Confirmed Speakers for 2014
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Jim Cessford M.O.M.
Delta Police Department
Chief Constable Jim Cessford has been with the Delta Police Department since February 1995 and is Canada's longest serving Police Chief. He was with Edmonton Police Service prior to that for 27 years. He has lectured at universities, colleges, symposiums and conferences throughout North America with emphasis on leadership, strategic planning and visioning. He is currently serving on his second term on the Kwantlen College Criminology Advisory Board; chairs various charitable causes and is Project Manager and speaker for both Canadian and American Divisions of the International Conference for Police and Law Enforcement Executives. He's served as President of the BCAMCP, BCACP, chaired the Canadian Police Research Centre Advisory Board in Ottawa along with being a member of the restructuring board for the Organized Crime Agency of BC and served on the Braidwood Recommendations Implementation Committee and Metro Vancouver Committee on Policing Issues. He coached the Delta Police/Fire Hockey teams in the World Police and Fire Games in 2009 and 2011. He Received the Governor General's First Bar for 40 years of Exemplary Police Service; was Delta's Citizen of the Year in 2009; received the Order of Merit for Police Services in 2010 by the Honourable Governor General Michaelle Jean and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Mohamed Doma, M.B.A.
Canadian Professional Management Services
Mr. Doma has worked extensively with uniformed service organizations by providing them his expertise, knowledge, and diplomatic approach in such areas as strategic planning, contract negotiations, labour relations, organizational development, and executive coaching. As a facilitator, Mr. Doma is frequently requested to facilitate executive leadership programs to international audiences. Through his ability to combine his knowledge and experience with a unique style, he is able to captivate and motivate audiences of all ranks in police, fire, and uniformed emergency services.
In addition, Mr. Doma is a skilled mediator who is able to quickly identify the common ground among the parties to create strategic solutions. Some of these discussions have included regional bargaining associations for the Police Complaints Process, fire jurisdictions, and by order in council, the integration of police departments. Other achievements include the development of a five-year strategic plan for the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police, the integration of the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia with the RCMP, and the development of the strategic plan for the Transit Police Service.
Robert Friedmann, PH.D.
Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), Georgia State University
Dr. Friedmann is the Director of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange and Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at Georgia State University. He was the Distinguished Chair of Public Safety Partnerships from 2007 to 2010 and served as Chair of the Criminal Justice Department from 1989 to 2002 at Georgia State University. His research interest and published work focus on community policing, terrorism, and crime analysis. He has authored several books and numerous articles and research reports on crime and criminal justice focusing on policing and public safety.
He assisted in security planning and preparation for the 1996 Olympic Games (Atlanta), the G-8 (2004), and the 2012 Olympic Games (London). He served as a chair or member of several blue ribbon commissions and on the advisory board of several professional associations. He works closely with a number of police departments, in Georgia, the U.S. and internationally, on community policing and homeland security. He is the recipient of the Georgia Governor's Public Safety Award (2008) and the J. Edgar Hoover Memorial Scholarship Award (2009).
Chief of Police
Phoenix Police Department
Chief Garcia is Chief of the Phoenix Police Department. He is a 34-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. He became a Sergeant in 1990 and quickly rose through the ranks, getting promoted in September 1993 to Deputy Chief, and then to Assistant Chief in November 2004. In his tenure as a member of the command staff, he served in almost every area of the Dallas Police Department, including patrol, firearms instruction, homeland security, internal affairs, and personnel. Chief Garcia earned his degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum. He earned many awards throughout his career, including runner-up Rookie of the Year, 11 Dallas Police Shooting awards, Texas State Rifle Association Marksman Champion, and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 100 Certificate of Appreciation.
Sûreté du Québec
Mr. Laprise has been the Director of the Sûreté du Québec since October 2012. He was a police officer with the Sûreté du Québec for 26 years, up to 2005. During his tour of duty, he was assigned to different functions, such as patrol, investigations and ranking officer. Amongst these different assignments, he was captain in charge of the Carcajou unit from 1996 to 1998 and responsible for the Joint Investigation Projects Service from 1998 to 2005 with the rank of Inspector. In that role, he was the provincial coordinator for the fight against organized crime and contributed to the implantation of seven mixed regional units, symbols of police partnership. He was also one of the key players in the coordination of the police operation.
