• 2019 Police Leadership Conference


Dr. Jessica Kriegel

Dr. Jessica Kriegel works as an Organizational Development Consultant for Oracle Corporation, where she acts as an adviser and strategist in matters of organizational development, change management and talent development. She is also CEO of Ingage, Inc. an organization development consulting firm.

She is author of the book “Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit From Ditching Generational Stereotypes” published by Wiley.

In 2013 she completed her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management with a specialization in Human Resources Development from Drexel University. Jessica also has an MBA in International Business with Hult International Business School, completed in 2008.

She sits on the board of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, the Sacramento Chapter of Street Soccer, USA and the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Alumni Association.

She was awarded the Association of Talent Development "One to Watch" Award in 2015 and Training Magazine’s “Emerging Training Leaders Award” One to Watch in 2014. She was Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2015 and Valedictorian of her Drexel University graduating class in 2013.

Directeur Mario Harel (Ret.), O.O.M.

Chief Mario Harel retired on September 1, 2018, after more than 34 years serving the community of the city of Gatineau. The last 11 years, he had the privilege to serve as the Chief of police.

Committed to his career, Mario Harel acquired solid experience through important positions in a range of jurisdictions, in particular the bureau of criminal investigations, and in units dedicated to road safety, special events and crime prevention.

His operational and administrative expertise, his involvement at the regional, provincial and national levels, as well as his proven management skills in an important police organization, are among the key assets that lend him a better overall perspective on the challenges faced by a leader in the field of public safety.

Committed to giving back to the community, Mario Harel has been involved in several social causes over the years. He chaired the Municipal Affairs Division of the 2015 United Way campaign, and was the campaign director for the city of Gatineau in 2010 and 2011. Mario Harel is a member of the Board of Directors of the Missing Children Society of Canada and a member of the Board of Directors of CanOps. In addition, he was delighted to support projects proposed by teenagers and to address their challenges, particularly with regard to sexual exploitation and violence prevention in schools.

Mario Harel was appointed Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces on January 11, 2013. He served as the President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) from August 2016 to August 2018, and was a board member of the Association des Directeurs de Police du Québec (ADPQ) for nine years. Mario Harel is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at the HEC Montréal.

Mario Harel joined Motorola Solutions Canada in January 2019 as Senior Advisor for the Public Safety Industry.

Joe L. Couto

Joe Couto is a veteran public policy and communications professional who brings 30 years of proven experience to meeting the government relations and communication needs of Ontario’s police leaders. Currently, Joe serves as Director of Government Relations and Communications for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. Prior to serving with OACP, he was Senior Consultant with Enterprise Canada Consultants Inc., one of Ontario’s leading government relations and communications firms, where he developed a thorough expertise in a number of public policy areas including municipal affairs, housing, energy, and taxation and fiscal policies.

Prior to joining Enterprise Canada, Joe was Communications Manager for a national non-profit organization where he was responsible for media and public relations, development of the organization’s social media strategy, and event production/management. He also has an intimate understanding of the needs of private sector organizations based on his experience in strategic and public policy development with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Fair Rental Policy Organization of Ontario.

Joe’s extensive government relations experience includes serving on the staff of an Ontario MPP and managing the South Korean government’s public, government, and media relations initiatives in Canada during the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

In addition to his professional work, Joe is also a Professor (part-Time) in the University of Guelph-Humber’s Justice Department and Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning’s School of Social and Community Services (Criminal Justice), and a part-time faculty member in Royal Roads University’s School of Communication and Culture, where he was awarded the 2016 Outstanding New Faculty Award.

Joe is a regular lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business Management’s Police Leadership Program and the OACP’s Media Relations Officers Course at the Ontario Police College. He is the author of Lobbying vs. Advocacy: Police Leaders as Advocates for Their Police Services and Their Communities (2012), Covered in Blue: Police Culture and LGBT Police Officers in the Province of Ontario (2014), and Gay. Female. Cop. The Intersectionality of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Police Culture (2018).

