About the Board

What is the Police Services Board?

Every municipality in Ontario with its own police service must have a civilian board to govern that police service. Police services boards are independent bodies established by provincial legislation called the Police Services Act. The boards represent community interests and are accountable to the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services, and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission located in Toronto.

Who are the members of the Police Services Board?

The Ottawa Police Services Board (PSB) has seven members: three members of City Council, three citizens appointed by the Province as community representatives, and one citizen appointed by City Council as a community representative. The current members of the Board are:

Provincial Appointees

Jim Durrell (Vice Chair)
(613) 560-1270
Carl Nicholson (613) 560-1270
Suzanne Valiquet  (613) 560-1270

Citizen appointed by City Council:

L. A. (Sandy) Smallwood (613) 560-1270

City Council Representatives:

Councillor Eli El-Chantiry (Chair) (613) 580-2475
Councillor Jan Harder (613) 580-2473
Councillor Tim Tierney (613) 580-2481

Executive Director

Wendy Fedec (613) 560-1270

Board Assistant

Lynn Kennedy (613) 560-1270

The Council members and the citizen appointed by Council serve for the duration of the Council term. The provincial appointees serve up to three year terms, which expire at various times. At the first meeting each year, the Board appoints a Chairperson for that year.

What does a Police Services Board do?

Section 31 of the Police Services Act sets out the responsibilities boards must fulfill on behalf of the residents of their municipality. The primary role of the board is to establish, after consultation with the Chief of Police, the overall objectives and priorities for the provision of police services and the safety and security of citizens. Some of its other key responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting and appointing the Chief of Police and Deputy Chiefs of Police;
  • Annually assessing the Chief's performance;
  • Approving annual operating and capital budgets for the Police Service;
  • Establishing policies and by-laws for the effective management of the police service;
  • Preparing a business plan for the Police Service every three years.

The Board cannot direct the Chief with respect to specific operational decisions or day-to-day operations of the Service. The Chief of Police is responsible for administering the Police Service and overseeing its operation in accordance with the objectives, priorities and policies established by the Board.


 Jim Durrell

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Jim Durrell is one of three community members appointed by the Provincial Government to serve on the Police Services Board; he was first appointed for a three-year term in July 2011 and is currently serving a second three-year term which expires on 12 July 2017.

Jim Durrell is best-known for the significant contribution that he made as Ottawa's mayor from 1985 until retiring from public life in 1991. Since leaving public office, Jim has been active in the private sector as a successful business executive. Today, Jim is president and owner of Capital Dodge Chrysler Jeep. Jim has had a long time involvement with Ottawa sports franchises, having served as the first president of the Ottawa Senators NHL organization and as the President for the CFL's Ottawa Rough Riders. He has served as a governor of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame and as President of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.

Jim has extensive governance experience having served on the Board of Directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada and as the Chair of the Ottawa International Airport's Board of Directors. Jim continues to volunteer his time and enthusiasm to numerous charities and organizations in the Ottawa community, such as the Ottawa Hospital, the United Way/Centraide Ottawa Campaign Cabinet, the Salvation Army and the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for over 30 years. In October 2006, Jim was appointed Chairman of the Ottawa Convention Centre. Jim resides in Ottawa with his wife 'Sam' and has two children, Melissa and Michael. Jim's new passion in life is his grandchildren, Kennedy and Marcus.

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Eli El-Chantiry

Eli El-Chantiry was first elected to City Council in November 2003.  Eli is the former proprietor of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Constance Bay and is well known throughout West Carleton-March for his extensive community involvement. He is committed to continue to work with area residents and businesses to help build West Carleton-March's future in the City of Ottawa. 

Eli was born in 1957 and is the second oldest of six children. Raised on his family's farm in Lebanon, he came to Canada when he was 18 years old to begin a new life. He met his wife, Maha, soon after arriving in Ottawa and they were married over three decades ago. 

Councillor El-Chantiry has been a staunch supporter and a dedicated volunteer for many West Carleton events. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre and has worked with a number of local groups any time help is needed - including local Community Centres, local Churches, the Legion, and Seniors Groups.  Eli was recognized for his efforts when his community awarded him the West Carleton Citizen of the Year for 2001. Receiving this prestigious award during the U.N. International Year of the Volunteer is one of Eli's proudest accomplishments. 

Councillor El-Chantiry was selected to act as Deputy Mayor for the City of Ottawa for the 2010-2014 term of Council.  This term, in addition to serving on the Police Services Board he is also: Chair of Council’s Member Services Sub-Committee, Vice Chair of the Finance & Economic Development Committee, and a member of the City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Audit Sub-Committee, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, Quyon & Mohr’s Landing Authority, and the Manotick Mill Corporation.  He is also Council’s representative for the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA).

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Jan Harder

Having spent over 17 years serving the residents of Barrhaven as their municipal representative Jan Harder often states that for the majority of her life she has been, and continues to be, employed in the customer service industry.

