CAPG Award for Excellence in Police Governance
Established in 2013 by the Canadian Association of Police Governance, the Award for Excellence in Police Governance (formerly known as the Emil Kolb award) recognizes and highlights an individual for their significant contributions, commitment, and leadership towards the enhancement of civilian police governance in Canada.
Find out more about eligibility, criteria, submissions and selection please refer to the CAPG Award for Excellence in Police Governance 2021 (updated)
Ryan Teschner, Executive Director and Chief of Staff, Toronto Police Services Board
Ryan is a police governance authority with expertise in developing community safety policies and legislation that are accountable, measurable and achieve the intended outcomes. Ryan has been a learned colleague and great friend to CAPG, generously giving his time and expertise in delivering webinars, governance summits and presentations at conferences. We have all greatly benefited from the knowledge and experience that Ryan Teschner has.
The Toronto Police Services Board Chair, Jim Hart, spoke to “the significant contributions, and demonstrated genuine and dedicated commitment and leadership towards the enhancement of civilian police governance in Toronto, throughout Ontario, and indeed, across Canada” that Ryan has made.
“His progressive, community-centred and visionary leadership has moved civilian oversight of police forward by focusing on collaborative, evidence-based policy development that incorporates the values and expectations of the public in a meaningful and significant way. Ryan has fostered meaningful relationships with stakeholders, challenged and inspired others to work together and demonstrated a high level of integrity and ethical standards.”
The 2021 CAPG Award for Excellence in Police Governance was established in 2013 and it recognizes individuals with significant contributions, commitment and leadership towards the enhancement of civilian police governance in Canada. The Board received some excellent nominations and it made the decision very difficult.
Congratulations to Ryan on behalf of the membership of CAPG! It is obvious your board and your peers felt your contribution to police governance deserved this national recognition and we are very happy to see it realized.
The Board had a hard time making a decision on just one winner of the award for 2020 and narrowed it down to three very deserving recipients. Each winner fostered meaningful relationships with stakeholders, challenged and inspired others to work together and demonstrated a high level of integrity and ethical standards.
Terry Coleman, nominated by the Alberta Association of Police Governance
During and after Terry’s 40 year career in public service (policing and government) he has tirelessly volunteered his time and knowledge to an extensive list of Policing related Associations, Groups, Government, Education and Municipalities.
Terry was a police officer for almost 40 years. Nearly 28 years of which were with the Calgary Police Service as Inspector Professional Standards, and also serving as Director of Human Resources for the 1997 World Police and Fire Games. After departing Calgary he served 10 ½ years as Chief of Police in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. During that time, he was Chair of the Criminal Intelligence Service – Saskatchewan, and President of the Saskatchewan Chiefs of Police from 2004-2007. He is a former Director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and since 1998 has been a member of the CACP-Human Resource and Learning Committee, additionally serving as co-chair of the CACP-HRL subcommittee with respect to Policing Mental Health issues. In 2003, he was invested by the Governor General in the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.
After leaving the Moose Jaw Police in late 2007, Terry became Deputy Minister of Public Safety, Corrections, and Policing with the Saskatchewan Government, and then Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs. Subsequently, he was elected a Moose Jaw Councillor and appointed to the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners. Since 2007 Terry has worked with the Mental Health Commission of Canada on various projects, some of which include learning necessary for police personnel to de-escalate difficult situations, and he is co-author of the Mental Health Commissions 2014 ‘TEMPO’ study and report.
For the past seven (7) years, Terry has been a volunteer member of the High River Policing Committee and is their current Chair.
For over six (6) years he has been a volunteer Board member with the Alberta Association of Police Governance and is the current Chair. As Chair, Terry has contributed to development of the ALERT Civilian Advisory Committee (CAC), the AAPG representative to the Alberta Solicitor General’s Police Act review consultations, and Solicitor General’s consultations creating the Terms of Reference for the Alberta Police Advisory Board, in addition to supporting the Alberta RCMP communities when considering transitioning from Policing Advisory to a Policing Committee.
Terry has been engaged with CAPG on many levels for many years. CAPG has always supported the work of Dr. Coleman around mental health for police personnel and have used his knowledge as a subject matter expert to educate CAPG members via conferences, webinars and circulation of papers/research.
