Wade Knaap

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Wade Knaap, a retired Forensic Identification Specialist with the Toronto Police Services, is a part-time faculty member in the Forensic Science Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  In addition to teaching our introductory forensic science course, he also teaches theory and technique in many areas of forensic identification at the undergraduate level; criminalistics, photography, friction ridge identification, development and preservation of physical and trace evidence, crime scene management and court room presentation. 

Wade has been published numerous times in peer reviewed journals including The Journal of Forensic Identification and Identification Canada regarding forensic identification concepts, and was a contributing author in the text Crime and Measurement: Methods in Forensic Investigation.  He continues to lecture and host workshops related to forensic identification topics at universities, colleges and educational conferences throughout Canada and the U.S.

As a member of The Canadian Identification Society (CIS), he served as president (2011 – 2012), and editor of Identification Canada (effective September 2012).   Additionally, Wade is an active member of The International Association for Identification (IAI) and was honoured as a Distinguished Member in 2010.  Currently, he is the chair of the Ontario Police College Forensic Advisory Board and a member of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Forensic Advisory Committee. In 2002 - 2003 he was the recipient of the “Al Waxman Award” for Excellence in Forensic Identification.

Wade lives in Port Perry Ontario with his family.


Current Courses
FSC100: The Real CSI; FSC300 & 302: Forensic Identification; FSC407: Forensic Identification Field School