CPKN is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors of senior level policing professionals from police services and training institutions. The Board sets strategic direction and develops high-level strategic initiatives.
Chief Kimberley Greenwood is in her 35th year of her policing career. She began her career with the Toronto Police Service where she served in Divisional Policing, Detective Operations, Human Resources Command, and Professional Standards. On March 26, 2013 she was appointed the ninth Chief of Police for the Barrie Police Service.
Chief Greenwood is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. She serves as co-Chair of the CACP Crime Prevention, Community Safety and Well-Being Committee and is Chair of the OACP’s Police Human Resources Committee. In addition she has chaired many policing advisory committees and working groups. Some of her community endeavours include Women’s College Hospital Foundation, Girl Guides of Canada, and the Hugh McMillan Centre.
Chief Greenwood has completed the Police Leadership Program at Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto and is a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Justice Studies) graduate from the University of Guelph Humber.
Superintendent Graham Beverly has been the Commander of York Regional Police Corporate Development Services since 2015. This includes Training and Education, Staff Development and Uniform Recruiting. Prior to that he was the District Commander at #2 District in Richmond Hill and Thornhill.
Supt Beverly joined York Regional Police in 1987 and has worked in Uniform Patrol, Investigative Units, Duty Office, Staff Development and Training and Education.
He serves on Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Committees, including the Training, Education and Professional Development Committee. He also sits on the Board of Directors and Accreditation Committee of the Ontario Municipal Management Institute (OMMI) and is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).
Supt Beverly is a graduate of Seneca College Business Administration and the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program. He is married with 2 children, a son and daughter, and his son is also a Police Officer with York Regional Police.
Jean-Michel Blais has over twenty-nine years of policing experience, having served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the United Nations and now with Halifax Regional Police (HRP). He began his policing career in 1988 in the RCMP which saw him work in Québec, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia in the areas of municipal, provincial, aboriginal and federal policing. He also worked in the RCMP’s disciplinary tribunal as a chief adjudicator and a chief prosecutor.
He was also seconded to the United Nations in Haiti as a frontline police officer in 1995 and as the Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of operations in 2008. In January 2010, following the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, he returned there to personally lead the recovery of two Canadian police officers and the senior management of the United Nations mission who had perished in the collapse of the UN headquarters. In October 2012, after twenty-five years in the RCMP, Jean-Michel retired from the RCMP at the rank of Chief Superintendent to become the fourth chief of HRP where he works currently.
Since his arrival in HRP, he has reoriented the senior ranks of the organisation and spearheaded a new 10-year Strategic Plan. He has also been heavily engaged in the community on The Salvation Army Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of United Way Halifax. In 2014 and 2015, he was the co-chair for the United Way’s Charitable Workplace Campaign, helping to raise more than $12 million dollars.
He has two degrees, one in political science and economics from McGill University and another in law from Université Laval in Québec City. He has published several works on international and national police-related topics, including organised crime, Internet child pornography, human rights, the rule of law in Haiti, aboriginal law and the use of human sources in policing. He has also lectured extensively on leadership and modern police management, with emphasis on dealing with problem employees, unexpected events, the legal obligations of the employer, sustainability of policing in Canada and mental health in policing.
Jean-Michel’s interests vary from reading and writing to cycling and hockey as a hockey Canada Level III referee. He resides in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia and is married with three children aged 31, 24 and 14 as well as two dogs.
Assistant Commissioner Côté grew up in Baie-Comeau, Quebec; an industrial town of 24,000 located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, 870 km east of Ottawa.
He joined the RCMP in 1992. After basic training in Regina, A/Commr. Côté was posted to Kelowna, British Columbia where he performed front-line policing duties and drug work.
In 1996, he was selected for the RCMP Musical Ride and performed community and public outreach with tours across
Canada, Europe and the United States.
In 2000, he was transferred to Toronto and completed VIP training. In 2001, he assumed onboard aircraft protection details, more commonly referred to as air marshal duties, following the event of September 11th.
In 2004, A/Commr. Côté transferred to the National Security Program at the RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa.
In 2009, he received his commission as the Executive Officer to the Commanding Officer of the former RCMP “A” Division.
In 2011, A/Commr. Côté was posted to Cornwall, Ontario, and given the command of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. An integrated law enforcement unit mandated to investigate the criminal exploitation of the Canadian and US border by organized crime. In that role, he worked very closely with the Indigenous community.
In October 2012, A/Commr. Côté assumed the leadership of the Windsor Detachment as the Commander in Charge where he took a significant transformation leadership role in cross-border enforcement co-operation and the operationalization of Shiprider in the Windsor-Detroit area.
