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Our Board

Our Current board and team

Terry Coleman

High River Policing Committee 
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Terry was a police officer for almost 40 years. Nearly 28 years, of which, were with the Calgary Police Service and 10 ½ years as Chief of Police in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. During that time, he was a member or chair of many national and provincial police related boards and committees. In 2003, he was invested by the Governor General in the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. After leaving the Moose Jaw Police, he was Deputy Minister in the Saskatchewan Government. During that time, his responsibilities included Corrections, Public Safety and Policing. Subsequently, he was elected a Moose Jaw Councilor and appointed to the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners. For the past five years, he has been a member and current Chair of the High River Policing Committee. For over 4 years, he has been a member of the AAPG. He is the current Chair of the AAPG. Terry has a Master of Human Resource Management, a M.A.-Police Studies and a PhD-Police Studies; all achieved at the University of Regina. His research focus was the measurement of the organizational performance of police organizations. He has designed and delivered learning programs on public sector leadership, management and policing for such as Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education, the Canadian Police College, the Saskatchewan Police College and the University of Regina as well as an executive level strategic policing program for the Barbados Police and the St. Lucia Police. He is currently an instructor for Athabasca University as well as for the Dalhousie College of Continuing Education. He now operates as a Public Safety Consultant.

John McDougall

Edmonton Police Commission
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John McDougall moved to Edmonton from Ontario in 1986. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1989 as an Army Medical Technician and has served at a variety of bases across Canada. He completed his physician assistant training in 2008 and received his Masters from University of Nebraska Medical Centre in 2010 specializing in Emergency Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine. He was deployed overseas numerous times and has worked with both the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy. John worked his way from a Private to the highest rank a non-commissioned officer can reach, Chief Warrant Officer. In April he accepted a commission to Captain and was recently promoted to Major. These experiences have allowed him to appreciate the hard work of the front line workers and now from the perspective of a senior officer. He continues to serve in the CAF as a clinician specializing in Aviation Medicine. John has been a very active advocate for LBGTQ2+ rights in the community and in the CAF. In 2013 he raised the Pride Flag at CFB Edmonton, a first for any military base. He currently serves at the LBGTQ2+ advisor to 3 Canadian Division, the Army of the West. John is strongly committed to a work life balance for himself and others. He believes this balance contributes to a solid family life and by extension, success at work. His dedication to diversity and inclusion has made him stand out in his military career and his endeavours outside of the military. John has sat on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA) as well as director of volunteers for the Edmonton Pride Board. He has the continued loving support of his husband of 23 years, Dave.

Perry Brooks

Fort Saskatchewan Policing Committee
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Perry started his tenure in the sign industry in 1998 with partner Howard Johnson in a tiny building with 1 computer and a plotter and by the summer of 2005 was able to purchase Advantage Signs Ltd. from Howard. A few years later, he had developed his business enough to purchase its 15000 sq. ft facility in the Industrial Park of Fort Saskatchewan. Today, ASL staffs over 30 personnel, and produces every aspect of commercial and industrial signage. Perry is a genuine people-person who enjoys bringing people together for a common goal. His passion to be challenged whenever possible has seen him involved in many committees, both as a member and as a director. He has been an active member for years on the board of the Community Advisory Panel (CAP) for local industries. He enjoyed serving as a Director on the 2007 Alberta Senior Games committee, served 2 years as a Director on the Chamber of Commerce, and now serves on the City Policing Committee. Perry has served as President of the Alberta Sign Association (ASA) and served as President of the Sign Association of Canada for 2 years. In 2018 Perry sold his business and currently provides consulting in the sales field. Perry has been married to Pam for 32 years with 3 beautiful daughters and resides in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. I have spent my life as an Albertan, married for 32 years, raising 3 daughters and now have one beautiful grandson. In 1998 I started a sign company in my home town of Fort Saskatchewan and grew it into one of the leading sign companies in Alberta, with sales over 5 million. In April of this year I sold my company and am currently assisting with this transition. At 51 I find myself with the rare opportunity to choose how I spend my time. I have chosen to spend that time having an impact on the future of our planet. That may come across as a bit lofty, however, I believe this to be a rare opportunity and I’m determined not to squander it. I’ve been a catalyst in changing ideologies within industries before. For example, in 2011 after being elected President of the Canadian Sign Association, I spearheaded the overhaul of the organization from an Ontario centric to a Canadian centric association. This involved influencing the minds of leaders in the industry who feared change. This involved changing well-entrenched views in an industry that was not used to change. This was a huge challenge that I was successful in accomplishing. It brought me to realize that change like this is not accomplished simply by changing bylaws or enacting decrees (although this is a necessary part of change); change is accomplished through a process of winning over individuals one person at a time; by being open and available, listening to the concerns of those affected, giving them an opportunity to have their concerns heard and acknowledging them. This is my talent, my gift and I’m good at this. Now I want to use my abilities for a loftier goal. If we are going to have a significant impact on reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, we need to reach the hearts of Albertans, especially those directly connected to the fossil fuel industry. Let me help.

