Team Member

Darren Laur, M.O.M., M.G.C.

Darren Laur

Darren has dedicated his life to public safety, has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, and is a recently retired and highly respected Staff Sergeant with the Victoria City Police Department in British Columbia Canada. Darren holds 6 separate certifications in Open Source Intelligence collection and online investigational techniques and is one of only a few civilian provincially licensed and certified advanced online open source intelligence and social media investigators in British Columbia. Darren is also an internationally court recognized safety and violence prevention expert, award-winning published author, who has also written over 120 articles on social media safety and is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker, who specializes in the area of personal safety and self-protection both online and offline. Darren helped to launch a very successful use of a Social Media initiative for the purpose of crowdsourcing event safety, and police call response for the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Canada Day celebrations in Victoria British Columbia; the first use of its kind in North American policing. 

To date, Darren has presented internet and social media safety and digital literacy programs to over 500 Schools and to hundreds of thousands of students, and to thousands of teachers and parents throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, the Yukon and the United States. Given Darren’s background and experience, he is a trusted and respected online safety and security resource to students, parents, businesses, government, schools, school districts and Law Enforcement throughout North America. Darren is also very proud of the fact that his work in the area of social media safety and digital literacy has helped the White Hatter team to garner 6 awards; 1 international, 2 national and three provincial awards including the BC Medal of Good Citizenship.   Darren has also been featured in numerous radio and television broadcasts, publications and media articles as an expert on the topics of Internet safety and digital literacy. Currently, with his son Brandon, Darren also co-hosts a weekly Internet safety and digital literacy YouTube Live broadcast that reaches around the globe.

Darren is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Psychology (NLP) practitioner and integrates these studies and disciplines into all White Hatter programs and presentations. When Darren is not working or presenting, he loves to spend time reading, getting involved in web design, keeping current with everything digital, playing on his Mac and traveling with Beth.

Darren and his wife Beth are very proud of the fact that their company also financially supports two Not-For-Profit organizations in British Columbia that are dedicated to helping youth when it comes to bullying and suicide prevention; NEED2 and Bullying Ends Here. One of Darren’s and Beth’s foundational beliefs, “We are a for-profit company, striving to do well, by doing good things for others in our community.” 


British Columbia Medal of Good Citizenship

The recognition comes, in part, from the life-changing and sometimes lifesaving social media safety presentations or workshops hundreds of thousands of students have attended across North America, but especially here in BC. More importantly, this award recognizes the community support we provide outside of our business hours and presentations many of you have seen. We help students, teachers, parents, and other adults in need, both online and offline, who find themselves in uncertain or dangerous circumstances – whether it be a phone call at 3:00 am or a subtle invitation for an intervention in a message on Instagram. Using our combined team expertise, we will always do our best in providing guidance and support well beyond any single presentation you may experience with us.

As an organization, our passion and pride are in the community work we do. Certainly, this accomplishment could not have been achieved alone. The countless students and others who have contacted us online or via phone seeking help for themselves or help for a friend in a dangerous circumstance are all past recipients of this award. Our community, The White Hatter Nation, is an enormous component of the backbone in what it is we do and it’s often a resource we can call upon in a time of need.

30 Years Law Enforcement Experience

Retired at the rank of a Staff Sergeant

Canadian Order Of Merit

The Governor General of Canada appointed Darren a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Awarded to Darren for his exceptional merit and contributions in his policing career, community service, and his unique work with youth in both online and offline safety.

Telus Outstanding Canadian Award


National award that recognizes individuals, programs & organizations that have made a significant impact towards keeping Canadians safer online.

BC Community Achievement Award


For presenting Internet and Social Media Safety programs to tens of thousands of junior and senior students, teachers, parents and the wider community. Their commitment to providing critical information regarding cyberbullying and internet safety has had a positive and significant impact.

Derek K Miller Award


Most inspiring social media user for our unique working the area of Internet and Social Media Safety both here in Canada and the USA.

Open Source Intelligence Investigator

Experienced and multi-certified in the collection and analysis of online available information for the purposes of conducting investigations. This works involves deep and dark web information collecting involving both overt and covert methods.

Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist & Neuro Linguistic Psychology (NLP) Practitioner

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