In 2012, A/Commr. Côté completed the Executive Development Program.
In 2013, he was appointed Aide-de-Camps to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
In 2014, A/Commr. Côté was posted back to Ottawa. He addressed the recommendations of the Office of the
Auditor General through the implementation of a national solution providing police services the technological
tools to update criminal records to CPIC in real time.
In 2018, A/Commr. Côté assumed the Executive Director command of the Canadian Police College (CPC).
Through a strong team of engaged and progressive thinkers, he has initiated an overhaul of the CPC service
model in response to the evolving training needs of the domestic and international community.
A/Commr. Côté owns a diversified portfolio of police experience. He is a Member of the Order of Merit for
Police Forces (M.O.M). He enjoys an active lifestyle. He and his spouse are committed mountain bikers. Serge
has completed several Ottawa marathons with the Detroit-Windsor race being the latest credit to his running
Retired Winnipeg Chief of Police Devon Clunis believes one person can make a difference and that together, we can change the world. Devon was the 17th Chief of Police in Winnipeg and the first black Chief of Police in Canadian history.
He ventured into the policing arena to set an example for minority youth and throughout his 29 year career, was fortunate to help lead immense change in Winnipeg, both in terms of crime reduction, but more importantly, cultural and socio-economic inclusion.
Devon believes effective policing is foundational to a just and civil society and that transformational police leadership can help a society achieve our human potential; creating communities were “everyone” is safe and healthy. Devon hopes to continue leading change by empowering future leaders in all sectors to see the potential and work collaboratively in achieving our shared future.
Dale Larsen joined Corrections and Policing, Ministry of Justice in May 2013, after serving 35 years with the Moose Jaw Police Services – the last five years as Chief of Police. He leaves the Moose Jaw Police Service in a positive state with expanded community outreach, and a commitment to furthering the operational philosophy of community policing through Community Mobilization initiatives.
His leadership skills and policing knowledge have seen him actively engaged in executive committees at the community level, through to provincial involvement with the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police and Criminal Intelligence Services Saskatchewan. Dale was honoured to be a guest presenter on police use of force at the 2008 International Conference of the Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement. The Saskatchewan Police College has benefited from his instruction in defensive tactics and use of force as well as lectures and discussions on ethics and decision-making.
A believer in life-long learning, Dale’s education and interests lie in the areas of business, human resources, senior police executive development and police studies.
Between 2006 and 2008 Dale left policing briefly to accept the position of Director of Security for the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation.
Dale and his wife, Kathy, have three adult sons.
For the last 30 years, Michel has served in various communities in BC as well as in Ottawa, Ontario. He primarily worked in such capacities as General Duty, Major Crimes, Crime Prevention, Training and Human Resources.
For the last twenty-four years, Michel has been involved in learning & development, performance improvement initiative, change management and organizational behavior as a supervisor, manager, executive and coach.
Michel holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University and also is a sessional Instructor for the Justice Institute of British Columbia and Camosun College.
Most importantly, Michel is the husband of Leah and father to two wonderful children Tessa and Alexandre.
Superintendent (ret.) Peter Lennox retired from the Toronto Police Service in February 2018, after four years as commander of the Toronto Police College and five years as a divisional commander. He also sat as a disciplinary hearings officer, a function he continues to fulfill.
Pete joined the Metropolitan Toronto Police in 1982, and held a variety of assignments, including front-line policing (at various ranks and in four policing divisions), human resources, community policing, fraud investigation, training, and local and corporate planning.
During his career, he served on several committees of the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police and was on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Municipal Management Institute (OMMI). He was educated at the University of Toronto and holds a degree in English and history. He has undertaken several community initiatives outside policing, including three years on the board of directors of the then-Oshawa-Durham Symphony Orchestra. He currently serves as the chair of the Wollaston Public Library Board in Ontario.
Pete currently works as a consultant as well as undertaking various volunteer roles.
Born and raised in Victoria, Chief Constable Del Manak started his policing career with four years of service with the Vancouver Police Department. He came to VicPD in 1993, where he has served in a variety of sections and roles.
Chief Manak has an extensive traffic safety background. He spent five years in the VicPD Traffic section, where he was a collision analyst and part of the escort and drill team. Selected to set up a provincial government pilot project, Chief Manak helped create the Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) in the Capital Regional District. The success of this pilot program led to the expansion of other IRSU units throughout the province.
Promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2006, Chief Manak served as the Officer In Charge of Human Resources for over 3 years. He has personally hired more than 60 officers, or nearly one quarter of VicPD’s current members. He then oversaw the Patrol Division until he was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in 2010. He was promoted to Chief Constable on July 1st, 2017.
Chief Manak is a graduate of the Dalhousie University Police Leadership Program, the FBI's National Academy Program, and is in the process of completing a master’s degree at Simon Fraser University in Terrorism, Risk and Security Studies.
Remaining active in the community remains important to Chief Manak. He is involved in coaching baseball, hockey and soccer and has proudly coached over 30 teams through the years.
Paul Martin has been a police officer for the past 28 years and has spent his entire career with the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS). He began his career in frontline patrol in Oshawa, and has served in a number of operational and administrative units, including Tactical Operations, Nuclear Division and Human Resources.
Paul was a key figure in the development and implementation of the Nuclear Security Division shortly after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Paul has officially held the office of Chief of Police for the Durham Regional Police Service since the Change of Command ceremony on June 10th, 2014.
Paul moved with his family to Oshawa at a young age and attended Eastdale Collegiate. He is a graduate of Royal Roads University with a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and the University of Guelph with a degree in Justice Studies. Paul also has a diploma in Police Foundations from Humber College. He is an active member in the community, coaching youth soccer and hockey and is a past president of the Durham Children's Aid Society Board of Directors. Paul currently is co-chair of the OACP Diversity and Inclusion Committee and sits on the CACP Counter-Terrorism and National Security Committee. He also sits on the Canadian Red Cross Board of Directors.
Paul has lived in Durham Region most of his life and has been married to his wife Darby for 15 years. They have two children Maci (14yrs) and Miller (12yrs).
Deputy Chief Barbara McLean is a senior police leader with over 28 years of experience with the Toronto Police Service. She has extensive experience and a proven track record in policing, public safety, community engagement, policy development, strategic planning, fiscal accountability, and leadership development. These skills are a result of applied experience and leadership in areas including front-line policing, marine policing, criminal investigation, human resources, training and development, incident command, and through her commitment to lifelong learning and community involvement.
Barbara McLean was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief in August 2017, following an extensive global search for a successful candidate. Deputy Chief McLean is currently in charge of Human Resources Command, which is comprised of two core functions: People and Culture (responsible for Labour Relations, Wellness, Talent Acquisition, People Strategy and Performance and Business Partnership) and Corporate Risk Management (responsible for Professional Standards, Legal Services, and the Toronto Police College). This Command is responsible for ensuring that the hiring, training, discipline and development of Service members continues to be an ongoing, progressive priority.
In 2016, Barbara was selected by Chief Mark Saunders and Toronto Police Services Board Chair, Andy Pringle, to be a member of the Transformational Task Force whose mandate was to develop the vision and make recommendations to modernize policing in the City of Toronto. Barbara remains a key leader and influencer in the modernization strategy and its implementation.
One of Barbara’s major leadership assignments began in January of 2017. As a strategic partner with the Service’s Human Resources Management team, she was instrumental in driving the HR Modernization implementation with a People Plan and a restructuring strategy designed to position human resources to deliver programs needed to further the Service’s modernization vision.
Barbara holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (St. Francis Xavier University), a Master of Business Administration (York University), a Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources (University of Toronto), and Certificates in Criminology (University of Toronto) and Teaching Effectiveness (Humber College). She is also a Certified Municipal Manager - Level 3 Police Executive. Service and volunteering are very important to Barbara. In addition to her regular duties, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN), as well as participating on the National Joint Committee of Senior Justice Officials (NJC). She also serves on the Toronto Police Service’s LGBTQ Community Consultative Committee and is a founding member and current advisor to the Service’s LGBTQ Internal Support Network. Barbara is a mentor and advocate within TPS - driving engagement, improved service delivery and strategic partnerships.
Barbara is an active board member for MADD Toronto whose mission is to stop impaired driving and support victims of crime. She also serves as an engaged service volunteer with Windreach Farm, a fully accessible working farm that provides an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment for persons of all ages and abilities in Whitby, Ontario.
Danny Paterson has been a police officer for more than 28 years for the City of Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, the last five years as Chief. Throughout his policing career, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to the principles of transparency and accountability while demonstrating respect, consistency and integrity.
