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Subject Matter Experts

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Matt Richardson is an expert on internet safety and building a positive online image (among others). He is a Professor in the General Education Faculty at Loyalist College where he teaches topics that include; using social media as a positive force and technology’s impact on modern society. As a speaker with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), Matt covers topics that include; social media background checks on potential employees and using the internet to discover quality candidates.


Matt is a member of the Rogers Communications / Ryerson University Cybersecure Catalyst project team where he collaborates with industry experts on a variety of topics that include; cybersecurity and safety, technological skill development, digital footprint and image, and more. He is often sought out as a subject-matter expert by the media in TV, Radio, and print coverage in Canada and the U.S. Matt began teaching safety skills in 2013, and in 2016 completed an Ontario Police College credential in “Open Source Intelligence” (OSINT) internet investigations. His background working in politics and the provincial and federal civil service and OSINT experience give him a unique perspective, which has resulted in innovative programs that cover the full spectrum of online safety and digital excellence. In 2019, he founded the “Digital Empowerment Project” (Canada) in partnership with a retired Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigator for the Ohio State ICAC Task Force.


Doug van der Horden has been advocating and educating the public and local service providers on the issue of human trafficking since 2007. After spending a number of years working one-on-one with federal inmates, on the streets as an Outreach Worker, and now as a High School Counsellor, Doug discovered the horrific realities of this crime. Being a family man, with a daughter around the same age as many victims who get lured into the sex trade, Doug could not stand by and do nothing.


Doug began knocking on the doors of local agencies, the legal community, and the local Police services to determine the level of knowledge on the issue of human trafficking. It did not take long for him to discover that very few people had human trafficking on their radar, so Doug began to educate himself and surround himself with like-minded people to move forward with strategic initiatives. Doug is the founder of an organization called “FAST 101 (Fighting Against Sex Trafficking 101)”, which focuses on public awareness, education, and advocacy. Doug has spent considerable time and effort building relationships with the general public, law enforcement, the legal community, education system and local service providers to help identify gaps and then build bridges to address those gaps in service for victims. Doug continues to accept any opportunity to share his knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding Human Trafficking.


Murray Rose is a policing professional, who served 22 years with the Durham Regional Police, working in various capacities, such as Criminal Investigations, Homicide and Human Trafficking.  

As a member of the Human Trafficking Unit, Murray worked with Government agencies and Non-Government Organizations to improve services provided to victims.  Murray also completed presentations in the community, with the focus being prevention and education to warn young females as to the tactics used by traffickers.

Murray was also involved in the investigation of numerous human trafficking incidents, where he performed the functions of warrant affiant, lead investigator and field investigator.  Murray was also a member of a committee established by the Ontario Government, which was formed to construct the framework of Provincial Anti-Trafficking legislation, that was enacted in 2017.

Murray is now an instructor at Durham College, teaching in the Advanced Law Program and Police Foundations Program.  Murray teaches courses in human trafficking, extremism and cybercrime.

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Shane Erickson’s passion for helping exploited individuals and victims of human trafficking stems from personal experience. As a young child, Shane’s best friend was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and killed by a repeat sex offender who had just been released from prison. From that point on, Shane made a commitment to focus this passion in public service.  He has 11 years of law enforcement experience, with the last 6 years being in the position of Senior Detective.  Shane has a vast knowledge of law enforcement procedures and protocols and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. His training includes but is not limited to interview/interrogation techniques, crime scene management, crime scene processing, sexual assault investigation, homicide investigation, and human trafficking/child exploitation investigation.  

When Shane was fortunate enough to meet and speak with founder Nic McKinley about his vision for DeliverFund, he knew he had found an organization that shared his passion for service.  Shane has served in his current position of Senior Targeting Analyst for three years.  In this capacity, Shane has had the opportunity to work with federal, state, and local law enforcement from across the country.  Shane has lead or been a part of numerous Human Trafficking Operations ranging from multiple Superbowl’s, WrestleMania, Operation Reclaim & Rebuild, and multi-state operations.

