RCMP executive

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 SEC 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

Brenda Lucki
Commissioner
Kevin Stringer
Chief Administrative Officer
Brian Brennan
Deputy Commissioner, Contract and Indigenous Policing
Michael Duheme
Deputy Commissioner, Federal Policing
Shirley Ivan
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Gail Johnson
Chief Human Resources Officer
Kevin Jones
Chief Action, Innovation and Modernization Officer
Barbara Massey
Senior General Counsel, Legal Services
Al McCambridge
Corps Sergeant Major
Jen O'Donoughue
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Stephanie Sachsse
Assistant Commissioner, Professional Responsibility Officer
Marc Simard
Acting Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive
Jennifer Strachan
Deputy Commissioner, Commanding Officer for British Columbia
Alison Whelan
Chief Strategic Policy and External Relations Officer
Stephen White
Deputy Commissioner, Specialized Policing Services
Curtis Zablocki
Deputy Commissioner, Commanding Officer for Alberta

Support

Rob O'Reilly
Commissioner's Chief of Staff

Biographies

Brenda Lucki

Commissioner

Commissioner Brenda Lucki

Brenda Lucki was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and joined the RCMP in August 1986. During Commissioner Lucki's career, she has served in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and at the RCMP Academy (Depot Division), as well as on international peacekeeping missions in the former Yugoslavia.

Her first posting was in Granby, Quebec, where she worked in federal policing, mostly in drugs and customs investigations. In 1993 and 1994, she served on the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) mission in the former Yugoslavia, overseeing criminal investigations and monitoring the delivery of aid and health services.

In 1995, she was transferred to the RCMP's peacekeeping program in Ottawa, where she trained and selected peacekeepers for the UN missions in Haiti for a year-and-a-half. Following that role, she advanced through the non-commissioned officer ranks, first as an instructor at the RCMP Training Academy for three years, then returning to operations in Manitoba for four years as a supervisor and Acting Detachment Commander.

In 2003, she was promoted to the rank of Inspector and held the post of Traffic Services Officer for Saskatchewan. She stayed in the province for six years, holding the role of Community and Contract Policing and District Operations Officer.

In 2009, she rose to the rank of Superintendent, and became the District Commander for the Manitoba North District. In 2012, she was transferred and promoted to Chief Superintendent, and became the District Commander of a larger area in northwest 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 completed a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology at the University of Alberta in 1996. She also completed the Advanced Program in Management, Leadership and Strategy at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in 2012. She is married and has two step-daughters and three grandchildren.

Commissioner Lucki's career contributions have been recognized through a number of honours and awards, including:

  • Order of Merit of the Police Forces (2013) for her efforts to improve relations with First Nations in northern Manitoba
  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2012)
  • RCMP Long Service medals for 20 years (2006) and 25 years (2011) of service
  • Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2005)
  • Commander's Commendation for her work during the 2002 G8 meetings in Alberta (2003)
  • Order of St. John's Certificate for providing humanitarian assistance at great personal risk in the former Yugoslavia (1994)
  • Peacekeeping medals from the UN (1993 and 1994) and Canada (2000); UN Force Commander's Commendation for exemplary performance and contributions to the UNPROFOR mission (1993)

Kevin Stringer

Chief Administrative Officer

Kevin Stringer

In September 2019, Kevin Stringer became the RCMP's Chief Administrative Officer. In this role, he provides the Commissioner with expert advice on operational administrative policy, strategic direction and the corporate operations of the RCMP. He has a wealth of experience in dealing with government priorities and administration, and has held several leadership roles in operational departments that have regulatory and enforcement mandates.

Before joining the RCMP, Kevin was the Associate Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and prior to that, held a variety of senior executive positions at DFO, including Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Ecosystems and Oceans Science, ADM Program Policy and Director General, Resource Management. He was also the Director General of the Petroleum Resources Branch at Natural Resources Canada.

He holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Master's in Political Studies from Queen's University, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Toronto's University.


Brian Brennan

Deputy Commissioner, Contract and Indigenous Policing

Brian Brennan

The Deputy Commissioner of Contract and Indigenous Policing is responsible for 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.


