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Role and mandate
The Senior Executive Committee (SEC) is the senior decision making forum established by the Commissioner for the development and approval of strategic, force-wide policies, pursuant to and consistent with the Commissioner's authority under section 5 of the RCMP Act.
The role of Senior Executive Committee is to develop, promote and communicate strategic priorities, strategic objectives, management strategies and performance management for the purpose of direction and accountability.
Senior Executive Committee
- Mike Duheme
- Interim Commissioner
- Kathy Thompson
- Associate Deputy Minister, Chief Administrative Officer
- Brian Brennan
- Deputy Commissioner, Contract and Indigenous Policing
- Bryan Larkin
- Deputy Commissioner, Specialized Policing Services
- Alison Whelan
- Chief Strategic Policy and External Relations Officer
- Samantha Hazen
- Chief Financial Officer
- Nadine Huggins
- Chief Human Resources Officer
- Curtis Zablocki
- Deputy Commissioner, Commanding Officer for K Division
- Dwayne McDonald
- Deputy Commissioner, Commanding Officer for E Division
Interim Commissioner Mike Duheme, under the RCMP Act, and direction of the Minister of Public Safety, has the control and management of the RCMP. This includes overseeing the delivery of front line policing services in most provinces (except Ontario and Quebec) and all territories, law enforcement and investigative services to enforce federal laws, technology and support services to the broader policing community, and international policing duties.
Interim Commissioner Duheme has been an RCMP officer for more than 34 years. Hailing from Chambly, Quebec, he began his career as a general duty investigator in New Minas, Nova Scotia and since then, has gone on to work in four different provinces in a variety of roles.
In addition to serving on a Kosovo peacekeeping mission, the interim commissioner has been a member of the RCMP's Emergency Response Team, a VIP personal protection officer, Operations Commander for the Francophone Summit and Director of the Parliamentary Protective Service. From 2016 to 2019, he served as the Commanding Officer of National Division in Ottawa.
Associate Deputy Minister, Chief Administrative Officer Kathy Thompson joined the RCMP on November 28, 2022.
Prior to joining the RCMP, she held senior executive positions in the Government of Canada including as the Executive Vice-President of the Public Health Agency of Canada, where she was responsible for providing policy and operational leadership in the management of COVID-19 public health border measures.
Prior to her role at Public Health Agency of Canada, Kathy was the Vice-President of the Strategic Policy Branch at the Canada Border Services Agency responsible for leading the agency's vision on modernization, and maturing its data transformation.
In 2013, she was the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Community Safety and Countering Crime Branch at Public Safety Canada working closely with the RCMP and law enforcement agencies. She spent 10 years in Executive roles at the Communications Security Establishment; and was part of the leadership team that established and stood up the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, contributing to the Government Canada's national security and other priorities.
Kathy began her professional career with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities working on community safety and crime prevention and other files.
She graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts in law and in psychology, with a concentration in Criminology.
Deputy Commissioner Brian Brennan is responsible for Contract and Indigenous Policing, which includes overseeing delivery of local policing services in Canada's three territories and in all provinces except Ontario and Quebec. He and his team ensure a uniform level of service and consistent responses to operational issues that arise as a result of the RCMP's frontline policing responsibilities. They are frequently called upon to provide leadership to the broader public safety community to advance federal priorities, including providing culturally competent police services to more than 600 Indigenous communities.
Deputy Commissioner Brian Brennan joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1986 and spent the first few years of his career in Saskatchewan performing general policing duties in rural areas, Indigenous communities and isolated northern detachments
After six years in Saskatoon's Integrated Drug Unit, he became an Inspector serving as Executive Officer to the Deputy Commissioner of Operations at National Headquarters in Ottawa. In 2004, Brian became the Officer in Charge of Drug Operations for Federal and International Operations, later serving as the acting Director of Drug Branch. In 2006, he transferred to Nova Scotia as the Federal Policing Officer and went on to become the Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations where he oversaw all contract and federal law enforcement operations for the province.
In 2014, Brian became the RCMP's Commanding Officer in Nova Scotia, a position that enabled him to help advance Indigenous culture. He introduced the RCMP's first Eagle Feather as an option for Indigenous people to use when swearing oaths, then established the RCMP's first permanent sweat lodge, offering Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees a space to attend ceremonies for spiritual cleansing, self-reflection and prayer.
In addition to completing a Police Leadership Study Program at Dalhousie University, Brian has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. He holds the RCMP's Long Service and Good Conduct Medals, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal.
Deputy Commissioner Bryan Larkin is responsible for Specialized Policing Services, a broad range of critical services that include the Canadian Firearms Program, the Canadian Police College, Criminal Intelligence Service Canada, the Information Management / Information Technology Program, Forensic Science and Identification Services, Departmental Security, and Technical Operations. His responsibilities also include stewardship for National Police Services, a suite of scientific, technological and police educational programs that support the broader Canadian law enforcement community.
Bryan joins the RCMP from the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) where he served as Chief since 2014.
Bryan's extensive police leadership experience includes serving as Chief of the Guelph Police Service, as Director at the International Association of Chiefs of Police and, most recently, as President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. In his previous roles, he's accessed and relied on SPS services and gathered feedback from police agencies across Canada.
Bryan began his policing career in 1991 as a member of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, working as a front-line Constable assigned to Division #1 in Kitchener. Over the course of his career, he's held a number of progressively responsible positions including: Community and Media Relations; Special Assignments; Traffic Services; Human Resources, Recruiting; Media Officer; Executive Officer to the Chief of Police; and Superintendent of Central Division.
