Summit Speakers & Presenters

Hear and be inspired by what our featured speakers have to say regarding human trafficking and exploitation in Canada.


Timea Nagy

Human trafficking survivor, author, speaker and social advocate, Timea Nagy, immigrated to Canada in 1998. Her nightmare unfolded in Toronto in that same year after arriving from Budapest, Timea was held hostage (FOR THREE TERRIFYING MONTHS) at the hands of traffickers and was forced to work in the sex industry. Thankfully, she escaped and started life anew. Ten years later, Ms. Nagy founded ‘Walk with Me’, a non-profit organization to assist victims of human trafficking and law enforcement agencies. Between 2009 and 2015, her organization helped over 300 victims and over 500 human trafficking-related investigations throughout Canada. In fact, Ms. Nagy played a key role in Canada’s largest human trafficking investigation led by the Canadian Federal Police (RCMP Niagara Falls Detachment) known as project OPAPA.

Ms. Nagy provided training to numerous agencies in Canada, the U.S. and Europe – reaching over 10,000 law enforcement officers within sex crime units, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, as well as multiple American financial institutions. Ms. Nagy’s journey was chronicled at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in the Turning Point Exhibition in 2014, and her many acknowledgments for outstanding service include: Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the International Freedom Award by Free the Slaves. Ms. Nagy was also the first Canadian advocate to be featured on the CNN Freedom Project show recently and with her global reach she has recently been asked to join a part of the UN team, the Liechenstein Initiative, in fighting human trafficking around the world. Ms. Nagy now runs Timea’s Cause Inc., a social enterprise focused education, training, and creating second chances for survivors.


Tara Wilkie

Tara Wilkie is a Registered Nurse and Forensic Nurse Examiner with her specialty in Emergency Nursing who is passionate about caring for the health needs of persons who are trafficked. Tara was instrumental in creating the Human Trafficking Healthcare Initiative Team for Fraser Health’s Forensic Nursing Service, and a creator of “Human Trafficking: Help Don’t Hinder”; the first online learning modules in Canada that has trained thousands emergency health care providers on how to identify and respond to trafficking.

Tara is a part-time instructor for British Columbia Institute of Technology Forensic Health Science and Technology program, and in 2018, Tara was awarded the BCIT Distinguished Alumni award for her work to address human trafficking.

Tara is a volunteer for Soroptimist International of the Tricities helping women and girls locally, and has volunteered abroad in Thailand with tribal children who were at risk and trafficked which was the catalyst to her life’s work.


David Pollendine

David has many years’ experience working with a range of charities in the UK and abroad and has travelled to many countries and cultures where the need is greater than at home. For a decade he worked with IFES in the Czech Republic helping to establish a Student Christian Movement there. He returned to the UK in 2002 to work as a National Youth Advisor for CMS and set up his own Theatre Company working in schools and with youth projects. Most recently, he worked to connect individuals, faith communities and organizations to global projects to end poverty in all its forms. David is married to Irfana, and they have two children, Zara (11) and Zane (8). They relocated from London, England to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2017, to be closer to family in Canada. David has been working for IJM since June 2017 across Manitoba and Saskatchewan who share in this vision of bringing God’s justice to the poor and setting captives free.

Two IJM projects we will be highlighting at the Summit:


Beatrice Wallace

“Beatrice lived a life of “survival” – abandoned by her birth parents & then later by her adopted mother Beatrice learned to fend for herself. The use of drugs & alcohol gave her a way to flee, to forget the pain of rejection, sexual exploitation & abuse she faced living life on the streets. Mother of 8-Kukom to 4- Entrepreneur-Public Speaker-Writer-Activist- Overcomer. She’s currently the Assistant Manager at Shayil Home at Souls Harbour. Nearly 16 years ago, Beatrice started the journey of healing from the abuse & addictions that had so long been a part of her life. Beatrice’s passion truly lies in helping woman/girls who are being sexual exploited. Beatrice serves on the Defend Dignity team and a part of SOS – Strengthening Our Sisters. The project goes out to First Nations reserves to and share the risks of sexual exploitation in and out of our community. Beatrice co-founded White Pony Lodge which is an initiative to end violence in North Central Regina. This patrol has had been recognized by the Federal Status of Women and the YWCA’s Women of Distinction award.” Her story is featured on Context, Globe and Mail,


Andrew Hammond

Andrew’s has experience in the identification of urban Street Gangs and its membership through various methods.  He has developed his knowledge base by speaking to over 400 gang members within the city of Toronto, attended countless conferences public consolations as well as the various partnerships with external agencies.  Andrew is a board member on the Ontario Gang Investigators Association and is a member of 4 other gang associations across North America. He lectures extensively on current gang trends, gang migration, gang indicia, gangs and human trafficking and how social media is being used to recruit victims of human trafficking (HT), and how HT is fuelling gang violence.

Some of the organizations he has lectured to include: Toronto district School Board, Catholic District School Board, Judges, Lawyers, Children’s Aid Society, Bail and Probation officers, Ontario Gang Association Conference, Safe School Symposium in Vancouver, East African Conference in Calgary, University of Toronto Gang Symposiums, Corrections Canada, Ontario Police College, Canadian Intelligence Service of Canada, Canadian Intelligence Service of Ontario.