Board of Directors

The RCMPVA is governed by a Board of Directors who are responsible for overseeing the business activities and other affairs of the Association. The board is comprised of up to nine directors, who serve for three years. The Board is supported by four officers; three of whom are elected internally from within the board.

Steve Walker

President and Director

(204) 792-3912

Sandra Conlin

Vice President and Director

(613) 863-4303

Mark Gaillard

Secretary and Director

Peter Sorensen

Treasurer and Director

James Brown


Bob Byers


Ruby Burns


Celine Gingras


Bob McKee



604-454-7281 (Mobile)

Al Rivard

Past President

Ralph Mahar

Executive Officer


613-415-7564 (Mobile)

Our Board of Directors is national in character with representatives from every region of the country;


Bob McKee (Vancouver Division)


Bob Byers (Lethbridge Division); Steve Walker (Manitoba Division)


Sandra Conlin (Ottawa Division); Mark Gaillard (Ottawa Division); James Brown (Toronto Division)


Céline Gingras (Quebec Division)


Ruby Burns (PEI Division); Al Rivard (New Brunswick Division); Peter Sorensen (PEI Division)


The RCMPVA Board of Directors conducts its oversight functions in concert with key committees so the association and its boardoperates both effectively and in accordance with a high standard of corporate governance that adheres to the requirements of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.

Association Operations Committee (AOC)

Chair: Sandra Conlin

Vice President: Sandra Conlin

Treasurer: Peter Sorensen

Secretary: Mark Gaillard

Executive Officer: Ralph Mahar



Chair: Bob McKee

Website: Bob McKee

Internal & External Communications: Ralph Mahar


Membership Committee

Chair: James Brown

Recruiting: James Brown

Association Membership Database Manager: Bryan Neville

Executive Officer: Ralph Mahar


Advocacy and Support Committee

Chair: Ruby Burns

Chief Advocate: Ruby Burns

Member Benefits & RCMP Benefit Trust Fund: Bob McKee and Céline Gingras

Pension Advisory Committee (RCMP PAC): Steve Walker

Pension Finance Oversight Committee: Steve Walker

Dental Advisory: Bill Brydon

Graves Committee: Jack O’Reilly


Finance and Audit Committee

Chair / Ex Oficio: Peter Sorensen

Member: Bob Byers

Insurance: Mark Gaillard


Nomination Committee

Chair: Al Rivard, Past President


Honours & Recognition Committee

Chair: Joan Panich



Chair: Mark Gaillard




RCMP – RCMPVA Benefits Committee

Steve Walker, President

Ralph Mahar, Executive Officer


Regional Liaison

BC & Yukon: Bob McKee

Prairies: Bob Byers

Ontario & Quebec: Sandra Conlin

Maritimes: Peter Sorensen


Veterans’ Women’s Council

Chair: Jane Hall

Association Advocate: Ruby Burns, PEI

Member: Vivienne Stewart, BC

Member: Kathy Long, NS

Member: Tim Hoban, NB

Member: Dr. Darlene Worth, NS

Ex Officio: Steve Walker, President, MB

Ex Officio: Al Rivard, Governor & Immediate Past President, NB


VAC Stakeholders

Advisory Group on Families: Dave Leblanc

Service Excellence Advisory Group: Ralph Mahar


Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

Lead: Rick Morris


Office of the Veterans Ombudsman Advisory Council (OVO)

Council Member: Dave Leblanc


Board of Trustees MLD Fund

Chair: Keith Trail, Nanaimo, BC

Treasurer: John Francis, Kingston, ON

Trustee: Ian Atkins, Bedford, NS

Trustee: Roy Berlinquette, Ottawa, ON

Trustee: Robert Hurman, Paradise, NL

Trustee: Jerry Plaskow, Edmonton, AB

Board of Governors

Chair: Al Rivard, Immediate Past President, Moncton, NB

Dave Leblanc, Gimli, MB

Cal Small, Orleans, ON

Tim Hoban, Miramichi, NB

Rick Morris, Toronto, ON

Bill Patton, Edmonton, AB

Keith Trail, Namaimo, BC

Blake McIntosh, Nepean, ON

Kelly Labrash, Markham, ON

Bill McCheyne, Surrey, BC

Clare Dent, Dartmouth, NS

Dale Lively, St. Andrews, NB