Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners
Commission Chair Darlene Brander
Darlene Brander has been a member of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners since December 2014 and was first elected Chair in January 2016, followed by her re-appointment to the Chair position in January 2017.
Ms. Brander is the Director of Human Resources Officer for Athabasca Catering Limited Partnership, a Saskatoon-based, 100% First Nations owned company that serves the mining sector in Saskatchewan. She is responsible to oversee and manage ACLP’s human resource department, ensuring the company complies with all employment related government legislation and contractual obligations. Darlene is responsible for the development and management of all human resources strategies, programs, policies and procedures. As a member of the executive team, Ms. Brander works diligently to support the success and strategic goals of Athabasca Catering Limited Partnership.
A Band Member of the Red Earth Cree First Nation, Commissioner Brander holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a Certified Human Resources Professional designation. Her 17-year career within the human resources field has included progressively responsible positions with not-for-profit organizations, gaming institutions, municipal government and First Nations organizations.
Within her human resource area of specialty, Ms. Brander has sat on several boards including the Interprovincial Association of Native Employment and the Saskatoon Aboriginal Professional Association. Outside of her work in related involvement, Commissioner Brander serves on the Board of the Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan.
Ms. Brander’s top priorities as a member of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners are to ensure the Police Commission operates efficiently and effectively within its mandate. She strives to ensure the Commission meetings are a trusted and welcoming forum where residents can communicate with the Police Service through the Commission.
Commission Vice-Chair Carolanne Inglis-McQuay
Carolanne Inglis-McQuay has been a member of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners since December 2014 and has been re-appointed each year since. She was elected to the position of Vice-Chair in January 2017.
Ms. Inglis-McQuay is the Senior Advisor, Corporate Social Responsibility with Areva Resources, a position she has held since 2011, where her primary responsibilities involve the negotiation and implementation of comprehensive Impact Benefits Agreements with First Nations and Metis Communities across Canada. Her participation in the development of a new approach to stakeholder engagement in northern Saskatchewan led to her deep understanding of environment, community development and socio-economic issues that impact northern Saskatchewan and Inuit societies.
Holding a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Northern Planning and Development Studies from the University of Calgary, Commissioner Inglis-McQuay’s career progression with Areva includes experience as Technical Advisor to the Nunavut Impact Review Board, Regulatory Co-ordinator, and now as Senior Advisor, Corporate Social Responsibility. Her focus throughout her work in this area continues to be on relationship building and respectful negotiations that ensure the communities involved benefit in the areas of education and training, community investment, environmental stewardship, business development, and community support.
Ms. Inglis-McQuay was instrumental in the development, and now sits on the Board, of Pinehouse Business North, a northern Saskatchewan company created to capture economic opportunities in the Pinehouse region. Additionally, she is a Director of the Saskatoon Road Runners organization and an active volunteer with the Ironman Triathlon.
Ms. Inglis-McQuay’s top priorities as a member of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners are to ensure that issues and trends that impact the wellbeing of the community are placed on the Police Commission’s agendas and to provide effective community-based oversight of the Police Service on behalf of the public in Saskatoon.
Commissioner / Mayor Charlie Clark
Mayor Charlie Clark became a member of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in January 2012 and has been appointed to the Commission by City Council each year since that time.
First elected to Saskatoon City Council in 2006, then-Councillor Clark represented Ward 6 until 2016 when he successfully contested the Mayor’s position in the October 2016 civic election.
Mayor Clark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution from University of Winnipeg and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from York University in addition to extensive training in the fields of planning, local government, and community capacity building.
Commissioner / Mayor Clark has previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority, Downtown Saskatoon Business Improvement District and the Broadway Business Improvement District and was recently recognized for his contribution as a Board member with the Canadian Association of Police Governance. Currently, he serves as a Board member with the Meewasin Valley Authority, Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan and with the City of Saskatoon’s Standing Policy Committee on Transportation as well as its Governance and Priorities Committee.
Commissioner Clark’s top priorities as a member of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners are the establishment of an integrated multi-party system that effectively addresses street stabilization issues and ensures the Police Commission connects with Saskatoon residents in its conduit role with the community.
Commissioner / Councillor Darren Hill
Councillor Darren Hill became a member of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in November 2012 and has been appointed to the Commission by City Council each year since that time.
First elected to Saskatoon City Council in 2006, Councillor Hill represents Ward 1 where he was re-elected for a 4thconsecutive term in the October 2016 civic election.
Commissioner Hill was educated at the University of Saskatchewan and holds certification from the Foundations of Trust Management Standards.