Mark Schneider

Camrose Police Commission
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Mark grew up in central Alberta and has developed a passion for giving back to each community he has been involved in. Mark is currently Director Credit Risk – Business and Agriculture with ATB Financial and has spent time working in 7 different communities in Alberta. Mark served as Director and Chair of the Brooks Policing Committee for 2 years and has been on the Camrose Police Commission for the past 5 years, currently serving as vice-chair. Mark is very involved in the community and is honoured to be able to bring his passion to the AAPG board of Directors.

Rachel Hopf

Lethbridge Police Commission
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Rachel was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After earning her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba in 2009, she chose to move to and make Lethbridge, Alberta, her new home. Since moving to Alberta, Rachel has placed great importance on connecting to and giving back to her new home, particularly in areas that impact citizens on a personal level. Rachel is a partner in MacLachlan McNab Hembroff LLP where she has accumulated ten years of legal experience in many areas of law including civil and commercial litigation, contract, administrative, governance, and professional responsibility. She is a member of the Lethbridge Bar Association, the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, and the Canadian Bar Association. Born out of a willingness and desire to engage with her community, its citizens, and organizations, Rachel also has several years of involvement in various boards and committees, including the Lethbridge Police Commission, Lethbridge Family Services, and YWCA Lethbridge & District. Rachel’s interest and dedication to serving as a director on the AAPG Board arises from a combination of factors, including her own experience with and in military organizations, particularly serving as a reservist with the Fort Garry Horse (Reconnaissance Crewman), her legal career and background, as well as being a friend and family member to persons who have served as police officers in various Canadian communities. She feels honoured by the opportunity to serve on the AAPG Board and work alongside its other members who bring forward a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. Rachel shares her home with her wonderful and supportive husband, Blaine, and their pampered cat, Jackie. Competing with her passion for the law and volunteering, is a passion for world travel, scuba diving, and most often combining the two.

T.J Zhang

Calgary Police Commission
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Tongjie (TJ) Zhang is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). TJ’s technical experience spans multiple industries including research and development, as well as consulting. TJ has successfully delivered a variety of projects and programs, including Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessment, Security Operation, Incident Response, Project Assurance, ICS/SCADA Security Assessment, Security & Infrastructure Design, PCI-DSS, DLP, SIEM deployment, SOX Compliance, ERM, GRC, Risk Assessment and Cybersecurity Maturity Assessment. TJ holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Calgary. His work in cybersecurity and privacy has been published and presented in prestigious international conferences as well as local business media. 
Outside of his profession, TJ strives to be an active community leader, who is currently a Board Member of Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) and a Public Member in the Council of the College of Alberta Dental Assistants (CADA), both appointed by Lieutenant Governor in Council of Alberta. TJ is also a Senator in the University of Calgary Senate, a Commissioner of Calgary Police Commission, and a Board Member of Alberta Association of Police Governance (AAPG) He served as Chair of the Livery Transport Advisory Committee of the City of Calgary Council, a Board Member of the Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation of Alberta (CUDGC), a Board Member of Calgary Security Professionals Information Exchange Society (SPIE). Vice-President (Finance and Services) of the Graduate Students’ Association in the University of Calgary, Calgary Representative of the Alberta Graduate Council, Trustee of the Campus Trust and Vice-President Internal of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Calgary Chapter.