Terry’s has designed and delivered learning programs on public sector leadership, management and policing for such as Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education, the Canadian Police College, the Saskatchewan Police College and the University of Regina as well as an executive level strategic policing program for the Barbados Police and the St. Lucia Police. He is currently an instructor for Athabasca University as well as for the Dalhousie College of Continuing Education.
Ken East, nominated by the Peterborough Police Services Board
Before being appointed to the Peterborough Police Services Board, Mr. East served on the Douro Dummer OPP Board and was elected as the President of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards (OAPSB). During his time with the OAPSB, he played an integral role in the Future of Police Advisory Committee which helped shape the new Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act.
As the OAPSB President, he co-wrote a White Paper on the importance of Board independence. This paper informed the provincial government of the OAPSB’s position and influenced the new Act.
Mr. East played an important role in the OAPSB’s coordinated bargaining strategy by securing support for this initiative. As a result, we are seeing police compensation increases that are more in line with other sectors. Coordinated bargaining has saved taxpayers and municipalities a significant amount of money over the past few years.
In August of 2015, Ken East was appointed by Yasir Naqvi, Minister of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, to the Peterborough Police Services Board. Mr. East welcomed the appointment as he felt he could make a difference. His previous police board experience was invaluable to the Board.
During his four and a half years on the Peterborough Board, he served on the following committees:
- Policy/Planning Committee, Chair
- Labour Relations Committee, Chair and Member
- Finance Committee, Chair and Member
Ken’s input into our previous and current strategic business plans was integral and has helped move the Service forward. He also led the Board in negotiations with the Associations in 2016 and handled labour relations matters with tact and diplomacy always striving for a fair and equitable outcome.
Mr. East recognized the importance of his role as a member of the Police Services Board. He fulfilled the responsibilities and oath he took. At the same time, Mr. East had the utmost respect for the uniform and civilian members of the Service.
Mark Reder, nominated by Metro Vancouver Transit Police Board
In July 2011, Mark Reder was appointed to serve as the Police Board Chair for the Metro Vancouver Transit Police (“Transit Police”). Mark served as Police Board Chair for 8.5 years, finishing his final term in December 2019. Mark provided critical leadership in matters related to police governance for more than half of Transit Police’s history, during a timeframe which saw changes to the governance structure, deployment model, strategic plan, and substantial growth in ridership.
Transit Police is one of the youngest police agencies in BC, having been created in 2005 to police an 1800 square kilometre region served by the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, including 148 km of rail, 63 stations, 2,000 buses, 245 bus and one ferry route, through 21 diverse communities and one First Nation. Transit Police works collaboratively with each of the jurisdictional police departments in order to provide seamless policing across these communities. It is also the only dedicated transit police service in Canada.
During Mark’s 8.5 years on the Transit Police Board, the Police Board addressed many important governance matters arising from the unique structure of Metro Vancouver Transit Police. As a designated policing agency that spans multiple jurisdictions, Transit Police possesses a unique governance structure where the Police Board has governance responsibility but Translink, and subsequently, a subsidiary Translink Security Management Limited (“TSML”), was designated as the legal employer of police officers. Translink itself is governed by a complex structure involving an appointed board and a council of mayors from across the region. This creates a unique degree of complexity to the governance of the Transit Police, requiring a talent for collaboration and a clear-eyed ability to maintain independence. Mark demonstrated an unwavering commitment to this challenging task. He developed an effective and efficient Board that met all legal and regulatory requirements while providing essential independent governance and leadership for a growing police agency in a time of unprecedented political and media attention to transportation issues in the province.
When he became Chair, the Transit Police was led by an interim Chief Officer. Mark led the hiring process that identified and delivered a new high-performing Chief for a number of years. The successes of this Chief eventually led him to be recruited by a local municipality. Despite the disappointment of this early departure, Mark led the subsequent search that brought one of the strongest police leaders in Canada to the Transit Police. Mark’s dedication to the process was so thorough that he was on the phone with members of the search committee during Christmas Eve, ensuring the best candidate was identified. Finally, in the year before the end of his service as Chair, Mark led the recruitment process that successfully brought another very highly regarded police leader to the Transit Police. Mark was devoted to ensuring the best leader was delivered to the Transit Police team at each stage of their evolution.
