his success and reputation.

Guest Speaker: Inspector Feras Ismail, Peel Regional Police

Inspector Feras Ismail is a 22-year member of the Peel Regional Police and has worked in various areas including Uniform Patrol, the Street Crime and Gang Units, the Intelligence Security Section, the Training Bureau, and is now working in Community Safety and Wellbeing Services.

Inspector Ismail is a nationally recognized counter-terrorism and hate crimes expert and has served in an interview and consultative capacity on a wide-array of terrorism and extremism-related investigations with Peel Regional Police and the RCMP – Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET).

Inspector Ismail’s operational experience, coupled with his community engagement and crime prevention work, have enabled him to play a pivotal role in the development of various organizational policies and training programs designed to build internal capacity to prevent and respond to hate motivated crime and violent extremism. Inspector Ismail has presented on these and related issues at a range of domestic and international practitioner and academic symposia, and has briefed high level government and police officials on hate motivated crime and counter-terrorism/countering violent extremism training, policy and Practice.

Inspector Ismail holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from McMaster University and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph. He is the current co-chair of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee, a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) – Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Subcommittee and a member of the National Hate Crimes Task Force. He is also the recipient of the 2020 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Human and Civil Rights Award.

Guest Speaker: Nancy Polsinelli, Commissioner of Health Services. Region of Peel

Nancy Polsinelli is Region of Peel Commissioner of Health Services and serves as co-chair of Peel’s Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan. A requirement for all Ontario municipalities, Peel is one of the first to begin implementing its Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan and establish a secretariat, with three areas of focus: Family Violence, Mental Health & Addictions and Systemic Discrimination. Her co-leadership, with the Peel Regional Police Chief, focuses on addressing systemic gaps and supporting coordinated, human-focused programs and services in collaboration with local municipalities, school boards, health and social service providers and other community voices.


Each year at the Conference, SafeCity Mississauga and Bell celebrate community members who make the city a safer place for everyone. The Bell Hero Awards acknowledge that not all heroes wear capes and spandex. Often, those who make the biggest difference are those we see every day. Our mission is to celebrate an individual, organization, and young change-makers in Mississauga who has made an extraordinary contribution to crime prevention.

Last Year’s Winners

  • Janice Battista-Lowe – Adult Hero Award
  • Nicolette Beaudry – Youth Hero Award
  • Applewood Road Neighbourhood Watch – Community Organization Hero Award