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Not the Usual Suspects Breakfast featuring William J.S. Elliott, RCMP Commissioner

When: Friday, May 28, 2010 - 07:30

Where: Rideau Club, Ottawa

In May 2010, the Public Policy Forum and Enbridge were pleased to offer the fourth breakfast in our highly popular Not the Usual Suspects series featuring the Commissioner of the RCMP William J.S. Elliott.

Appointed in 2007, Commissioner Elliott is the 22nd Commissioner of the RCMP. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the Canadian national police service and an agency of the Ministry of Public Safety Canada. Previously, he held a number of senior roles in the public service, including Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Safety and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister.

During the breakfast, the Commissioner spoke about his role as head of the RCMP, the nature and challenges of this position, emerging trends in the organization, and his unique experience as the RCMP's first ever civilian commissioner. Following the Commissioner's remarks, participants had the opportunity to engage in a discussion period with the Commissioner.

William J.S. Elliott
Commissioner of the RCMP

Mr. Elliott practiced law in Ottawa until joining the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada in 1988.

In 1992, Mr. Elliott joined the Department of Justice and was subsequently appointed Head of Legal Services for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. He was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard in 1998.

In 2000, Mr. Elliott was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security, at Transport Canada and in 2003 was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Security and Intelligence.

Mr. Elliott was National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister from April 2005 to May 2006, when he became the Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety.

Mr. Elliott became the 22nd Commissioner of the RCMP on July 16, 2007.

Mr. Elliott received a Bachelor's degree in Arts in 1976 and a Bachelor's degree in Common Law in 1979, both from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1981, and appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1992. He and his wife Carolyn have 4 children.

Cost per ticket: PPF member: $65 + GST | Non-member $75 + GST | Student $30

The Not the Usual Suspects speakers' series offers a unique glimpse into the halls of power as we showcase some Ottawa insiders who are at the centre of emerging issues. From Officers of Parliament to senior decision-makers, the Not the Usual Suspects breakfast series is an opportunity to hear from some high-impact individuals and develop a better understanding of their roles, responsibilities and key challenges.

Speakers from our first breakfast series included: Kevin Page, Parliamentary Budget Officer; Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner; Cassie Doyle, Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada; Marie-Lucie Morin, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet; and, Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer.


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