In 2013, the Board and Transit Police leadership began work that eventually led to new community focused service delivery and deployment model. In 2015, the large transportation service area was divided into two separate divisions (East and West), each with their own commanding inspector. Under the two divisions, six distinct geographic Community Service Areas (CSAs) were established. These six CSAs are routinely patrolled by the same Transit Police officers day-in and day-out. This was a major transition in how the service delivers policing for the regi6on. It required vision, careful deliberate leadership and strategic skill. Mark’s leadership of Transit Police through this period led to great success: a modernized deployment model that substantially improved the visibility of our officers, the public’s satisfaction and sense of safety, and employee morale.
As Chair, Mark encouraged and supported other directors to deliver their best efforts. Unfailingly respectful, an excellent listener, highly organized and always well-prepared, Mark ensured that discussions around the board table were wide-ranging and comprehensive. He maintained an atmosphere of collegiality that always respected the time and expertise of directors, making them feel like their contribution was valued and important. Mark encouraged subcommittees to take on substantial responsibilities. In doing so, he enabled all of the directors who chaired or sat on subcommittees to feel engaged and accountable, so that they were confident in bringing their ideas and concerns to the table. He had a singular command of the policy and strategic issues and over his tenure ensured that the board remained focused on the organizations’ objectives, steering the ship through numerous changes in a highly complex regional and provincial environment. In sum, as a leader of the other directors, Mark always demonstrated a standard of excellence that inspired everyone else to keep up.
Mark had regular communications with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General office and ensured that the Board continued to be kept up to date on pressing provincial issues related to public safety. He also maintained regular correspondence with the TransLink CEO and Board, ensuring close communication and collaboration with Transit Police’s funder, particularly when setting the Transit Police Board’s own annual priorities to ensure an alignment in direction, while always ensuring the independence of the service.
In his role of providing critical oversight of policies and procedures, Mark supported the Board by continuing to bring forward thoughtful questions and identifying necessary policy amendments where required. As of 2019, Transit Police possessed 176 Policy Chapters, including 18 High Risk Policies such a Use of Force Policy Chapters, which require extensive review by Police Board members every two years. As a young police agency, many of these policies were developed or underwent substantial changes over the 8.5 years of Mark’s service on the Police Board, with early meetings in 2011-2012 largely focused on policy development. The policy manual index posted publically on the Transit Police website today reflects many substantive discussions that Mark was involved with between 2011-2019.
Some of the most substantive strategic discussions in Transit Police’s 15-year history took place during Mark’s tenure as Board Chair. This included the establishment of TSML as the legal employer, the creation and implementation of the new community-focused service delivery and deployment model in 2015, the development of a new five-year strategic plan covering the years 2016-2020, and planning for the Evergreen SkyTrain Extension opening in 2016 and its related policing requirements.
Throughout his tenure, Mark continually made time to attend annual Transit Police Award Ceremonies and other employee events such as the All Ranks Dinner, where he recognized employees who demonstrated exceptional performance in their duties. Mark used these opportunities to express his pride at being part of the Transit Police organization and his sincere appreciation for the hard work performed by employees of all ranks and sections.
Recognizing that Police members are accountable to the community and therefore require channels of direct feedback and dialogue, Mark led several board meetings out in the community, most recently demonstrated by a community meeting at the offices of MOSAIC in June 2019 in which members of local crime prevention organizations, municipal government, indigenous nations and the non-profit community were invited to attend. This led to a number of meaningful presentations and important dialogue on matters such as perceptions of police and public safety on transit, particularly for those facing language barriers and those with experiences of police discrimination in other regions of the world. These community meetings led by Mark assisted in educating the Police Board about the concerns and issues of the diverse community that Transit Police serves and in building the many essential relationships necessary between the police service and the public.
Mark participated in a ‘Transit Policing: Value Proposition’ panel discussion during the Policing Moving Cities Conference in April 2017. This was a first-time international conference organized by Transit Police that brought together attendees from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada representing transit operators, government, transit policing, transit security, public safety organizations, as well as jurisdictional police departments from across Metro Vancouver. The conference covered a wide range of issues and resulted in increased intelligence sharing, collaboration and partnerships between transit authorities, policing organizations and other public transit stakeholders worldwide.
