Darcy Pennock, Director
Darcy Pennock was originally certified as a Verbal Judo instructor by the University of North Florida in 1999. Darcy then provided tactical communications training to staff and students at the University of Alberta for the following six years. In 2005, Darcy was appointed Director, Verbal Judo Canada. He is the only person authorized and recognized by Dr. George Thompson in Canada. Today, Darcy provides Verbal Judo training to thousands of law enforcement professionals across Canada. Darcy also travels from coast to coast providing Verbal Judo courses to all levels of government, educators, and healthcare professionals. He also travels extensively across the Yukon, NWT and Nunavut. Under Darcy’s direction, Verbal Judo Canada now has offices in Edmonton, Ontario, Atlantic Canada and shortly, Quebec.
Darcy’s strength has hinged on his ability to successfully apply tactical communications techniques not only in one’s professional life but also in one’s personal life. The skills used to calm an angry client or diffuse a difficult staff member can also be used during challenging family situations. Darcy empowers his classes with a skillful mix of insight and humour, something he jokingly refers to as ‘entertainment.’
Darcy received a Police Science diploma from MacEwen University in 1987 and then graduated from the University of Alberta in 1992 with a B.A. (Criminology) degree. Darcy has worked in the criminal justice system for twenty years. He currently resides in Edmonton with his wife and three children, Grandma Betty (and a dog named Buddy).