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:

 

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 Roger Chaffin

Chief Roger Chaffin

Calgary Police Service
Roger Chaffin joined the Calgary Police Service in 1986 and assumed the role of Chief Constable on October 19, 2015.

As a Senior Officer with the Service, he has held the positions of Duty Inspector as well as the Inspector in charge of the Chief Crowfoot Learning Center. Following his promotion to the rank of Superintendent, he was first assigned to the Office of the Chief in charge of areas such as Professional Standards, FOIP, Legal Services and Strategic Communications. In his second year, he was assigned to the Criminal Operations Division. In 2010, he was promoted to Deputy Chief in charge of the Bureau of Organizational Support, which consists of the Employee Services Division, Information and Technology Division, as well as the Infrastructure Services Division.

In addition to being a member of the Service’s Executive Committee, Chief Constable Chaffin is the provincial representative on the National Police Information System Advisory Board and is the senior police representative on the Governance Committee for the Alberta First Responders Radio Committee. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Police Knowledge Network, chairs the Civil Criminal Records Checks Provincial Committee, and co-chairs the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Ethics Committee.

In 2015, Chief Constable Chaffin was appointed to the Order of Merit for Police Forces, one of the country’s most important honours. This achievement recognized the many years of service and leadership he has dedicated to the Calgary Police Service on behalf of the citizens of Calgary. He has also received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, Federal Exemplary Service Medal, Alberta Law Enforcement Long Service Medal, Calgary Police Service Distinguished Service Medal and Calgary Police Service Chief’s Award of Excellence.
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.
Superintendent Sue Decock

Superintendent Sue Decock

Ontario Provincial Police Academy and Chair of the National Advisory Committee
Supt. Sue Decock commenced her career with the OPP in July of 1993 and has held a variety of positions. In November 2015, she accepted a position at the Provincial Police Academy as Director.

Supt. Decock is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and she participates in a variety of working groups and committees. She has been presented with the Member Order of Merit of the Police Forces and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Supt. Decock is a past five-year member of the Board of Directors of the Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society. She is Ojibway and a band member of the Alderville First Nation. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Criminology.
Chief John Domm

Chief John Domm

Rama Police Service
John Domm is the Chief of Police for the Rama Police Service in Ontario with overall responsibility for operations, administration and corporate affairs. Rama hosts one of the three largest commercial casinos in the province and the only commercial site on First Nations territory. Prior to joining Rama in 2009, he served Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service as Deputy and Chief. He started his career with the Halton Regional Police Service and fulfilled nearly 17 years in various positions.

Chief Domm is President of the national First Nations Chiefs of Police Association and he sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. He further volunteers on the Board of Directors for Frontier College, Canada’s original literacy organization. He is past Co-Chair of the National Coalition on Community Safety, Health and Well-Being and past Co-Chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Crime Prevention Committee. Further, he just completed six years as a Director for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Domm has contributed to many advisory bodies, projects, and committees at provincial and federal tables.

Chief Domm holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in justice studies and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph. He’s a graduate of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management Executive Program for Police Leadership and he holds many certificates from the Ontario and Canadian Police Colleges. He’s been presented with the Member Order of Merit of the Police Forces, the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Police Exemplary Service Medal.
Kimberley Greenwood

Chief Kimberley Greenwood

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.
J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes

Commissioner Vince Hawkes

Ontario Provincial Police
J.V.N. (VINCE) HAWKES became Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on March 29, 2014, assuming leadership of one of North America’s largest deployed police services. Commissioner Hawkes 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 1984, Commissioner Hawkes has amassed an array of operational policing experience, particularly in front-line service delivery, investigative disciplines and forensic science. From 2006 until his appointment as Commissioner, Hawkes has served as Deputy Commissioner of Investigations and Organized Crime and, most recently, Field Operations.

Hawkes’ cross-command experience is extensive, including tenures as Commander of the Communications and Technology Services Bureau; Detachment Commander; Regional Criminal Operations Manager and Staff Development/Training Manager. Commissioner Hawkes spent 11 years as a Forensic Specialist and was the first OPP member to be certified as a Bloodstain Pattern Analyst.

He is a graduate of both the University of Ottawa with a Baccalaureate in Science and the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, Police Leadership Program. Commissioner Hawkes is also a graduate of the international Leadership in Counter Terrorism program.

Commissioner Hawkes is the Past Chair for the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime, a multi-service partnership. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a Director with both the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. Commissioner Hawkes is also the past Campaign Cabinet Co-chair of the United Way Greater Simcoe County. Since May 2010, Commissioner Hawkes has been invested as an officer in the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, a fellowship of honour that recognizes exemplary police service.
Bruce Herridge

Bruce Herridge

Ontario Police College
Bruce Herridge took over as the Director of the Ontario Police College on January 2, 2014. He brings expertise in police policy, practice and training gained through his 40-year policing career. He served with the York Regional Police as Deputy Chief overseeing Police Operations for the last seven years of his active service.

Director Herridge’s commitment to learning and training has been central to his career. As a longstanding member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, he served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for three years and was previously the Chair of both the Information and Technology Committee and the Training and Education Committee.

Director Herridge holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminology from the University of Toronto. His exceptional service throughout his career has received official acknowledgement. Director Herridge has been awarded the Governor General of Canada’s Police Exemplary Service Medal, the 30-year bar and the 40-year bar. In 2012, he was presented with the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and was invested in 2013 as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.
Superintendent Peter Lennox

Superintendent Peter Lennox

Toronto Police Service
Superintendent Peter Lennox has been the unit commander of the Toronto Police College since January 2014. For almost five years prior to this assignment, he was unit commander of No. 11 Division, a front-line police division in West Toronto. He also sits as a Hearing Officer for disciplinary matters.

Supt. Lennox joined the Metropolitan Toronto Police in 1982, and has held a variety of assignments since that time, including front-line policing (at various ranks in four police divisions), human resources, community policing, fraud investigations, training, and local and corporate planning.

He serves on a number of committees within the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP). In addition to CPKN, he is on the Board of Directors and Accreditation Committee 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 a number of community initiatives outside policing, including three years on the Board of Directors of the then-Oshawa-Durham Symphony Orchestra.
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.
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.
Director General Alain Tousignant

Director General Alain Tousignant

Correctional Service Canada, Quebec Regional Deputy Commissioner
Mr. Tousignant began his career with the RCMP in 1980. During his 31 year career, he has served in three provinces and the Yukon Territory. In addition to general policing duties, his experience includes service in GIS (plainclothes investigation), Executive Diplomat Protective Services, drug investigation, and facilitation in the Applied Police Science at the RCMP Training Academy.

In 1999, Mr. Tousignant was promoted to the commissioned officer rank of the RCMP and transferred to National Headquarters in Ottawa. There, he worked as a review principal in the Audit and Evaluation branch and later became the Officer-in-Charge of the Very Important Persons Protective Section. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Superintendant as the Career Development and Resourcing Officer for Central Region. In 2005, he became Chief Superintendant of the Human Resources Officer for Headquarters. In 2008, he served as Director General of Learning & Development, and on April 1st, 2010, he became Director General for Workplace Development and Wellness at the Assistant Commissioner rank.

In February 2011, Mr. Tousignant retired from the RCMP and joined the Correctional Service Canada as the Director General of Labour Relations, Compensation and Wellness Branch at National Headquarters in Ottawa. His current portfolios include Labour Relations, Corporate Compensation, Strategic Corporate Services and Workplace Wellness and Employee Wellbeing (Occupational Health and Safety, Return to Work, Employee Assistance Program and Harassment Prevention Programs). In December 2013, he was nominated to Regional Deputy Commissioner for the Quebec Region with a complement of approximately 3,730 employees responsible for delivery of correctional services as over 5,800 offenders.

In addition to extensive human resources experience, Mr. Tousignant has a wide range of operational policing experience within the criminal justice system at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels, including Aboriginal Communities. He has vast training and facilitating experience, working nationally at the RCMP Training Academy and internationally, most notably in dealing with police reform in Eastern Europe. He has gained expertise in restorative justice and has appeared as a keynote speaker at an international symposium on alternative justice.

Mr. Tousignant has certificates in Adult Learning (St. Francis Xavier University), Facilitation for Community Justice Forums, Human Resources for Executives (Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto), as well as designation as a Certified Human Resources Professional.

Mr. Tousignant comes from a strong community background and has served on a wide variety of community agencies including minor hockey and a local school board. He has led the development of community justice forums in a variety of communities and co-developed a university recognized problem-solving course for community leaders. He served on the Governor General's Canadian Decorations Advisory Committee. His commitment to the communities he serves has been recognized several times through various awards. He is married and is a devoted father to three children.