About CPKN

Board of Directors

CPKN is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that establishes strategic goals and oversees the management of the organization. Board members are primarily senior level policing professionals from police services and training institutions.

The role of the Board is to:

  • Develop and, when applicable, execute high level strategic initiatives
  • Authorize expenditures and establish executive limitations
  • Delegate authority for the operation to its officers and employees

Current Board members are:

 

Supt. Graham Beverly

York Regional Police
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

Chief Jean-Michel Blais

Halifax 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 Roger L. Brown (retd)

Assistant Commissioner Roger L. Brown (retd)

A proud Newfoundlander, Assistant Commissioner Brown joined the RCMP in 1980. Following training, he was assigned general duties in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec and later in Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador. He then served as an investigator in Federal Enforcement in Gander, where he also performed general detachment and drug enforcement duties. In 1993, he was transferred to the RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he served as an instructor until 1997.

He then pursued his career as a commissioned officer at National Headquarters in Ottawa where he served as Program Development Officer in Officer’s Staffing and Personnel prior to being appointed as Officer-in-charge of the Executive/Diplomatic Protection Section. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing the provision of close personal protection and site security services for Canadian government executives and Ottawa’s diplomatic community.

In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent and appointed as the Human Resource Officer (HRO), RCMP Central Region, Ottawa, where he was responsible for all facets of H.R. for Ontario, Quebec, and HQ. In early 2006, he returned to Protective Policing as the Officer-in-charge of Protective Operations in the National Capital Region. Later that year, he was promoted to the rank of assistant commissioner in charge of the Protective Policing Business Line. In 2008, he became the Commanding Officer of the RCMP Academy ("Depot" Division) until his recent transfer to New Brunswick where he became the 29th Commanding Officer of the RCMP in New Brunswick (“J” Division).


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. In 2012, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Merit of Police Forces.

Chief Devon Clunis (retd)

Chief Devon Clunis (retd)

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.

Kimberley Greenwood

Chief Kimberley Greenwood, Chair

Barrie Police Service
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.

Dale Larsen

Dale Larsen

Assistant Deputy Minister, Policing and Community Safety Services Corrections and Policing, Ministry of Justice
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. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Security Committee for the 2013 Grey Cup event.

Dale and his wife, Kathy, have three adult sons.

Mike Legault

Supt. Mike Legault

Officer In Charge of Training & Development and the Pacific Region Training Centre in British Columbia

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 Peter Lennox

Superintendent Peter Lennox (ret'd)

Toronto Police Service

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.

Deputy Chief Barbara McLean

Deputy Chief Barbara McLean

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.

Chief Constable Del Manak

Chief Constable Del Manak

Victoria Police Department
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

Chief Paul Martin

Durham Regional Police Service

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 Road 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).

Chief Constable Adam Palmer

Chief Constable Adam Palmer

Vancouver Police Department

Chief Constable Adam Palmer took command as the 31st Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department on May 6, 2015. Chief Palmer was born and raised in the Vancouver area.

Prior to joining the Vancouver Police, he studied Business Administration at Simon Fraser University and worked as a correctional officer. Chief Palmer began his career with the VPD in 1987 and since that time has worked in a variety of operational, investigative and administrative areas. He previously managed a long-term review of policing operations in Vancouver which resulted in improved efficiencies and the optimization of sworn and civilian police resources. He was a Venue Commander during the 2010 Winter Olympics where he oversaw skating events.

Chief Palmer has a B.A. and has completed two FBI executive leadership programs: Leadership in Counter-Terrorism and the National Executive Institute. He is the recipient of numerous commendations, and is a former police officer of the year. In 2009 he was invested as a Member of the Order of Merit for the Police Forces by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada.

Chief Paul Pederson

Chief Paul Pederson

Greater Sudbury Police Service

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.

Sandy Sweet

Sandy Sweet

Canadian Police Knowledge Network

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.