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.
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The CAPG Learning Portal
The CAPG Learning Portal is an exclusive feature of CAPG membership. Delivering key resources and training for new and seasoned board and commission members, the CAPG Learning Portal provides members with a user-friendly tool allowing them to keep informed on best practices relating to policing policy and police governance.
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CAPG Webinar: Panel Discussion -Recent Decisions that Affect Police Boards
Glenn Christie, Hicks Morley
Bonnie Bokenfor, Public Complaints Director, Edmonton Police Commission
June 7, 2016 | 1:00pm EST
Governance Summit 2016
June 2, 2016 | Winnipeg, MB
CAPG Conference 2016
AUGUST 12-14, 2016 | Ottawa, ON
Meet the 2015-2016 CAPG Executive
Rob Stephanson, FCPA, FCGA, President
Weyburn Board of Police Commissioners, SK
- Married to Linda for 34 years and have two sons; Robert, a journeyman carpenter who is married to Katrina, a teacher, and they are the proud parents of my year old granddaughter Scarlett; and Scott, who is a bookkeeper and also instructs computer classes part-time.
- Partner for 11 years at Cogent Business Consulting, a public practice firm with offices in Regina, Weyburn, Meadow Lake and North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
- Prior to joining Cogent, was the controller of the Weyburn Co-operative Association from 2000 to 2004. Also worked as a staff accountant at a public practice in Shaunavon from 1997 to 2000, and was the head instructor in the Business Program at Southeast Regional College in Weyburn from 1995 to 1997, where my main responsibility was development of the CGA onsite program.
- Received CGA designation in 1998 and the CGA Fellow designation in 2008, and also have an accounting diploma (Honours) from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), Palliser Campus in Moose Jaw.
- Appointed to the CGA Canada Board in November 2011 as the Governor for Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories and still filling that position to date.
- Elected to two, three year terms on the CGA Saskatchewan board, spring of 2003 and spring of 2006. Served as President November 2005 to October 2007. Also served on the Audit, Student Appeals, Bylaw and Ethics and Executive Director Hiring/Compensation committees. Served on the CGA Canada CICA competitive analysis task force in 2006/2007.
- Community involvement includes: in 19th year as a Councillor on Weyburn City Council, current committee duties include Police Commission, Leisure Services Commission, District Planning Committee, Employee Relations Committee, and the Economic Development Committee. Have also sat on the Tourism and Environment committees and the Parks Board.
- Elected as one of two Saskatchewan representatives to the Canadian Association of Police Governance in August 2012 and have been re-elected each subsequent year to date. Elected as President for a two year term in August 2015 after serving on the Executive Committee as Treasurer for the 2014-15 operating year. Also served on the Policing and Justice and the First Nations Policing committees of CAPG.
Received the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce “Golden Spike Award” for outstanding service to the community in March 2015.
Received the “Saskatchewan Centennial Medal” as chair of the Weyburn committee for the 2005 Provincial Centennial Celebrations.
Vice-chair of the 2004 Saskatchewan Summer Games hosted in Weyburn.
City liaison on the 2005 Royal Bank Cup national junior “A” hockey tournament host committee.
20 years with the Youngfellows Club of Weyburn, a service club unique to Weyburn, served terms as President, Secretary, Treasurer, executive member and chair of various fundraising projects.
Former President, allocations chair and director with Weyburn & District United Way.
Mary Anne Silverthorn, Vice President
Woodstock Police Services Board, ON
Mary Anne Silverthorn is a retired elementary educator, retiring in 1998 after a 33 year career. In her early retirement years she commuted weekly to Ottawa with her husband John Finlay who was the Member of Parliament for Oxford. While in Ottawa she was the Chair of the Spouses Association, a role that involved working with spouses of the Diplomatic Corps and lobbying MP’s. With John’s retirement from politics in 2004, John and Mary Anne were able to pursue their goal of travelling the world. From safaris in Africa, to the Antarctic and the Arctic they explored lands and enjoyed cruising. John passed away in 2010, after living with Parkinson’s for many years.
