International Association of Arson Investigators
“The Evolution of Fire Scene Evidence”
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2010.
Location: Mc Master Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 2A6 (#403 / Main St. West)
Cost: $125.00 / person (includes lunch / breaks)
7:30- 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00- 8:20 a.m. Opening Remarks
Glenn Gibson- IAAI / Dan Little - IAAI
8:20-8:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks:
Hamilton Police Service
Hamilton Emergency Services - Fire
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Kerry Eaton- Crawford & Company.
Topic: Understanding Evidence.
9:45-10 a.m. Break
10:00- 11 a.m. Dr. Wayne Murray - Maxxam Analytics.
Topic: DNA – Collection at Fire Scenes – Learn what DNA is
and where it may be found and how to handle evidence.
11:00- 12 noon John Young – Giffin Koerth - Toronto
Topic: The fire is out. Does that mean that data didn’t
survive? Learn what information can still be found on
damaged computer equipment and what you need to do to
12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch – Lunch will be provided on site.
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Russell D. Melton – Meagher & Geer PLLP
Attorneys at Law- Minneapolis, MN. USA
Topic: Effective Case Management at the Fire Scene.
2:30- 2:45 p.m. Break
3:00-4:30 p.m. Senior Special Agent John Gamboa
USA Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
ATF - Chicago Field Office.
Topic: Major Loss Scene and Evidence Management
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Questions
Kerry Eaton –Crawford and Company - Class Action Services
Kerry Eaton is a Vice President with Crawford & Company. After serving 23 years with
the Hamilton Wentworth Police Services, Kerry moved to the private sector where he
heads up Crawford’s national class action service practice in Canada. Kerry has lectured
extensively to private industry and at various police colleges.
Dr. Wayne Murray- Maxxam Analytics
Dr. Wayne Murray is the Director of Forensic and DNA Services for Maxxam Analytics
Inc. Dr. Murray joined the DNA Unit at the Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) in Toronto
in 1991. He obtained his Ph.D. from Mc Master University in Hamilton in 1992. To date
Dr. Murray has reported on or reviewed 7000 DNA cases (paternity and forensic
combined). He has testified as an expert witness in 70 cases at the Provincial and
General Division Courts.
John Young – Giffin Koerth
John is a Computer Forensics Examiner at Giffin Koerth John has designed and built
several computer forensic labs including the largest lab of its type in North America.
John is involved in all aspects of forensic acquisition and analysis of electronic devices
and has done so for several high profile investigations. John has a number of
professional designations including the CISSP and CISA professional designations.
Russell D. Melton - Partner - Meagher, Geer - Minneapolis MN.
Russ provides scene management, forensic investigation, defense of potentially
responsible parties and defense of owners, operators, brokers and insurers in the wake
of complex catastrophic events across the United States -- especially cases involving
fires and explosions, structural failure, geo-technical failure, product failure and chemical
release. Russ is a specialist in the field of admiralty and maritime law. He is a Proctor in
In addition to his law degree, Russ holds an undergraduate degree in metallurgical
engineering and did graduate work in human factors engineering. He is a qualified
nuclear engineer with the U.S. Navy, Westinghouse and General Electric. He has taught
upper-division courses on product design at the University of Minnesota, Institute of
Technology. Russ' outside interests reflect his professional interests. He uses his skills
to run fire and explosion demonstrations and testing around the country, and to train
officers of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He is also an
Senior Special Agent John M. Gamboa
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) -Chicago Field
John Gamboa is a Senior Special Agent and Certified Fire Investigator with the United
States Department of Justice, Bureau of ATF, Chicago Field Division. John has been an
ATF Special Agent since 1984 and a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) since 1996. John
assisted in the development and implementation of the Fire Investigation Task Forces
currently operating in Northern Illinois. John currently teaches at the University of Illinois,
Fire Service Institute, College of DuPage, The National Fire Academy, and the ATF
National and International Academy.
IAAI ONTARIO CHAPTER
Note: All registrants must be pre-registered. No walk-ins will be accepted.
Please make your cheque payable to: IAAI Ontario in the amount of $125.00 per
person. Send your completed registration form and cheque to the following office.
IAAI ONTARIO CHAPTER
c/o Origin & Cause Inc.
120 Watline Ave., Unit 8