On February 1, 2019, Dale McFee was sworn in as Police Chief for the Edmonton Police Service. Prior to this role, Dale served 6.5 years as the Deputy Minister of Corrections and Policing in the Ministry of Justice for the Government of Saskatchewan and was the Senior Deputy Minister involved with leading transformational change. Dale served as a police officer for 26 years in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, including 9 years as the Chief of Police for the Prince Albert Police Service.
Dale has considerable small to mid-size business experience and lectured extensively on leadership and change management nationally and internationally. He is a former member of Entrepreneurs International and served in the capacity of moderator for groups of business leaders within Saskatchewan.
Dale is a past President of the Canadian Association Chief’s of Police, a former Chair of the Federal Provincial Deputy Ministers and former Co-Chair of CCJA within Stats Canada.
Dale has received several commendations in his related fields including being appointed and promoted to officer within the Order of Merit within police services by the Governor General of Canada. He has received a provincial policing leadership award for Leadership in Multi-Agency Community Mobilization. He is a recognized Governor General Leadership alumnus and a former citizen of the year within his home community.
Dale resides in Edmonton, AB with his wife, Leanne. Their 3 daughters are currently pursuing careers in education, nursing & engineering.
Tribal Chief Mark Arcand is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation located in Treaty Six Territory and resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Since his election to the role of Tribal Chief of Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) in October 2017, Tribal Chief Arcand has dedicated his work to reversing residential school effects through restoring cultural education and nourishing the gift of each child. Previous to his new role as Tribal Chief, Mark held the position of Saskatoon Tribal Council Vice-Chief from October 2013 to October 2017.
Prior to his leadership roles with Saskatoon Tribal Council, Tribal Chief Arcand was an employee of Saskatoon Tribal Council and held roles as the Labour Force Development Partnership Manager and Youth Sport Culture and Recreation Coordinator.
Having grown up in a Saskatoon Tribal Council member community and having later been an employee, Tribal Chief Arcand has a lifelong connection with that serves his drive to improve the quality of life through capacity building in First Nations. His passion for coaching and mentoring youth through sports and recreation continues in his community service work as a referee and coach. He organizes numerous sporting events and fundraisers including the University of Saskatchewan Youth Leadership Through Sports Program, the Saskatoon Tribal Council Swing Fore Kids Golf Tourney and various sporting tournaments.
He holds a professional designation (Pro. Dir.) in Board of Director management from Governance Solutions Inc. which was attained in May 2016.
Chief Nishan Duraiappah was born in Sri Lanka, and immigrated to Canada. Chief Duraiappah began his career with Halton Police in December 1995. He served in a variety of assignments throughout his career including front line policing, specialized investigations and Diversity and Community relations. He was promoted to Deputy Chief of Halton Police in 2015 leading front-line policing, community mobilization as well as innovation and technology.
In October 2019, Chief Duraiappah was appointed Chief of Peel Regional Police. Chief Duraiappah arrived with a mandate for change and the strategic goal of becoming the most progressive police service in Canada. Amidst the first year of his command, Peel Regional Police championed:
- The creation of its first-ever community-embedded Intimate and Partner Violence Unit to respond to the growing needs in our Region.
- A re-emphasis on front line policing.
- A road map for Innovation and Technology, as well as a Digital Officer Transformation plan to better equip officers to serve the community.
- The adoption of the Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) framework and establishment of a CSWB Bureau to modernize traditional community policing.
Chief Duraiappah is committed to the safety and well-being of the community he serves, with one of the primary focuses being mental health and seeking multi-sectoral collaborative partnerships to reduce risk in the community.
Chief Duraiappah is heavily involved in the community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Toronto, and a Diploma of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. Chief Duraiappah serves as Vice President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Board of Directors. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and is an Officer of the Order of Merit Canada.
Sheldon Kennedy won a Memorial Cup, World Junior Gold Medal and skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey league coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five year period while a teenager under his care. Through this disclosure, and the important work that Sheldon continues to do, he has become an inspiration to millions of abuse survivors around the world.
Sheldon has been instrumental in bringing governments, public and private sector partners together to work collaboratively to influence policy change and improve the way child abuse is handled. He has influenced changes in Canadian law and has taken his message to the International Olympic Committee and the US Senate.
