Our Board of Directors
The RCMP Foundation Board of Directors is made up of recognized leaders across many areas of expertise. They represent the broad diversity of our membership and contribute significant amounts of time, talent, and energy to further the mission of the organization.
Mr. Meston has 30 years of financial industry experience with CIBC, having assumed positions of increasing responsibility in Commercial Banking, Capital Markets, Retail Banking, Corporate Banking and Risk Management in Toronto, Halifax, New York and Calgary. In his current role, he is based in Toronto and is responsible for CIBC’s Corporate Wealth Management credit portfolios in Canada.
Mr. Meston graduated from Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Honors Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr. Meston has been active in the community and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the RCMP Foundation. His past community involvement includes Chair of the Mount Royal University Foundation Board of Directors, appointments to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Advisory Council and the United Way of Calgary Campaign Cabinet, and membership on the boards of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Halifax Chamber of Commerce and the Mississauga Art Gallery. He has also served on the advisory boards of TriWest Capital Partners and Banyan Capital Partners
Mr. Richard Bélanger is a seasoned business advisor with extensive management experience and over 15 years of experience in executive recruitment.
Before joining Leaders & Co., he founded RBA (Richard Bélanger & Associates) in 1999 in Toronto and opened an office in Montreal in 2001. He also led another executive search firm based in Toronto. He carried out more than 350 mandates, both for SMEs and multinational corporations, particularly in the areas of sales, marketing, communications, investments, public relations and government affairs.
Previously, he was President of a subsidiary of an important retailer and distributor generating $1 Billion in revenues with over 800 employees. He also held important roles as a member of the management team of this Canadian leader in consumer products. Throughout his career, he has been involved in all aspects of sales, marketing, promotion and public relations.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Management.
Mark Boudreau graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (political science / history) from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is currently working as Director of Corporate Affairs (Atlantic) for Loblaw Companies. Prior to his current position, he was a senior consultant for National Public Relations in Halifax, providing strategic planning, communications, and stakeholder relations advice to a variety of clients, including the Halifax Port Authority, The Shaw Group, Labatt, and the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs, as well as a number of federal and provincial government departments. Mr. Boudreau also worked as a political advisor to several senior cabinet ministers, both federally and provincially. He also worked as director of communications for Alliance Atlantis in the film industry. He is also a Board member for Hope Blooms in Halifax, and has served as a Trustee on the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Canada’s national immigration museum, for over 7 years.
Marie is CEO of The Imagination Group of Companies. She is the Past Chair of the RCMP Foundation Board. She serves on the River Cree Enterprises Board, the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, is an advisor to two Universities.
In 2018, Marie was appointed to the Order of Canada, recognized for her leadership in business and creating opportunities for women and indigenous people. She has received the Indspire Award in Business and Commerce; and was named as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Marie has also received the University of Calgary Dr. Douglas Cardinal Award; Alberta Chamber of Commerce Business Award of Distinction; Calgary Chamber of Commerce Salute to Excellence Award, and Métis Nation Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.
Marie holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University, and PhD from the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on inter-cultural leadership.
Grant Jameson is a lawyer, corporate director, community leader, accomplished speaker and dedicated supporter of the arts. He is a former Senior Partner and Ottawa Managing Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright, a global law firm, having practiced law from 1976 until 2016. Grant has over 30 years of integrated professional leadership experience in business, community engagement, fundraising and education through the practice of law, law firm management, business, and his dedication to worthy causes that benefit the arts, human rights, health care and corporate governance. He has received a number of awards for his leadership and contribution. Grant’s involvement includes the RCMP Foundation, Ottawa Chamber Music Society, Institute of Corporate Directors, Federal Liberal Agency of Canada, Canadian Fund, Canadian Nurses Foundation, Canadian Club of Ottawa, Ottawa Arts Court Foundation, Canadian Red Cross, The Audette Foundation, and the EGALE Human Rights Trust.
Janet MacMillan’s career with NATIONAL Public Relations spans over 20 years. She currently serves as lead strategic counsel to a number of the firm’s clients and specializes in such areas as risk and crisis management, communications and media relations, citizen engagement and governance and regulatory matters.