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Dr. Jacqui Linder is a registered psychologist (AB & ON) and certified Clinical Traumatologist who completed her doctoral dissertation on the psychospiritual impact of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). She founded the Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network in 2010 and Canada's National Roundtable on Human Trafficking the following year. In 2011, she co-founded Freedom Relay Canada, an annual education and fundraising initiative for survivors of human trafficking and exploitation.  In 2013, she developed and launched Canada's first national human trafficking investigators forum, an initiative designed to connect law enforcement personnel nationally and internationally. Later that year, she established the SAFENET project, creating access to a network of safe houses for survivors of human trafficking across Canada. In 2014, Dr. Linder was named Clinical Director of Canada's first residential treatment facility specializing in the treatment of sexually abused children. She also became a founding co-chair of EUROTAS' international trauma and disaster relief task force.


Dr. Linder has extensive training in both classic and complementary healing techniques including cognitive-behavioural therapy, exposure therapy and EMDR, along with expressive arts therapy, psychodrama, and ritual healing. She is an experienced facilitator and has conducted workshops across Canada on the neurobiology of PTSD, trauma recovery, stress management, burnout, grief & loss, psychological first aid, and therapeutic breathwork. She has worked with a wide range of trauma populations including First Nations and Inuit communities, male offenders, war rape survivors, survivors of human trafficking, former gang members, military and law enforcement members, judges, lawyers, government employees, medical personnel, and survivors of childhood sexual abuse/adult sexual assault. 


Dr. Linder is an internationally recognized expert on the psychological profiling of survivors of human trafficking, lecturing for the Canadian Police College, Interpol, and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. She has also lectured on trauma and human trafficking in the USA, France, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Hungary, the UK, Guyana, and the Czech Republic. She is also the founder and CEO of the Spiral Phoenix Trauma Institute in Edmonton, AB and the Director of Canadian Counselling Programs for City University in Alberta and British Columbia. 


Dr. Linder has consulted for a number of NGO's and law enforcement agencies. Her professional affiliations include the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Psychological Association of Alberta, the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation.

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Larissa Maxwell is an international subject matter expert on human trafficking, modern day slavery, and ESG (Environment-Social-Governance) strategies that build organizations with a soul. Larissa holds an MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business, is a registered clinical therapist, certified leadership coach, and the first recipient of the Canadian Department of Justice Excellence in Victim Services Award. She is the CEO of Larissa Maxwell Design & Consulting. 

Larissa is a design maverick, sought after instructor, and innovative thought leader committed to establishing large scale projects that truly move the dial from design to execution. She is responsible for over 50 ground breaking, first to market initiatives across North America, including founding Canada's first Financial Inclusion Project(s) with the United Nations and six major financial institutions, developing responsible AI with Uber, and establishing a MSHT employment equity and inclusion project in STEM with Slack. Areas of specialization include addressing unethical supply chains and labour trafficking, ending violence against marginalized populations, diversity, equity, inclusion, financial inclusion, liberation education & learning labs, preventing human rights violations, lived experience inclusion, and supporting migrant labour work forces. 

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Lambia Karitsiotis is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a double major in Criminology and Sociology. While completing her studies, she was involved in assisting federally incarcerated offenders with life and long-term prison sentences to provide access to programming and community services. Following her post-secondary studies, Ms. Karitsiotis began her career with community corrections, where she has been supervising adult offenders since 2004, and is a Community Relations award winner. Additionally, Ms. Karitsiotis has been assisting directly with community policing initiatives since 2006, and is a Certified Trauma Educator focusing on Occupational Stress Injuries for front line responders.  She has trained numerous members of law enforcement, school boards, hospitals and victim service providers. She is also trained and certified in Early Field Traumatology as well as Critical Incident and Stress Management (CISM), and is a Peer Member on the CISM team. Through her involvement in community mobilization, Ms. Karitsiotis has focused on human trafficking training in the areas of law enforcement, boards of education and other government agencies, as well as health care practitioners, and non profit organizations. Currently listed with the Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Directory of Experts, Ms. Karitsiotis has trained thousands of community members in both the fields of human trafficking and occupational stress injuries, including Judges, lawyers, police officers, correctional staff, front line service providers, and high school students.  Ms. Karitsiotis is an international trainer and speaker, and has assisted in the successful implementation of human trafficking task forces in Eastern Ontario. She has proudly served her community in various capacities spanning 24 years, and honourably holds the title of Director of Training Information with the Global Resource Epicentre Against Human Trafficking.