Michael Duheme

Deputy Commissioner, Federal Policing

Michael Duheme

Deputy Commissioner Mike Duheme has been an RCMP officer for more than 32 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 six different provinces in a variety of roles.

In addition to serving on a Kosovo peacekeeping mission, Mike 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 in Ottawa.

Mike is leading the effort to modernize Federal Policing, one of the RCMP's core lines of service across Canada and around the world. He strives to empower RCMP officers to create value for the communities the RCMP serves, both domestically and abroad. He feels the increasing complexity of crime can be effectively countered by improving the organization's ability to respond to threats in collaboration with its domestic and foreign partners.

Mike is passionate about lifelong learning. He attended l'École des hautes études commerciales of Montréal University and Concordia University, where he studied Project Management, Change Management, Managerial Communications and Human Resources Management. With his strong sense of leadership, he is fully committed to promoting police collaborations that protect Canadian communities and institutions.


Shirley Ivan

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

In May 2020, Shirley Ivan was appointed as the RCMP's new Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO's leadership is fundamental to implementing The Connected RCMP's Digital Policing Strategy in support of Vision150 ensuring that we have the systems and services in place to support the organization's objectives.

For more than 25 years, Shirley has held executive positions in both government and the private sector, focussing on innovation and business transformation and helping organizations ensure that their IT investments and strategies align with their business needs. Before joining the RCMP, she worked with Amazon Web Services (AWS) where she provided senior level expertise to executives to help develop and evolve their IT strategies. Prior to AWS, she served as the Chief IT Architect and Director General of Enterprise Architecture for Shared Services Canada. Over the course of her career, she has gained significant experience in cloud services, information management, information communications and voice technologies. Shirley is known for her passion in leveraging technology and innovation to create business value and solve complex problems. She holds a bachelor's degree from McGill University in Computer Science and Mathematics and has completed graduate work in Computer Engineering at Carleton University. Shirley also holds one of the earliest patents for providing telephony services over the internet as well as a second patent in the area of toll-fraud prevention.


Gail Johnson

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Gail Johnson

In September 2019, Gail Johnson became the RCMP's CHRO, responsible for all matters related to the well-being, safety and compensation of RCMP employees. The CHRO's leadership is fundamental to many of the organization's ongoing modernization initiatives.

Gail came to the RCMP from the federal public service, where she served as Assistant Deputy Minister, most recently in charge of the Human Resources Services Branch and prior to that the Learning Branch at Employment and Social Development Canada. Gail has worked in a number of other departments in the public service in various capacities, including the Department of National Defence and the Canada Border Services Agency.

Before she joined the federal public service, Gail spent a decade working for the Ottawa Police Service as the Director of Corporate Planning, where she co-led the amalgamation of Ottawa-Carleton's police services.

She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education with a specialization in Organizational Behaviour from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Queens University, as well as Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.


Kevin Jones

Chief Action, Innovation and Modernization Officer

Kevin Jones

In June 2019, Deputy Commissioner Kevin R. Jones was appointed the RCMP's Chief Action, Innovation and Modernization (AIM) Officer. In addition to leading our Vision 150 initiatives, he and his team identify and support a range of projects to help modernize the RCMP by using a diverse lens to challenge assumptions, build inclusivity and make evidence-based decisions. Kevin is committed to ensuring that all RCMP employees are meaningfully engaged as the organization strives to build a modern, diverse and inclusive police service.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kevin joined the RCMP in 1988. He spent the first decade of his policing career working in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

While he was a Detachment Commander in British Columbia, Kevin focused on building a strong relationship between the RCMP and the Nisga'a Nation. Later, as the Officer in Charge of National Aboriginal Policing Services, he worked closely with the Assembly of First Nations to develop and implement the Work Plan Regarding Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Persons.

After becoming an Inspector, Kevin transferred to National Headquarters in Ottawa where he provided strategic advice to the Deputy Commissioner of Federal Policing. Since that time, he has served as the Criminal Operations Officer in Saskatchewan, Depot's Training Officer and as the Director General of Workforce Culture and Employee Engagement, a role in which he oversaw the RCMP's diversity, inclusion and culture change initiatives, including the implementation of Gender Based Analysis+.