Chief Strategic Policy and External Relations Officer Alison Whelan has a broad range of responsibilities including: strategic policy; executive governance; external partnership and engagement; national communication services; planning and priorities; access to information and privacy; and public affairs. In addition, her sector leads Vision 150 and Beyond initiatives and identifies and supports a range of projects to help modernize the RCMP by using a diverse lens to challenge assumptions, build inclusivity and make evidence-based decisions. It also provides strategic and administrative support to the Management Advisory Board for the RCMP.
Alison has been with the RCMP since 2003, when she joined the Strategic Policy and Planning Branch as a policy analyst before taking on more senior-level roles, including acting as the Chief Strategic Policy and Planning Officer for an extended period of time. In 2013, Alison joined the RCMP's Federal Policing program where she was responsible for managing the policy development and analysis on national security, serious and organized crime, financial crime and cybercrime as Director General Strategic Policy, and later as Executive Director Strategic Policy and External Relations. In 2018, she was appointed Executive Director of National Security and Protective Policing – the first public servant to hold the position.
Alison began her professional career at the Public Policy Forum, later joining the federal public service with her first position at the National Secretariat on Homelessness. A proud Newfoundlander, Alison holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Executives in National and International Security program.
Samantha (Sam) Hazen is the RCMP's Chief Financial Officer. She helps the Commissioner achieve the organization's strategic and operational priorities by providing guidance on financial administration, strategic investment, asset and real property management, procurement and contracting and corporate management systems.
Sam brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the RCMP. From 2020 until 2022, she served as the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer at Shared Services Canada. Between 2015 and 2020, she provided leadership as Shared Services Canada's Deputy Chief Financial Officer, working to strengthened Shared Services Canada's relationship with other central agencies. She was instrumental in obtaining funding over many federal budget cycles to support Shared Services Canada's mandate. She also served as the Executive Director of Financial Policy and Community Development at the Treasury Board Secretariat, Office of the Comptroller General, where she was responsible for strengthening financial management oversight and financial community development across the federal government.
Sam holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
In January 2013, Samantha received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her outstanding contribution to the Public Service.
In May 2022, Nadine Huggins became the RCMP's Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for all matters related to the well-being, safety and compensation of RCMP employees. The Chief Human Resources Officer's leadership is fundamental to many of the organization's ongoing modernization initiatives.
With several years of private sector experience and more than twenty years of accomplished public service, Nadine has built a career focussed on finding solutions to complex issues, leading teams and using a strength- based approach to promote change.
She began working for the RCMP in 2020, leading the development of our People Management Modernization. Under Nadine's direction, we created and are currently driving the People Strategy and the Vision 150 Equity Accountability and Trust action plan both of which are shifting mindsets and behaviours and preparing the RCMP to meet its future mandate.
Nadine works to build a healthy, respectful, diverse and inclusive workplace. She led the development and implementation of the RCMP's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and is now leading Recruitment Renewal to ensure our candidates have the skills, characteristics and attributes needed to meet current and future policing needs. In January 2021, she became the RCMP's first Senior Designated Official for Diversity and Inclusion, collaborating with employees who are members of diverse communities.
The Chief Human Resources Officer is responsible for all matters related to people management policy, the well-being, safety and compensation of RCMP employees.
As Commanding Officer for K Division, Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki is responsible for overseeing Alberta, the RCMP's second largest division. K Division provides federal police services on behalf of the Government of Canada, serves as Alberta's contract provincial police force, provides contract municipal police services to large municipalities, and is a key partner in joint forces law enforcement operations.
Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, a 31-year veteran of the RCMP, was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan. In September of 2018, he was appointed the 25th Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP (K Division).
Curtis knew Alberta well before becoming its Commanding Officer, having spent most of his RCMP career in the province performing operational duties including district advisory and detachment command functions, and serving as the Deputy Criminal Operations Officer. He then moved to Saskatchewan where he served as Commanding Officer for two years.
When he accepted his current role, Curtis set three divisional priorities to focus and guide K Division RCMP employees: our people, our community and our service. With a strong, healthy workforce and strong relationships with the communities it serves, K Division continues to build a foundation that helps it be responsive and flexible while keeping Alberta safe.
Curtis holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from the University of Alberta and is a Member of the Order of Merit of Police Forces.
As Commanding Officer for E Division, Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald is responsible for overseeing the RCMP's largest division British Columbia. E Division provides federal police services on behalf of the Government of Canada, serves as British Columbia's contract provincial police force, provides contract municipal police services to large municipalities, and is a key partner in joint forces law enforcement operations.
Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald has over 29 years of experience in law enforcement having served both the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP. Deputy Commissioner McDonald has a vast knowledge of federal, provincial and municipal policing with experience in positions of leadership and command in a number of high profile RCMP positions in British Columbia.
Most recently, Dwayne served as the Assistant Commissioner and Criminal Operations Officer for Federal, Investigative Services and Organized Crime for the province of British Columbia. He had oversight of a large portfolio of including RCMP Major Crime, Police Support Services, Criminal Intelligence, Federal Policing, National Security, and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – British Columbia.
Dwayne holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He lectures at the Canadian Police College in Major Case Management, Major Crime and Kidnapping investigations. He belongs to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and is a member of a number of significant law enforcement and intelligence-related committees.
In 2015, Dwayne was invested as a Member of the Order of Merit of Police Forces by The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston.
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