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Police Governance in Crisis

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Earlier this month, 200+ attendees including members, Directors and other Governance stakeholders heard from panelists from a cross-section of policing and Governance authorities as they discussed the newsworthy developments in Police Governance that took place over the past weeks and months. The intent of this event was not to dissect a particular board’s actions but to identify pressure points that would apply to other boards across the country. Together we were able to identify some specific areas of pressure and thus distinguish areas of attention moving forward.

Two major takeaways from the session were…

1. There is pressure between the province and municipalities in many regions across Canada.
We heard that provinces have a unique role but what responsibilities do they or should they assume for boards within their jurisdiction? Municipalities may be able to determine the social power within their community however they may not be sensitive to the composition of boards. What are the needed competencies for the board to govern the service and what resources are needed for boards?

2. Boards & Commissions need structural support.
There are structural challenges facing boards related to the selection of board members, training, independence, strategic roles, and capacity. There is inequity across Canada with many boards not having budgets, staff for support, they then rely on the municipality for support which undermines independence.

We intend to use what we learned from this insightful discussion to develop advocacy points, future sessions and other training & learning initiatives. 

Thank you to the group of panelists who made time in their schedules to speak with us and to those who sat in (either live or via the recording) and shared their questions, feedback and follow-up requests.

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You can find the recorded session here. The survey will load as you exit the Zoom session.

This is a rare opportunity for us to come together and begin to solve the “wicked problems” we face collectively. Join the conversation!


Tullio Caputo

Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University

Dr. Caputo is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University where he has taught since 1987. He has also lectured at the Canadian Police College since 1993 in the Senior Police Administration Course, the Executive Development in Policing Programme and in the International Best Practices programme. For the past thirty years, Dr. Caputo has done extensive research and writing in the areas of criminology and criminal justice policy. He has conducted numerous research projects focusing on the role of the police in society including their participation in multi-sector, community-based crime prevention initiatives. Currently, Dr. Caputo is working with colleagues on the development of a sustainable policing framework designed to assist police leaders, oversight bodies and community stakeholders to create more successful, accountable and sustainable policing organizations.

Roger Chaffin

Retired Chief, Calgary Police Service

Roger Chaffin served with the Calgary Police Service for over 33 years, the last 3 of which he served as the Chief of Police. In his professional policing career he has led most (if not all) operational and administrative functions that comprise modern Canadian policing. He has received his policing education locally, provincially, nationally and internationally, has served in the executive of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as served on numerous boards on not for profit organizations across Canada. Since his retirement he serves as a volunteer on several community boards in the Calgary area, provides consultancy advice on projects relating to policing in Canada, and sits as an advisor with a national not for profit advocating for systemic reforms in Canadian policing. He has been awarded with the Canadian Order of Merit (Officer Level), the Queens Diamond Jubilee, and the Provincial Long Service medal.

Monique Fry

VP of Community Success, HelpSeeker

Monique is from the Xwchíyò:m First Nation on her grandfather’s side and from the shíshálh Nation on her grandmother’s side. Both Nations are located on territories that are currently known as the province of BC. She holds a Blackfoot name gifted by Elder Dr. Reg Crowshoe, which in English translates to “where the water meets the west shore spirit”. Monique has 12+ years experience in cross-cultural communication and stakeholder relations with a focus on successful engagement and partnerships with Indigenous communities. She brings both a lived experience perspective as a First Nations woman as well as career and academic experience holding an MA in Communication and Culture from the University of Calgary. Monique is recognized as a Cultural Mediator, and holds relationships with diverse Elders and Knowledge Keepers from across Turtle Island. Her work in Calgary has included the intersection of understanding and tackling poverty, homelessness, health, human rights, education, justice and employment of Indigenous peoples. One of her strengths is in relationship building and connections to community leaders, as well as those in non-profit, corporate and government.

Andrew Graham

School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

Andrew Graham teaches at Queens University School of Policy Studies as well as a variety of international and Canadian venues. Professor Graham teaches in both the graduate and professional development programs at Queens. He designs and delivers courses on leadership, financial management, policy implementation, risk management and police governance. He is the author of Canada’s leading textbook on managing public money, Canadian Public Sector Financial Management, available through McGill-Queens Press.