A native of Brazil, Joe holds a Master of Arts in Professional Communications degree from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Ryerson University. Joe is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Social Sciences degree from Royal Roads University.

Joe was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to policing and public safety in Canada in 2013 and the Serving With Pride Ally Award in 2016.

Dr. Aaron Devor

Dr. Aaron H Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE, has been studying and teaching about transgender topics since the early 1980s. He established and holds the world’s only Chair in Transgender Studies, initiated and hosts the international, interdisciplinary Moving Trans History Forward conferences, and Founded and is the Academic Director of the world’s largest Transgender Archive. He is the author of numerous articles and four books on transgender topics. He has also been an author of versions of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care since 1999 and is overseeing the translation of the most recent version into world languages. Devor has delivered lectures to audiences around the world, including more than 30 major keynote and plenary addresses. He is a national-award-winning teacher, an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research, and an elected Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. He serves on the Editorial Boards the Archives of Sexual Behavior, The Journal of Sex Research, and the Transgender Studies Quarterly as well as on the Canada Research Chairs College of Reviewers and the Advisory Board of the Digital Transgender Archives. Dr. Devor, is a former Dean of Graduate Studies (2002-2012), and a professor of Sociology, at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Early in his career, Dr. Devor taught gender and sexuality courses to inmates at Mountain and Matsqui federal prisons in British Columbia and he has recently advised Correctional Services Canada, BC Corrections, and the Canadian Senate Committee on Human Rights on policy matters concerning trans prisoners. 

Chief Constable Del Manak, M.O.M.

Chief Del Manak is in his 29th year of policing and has been a member of the Victoria Police Senior Management Team for over twelve years.  In 2010, Chief Manak was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief Constable and in 2015 to the rank of Acting Chief until he was promoted to Chief on July 1, 2017.

Chief Manak is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy Program and the Dalhousie University Police Leadership Program, holding concentration certificates in Administration, Law and Justice, Service Delivery and Supervisory Skills. He is in the final year of completing his Masters of Arts in Terrorism, Risk and Security Studies from Simon Fraser University.

In 2011, Chief Manak was the recipient of the Sergeant Bruce MacPhail Award for Academic Excellence.  In 2014, Chief Manak was appointed Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.  In addition, he is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and the Police Exemplary Service medal. 

Chief Manak is born and raised in Victoria and is honored to be the Chief Constable in the same city where he grew up. 

Chief Manak’s hobbies include coaching his teenage daughter’s soccer team, swimming, running and travelling with his family.    

Allan Wilson

Allan is Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer at Versaterm. During his 29 year career with Versaterm, Allan has held numerous development, project management, product and account management positions prior to being named CTO in 2014.  Allan enjoys working with clients to help them succeed with technology and their operational needs.


Rizwan Mawani

Rizwan Mawani is an educator, scholar and research consultant with experience in more than 30 countries. He has a background in anthropology and religious studies and was educated at universities in Canada, the US and the UK. He regularly speaks to international audiences from students to policymakers. His articles which attempt to unravel the diversity of the Muslim world and make difficult concepts and ideas intelligible to wider audiences, have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post. Rizwan was previously Research Coordinator and Lead Researcher in The Institute of Ismaili Studies’ Department of Community Relations where he conducted field research on Muslim practices amongst 50 communities in 17 countries from Senegal and Iran to China and Indonesia. The fruit of this research is being released in a book published later this year. 

In recent years, he has developed, designed and implemented values-based curriculum for international and national summer camps for high school, university and young professionals in Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Portugal, the UAE, the United States and Canada. He has particularly been interested in teaching young people to develop skills of resilience, compassion and pluralism for our changing world. Rizwan has also served as speech-writer for a number of Canadian interfaith organizations, been invited to address the former Office of Religious Freedom in Ottawa on issues of relevance to Islam and Muslim communities and participated in anti-radicalization round-tables with law enforcement agencies in Toronto.

Chief Constable Les Sylven, M.O.M.

