Teri Martin is Manager of Laboratory Services at the Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) in Toronto, Ontario. As a technical/operations manager, she is responsible for coordinating the provision of toxicology laboratory services, method development, and technical review of forensic toxicology cases. Teri is Acting Breath Program Director for the province of Ontario which requires her to ensure a quality assurance program is followed by breath test programs operated by law enforcement to ensure scientifically valid and defensible breath testing in criminal investigations.
Teri’s career at the CFS began in September 1999 as a Forensic Toxicologist when she was responsible for the analysis and interpretation of results in both criminal and coroner’s investigations, working on homicides, sexual assaults, impaired driving and unexplained death investigations. She has provided expert witness testimony at all levels of criminal court in the province of Ontario, coroner’s inquests, and at hearings before the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. In addition, Teri has provided instruction to police services throughout Ontario in the theory and operation of breath testing equipment including the Intoxilyzer 8000C, and drug-facilitated sexual assault investigation. She has lectured to forensic scientists on the topic of providing expert witness testimony. In 2004, she took a temporary leave of absence from the CFS to accept a position as a Forensic Toxicologist in Wellington, New Zealand where she consulted on case management approaches and alternative procedures and methods of analysis in the field.
Ms. Martin is a former member and Chair of the Alcohol Test Committee of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science who is the scientific advisory body to the federal Minister of Justice. She has been a lecturer in the Forensic Science Program at the University of Toronto at Mississauga and has supervised the research projects of undergraduate students from the University of Toronto and graduate students from the University of Strathclyde. She has had a variety of research interests of her own: in addition to breath and blood alcohol, she has published articles and delivered conference presentations on fentanyl, carboxyhemoglobin and “Ecstasy”. Teri holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) from Queen’s University at Kingston and a M.Sc. from the University of Guelph.