Sandy Redden

Medicine Hat Police Commission
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Sandy is a wife, parent of two grown boys, a Speech-Language Pathologist for almost 30 year and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2015. She is the proud owner of Speech & Language Works Inc. since its inception in 2000. The team provides communication and behavior services throughout the community of Medicine hat and surrounding communities including Brooks. As with may Medicine Hatters, her origins are in Saskatchewan, moving with her family to the city in 1998. Sandy loves this community and tries her best to participate as much as possible and has volunteered in many capacities over the past 21 years. Most recently, she volunteered for the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter for 12 years: volunteering on the board of directors, serving as secretary and chair and helping with events such as galas and adopt-a-family. She is an active member of Sunrise Rotary and also a member of the Medicine Hat Therapist Assistant Advisory Board. Sandy is very passionate about her community and province and believes in all they have to offer. She has been a member of the Medicine Hat Police service for the past four years and the vice chair for the last two. Policing services in Alberta are very vital part of each community and she looks forward to being part of the Alberta Association of Police Governance to learn and contribute more both locally and provincially.

Larry Coney

Drumheller Policing Committee
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Born in Northern Alberta in 1955, first 9 years of school in Bezanson then grades 10 – 12 in Sexsmith Public High School. Attended 3 years of post graduate schooling at the Peace River Bible Institution, where I received a certificate of teaching and a theology diploma. Spent 3.5 years in Canadian Armed Forces reaching the rank of Corporal. Attended college at Winnipeg Bible College,(Providence University) receiving a BA in Interdisciplinary (Humanities). In 1982 I began a career with the Correctional Service of Canada as a Correctional Officer (CX1). In 1997 I transferred to the informatics department and worked on computers for 10 years, (2007). I acted in a position of Institution Preventive Security Officer (IPSO) for 1.5 years. In this position I conducted investigations on drug trafficking, assaults and 2 murders, where I worked closely with the RCMP. From there I returned to status of Correctional Officer 2 Security. In the last 3 years before retiring, I worked as an Employment Officer finding job for released inmates in several communities. I retired in September of 2014 with 33 years of service. While working in Informatics the duties consisted of building computers, programming them from the Government network and installing them in the offices throughout the Drumheller Institution. Trouble shooting was the majority of duties and with the changes of staff I was appointed Chief of Informatics’ for 2 years until a staff member that had a computer training certificate was hired. I have not received any formal computer training and do not use the jargon that goes along with computer training, all was on the job training and networking. I received some training on computer security through the Royal Canadian Mounted Police workshops. I enjoyed working with computers and I am always open to learn more. Since retirement I have built a couple PC’s for home use but have not had the opportunity to continue upgrading on what is new in the computer world. I have been retired for 5 years and indulge in several hobbies, drawing and painting pictures, rebuilding old military vehicles, collecting Canadian military regalia and wood working. I have been the Chair for the Policing Committee for the past 4 years and the Vice Chair for the Citizens On Patrol. I keep busy and hopefully that will keep me young!

Richard Bengry

AMAC Member
Town of Cardston
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Born and raised in Cardston, Alberta Married ( Janice N.)–July 1970 3 children –11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren Retired Presently serving on Town Council, with 10 plus years experience Citizen of the year–2013 Presently serving on Cardston Police Advisory committee and Board Chair for the Chinook Foundation which manages two senior’s housing lodges and one senior’s independent housing unit.–serve as a Town representative on the Oldman River Regional Services Commission Organized many community joint police programs with the local R.C.M.P. such as COP program, Neighborhood Watch, Rural Crime Watch At 19 years old was a member of the local Town police force–2 yrs. Past President of the local Lions Club and the Rotary Club.

Victoria Chester

Executive Director
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Victoria was born in Toronto and, as a child, moved to California’s Silicon Valley where she raised three children while working in several Real Estate related areas. Victoria’s husband Kevin was raised in Fort Macleod, and when their youngest daughter entered University, she and her husband sought out the quality of life in Southern Alberta by relocating back to Canada. After enjoying 28 years employment in Management roles, Victoria became an independent contractor providing Business Organization Consultation. She currently serves as the part-time Executive Director for the Alberta Association of Police Governance, and part-time Director of Advancement for Highway 3 Twinning Development Association. Victoria has a passionate history as a volunteer, currently serving or having served on the Lethbridge Police Commission, Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, AAPG Board Treasurer, Lethbridge Subdivision and Development Appeals Board, the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) Lethbridge, and CHBA Alberta representative to the National Education and Training Advisory Committee. While in California, she served as an Executive Board Member of the South Bay Chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers and Co-Founded the California Association of Real Estate Appraisers (CAREA). While serving as South Bay Chapter President, CAREA was the leader in successfully lobbying the State of California to introduce Licensing and Certification of Real Estate Appraisers. Victoria and her husband enjoy road trips to California in their electric car to spend time with their children and five grandchildren.