Emil Kolb Award
Established in 2013 by the Canadian Association of Police Governance, the Emil Kolb Award for Excellence in Police Governance 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 Emil Kolb Award Eligibility Criteria.
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.