David and Cecilia Ting Forums on Justice Policy
David and Cecilia Ting Forums are organized and administered by the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University sometimes in partnership with government and non-government agencies and organizations such as the Correctional Service of Canada and Douglas College
Funding is provided by annual allocations from the David and Cecilia Ting Foundation and is administered by the Office of the Director, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.
Forum topics are chosen for their currency, popularity, and social importance.
There are three main types of Ting Forums on Justice Policy: Annual Forums; Lectures and Dialogues; and Occasional Forums.
The Ting Forum on Justice Policy: Annual Forum
The Annual Forum is a daylong event, usually held at the Simon Fraser University, Wosk Centre for Dialogue, on West Hastings Street in Vancouver.
In 2008, the Ting Annual Forum was on Police Regionalization in British Columbia. The 2009 Annual Forum was on the Investigation of Deaths Involving the Police.
An Annual Forum did not take place in 2010 due to a significant reduction in funds flowing to the Forum as a result of the 2008 global economic downturn and the need to preserve funding for the Lecture and Dialogue Series.
The May 2013 Annual Forum "Unearthing A King" focused on the discovery of the remains of Richard III under a parking lot in Leicester, England. Of particular interest were the genetic and osteological implications of the recovery and identification for forensic research and practice. A heavily subscribed public lecture delivered by two University of Leicester researchers involved in the project was followed by a day long professional workshop for forensic practitioners and researchers.