CALGARY, ALBERTA - The CACP selects two individuals to receive the CACP Recognition Award

    08/10/19 - 08/12/20


    August 11, 2019

    The CACP selects two individuals to receive the CACP Recognition Award

    CALGARY, ALBERTA – During the Opening Ceremonies of the 114th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the CACP recognized two individuals who have demonstrated exceptional involvement, extraordinary support, and outstanding initiative in advancing the CACP’s goals and strategic priorities.

    Chosen by the current President, with endorsement from the CACP Board of Directors, the winners of the distinguished CACP Recognition Award are considered to be leaders among leaders, individuals who exemplify the association’s values of courage, integrity, respect, transparency, inclusiveness, excellence and compassion.

    From left to right:  Chief Constable Adam Palmer (President of the CACP), Ms. Ashley M. Smith (Saskatoon Police Service), Ms. Smith's mother.

    The CACP recognized the contributions of Ms. Ashley M. Smith, Director of Legal Services with the Saskatoon Police Department and counsel representing the CACP at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

    Ms. Smith was often the face and voice of our association at the institutional hearings. She observed and listened carefully to the statements being made about police training, missing person investigations, policy, and accountability.

    Her efforts led to the development of a meaningful response on behalf of police leaders across Canada. As the principal author of the CACP’s closing submission, she was able to capture the issues, concerns and ongoing efforts of the police. Ms. Smith aptly articulated recommendations that map out the way forward for police services to strive to achieve true reconciliation. Most of these recommendations were reflected in the National Inquiry’s final report.

    “Thanks to Ms. Smith’s contributions, we are optimistic that we will see positive change in policing in Canada that will help to prevent and reduce violence against Indigenous women and girls,” said Chief Constable Adam Palmer, President of the CACP.

    Congratulations also go out to Mr. Timothy M. Smith who has devoted the last nine years of his career to the CACP as a Government Relations and Strategic Communications Consultant. The CACP wished him well as he enters retirement on September 30th, 2019.

    Mr. Timothy Smith

    During his time with the association, he supported the CACP leadership team through successful advocacy, issues management and senior level relationship-building efforts while advancing key priorities within the policing and public safety industry.

    Tim has tirelessly focused on gaining greater collaboration between government and CACP committees to assist in enhancing public policy, addressing a wide range of issues important to public safety and security, and to improving Canadian policing and the criminal justice system.

    Tim is also credited with the creation of the National Strategic Communications Group, a working group consisting of police communication professionals across Canada with a mandate to enhance networking and collaboration between Canadian police services. The group strives to identify emerging issues and trends and to support the strategic communications and stakeholder relations teams in police services across Canada to help advance national strategic policing priorities.

    “Tim’s attention to detail and strategic approach, combined with his wit, positive attitude and excellent communications skills, have contributed significantly to the increased recognition of the CACP as a credible voice for police leaders in Canada and as a subject matter expert on policing and public safety issues,” stated Chief Constable Adam Palmer, President of the CACP.


    For further information or to arrange a media interview, please contact:


    Natalie Wright

    Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police

    Communications Advisor



    Lindsay Nykoluk

    Public Affairs/Media Relations Unit

    Calgary Police Service