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PARANORMAL SYMPOSIUM 2024
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA – OCTOBER 12TH, 2024

Paranormal Phenomena Research & Investigation is proud to announce that our inaugural Halifax Paranormal Symposium was a success. Thank you to all of our sponsors, vendors, and attendees. As a result of your support, we are pleased to announce the 2nd annual Halifax Paranormal Symposium. It will be held on Saturday, October 12th, 2024 at the Halifax Tower Hotel & Conference Centre from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM.

2024 Symposium Mistress of Ceremonies: Kim Moser

Kim Moser, an inspiring figure in the realm of paranormal research and folklore, has been named the 2024 Mistress of Ceremonies following her notable involvement as a 2023 Halifax Paranormal Symposium Alumni. Her journey in the paranormal field is deeply rooted in the inspiration drawn from the late Nova Scotian folklorist, Helen Creighton. Born on Canada’s East Coast into a family of entrepreneurs, Kim’s success seems almost predestined. She holds a Business Management degree from Holland College and a Small Vessel Operator’s Proficiency from the Nova Scotia Community College’s Nautical Institute.

Her creative spirit, fueled by her folklorist heritage, has driven her on an incredible path. Kim ventured into the world of paranormal storytelling through her podcast, “Boos and Bourbon,” where she shares intriguing and eerie tales. This endeavor led to her becoming an investigator, co-host, and because of her dedication and talent, a promotion to Production Manager on the popular Eastlink television series “Haunted.” Kim has recently begun investigating paranormal incidents with YouTube host Lomar Mendz.

Kim Moser is renowned for her extensive experience in paranormal investigation and research. She has explored some of the most haunted sites in the United States, including the Waverly Hills Sanitorium, Conjuring House, Lizzy Borden House, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, the Witch House in Salem, and the St. Augustine Lighthouse, among others. Her approach to paranormal activity is grounded in practicality and a hint of skepticism, ensuring a balanced perspective in her investigations.

As the 2024 Mistress of Ceremonies, Kim brings her rich experience, critical approach, and deep passion for the paranormal and folklore to the forefront, promising an engaging and insightful event for all participants.

This Year's Speakers

Laura Warren

Mediumship and Protection Techniques

Presentation: Mediumship and Protection Techniques

Laura is a natural medium who has been developing her mediumship and psychic abilities since she was a child. After years of education and training in health, wellness, energy therapy, and psychic development, Laura moved into the career of a psychic medium. Laura has over a decade of psychic mediumship experience and has developed an international following; she is in demand in the Maritimes and beyond. She is known for her ability to call forth spirit to deliver messages to their living friends and relatives. Laura’s skills include helping her new and long-time clients highlight and remove blocks and challenges in their lives, give hope and a sense of peace, and help provide closure. Laura also has been dedicated to helping lost souls move forward to the afterlife and thereby resolving hauntings.

Laura has starred in an 8 part documentary series called Sight Seers filmed in Nova Scotia, Canada. Sight-Seers aired on AMI-tv+ in 2021 and can be accessed through the link provided on laurawarrenmedium.com. Sight-Seers explored haunted sites in Nova Scotia to investigate reports of spirits and ghostly events.

She has also been featured on numerous podcasts and interviews including CTV Morning Live, The Nighttime Pod, The Nancy Siebel Perspective, Afternoon Pint, and Ann Perry Numerologist.

Laura’s education and life experience gives her a unique perspective of Spirit and the Spirit World. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition as well as a Bachelor of Education. She has developed a 6 week mentorship course called, The Magic of Mediumship: Open to your Limitless Possibility. Laura believes that if you have a desire to communicate with the Spirit World that you possess the ability to learn to do so!

Chris A. Rutkowski

Alien Abduction Phenomenon

Presentation: Alien Abduction Phenomena

Chris Rutkowski is a Canadian science writer and educator with degrees in astronomy and education. He has a passion for teaching science concepts to children and adults and enjoys bringing science “down to Earth” for the average person. Since the mid-1970s, he’s been studying reports of UFOs and other unusual phenomena including lake monsters, Sasquatch, and the paranormal, writing about his investigations and research in various media.

