Jim Bremner, President, Founding Member
Mr. Bremner who has over 30 years experience in law enforcement including uniform patrol and emergency response tactical unit as Special Weapons Team leader. Jim is qualified as a sniper, weapons technician, tactical trainer and Use of Force and firearms instructor. He has provided instruction and seminars for various police, military, EMS and security agencies throughout North America and overseas.
His many qualifications and/or certifications include weapons technician and instructor (on a variety of weapons), EOD technician and Andros and Pedsco operator, CBRN Instructor (live agent certified), chemical munitions and distraction device instructor, baton instructor, aircraft assault instructor, rappel master, close personal protection instructor, special reaction team instructor, and nuclear emergency response team instructor.
He has more than 30 years of extensive martial arts and unarmed combat experience in Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, Washu Kung Fu and Israeli Krav Maga, and is certified by Israeli Special Forces instructors.
In addition to tactical training, Jim lectures on the subject of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and has co-authored, along with Dr. Sean P. O’Brien, an article entitled ‘PTSD and the Police’, which has been published in The Canadian Critical Incident Magazine, Illinois Law Enforcement Journal, RCMP Gazette and Blueline Magazine.
Jim and Connie Adair have co-authored ‘Crack in the Armor: a police officer’s guide to surviving post traumatic stress disorder’, a self-help guide written to assist first responders in understanding the effects of work-related critical incident stress.
Jim also provides tactical police consulting for the film and television industries; most notably as tactical consultant for the award-winning CBS/CTV police action drama series, Flashpoint. He was responsible for training the cast in the handling of special weapons and choreographing tactical scenes. Jim also has an on screen roll in the Flashpoint interactive game found on CTV’s official Flashpoint site.
Michael Babineau, Vice President, Founding Member
Mike served thirty-five years with the Toronto Police Service. He retired in May of 2008 having attained the rank of Sergeant. From 2000 until his retirement, Sgt. Babineau was the Senior Firearms Instructor for the Toronto Police Service and Administrative assistant to the Armament Officer and as such was responsible for developing and delivering firearms training and tactical training exercises for all Toronto Police Officers.
Prior to this appointment, Mike served 6 years with the Toronto Police Emergency Task Force (SWAT Team) as a supervisor of special weapons teams and was a member of the Explosive Disposal Unit. In this capacity he participated in the resolution of over 185 high risk incidents including gun and offensive weapon calls, hostage and barricaded person situations and high risk warrant service. Mike also has 22 years experience performing general police duties including various uniform and investigative assignments.
Mike is the recipient of several awards including the Canadian Police Exemplary Service Medal and Bar. He is the recipient of two Commendations from the Chief of Police, as well as 37 letters of commendation.
Mike holds instructor ratings on numerous small arms and less-lethal weapons including O.C. spray and the Advanced TASER. In addition, he is certified as an Armourer for the Glock series of Pistols and Ar15/M4 Carbine.
Mike’s many other qualifications and/or certifications include weapons technician and instructor ratings on a variety of weapons. Mike is an Ontario Use of Force Instructor, ASP baton instructor, rappel instructor, defensive tactics instructor, EOD Technician, post blast scene technician, hostage negotiator , ARWEN (Anti-Riot Weapon Enfield) armourer and instructor, as well as drug investigator.
In 2003, Mike was appointed a Provincial Constable for the Province of Prince Edward Island mandated to instruct firearms and Tactics at the Atlantic Police Academy.
After retiring from the Police Service, Mike was one of five Tactical Trainers contracted by a Nuclear Power Company. He, along with the other trainers were tasked with the development of course training standards and designing, delivering and evaluating training for a new Nuclear Response Force.
Nir Maman, Managing Director
Mark Valois, Director of Academic Training
Stephen Sadler, Director of Tactical Training
Stephen T. Sadler was born and educated in Toronto, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Teaching Effectiveness Certificate from Humber College. In addition to his post-secondary education, Stephen received the Queen’s Commission and served as an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve as an Armoured Troop Commander and facilitated training in both weapons and tactics during his military service.
Stephen has been a serving Police Officer in the City of Toronto, currently entering his 30th year, 19 years of which have been spent in a Supervisory role as a Sergeant. Stephen’s experience has included long periods in both the investigative and tactical fields, and he has extensive tactical and firearm’s training. He has coordinated and conducted training in Crowd Management and Public Order Tactics, training Municipal Police Services throughout Canada and the State of Kentucky. Stephen is a certified instructor in both Less Lethal Munitions and Chemical Weapons and is an Instructor for the Public Order Obstacle Removal Team.
Stephen has a background as a certified Instructor for Emergency Management programs, both at the Municipal and Provincial levels, with the Incident Management System and Basic Emergency Management programs.
Stephen has had prior expertise as a Search Manager with the Toronto Police, and is a Nationally certified HUSAR (Heavy Urban Search and Rescue) Instructor, a Nationally certified Search and Rescue Instructor and an Internationally certified ITLS (International Trauma and Life Support) Instructor. He is currently accredited as an Affiliate Faculty member with ITLS Ontario, and is a part time faculty member at Centennial College.
During 2011-2012, Stephen was seconded to the RCMP and spent a year working for EUPOL (European Union Police) in Afghanistan as a mentor and advisor for the Commanding General of the Afghanistan National Police in Badakshan Province. During this mission, he co-developed and facilitated three Policing programs, as well as provided training to Senior Police officers for the Afghanistan Police.
After the Afghan Mission in 2012, Stephen spent 2 years in the Critical Infrastructure and Counter Terrorism Section at Emergency Management and Public Order. In this role, he worked with Intelligence Units both in Toronto and Nationally, and liaised with both public and private sector partners in relation to Critical Infrastructure within the City of Toronto.
In 2014, Stephen joined the Toronto Police Service CBRNE (Chemical/ Biological/Radiological/Nuclear/Explosives) Response Team. Stephen is certified as a Police Explosives Technician, a CBRNE Technician and is Clandestine Lab certified. Stephen has filled the role of Training Sergeant for the Unit, and is currently the Operational Sergeant on one of the Teams. These Teams respond to all forms of explosive calls, suspicious packages and unknown powders and will assist as required with the Clandestine Lab Team of the Toronto Drug Squad.
Mike Brake, Treasurer
Simon Borys, Barrister & Solicitor, Chief Legal Counsel to the CTOA
Simon Borys received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Legal Studies, and Criminology from the University of Waterloo.
He began his career as a sworn police officer in 2006, in Ontario, after having spent 2 years as a dispatcher. After several years as a patrol officer he left the Service to attend law school at Queen’s University, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class. He now practices law as a criminal defence lawyer at his own firm, Borys Law, in Kingston, ON, where he specializes in defending police officers throughout Ontario on criminal and Police Services Act allegations, SIU investigations, OIPRD complaints, and Criminal Injuries Compensation Board claims.
Simon is actively involved in continuing legal education and often speaks to police and correctional officers, as well as other lawyers, on a variety of legal topics, including use of force.
Simon has always maintained a strong interest in firearms and has received training in Canada and the United States.