Niagara Counterfeit and Fraud Workshop

Speakers - 2022

RACHEL JOLICOEUR Director, Fraud Prevention & Partnerships, Financial Crimes and Fraud Risk Team Interac Corp.


With 18+ years progressive experience in the payment industry, Rachel specializes in fraud management and money movement services. She is currently Director, Fraud Prevention and Partnerships at Interac Corp., for the creation and implementation of effective fraud prevention programs and strategic partnerships to mitigate fraud losses and ensure an appropriate balance between fraud risk and customer experience.  Rachel is a public relations representative and speaker on fraud for the organization, is a Certified Cyber Crimes Investigator and a Certified Fraud Examiner.  In that capacity, she informs and builds awareness around payment fraud to law enforcement agencies, Interac Members, stakeholders and the general public.

Keith Elliott is the CEO, and a Partner with Reed Research Investigations Limited,


Professional Investigation firm based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He holds an Honours Degree in Law & Security Administration, and additional diplomas in Private Investigations, Advanced Interview Techniques, and Close Protective Services. He recently received the designation of Certified International Investigator (CII).

Keith’s entertaining, humorous and energetic speaking style has made him a sought-out speaker at many events.  He has over 55 public speaking engagements, across Canada and Internationally, including having been a Key Note presenter, various times, to audiences of over 1500 people.  


Nick Pailthorpe, Uber


Nick is based in Toronto and is helping to build and lead Uber Canada’s Law Enforcement Operations Team in conjunction with the global head office in San Francisco. He is responsible for growing the awareness of Uber's law enforcement services externally and working cross-functionally with internal teams to support investigations, data privacy, process improvements and policy development.

Nick used to be a Detective in the Metropolitan Police, UK, where he worked for ten years in various specialist commands. At the conclusion of his service, he worked in the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime unit where he was a Digital Media Investigator.

Manuel Parreira, Regional Director Bank of Canada


Manuel Parreira was appointed Regional Director in 2007 and delivers the Bank of Canada’s Regional Outreach program.  In his 40 years his role included building and developing relationships with stakeholders, testifying on the impact of counterfeiting in Canada, and explaining the Bank’s activities, specifically in the area of currency.

 Canada’s Central Bank is responsible for issuing bank notes in Canada and fighting the victimization of counterfeiting.  A representative from the Bank of Canada will provide information on it’s role in Canada, specifically on how money moves around in Canada, how bank notes are tracked in the system, and the anti-counterfeiting features which can be found on Canadian

Norm DeBoer - Waterloo Regional Police Service


He has been a member of the Waterloo Regional Police Service for the past 30 years and is assisting with divisional frauds. He was in the Major Fraud Branch for 14 years investigating major frauds. Prior to joining the Fraud Branch he was a Divisional Fraud Officer and a Tactical Officer on the Emergency Response Team.

He has a two year Law and Security diploma from Niagara College in 1990. He has taken a number of career orientated courses at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College. He has completed numerous interviewing and interrogation courses. He has completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Financial Planning Course. He has received the designation of a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is currently involved in graduate studies.

Jennifer Merritt - Forensic Specialist

National Anti-Counterfeiting Bureau (NACB), RCMP National Forensic Laboratory Services


Jennifer began her career with the RCMP in 2006 and has worked in the DNA Analytical Unit and the Forensic Assessment Centre (FAC) prior to becoming a Forensic Specialist with the National Anti-Counterfeiting Bureau in 2018.  As a Forensic Specialist, she conducts forensic examinations to determine the authenticity of genuine, counterfeit, and altered Canadian, American and foreign bank notes as well as other negotiable instruments including payment cards.  In addition to forensic examinations, her duties also include providing expert court testimony when required.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph, and a Master’s of Science in Animal Science/Toxicology from the University of Guelph.

Detective Constable Mark Murray - Halton Regional Police Service.


 He currently hold the rank of Detective Constable as a member of the Regional Frauds Bureau – Card Team.  His current duties include the investigation of organized financial crimes such as fraudulent credit cards, stolen identities, counterfeit cheques, counterfeit currency, fraudulent documents, prescription/pharmacy frauds, etc.  Over his fifteen (15) years of policing experience he has worked in various capacities such as a uniform patrol, as a plain clothes Detective Constable in the Milton Break, Enter & Autos Unit, and for the past six years as a plain clothes Detective Constable in the Halton Regional Police Fraud Unit (Card Team).  Detective Constable MURRAY has specialized training in the areas of: authoring various judicial authorizations, Specialized Vehicle Theft Investigative Techniques, Fraud Investigations and Document Examination.



Staff Sergeant Alan Fazeli Toronto Police Service


Alan has earned his Bachelor of Engineering from University of Victoria British Columbia; specializing in software development and design. In 1999 he joined IBM Canada and eventually moved on to become a product line manager at the time of his departure from IBM.

In 2003, Alan joined Toronto Police Service. In the years he has worked in several units in uniform and plain clothes. In 2009 Alan was transferred to Detective Services conducting investigations in various roles. He eventually moved onto a more specialized unit at Financial Crimes Unit where he was the investigator on large scale fraud cases, mainly into mortgage frauds involving traditional organized crime groups.

Alan has been a guest speaker at several other fraud related conferences in Ontario. He has also taught mortgage fraud lectures at Canadian Police College and Mortgage Brokers of Ontario, MAG, Financial Institutions, Law Firms and various other private and public sector entities.


Norm Groot

Based on his police experience as an officer from 1985 to 1992 with a regional police service in Ontario, and his experience thereafter as a litigator, Norman has joined forces with other lawyers with police experience and created the legal firm Investigation Counsel - Professional Corporation.

Norman's practice is devoted to fraud recovery investigations and litigation. Most clients of Investigation Counsel PC refer complaints of investment related frauds typically involving unlicenced persons soliciting unorthodox investments. Other common cases involve corporate and internal accountant frauds of numerous kinds, immigration schemes, romance schemes and even psychic frauds. Approximately 20% of Investigation Counsel PC’s clients are internationally based seeking to recover from rogues based in Canada.