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John Galianos

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John Galianos

Mr. John Galianos joined the Sûreté du Québec in 1968. He began his career as a patrol officer and then worked as an investigator in the Criminal Investigation Bureau in Hull. Subsequently, Mr. Galianos served as a team leader in the Crimes Against the Person Unit (Homicide and Armed Robbery) and as Deputy Commander of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) at the Grand Headquarters in Montreal.

In 1976, Mr. Galianos was selected by a special committee of the Sûreté du Québec to attend polygraph training at the Keeler Polygraph Institute in Chicago. He returned with a diploma and became the first polygraphist of the SQ, thus making history. At the same time, the Polygraph Division was initiated as it exists today.

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Attestations & expertises

Mr. Galianos graduated from :
  • Keeler Polygraph Institute, Chicago, IL
    - Basic and Advanced Polygraph Examiner Courses
  • Canadian Police College, Ottawa, ON
    - Polygraph Examiner Advanced Course
  • Canadian Police College, Ottawa, ON
  • National Police School of Quebec, Nicolet, QC
  • Ontario Police College, Aylmer West, ON
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police - "A" Division, Ottawa, ON
    - "E" Division, Vancouver, BC

Mr. Galianos has taught the following subjects in French and English:

  • Interviews and interrogations in major crime investigations
  • Interviewing and interrogation in illicit drug investigations
  • Information (Intelligence)
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Mr. Galianos is accredited by the Quebec Bar to offer training to its members in :

  • The use of the polygraph in investigations

Mr. Galianos is also accredited by the Chamber of General Insurance (ChAD) to provide training to its members in :

  • The use of the polygraph in investigations
  • Interview and behavioural observation
  • Testimony in court
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Galianos Polygraphe Expert Inc

In 1990, Mr. Galianos founded the company GALIANOS POLYGRAPHIC EXPERT INC. Since then, the company has been providing computerized polygraphy services to government agencies, police forces, public and private security, the legal community, businesses and citizens.

Since joining the Sûreté du Québec as a polygraphist in 1976, and to this day in the private sector, Mr. Galianos has conducted over 6,000 polygraph examinations in Canada, the United States and Europe.

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Specialized training programs

Galianos Polygraphe Expert also offers specialized training programs in the following areas :

  • The use of the polygraph in surveys
  • Interview and interrogation techniques
  • Testimony in court
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Conference speaker

Mr. Galianos also gives lectures on the above mentioned subjects.

Education Committee

Mr. Galianos has served as the Chairperson of the Canadian Association of Police Polygraphists Education and Training Committee since 2008.

Polygraph School Inspector

In 2001, Mr. Galianos was appointed Polygraph School Inspector by the American Polygraph Association, Educational Accreditation Committee. To date, Mr. Galianos has conducted polygraph school inspections in Canada, across the United States, in London (England), Seoul (South Korea), Tel Aviv (Israel) and Singapore.

Expert witness

Mr. Galianos is recognized by the courts as an expert witness. He has testified before :

  • The Federal Court of Canada
  • The Superior Court of Quebec
  • The Court of Quebec
  • The Quebec Labour Tribunal
  • The Roberge Commission of Inquiry

Mr. Galianos is the author of several articles on polygraphy as well as on interviewing and interrogation. His writings have been published over the years in security and law enforcement publications.

He is also Associate Editor of the prestigious international magazine POLYGRAPH published by the American Polygraph Association since 2008.

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Mr. Galianos regularly attends seminars and advanced training programs given by the Canadian Association of Police Polygraphists and the American Polygraph Association in order to keep abreast of developments in the field of polygraphy.

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Honorary member

Mr. Galianos was named an Honorary Member by the Canadian Association of Police Polygraphists (CAPP) at the 2015 Annual Seminar, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the field of polygraphy. At this event, members were able to highlight his dedication as a leader in organizing the annual seminars, volunteering for training in different regions of the country, and mentoring on various issues affecting the field of polygraphy, including court testimony.

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Award of Excellence

Memorial Award William L. et Robbie S. Bennett
Recognition of excellence
Awarded to Jean Galianos

This Award of Excellence is presented in recognition of your tireless efforts and display of ability in the interest of APA

Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, the MNAs for Marguerite-Bourgeoys and Chomedey congratulate and recognize Mr. John Galianos for his 40-year contribution to the police community and the community by honoring him with the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec, underlining his entire career, his involvement as a Laval citizen and the pride, as a Quebecer, of his international influence.

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High profile cases

Some high-profile cases in which Mr. Galianos served as a polygraphist:

  • The France Alain case: Young student murdered in Ste-Foy
  • The #MeToo case
  • The Éric Salvail case
  • Anti-collusion in the construction industry: Investigation of the Ministère des Transports du Québec on collusion and corruption in the construction industry;
  • Federal Government - Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities in the Province of Quebec: Investigation into the Misuse of Public Funds by Advertising Agencies in Quebec
  • Abdurahman Khadr: Investigation of terrorism;
  • Adil Charkaoui: Investigation of terrorism;
  • Biker gang war in Montreal: Investigation into the death of 11-year-old Daniel Desrochers, killed by a car bomb
  • Bre-X Minerals Limited: Mining-related fraud investigation in Busang, Indonesia;
  • Armored car robberies and murders in Montreal, Hull and Trois-Rivières, Quebec
  • Odette Pinard and André Lalonde: Investigation into the murder of two officers shot while on duty with the Montreal police;
  • Organized Crime: Homicides;
  • Charles Marion: Kidnapping investigation in Sherbrooke, Quebec;
  • Pimparé-Guérin: Investigation into the double homicide of two young teenagers on the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal, Quebec
Television - On the air of Historia
Le polygraphe - Documentary series

Wednesday 21 H
As of August 31, 2016

Featured: John Galianos, Lie Detector Expert

Over the course of his career, Mr. Galianos played a key role in several high-profile police cases. Through historical reconstructions, relive complex police stories where the polygraph was a formidable investigative tool.

Special Mentions
  • 2016 Recipient of the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec, presented by the MNA for Chomedey, Mr. Guy Ouellette;
  • 2016 Recipient of the William L. and Robbie S. Bennett Memorial Award, presented by the American Polygraph Association;
  • 2015 Named Honorary Member by the Canadian Association of Police Polygraphers;
  • 2014 Appointed Director of the Canadian Division of the International Society of Polygraph Examiners (ISOPE);
  • 2014 Appointed as a Member of the American Polygraph Association's Professional Development Committee for 2014-2015;
  • Since 2008 Appointed Chairman of the Education and Training Committee of the Canadian Police Association;
  • Since 2008 Appointed Associate Editor of POLYGRAPH magazine by the American Polygraph Association;
  • 2005 Recipient of the Certificate of Advanced and Specialized Training from the American Polygraph Association;
  • Since 2001 Named Polygraph School Inspector by the American Polygraph Association, Educational Accreditation Committee;
  • 1989 Awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada;
  • 1979 Commissioned by the Canadian Police College to help establish Canada's first polygraph school - the Canadian Police College Polygraph School, in Ottawa, Ontario.
Personal achievements
  • Mr. Galianos holds a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu.