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

Andrea Blaustein (613) 560-1270
Daljit Nirman  (613) 560-1270
Suzanne Valiquet  (613) 560-1270

Citizen appointed by City Council:

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

City Council Representatives:

Councillor Diane Deans (Chair) 613-580-2480
Councillor Keith Egli 613-580-2479
Councillor Carol Anne Meehan 613-580-2751

Executive Director

Krista Ferraro (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.


Andrea Blaustein

Andrea was appointed to the Board in January of 2018 for a two-year term as a Provincially appointed community member. Her term expires January 8, 2020.

With strong roots in Canada going back 250 years, and originally from Montreal, she moved to the National Capital Region with her children in 1997.   She is an honours graduate from Algonquin College in Security Management and has a B.A. from Carleton University in Criminology and Law.  

Andrea is a trusted security professional, working at various levels of government over her career.  She has held roles from being a Constable with the House of Commons, public security and by law in a suburb of Montreal, security policy writer as well as security analyst, and is presently a security advisor at a key federal agency.  She has worked at Communications Security Establishment, Privy Council Office, Treasury Board Secretariat and Courts Administration Services amongst other government departments.  She is also a member of WiDS (Women in Defence and Security).

Andrea has been an active volunteer with various community groups and associations in Ottawa.  She was with the Army Cadets as President of the Parents’ Association with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Cadet Corps and Representative to the Army Cadet League of Ontario.  She is a regular volunteer at the finish line of the Canada Army Run and Ottawa Race weekend, helped manage the volunteers when the Special Olympics were in Ottawa, created and maintained the website for the launch year of Special Hockey Heroes and has sat on the board of the local chapters of Children’s Wish Foundation and ASIS International.  At work, she has sat on committees promoting diversity and gender equality.

Andrea is a published author of a series of books on leadership.  Andrea has been a strong proponent of increasing the professional profile of security and bringing together the security community with the police community.   She has also contributed articles to various security and police magazines.

Andrea is the mother of two sons, Sean (Ashley) and Jamie (Keisha) and a daughter, Leilani.  She is also very proud to have one granddaughter and two grandsons.

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Diane Deans


Diane Deans was first elected to Ottawa City Council in November 1994. In October 2018, she was re-elected to her eight consecutive term. She proudly represents over 48,000 south-end residents who live in Gloucester-Southgate Ward. 

As well as being the Gloucester-Southgate Councillor, Diane is the Chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board and Chair of Crime Prevention Ottawa. Diane is also a member of the City’s Transportation Committee, the Community and Protective Services Committee and the Committee of Revision. 

Diane has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to municipal life in Ottawa in a number of ways. These include being the recipient of the City Manager’s Award for her leadership as the Honorary Co-Chair of the City’s United Way Campaign, the Ottawa Public Library’s Order of Friendship Award, the Consumers’ Choice Woman of the Year Award and the Ontario Paramedic Association’s Award of Appreciation.

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Keith Egli

Born in Montreal in 1962, Keith Egli moved to Nepean while still in high school. He graduated from St Pius X high school and then attended the University of Ottawa for both his BA and LLB degrees. As a lawyer for twenty years, Keith had filled a number of roles. He was a partner with the law firm of Radnoff Pearl. He acted as a labour relations officer for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board during its post amalgamation phase and negotiated collective agreements on its behalf with a number of different union groups. He taught both at the Bar Admissions course and Carleton University. Just prior to coming on as a city councillor, Keith was mediating disputes and heading up the civil litigation department of Langevin Morris Smith.

 Keith and his wife Kristen have resided in the neighbourhood of Craig Henry for 20 years. They have 3 children, Ben, Sam and Noah. Councillor Egli has served as the Chair of the Transportation Committee for 6 years. Over two terms of Council, he has served on the Transit Commission, Library Board, Board of Health, Finance and Economic Development Committee as well as Community and Protective Services Committee. 

For the current term of Council, Keith is serving as the Chair of Ottawa Public Health Board, Vice-Chair of Community and Protective Services Committee as well as a member of the Environment Committee and Police Service Board. 

Councillor Egli is very proud to serve the residents of Ward 9 Knoxdale-Merivale and to represent the voice of his community at City Hall.

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Carol Anne Meehan

Carol Anne is a native of Pembroke, Ontario.   She studied journalism at Ryerson University and embarked on a career that saw her work in many Canadian cities, including Pembroke, Sudbury, Edmonton and Calgary. 

She moved to Ottawa in 1989 to join the CJOH News team as co-anchor with Max Keeping, a position she enjoyed for 27 years. 

In 2015, Carol Anne launched a web blog called Local Stories, Local People.  She also hosted The Carol Anne Meehan Show on 1310 NEWS.  She followed that with Coffee With, a series of interviews with local residents. 

Carol Anne made the jump into municipal politics in 2018.  She was elected City Councillor of Ward 22, Gloucester-South Nepean on October 22, 2018.  She brings extensive community knowledge and engagement to the job.

Carol Anne lives with her two children and her dog on the western side of the Vimy Memorial Bridge in the Ward.  

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Daljit Nirman

Daljit Nirman was appointed to the Board on February 14, 2019 for three-year term as a provincially appointed community member.  His term expires February 14, 2022. 

Daljit is a practitioner of law with over two decades of diverse legal experience. He is a former adjunct professor of law, received a Master of Laws from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Science with honours in Physics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Delhi. He also holds post-graduate specialised diplomas in Labour Laws, International Law, Industrial Relations, Personnel Management, and the Law of International Institutions.  

Daljit is the founding director of Cooking Up Community Services, a not-for-profit organisation which held two very successful annual fundraising events. The first was in 2017, helping the Montfort Hospital Foundation purchase a CT Scanner with a specialised cardiac module, and then in 2018 aided United Way Ottawa’s project STEP youth struggling in our schools with mental addiction.  He is also life patron of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation for clinical research.

Daljit volunteers his time as a board member of Ottawa Community Immigrant Service Organization, has also served as a member of the Resource Development committee and advisory member of Bridging Communities at United Way Ottawa.  He is also adviser to various not-for profit and charitable organizations.  He provides seminars on various fundamental legal issues and does pro-bono work at various multi-faith religious and senior organisations across Ottawa.  Daljit is a recipient of various community service awards in recognition of his services.

Daljit authored a book titled Reference Book for Disciplinary Proceedings – Procedures. This book was premised on the rules of principles of natural justice and was accepted for reference at the libraries of both University of Ottawa and Carleton University.  Daljit has also written two guides for Crown corporations titled Plain Language Guide for Unjust Dismissal Adjudication and Plain Language Guide for Wage Recovery Referee Proceedings. These were createdfor the benefit of non-unionized federal government employees in Canada to allow them a better understanding of their legal rights.  His articles on legal, social and community issues are highly commended.   Daljit won a landmark case involving consumer rights against Alliance Air Limited (now Air-India) in 1999 which has now become a legal precedent case for compensation to passengers for delays.   

Daljit emigrated from New Delhi, India in 2000 where his last position was Manager with the largest financial institution.   Daljit is married and lives with his wife in Ottawa, Ontario. Together they have two sons, both of whom are also lawyers and have been called to the bar of Ontario. 

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L. A. (Sandy) Smallwood

Mr. L.A. (Sandy) Smallwood was first appointed to the Board by City Council on December 19, 2012 for the term of Council, and is currently serving a second term to expire on November 30, 2018. 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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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 offering services in planning and communications, 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 also worked 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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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