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International Conference for Police & Law Enforcement Executives 2011

The Evolution of Excellence


May 15-17 in Kelowna, BC, Canada
Delta Grand Okanagan


Participants Included

Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland
Bellingham Police Department
Blood Tribe Police Service
Bruce Power
Calgary Police Service
Camrose Police Service
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Canadian Association of Police Boards
Canadian Forces
Canadian National Railway Company Police Service
Canadian Pacific
City of Grande Prairie Enforcement Services
Codiac Regional RCMP
Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit - British Columbia
Conservation Officer Service
Dakota Ojibway Police Service
Delta Police Department
Department of Homeland Security - Office of Inspector General
Durham Regional Police Service
Edmonton Police Commission
Edmonton Police Service
French Embassy - Homeland Security Attaché
Greater Sudbury Police Service
Harris Canada Systems, Inc.
Insurance Bureau of Canada
International Cooperation Department, French National Police
Listuguj Police Department
London Police Service
Los Angeles Police Department
Madrid Municipal Police, Spain
Medicine Hat Police Department
Military Police
Ministry of Attorney General
New Westminister Police Service
Newark Police Department
Niagara Regional Police Service
North Bay Police Service
Ontario Provincial Police
Ottawa Police Service
Peel Police Services Board
Peel Regional Police
Philippine National Police
Politie Rotterdam-Rijinmond
Port Moody Police Department
Power Corporation of Canada
Punjab Police, India
RCMP Canadian Police College
Regina Police Service
R.C.M.P. - Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment
R.C.M.P. - Ridge Meadows Detachment
R.C.M.P. - South District
R.C.M.P. - Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment
R.C.M.P. - Canadian Firearms Programs, Firearms Service Delivery
R.C.M.P. - Coquitlam Detachment
R.C.M.P. - Criminal Operations
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
Royal Roads University
Sannich Police
San Mateo Police Department
Saskatoon Police Service
Sault Ste Marie Police Service
Seattle Police Department
Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Service de police, Ville de Gatineau
Six Nations Police
Solicitor General and Public Security
Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police
SupportLink International
Sûreté Québec
Thunder Bay Police Service
Toronto Police Service
Toronto Police Service - Community Mobilization
Transit Police - SCBCTA Police Service
Truro Police Board
Tsuu T'ina Nation Police Commission
Vancouver Police Department
Warsaw Metropolitan Police, Poland
West Vancouver Police Department
Wilfrid Laurier University Special Constable Service
Winnipeg Police Association
Winnipeg Police Service
York Regional Police

Some Comments from our Delegates

  • A fabulous conference with a wide range of outstanding speakers and law enforcement professionals. It should be a day longer!...Birmingham Police Department
  • Great Conference! Well worth the trip!...CAPB
  • Excellent! Leadership principles everyone can use in their role!...City of Grande Prairie
  • Excellent presentation touching on the issues that all police agencies deal with. Excellent facilities....RCMP
  • Great, well organized and excellent topics....RCMP E Division
  • Well organization, good speakers, positive attitude....Royal Roads University, School of Peace and Conflict Management

2011 Guest Speakers

bassGary Bass, O.O.M. (Ret'd)

Deputy Commissioner 
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Deputy Commissioner Bass joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in New Brunswick in 1971 and, following training, was posted to Canada’s East Coast where he worked in general duties, Underwater Recovery Operations, National Criminal Intelligence Section and General Investigation Section. 

In 1992, he was commissioned to the rank of Inspector and transferred to British Columbia’s Provincial Serious Crime Section. Deputy Commissioner Bass has investigated and overseen a multitude of complex investigations, including several hundred homicides. He has been accepted as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of Canada with respect to Major Case Management, Organized Crime and Drug investigations. 

In December 2006, Deputy Commissioner Bass was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner, Pacific Region and Commanding Officer “E” Division for the RCMP in British Columbia. He was responsible for all policing matters for the 5,800 police officers serving hundreds of communities from 127 detachments.


blairWilliam Blair

President, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Chief of Police, Toronto Police Service

Chief Blair was appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service in April 2005. The city of Toronto has one of the largest municipal police services in North America, employing over 5,200 officers and more than 2,000 civilian staff. 

