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Jean-Michel (JM) Blais

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Jean-Michel (JM) Blais has over thirty-one years of policing experience, having served with
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the United Nations and Halifax Regional
Police (HRP) as chief of police where he is to retire in March 2019. He began his policing
career in 1987 in the RCMP which saw him work in Québec, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova
Scotia in the areas of municipal, provincial, aboriginal and federal policing. He also worked
nationally as the chief judge and prosecutor of the RCMP’s disciplinary tribunal.

First seconded to the United Nations in Haiti as a frontline police officer in 1995, in 2008,
he returned as the Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of operations for the entire
country. In January 2010, following the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, he personally
led the recovery mission of two Canadian police officers who had perished in the
earthquake. In October 2012, after twenty-five years in the RCMP, Jean-Michel retired from
the RCMP at the rank of Chief Superintendent to become the fourth chief of police of HRP.

During his time in HRP, he reoriented the senior ranks of the organization and spearheaded
the development and eventual refresh of a 10-year Strategic Plan anchored in evidenced-
based policing approaches. He was also involved in the community in numerous initiatives
including The Salvation Army Advisory Board and the United Way Halifax Board of Directors.
In 2014 and 2015, he was the co-chair for the United Way’s Charitable Workplace
Campaign, helping to raise more than $12 million dollars. Engaged in the Canadian policing
community, he is a director on the Board of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
and a director on the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN).

He has two degrees, one in political science and economics from McGill University and
another in law from Université Laval in Québec City. He has published several works on
international and national police-related topics, including organized crime, Internet child
pornography, human rights, the rule of law in Haiti, aboriginal law and the use of human
sources in policing. He has also lectured extensively on leadership and modern police
management, with emphasis on dealing with problem employees, unexpected events, the
legal obligations of the employer, law enforcement sustainability, mental health and wellness
in policing.

Jean-Michel’s interests vary from reading and writing to cycling and hockey as a Hockey
Canada Level III referee. He is married with three children aged 32, 25 and 15 as well as two
dogs. He is currently writing a book of memoirs and lessons in leadership and complexity
expected to be completed by 2021.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, April 25

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