Mark Reder is deserving of the Emil Kolb Award for Excellence in Police Governance for all of the reasons listed above, which have left a strong, stable, effective and efficient Police Board at Metro Vancouver Transit Police, that has continued to operate under the best practices and collaborative structure which Mark spearheaded since mid-2011. The changes that the organization has undergone over that time period have been transformative, with a community-focused approach today that sees Neighbourhood Police Officers and Client Services Officers building relationships across the 21 Municipalities and 1 First Nation served by Transit Police.
The results of the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, most recently reported on in 2019, showcase the impact that the strategic direction set by the Board has had at every level of the organization. Under Mark’s leadership, Transit Police has become a professional and recognized partner by the many jurisdictional police agencies in Metro Vancouver. The public has likewise recognized the transit system as possessing a police service which ensures their safety when travelling across the region, with perceptions of safety and security on transit showing a steady increase over the past six years and representing one of the highest rated metrics for the transit enterprise.
Finally, it cannot be overlooked that Mark’s commitment to police governance in British Columbia goes beyond his tremendous contributions to the Transit Police. Prior to his appointment as chair of the Transit Police Board, he spent six years on the Board of the West Vancouver Police Department. This prior board experience meant that he brought to Transit Police a deep understanding of, and clarity about, the governance role of a Police Board, the operational responsibilities of Transit Police employees, and the channels of communication and reporting between the two. It is worth noting that in total, Mark has dedicated over 14 years to police boards in BC. In all that time, he never wavered in his commitment to the work and always remained focused on the public interest.
Transit Police is deeply indebted to Mark Reder for his many contributions to the organization and to policing in British Columbia, and believes that he fully represents the core values and commitment to delivering public safety which the Emil Kolb Award for Excellence in Police Governance represents.
Gordon Selinger, Former Board Member, Regina Board of Police Commissioners
Gord was a valued member of the Regina Board for six years, from 2013 to 2018, and throughout this time was a thoroughly engaged member and offered a strong voice on the Board for improving policing in Regina. More importantly, as the Indigenous representative on the Board, he offered significant insight into the day-to-day problems faced by Indigenous peoples in Regina.
During Gord’s 30 year career as a teacher and education administrator in Regina, a significant amount of his time was spent teaching and providing guidance to students with emotional special needs and learning disabilities, ensuring they received education in a way that addressed their individual needs and differences. Gord’s strong support of these students established long term and trusted relationships that carried on well past school and Gord’s retirement. Many students still keep in touch with Gord, calling him to talk, updating him on special life events—even inviting him to their weddings. Through this diversity in his educational background, as a Board member, Gord was always unwavering in his belief of the importance of mentoring and redirecting at-risk youth to help them make better life choices. He stressed that an important part of this involved not only a good relationship between police and youth in Regina, but extra support for those youth identified as needing additional attention to keep them from choosing an unlawful path. The importance of this connection between police and youth reinforced his strong support of community policing.
As mentioned above, Gord was the Indigenous member appointed to the Board in accordance with prescribed municipal legislation. Having said that, Gord always felt uncomfortable being appointed specifically as an “Indigenous person”, particularly in view of the recent increase in immigration and newcomers to Regina. He was always mindful of the strong multi-cultural community of Regina and the impact it could have on policing. Regina City Council’s requirement for an Indigenous member came from a recognized need for a strong voice for the large Indigenous community in Regina and for additional insight to help address arising issues or bias. A better understanding of City Council’s reasoning helped Gord become more comfortable with this important distinction and the need for him to provide this added perspective for the Board, particularly as it relates to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. As evidenced by the attached letter of support from the Regina Police Service, Gord was well versed with the Calls to Action and made sure that the Board and Regina Police Service were committed to building and strengthening community trust.
Gord’s consistent involvement and commitment to proper governance for the Regina Police Service made him a valuable resource during development of the RPS Strategic Plan and, of course, yearly budget discussions. An important aspect of police governance is making tough decisions to balance policing needs with the financial constraints of yearly City Council budget considerations. Gord always made sure that each budget he was involved with made the best possible use of available funding for needed police resources. He also carried this strong commitment through two rounds of collective bargaining during his time on the Board.
Gord has worked with two Chiefs of Police over the past six years. He was invaluable during the recruitment of the present Chief of Police, a lengthy and sometimes onerous process. Regina’s fast-growing population and diversity of demographics presented both opportunities and challenges during the Board’s creation of a profile for the new Chief of Police—an important profile that was needed to meet these changing needs. Gord’s participation as one of only four Board members taking on this task resulted in hiring the present Chief, an extremely popular and effective representative of the Regina Police Service, a very important goal of the Board.