He has worked extensively on issues of police governance in Canada, 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 and the Canadian Association of Police Governance (CAPG). He has advised 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 provided advice on governance to the 2018 Inquiry into the Thunder Bay Police Service Board by Senator Murray Sinclair and subsequently developed an onboarding training package for the new Board. The CAPG awarded him the 2018 Emil Kolb Aware for leadership in police governance in Canada.

Rachel Huggins

Ontario Provincial Police, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau

Rachel joined the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, as the Deputy Director-Executive Lead, Cannabis Legalization in June 2018. She is responsible for developing and implementing policy and operational plans to support organizational requirements under the legal cannabis regime, and other enforcement and government priorities.

Rachel is the Co-Chair of the Ontario Association Chiefs of Police Substance Advisory Committee and was recently appointed Co-Chair of the Canadian Association Chiefs of Police Drug Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining the OPP, Rachel spent 16 years at Public Safety Canada leading and managing a variety of complex horizontal policy issues related to policing and public safety, including cannabis legalization; drug impaired driving; the opioids crisis; contraband tobacco; the economics of policing; and rail and urban transit security.

Fred Kaustinen

Chief Governance Officer, Halton Police Services Board / Principal, Governedge 

Fred Kaustinen is the Chief Governance Officer at Halton Police Board, and Principal at Governedge Inc. – a governance and risk consulting firm. He is a lifelong learner and athlete, and a decorated army veteran.

Governedge helps police boards focus on those issues that really impact organizational success, and set the right organizational tone at the top. By doing so, people feel empowered, performance is aligned with expectations, and the community’s return-on-investment is optimized.

Christian Leuprecht

Queen’s University, Director, Kingston Police Services Board

Christian Leuprecht is Class of 1965 Professor in Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada, Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, senior fellow in defence and security at the Macdonald Laurier Institute, and a member of the Police Services Board of the City of Kingston. He has written three well-known studies on policing issues, is regularly consulted for my expertise on police governance, management and accountability, and have a forthcoming book on accountability. 

Alok Mukherjee

Alok Mukherjee was, most recently, a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the author, with Tim Harper, of Excessive Force: Toronto’s Fight to Reform City Policing (Douglas & McIntyre, 2018). Mukherjee was Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board from 2005 to 2015. He served as Acting Chief Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1992 to 1994 and Member of the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services (now called Ontario Civilian Police Commission) from 1994 to 1997. He is a regular contributor to the Canadian media on issues of policing, justice, human rights, equity and inclusion.

Tom Stamatakis

President, Canadian Police Association

Mr. Stamatakis has sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Police Association (CPA) since 2003, and served as President since May 2011.
He also serves as the President for the British Columbia Police Association (BCPA) and was recently acclaimed Chairman of the International Council of Police Representative Associations (ICPRA).

Mr. Stamatakis has been a Constable with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for approximately 29 years, where he enjoyed a variety of assignments prior to his secondment to the Vancouver Police Union (VPU).

He also sits on the boards of Covington Capital, “Odd Squad” Productions and several Federal and Provincial advisory boards and committees.

In 2017, he was promoted to Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in Canada.

Ryan Teschner

Executive Director & Chief of Staff, Toronto Police Services Board

Ryan Teschner serves as the Executive Director and Chief of Staff for the Toronto Police  Services Board, which is responsible for the fourth-largest municipal police service in  North America. Ryan has earned a reputation for leading significant and successful reforms in the community safety, justice and social sectors. In his public sector roles,  governments and government agencies have turned to Ryan to solve their most complex problems, including architecting and implementing policy and legislative change that enhance public safety and build public trust.  

Previously, Ryan served as Special Counsel to the Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, as well as at the Ministry of the Attorney General, where he successfully designed and led the development of Ontario’s new policing and oversight legislation, as well as other high-profile initiatives that modernized policing in the province.  Previously, Ryan also served as lead counsel to the Honourable John W. Morden in the  Independent Civilian Review into Matters Relating to the G20 Summit, which is regarded as a leading authority in Canada and internationally on the subject of effective police governance.  

Ryan is a graduate of both the University of Toronto (B.A.) and Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. He began his career in the private sector in  2006, where, as a litigator at two international law firms he practiced in the areas of regulatory, administrative, constitutional, and commercial law, including appellate litigation and judicial review. Ryan appeared as counsel in complex cases before various  Ontario and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Ryan was a two-time final nominee (2018 and 2019) for Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada.  

Ryan, his wife and two children live in Toronto.