Mary Anne has continued her commitment to her community and serves Woodstock and Oxford County on many Boards and Committees. Appointed by the province in 2004 to the Oxford Community Police Services Board, Mary Anne served the maximum of 6 years including serving as Chair for 2 years. In 2012, she was appointed to the Woodstock Police Services Board and currently is the Vice Chair. She has been active on the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards (OAPSB) and currently the Chair of the local zone level. In addition Mary Anne is very active in the United Church of Canada both locally and at the regional level, on the Board of local women’s crisis centre, a Community Foundation Board member, an Executive member of the Retired Teachers of Ontario, District 37 and just completed two terms as a City appointee to the local Art Gallery Advisory committee to name a few — and also supports many local charities.
In 2012 Mary Anne was a recipient of the Wes Magill award. This award is given to an “outstanding individual whose exceptional leadership, support and volunteerism have been recognized by the United Way as well as the entire Oxford County Community”. In 2014, Mary Anne was the recipient of the AppreSHEation Award given on International Women’s Day at the celebrations in Woodstock ON. This award is given for “significant contributions to improving the lives of women in Oxford County and beyond”.
Mary Anne has 3 step-children and 4 adult step-grandchildren.
Stephen Graham, Treasurer
Halifax Board of Police Commissioners
Steve Graham OOM, MBA, retired in 2013 as the Deputy Commissioner responsible for all Royal Canadian Mounted Police operations East of the Manitoba – Ontario border. Over the course of his more than 35-year career, he served in operations, security and staff roles, including executive leadership as the Commanding Officer of Prince Edward Island (2001-2003), New Brunswick (2004-2008) and Nova Scotia (2008-2010). He has been president and executive member of provincial Chiefs of Police Associations the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada, as well a member of the Board of Directors and committee chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. He is an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces and spearheaded initiatives in support of mental health supports for those who serve in first responder roles. He is an active community volunteer currently serving as a Governor of Commissionaires Nova Scotia – a NFP supporting veterans, member of the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia, and Commissioner of the Halifax Regional Municipality Board of Police Commissioners and representative to the Nova Scotia Association of Police Governance.
Sandy Smallwood, Secretary
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.
Cathryn Palmer, Past President
Edmonton Police Commission, AB
Cathryn Palmer is a highly regarded management consultant in health, social services and voluntary sectors, who brings extensive leadership experience to both the CAPG and the Edmonton Police Commission. Ms. Palmer has spent a significant portion of her career working in the areas of policy development, strategic planning, program evaluation, communications, negotiations, and stakeholder relations.
From 1998 until 2007, Ms. Palmer was employed by the Government of Alberta where she worked in management with Alberta Health and Wellness. As an executive director, she managed a branch within the health ministry with an annual budget of approximately $250 million. She was the first co-chair of the Primary Care Initiative Committee for Alberta Health and Wellness, responsible for the development of the initial funding criteria and approval of the first Primary Care Initiatives in Alberta. In addition, her branch had responsibility funding a number of innovative projects, such as Health Link. Ms. Palmer was also a member of the Physician Services Committee, had responsibility for academic medicine and other innovative forms of alternate physician compensation, and was an Alberta Health and Wellness representative in the early years of the Arthroplasty project. Through the Government of Alberta Executive Mobility program, Ms. Palmer worked for one year with the Ministry of Community Development. She was responsible for developing an evaluation framework for this ministry.
Prior to working with the Government of Alberta, Ms. Palmer spent about 15 years as an independent consultant. She was contracted to work on projects such as the development and review of management processes for all Alberta Regional Health Authorities on the use of blood and blood products, and project management and data analysis for a needs assessment for the Northern Lights Regional Health Authority.
Ms. Palmer currently serves the community of Edmonton by volunteering her time on the Bissell Centre Board and the Edmonton Region Persons with Developmental Disabilities Board. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Ms. Palmer is currently a member of the Edmonton Police Commission’s Governance and Internal Affairs Committees.
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.