Illicit fentanyl has devastated communities across Canada and internationally for a number of years. Deaths attributed to illicit fentanyl far outpace homicide rates in Canada and continue to do so. This phenomenon has caused great risk to law enforcement and the communities they serve.
This panel will highlight efforts to disrupt illicit fentanyl distribution networks across Canada and internationally. Panelists from law enforcement, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada and the financial sector will highlight efforts such as Project Guardian that leverage public private partnerships.
Field is a Senior Manager with BMOs anti-money laundering team. He leads the intelligence liaison, operational effectiveness and training teams in the financial intelligence unit. Prior to that he served with the Toronto Police Service 32 years and served in various teams. He lead the investigative training team and the corporate crimes team. He sits on the Crime Prevention Committee of the IACP and the Private Sector Liaison Committee of the CACP. He has received awards by both public and private sector groups for his work in financial crime prevention. He has published and presented extensively on crime prevention, financial crime and the value of public private partnerships to address corporate risk and community safety. He received a BA in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph and a MSc in Criminology from the University of Leicester in the UK.
D/Sgt. Frank Bates
Frank Bates, a Detective Sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police, operating under the umbrella of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau. Frank is the Clandestine Laboratory Investigative Response Team Leader for the province. Frank is responsible for attending and running all Clandestine Laboratory related calls in OPP areas and as required by Municipal partners. Frank is a Subject Matter Expert in various synthetic drugs, and has sat on various committees and working groups regarding opioids in efforts to develop strategies and promote public education.
Bissonnette has over 17 years of experience working in an AML environment. For the last 12 years he has been with FINTRAC, presently as a Senior Analyst within the Intelligence Sector. He is co-lead of Project Guardian, FINTRAC’s Public Private Partnership focusing on tracing the movement of funds related to the trafficking of illicit fentanyl. Prior to FINTRAC, he worked for the Canada Post Corporation occupying various roles including as an Anti-Money Laundering Analyst. Bissonnette has obtained his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist designation (CAMS) and is currently working on obtaining his Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation.