2016 Conference Speakers
2016 speakers as of September 2, 2016 and subject to change. Please check back for updates.
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, National and Cyber Security Branch,
Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Confirmed)
Bio coming soon.
Assistant Director, International Operations Division,
In November 2015, FBI Director James B. Comey appointed Carlos Cases the Assistant Director of the International Operations Division. Mr. Cases previously served as the Special Agent in Charge of the San Juan Division, overseeing all FBI operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mr. Cases entered on duty as an FBI special agent in 1992 and first reported to the El Paso Division, where he investigated violent and organized crime as well as drug matters. In 1994, he transferred to the San Juan Division where he continued to work organized crime and drug matters.
In 2001, Mr. Cases was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the Drug Section of the Criminal Investigative Division, and detailed to DEA Headquarters. He then transferred to the San Juan Division in 2002 as the Supervisory Special Agent of a criminal enterprise squad. While there, he served as a coordinator for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and on the crisis negation and SWAT teams.
In 2005, Mr. Cases was promoted to Program Manager and assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to coordinate drug and gang investigations with the DEA and Mexican partners. In 2007, he returned to the San Juan Division where he served as the Supervisory Special Agent of the Joint Terrorism Task Force before being promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Branch. He was later promoted into the Senior Executive Service to serve as the Chief of the Criminal Investigative Division’s Latin America-Southwest Border Section at FBI Headquarters.
Mr. Cases is a recipient of the Director’s Award for Outstanding Criminal Investigation and the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement for his role in Operation Guard Shack, one of the largest public corruption cases in FBI history.
Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigations, Office of Intelligence,
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Confirmed)
Patricia Cogswell is the Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Office of Intelligence. In this capacity, Ms. Cogswell serves as the HSI Assistant Director of Intelligence and as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Key Intelligence Officer.
Ms. Cogswell previously served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for DHS’s Office of Policy Integration and Implementation, with responsibility for DHS policy in the areas of counterterrorism; screening; border and immigration; countering chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats; resilience; and transportation (air, marine, surface, and supply chain) security.
Ms. Cogswell served as Acting Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security from June to September 2013, and Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Transborder Security Policy from December 2010 to June 2013, both with the National Security Council (NSC) staff. Ms. Cogswell’s portfolio at NSC included: Aviation, Maritime, Supply Chain and Surface Transportation; the Arctic Region; Immigration and Visa Security; Border Security and Interior Enforcement; Biometrics, Identity Management, Watchlisting/Screening; Information Sharing and Access; as well as Infectious Disease/Pandemic and other preparedness policy.
Prior to her work with the NSC, Ms. Cogswell served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Policy (Screening Coordination), with responsibility for setting policy and direction in order to harmonize DHS’ screening programs and investments. These programs included DHS’s immigration reform efforts, those involving screening to identify known or suspected terrorists, and the integration of biometric technologies and capabilities.
Following the creation of DHS in 2003, Ms. Cogswell served as the Chief Strategist for the DHS US-VISIT Program and as the Director for Immigration Services Modernization at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Ms. Cogswell’s background prior to the creation of DHS was with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service. Ms. Cogswell is an attorney, however, unlike most attorneys, Ms. Cogswell has spent her entire government career in program management and operational activities, rather than practicing law.
Ms. Cogswell received her J.D. from the College of William and Mary and is a member of the Virginia State Bar. Ms. Cogswell received her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2007.
Inspector Mark Flynn
RCMP OIC Federal Policing Cyber Crime Criminal Operations
Bio coming soon.
Principal Deputy Counter Terrorism Coordinator,
Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)
Bio coming soon.
Chief Patrol Agent, Detroit Border Patrol Sector,
United States Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
Bio coming soon.
R. Gil Kerlikowske
Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
R. Gil Kerlikowske was nominated by President Obama and sworn in on March 7, 2014 as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection taking the helm of the 60,000-employee agency with a budget of $12.4 billion.
Mr. Kerlikowske oversees the dual U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission of protecting national security objectives while promoting economic prosperity and security. As Commissioner, he runs the largest federal law enforcement agency and second largest revenue collecting source in the federal government. Most recently, he served as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Mr. Kerlikowske brings four decades of law enforcement and drug policy experience to the position. He formerly served nine years as the Chief of Police for Seattle, Washington.
Previously, he was Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Mr. Kerlikowske was also Police Commissioner of Buffalo, New York. The majority of his law enforcement career was in Florida where he served in the St. Petersburg Police Department.
