Mark Reber is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with over 20 years professional experience in policing and security sector reform. His initial work was with the Internal Affairs Branch on internal discipline, public complaints and conflict of interest, as well as the RCMP’s first targeted anti-corruption effort. He then became Executive Officer to a number of senior RCMP officers, including the Deputy Commissioner for Organizational Strategy, before leading a number of organizational change initiatives in areas including strategic planning, performance management and police labour relations.
Prior to leaving the RCMP Mark was seconded to a number of international police reform and oversight agencies, initially for five years as Chief of Staff to the Oversight Commissioner for Policing Reform in Northern Ireland, and then for a further eighteen months as a Senior Inspector with the newly-formed Garda Síochána Inspectorate in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. His subsequent professional focus has been on international police reform and governance projects particularly in post-conflict countries such as Somaliland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sierra Leone, DR Congo and Colombia among others. He has also designed and overseen multi-year investigations and organizational strengthening initiatives for law enforcement and judicial agencies in Costa Rica, Botswana, Tanzania, Palestine, the Philippines, Egypt and Ukraine among others.
Mark holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Practice from Ulster University, Belfast, where he was also a Visiting Professor in the School of Criminology from 2013 to 2018, and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations from Carleton University, and in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Mark is a certified United Nations Security Sector Reform Advisor, and a certified Organizational Assessor under the European Foundation for Quality Management.