Jan was a successful business professional prior to being elected in 1997 to the former City of Nepean council, and is now a recognized leader on council who has been proud to call Barrhaven home for over 30 years.

Jan has become known as a community builder and champion and has helped Barrhaven and Ottawa grow by working with local and national business leaders as well as City staff to secure the necessary infrastructure to support such growth. Jan believes the best way to build Ottawa is to balance growth while maintaining a high quality of life.

Jan’s current term on council includes being named Chair of the City’s Planning Committee; acting as Secretary/Treasurer on the Executive Board of the Urban Library Council of North America; continuing to serve as a member of the Ottawa Police Services Board; returning to the board of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.; and sitting on the Finance and Economic Development Committee.

During her tenure on Ottawa council Jan has served in a number of roles on various committees and boards including acting as: Chair of the Ottawa Public Library for eight years;  Chair of the Ottawa Built Heritage Sub-Committee; Chair of the Committee of Revision and Court of Revision; Vice-Chair of the Emergency Protective Services, and Audit, Budget and Finance committees, Committee Chair of the Ottawa Community Land Development Corporation; a former Director of the Canadian Library Association; former President of the Canadian Library Trustees Association; Past-Chair of Energy Ottawa; past Director on the Bruyere and the Almonte Hospital Boards and Carleton Lodge long term care facility; Chair of Plasco's public advisory committee; Member of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's Task Force on Long Term Care.

Jan's annual golf tournament has raised over $400,000 for the Queensway Carleton Hospital and $100,000 for the Ottawa Public Library. Jan was also happy to lend her name to raise $80,000 for the South Nepean Autism Centre in support of families throughout the community. She is also proud to be a founding member and honourary Chair of Barrhaven’s SEVin, a charity, raising money annually for important equipment for the Queensway Carleton Hospital.

Jan is married to Larry, has five daughters and has been blessed with seven grandchildren so far.

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Carl Nicholson

Carl Nicholson was first appointed to the Board in September 2010 for a three-year term, and is currently serving a second three-year term as a Provincially appointed community member, which expires on 15 September 2016.

Carl has been Executive Director of the Catholic Immigration Centre (CIC) since 1994 and Executive Director of the Catholic Immigration Centre Foundation since 1996. He has an extensive, 32-year background in the not-for-profit sector in leadership positions, including 15 years at CUSO and maintaining his own successful fundraising and management consulting company since 1989.

Carl has extensive experience on boards and other governance organizations in the Not for Profit sector generally and the Immigrant Serving sector in particular. Examples of his ongoing work in these fields include being a founder and member of LASI (Local Agencies Serving Immigrants); Treasurer of World Skills; past Treasurer (two terms) and current Corporate Secretary of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants; founder and Board member of MOST (Making Ottawa Safe Together); leader of the Ottawa Our Diverse City initiative; past Chair of the United Way/Centraide Ottawa Immigrant Impact Council; past Co-chair of the Community and Police Action Committee (COMPAC), Vice President of Watercan; Member of the Canadian Border Services Advisory Committee; Co-chair of the Governing Council of the Welcoming Communities Initiative and member of the Executive Committee of the Human Resources Council for the Voluntary Sector. He is also a founder of the Jamaican Canadian (Ottawa) Association.

Carl has been recognized several times for his contributions to the community. In 2004 he was given the 'Investing in People Award' by the Community Foundation of Ottawa; in 2003 he was recognized by United Way Centraide Ottawa with a 'Community Builder Award' as part of the partnership with Local Agencies Serving Immigrants (LASI). In 2007 he was presented with the Lignum Vitae award by the National Institute of Jamaican Canadians.  In 2008 Carl was recognized by the Social Planning Council of Ottawa with the Marion Dewar Defender of the Public Good award.

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Suzanne Valiquet

A graduate of social communications, Suzanne has worked her entire career in Canada’s Capital in both private and public sectors. For more than 20 years, she has voluntarily provided marketing, promotional and fundraising expertise to organizations such as the Wabano Centre, Assumption Catholic School, the Vanier Community and the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board. Her unique approach to social marketing has resulted in award-winning campaigns such as Composting Spread it Around and Landfill the Musical while working for the former Region of Ottawa-Carleton.

In 2000, Suzanne started her own consultancy and worked on several City of Ottawa landmark projects such as the Opening of the Bytown Bridges with Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the King Edward Avenue Renewal Project and the Rapid Transit Expansion Study. Suzanne is well known in Ottawa’s business community as she served as Board Director and as the Executive Director of the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area for more than 10 years. She was responsible for its recruitment strategy, safety, beautification and marketing programs.

Her firm was commissioned to assist in the opening of the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Montfort Hospital Redevelopment Project, and the public consultation for the redevelopment of the former Rockcliffe Airbase, a Canada Lands Company project.

