Welcome to the CAPG
The Canadian Association of Police Governance (CAPG) is the only national organization dedicated to excellence in police governance in Canada. Since 1989, the CAPG has worked diligently to achieve the highest standards as the national voice of civilian oversight of municipal police. We have grown to represent 75% of municipal police services throughout Canada.
The CAPG exists to serve its members and collaborate with other police services sector stakeholders across the nation, including police leaders, police sector associations, provincial, federal and municipal governments and their departments, police learning organizations, and business partners.
August 9-11, Calgary
The CAPG Conference is a leading event in the police governance sector. Now entering its 30th year, the Annual CAPG Conference is held over a three day period during which delegates are encouraged to network, discuss, engage, and discover the rich community we continue to foster. Don’t miss out on the 2019 CAPG Conference, taking place August 8 – 11 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary, Alberta.
August 8, Calgary
The CAPG formed the First Nations Police Governance Council (FNPGC) when the association evolved to represent more than a third of the First Nations police governance authorities in Canada. The FNPGC provides a forum for all First Nations Governance Boards/Commissions to provide input and access resource information on First Nations Police Governance models and practices. We also act as an advocate in areas on First Nations requirements for the improvement of indigenous policing in Canada. CAPG and the FNPGC have supported resolutions to draft legislation to recognize and fund First Nations policing as an essential service, as well as advocated that wage, pension and benefits parity comparable to all police services/agencies across Canada be developed for First Nations policing services.
November 20 – 21, 2019
Meet the 2018-2019 CAPG Executive
Mary Anne Silverthorn, President
Woodstock Police Services Board
Following her retirement in 1998 from a 33 year career as an elementary educator, Mary Anne Silverthorn joined her husband (John Finlay) in Ottawa where he was serving as the Member of Parliament-MP for Oxford County (Southwestern Ontario). While in Ottawa, Mary Anne served as chair of the Spouses Association, a role that involved working with spouses of MP’s, spouses of the Diplomatic Corps and lobbying MP’s. With John’s retirement from politics in 2004, Mary Anne and John were able to purse their goal of travelling the world. From safaris in Africa, exploring Antarctica by cruise ship, and viewing the Arctic, they toured new lands and enjoyed cruising in a wide variety of different sized vessels. John passed away in 2010, after living with Parkinson’s for many years.
Mary Anne has continued her commitment to her community and has served and continues to serve Woodstock and Oxford County on many Boards and Committees. Having served as a provincial appointee to the Oxford Community Police Service Board for the maximum of 6 years and with the reorganization of the Police Service within Oxford County, Mary Anne was appointed by the province to the newly formed Woodstock Police Service Board (WPSB) in 2010. Having completed 5 of the now maximum 8 years, Mary Anne was re-appointed in May 2017 to the WPSB for an additional 3 years. She has served as Chair of her board several times. Elected to the CAPG Board of Directors in 2014, Mary Anne was honoured to be elected President of the CAPG in July 2017.
Having previously served on the board of the Ontario Association of Police Service Boards (OAPSB), Mary Anne continues to be the Zone 4 (of OAPSB) chairperson. In addition to serving the police service at many levels, Mary Anne is very active in the United Church of Canada at the local level, regionally and nationally. An active member of the Retired Teachers’ of Ontario and the executive of the local District 37, previously Mary Anne served on the board of the local women’s crisis centre, the United Way of Oxford, and a Community Foundation. Mary Anne is a strong advocate for her community and believes in giving back by giving of her time to serve on Boards and Committees as well as giving her support to many local charities.
Recognized by her peers and the community, Mary Anne was awarded as an Honorary Life Member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, a Recognized Distinguished Member of the Retired Teachers’ of Ontario –District 37 and a recipient of the Wes Magill award. The Wes McGill award is granted to “an outstanding individual whose exceptional leadership, support and volunteerism have been recognized by the United Way as a well as the entire Oxford County Community”. In 2014, nominated by Domestic Abuse Services Oxford (DASO) – a shelter for abused women and children who are victims of violence – and awarded by the International Women’s Day selection committee, Mary Anne was the recipient of the AppreSHEation Award granted for significant contributions to improving the lives of Sisters in Oxford County and beyond.
Mary Anne has 2 stepchildren living in Ontario and 1 in British Columbia and 4 adult step-grandchildren – 2 in BC and 2 in Ontario and 1 step great grandchild in BC.
Mary Anne feels strongly that it is far better to wear out than rust out and enjoys being very busy – volunteering and continuing to travel (a little). Mary Anne continues to return to Australia frequently to visit with some very special friends “living down under”.
Sandy Smallwood, Vice President
Ottawa Police Services Board ON
L.A. (Sandy) Smallwood is best known for his work in heritage preservation. He is the founder (1973), and president of Andrex Holdings Limited, a recognized leader in the redevelopment of landmark buildings. Recipient of 6 municipal heritage restoration awards, Sandy also received the Ontario Heritage Foundation Award for Achievement in 1996, and the Heritage Canada Foundation Corporate Prize for ‘Exemplary Stewardship of Heritage Architecture’ in 2007. In 2012, he was presented The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.