President, Federal Policing, Canada Border Services Agency
Linda Lizotte-MacPherson was appointed on June 26th, 2015 as President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), effective July 6th, 2015.
- Before joining the CBSA, she was President of the Canada School of Public Service from October 2012 to July 2015. From October 2009 to October 2012, Mrs. Lizotte-MacPherson was Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Revenue Agency. In 2009, Mrs. Lizotte-MacPherson was Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada. She was Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board from 2005 to 2008. Mrs. Lizotte-MacPherson is an experienced business leader in both the private and public sectors, and has worked for over 25 years leading complex organizations, launching start-ups and managing large transformation and information technology programs throughout North America.
In the private sector, Mrs. Lizotte-MacPherson was President of two Canadian subsidiaries, Sapient Canada Inc. and AMS Management Systems Canada Inc., and held a number of senior executive positions with Digital Equipment of Canada. She was also the first Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Health Infoway Inc., where she successfully launched the corporation. She also served as the Chief Information Officer for the Government of Canada from 1998 to 2000 as part of an executive interchange.
Mrs. Lizotte-MacPherson holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Carleton University and has completed Digital’s Executive Development Program through Queen’s University. She also completed the Board of Directors Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mrs. Lizotte-MacPherson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2000 E-Commerce Leadership Award, the Distinction Award for Excellence in the Management of Information Technology in the Public Service, the Ottawa-Carleton YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, and was recognized in the 2004 Who’s Who Canada and the 1997-98 Who’s Who Among Top Executives in North America.
The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C.
President & CEO, Business Council of Canada
Mr. Manley is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. He was first elected to Parliament in 1988, and re-elected three times.
- From 1993 to 2003 he was a Minister in the governments of Jean Chrétien, serving in the portfolios of Industry, Foreign Affairs, and Finance, in addition to being Deputy Prime Minister. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. Manley was named Chair of a Cabinet Committee on Public Security and Anti-terrorism, serving as counterpart to Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. In recognition of the role he played following 9/11, TIME Canada named him “2001 Newsmaker of the Year”. After a 16-year career in politics, Mr. Manley returned to the private sector in 2004. Since leaving government, Mr. Manley has continued to be active in public policy, as a media commentator, speaker and adviser to governments of differing political stripes. In addition to his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Mr. Manley serves on the boards of several publicly traded companies and is active in the not-for-profit sector. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Mr. Manley has received honorary doctorates from Carleton and Western universities, and the universities of Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor.
Deputy National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister,
Bio coming soon.
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
Todd C. Owen became the Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, on February 8, 2015. Mr. Owen oversees more than 29,000 employees, including more than 24,000 CBP Officers and CBP Agriculture Specialists.
- He manages an annual budget of $5.2 billion for operations at CBP’s ports of entry and numerous programs that support national security and the facilitation of lawful travel and trade.
Mr. Owen was previously the Director, Field Operations (DFO), for the Los Angeles Field Office. As the DFO, he had responsibility and oversight for all CBP operations in the greater Los Angeles area, including the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the twin Los Angeles/Long Beach seaports, and the Las Vegas International Airport.
Prior to arriving in Los Angeles in July 2011, Mr. Owen served as the Executive Director of Cargo and Conveyance Security in Washington D.C., a position he held for six years beginning in 2005. He was responsible for all cargo security programs and policies for CBP, including the Container Security Initiative (CSI), the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program (C-TPAT) office, and all non-intrusive inspection technology and radiation portal monitor deployments.
Mr. Owen served as the Director of C-TPAT from January 2005 until May 2006. Before arriving in Washington, D.C., he was the Area Port Director in New Orleans, where he was directly responsible for all CBP operations throughout Louisiana. Before being selected as Area Port Director, Mr. Owen spent eight years in South Florida where he held various trade related positions within OFO and the Office of Strategic Trade.
Hon. William L. Owens
Senior Advisory Board Member,
Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance (Confirmed)
Former U.S. Congressman Bill Owens is a Senior Advisor with Dentons headquartered in Washington, D.C and also returned as a partner to Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC in January 2015.
- As the federal representative for New York’s 21st District (previously 23rd) for five years, Congressman Owens developed a deep understanding of issues directly impacting his constituents, including matters related to U.S.-Canada trade, health care and agriculture.
Congressman Owens served as co-chair of the House Northern Border Caucus with Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) which coordinated five northern border events in past three years in both Washington, D.C. and New York’s 21st congressional district.
In his final two year term he served on the exclusive House Appropriations Committee including the Subcommittee on Defense and the Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Congressman Owens authored five pieces of legislation that were signed into law during his tenure in Congress including three provisions included in the 2014 Farm Bill that had a direct, positive impact on the lives of the farmers in his district.
He was appointed by Governor Cuomo as a panelist on the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP).
Prior to serving in the U.S. House, Congressman Owens was in private practice in Plattsburgh for thirty years, and prior to that served for four years in the United States Air Force as a JAG officer.
An accomplished public speaker on topics related to the U.S. – Canada relationship, Congressman Owens spoke at (1) CANAM Border Trade Counsel, October 6, 2015, Washington, DC, Moderator for the Congressional panel – The View from the Hill; (2) US Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting August 13, 2015, Montreal, QC, Canada, Panelist with the Honorable Betty Sutton, Administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority and the Honorable Jean-Claude Lauzon, Quebec Delegate General to New York discussing Canada/US Trade; (3) Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) 25th Annual Summit, July 12-16, 2015, Big Sky, Montana, Panelist: Discussion including Legislative response on Oil Car Safety and Capacity, Oil Tank Car Regulatory Status and Future Capacity Shortfalls; (4) North Country Alliance, June 17, 2015, Plattsburgh, NY, Keynote Speaker on Economic Development; (5) Conference of Montreal, June 8-11, 2015, Guest Speaker on “U.S. Growth and the Challenges for Québec Firms” Working Breakfast Seminar; (6) North Country Chamber of Commerce Event, Doing Business in the U.S., June 3, 2015, Montreal, QC, Canada; (7) New York Legislative Breakfast with Counsel General John Prato, May 27, 2015, Albany, New York; (8) CANAM Border Trade Alliance, May 4, 2015, Ottawa, ON, Canada; (9) Ottawa Economic Association Conference, April 1, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; (10) The North American Competitiveness Conference, March 2, 2015, Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.; (11) McClean’s Magazine TV Show, Panel Member, March 2015; (12) North American Competitiveness Conference, October 2014, Toronto, Canada; (13) the Texas-Chihuahua-New Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum September 11-12, 2014, El Paso, Texas, Speech entitled: A Tale of Two Borders: Capitalizing on Mexico and Canada; (14) CABC Annual Policy Summit, “North America Fueling the Future”, June 17, 2014, Embassy of Canada-Washington, D.C., Speech Entitled: A View From Parliament and Congress; (15) Business Export Workshop at SUNY Adirondack, June 13, 2014, Queensbury, New York, Event entitled: “New Markets, New Jobs: Practical Steps from Small Business to Grow through Exports”; (16) Canadian Embassy Provincial-Territorial Consultations Breakfast, May 9, 2014, Embassy of Canada-Washington, D.C., Speech Entitled: A Conversation with Congressman Owens and Paul Frazer; (17) U.S. Chamber Luncheon with The Honorable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada January 16, 2014, U.S. Chamber of Commerce-Washington, D.C.; (18) A Northern Border Caucus Panel: Commonsense Regulatory Reforms to Enhance North American Trade and Create American Jobs, November 14, 2013, Rayburn HOB-Washington, D.C.; (19) CAN-US Intra Parliamentary Group Trip November 4-5, 2013 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Canada/U.S Lawmaker Roundtable; (20) Chair and Presenter at Beyond the Border Event and Regulatory Cooperation Council Forum, April 5, 2013, Potsdam, New York.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Retired)
U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic,
U.S. Department of State (Confirmed)
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Ret.) became the State Department’s Special Representative for the Arctic in July of 2014, and will lead the effort to advance U.S. interests in the Arctic Region, with a focus on Arctic Ocean governance, climate change, economic, environmental, and security issues in the Arctic region as the United States holds the chairmanship of the Arctic Council from 2015-2017.
- Prior to his appointment, Admiral Papp served as the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and led the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As a flag officer, Admiral Papp served as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area; as the Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Headquarters; as Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District; and as Director of Reserve and Training.
Admiral Papp was a career cutterman, having served in six Coast Guard Cutters, commanding four of them: RED BEECH, PAPAW, FORWARD, and the training barque EAGLE. He is a 1975 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a Master of Science in Management from Salve Regina College.
Admiral Papp is a native of Norwich, Connecticut.
Associate Deputy Assistant Director,
Homeland Security Investigations, Cyber Crimes Center (C3) (Confirmed)
Mike Prado currently serves as the Associate Deputy Assistant Director (ADAD) for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cyber Division.
- ADAD Prado is responsible for strategic planning, national policy implementation, and execution of operational initiatives and for ensuring effective coordination between HSI and other DHS components, federal and state law enforcement agencies, and international partners to combat transnational cyber-enabled crime. ADAD Prado oversees the day to day operations of the HSI Cyber Crimes Center’s specialized units that focus on cybercrime, computer forensics, and child exploitation investigations, and also oversees the HSI Forensic Laboratory.
ADAD Prado has previously served in various supervisory and senior leadership roles within HSI, including as the Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the Transnational Crime and Public Safety Division, where he had oversight over numerous national investigative programs, including the National Gang Unit, human smuggling and trafficking, and document and identity fraud. He has also previously served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the HSI Investigative Services Division. ADAD Prado was previously the Resident Agent in Charge of the HSI Fresno, California field office, with investigative oversight over the Central California region. Throughout his career he has conducted and led numerous investigations across a wide spectrum of programmatic areas including investigations of transnational gangs, narcotics trafficking, weapons smuggling, theft of intellectual property and child exploitation.
ADAD Prado began his law enforcement career in 1999 as an investigator with a county prosecutor’s office in Central California. ADAD Prado was hired as a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service in 2002 and became a special agent with ICE in 2003, upon its formation within the United States Department of Homeland Security. ADAD Prado holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Sonoma State University.
Director General, Defence Procurement and International Cooperation,
Canadian Embassy, Washington DC (Confirmed)
Lorna Prosper ‐ effective October 13, 2015, Director General, Washington Sector of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) at the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC.
- In that capacity, she is responsible for defence procurement from the U.S. Government, bilateral relations with U.S. Government agencies on non‐defence procurement and other common service initiatives, and works closely with the international community to advance the Department’s priorities. In addition to this, Ms. Prosper also serves as the Canadian representative and chair‐person to the Washington DC based Foreign Procurement Group (FPG), an international network of countries that purchase United States defense articles and services through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
Ms. Prosper joined PSPC from the Office of the Comptroller General at the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) where she was most recently the Executive Director of the Procurement Policy & Acquired Services and Assets Sector Communities Management Office, in addition to spending several years on the program side of TBS contributing to the development of Treasury Board submissions and other Cabinet proposals.
Prior to joining TBS, Ms. Prosper worked in the Acquisitions Branch of PSPC, on a range of files including the negotiation of trade agreement procurement chapters, dispute resolution under the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, and Canada‐US issues related to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Ms. Prosper also spent a number of years at the Department of National Defence, both in an operational procurement environment as well as in a policy capacity. Her earliest public sector experience was as a Parliamentary Assistant to a federal Member of Parliament, shortly after graduating from Carleton University in Ottawa, ON with a Bachelor of Arts in Languages and History.
Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray
Deputy Commandant for Operations,
U.S. Coast Guard (Confirmed)
Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray assumed the duties of the Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations in August 2016.
- In this capacity, he is responsible for the development of operational strategy, policy, guidance, and resources that address national priorities. This oversight of Coast Guard missions, programs, and services includes: intelligence; international affairs; cyber; the maritime transportation system; commercial regulations and inspections; search and rescue; maritime security; law enforcement; defense operations; environmental response; contingency planning; and the operational capabilities of cutter, boat, aviation, shore, and deployable specialized forces.
Vice Admiral Ray’s previous Flag Assignment was as the Pacific Area Commander. Prior to that he held Flag Assignments as the Deputy Pacific Area Commander, the Fourteenth Coast Guard District Commander, service with U.S. Forces Iraq as Director of the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission for the Ministry of Interior, and as the Military Advisor to the Secretary of the Department Homeland Security.
Vice Admiral Ray is from Newport, Arkansas, and is a 1981 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy. Vice Admiral Ray has flown helicopters for most of his career while executing operations ranging from the Bering Sea to South America. His highest personal award is the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Confirmed)
Chuck Rosenberg was appointed Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration on May 13, 2015 by Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
- Prior to joining DEA, Mr. Rosenberg served as the chief of staff and senior counselor to Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey.
Before rejoining the FBI, Chuck was a partner at a Washington, D.C. law firm. Prior to that, Chuck served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia which is routinely entrusted with many of the nation’s most sensitive terrorism and national security prosecutions. As the chief federal law enforcement officer for the district, Chuck supervised the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters involving the federal government.
From June 2005 until March 2006, Chuck served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas – one of the largest districts in the nation with six offices, including one in Houston and three on the border of the United States and Mexico.
Chuck also served in several senior posts at the Department of Justice, where his work focused on counterterrorism, counterintelligence, national security, and criminal matters, including service as chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Comey (2004-05); counselor to Attorney General John Ashcroft (2003–04); and counsel to FBI Director Robert Mueller (2002–03).
From 1994 to 2000, Chuck was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. There, Chuck tried dozens of cases before juries and briefed and argued many of those cases to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Chuck prosecuted cases that ranged from complex financial fraud crimes to violent crimes and espionage.
Chuck is a graduate of Tufts University (BA), Harvard University (MPP), and the University of Virginia (JD).
Deputy Executive Director, Procurement,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
Diane Sahakian serves as the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) (Department of Homeland Security) Deputy Executive Director for Procurement.
In this capacity, she oversees an average annual spend of $2.7 Billion of operational contracting activities for CBP and works closely with the Executive Director in managing the non-operational side of the house. Major CBP missions supported are for the Border Patrol, the Air and Marine Office, the Field Operations Office, and the Information Technology Office. Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Sahakian served as the CBP Chief of the Contracting Office, managing the annual CBP procurement spend which at the time was approximately $3.5 Billion. She was a contract administrator in private industry for four years prior to joining the former U.S. Customs Service in 1985. During her tenure at the legacy U.S. Customs Service and CBP, she served as the lead contract officer and manager in support of the Office of Air and Marine, the contract manager for the Seized Property program, and the Division Director for Border Patrol Contracting. She has a BA in Economics from Tufts University and Masters Certificates in both Project Management and Commercial Contracting from George Washington University. Mrs. Sahakian is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for Democratic Society program and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Managers in Government program.
Todd G. Shean
Assistant Commissioner, Federal and International Operations,
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Confirmed)
With more than two decades of service in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Todd Shean’s varied career has focused on operational policing with an emphasis on disrupting organized crime, investigating major crime files, and fostering collaboration on the international scale.
- A/Commr Shean joined the RCMP in 1986, beginning his policing career in General Duty policing, drug investigations and major crime files. He was shortly selected as a member of New Brunswick’s provincial Emergency Response Team, a position he held on a part-time basis for eight years. In 1994, he transferred to the Proceeds of Crime Section where he earned a commission and the rank of Inspector, becoming the Officer in Charge of the section in 2001.
With a strong background in operational policing, he was promoted in 2005 to the rank of Superintendent and was named the Officer in Charge of the Codiac Municipal RCMP Detachment. During this time, the detachment saw double digit reduction in much of its crime. In 2008, he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and transferred to RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, to oversee national drug and organized crime operations. His natural leadership abilities and his remarkable aptitude to build and foster relationships saw A/Commr. Shean return to New Brunswick as the Division’s Criminal Operations Officer.
In 2011, A/Commr. Shean returned to RCMP Headquarters as the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Financial Crime; in January 2012, he was appointed to his current position as Assistant Commissioner in charge of Federal Policing Special Services (FPSS). In this role, he is responsible for specialized services provided by subject matter experts in the realms of Intelligence, Financial Crime, Border Integrity, Federal Litigation, Drugs & Organized Crime, Covert Operations and Witness Protection. He is also in charge of all International Policing and Analyst postings. Under his command, FPSS has become a forward leaning, mission focused, driver of change.
In his current role, A/Commr. Shean was a driving force in enhancing the organization’s visibility, reach and influence abroad. With a heightened and strategic understanding of the complexities surrounding global crime in a Canadian context, A/Commr. Shean set out to align criminal intelligence capabilities and programs to better position the RCMP to attack global criminal threats to Canada.
A/Commr Shean actively participates and represents the RCMP on several national and international committees. Most notably, he is among leaders of delegation for the G7 Law Enforcement Projects Sub-Group, the Criminal Intelligence Advisory Committee of the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group and is Co-Chair on the Private Section Liaison Committee. He was elected as Vice President of the Americas for the INTERPOL Executive Committee in November 2015. The success of numerous committee initiatives driven by Canada speaks to A/Commr Shean’s impact on the law enforcement community both domestically and abroad.
Tony Smith CBE
Deputy Director General,
Tony Smith CBE is the Deputy Director General of BORDERPOL and a global expert in border security and leadership.
- Tony retired as Director General of the UK Border Force in March 2013, after completing over 40 years’ service in the UK Home Office.
Tony was the Senior Responsible Owner and Gold Commander for the UK Border Agency’s London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Programme. He delivered his mission to contribute to a safe secure and inspirational Olympic Games by facilitating the entry of the vast majority of people and goods coming to the Games, whilst protecting the public from those that may cause harm.
Tony was educated at St Clement Danes Grammar school in West London. He is a qualified legal executive and an accredited Programme Sponsor. He started his career as an immigration caseworker in 1972 and has a long and distinguished career in the UK Immigration Service having served at all grades from immigration officer through to Director General, culminating in his appointment as Director General of UK Border Force in 2012.
Tony has the unique distinction of having served as Head of Borders in 2 different countries – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2000 – 2003) and the UK Immigration Service (2005 – 2007). He played a significant role in the operational response to the terrorist attacks in North America on 9/11 and in the UK on 7/7. Tony also led the development and establishment of local immigration teams across London and the South East, and the delivery of Home Office PSA targets on removals and case conclusions (2007 – 2009).
Tony (full name Anthony John Smith) was awarded the prestigious title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the UK New Year’s Honours List 2013, for his services to the safety and security of the London 2012 Olympics.
Upon his retirement, Prime Minister David Cameron said “I have no doubt that all you have achieved will serve as a fitting legacy to your long and distinguished career.” Home Secretary Theresa May said “Your commitment to our border security has been exemplary and your knowledge and experience have not only been invaluable to Border Force but have been recognized around the world.”
He is now a global border security expert and leadership consultant.
Assistant Secretary for Policy,
U.S Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)
Seth Stodder was appointed by President Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border, Immigration & Trade Policy in March 2016.
- Assistant Secretary Stodder leads a team advising Secretary Johnson and DHS leadership on border security and the facilitation of legitimate travelers and commerce across U.S. and international borders. Leading the offices of Immigration Policy and Immigration Statistics, he also advises the Secretary and DHS leadership on all immigration matters, including immigration reform, visa policy, global asylum/refugee policy, immigration services, and immigration enforcement. He also oversees DHS policy regarding trade, cargo and supply chain security, transportation security, as well as DHS national security reviews of foreign investments and FCC license applications through the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) and the “Team Telecom” review process. In addition, Assistant Secretary Stodder oversees all DHS engagement with and policy issues regarding the countries of the Western Hemisphere, including bilateral and multilateral engagements with Canada, Mexico, and the countries of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Previously, Assistant Secretary Stodder served as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Threat Prevention and Security Policy. Appointed by President Obama in June 2015, Assistant Secretary Stodder led a team advising Secretary Johnson and senior DHS leadership on a wide variety of issues relating to security threats to the U.S. homeland. Among other things, Assistant Secretary Stodder oversaw DHS policy on the screening of people, including the Visa Waiver Program and the security vetting process for refugee applicants, as well as law enforcement policy, and the negotiation of international information sharing agreements bolstering counterterrorism and law enforcement cooperation, with a particular focus on transatlantic cooperation in addressing the Syrian migration crisis. Assistant Secretary Stodder also served as Co-Chair of the DHS Social Media Task Force.
A longtime expert in national and homeland security law and policy, Assistant Secretary Stodder also teaches Counterterrorism, Civil Liberties, and Privacy Law at the University of Southern California Law School. Prior to his appointments at DHS, Assistant Secretary Stodder was a lawyer in private practice, focused on appellate and constitutional law. He also served as a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and is a member of the Pacific Council for International Policy.
This is Assistant Secretary Stodder’s second tour of duty at DHS. Earlier in his career, Assistant Secretary Stodder served in the Bush Administration as Director of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In that role, he helped lead the development of U.S. border policy in the immediate wake of the 9/11 attacks, and the creation of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), the Container Security Initiative (CSI), and the National Targeting Center (NTC), among a variety of other initiatives focused not only on securing the borders of the United States, but also on facilitating the secure flow of lawful travel and trade.
Cybersecurity Operations, Foreign Affairs Group,
General Dynamics Information Technology (Confirmed)
Dan VanBelleghem, leads the cybersecurity operations for the Foreign Affairs group at General Dynamics Information Technology.