Approached by Hydro-Québec in 2005, Mr. Laprise accepted new challenges that were presented to him and took charge of the Industrial Security Unit, until his return to the Sûreté du Québec as Director. He made his mark then with his strategic vision of a security concept for enterprises. During those years, he went on to complete a public administration Master's degree in the field of management, as well as diverse studies in specialized police functions.
Chris D. Lewis, O.O.M.
Ontario Provincial Police
Commissioner Lewis became the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in August 2010, assuming leadership of one of North America's largest deployed police services. Commissioner Lewis oversees front-line policing, traffic and marine operations, emergency response and specialized and multi-jurisdictional investigations throughout the Province of Ontario. Since joining the OPP in 1978, Commissioner Lewis has amassed a wealth of operational policing experience, particularly in front-line service delivery, various investigative disciplines and tactical operations. From 2007 until his appointment as Commissioner, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations. Commissioner Lewis, an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, is a graduate of the FBI's National Academy Program. He is a strong advocate for community-based initiatives, including the United Way and the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.
Seattle Police Department
Assistant Chief Metz commands the Investigations Bureau. He also oversees the Department's Peer Support Program. Assistant Chief Metz has been with the Seattle Police Department for over 28 years. He spent four years as a Patrol Officer in the downtown corridor and Rainier Valley before becoming an Undercover Detective in Narcotics. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1989 before being assigned to work in Internal Investigations, the East Precinct Anti-Crime and Community Police Teams and the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (WSCJTC).
After being promoted to Lieutenant in 1991, he worked again at WSCJTC, then as Watch Commander at the South Precinct. He was then selected to be the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police. Upon his promotion to Captain in 1995, he was assigned as the Director of Human Resources, Commander of both South and East Precincts and the Internal Investigations Section. Assistant Chief Metz was promoted to his role in October 2001. Chief Metz graduated from City University with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University and a 2013 graduate of the Department of Justice/FBI's National Executive Institute Leadership Class of XXXV.
Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Director Parent joined the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) in 1984, and has been the Director of the SPVM since September 2010. Director Parent graduated from the FBI National Academy at the University of Virginia in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master's degree in Public Administration. He has held different roles varying from police officer to a member of the SWAT team as a Sergeant.
The different management positions he has held since obtaining the rank of Commander in 1996 have allowed him to direct high-level strategic operations and act as SPVM's counter-terrorism spokesman with the Northeast Regional Homeland Security Directors. As Chief of Community Service for the South region, in 2005, and then of Community Service for the North region, from 2005 to 2010, he took an innovative approach to such sensitive issues as racial profiling, drug addiction, homelessness, conjugal and intrafamily violence, prostitution, mental health, street youth and safety for the elderly. As a Director, he relies on values based leadership, promoting respect, integrity, and a culture of performance within teams.
Director, International Cooperation, Ministry of the Interior, France
Since September 2010, Mr. Perez has held the position of Director of International Cooperation, which is the first joint active direction of the French police and gendarmerie. He has to his credit more than 32 years of experience in the field of police and holds the rank of Inspector General of the assets of the National Police Service. Having completed a degree in mathematics and physics, Mr. Perez holds a law degree from the University of Saint-Etienne.
He is also a graduate of the National Police Academy (NPHS) Saint-Cyr-au-Mont-d'Or and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the internal security of Paris. During his career, Mr. Perez has held various management positions within general information, education and training. He was also Secretary General of the Union of Commissioners and senior officials of the National Police and police attaché to the United States and Canada at the Embassy of France in Washington. Mr. Perez is involved in a variety of professional activities in addition to being the founding president of FRANCOPOL since 2008. In 2008, Mr. Perez was awarded the title of Officer of the National Order of Merit and made a knight of the Legion of Honour in 2004. He was also awarded the Medal of Honour of the National Police in 2001.
Founding President, ANALYS
Mr. Phaneuf has acquired nearly twenty years' experience in the field of organizational psychology and is especially interested in matters related to the evaluation and development of the potential of middle and high-level executives as well as management in an organizational context.