Sandy has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Ontario Heritage Trust since 2004, and is currently president of H.O.D.I (Historic Ottawa Developments Inc.). Sandy’s community involvement includes: former Councillor Rockcliffe Park, former board member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, former director Ottawa Arts Centre Foundation, former member of Ottawa and Rockcliffe Local Architectural
Conservation Advisory Committees, and currently a member of the Rockcliffe Park Site Plan and Development Advisory Committee,The Ottawa Police Services Board and the City of Ottawa Built Heritage advisory Committee. He is also a lifetime patron of Dhadkan Heartbeat, an organization which provides funding to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
A lifelong Ottawa resident, educated at Ashbury Collage, Sandy is married, with three children. His recreational pursuits include: travel, alpine skiing, skating, camping, kayaking, hiking, and biking.
Micki Ruth, Treasurer
Edmonton Police Commission
With a significant background in human resources, Ms. Micki Ruth brings a solid management background having managed diverse teams in the aviation, telecommunications and financial services organizations.
Ms. Ruth’s approach to problem solving and oversight is a blend of knowledge garnered from experience in policing, provincial prosecutions, banking investigations, and 20 years in human resources in financial, aviation, and the telecommunications industry. As a human resources professional, she consulted and planned on behalf of her employers on proactive planning, strategic alignment, employment relations, and organizational effectiveness.
Service oriented and community minded, Ms. Ruth gravitates to endeavors and organizations with a distinct approach to improving what is already in place and challenging the status quo.
Ms. Ruth’s board and commission experience is significant, particularly with regards to policing issues and oversight. She participated as a member of the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Board of Police Commissioners from 2011 to 2014 – as Chair for one year and Vice-Chair for two years. She contributed to the approval and oversight of the police budget while serving mandated oversight to the Board of Police Commissioners for Halifax Regional Police and the Advisory Board for Halifax District RCMP. Her earlier experience as a police constable in Ontario combined with her work in human resources energized her in her ability to work towards an improved policing service in a uniquely integrated environment.
Brian Boudreau, Secretary
Saint John Board of Police Commissioners
• Retired in 2004 as a Power Engineer in the Pulp and Paper Industry
• 2006- 2014 Training Resource Coordinator for the Saint John Volunteer Centre (Providing effective Needs Assessment, Educational opportunities ,Consultation &Resources primarily for Board Members, Staff & Volunteers of Non Profits.
• 2005 – 2011 –ABC’s of Fraud Presenter (Speaking to Seniors groups about the current scams going on)
• 2007 – 2014 – Past President of the River Road Co-op Food Market
• 2912 – 2016 – Past Board member of Co-op Enterprise Council ( Helping small business start-up)
• 2013 to present -Senior Goodwill Ambassador for Southern New Brunswick (Meeting with seniors and other groups to show them what is available for healthy living.
• 2006 to present -Volunteer with the Saint John Christmas Exchange Program. (We provide low income families with a Christmas Diner by linking them to people who would like to sponsor a family)
• 2006 to present- Team Leader with the Community Volunteer Income Tax program. ( Preparing Tax for Low income families and seniors
• 2013 to present -Board of Directors of the Saint John Volunteer Centre
• 2014 to present Board of Police Commissioners for the City of Saint John.
• 2010 to present -Certified Trainer for Volunteer Experience Recognition Program ( I am the only one certified in the Maritimes,
• Past fund raiser for New Brunswick Alzheimer’s Society
Problem Solving and Decision making
And too many more to mention.
CAPG Executive Director
Jennifer Malloy has been Executive Director of CAPG for ten years. Working closely with the board, she focuses her energies on building the governance, organizational and financial capacity of the association. Jennifer is also the in-house registered lobbyist for CAPG.
Ms. Malloy works collaboratively, on behalf of the board and membership, with police services sector stakeholders across the country including police associations, governments and other national organizations working in areas such as governance training, mental health, poverty reduction, social housing and community safety. With more than 25 years experience in association management, her expertise combines fund development with strategic leadership of national associations.
Jennifer has worn the hat of executive director, board member, volunteer, fundraiser and consultant with organizations and charities that truly cross the spectrum of the non-profit universe. Her previous positions include Executive Director of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories; Executive Director of the Consumers Association of Canada NWT and the Multicultural Association of the NWT; Fundraising Coordinator for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa and Development Director for WaterCan. These positions afforded her an excellent opportunity to develop strong skills in board governance, fund development and communications while working closely with aboriginal and diverse communities. After a hiatus of hobby farming, volunteering and raising her family, Ms. Malloy returned to the not-for-profit sector as a communications and development consultant for a number of charitable organizations and hospital foundations, including the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Perley Rideau Veterans Hospital Foundation, ORBIS, the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Bruyere Continuing Care Foundation and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
Ms. Malloy’s volunteer work includes years as Treasurer of the Western Quebec Literacy Council, canvassing annually for the Canadian Cancer Campaign, representative for the Canadian Home & School, volunteer side-walker at TrOtt, therapeutic riding academy and director on the board of the Ottawa Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She currently sits on the Board of the Canadian Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (CACOLE) is a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).
Jennifer is a mother of four young adults who will always be her proudest achievement. She spends her free time cross-country skiing, hiking with her dogs in the Gatineau Hills, practicing yoga, cooking, traveling, reading, and family time at the cottage on her stand up paddle-board.