Our Instructors

Our certified trainers teach not just theory, but from their extensive real-world experience. We have many years of front line and leadership experience in the security field, including provincial corrections, health care peace officer, licensed establishments, military, Senior Security Management for the largest venues in Edmonton.

Instructor's Bios

David Suffern, CPP

Director and Lead Instructor, Tip of Spear

Regional Director for Western Canada, IKMF Krav Maga


Dave has 30+ years of experience working on the first line of

defense, leading teams and teaching in the corporate security,

corrections, peace officer, third-party protection and self-

defense fields. He has lead security operations for many large

organization in Edmonton, including Northlands and The Oilers.

He believes in servant leadership and continually educating

himself, to provide the best to his students to help them,

and the public, stay safe. A few of his certifications include:


  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP) professional designation with ASIS (American Society of Industrial Security)

  • Certified by the Solicitor General, to be accredited as a Trainer under the Government of Alberta Security Services and Investigators Regulation

  • Graduate Level 3, and certified instructor in IKMF Krav Maga (Israeli contact combat)

  • Certified instructor for the VIP Protection program (third-party protection program) with IKMF Krav Maga

  • Certified Canadian Firearms Safety Course instructor

  • 20+ year instructor of the HFRG Defensive Tactics (PPCT) program


Some of his other certifications to instruct, include Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Instructor level 1 and level 2, Spontaneous Knife Defense (PPCT), Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) (teaching women verbal and physical defensive tactics), OC Spray as well as Tactical Communications. He has also done numerous speaking engagements for different organizations in Alberta.

Other Instructors

Tip of Spear has several other regular instructors on staff.  These instructors all have extensive experience in the security services industry, are extremely knowledgeable in the material they teach, and are honest, full of integrity, and fun to be around.  Our staff are available to fill the related needs our clients may have.

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