After completing his doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology at the University of Montreal in 1980, he worked in the private sector, both with Société Pierre Boucher, a consulting firm in this field, and with Autopro Inc. as Vice-President, Finance and Administration.
During this same period, from 1981 to 1986, he held positions as a course lecturer at the École des hautes études commerciales (HÉC), the University of Montréal and the University of Québec at Montréal. Since 1989, Mr. Phaneuf has been President of ANALYS, a consulting firm specializing in potential and management evaluation and organizational efficiency.
Director General of Policing Policy
Public Safety Canada
Mark Potter has been the Director General of Policing Policy at Public Safety Canada since December 2007. The Policing Policy Directorate works closely with the RCMP on firearms issues. Prior to taking on his current responsibilities, Mark held various positions within the Government of Canada, including roles at FINTRAC, the Department of Finance and Industry Canada. Mark holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Canadian Professional Management Services
Aliana Rozenek has significant experience with executive employment contracts having worked with hundreds of senior executives as Senior VP HR at CIBC, The Oshawa Group now Sobeys, and as Chief Human Resources Officer at MTSAllstream. As the VP International Human Resources for the BATA Shoe Organization she was responsible for global executive staffing for 65 CEO’s with 65,000 employees in 65 countries.
She was responsible for the sourcing, selection, hiring and the employment contracts for very senior people during her 30 year career and brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience. She has a deep understanding of employment contracts from both a talent acquisition and termination perspective. Having worked with leading Global Search and Legal firms, she has developed critical insights about the partnership essentials required for successful employment agreements.
Director of Research and International Cooperation
Institute of Public Security of Catalonia, Spain
Since 2008, Ms Vallès has held the position of head of Research and International Cooperation within the School of Police of the Institute for Public Security of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain). She has a large experience working in European funded Projects in the field of Security and since 2010 she is involved in Cepol, the European Police College, delivering training and research. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the European Network of Policewomen. Ms Vallès holds a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and a Master's degree on Criminology both from the University of Barcelona where she is actually doing her doctoral degree in police studies. In addition, Ms Vallès is University lecturer. Since 2003, she is lecturer at the Open University of Catalonia and this year she has started lecturing in the Master's degree on Security and Police Strategic Leadership of the University of Barcelona. She has authored numerous articles and research reports focusing on policing and public safety.
James L. Vance, USMC
Lt. Col. (Ret.)
FBI National Academy
Adjunct Faculty, University of Virginia & University of Richmond
A graduate-level instructor and trainer in media relations, leadership communications and organizational marketing to the international, national, state and local law enforcement, legal, business and military communities, an adjunct faculty member of both the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond, and a consultant on high visibility communications issues, Mr. Vance's career in public information and education spans nearly four decades. Prior to becoming an educator in 1992, Mr. Vance retired from the Marine Corps following over 21 years of active duty, 16 years of which were spent in both the national and international public affairs arena. He retired as head of the Media Branch at Headquarters, Marine Corps in Washington D.C., where he was the Corps' chief spokesman and media strategist. Since his retirement, Mr. Vance has served as communications advisor on a host of high-visibility events from the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to the Washington D.C. area sniper shootings to working with the New Orleans Police Department during post-Hurricane Katrina stabilization efforts. Today, Mr. Vance travels extensively conducting workshops and seminars in venues both national and international.
Giuliano Zaccardelli, C.O.M.
Director, Strategic Planning Directorate (Ret.)
In October 2009, Mr. Zaccardelli was appointed the Director of Strategic Planning Directorate for INTERPOL. In April 2008, Mr. Zaccardelli was appointed as the Director of INTERPOL's OASIS Africa. Prior to this, in September 2000, Mr. Zaccardelli was appointed as the 20th Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In this role, Commissioner Zaccardelli was responsible for all aspects of the management and operations of the RCMP and its roughly 23,000 employees.
Mr. Zaccardelli was honored with several high distinctions and is the recipient of the Principal Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, 2002; Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; the Canada 125 Medal; the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal, 2002; the RCMP Long Service Medal; the Officer of the French Legion of Honor, 2003; the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, 2005 the Alberta Centennial Medal, 2005 and Grand Officer, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, 2005.