Sheldon is the Co-Founder of Respect Group, which provides empowering online abuse, bullying and harassment prevention education to sport organizations, schools and the workplace.
Rick Linden is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of over 60 published papers and reports and four books including Canada’s best-selling Criminology text which is currently in its 9th edition.
Rick was the co-chair of Manitoba’s Auto Theft Task Force from 2001-2014. The Winnipeg Auto Theft Suppression Strategy reduced auto theft in Winnipeg by over 80 percent. Recent projects include helping develop an inner-city community mobilization project as well as working with the Winnipeg Police Service on a Smart Policing Initiative that led to significant reductions in property crime. He serves on the Retail Security Task Force and is on the Advisory Board of the Downtown Community Safety Partnership.
Rick was the first chair of the Manitoba Police Commission. He also served as a pilot in the RCAF Reserves for over 30 years and retired with the rank of Major-General.
Michael has over 35 years of experience working as a business leader in the field of telecommunications, IT, security and complex application development. Presently he is the President of Motorola Solutions Canada located in Ottawa, Ontario. Michael works closely with Government leaders supporting their requirements for mission critical public safety communications, analytics, artificial intelligence, video and command center software solutions. Prior to Motorola, Michael spent three years as the Federal Practice lead at Accenture, ten years at TELUS as Managing Director of Public Sector Solutions, Vice President of Public Sector Marketing and sixteen years as Director of Engineering with Telesat Canada. Michael holds an Electronics Engineering Diploma from Algonguin College and has completed advanced business studies at Ivey Business School, Rotman School of Business and INSEAD.
Gary Teare is Scientific Director in Population and Public Health, Alberta Health Services. Previously, he worked at the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council for over 13 years as leader of its research and measurement work and then as its Chief Executive Officer. He is adjunct Professor in the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, also at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, and Affiliate Scientist with IC/ES in Toronto. Dr. Teare earned degrees in Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Immunology (MSc) and Epidemiology (PhD). Gary was Secretary-Treasurer of the founding CSKA Board from 2015-2018 and rejoined the Board in 2019 after a brief hiatus.
Dr. Alina Turner is recognized as a social scientist, researcher, and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results. Alina's work on system planning is recognized as a leading practice and often called upon as a model across communities; her drive and passion for this work is grounded in her lived experience of the social issues she continues to challenge in her professional work.
Working with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and A Way Home Canada, Turner helped to establish the Systems Planning Collective – dedicated to building capacity nationally to implement systems approaches to prevent and end homelessness.
Alina has worked at an executive leadership level at both management and board of director levels for the past 15 years. During her tenure as VP Strategy at the Calgary Homeless Foundation, Alina led the implementation of Canada’s first Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) and designed Calgary’s Housing First System of Care. She oversaw $35 million in annual investments across 40 programs in Calgary, their performance management and quality assurance. Prior to this, Alina worked at the Poverty Reduction Initiative of the United Way of Calgary & Area, and a variety of front-line immigrant and homeless-serving agencies.
Alina co-founded HelpSeeker - a social technology and innovation Alberta-based B-Corp, in 2018. HelpSeeker's team develops and services a suite of data-driven digital solutions to support social sector decision-makers, service providers, and community members looking for help. She is passionate about putting new technologies to use in reforming the design and delivery of social safety nets.
Matt Torigian is an international leader in policing and security with a 35-year career involving all aspects of community safety, having served as Ontario’s Deputy Solicitor General and as chief of police for the Waterloo Regional Police Service. As a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Matt leads a global policing initiative, providing advice and assistance to government officials in the United States; South and Central America; Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean on a range of challenging issues in criminal justice. Matt is a highly sought-after speaker at global conferences and events on contemporary matters of public safety and criminal justice. Matt is also designated as a Subject Matter Expert in policing by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and provides strategic advice and independent reviews for governments, police services, and private technology-based companies. Additionally, as the Chief Strategy Officer for Niche Technology, Matt reports directly to the CEO on the future needs for police leaders worldwide.
Prior to his appointment to the Ontario Public Service, Matt served 29 years with the Waterloo Regional Police Service and was appointed Waterloo Region’s fifth chief of police, a role he held for seven years. Matt is a past president of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and served as a member of the board of directors with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
Matt is a published author and holds a Master of Public Administration from Western University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the FBI National Executive Institute, and was invested as an Officer of the Order of Merit of Police Forces in 2012.