Michael Akpata most recently joined IBM Canada as the Team Lead Public Safety, Investigations, & Counter Fraud after serving 20+ years with the Windsor Police Service in Windsor Ontario. Then Senior Constable Akpata was recently assigned to the Financial Crimes and Arson Unit where he served as both an Arson and Fraud investigator. Mike specialized in power of attorney fraud and financial crimes against seniors. He has also investigated, and secured convictions in various fraud related offences including corporate, individual, credit card and a number of ponzi schemes. Mike has had a diverse career with the Windsor Police Service which has seen him assigned to drugs and gangs, break and enter, training branch, and uniform patrol. For 4 years he was the Ontario Police Memorial Sergeant Major, and had been the Windsor Police Honour Guard Sergeant Major since 1998.
As a Windsor Police Officer Mike has been recognized and has received a number of awards including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Neal Jessop award for excellence and the Senior Constable John Atkinson Memorial Award.
Mike retired from the Canadian Armed Forces primary reserve with 26 years of service. In 2007 he served in Afghanistan with 2nd battalion Royal Canadian Regiment where he received both the Taskforce Commander’s Commendation, and the Area Commander’s Commendation. Mike stays active with veteran’s affairs and is currently the Vice President of the Afghanistan Veteran’s Association of Canada.
In 2014 Mike was elected to the position of Councillor for the Town of LaSalle where he resides with his wife Sheri and his 2 children Reece and Regan.
Mike is active in volunteering with the LaSalle Sabres minor club and coaches both of his children’s hockey teams. He is the Prevention Services Coordinator for two local hockey teams, the LaSalle Vipers, and the Lakeshore Canadiens.