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EDUCATION

May 1975 Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

August 1998 to Present

B. J. Gerlitz Forensic Consulting Inc.

Self employed as a Forensic Alcohol and Drug Consultant.

provide opinions in civil and criminal cases relating to the absorption, distribution and elimination of alcohol in the human body; this includes calculating blood alcohol concentrations based on blood, breath test results and drinking patterns
provide opinions on the effects and degree of intoxication of alcohol and drugs
testify as an expert witness
present seminars entitled "The Professional Witness" to train others on how to prepare written opinions and testify as an expert witness
instructor on an Intoxilyzer® 5000C (evidentiary breath testing instrument) course for the RCMP
currently registered in the Environmental Resource Management certificate program at the University of Alberta

November 1975 To August 1998

Forensic Laboratory Specialist in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Forensic Laboratory - Edmonton, Alberta

1982 to 1998 Alcohol Specialist

Testified as an expert witness in hundreds of court cases in Alberta, the Yukon and North West Territories in the following areas of expertise:

results of laboratory analyses
the absorption, distribution and elimination of alcohol in the human body; this included calculating blood alcohol concentrations based on blood, breath test results and drinking patterns
the theory and operation of Approved Screening Devices
the theory and operation of the Breathalyzer Models 900 and 900A and the Intoxilyzer® 5000C.
the effects of alcohol on the human body
Analyzed body fluids for the presence of alcohol and related substances; these cases related primarily to impaired drivers, victims of homicides and sexual assaults.
Prepared and analyzed numerous solutions of alcohol and other related compounds.
Chief instructor on breath test courses for police officers; training related to the theory and operation of the Breathalyzer Models 900 and 900A, the Intoxilyzer® 5000C and Approved Screening Devices.
Responsible for the delivery of training and assessment of hundreds of course candidates from the Canadian Military Police and all police departments in Alberta and NWT;
Conducted numerous research projects.

1975 to 1982 Drug Analyst and Toxicologist

Analyzed exhibits which contained drugs such as cocaine, Cannabis, heroin, narcotics, and other illicit substances.
Provided advice to investigators relative to the manufacture and isolation of illicit drugs.
Analyzed body tissues and fluids for the presence of drugs.
Testified about the analytical results, and provided opinions regarding the interpretation and forensic significance of the results.
Testified as an expert on the effects of drugs on the human body.

OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE

Have given seminars and lectures for the Edmonton Police Service recruit classes, NAIT Laboratory Technicians, NAIT Court Reporters, University of Alberta - Faculty of Law, and the Alberta Association of Crown Attorneys.

Have conducted many research projects on breath testing equipment, the absorption, distribution and elimination of alcohol in drinking subjects and the effects of alcohol on the human body. This research involved subjects who consumed known amounts of liquor, and provided breath, blood and urine samples. Results of these projects have been presented at many seminars and conferences.

In conjunction with the Calgary Police Service, was involved in experiments related to the effect on the driving ability of individuals who had consumed known amounts of alcohol. These subjects were evaluated by a driving instructor before and after alcohol consumption. Blood alcohol concentrations were measured by means of breath samples.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Canadian Society of Forensic Science
Alberta Society of Clinical and Forensic Toxicologists

CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE

March 1990 International Congress on Drinking and Driving
Edmonton, Alberta
September 1990 Canadian Society of Forensic Science
Ottawa, Ontario 
Presented a paper entitled "Variation of Rates of Elimination of Alcohol Within an Individual"
September 1991 Joint conference of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists
Montreal, Quebec
Presented a paper entitled "Comparison of Breathalyzer and Blood Alcohol Levels - Part 1"
August 1992 Canadian Society of Forensic Science
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Presented two papers:
"Comparison of Serum and Blood Alcohol Levels"
"Breathalyzer Tests and Blood Sample analysis: The Alberta Scene"
September 1993 Canadian Society of Forensic Science
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Presented paper entitled "Comparison of Breath and Blood Alcohol Levels"
April 1995 International Association for Chemical Testing
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 1996 Intoxilyzer User's Group Meeting
Reno, Nevada
Presented a paper entitled "Comparison of Blood and Breath Alcohol Concentrations - Intoxilyzer® 5000C"

Publication: "Determination of Serum Alcohol:Blood Alcohol Ratios" - Canadian
Society of Forensic Science Journal Volume 28 No. 2 (1995) pp 123-126.

OTHER EDUCATION

October 1981 Instructional Techniques - Canadian Police College, Ottawa, Ontario
May 1989 Tests for Blood Alcohol Concentration in Highway Safety Programs - Supervision and Expert Testimony - University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana
September 1990 Police Supervisor's Course - Edmonton, Alberta
June 1993  Forensic Aspects of Alcohol - University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
November 1994  Phlebotomy (Collection of Blood Samples) - Northern Institute of Technology (NAIT)
February 1995 Theory and Operation of the Intoxilyzer® 5000C - Edmonton, Alberta
Seminar by Mr. Phil Lively - Director of Breath Alcohol Program, Missoula, Montana
September 1995 Intoxilyzer 5000® User's Group Meeting - Wilmington, North Carolina
Numerous workshops on the theory, maintenance and use of the Intoxilyzer® 5000
March 1996 Statistics Seminar - Edmonton, Alberta
August 1996 Intoxilyzer® 5000 User's Group Meeting - Reno, Nevada - numerous
workshops related to the Intoxilyzer® 5000C
 

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