Paul Gillespie is a founding member of Kinsa and remains deeply committed to finding, rescuing and healing child victims of abuse whose images are shared on the Internet. A former police officer, Paul built and led the Child Exploitation Section of the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Unit to become widely acknowledged as world leaders in the field of investigation that tracks pedophiles and those who traffic and trade in images of child abuse.
In 2003, Paul sent an email to Bill Gates, the founder and Chairman of Microsoft, resulting in Microsoft’s collaborative assistance in creating CETS – the Child Exploitation Tracking System – which is regarded as one the most advanced investigative tool available to worldwide law enforcement. CETS is now being used by policing agencies across Canada, and is in Indonesia, Italy, the U.K., Brazil, Spain, Chile, Romania, Poland and Australia. Paul continues to work very closely with Microsoft and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) in the U.S.A. as CETS is further deployed around the world.
Paul has made presentations in 22 countries around the world to law enforcement, child care agencies and government officials. Paul is a past member of the Interpol Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children and maintains close working relationships with the best investigators in the world. Throughout his policing career, Paul received numerous awards for outstanding duty and dedication and his efforts have been profiled extensively in the media in Canada and around the world. Paul has been named ABC person of the Week, and MSNBC Hero of the Week in recent years.