In addition to Gord’s work on the Board of Police Commissioners, he has been a dedicated volunteer in Regina, having a long history of coaching sports in Regina. Not only did he coach high school basketball, including a dozen years after he retired, he coached Church league basketball and minor football before he had a family of his own. A father of three grown children that he is extremely proud of, he also coached their basketball and ringette teams while they were growing up. It’s easy to see where he fostered his strong belief in the importance of youth and a strong relationship with youth in the community, and the role community policing can play in this.
The excellent relationship between the Board and the Chief has always been integral to a good relationship between the Board, the police service and the police association. Gord’s involvement and respect for members was shown by his regular attendance at retirement functions and other community events with a police focus. Gord always made it a priority to talk to the members and personally acknowledge their importance in the community. Gord developed a very strong relationship with both the police service and police association—so important for effective police governance.
During Gord’s years on the Board, he always recognized the importance of the Board’s membership on the Canadian Association of Police Boards/Governance. He saw the value of attending the conference and annual meeting each year and the opportunity it offered to network with other police boards from across Canada, sharing experiences in Regina and Saskatchewan, and learning from initiatives used in other provinces. This was enhanced by his participation at the First Nations Police Governance Council Conference, bringing these learning to the rest of the Board and the Regina Police Service during both public and in-camera sessions. The information, views and dialogue from these conferences has contributed to improved and enhanced governance of the Regina Police Service.
The Regina Board of Police Commissioners is very proud of the relationship it has with the Chief and Police Service with each group being respectful of each other and working well together. Gord has played a very important role in this relationship, both as a voice for the Indigenous community and for all citizens of Regina. His promotion of mentoring, effective communication with youth and efficiencies in service has played an important role in the success of the Regina Police Service. This success has led to consistently high ratings in bi-yearly Community Perception Surveys for the Regina Police Service, unheard of in many areas of Canada. All of this has helped the Board and Chief guide and affirm the Mission (Public Service First), Vision (Working together to keep Regina safe) and Values (Respectful Professional Service) of the Regina Police Service.
The Regina Board of Police Commissioners has always been proud and felt very fortunate to have Gord on the Board as an engaged member who was always respectful, yet never afraid to do the job he was appointed to do. He could always be counted on to provide extra needed insight into the Indigenous community and provide a strong voice for its issues and concerns. He was also a good representative for all citizens of Regina, making sure that the best possible governance was provided for the Regina Police Service to ensure the excellent service they provide and the respectful and open relationship that they have with all citizens of Regina. That’s the very best a police board can hope to achieve.
Andrew Graham, Andrew Graham, Adjunct Professor
Queen’s University, School Of Policy Studies
Andrew Graham teaches at Queens University School of Policy Studies as well as a variety of international and Canadian venues. He is National Editor of the Case Study Program of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Canada’s leading source of public sector case studies. He has worked extensively on issues of police governance in Canada, creating a number of courses, working with national and provincial organizations in providing advice and training on how to build effective police governance. He has developed police governance training, based on his research at the Conference Board of Canada, for the Canadian Police College, the Canadian Association of Police Governance, the Ontario Association of Police Service Boards, the Nova Scotia Police Governance Association. He has advised a number of First Nations on police governance, advising the First Nations Police Governance Council on design and delivery of effective governance in the indigenous context. He recently completed a review of the Peacekeeper Law of Kahnawá:ke and developed an intensive training program for new board members.
He is the author of Canada’s leading textbook on managing public money, entitled, Canadian Public Sector Financial Management, available through McGill-Queens Press. It has now been adopted by a number of Canada’s leading universities as a text and is used in governments for staff training. He has worked with Certiifed Public Accounts of Canada and fmi, the Financial Management Institute of Canada, in the development of public sector learning material. He has worked with several countries on public administration financial competence. He is on the Public Sector Financial Management Advisory Committee of CPA.
He has also published Making the Case: Writing and Teaching Case Studies, also available through McGill-Queens. He also recently edited Innovations in Public Expenditure Management, a publication of the Commonwealth Secretariat and Canada’s Critical Infrastructure: When is Safe Enough Safe Enough? for the Macdonald Laurier Institute of Canada. He also received the Principal’s Award for Curriculum Design at Queen’s University. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Affairs Education.
Professor Graham teaches in both the graduate and professional development programs at Queens. He designs and delivers courses on financial management, policy implementation and police governance. Financial Management Institute of Canada’s (fmi*igf) awarded Professor Graham the 2013-2014 Alan G. Ross Award for Writing Excellence for his article “What is financial literacy for the public manager”.
Mr. Graham has taken a special interest in emerging management issues, including strategic planning, modern police governance, performance measurement and integrated risk management. He has written extensively in this area, including an e-book Implementing Risk Management, available free on his website. He has worked internationally in training organizations on risk, financial management and professional learning.
An Assistant Deputy Minister for 14 years in the federal government with over 30 years of service, he has experience in line operations (Warden, Kingston Penitentiary), leading a complex regional operation, and a number of national policy and corporate leadership roles, including Senior Deputy Commission of the Correctional Service of Canada. He has extensive corporate management experience, including having served as the ADM, Corporate Services of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He took part in an executive interchange to the Conference Board of Canada for two years, focusing on governance and risk.
Ron Rasmussen, Regina Board of Police Commissioners, Canadian Association of Police Governance Board
Dr. Alok Mukherjee, CAPG Past President, Former Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board
Dr. Mukherjee is a Canadian academic, human rights advocate, and public servant. He served as chair of the Toronto Police Services Board from 2005 until his July 2015 retirement. Dr. Mukherjee served as Vice President, President, and Past President of the CAPG between the years of 2007-2015. He is currently appointed “distinguished visiting professor” at Ryerson University.
Dr. Zaheer M. Lakhani, C.M., Member of the Order of Canada, Founding President of CAPB
Zaheer Lakhani is a distinguished cardiologist who has demonstrated a deep commitment to multiculturalism and international development. Soon after his arrival in Canada, he became a representative of the local Ismaili Muslim community and advocated for programs to assist in the settlement and integration of these new Canadians. He then promoted a proactive model of community policing as chair of the Edmonton Police Commission and founding president of the Canadian Association of Police Boards. A former director of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, he has also helped to establish a non‑invasive cardiac program in Tanzania and continues to volunteer his professional expertise to countries in East Africa.
Dr. Zaheer Lakhani of Alberta, Chair of the Roundtable, holds a Bachelor of Medicine in Surgery from Leeds University. He has been a cardiologist and the Director of the Coronary Care Unit at the Surgeon General Hospital in St. Albert, Alberta since 1994. Dr. Lakhani was a member of His Highness Prince Karim Agakhan National Council for Canada from 1993-1996, was Vice-Chair of the Canadian Centre for Police-Race Relations from 1993-1996, and has been a member of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation from 2001 to the present. Dr. Lakhani has been recognized for his community work in a number of areas. Of note, in 2000, he received the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Clubs of Edmonton; in 1996, he was awarded a Humanitarian Award from the Mayfield Rotary Club; and in 1991, he received an Award of Excellence in the Outreach Category from the Ismaili Muslim Community of Edmonton.
Eli El-Chantiry, Ottawa Police Services Board
Eli was first elected to Ottawa City Council in 2003. He is the former proprietor of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Constance Bay and is well known throughout West Carleton-March for his extensive community involvement. He is committed to continue to work with area residents and businesses to help build West Carleton-March’s future in the City of Ottawa.
Eli was born in 1957 and is the second oldest of six children. Raised on his family’s farm in Lebanon, he came to Canada when he was 18 years old to begin a new life. He met his wife, Maha, soon after arriving in Ottawa and they were married over three decades ago.
Councillor El-Chantiry has been a staunch supporter and a dedicated volunteer for many West Carleton events. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre and has worked with a number of local groups any time help is needed – including local Community Centres, local Churches, the Legion, and Seniors Groups.
Eli was recognized for his efforts when his community awarded him the West Carleton Citizen of the Year for 2001. Receiving this prestigious award during the U.N. International Year of the Volunteer is one of Eli’s proudest accomplishments.
Councillor El-Chantiry was selected to act as Deputy Mayor for the City of Ottawa for the 2010-2014 term of Council.
Eli is proud to be representing the residents of West Carleton-March again for this next terms in office for 2014-2018.