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

Michael Doucet  613-560-1270
Salim Fakirani   613-560-1270
Peter Henschel  613-560-1270
   

Citizen appointed by City Council:

 Suzanne Valiquet (613) 560-1270
   

City Council Representatives:

Councillor Eli El-Chantiry (Chair) 613-580-2475
Councillor Jeff Leiper 613-580-2485
Councillor Cathy Curry  613-580-2474
   

Executive Director

Krista Ferraro (613) 560-1270
   

Board Assistant

   

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.

 

 

Councillor 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. He was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the Emil Kolb Award for Excellence in Police Governance in August of 2014. 

Councillor El-Chantiry was selected to act as Deputy Mayor for the City of Ottawa for the 2010-2014 term of Council.

In addition, he is a member of the following Boards and Committees:

  • Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
  • Ex-Officio, Planning Committee
  • Finance and Economic Development Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Member Services Sub-Committee
  • Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority
  • First Vice Chair, Rural Ontario Municipal Association
  • Mohr’s Landing/Quyon Port Authority
  • Chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board
  • Transportation Committee
  • Community and Protective Services Committee
  • Ottawa Board of Health
  • Committee of Revision

Eli is truly honoured to have had the opportunity to represent West Carleton-March at Ottawa City Council for almost 19 years and is proud to serve as Councillor for the 2018 – 2022 term.

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Councillor Cathy Curry

 

Cathy was appointed to Ottawa City Council to represent Ward 4 (Kanata North) on November 10, 2021. Cathy was raised in Scarborough, Ontario and summered with her family in Carmanville, Newfoundland. Moving to Kanata in 1992 as a high school teacher, Cathy taught English Literature at Sir Guy Carleton SS, Sir Robert Borden SS, A.Y. Jackson SS and West Carleton SS. 

While raising her four children, Cathy represented the Kanata community as a school council chair, Kanata Inter-School Council Chair, School Board Trustee and Chair of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Since 2016, Cathy has been a member of the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre Board, the CHEO Board, the Ronald McDonald House Board, and Chair of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Children and Youth Mental Health Strategic Advisory Committee. Cathy also served on the Ottawa Community Foundation’s Grants Committee, the Caldwell Family Centre Board, and the Ottawa Fusion Volleyball Board. At home, Cathy plays the piano and the guitar, and plays French horn in the Concert Band of Kanata. 

Cathy has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Master of Science in Education. Cathy is currently working on her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.

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Michael Doucet

 

Michael Doucet brings more than 30 years of cybersecurity and information management leadership experience to his current role with the Ottawa Police Services Board. As an executive director, executive advisory in the Office of the CISO at Optiv, Doucet uses his past and current experiences to assist public and private enterprises in planning, creating and executing security strategies. Doucet uses his vast information security expertise to lead organizations toward a proactive approach to threat intelligence, third party risk management, governance and compliance, and incident management.

As an expert in cybersecurity and information management, Doucet’s broad business and operational knowledge spans multiple disciplines including change management, IT service continuity management, capacity management, availability management, service-level management,  service asset and configuration management, information security management, defense in depth, incident management, vulnerability management, and policy and standard development.

Prior to Optiv, Doucet built, managed and oversaw program, security and technology initiatives in the Canadian Federal Government. As the executive director of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), Doucet independently reviews the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) on operations and complaints accountable to the Canadian Parliament in matters of Canadian national security. He was previously responsible as the chief technology officer (CTO), and then chief information officer (CIO), for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Before leading the RCMP in information management, Doucet was the CIO/director general of the Information Management Services Branch at Correctional Service Canada. Doucet has also worked with the Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC), where he represented Canada as CSEC’s senior cryptologic liaison officer to the National Security Agency (NSA).

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Salim Fakirani

 

Born in Uganda, Salim and his family alongside thousands of South Asians were forced to flee their homes in 1972. After spending almost one year in a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camp in Italy, Salim and his family arrived in Canada in 1973, first calling Kitchener-Waterloo, and now Ottawa, home.

Salim has always held a passion for international affairs, rights-based dialogue and community service. He obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Trade from the University of Waterloo before obtaining his law degree from the University of Ottawa and a Masters in International Affairs from Carleton University (NPSIA). 

Salim articled with the Law Commission of Canada before starting his career as a lawyer with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.  After 5 years with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Salim joined Justice Canada.  At Justice Canada, his duties have included, Acting Corporate Counsel; advising on the legalization of non-medical cannabis in Canada; supporting the offices of the Associate and Deputy Ministers of Justice on complex and sensitive legal matters in the areas of criminal, public law, Indigenous and litigation; and providing strategic advice on justice and security sector reform in fragile states.  