In January 2001, Chief Blair was promoted to Staff Superintendent and became the Commander of Central Field. In this role, he was responsible for nine police divisions within the inner city with approximately 2,000 personnel; as well as, the centralization of the Paid Duty System Administration and overseeing major community events. 

In January 2003, he was the Staff Superintendent in Charge of Detective Support and was responsible for all specialized criminal investigations, including organized crime and national security issues. 

In March 2005, Chief Blair was appointed the Interim Deputy Chief of Policing Operations Command, where he was responsible for the management of all uniform field divisions.


bassRoger L. Brown

Assistant Commissioner
Commanding Officer, "Depot" Division
Royal Canadian Mounted Police 

Assistant Commissioner Brown assumed the duties of Commanding Officer of “Depot” Division in June 2008, becoming the 55th Commanding Officer of the RCMP Academy.  Prior to his appointment, he was Officer in Charge of Protective Operations in the National Capital Region and was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in Charge of the Protective Policing Business Line.

Assistant Commissioner Brown joined the RCMP in 1980 and served in Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec and later in Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador.  He has held a variety of positions within the organization, including Officer in Charge of Human Resources for the RCMP Central Region, Program Development Officer in Officer’s Staffing and Personnel and Officer in Charge of the Executive/Diplomatic Protection Section. 

Assistant Commissioner Brown has extensive experience in the field of Human Resources, having completed studies at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, St. Francis Xavier, Dalhousie University and the University of Waterloo.


cessfordJim Cessford, M.O.M.

Chief Constable, Delta Police Department
Program Director 

Chief Constable Cessford has been a Police Chief for 16 years, and was appointed to his position with the Delta Police Department in 1995. 

Prior to this appointment, he was Superintendent in Charge of Edmonton’s Downtown Division. 

Chief Cessford’s career with the Edmonton Police Service spanned 27 years, where he worked as a homicide and major crimes investigator for 14 years. 

Chief Cessford has been recognized and designated by the courts as an expert hostage negotiator after handling numerous high-risk situations as a primary negotiator.

Upon his arrival at the Delta Police Department, Chief Constable Cessford moved community based policing to new levels. He has also been instrumental through the strategic planning process in bringing about sound leadership training education to the Department’s members and volunteers. In 2009, he received the "Citizen of the Year Award" by the city of Delta.  In June 2010, he was inducted by the Governor General as a Member of the Order of Merit.



courtIvan Court

Mayor, Saint John, New Brunswick
President, Canadian Association of Police Boards

Mayor Court was elected President of the Canadian Association of Police Boards (CAPB) in August 2010.  The CAPB is the only national organization dedicated to excellence in police governance in Canada.

Mayor Court is serving his first term as Mayor of Saint John, New Brunswick.  In his role with the Saint John Common Council, Mayor Court sat on the Saint John Emergency Management Organization, was the 1st Vice-President of the Cities of New Brunswick Association from 2006 to 2007;  and sat on the Finance Task Force of the Saint John Board of Police Commissioners and the Saint John Ability Advisory Committee.

Mayor Court has also served on a number of other committees including the Nominating Committee, Environment Committee, and Saint John Industrial Parks. He was Co-chair of the Mayor’s Challenge Cup for area high schools in 2002, the Canadian Committee on Shipbuilding and Policy, and was a member of the Mayor’s Committee for new revenue ideas for Saint John.



MadridPolice-logoOskar de Santos Tapia

Chief Deputy Inspector
Madrid Municipal Police, Spain 

Chief  Deputy Inspector de Santos joined the Madrid Municipal Police in 1982. He is currently Chief Deputy Inspector of the Technical Office for Analysis, with functions relating to planning, evaluation and strategic analysis.

Chief  Deputy Inspector de Santos’ qualifications and credentials include a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Sociology.  His credentials also identify him as a Specialist in the Management and Coordination of Public Security, a Specialist in the Management of Local Public Safety and a Master of Intelligence Analysis.

Chief Deputy Inspector de Santos has led the Madrid Municipal Police ‘Guardian Agent’ project. He currently lectures at the Carlos III University as a collaborator on Organizational Culture.  

Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain.  The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million (as of December 2009) and the entire population of the metropolitan area is calculated to be nearly 6.5 million.


domaMohamed Doma

Senior Partner
Canadian Professional Management Services

Mr. Doma has worked extensively with policing organizations that have required his expertise, diplomacy, knowledge and expert counsel in such areas as strategic planning, contract negotiations, labour relations and executive coaching.

Mr. Doma has facilitated complex discussions regarding policing services and community expectations, the Police Complaints process, integration of municipal and federal services, and by order in council, has facilitated the discussion regarding the integration amongst the South Vancouver Island Police Departments.

Other policing experience includes the development of a five year strategic plan for the BC Association of Chiefs of Police, the integration of the Organized Crime Agency of BC with the RCMP and a strategic planning model for the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service as they transitioned from a transportation to a policing organization. Mr. Doma developed and facilitated a series of leadership programs to the Canadian Association of Police Boards, the Vancouver Police Department, the Delta Police Department and the Abbotsford Police Department to name a few.


domaJohn Diaz

Chief of Police
Seattle Police Department

Chief Diaz became the Interim Chief of Police in May 2009, and was sworn into office as the permanent Police Chief by Mayor McGinn in August 2010.

Chief Diaz began his career with the Seattle Police Department in 1980. He was appointed Deputy Chief in 2001, overseeing the Operations Bureau, one of the Department’s two main bureaus. The Operations Bureau consists of Special Operations, Patrol Operations that includes crime analysis and five precincts, and Criminal Investigations that includes violent crimes, special victim crimes, narcotics, internet crimes against children, and human trafficking.

As Deputy Chief, Chief Diaz led the Administration Bureau and managed a budget of over $187 million for five years.

Chief Diaz is a syndicate director for the Leadership in Counter Terrorism (LinCT), which is a joint leadership program between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Australian Institute of Police Management and the Police Services of Northern Ireland.


elliottWilliam J. S. Elliott

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Commissioner Elliott practiced law in Ottawa until joining the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada in 1988.  In that office, he held various roles including Chief of Staff, and provided advice and analysis on a broad range of economic, social and policy issues. In 1992, Commissioner Elliott joined the Department of Justice and was subsequently appointed Head of Legal Services for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. He was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in 1998. 

In 2000, Commissioner Elliott was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security, at Transport Canada. He was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Security and Intelligence, in 2003. In that role, he supported the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, and was Secretary of the Cabinet Committee on Security, Public Health and Emergencies. In the role of Associate Deputy Minister of Pubic Safety, he was National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister from April 2005 to May 2006. Commissioner Elliott became the 22nd Commissioner of the RCMP on July 2007.


Peter GermanPeter German

Deputy Commissioner
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 30 years, Deputy Commissioner German has worked on uniform and plainclothes duties in every province and territory, with postings in Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Ontario.

He has served on urban and rural detachments, security service, professional standards, and commercial crime duties, including as a detective inspector charged with major fraud and corruption investigations in the National Capital Region. Between 2002 and 2005, he was the Director General of Financial Crime, responsible for the Force’s commercial crime, market enforcement and proceeds of crime programs, and was the Lower Mainland District’s Commander between 2007 and 2011. On March 1, 2011, he assumed the role of Deputy Commissioner West, with responsibility for the RCMP’s four Western and three Northern divisions.

He holds graduate degrees in law and political science, including a doctorate in law from the University of London, and is the author of a legal text, Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering.


hermanRobert P. Herman

Chief of Police, Thunder Bay Police Service
President, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

Chief Herman of the Thunder Bay Police Service was appointed the 59th President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) in June 2010. He is the first Chief from Thunder Bay to become the OACP president. The OACP currently has more than 1,500 members and represents the RCMP, OPP, First Nations, and Municipal Police Services. 

A decorated 30-year police veteran, Chief Herman joined the Thunder Bay Police Service in 1980 and was appointed chief in 2000. 

In 2005, he initiated a Diversity in Policing project, which included biased free policing training for all Thunder Bay Police Service members. Chief Herman brings impressive credentials to the OACP presidency and is a strong voice for both northern and First Nations policing communities. 

