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ASIS Southwest Ontario Webinar: Educational Opportunities for Security Professionals

May 26, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

When: Wednesday, May 26, 11:00 am
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The security industry is in transition: the convergence of the physical and digital aspects of security is well under way and will be increasingly important in the years ahead. Knowing the application and theory behind this transition as well as gaining a greater understanding of the societal changes occurring in Canada will enable the security practitioner to better serve the communities in which they are employed.

ASIS, Southwestern Ontario Chapter, is pleased to present an overview of the educational options available at Wilfrid Laurier University to ASIS members and/or security practitioners. This brief presentation by Dr. Scott Blandford and Dr. Oliver Stoetzer will review degree transition pathways for ASIS members and/or security practitioners who may already hold a diploma and/or degree and are seeking to transition to an undergraduate and/or graduate degree. Dr. Blandford is the Coordinator of the Public Safety Programs at Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a retired police officer, and he will introduce the options available at WLU. Dr. Oliver Stoetzer is an assistant professor in the Public Safety Programs at WLU and a retired college professor with 30 years of experience teaching in the LASA, PSI, and Police Foundations programs. Dr. Stoetzer will briefly review the applicability of the WLU programs to the private security sector and the growing importance of upskilling in the security industry.


During a 30-year policing career with a major police service, Scott served in numerous operational and administrative positions. In addition, Scott has over 25 years of experience in developing and teaching courses at the college and university level. Scott has completed a Dalhousie University Certificate in Police Leadership; is a graduate of the BPA-Criminal Justice major program at Athabasca University, and has a Diploma in Public Administration and Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. Scott completed his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree at Columbia Southern University, with a research focus on organizational development in Canadian police organizations. Scott has held positions as the coordinator for the Athabasca University criminal justice degree program, the Dean overseeing fire and public safety programs at Lambton College, and a professor at Fanshawe College in the police foundations and business human resource programs. He is currently an Assistant Professor and the Program Coordinator for all undergraduate and graduate public safety and policing programs at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a current member of the editorial boards for two industry peer-reviewed journals and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the International Public Safety Association (IPSM). In addition to numerous local and national presentations, in 2018, Scott presented at a police executive conference at the United Nations, Vienna, and in 2019 at the IACP conference in Chicago. In addition to numerous media interviews, Scott has published several articles and textbook chapters on public safety issues.


Dr. Scott Blandford, IACP, IPSA
Asst. Professor
Public Safety Programs Coordinator
Faculty of Human & Social Sciences

73 George Street, RCE138A
Brantford,Ontario, Canada
N3T 2Y3
C: 519-878-6365

Dr. Stoetzer is an Assistant Professor in the Public Safety Programs at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Stoetzer is a member of ASIS, an associate member in the Canadian Society of Forensic Science (CSFS), a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), and a member of the International Public Safety Association (IPSA). Oliver began his journey in Public Safety by completing the former Law and Security Administration diploma program and then went on to complete his undergraduate degrees in sociology at King’s College University and the University of Western Ontario, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies, and his PhD in Business Administration: Business, Corporate, and Campus Security. Dr. Stoetzer has  lectured at several universities both nationally and internationally as well as had a previous career in the provincial college system in the PSI, LASA, and Police Foundations programs. Oliver has also presented at numerous conferences over the last few decades, including ISC West in Las Vegas, ASIS Southwestern Ontario, and at the Canadian Association of Police Educators (CAPE) conference. Dr. Stoetzer’s teaching and research interests in public safety and private security focus on biometrics, border strategies, GIS, information security, digital literacy, and surveillance technology in public safety and private security.


Dr. Oliver R. Stoetzer, ASIS, CSFS, IACA, IPSA
Assistant Professor
Public Safety Programs
Faculty of Human & Social Sciences

73 George Street, RCE138A
Brantford,Ontario, Canada
N3T 2Y3
C: 519-494-0559


May 26, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


ASIS Southwestern Ontario Chapter 241
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