Salim served his community in a number of areas including, Member of the Ismaili Council for Ottawa (1999-2002), and Member of the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board for Ontario (2005 - 2009), and for Canada (2012 -2015).   Salim is currently engaged with others in the community to plan commemorations marking the 50th anniversary of the South Asian exodus from Uganda to Canada that will take place in Fall 2022.  Salim also served as an international observer for the referendum in East Timor, and the elections in West Bank & Gaza, Lebanon, and Ukraine.

Salim is honoured to serve on the Ottawa Police Services Board.

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Peter Henschel

 

Peter Henschel is a retired RCMP Deputy Commissioner. During his 36-year career, he was involved in a diversity of policing and law enforcement activities and held a series of senior leadership and executive positions. While Director General of Major Events and Protective Services, he oversaw security planning for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and later served as Gold Commander for the Olympic Games. As the Deputy Commissioner, Specialized Policing Services, Peter was responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and national delivery of a broad range of critical policing services, including National Police Services (NPS), a suite of specialized services delivered to the broader Canadian law enforcement community and Criminal Justice System. During his tenure, he transformed the governance and service delivery of NPS and oversaw the development of the RCMP’s first Cybercrime Strategy. 

Peter is active on several boards and advisory committees, particularly in the charitable and not-for-profit sectors, and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Canada School of Public Service. He is also a strategic advisor in the private sector and a strong advocate for diverse leadership and inclusive organizations. 

Peter is an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee (2002) and Diamond Jubilee (2012) Medals.  

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Jeff Leiper

Jeff Leiper is a former community association activist working in Kitchissippi on a wide spectrum of issues and neighbourhood events. He was first elected in 2014, and has served on the Planning and Environment Committees as well as the Transit Commission. 

In this term of Council, Jeff serves as the Chair of the Information Technology Sub-committee and vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee, as well as being a member of the Planning Committee.

Jeff studied at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, obtaining degrees in history and English, and a diploma in print journalism. He has worked as a trade journalist and analyst in the information and communications technology industry. He also served as a manager and executive at Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications regulator. Jeff lives with his partner Natalie in Hintonburg.

  

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Suzanne Valiquet

 

Born in Montréal, Suzanne moved to Ottawa at a young age. She has always had a passion for her francophone roots, leading her to volunteer as a board member for le Théâtre de la Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins and to work for the Association des communautés francophones d’Ottawa (ACFO), a non-profit organization. Considered the voice of francophones in Ottawa, the ACFO’s mandate is to work in partnership with all three levels of government and other community groups in support of the development and protection of the francophone community in the nation’s capital. Suzanne planned the 2015 Gala des Prix Grandmaître, which recognizes francophones from Ottawa for their outstanding community achievements in a variety of fields. 

A University of Ottawa social communications graduate, Suzanne has worked in Ottawa for her entire career in both private and public sectors. Her career in the municipal world began in the 90s while working for the former Ottawa-Carleton Region. There, she developed a unique approach leading to the development of award-winning public engagement programs in the areas of transportation and waste management.  

In 2000, Suzanne founded Momentum Planning and Communications, and worked on several City of Ottawa landmark projects including the opening of the Bytown Bridges with former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, and Restore the Core, the first revitalization construction project to take place in downtown Ottawa. Other notable projects include the public consultation strategy and implementation plan for Wateridge Village’s Community Design Plan, the re-opening of the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Redevelopment of the Montfort Hospital, the Château Laurier Expansion Project and currently the new Confederation Heights Master Plan. She also takes pride in assisting community associations in need of strategic communications advice. 

Suzanne is well known in Ottawa’s business community as she headed the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area (BIA) for more than a decade, during which time she spearheaded its business revitalization & recruitment strategy, boundary expansion, outdoor farmers’ market, and annual business gala. With the support of the BIA’s residents, all three levels of government, and the Ottawa Police Services, Suzanne helped kick start a community revitalization effort in Vanier that has successfully expanded over the years. 

Suzanne enjoys volunteering with Indigenous communities and in the arts and culture community. She has been assisting with various fundraising committees since 2007, including the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, which supports Indigenous programs in Ottawa, as well as with CHEO and their Annual Trees of Hope fundraiser. 

Suzanne was first appointed to the Ottawa Police Services Board in 2016 and re-appointed for a second term in 2018. She chaired both the Complaints and Policy and Governance Committees. She was re-appointed to the Board in February 2022.

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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