Suzanne has recently begun a new mandate as A/Director of the ACFO d’Ottawa, l’Association des communautés francophones d’Ottawa, a not for profit organization, committed to the enrichment of la Francophonie in the City of Ottawa.

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L. A. (Sandy) Smallwood

Mr. L.A. (Sandy) Smallwood was appointed to the Board by City Council on December 19, 2012 to serve a term effective December 31, 2012 to November 30, 2014. He is Council’s citizen representative on the Board. Mr. Smallwood is best known for his work in heritage preservation. He is the founder (1973), and President of Andrex Holdings Limited, a recognized leader in the redevelopment of landmark buildings.

Recipient of six municipal heritage restoration awards, Sandy also received the Ontario Heritage Foundation Award for Achievement in 1996, and the Heritage Canada Foundation Corporate Prize for ‘Exemplary Stewardship of Heritage Architecture’ in 2007. In 2012, he was presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award. Sandy has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Ontario Heritage Trust since 2004, and is currently President of H.O.D.I. (Historic Ottawa Developments Inc).

Mr. Smallwood’s community involvement includes: former Councillor in Rockcliffe Park, former board member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, former director Ottawa Arts Centre Foundation, former member of Ottawa and Rockcliffe Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committees, and currently a member of the Rockcliffe Park Site Plan and Development Advisory Committee. He is also a lifetime patron of Dhadkan Heartbeat, an organization which provides funding to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

A lifelong Ottawa resident, educated at Ashbury College, Sandy is married, with three children.  His recreational pursuits include: travel, alpine skiing, skating, camping, kayaking, hiking, and biking.

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Tim Tierney


Tim Tierney, a long-time resident of Beacon Hill-Cyrville, has been active in ensuring his community continues to grow and thrive as an integral part of Ottawa. His dedicated commitment to Beacon Hill-Cyrville includes many years of volunteering for a variety of local development projects, sports and recreational groups, schools, social services, and community organizations. 

First elected in 2010, Tim continues to be involved, and enjoys supporting community issues and events, including Celebrate Summer, neighbourhood BBQs, and arts and recreational activities. He is especially proud of the new Richcraft Sensplex that was opened in 2014.   With an education in Business Administration/Information Systems, Tim has a strong background in both business and technology which he has and continues to apply throughout his career. 

Since Tim joined City Council in 2010, he has served on the following Boards and Committees: Chair, Information Technology Sub-Committee; Community and Protective Services Committee; and Ottawa Community Housing Board; Ottawa Public Library Board; Planning Committee; Transit Commission; and Transportation Committee. As well, Tim was the City of Ottawa’s representative and board member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and sat on the following Committees: Vice-Chair, Ontario Caucus; Community Safety & Crime Prevention; Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government; Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements; and Municipal Infrastructure & Transportation Policy. 

Tim was re-elected on October 27th, 2014 as Councillor of Beacon Hill-Cyrville. He obtained 82% of the popular vote which is now the highest percentage ever in the history of the Beacon Hill-Cyrville ward. During the 2014-2018 term of Ottawa City Council, Tim will be a member of the following Boards and Committees: Chair, Ottawa Public Library Board; Vice-Chair, Planning Committee; Information Technology Sub-Committee; Ottawa Police Services Board; and Transit Commission. Tim will continue his role as the City of Ottawa’s representative and board member to FCM, and will sit on the following Committees: Chair, Ontario Caucus; Committee on Conference Planning; Community Safety & Crime Prevention; and Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements. 

Tim is the son of Shirley Lavergne and the late Allan Tierney, and a long-time resident of Beacon Hill with his wife Jenny and children Crystal, Keely, Liam and dog Abbott. 

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Strategic Plan 2012 - 2014

Please find below a link to the Ottawa Police Services Board's Strategic Plan 2012 - 2014, which the Board adopted on 23 January 2012. This is the first Strategic Plan for the Ottawa Police Services Board. To our knowledge, this Board is the first police governing body in the country to adopt a strategic plan solely for itself as opposed to the police service it oversees.

The Plan will serve to provide clarity to the public and the Board about what the Board sees as its primary goals and what it hopes to accomplish over the 2012 to 2014 timeframe. It will also provide clearer direction to guide the Board's activities in support of the identified goals. As it is the first such Plan, it is intended to be a starting point that can be built upon in the years to come. Your feedback is welcome and can be sent to: lynn.kennedy@ottawa.ca .

Strategic Plan 2012 - 2014 

Provincial Appointments - How to Apply

These members of the Ottawa Police Services Board are appointed by the Province of Ontario.  Individuals interested in applying to be a member of a police services board can find specific information on qualification requirements, expectations, and how to apply by reviewing the attached "Police Services Board Vacancy Information Sheet". 

Police Services board Vacancy Information Sheets can be found on the Ontario Public Service website through the link below:

Police Services Boards Vacancies