Chief Herman is past chair of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario and has held a number of positions within the OACP during his career.


elliottPeter Hourihan

Deputy Commissioner 
Commanding Officer, "E" Division
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

With 34 years of service with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Deputy Commissioner Hourihan has worked in a variety of policing roles throughout Canada. 

After joining the Force in 1976, his first posting was in “F” Division (Saskatchewan) where he served in five different Detachments. After leaving Saskatchewan his career took him to “G” Division (Northwest Territories), National Headquarters in Ottawa, “D” Division (Manitoba) and “K” Division (Alberta) and now “E” Division (British Columbia)  as Assistant Commissioner and Commanding Officer. 

Throughout his career, Deputy Commissioner Hourihan has gained extensive experience in General Duty, Traffic, Commercial Crime, Proceeds of Crime, Northern Policing, Corporate Management and Criminal Operations. 

Deputy Commissioner Hourihan has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ottawa. He received the Long Service medal in 1996, Bronze Clasp in 2001 and Silver clasp in 2006. He received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.


johnstonRobert Johnston

Chief of Police
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

Chief Johnston was appointed Chief of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in May 2010. Chief Johnston is a 30-year veteran of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and has worked in the areas of criminal investigations, crisis negotiations, VIP security and tactical response. 

Prior to his appointment as Chief, he served as Deputy Chief of Police responsible for the Criminal Operations Division.

Chief Johnston has completed numerous courses in the areas of criminal investigation at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa. 

He is also a graduate from the Executive Development Course at the Centre for Management Development at Memorial University of Newfoundland. 

He is a member of both the executive board for the John Howard Society and the board of directors for the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.


kukielkaRobert Kukiełka

Deputy Chief
Warsaw Metropolitan Police, Poland

Deputy Chief Kukiełka became Deputy Chief Commander of the Warsaw Metropolitan Police in 2009.  He has a Masters Degree in economics.  He has also completed postgraduate studies in accountancy and financial control, European integration, and management.

Prior to his appointment, Deputy Chief Kukiełka was Head of Finance and Budgeting with the Warsaw Metropolitan Police.  

He also has experience as Commander of the Polish Police Contingent and Head of the Investigation Department Headquarters in Sarajevo for the mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Deputy Chief Kukiełka’s experience also includes Advisor to the Police Commander in Zeneca, Head of the Financial Department of the Municipal Police Station in Jelenia Góra, and Assistant to the First Deputy Chief of the National Police Commander.


lepinePeter Lepine

Chief Constable
West Vancouver Police Department

Chief Constable Lepine joined the West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD) in September 2009, after a 30 year career in the RCMP. During the first 10 years of his policing career, he served at the Surrey Detachment, working in a number of roles including Patrol, School Liaison, Special Projects and the Economic Crime Unit. After returning to the RCMP Training Academy to serve within the firearms training unit for three years, Chief Lepine returned to British Columbia to serve as a Road Supervisor. 

In 2000, Chief Lepine was commissioned to the rank of Inspector and transferred to Nova Scotia where he led the Operational Support Division for the Atlantic Region Informatics Program. He led the Operations Division of the Halifax Detachment for three years. In 2005, Chief Lepine once again returned to BC to command the RCMP’s Coquitlam Detachment, where he served until taking up his duties as Chief Constable of the WVPD.

Chief Lepine was awarded a Distinguished Long Service Medal and Bronze Clasp by the RCMP, and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in recognition for his dedication toward domestic violence intervention and his work within a community policing environment.


lewisChris D. Lewis

Ontario Provincial Police

Commissioner Lewis was appointed Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in August 2010. In this role, he is responsible for one of North America’s largest deployed police services. Commissioner Lewis oversees front-line delivery, administrative support services, as well as specialized and multi-jurisdictional investigations throughout the province of Ontario.

Commissioner Lewis has over 31 years of policing experience with the OPP. He has a vast amount of experience within many investigative disciplines, as well as tactical and field operations. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. From 1993 to 1995, he was seconded to the RCMP to help establish and lead the Cornwall Regional Task Force.

