Beyond 2020 Conference

Real Life Narcos

Steve Murphy & Javier Pena

Their real-life story inspired the hit Netflix series NARCOS!! Retired DEA Special Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena were at the center of the largest, most complex, multi-national, high profile investigation of its time. Working with an elite Colombian Task Force, Murphy and Pena were responsible for the downfall and capture of the world’s first narco-terrorist, the infamous drug cartel leader, Pablo Escobar, following his brutal reign as head of the Medellin Cartel in the 1980s and early 1990s. Because of their efforts, Escobar offered a $300,000 bounty for the death of each of them. Now, these true American heroes take audiences beyond the history books as they reveal inside stories from a good-versus-evil battle that seems too wild to be true, along with lessons learned on teamwork, leadership, and overcoming what some might see as overwhelming challenges. Javier and Steve use humor and rarely seen visuals to entertain and enlighten audiences, and their presentation is followed by a Q&A opportunity.

When Terror Hits Home

Deputy Chief A.J. DeAndrea

Deputy Chief A.J. DeAndrea was in a leadership role in three school shootings that changed the fabric of American society and police response to active shootings around the world. Deputy Chief DeAndrea was an Entry Team Leader at Columbine High School on the first sweep of the building and a Team Leader during the bulldozer incident in Granby, Colorado. Deputy Chief DeAndrea helped devise and execute the tactical plan for the hostage rescue at Platte Canyon High School in September 2006. Again in 2006, he was the Team Leader during an officer rescue where a deputy was pinned down by gunfire. The officer was rescued without injury. In 2007, Deputy Chief DeAndrea was the Patrol Supervisor and Patrol Entry Team Leader during the Youth with a Mission (YWAM) active shooting.

Building Resiliency with Trauma Exposed Professionals

Dr. Tim Black, R. Psych.

Dr. Tim Black, R. Psych, is an Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria, a specialist in PTSD and group counselling approaches, the National Clinical Co-Advisor to Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC), and the co-founder of WWC’s Couples Overcoming PTSD Every Day (COPE) Program, Trauma Resiliency Programs (TRP1 and TRP2), and the peer-led trauma education program Trauma Resiliency Training (TRT) for Trauma Exposed Professionals (TExp – including professions such as military, police, fire, paramedic, corrections and health care). Dr. Black has trained clinicians across Canada and internationally to deliver WWC programs and he currently works with TExP organizations, locally and nationally, to help educate and support their members in learning about the effects of professional serial trauma-exposure, and the importance of acquiring skills in managing post-traumatic responses. Dr. Black’s presentation topic will be on building resiliency with trauma exposed professionals (TExP), combining knowledge, skills and social responses to more effectively management traumatic event exposure in policing.

Trauma-Informed Weightlifting

Rebecca (Becky) Swan M.R.Sc., CAT(C), CSCS, TSAC-F

Tactical professionals are often exposed to traumatic events on a regular basis as a part of their profession. For years, yoga has been recognized as an impactful approach to supporting the nervous system and there is growing support for using strength and conditioning as a means to support people through trauma. Rebecca will be discussing what a trauma informed approach in the weight room looks like, how exercise can be used to help an individual regulate their nervous system and then their window of tolerance for stress.

Stay tuned for more speakers to come………….

Event details


Sunday - Tuesday, November 5 - 7, 2023


8:00 am - 4:00 pm


$500 Early Bird; $595 Regular; $600 Late


Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver