Board of directors
Board Chair; Treasurer; Chair, Audit & Finance Committee
Steve Meston has 30 years of financial-industry experience with CIBC, having assumed positions of increasing responsibility in Commercial Banking, Capital Markets, Retail Banking, Corporate Banking and Risk Management in Toronto, Halifax, New York and Calgary. In his current role, he is based in Toronto and is responsible for CIBC’s Corporate Wealth Management credit portfolios in Canada.
Steve graduated from Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Honors Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Steve has been active in the community and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the RCMP Foundation. His past community involvement includes Chair of the Mount Royal University Foundation Board of Directors, appointments to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Advisory Council and the United Way of Calgary Campaign Cabinet, and membership on the boards of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Halifax Chamber of Commerce and the Mississauga Art Gallery. He has also served on the advisory boards of TriWest Capital Partners and Banyan Capital Partners
Board Vice Chair; Chair, Governance Committee
Richard Belanger is a senior consultant who has significant experience in high-level management, including 20 years in executive recruitment.
His background as a corporate executive, team manager and builder makes him an experienced corporate partner whose vision and analytical skills can lead to the development of a proven strategy for human capital building.
Richard launched his executive recruitment company, Richard Belanger & Associates in Toronto in 1999 and in Montreal in 2001. He has worked on more than 350 mandates for small- and medium-sized businesses as well as multinational companies in nearly all sectors and industries.
Prior to this, he was the president of a large retailer and distributor subsidiary, a Canadian consumer-products leader. He joined Leaders International in 2013.
Richard is Vice Chair of the RCMP Foundation’s Board of Directors as well as Chairman of Magog Technopole’s Board of Directors.
François Bidal, RCMP Assistant Commissioner (Retired)
Assistant Commissioner François Bidal joined the RCMP in 1986 and served in various capacities including general duty and investigative policing, drug enforcement and commercial crime. He taught post-secondary-level police sciences, instructed law and applied police sciences at the RCMP’s Depot Division, and occupied the role of the Director of the Police Sciences School at the Canadian Police College. He was commissioned to the executive officer rank in 2002. Four years later, he was appointed to the position of Director General, Canadian Firearms Program, where he led the transition of the structure and mandate of the CFP from a standalone agency to a National Police Services program within the RCMP. Just two years after that, he assumed the role of Director General of the newly-created Information Interoperability Directorate.
In 2010, he was appointed to the position of Commanding Officer of “A” Division (now National Division), a model of excellence in the delivery of federal policing services and specializes in sensitive and complex investigations, both nationally and internationally. In 2012, he was appointed Assistant Commissioner of Forensic Sciences and Identification Services. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the provision of quality investigative support services through a wide range of forensic programs to clients both in Canada and internationally.
In April 2017, was appointed to the position of Chief Information Officer for the RCMP, which was followed by a one-year acting appointment as Deputy Commissioner of Specialized Policing Services. This included responsibility of RCMP Technical Operations, Forensic Sciences, as well as the Canadian Firearms Program, the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada, and the Canadian Police College. Before his retirement in early 2019, he acted as a senior advisor to the Commissioner to help advance her modernization mandate during a period of significant transition.
François holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Ottawa, has completed a Police Leadership Certificate from Dalhousie University and is a graduate of the Queen’s University Public Executive Management Program. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, as well as the RCMP Long-Service Medal.
Sandra Conlin, OOM
A/Commr. (ret.) Sandra Conlin joined the RCMP in October 1976 adb during her 37-year career, she achieved a broad base of experience, progressing through the ranks from Special Constable to Assistant Commissioner. Sandra served in many positions during her career with a breadth of experience in operational policing and criminal intelligence as the Director General of Criminal Intelligence Service Canada and the Assistant Commissioner RCMP Criminal Intelligence. She also served as the RCMP’s Ethics Advisor.
Her leadership skills, strategic insights and planning skills, incredible work ethic and impeccable character helped drive change in the way the Criminal Intelligence Advisory Group, made up of representatives from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, shared criminal intelligence on organized crime.
Upon retirement, Sandra joined the RCMP Veterans’ Association, Ottawa Division, and in 2016, she was elected as a Director. In 2018, she was elected as Vice-President, a position she still holds today.
In 2017, Sandra was appointed as Governor, Commissionaires Ottawa. She is also a volunteer for the Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society, Ottawa Chapter.
Sandra is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Commemorative Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal, the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts Award, the Order of Merit (Officer) OOM and RCMP 35-year Long-Service Medal.
Brendan Heffernan, RCMP Chief Superintendent (Retired)
Brendan joined the RCMP in 1990 after serving with the Canadian Forces where he was engaged as a Military Policeman. His early RCMP service began in British Columbia working in detachments as a uniformed member as well as a plain clothes investigator in the Major Crime Section before moving to the RCMP Ceremonies Branch in Ottawa as a member of the Musical Ride.
After a time in the Public Affairs Directorate, he spent five years as an “O” (Ontario) Division Protective and Support Services Analyst focusing on major organized crime, national security and protective policing files. As the Acting Officer in Charge of “O” Division VIP Protective Services Brendan was responsible for close protection duties for all visiting Internationally Protected Persons.
He was subsequently transferred back to HQ Ottawa to assume duties as the Federal Security Coordinator for the 2010 Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games and later the Director, Major Events. In this position, Brendan was responsible for overseeing security measures for all national major events hosted by the government of Canada. This included the 2010 Winter Olympics/Paralympics and the 2010 G8 & G20 World Leaders’ Summits.
Brendan completed the last three years of his 27-year RCMP career as the Registrar and Director General, Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS). CCRTIS maintains the national repository of fingerprint and criminal record information and is mandated to provide direct operational support to the Canadian law enforcement, criminal justice and public security communities, as well as to international partners such as the FBI and Interpol. Brendan navigated CCRTIS through a complete business modernization effort that saw the shift from manual labour-intensive processes to technology driven platforms which created significant economic and service level efficiencies.
Since retiring as a Regular Member in 2017, Brendan has been appointed as the Chair of the National DNA Data Bank Advisory Committee (NDDB AC). The Advisory Committee’s role is also to provide the National DNA Data Bank with strategic guidance and direction concerning scientific advancements, matters of law, legislative changes, privacy issues and ethical practices.
Brendan is very much a people person and a proud member of the RCMP Veterans Association. He has a strong community engagement background having been a member of several local service organizations. He’s also been involved as a youth leader and coach through sports associations and the Scouting movement.
Grant A. Jameson, LL.B, ICD.D
Grant Jameson is a lawyer, corporate director, community leader, accomplished speaker and dedicated supporter of the arts. He is currently the Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner. Previously he was a Senior Partner and Ottawa Managing Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright, a global law firm, having practiced law from 1976 until 2016.
Grant has over 30 years of integrated professional leadership experience in business, community engagement, fundraising and education through the practice of law, law firm management, business, and his dedication to worthy causes that benefit the arts, human rights, health care and corporate governance. He has received a number of awards for his leadership and contribution.
Grant’s involvement includes the RCMP Foundation, Ottawa Chamber Music Society, Institute of Corporate Directors, Federal Liberal Agency of Canada, Canadian Fund, Canadian Nurses Foundation, Canadian Club of Ottawa, Ottawa Arts Court Foundation, Canadian Red Cross, The Audette Foundation, and the EGALE Human Rights Trust.
Liliana Longo, Q.C.
Liliana retired in 2019 after a distinguished 35-year career with the Department of Justice.
Liliana provided exceptional service to the RCMP as its head lawyer from the Department of Justice since September 11, 2001. Her expertise in regulatory and criminal law, including drug prosecutions, extraditions, money laundering and organized crime files, gained as a federal prosecutor in Quebec and in other positions, has been a valuable asset to the RCMP.
Liliana oversaw the provision of legal advice to five RCMP Commissioners on a wide breadth of issues over the past 17 years. Some notable files include: several high-profile public inquiries, most recently, the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry; legislative changes involving national security, the Firearms Act, the Criminal Code of Canada, and implementation of a new labour-relations regime for the RCMP, including unionization; and the prosecution relating to the tragic events in Moncton. She also played an instrumental role in helping the RCMP reach settlement agreements for major harassment-related class-action lawsuits, contributing to efforts to eliminate gender discrimination and harassment in the Force.
Liliana has always been a strong leader and advocate for equality and diversity. As one of the first Chairs of the Advisory Committee for Equal Opportunities for Women within the Department of Justice, she identified the need to hire, retain, promote and support all under-represented groups in their careers, always leading by example and clearing a path for women who have followed. In 2014, she was recognized for her exemplary service to the Canadian justice system, earning the designation of Queens Counsel from the Government of Canada.
Mark Sullivan is Head, Client and Fraud Market Management at Interac and is responsible for the client management function for issuing members and the delivery and maintenance of fraud risk mitigation programs across all products. Mark is the contact point for global risk professionals and international law enforcement. Prior to this position Mark was an SIO for a major Canadian Financial Institution where he had responsibility for corporate security issues in the Caribbean and Latin South-Central America.
Mark served as a senior Detective with Specialist Operations New Scotland Yard, a role that included high level interaction with international financial markets and services to combat organized criminal groups. Mark moved to the private sector and prior to his current company was responsible for various levels of corporate security at a “Top 5” Canadian FI, mitigating risk/implementing strategies across financial products domestically and internationally.
Throughout his career Mark has been involved with commerce and has established a broad knowledge base of financial products and business processes in addition to his subject matter expertise in financial fraud risk management and regulatory reporting. Mark has extensive global networks that span private and public sectors and in addition to facilitation skills is an experienced mediator, negotiator and advisor. He is an experienced leader who has lectured at various institutions including Rotman MBA, as to leadership and collaborative practices.
Mark is a Certified Master Facilitator/ Executive Board member for the International Institute for Facilitation. He is Co-Chair of the Private Sector Liaison Committee (Canadian Association Chiefs of Police), Special Advisor Board of Directors Certified Fraud Examiners, member of the European ATM Security Team (EAST), and executive member of the Canadian Payment Card Partners Group.
Sherry Wendt is a lawyer and corporate governance professional, and holds the roles of Associate General Counsel, Director – Corporate Secretarial Legal & Assistant Corporate Secretary with Cenovus Energy Inc., a publicly listed Canadian integrated oil company located in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to joining Cenovus in 2015, Sherry was Corporate Secretary & Senior Legal Counsel with another publicly listed Canadian oil and natural gas company in Calgary for over seven years, and previously practiced as an Associate with the law firm of Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary, acting primarily in the areas of corporate, commercial, banking and energy law. Sherry holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba with major in Actuarial Mathematics. She is also a Chartered Secretary, holding the designation of ACIS as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, a leading global professional institute in governance.
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