Dan Purdy joined Forensic Document
Examination Services, Inc. (FDES) in 1999 after working for 30 years as a
scientist in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) forensic laboratories.
Mr. Purdy received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of B.C.
and trained to become a forensic scientist at the RCMP's Vancouver Laboratory
from 1969 to 1971. In 1979, he moved to Ottawa and worked in the RCMP's
Central Forensic Laboratory as a document examiner. In 1985 he was
appointed head of the agency's Document Operational Support unit and a year
later head of the Ottawa Document Section. In 1989, Mr. Purdy was
promoted to Chief Scientist Document Services, a position he occupied until
1999 when he left the RCMP to work in the private sector.
Active in many professional organizations, Mr. Purdy joined the Canadian
Society of Forensic Science (CSFS) in 1971 and served terms as a Chairperson,
Director and Society Treasurer. He was elected a Fellow of the CSFS at
its 1997 meeting in Regina. Mr. Purdy has been a member of the
American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE) since
Purdy's professional qualifications as a document examiner are regularly
reviewed by two independent certification bodies. He was awarded a
Certificate of Qualification in Forensic Document Examination by the American
Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE) in 1980 and served on its
Board of Directors for 7 years and as ABFDE President from 1993 to 1995. Mr.
Purdy also holds a diploma in Forensic Document Examination issued by the Forensic
Science Society in 1985. Both of these internationally recognized bodies
review the qualifications of their certified diplomats on a regular basis.
In 2012, he was presented with the Albert S. Osborn Award of Excellence by the
American Society of Questioned Document Examiners and in 2015 the American Academy
of Forensic Science presented him with an Award of Merit.
During his career, Mr. Purdy has written more than 25 scientific papers
on various topics related to forensic document examination. He has examined
over 4500 cases involving more than 60,000 documents and has testified as an
expert witness over 300 times in British Columbia,
Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland & Labrador, the Yukon
Territory, Nunavut, Bermuda, the United States and Hong Kong.
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