Chief Paterson has established a solid expertise in the police community including 15 years in a variety of management and executive positions. A Passionate leader, he is known for his effectiveness in solving problems and meeting the challenges of the mandates entrusted in him. A sought-after teacher, he has created numerous training programs dealing with, among other things, with the use of force and supervision
Chief Paterson is a member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (M.O.M.). He was awarded the Police Meritorious Service Medal. He completed a Master in Public Administration in 2008. He has been a volunteer with many organizations since 2005.
Chief Pedersen has more than 35 years of exceptional police experience and is well regarded for his contribution to police education.
He holds a Master of Public Administration from Western University, a Diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, and is a graduate of executive leadership programs from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, the National Police Improvement Agency in the United Kingdom, and the Senior Management Institute for Police through the Police Executive Research Forum in the United States
He holds the Certified Municipal Manager Police Executive Level 3 Designation and an Executive Diploma in Management Level 7 through the Chartered Management Institute. He is the proud recipient of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.
Paul became the Chief of the Greater Sudbury Police Service in 2014 and continues to be a proponent for change and innovation. He is a strong advocate for community policing and Sudbury’s full circle approach to community safety and wellbeing.
Deputy Chief Constable Steve Rai has been a member of the Vancouver Police Department since 1990. He was born in Punjab, India, and immigrated to Vancouver at a young age. Prior to joining the Department, he was a Canadian Forces Reserve member and attended the University of British Columbia where he completed a bachelor of arts degree in Asian studies. He also completed a master of arts in criminal justice from the University of the Fraser Valley.
Deputy Rai started his career with eight years as a patrol constable in District 3, where his duties included field training and mentoring new police officers. He also drew on his cultural background to work extensively, at the street level, with the District’s South Asian community. Deputy Chief Constable Rai also completed assignments in the Vancouver Police Jail, as a Recruiting Unit investigator, and a secondment to the former Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit. He completed a second operational tour in District 1, including managing the Davie Street Community Policing Office, where he partnered with local community leaders, business owners, and volunteers to address neighbourhood crime and order issues.
In addition to his regular duties, Deputy Chief Constable Rai completed a number of concurrent assignments, including ten years as an Emergency Response Team Hostage Negotiator, six years with the VPD’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team and three years with the Forensic Interview Team, utilizing his Punjabi second language skills.
Deputy Chief Constable Rai is qualified as a Bronze, Silver, and Gold Public Order Commander, and has been involved in a number of high-profile and protracted public protests and demonstrations. He was the incident commander for many public events, including Occupy Vancouver, the 2010 Olympics, and the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot.
Deputy Chief Constable Rai sits on numerous local and national committees. In 2006, he was the only Canadian police applicant to be selected for the US State Department’s International Leadership Development Program, which brought together police leaders from throughout the world.
Deputy Chief Constable Rai is the recipient of a Chief Constable’s Commendation for “courage and professionalism,” and two Chief Constable Unit Citations. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Khalsa Diwan Society Exemplary Community Service Award and was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in May 2016. The Order of Merit is a fellowship of honour recognizing the highest qualities of citizenship, service to Canada, to the police community and to humanity at large.
Jennifer Richens joined the RCMP in April 2019 in the role of Director General, Learning and Development, located at National Headquarters.
She comes to the RCMP with a wealth of experience from the Canada Border Services Agency where, among other roles, she led the transformation of recruit training to be the armed, integrated program that exists today. She also worked for the Canada School of Public Service where she introduced technology-enabled learning.
Prior to joining the government, Jennifer had an international career in high tech where she held senior management positions with Nortel and was responsible for large, international transformation programs.
She has lived and worked in 17 countries, including four years with American Express Middle East HQ in Bahrain.
Jennifer is avid equestrian and pursues many diverse outdoor activities. She has sailed the Indian, Caribbean, and Atlantic oceans, skied competitively and climbed mount Kilimanjaro. She speaks five languages and has a great sense of humour.
Sandy Sweet has been an advocate for the integration of enhanced learning technologies within Canada's police community since 2004 when he was part of a group of like minded individuals from the Canadian policing sector to form the Canadian Police Knowledge Network. Since that time a growing network of stakeholders have advanced CPKN from a pioneering concept to a highly successful reality.
With a focus on building productive relationships, Sandy has played a leading role in mobilizing the police community in its transition to online learning models and creating a national knowledge-sharing network of police services and training organizations. He speaks to audiences across Canada and internationally about the challenges of introducing 'disruptive innovations' into organizational culture and the evolution of learning technologies in the policing environment. In 2012, his contributions to the IT industry were recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Innovation and Technology Association of Prince Edward Island.
A native of Nova Scotia, Sandy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and a Masters of Business Administration from Dalhousie University.