Board of Directors
The Canadian Association of Police Governance Directors are elected by the Members at each annual meeting. Each Director is elected to hold office until the next annual meeting. In accordance with the CAPG By-laws, the Board is comprised of representatives of the geographic regions of Canada represented by its Members. The Nominations Committee is responsible for preparing a slate of directors for election by the Members.
The Executive, as approved by the Directors for the 2016-2017 term
Rob Stephanson, FCPA, FCGA, President
Weyburn Board of Police Commissioners
- 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
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.
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.
The Board of Directors, as elected by the membership at the 2016 Annual General Meeting
Kahnawake Peacekeepers Services Board
Ron Skye is a Mohawk from the Kahnawake Indian Reserve, in Quebec. He graduated from the Amerindian Police Training Center and started his career in policing in 1976 and is a former Chief of Police of the Kahnawake Mohawk Peacekeepers.
He has participated on numerous boards and acted as Chairperson for seven years on the Kahnawake Step by Step Child and Family Center which incorporates an inclusive approach to academic learning for children with special needs.
Ron is a member of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake’s Senior Executive Management Team which oversees the delivery of programs and services to the community. He also negotiates on his community’s behalf agreements with Canada and Quebec on the provision of programs and services relating to public safety including policing. He also sits on Kahnawake’s first Legislative Coordinating Committee which is responsible for the development of legislation under Kahnawake’s jurisdiction.
As Director of Justice Services since 2005, he also sits as the Chairperson of the Kahnawake Justice Commission and the Kahnawake Peacekeeper Services Board.
Ron hopes to raise the profile of aboriginal policing with strong and objective board governance on a local, regional and national level.
The Kahnawake Mohawk Peacekeepers are a contingent of thirty-two officers and seven civilian staff.
File Hills Board of Police Commissioners
Daniel J. Bellegarde is a citizen of Little Black Bear’s Band of the Assiniboine-Cree in Treaty 4 Territory, southern Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Regina in the Faculty of Administration and has received numerous specialty training at various universities and professional development institutions.
He has held senior positions with First Nations organizations, including the Meadow Lake Tribal Council and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. He served 9 years as Vice-Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, where one of his portfolios was Justice and Policing.
He has served on a number of community Boards and Committees, as well as the national Board of CESO. He had been a Commissioner of the Indian Specific Claims Commission between 1992 and 2008, serving as Co-Chair of the Commission from 1994 to 2000.
He is currently the Executive Director of the FSIN Treaty Governance Office and Chair of the File Hills First Nation Police Service Board of Police Commissioners.
Vancouver Police Board
Barj Dhahan was appointed to the Vancouver Police Board in May, 2015. Barj brings over thirty years business experience and is founder and president of the Sandhurst Group of Companies.
Barj has served on a number of Boards including Royal Roads University Board of Governors, UBC Nursing Advisory Council, the RCMP Cultural Advisory Committee, and India Canada Centres of Excellence at both UBC and Carleton Universities.
Both personally and through his businesses, Barj has supported numerous community initiatives aimed at creating health and education opportunities for young people. Barj helped launch the Canada India Education Society, a nursing collaboration which helped 1800 women graduate in nursing in India, 200 of which now live and work in Canada. Through the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation Barj has been instrumental in providing summer camps for challenged youth, teaching leadership and life skills. Barj has played a major role in organizing Cops for Cancer and other cancer fundraising events.
Barj was a member of British Columbia’s Economic Immigration Task Force (2011-12) and was an official delegate to Prime Minister Harper’s 2012 mission to India and the Governor General’s 2014 mission to India.
Barj is married and has three adult children. He and his wife live in the Kerrisdale area of Vancouver.
Calgary Police Commission
Tyler Shandro received his J.D. in 2004 from the University of Calgary and has focused his practice on the area of municipal law. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta as well as the vice-chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.
In the past, Tyler sat on a number of boards including the Municipal Government Board, the National Parole Board, the Criminal Injuries Review Board, as well as the Senate of the University of Calgary, and the Calgary Parking Authority.
His community experience also extends to volunteering with the Calgary Flames Ambassadors.
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.
Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners
Darlene Brander is a long-time resident of Saskatoon, SK, who holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan along with a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. She is a band member of the Red Earth Cree First Nation with over 16 years of progressively responsible Human Resources management experience. Throughout her career, Darlene has worked for non-profit, gaming, municipal and First Nations organizations.
Currently, Darlene is the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Athabasca Catering Limited Partnership (ACLP). ACLP is a remote site services company that is 100% First Nations owned, based out of Saskatoon, SK. As CHRO, Darlene ensures ACLP has the policies, plans, processes and people systems in place to meet or exceed ACLP’s business objectives and supports the company’s vision and direction. Making sure operations, finance, safety and human resources work effectively together are part of Ms. Brander’s responsibilities as a contributing member of the ACLP executive team.
By using her collective skills, knowledge and experience Darlene is able to give back, whether it be at work or at the board level. In addition to her ACLP duties, Darlene is actively involved in the community and serves on the following boards: Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Aboriginal Professional Association and as Chair of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners.
Married to Wade Brander, this active couple are proud parents of one child. Work and life are balanced by spending time with family and with CrossFit.
Councillor Michael Vagnini
Greater Sudbury Police Services Board
Michael was elected to Greater Sudbury City Council in November 2014 and serves Ward 2 – Lively, Naughton, Whitefish, Copper Cliff, and Worthington. He was appointed to the Greater Sudbury Police Services Board December 2014 and assumed the role as Vice Chair in September 2015.
A graduate of Laurentian University with an Honours BA with designations as a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Charter Life Underwriter, he brings thirty-two years of solid financial expertise, insight, background, and transparency to the role.
As City Councillor, he serves as Vice Chair Emergency Services (Fire and EMS) and also holds appointments on a number of Committees including Audit, Finance and Administration, Nomination, Operations, and Community Services.
His communications skills and responsiveness to addressing concerns have earned him the respect of the constituents he serves. He is a team oriented participant who values the views of others in approaching collective decision-making. Now more than ever before, policing and public safety is facing great challenges and he is a strong proponent of the collaborative efforts of a solid governing body being essential to moving our business and profession forward.
As a long time Northerner, he brings insight on the unique challenges of both remote and urban policing in the North along with expansive perspectives on the needs of a very diverse population.
Michael Vagnini was born and raised in Walden and comes from a family with a long history of community service. Michael’s priority for the past twenty years was his children. Now that they’ve completed university and entered the workforce, it’s his turn to address community safety and give back to the City he loves.
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.
Bridgewater Board of Police Commissioners
Patrick Cappello retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990 after a 25-year career, the last 17 of which were spent in Administration. Following his military career Patrick spent 2 years working as the Business Administrator of a small school board on a military base and another year overseeing the absorption of that board by the Public and Separate School Boards of Renfrew County. He then turned his hand to health care, working with the elderly in a number of care homes as a Health Care Aide. Since having to retire completely in 2005, Patrick has been involved with a number of volunteer Boards and Committees in his community.