Prior to his current position as Chief Executive Officer and President of Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan, a program that encourages entrepreneurship and leadership skills with high school students, Commissioner Hill spent over 20 years as an entrepreneur, marketing manager and advertising executive. He was involved in corporate communications, public relations and international marketing in the tourism and communications sectors.
His City of Saskatoon responsibilities include participation in multiple civic committees including Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Planning Development & Community Services, the Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities, and Corporate Services and the Saskatoon Police Pension Plan Board of Trustees. He also serves on the SaskTel Centre and 33rd Street Business Improvement District Board of Directors, amongst others. Additionally, he serves on the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association.
Councillor Hill’s top priorities as a member of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners are the continued advancement of cultural relationships in the community by the Saskatoon Police Service and ongoing communications with residents of Saskatoon through public forums and the regular meetings of the Police Commission.
Commissioner / Councillor Mairin Loewen
Councillor Mairin Loewen was first appointed to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in January 2017.
She was first elected to Saskatoon City Council in February 2011 and subsequently re-elected in the October 2016 civic election.
Commissioner Loewen graduated from Carleton University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is currently completing her Master of Arts Thesis in Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
Ms. Loewen worked for the Ministry of Finance with the Government of Saskatchewan and as Manager of Physician Recruitment and Retention with the Saskatchewan Medical Association prior to her current position with the University of Saskatchewan.
As a City Councillor, Commissioner Loewen serves on the Standing Policy Committees on Transportation and Environment, Utilities & Corporate Services, the Meewasin Valley Authority Board, the Tourism Saskatoon board, and the Public Library Board of Directors.
Outside of her civic responsibilities, Councillor Loewen has also been involved as a member of the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and the Open Door Society as well as being a co-founder of Girls Rock Saskatoon, a non-profit dedicated to empowering youth through music.
Commissioner Loewen’s top priorities as a member of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners include support for an increasingly integrated strategy to address community safety as well as overseeing the implementation of recommendations from the Operations Review that have the potential to provide existing police services more efficiently.
COMMISSIONER JYOTSNA (JO) CUSTEAD
Commissioner Jo Custead was appointed to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in December 2017 when the Commission expanded from five to seven members.
Ms. Custead has retired from a 30-year career with Canada Customs Revenue Agency and as a Regional Human Resources Consultant with Western Economic Diversification Canada. In the course of her career, she was nominated for Saskatoon’s YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 1997, was a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, was a recipient of Governor General of Canada 125 Medal in recognition of work and dedication to Revenue Canada in the area of employment equity and women’s issues, and was then named the Saskatoon Council of Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee for 2015.
Commissioner Custead earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. In addition to her career responsibilities she volunteered extensively in the community through leadership positions in organizations that include the United Way of Saskatoon, the YWCA National Board, India Canada Cultural Association, the Centennial Auditorium and Convention Centre and the Saskatoon Police Advisory Committee on Diversity. She continues to serve on several boards including the Saskatchewan Registered Nursing Association and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and has served in dozens of volunteer capacities.
Ms. Custead’s top priorities as a member of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners lie within the Commission’s strategic goal of being an effective conduit between the public and the Saskatoon Police Service. In particular, she is intent on identifying issues and trends that impact the wellbeing of the New Canadian / Newcomer community that can be incorporated into the Commission’s decision making processes and that by doing so, ensuring that the Commission’s oversight role includes the priorities of the broad mix of interests in Saskatoon.
COMMISSIONER KEARNEY HEALY, Q.C.
Commissioner Kearney Healy was appointed to the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners in December 2017 when the Commission composition was weighted in favour of civilian members.
Mr. Healy is a retired lawyer and presently a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. He worked for Saskatchewan Legal Aid for 32 years, during which time he earned the C. Willy Hodgson Award by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for his work in making the law more responsive to marginalized people. He was a co-recipient of the 2005 Saskatchewan Book Award in Academic Writing for the book “Tough on Kids”, which called for a more effective response to marginalized youth. As well, during that time, he developed the first sentencing circle in an urban environment in Canada that became a template for current practices. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013 and, subsequent to his retirement, was asked to serve as a Commissioner on the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission.
Commissioner Healy, who earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Regina in 1969 is a past Board Member of the John Howard Society and a Co-founder and Director of Terra Housing Co-op. He was also instrumental in the development of a multi-agency initiative called “Kids Not In School” that has a goal of making school more relevant for marginalized youth.
Mr. Healy has also served as a Board Member of Affinity Credit Union and its predecessor credit unions for eighteen years, including four of those years as President, and continues to serve as a Director of Str8-Up and SCYAP.
Commissioner Healy’s top priorities as a Police Commissioner revolve around providing objective oversight of the Saskatoon Police Service while identifying new potential strategies for the interaction between the Police Service and marginalized youth.