Barbara Massey

Senior General Counsel, Legal Services

Senior General Counsel Barbara Massey

In 2019, Barbara Massey was appointed the RCMP's Senior General Counsel. With 22 years of experience and a proven track record of professionalism and dedication, she provides the organization with sound legal guidance on initiatives that support its vision and priorities.

Before joining the RCMP, Barbara worked as legal counsel for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada Border Services Agency and the Correctional Service of Canada. In 2016, she joined the RCMP's Legal Services team as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, overseeing the Litigation, Labour and Corporate Team. In that role, she provided legal advice on many complex files, including class action harassment litigation and RCMP employment and corporate matters.


Al McCambridge

Corps Sergeant Major

Al McCambridge

As the RCMP's Corps Sergeant Major, Al McCambridge is a member of the Commissioner's office and is responsible for dress, deportment, ceremonial protocols and RCMP traditions. He is also responsible for maintaining a high standard of leadership, mentorship and accountability among the members of the RCMP's non-commissioned ranks (below Inspector).

Born in Alberta and raised in British Columbia, Al joined the RCMP in 1981. His first post was in Manitoba, where he served at Stonewall Detachment and, in 1984, on the Pas Highway Patrol. In 1987, he was transferred to the Northwest Territories where he served for more than 28 years.

Al has been a crisis negotiator since 1991 and a member of the RCMP's International Negotiator Group since 2003. He has served as the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in charge of the Grollier Hall Residential School Task Force, the Northwest Territories' General Investigation Section, the Giant Mine Homicide Task Force and Inuvik Detachment's General Investigation Section.

In 2006, he travelled to Afghanistan to serve on the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team where he performed duties directly related to Canadian police operations and patrols and trained members of the Afghan National Police. After returning to Canada, he served as the NCO in charge of Operations Support Service and Contract Policing Criminal Operations, NCO in charge of IMIT, the Operations NCO at Yellowknife Detachment and the Staff Sergeant Major of the Northwest Territories. He was appointed to the rank of Corps Sergeant Major in 2016.

He holds an Advanced Certificate in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University and a Master's Degree in Terrorism Safety and Security from Charles Sturt University.


Jen O'Donoughue

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

In 2020, Jen O'Donoughue became the RCMP's Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She helps the Commissioner achieve the RCMP's strategic and operational priorities by providing expert guidance on financial administration, strategic investment, asset and real property management, procurement and contracting, and corporate management systems.

Originally from Northern Ontario and now based in Ottawa, Jen brings a wealth of public and private sector experience to her new appointment. In 2018, she was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She was responsible for overseeing the department's budget and for providing strategic advice to the Minister, ensuring that all plans and business decisions were based on sound financial analysis. Before that, she served as the Director General and Agency Comptroller for the Canada Border Services Agency. She managed $30 billion in annual revenue and oversaw the Agency's corporate accounting functions. She also held senior positions at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the City of Ottawa, where she led several transformation projects. Before joining the federal public service, Jen spent eight years working in progressively senior roles for a global consulting firm. Prior to that, Jen began her career working for the Ottawa Police service where she held several roles. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, with a specialization in Finance.


Stephanie Sachsse

Assistant Commissioner, Professional Responsibility Officer

Assistant Commissioner Stephanie Sachsse

The Professional Responsibility Officer (PRO) is responsible for delivering senior direction and leadership in the design, development and integration of a professional responsibility culture across all RCMP business lines and for championing values and ethics in all aspects of RCMP decision–making and employee behaviour. The PRO is also the RCMP's designated senior officer under the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act.

Born in Montreal, Assistant Commissioner Stephanie Sachsse joined the RCMP in 1986. Her first posting was in Protective Operations in Ottawa before transferring to Toronto where she first started in the National Crime Intelligence Section then spent several years involved in drug and financial crime investigations. After becoming an Inspector in 2008, she worked in O Division's Commercial Crime Section and with the Integrated Market Enforcement Team. In 2012, Stephanie moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, where she led a re-engineering initiative, served as the Officer in Charge of Federal Policing and went on to become the Officer in Charge of Provincial Policing. After becoming a Chief Superintendent in 2016, she served as B Division's Criminal Operations Officer. In 2018, Stephanie was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and moved to Edmonton, Alberta, to serve as K Division's Federal Criminal Operations Officer. Stephanie holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and is a recipient of the Canada 125 Medal and the RCMP Long-Service/ Silver Clasp. The Governor General recently appointed her an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.