He has nine published books on UFOs and related issues, including Unnatural History (1993), Abductions and Aliens (1999), A World of UFOs (2008), the children’s book I Saw It Too! (2009), The Big Book of UFOs (2010), was a contributor to the Sasquatch story collection In The Woods (2014), and is co-author of When They Appeared (2017), written with Stan Michalak. His new book Canada’s UFOs: Declassified (2021) details some of the most remarkable UFO cases investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the National Research Council of Canada.

Rutkowski has appeared on numerous television programs, including Unsolved Mysteries, Sightings, CBC’s Undercurrents and A&E’s The Unexplained. (He was even a “mystery guest” on Front Page Challenge, and, though he usually won’t admit it, was actually the subject of an article in the tabloid newspaper The Weekly World News!) His radio appearances have included CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, Ideas, Sightings on the Radio, on Carpe Diem on Talk America, which was simulcast on AM, shortwave and on the Internet. And yes, he’s been on Coast to Coast. He had a weekly commentary on CBC North Country and had segments on Definitely Not the Opera.

In addition, he has appeared on podcasts and documentary TV series, including Unsolved Mysteries, UFO Hunters, Sightings, Eye2thesky, The Paracast, Discovery’s Close Encounters, NASA’s Unexplained Mysteries, A&E’s The Unexplained, and T&E’s Encounter: UFO.

Rutkowski has been involved in many writing and media projects for more than 30 years. In 1996, he was the co-writer and narrator for the Canadian TV special The Monster of Lake Manitoba, about a Loch-Ness-like creature reported in a Canadian lake. In 1989 he was producer of the CKY music special Making a Joyful Noise. As far back as 1975, he was the host of UFORUM, a bi-weekly program that aired on a local cable channel.

In a rather different and unique medium, Rutkowski has been the producer, writer and a narrator for several feature planetarium programs, including The UFO Phenomenon (1976), The Planets (1977), The UFO Primer (1981), Moonlight Serenade (1983) and Amateur Nights (1989). He also wrote Strange Tales, a weekly column in the Northern Times newspaper in Thompson, Manitoba, from 1984 to 1985. In addition, he has been a book reviewer for the Winnipeg Free Press since 1987.

In other literary endeavours, Rutkowski is a member of the Winnipeg-based Off the Wall writer’s group, and contributed stories to its chapbooks Sex, Death and Grain Elevators (1998), Where in the World is Carman, Manitoba? (1999) and Alternapeg (2015).

He has taught space and astronomy courses through the University of Manitoba continuing education division and the City of Winnipeg Parks and Recreation Program. He is past-president of both the Winnipeg Science Fiction Society and the Winnipeg Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, Rutkowski has been a member of the avant-garde jazz group the Experimental Creative Music Workshop since 1983. He has played at numerous public performances and has appeared on several recordings by the ensemble.

Rutkowski recently retired from his position as Media Relations Officer at the University of Manitoba. He had been writing for the former U of M Bulletin and other university publications and was editor of NOVUM, which featured articles on research at the University of Manitoba. He most recently had been writing web content for UM Today.

He is administrator of several UFO-related Facebook groups, including UFO UpDates, a forum continuing the groundbreaking work of famed journalist Errol Bruce-Knapp, which began in 1996.

John G. Kruth

Electronic Psychokinesis

Presentation: Electronic Psychokinesis

John G. Kruth is the Executive Director of the Rhine Research Center (www.rhine.org) and the Founder and Education Director of the Rhine Education Center (www.rhineedu.org). His 20+ years of professional technology experience and 10+ years as a professional researcher provide a unique insight into the integration of technology and parapsychological research. His research includes explorations into subtle energies of the body including psychic healing, the energy behind psychokinesis, poltergeist activity and other unconscious effects on electronic devices, and measurements of biophotons (ultraviolet light) from energy healers. He has numerous publications and has spoken at professional conferences and other forums regarding scientific parapsychology, the history of the Rhine, the nature of energy healing, poltergeists, and other topics related to parapsychology and the paranormal.

