Michael Kropveld
Founder and Executive Director

Since 1980 Mike has assisted thousands of former members and members of "cults", "new religious movements", and other groups, and their families. He has spoken, in Canada and internationally, to hundreds of professional and community groups on cultic phenomenon.  He is also involved in counselling and is consulted on by among others; mental health professionals, law enforcement agencies, and media, and has served as an expert witness on cult related criminal and civil cases.  He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs locally, nationally and internationally. In 1992 he was awarded the 125 Commemorative Medal "in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada" by the Government of Canada. He co-authored the book The Cult Phenomenon: How Groups Function (March 2006), and its French version (Le phénomène des sectes: L'étude du fonctionnement des groupes). Both versions are downloadable at no charge from Info-Cult's website, or can be purchased in print format. In 2007 he received the Herbert L. Rosedale Award from the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) "in recognition of leadership in the effort to preserve and protect individual freedom". Mike Kropveld is on the editorial board of the Cultic Studies Review and since 2009, a member of the ICSA’s Board of Directors.