Michael Akpata joined Mutualink on April 26th 2021 as the Applied Solutions Manager for Canada. Prior to joining Mutualink Mike was the North American Lead for Policing and Public Safety for BlackBerry AtHoc. Mike worked for IBM Canada as the Team Lead Public Safety, Investigations & Counter-Fraud and the SME for Canadian Law Enforcement.
Mike served for 21years with the Windsor Police Service in Windsor, Ontario. Then Senior Constable Akpata was assigned to the Investigations Branch where he served as both an Arson and Fraud Investigator. Mike has had a diverse career with the Windsor Police Service that has seen him assigned to Drugs and Gangs, Break and enter, Training Branch, and uniform patrol. For four years he was the Ontario Police Memorial Sergeant Major and was the Windsor Police Honour Guard Sergeant Major from 1998 to 2015.
As a Windsor Police Officer Mike has been recognized and received several awards including the Queens’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Neal Jessop award for excellence, and the Senior Constable John Atkinson Memorial Award. In 2015 he was recognized by the Coordinated Community Response Coalition of Wayne and Oakland County Michigan and was named the Advocate of the Year for Older Adults.
Mike retired from the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve with 26 years of service. As an infantry reservist 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.
In 2014 Mike ran and was elected to the position of Councillor for the Town of LaSalle where he resides with his wife Sheri and his two children, Reece and Regan. He was subsequently re-elected to his second term of council in October of 2018.
Mike is active in volunteering with the LaSalle Sabres minor hockey club, and coaches one of his children’s hockey teams. He is the Prevention Services Coordinator for two junior hockey clubs, The LaSalle Vipers, and the Lakeshore Canadiens. He was the Military Liaison on the Windsor Host Committee for the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup, and subsequently joined the Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup 2018 Committee. He recently joined the executive committee of his regiment the Essex and Kent Scottish Regimental Association. Mike remains active with the Royal Canadian Legion, and Veteran activities and causes.