Besides his research, John’s current projects include the development of a community of psi experiencers at the Rhine and worldwide through the use of technology to provide online courses, broadcasts of parapsychology speakers and events, and the development of online resources for scientists and those who are looking for reliable and professional information about scientific parapsychology.

Elliott Van Dusen

Law Enforcement and the Paranormal

Presentation: Law Enforcement and the Paranormal 

Elliott Van Dusen has been captivated by both the supernatural and law enforcement since his childhood. He initiated his academic journey in parapsychology at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and later earned a diploma with highest honors from the Stratford Career Institute. Returning to NSCC, he became an associate instructor, sharing his knowledge in parapsychology. Following his graduation from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology, he received a recruitment offer from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Elliott’s law enforcement career was dedicated to specializing in major crimes such as homicide, sex crimes, and drug enforcement. Simultaneously, he continued to pursue advanced parapsychological training at prestigious institutions including the University of Edinburgh, University of Ottawa, Glasgow University, American International University, and the School of Parapsychology. Notably, he became only the second student in the history of the Rhine Education Center to obtain a certificate in “Investigating the Paranormal: A Scientific Perspective.” After 15 years of dedicated service, he retired from the RCMP, holding the rank of Corporal. In recognition of his multifaceted career, the late Stanton T. Friedman bestowed upon him the title of “Canada’s Fox Mulder.”

Following his retirement, Elliott pursued a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Yorkville University. Presently, he serves as the Corporate Director of Paranormal Phenomena Research & Investigation, a nonprofit organization he established as a teenager.

Elliott is a prolific author, with three published books to his credit. His debut work, “Evil in Exeter” (2018), delves into a chilling investigation centered on a haunted Rhode Island family. Subsequently, “Supernatural Encounters: True Paranormal Accounts from Law Enforcement” (2020) and “More Supernatural Encounters from Law Enforcement” (2021) have cemented his reputation as a foremost authority in the paranormal field.

Beyond his literary pursuits, Elliott’s expertise garners the attention of television producers and production companies, rendering him a highly sought-after consultant in the paranormal entertainment industry. Notably, he assumed the role of Sphere-Media’s East Coast Parapsychologist in the television series “Repossessed!” His parapsychological work has graced notable platforms, including the Discovery Channel, The Globe and Mail, The Daily News, The Chronicle Herald, Haunted Magazine, as well as various podcasts and radio stations.

Holly Stevens

Paranormal Equipment Science vs Television

Presentation: Paranormal Equipment Science vs Television 

Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Holly Stevens has always been passionate about the regional folklore of the Maritimes. She first graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and later went on to earn a diploma in Medical Laboratory Science from the British Colombia Institute in Technology.

In 2009, she had the opportunity to co-host the paranormal investigation television show, Ghost Cases, which looked into first-person experiences with the paranormal. This gave her the opportunity to experience the art of documentary-style story-telling, as well as learn from members of the Unknown Phenomena Investigation Association (UPIA) in England. This pushed her interest in the paranormal, specifically towards how science can be used to explore the unknown.

Her passion for visual storytelling brought her home from Vancouver in 2017 to host the paranormal investigative television series Haunted, which is now in its eleventh season. She currently also produces and directs the lifestyle documentary show, Sláinte, with her production company, Snow Dog Productions, and has been recognized internationally with best actress and best supporting actress awards in various features films, including The Last Divide (2018), Aliens With Knives (2018) and The Colour of Spring (2020).

Just as the invention of the microscope verified the existence of bacteria, Holly believes that science will eventually expand to prove much of what we currently classify as paranormal. “Right now, we are living in an awkward time; our own senses hint at something greater, but we are often unable to quantify it with modern science.”