Alumni

The Halifax Paranormal Symposium has been a beacon of exploration and learning in the realms of parapsychology and the paranormal. Each year, we are graced by the presence of distinguished speakers who share their knowledge, experiences, and groundbreaking research with our community. This Alumni page is dedicated to honoring these experts who have contributed significantly to the field and to our symposium. Here we celebrate the illustrious speakers who have graced our symposium over the years. Their diverse backgrounds, unique perspectives, and invaluable insights have not only enriched our understanding but have also fostered a community of curious minds and avid learners.

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Chris Styles

UFO Researcher

Presentation: Clear Sweep 5: The Shelburne Unidentified Submerged Object Encounter

Chris Styles is an active UFO researcher who investigates select classic and current UFO incidents that have occurred in Atlantic Canada. He holds to a “blended” view of the UFO phenomena, that allows room for both the extraterrestrial hypothesis & a significant psychological component. He is best known for his work on the 1967 Shag Harbour Incident and has presented at several MUFON symposia in both Canada and the US.

Chris served as a paid technical advisor with several Canadian UFO feature documentaries such as Ocean Entertainment’s “The Shag Harbour Incident” and “Northern Lights”. He has appeared in several US, UFO specials, such as “Canada’s Roswell” and “UFOs II, Have We Been Visited?” His latest TV feature appearance was in an episode of “Mysteries of the Deep” with Celine & Fabien Cousteau.

Styles is the co author of two UFO books on the Shag Harbour Incident, “Dark Object” (Dell Bantam) with Don Ledger & “Impact To Contact” (Arcadia House) with Graham Simms

Dr. Darryll Walsh, Ph.D.

Parapsychologist

Presentation: Are Ghosts Extinct?

Since childhood, Darryll Walsh has dedicated his life in pursuit of paranormal. A holder of a doctorate in parapsychology, he taught various courses in parapsychology at the Nova Scotia Community College, even as he pursued graduate studies in counselling psychology. He has authored four supernatural books: “Ghosts of Nova Scotia”, “Ghost Waters: Canada’s Haunted Sea and Shores”, “Legends and Monsters of Atlantic Canada”, and “That Which Survives: The Case of the Near-Death Experience”. Proclaimed “Canada’s Ghost Hunter” by the Ottawa Citizen. He has also researched, written and produced documentaries and television including “Zombie Mania”, “Pretty Bloody”, “Bigfoot’s Reflection” and “City of the Dead: Halifax and Titanic Disaster”. He hosted and narrated 13 episodes of the television series Shadow Hunter from 2005-2006. He was also consulted in episode #204 Poltergeist Phenomenon on the television show Supernatural Investigator. He is presently engaged in obtaining his doctorate in clinical psychology which will make him Canada’s first clinical parapsychologist; trained to treat those adversely affected by their experience of the supernatural.

Darryll has extensive experience in media relations, appearing on The Discovery Channel, CTV, Global, CBC 1 radio, and being extensively interviewed by national and regional newspapers such as The Globe and Mail, The Ottawa Citizen, The Chronicle Herald, and the Daily News, using his comprehensive knowledge and experience to clarify and educate various topics in the paranormal.

Dr. Richard Gallagher, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Presentation: A Professor of Psychiatry’s Investigation of the Paranormal – and his Theory of Causation.

A board-certified psychiatrist and highly experienced clinician and teacher, Richard Gallagher, M.D. is a professor of psychiatry at NY Medical College and a psychoanalyst on the faculty of Columbia University.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in Classics, Phi beta Kappa. After teaching and playing basketball in France, he came back to the U.S. for medical school and eventually trained as a resident in psychiatry at Yale University.

He is the longest-standing member of the International Association of Exorcists since the early 1990’s, serving for a time as a scientific adviser on its governing board.

He has devoted many years to distinguishing the rare cases of overt demonic attacks from the much more common conditions of medical and psychiatric disorders.

In this capacity Dr. Gallagher has undoubtedly seen more cases of possession – many quite harrowing – than any other physician in the world.

His recent book “Demonic Foes: My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal” is published by HarperCollins and is available in bookstores and on Amazon in hardcover, paperback and Kindle. The book can also be found in an Audible version. A story in the book about a possessed Satanist, a “once-in-a-century” case. is in early production as a major Hollywood movie by Blumhouse.

Dr. Gallagher lives in Westchester, N.Y., after serving for many years as the county’s psychiatric emergency and crisis director.

Kim Moser

Parapsychological Investigator

Presentation Title: A Paranormal Awakening

Inspired by the work of the late local Nova Scotian folklorist Helen Creighton, Kim developed a passion for the paranormal, folklore, and human nature at a young age. Born into an entrepreneurial family on the East Coast of Canada, it is no surprise that Kim has become as successful as she has. 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 nature inspired by her folklorist roots continues propel her on an incredible journey.

Kim began writing and telling paranormal stories on her podcast Boos and Bourbon, which eventually led to her becoming an investigator and co-host on the hit Eastlink television series Haunted. She has since been promoted to Production Manager of Haunted which is entering its 10th season this fall.

Kim has extensive paranormal investigative and research experience and has visited some of the most haunted locations in the United States such as: Waverly Hills Sanitorium, Conjuring House, Lizzy Borden House, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, the Witch House in Salem, and the St. Augustine Lighthouse to name only a few. She prides herself on being practical, maybe even somewhat skeptical, when it comes to her approach with paranormal activity.

Loren Coleman

Cryptozoologist

Presentation: Nova Scotia Investigations: Wendigos to Kangaroos

Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists. Coleman has been investigating, in the field and in the library, cryptozoological evidence and folklore since the Abominable Snowmen caught his interest in 1960, leading him to research mysterious panther sightings and reports of apes in the American Midwest. He has traveled to 45 states, throughout Canada, Mexico, Scotland, and the Virgin Islands interviewing witnesses of lake monster, Sasquatch, giant snake, mystery feline, phantom kangaroo, thunderbird, and other cryptid reports and folklore.

Coleman has written several books and more than three hundred articles. He has appeared frequently on radio and television programs, such as Fox/USA Network’s “In Search Of,” NBC-TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries,” A & E’s “Ancient Mysteries,” History Channel’s “In Search of History,” and “History’s Mysteries,” Discovery Channel’s “In the Unknown, ” and other reality-based programs. He contributes cryptozoology columns, “On the Trail,” to the London-based magazine Fortean Times, and “Mysterious World” to Fate, as well as articles to The Anomalist and Fortean Studies.

Coleman has an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he majored in anthropology, minored in zoology, and did some summer work in archaeology. He received a graduate degree in psychiatric social work from Simmons College in Boston. Coleman was admitted to the Ph.D. programs, and took doctoral coursework in social anthropology at Brandies University, and in sociology at the University of New Hampshire’s Family Research Laboratory. He has been an instructor, assistant/associate professor, research associate, and documentary filmmaker, in various academic university settings, since 1980.

On 20 October 1997, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the famous filming of a Californian Sasquatch, Loren Coleman was one of the first ten inductees into the Roger Patterson Memorial Bigfoot Museum in Portland, Oregon.