In this role Mr. VanBelleghem has oversight for technology strategy, vendor relations, solution development, practice leadership for cybersecurity solutions, and provides customer support in solving information assurance related problems across the system development life cycle. Areas of technical expertise include security architecture, incident response, forensics, penetration testing, governance and risk management. He has supported clients across the Federal Government and Fortune 100.
Mr. VanBelleghem is a recognized leader in network security engineering, analysis, integration, and design. He has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, meetings, and media events, including the Computer Security Institute’s Annual Security Conference, E-Gov Information Assurance Conference, RSA Security Conference, SANS Institute Conference, and the Black Hat Briefings. His professional affiliations include the High Technology Crime Investigations Association (HTCIA). Mr. VanBelleghem is also an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University, where he is an instructor in the Computer Security and Information Assurance program within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Before joining GDIT, Dan was Chief Security Officer at NCI Information Systems, and in the security consulting business with SRA, Deloitte, and Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Mr. VanBelleghem is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP). In addition he also holds the Information Assurance Methodology (IAM) and Information Evaluation Methodology (IEM) certifications from the National Security Agency (NSA). He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and his M.S. in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Vice-President, Operations Branch,
Canada Border Services Agency (Confirmed)
Caroline Xavier became the Vice-President of the Operations Branch with the CBSA on February 22, 2016.
- Prior to this appointment, Ms. Xavier held the position of Associate Vice-President of the Operations Branch for more than two years, after holding a number of key positions in the Agency since 2007. These included Director General (DG), Policy and Program Development, Enforcement Branch; DG, Corporate Secretariat, Corporate Affairs Branch; and most recently DG, Beyond the Border and Governance Implementation and Coordination/People Projects, Programs Branch.
Prior to joining the Agency, Caroline held executive positions with the Department of National Defence, Industry Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency, where she gained experience at the corporate, program and operational levels.
Caroline offers a varied background and wealth of experience, including in information management, information technology, enforcement, security and intelligence, project management and policy development.
Caroline has been with the public service for over 25 years and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration, with a concentration in marketing and informatics. Caroline also holds an Executive Master’s degree in Electronic Commerce from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.
Deputy Chief of Operations,
Office of Global Enforcement, DEA (Confirmed)
In December 2015, Ms. Lizette Yrizarry was appointed Deputy Chief of Operations, Office of Global Enforcement for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
- In this position, Ms. Yrizarry coordinates enforcement and administrative matters for all DEA field elements, domestic and foreign, and represents DEA worldwide on matters relating to joint investigations, enforcement initiates, and other programs within the inter-agency community.
Ms. Yrizarry began her DEA career in 1983 at the San Antonio, Texas District Office. After graduation from the DEA Training Academy, Ms. Yrizarry was assigned to the New York Field Division as Special Agent, where she worked for approximately six years before being assigned to the San Juan Division Office. Ms. Yrizarry was a key player in drug and chemical trafficking cases as well as money laundering investigations. Among her many successful investigations were Operation Cornerstone, which produced indictments against the upper echelon of the Cali Cartel in Colombia, and Operation Toscanino, which resulted in the investigation of the first drug related homicide in the District of Puerto Rico. As an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the Special Operations Division, she was responsible for a global drug trafficking investigation budget of over $1 million. Subsequently, as a New Jersey Field Division ASAC, her diversified expertise in counterdrug management was apparent during oversight of the Tactical Diversion Unit, Financial Investigations Unit, and the Intelligence Program.
During assignment in Colombia as the Assistant Regional Director for the Andean Region, she was responsible for continued development and expansion of an intercept program. This was the largest intercept program in the world and included participation of law enforcement partners from Europe and South America. As well, Ms. Yrizarry managed the Jungle Operations Group, which worked with Colombian counterparts against dangerous narco-terrorist drug trafficking organizations including the Auto Defensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC) and Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). Her oversight and expertise led to many drug-related extraditions from Colombia to the U.S., including extradition of all AUC command elements to the Southern District of Florida.
Ms. Yrizarry was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in November 2011 and reported to Lima, Peru as the Regional Director of the Southern Cone Region. There Ms. Yrizarry successfully orchestrated several significant events including the capture and arrest of Florindo Flores-Hala, a leader within the Shining Path terrorist group, the reopening after 17 years of the Montevideo, Uruguay Country Office, and opening of the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Resident Office.
Ms. Yrizarry was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, received a Juris Doctorate degree from New England School of Law, and is the proud mother of one son.