In 2006, Janet was inducted as a Fellow in the Canadian Public Relations Society. She is certified by the U.S.-based Institute for Crisis Management and the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).
As a volunteer, Janet has considerable governance experience, having served on (or currently serving on) a number of international, national and regional boards.
Michael has over 30 years of experience working as a business leader in the field of telecommunications, IT, security and complex application development. Presently he is a senior executive with Motorola Solutions Canada located in Ottawa, Ontario. Michael works closely with Government leaders (including the RCMP) supporting their requirements for mission critical public safety communication solutions.
Prior to Motorola, Michael spent three years as the Federal Practice lead at Accenture, ten years at TELUS as Managing Director of Public Sector Solutions, Vice President of Public Sector Marketing, and sixteen years as Director of Engineering with Telesat Canada.
Michael holds an Electronics Engineering Diploma from Algonquin College and has completed advanced business studies at Ivey Business School, Rotman School of Business and INSEAD.
Formerly the President of Calgary’s United Way, Ruth remains actively engaged in the Calgary community. She is a graduate of the ICD Corporate Director’s Education Program, a member of the Executive of the Calgary Chapter of ICD and a member of the ICD National Office Not-for-Profit Working Group. She is a director of the National Institute of Canadian Citizenship; the Calgary Opera Board; and the RCMP Foundation Board. She is the Vice-President of the Alberta Champion Society; a member of the Advisory Board for the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership at the Haskayne School of Business; and she serves on the Calgary Greenway Patrons Council. She is the Past President of the Calgary Chapter of the International Women’s Forum.
Ruth has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Calgary, the Strategic Leadership Forum’s President of the Year, and Consumer’s Choice Business Woman of the Year. A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for volunteer service and the Alberta Centennial Medal, Ruth is committed to be of service to the community. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Teacher’s College at Columbia University.
Mark Sullivan is Head, Client and Fraud Market Management at Interac and is responsible for the client management function for issuing members and the delivery and maintenance of fraud risk mitigation programs across all products. Mark is the contact point for global risk professionals and international law enforcement. Prior to this position Mark was an SIO for a major Canadian Financial Institution where he had responsibility for corporate security issues in the Caribbean and Latin South-Central America.
Mark served as a senior Detective with Specialist Operations New Scotland Yard, a role that included high level interaction with international financial markets and services to combat organized criminal groups. Mark moved to the private sector and prior to his current company was responsible for various levels of corporate security at a “Top 5” Canadian FI, mitigating risk/implementing strategies across financial products domestically and internationally.
Throughout his career Mark has been involved with commerce and has established a broad knowledge base of financial products and business processes in addition to his subject matter expertise in financial fraud risk management and regulatory reporting. Mark has extensive global networks that span private and public sectors and in addition to facilitation skills is an experienced mediator, negotiator and advisor. He is an experienced leader who has lectured at various institutions including Rotman MBA, as to leadership and collaborative practices.
Mark is a Certified Master Facilitator/ Executive Board member for the International Institute for Facilitation. He is Co-Chair of the Private Sector Liaison Committee (Canadian Association Chiefs of Police), Special Advisor Board of Directors Certified Fraud Examiners, member of the European ATM Security Team (EAST), and executive member of the Canadian Payment Card Partners Group.
Sherry Wendt is a lawyer and corporate governance professional, and holds the roles of Associate General Counsel, Director – Corporate Secretarial Legal & Assistant Corporate Secretary with Cenovus Energy Inc., a publicly listed Canadian integrated oil company located in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to joining Cenovus in 2015, Sherry was Corporate Secretary & Senior Legal Counsel with another publicly listed Canadian oil and natural gas company in Calgary for over seven years, and previously practiced as an Associate with the law firm of Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary, acting primarily in the areas of corporate, commercial, banking and energy law. Sherry holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba with major in Actuarial Mathematics. She is also a Chartered Secretary, holding the designation of ACIS as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, a leading global professional institute in governance.