Board of Directors and Officers for PPRI.

  1. Elliott Van Dusen, President, Corporate Director, Officer, and Recognized Agent.
  2. Spencer Collier, Vice-President, Deputy Director, and Officer.
  3. Darryll Walsh, Chief Research Officer, Director, and Officer.
  4. Sarah Van Dusen, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Director, and Officer.
  5. Andrew Baird, Corporate Secretary, Director, and Officer.


Paranormal Phenomena Research & Investigation (PPRI), was established in Sydney, Nova Scotia, in 1997. We were among the first organizations in Nova Scotia dedicated to examining claims of paranormal phenomena. Later that same year, PPRI relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In its early days, PPRI consisted of two investigators who conducted parapsychological research and investigations in Nova Scotia. By June 1998, the organization had expanded significantly, conducting multiple field investigations, gaining over 100 memberships worldwide, and establishing connections with various experts and investigative organizations.

In June 2002, PPRI merged with the New England Unidentified Flying Object Investigative Group (NESUFOIG) from the United States and the Paranormal Research Investigation group from London, Ontario. At that time, PPRI operated under a “Chapter” model, with Provincial/State Directors located in Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia, Massachusetts, and Australia. The organization was incorporated under the Nova Scotia Societies Act on July 29, 2004. In April 2006, PPRI decided to abandon the chapter model, leading to its current organizational structure.

On June 21, 2019, Paranormal Phenomena Research & Investigation Incorporated was registered under the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 180.

On May 1, 2021, the Canadian Association for Parapsychological Research & Investigation operating as PPRI was incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.

On August 25, 2022, PPRI relocated its office back to Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Today, PPRI comprises a small team of subject matter experts specializing in parapsychological investigations, research, and education. Our members have diverse academic and professional backgrounds, which, when combined, become an invaluable resource for our organization.

PPRI operates in the Atlantic Canadian Provinces and the New England area of the United States. Our team is willing to travel to other locations, keeping in mind that we are a not-for-profit organization with limited funding.