Marc Simard

Acting Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive

Internal Audit, Evaluation and Review (IAER) provides the Commissioner and RCMP senior management with objective, independent and credible information to support informed decision making and promote efficiencies. To do this, IAER performs internal audits, evaluations and reviews of RCMP policies, programs, initiatives and systems.

The primary role of internal audit is to conduct objective examinations that provide an independent assessment of the soundness of RCMP risk management strategies and practices, management control frameworks, governance processes and information used for decision-making and reporting. The role of evaluation is to examine the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of RCMP programs, policies and priorities in order to inform decision making and promote improvements, innovation and accountability.


Jennifer Strachan

Deputy Commissioner, Commanding Officer for British Columbia

Jennifer Strachan

Born and raised in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Jennifer joined the RCMP in 1988 and spent 10 years working across the province in uniform policing. After 19 years away, she returned to B.C. with her family as the province's Commanding Officer in 2019. With more than 30 years of RCMP service to date, her career highlights include working operationally alongside many different enforcement agencies nationally and internationally, serving on a 1996 peacekeeping mission in Haiti, and most recently, appointment to the position of Deputy Commissioner responsible for the RCMP's Specialized Policing Services.

With a passion for helping others achieve their career goals, Jennifer was the proud recipient of the 2014 Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Mentor of the Year award, and the 2014 International Association of Women Police Mentor of the Year award. In 2016, she was invested as an Officer of the Order of Merit for Police Forces (O.O.M) by the Governor General of Canada.

Jennifer holds an Undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa and a Master's degree from Royal Roads University. She is a graduate of the Canadian Police College Executive Development in Policing program and is an alumna of the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Association.


Alison Whelan

Chief Strategic Policy and External Relations Officer

In 2020, Alison Whelan became the RCMP's Chief Strategic Policy and External Relations Officer, supporting the Commissioner by providing strategic policy advice and analysis and leading executive and client services.

Alison began her career in the federal government in 2001 working for the National Secretariat on Homelessness. She joined the RCMP in 2003 spending the next 10 years working in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate in various roles, including Director of Strategic Policy. In 2013, she moved to Federal Policing where she held several positions, including Executive Director of Strategic Direction. In early 2019, she was appointed as Executive Director of National Security and Protective Policing; the first public servant to hold the position. In this role, she led the modernization of protective policing, as well as positioning the RCMP to address the long-standing challenge of intelligence enabling evidence.


Stephen White

Deputy Commissioner, Specialized Policing Services

Stephen White

Deputy Commissioner Stephen White 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 IM/IT Program, Forensic Science and Identification Services, and Technical Operations.

His responsibilities include stewardship for National Police Services, a suite of scientific, technological and police educational programs that support the broader Canadian law enforcement community.

Stephen joined the RCMP in 1986 and has spent most of his career working in operational and investigative policing. After a five-year assignment as the RCMP Liaison Officer in Venezuela, he returned to Canada and continued working in International Policing, first as the Director of Interpol and later as the Director of the RCMP's International Operations Branch.

In 2007, he was appointed Director of the RCMP's Integrated Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Programs, the Director of the Integrated Market Enforcement Program and later, the Director General of Financial Crime. In 2011, Stephen was appointed the RCMP's Commanding Officer in Ontario. From 2016 to 2019 he was the RCMP's Associate Chief Human Resources Officer and spent a significant amount of time Acting as the Chief Human Resources Officer before he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Specialized Policing Services.


Curtis Zablocki

Deputy Commissioner, Commanding Officer for Alberta

Curtis Zablocki

Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, a 29-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.

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 Alberta RCMP employees: our people, our community and our service. With a strong, healthy workforce and strong relationships with the communities they serve, the Alberta RCMP continues to build a foundation that helps them be responsive and flexible while keeping Alberta safe.

Curtis holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from the University of Alberta.

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