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Kara Smith began her career as an intelligence analyst supporting critical missions spearheaded by the National Security Agency and later worked with a specialized counterterrorism unit within the FBI. Her unique analytical capabilities and experience

in combating counterterrorism at home and abroad directly inform the counter human trafficking methodology that DeliverFund follows to combat human trafficking in the United States.

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Helen Roos is the owner and Lead Facilitator with ilinniapaa Skills Development Centre, a pre-employment and professional development training firm that specializes in building frontline worker capacity for indigenous communities and Northern populations. Helen delivers MHFA Youth across Canada, often in conjunction with other certificate trainings she is accredited to instruct such as NonViolent Crisis Intervention, safeTALK and Insights Discovery. Feel free to contact her at to discuss your training needs, or see if she can come to your organization.

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Rick Gobio has been a Provincial Enforcement Officer since 2006 and for 10 years he worked in the Adult Services portfolio in one of North America's largest cities. During this time, along with his team, Rick was responsible for approximately 450 massage parlours, 27 body rub parlours and over a dozen strip clubs. By developing a network of informants, Rick helped several human trafficking victims leave the industry as well as help them return to regular life by working closely with NGOs and municipal agencies.

In 2011 Rick started his early education by joining a volunteer group of Law Enforcement officials supporting and assisting Canada's first survivor led agency called "Walk With Me Canada Victim Services". Rick and the officers were frequent support systems for Survivors of Human Trafficking at the safe house and were also an advisor to the founders regarding policy-making discussions and advocacy.

In 2018, Rick helped influence provincial legislation by working with provincial ministers and helping develop a provincial Human Trafficking strategy on education, prevention and enforcement. He has also assisted other Canadian cities to develop legislation regarding the conduct, and enforcement of the adult services such as body rub parlours, strip clubs and massage parlours. 

Rick joined TC Online Institute to assist the survivor-led educational efforts offered to Law Enforcement, Policymakers and the Financial Sector. His first debut as an advisor was to assist one of Canada's largest Financial Institution and its AML team with typologies and more.

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Yaya J. Fanusie is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). His research focuses on the national security implications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Yaya spent seven years as both an economic and counterterrorism analyst in the CIA, where he regularly briefed federal law enforcement, U.S. military personnel, and White House-level policy makers—including President George W. Bush whom he personally briefed on terrorism threats. In 2009, he spent three months in Afghanistan providing analytic support to senior military officials.

After leaving government service, Yaya worked for a small consulting firm focused on financial asset recovery cases involving global corruption. Later, as director of analysis at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, Yaya led research work on sanctions evasion, terrorist financing, and Bitcoin money laundering. Yaya has testified before Congress multiple times on illicit financing issues. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Yaya is certified with the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists.

Yaya is founder of Cryptocurrency AML Strategies, an advisory firm that helps financial institutions and technology firms address money laundering and terrorist financing risks associated with digital assets. In 2018, he developed and taught an Introduction to Blockchain Technology course at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Yaya received an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley.

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Linda Harlos

Lynda Harlos is a ‘Sex Trafficking Prevention Educator’ for Parents and Professionals who are in contact with children between the ages of 2-25. She is also a Keynote speaker, Author, and Family Coach and hosts a Parenting Talk Show.


Lynda has two parenting books available on Amazon. However, the one she is the most passionate about is her newest book, hopefully coming out this fall, which talks about her struggle as a parent, realizing that what she thought was a ‘teenage hormonal issue’ was her daughter being lured, groomed and gamed into sex trafficking.

A mother of a sex trafficking victim, she endeavours to turn their ‘Pain into Purpose’ globally in the hopes of preventing victimization. In doing so, she works with many organizations, including several Victim Services across Canada, Covenant House, Courage for Freedom, and many more.


She has given many interviews to spread awareness with CBC, Global News, CTV North, 360
Kids, National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Toronto Star, and many more. Feel free to contact her at:

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