Les began policing in 1988 with the RCMP and was posted to British Columbia. After serving at the Squamish Detachment and the Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit in Vancouver, he joined the Victoria Police Department in 1996. During his time with the VicPD, his favorite operational assignments included patrol, major crimes, and the emergency response team. His administrative assignments included departmental use of force trainer, media liaison officer, and the Officer in Charge of Human Resources.   In 2011, Les accepted the position of Deputy Chief with the Central Saanich Police Service, and in 2015 was appointed Chief Constable. A life-long learner, he completed his BA in Psychology at the University of Calgary in 1988, his MA in Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University in 2011, and is now a PhD student in the Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies Department at the University of Victoria. His research interests include emerging models of police leadership in Canada, meditation and mindfulness for police officers, and spirituality in policing. When not at work, at home with his family, or at UVic, Les can usually found practicing his life-long sport of judo.

Commissioner Brenda Lucki, C.O.M.

Brenda Lucki was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and joined the RCMP in 1986. Throughout her career, she’s served in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, at the RCMP Academy (Depot Division), as well as internationally.

Her first posting was in Granby, Quebec, in federal policing. In 1993 and 1994, she served on a peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia, overseeing investigations and monitoring aid delivery.

In 1995, she transferred to the RCMP’s peacekeeping program in Ottawa. Following that role, she advanced through the non-commissioned officer ranks, first as an instructor at the RCMP Academy, then as an acting Detachment Commander in Manitoba.

In 2003, she was promoted to Inspector, working as the Traffic Services Officer for Saskatchewan, followed by the Community and Contract Policing and District Operations Officer.

In 2009, she rose to the rank of Superintendent, and became a District Commander in Manitoba. In 2012, she was promoted to Chief Superintendent, and became a District Commander in Alberta.

In 2016, she was named Commanding Officer of the RCMP Academy, and on March 9, 2018, she was announced as the RCMP’s 24th Commissioner.

Commissioner Lucki has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology from the University of Alberta. She is married and has two step-daughters and three grandchildren.

Vishal Dhir

Vishal is the Managing Director of Canada and Latin America for Axon.  He’s responsible for leading efforts in Canada and Latin America as Axon establishes their technology platform within Law Enforcement Agencies and Public Safety.  He has spent over 10 years helping community focused organizations like Municipal Government, Non-Profits and now Public Safety agencies implement cloud-based solutions to help streamline their processes and operate more efficiently. 

He has been a speaker at numerous conferences including the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Annual Conference, CACP Leadership Conference and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Technology Conference as well as webinars on topics related to the benefits of Cloud Technology and Software as a Service for Public Safety. 

Dr. Linda Franchi

Dr. Linda Franchi holds a PhD in the Philosophy of Education from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. Dr. Franchi has worked together with Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities for over 30 years, prioritizing community and collaborative engagement in all aspects of program design and service delivery. As the Head of Counselling Services at the Western Institute for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH), Dr. Franchi spearheaded with the United Way, the development of linguistic and cultural services for Deaf seniors who use American Sign Language. The Counselling department provides direct support services across British Columbia to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf blind individuals who are   either Deaf Professionals, Deaf volunteers of Hearing Staff who use American Sign Language.

Tina Varughese

Named one of Canada’s 10 Notable Speakers by Ignite Magazine, audiences describe Tina as ‘dynamic, highly energetic, relevant and hilarious’. She breaks down barriers to create a comfortable, inclusive and fun space leaving attendees inspired to think, behave, act or communicate with intention.

For fifteen years Tina Varughese, B.A.; B.Comm, worked with immigrants in her roles with the Province of Alberta’s immigration office as well as running her own successful relocation and settlement firm.

She is currently the immediate Past-President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (Calgary).

Tina is a contributing writer for the Human Resource Institute of Alberta’s Network magazine, Calgary Real Estate News, Home to Home magazine and was profiled in Alberta’s Venture Magazine. Tina has been the face of diversity, literally, when she was chosen to be in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty representing beauty in diversity. With two kids, five fish and one husband, she resides in Calgary where she recently began hip hop classes.