Commissioner Lewis has led the OPP response to a number of high-profile events impacting Ontario’s safety and security.   Commissioner Lewis was seconded to the Ministry of the Solicitor General in 1996 and as the Director of the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario in 1997.


WinnipegPolice-logoRobert Keith McCaskill

Chief of Police
Winnipeg Police Service

Chief McCaskill was appointed the 16th Chief of Police for the City of Winnipeg in December 2007.  Chief McCaskill’s career commenced with the Winnipeg Police Service in 1976. He has worked in a number of areas throughout the Service, including uniform patrol, plain clothes investigations and undercover investigations.

Throughout his career, he has commanded many different areas of the Service including Uniform Divisions, Internal Investigations and the Criminal Investigations Division.

In 2005, he retired after 29 years of service and became the Coordinator of Aboriginal and Municipal Law Enforcement for the Province of Manitoba.  In this role, he was responsible for ensuring Municipal and Aboriginal Law Enforcement agencies were providing adequate and effective policing for the citizens of Manitoba.  He also took on a number of other responsibilities, including Chairing the Manitoba Meth Task Force, and the coordination of the Amber Alert protocol for the Province of Manitoba.


ordeSir Hugh Orde, OBE

President, Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland

Sir Orde was appointed President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in April 2009. Prior to his appointment, Sir Orde was Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 

Sir Orde was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner in October 1999, and was given day-to-day responsibility for the Commissioner’s Enquiry (Stevens III) into collusion and the murder of a prominent solicitor in Northern Ireland. He was appointed the Commander (Crime) for South West London in June 1998, and in April 1999 he was the Officer in Command for the aftermath of the Brixton bomb. 

Sir Orde was also responsible for the development of Operation Trident, which was set-up to deal with the issues of crack cocaine and murder while in this post. A graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, Sir Orde also holds a degree in Public Administration and an honours Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent.


parentMarc Parent

Service de police de la ville de Montréal

Marc Parent was appointed Director of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) in September 2010, Canada’s second largest police force with 4,650 men and women under his command, along with 1,600 civilians.

Since 2005, Directeur Parent has held the position of Assistant Director in the city’s South at first then North region. In terms of diversity, including racial profiling issues, his method is viewed as a benchmark because of the numerous innovative projects set up by him within his sector, including a professional approach that speaks volumes due to the high-benefit projects he deployed in sensitive areas such as addiction, homelessness, spousal and interfamily abuse.

As head of the SPVM, Directeur Parent declared “I am well aware of the enormous expectations for our organization. That’s why openness and ethics will be at the heart of my action plan…”

A change management expert, his journey is considered a reference because he managed to combine healthy management, independence and integrity.


elliottWayne Rideout

Chief Superintendent 
Deputy Criminal Operations Officer, "E" Division
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

In December 2010, with 29 years of service in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Superintendent Rideout was appointed Chief Superintendent - Deputy Criminal Operations Officer, “E” Division, a position which oversees the Provincial policing operations for British Columbia including Major Crime.

Prior to this appointment, he served two and a half years as the Operations Officer at Surrey Detachment, Canada’s largest Detachment, managing uniform policing operations including Patrol, Traffic, Youth, District Community Policing and Professional Standards.  

In 2003, Chief Superintendent Rideout was the Officer in Charge of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT). A unit that is responsible for the investigation of homicides, missing persons in which foul play is suspected and police involved death or serious injury incidents in 25 RCMP detachments and municipal police agencies throughout the lower mainland of BC.


Birmingham-logoA. C. Roper

Chief of Police
Birmingham Police Department 

Chief Roper was appointed Birmingham’s 33rd Chief of Police in November 2007.  He has over 24 years of law enforcement experience. His career began with the Montgomery Police Department in 1985. 

Chief Roper has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Troy University. He holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. 

Chief Roper has over 25 years of experience in the Army Reserves where he serves as a Colonel.  He deployed during Operation Desert Shield and again during Operation Enduring Freedom.  He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, and the General Douglas McArthur Leadership Award, which is given annually to the top U.S. Army Officers in the nation. 

Chief Roper is also a licensed and ordained minister serving at the Faith Chapel Christian Center in Birmingham, Alabama.