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An Inspiring Start to the 2024 Annual Meeting and Conference

The Police Association of Ontario’s 92nd Annual Meeting and Conference began on a high note, setting the stage for a week of insightful discussions, meaningful recognitions, learning, and connecting with members. The event, hosted by the Windsor Police Association, brings together over 150 members from 35 associations across the province, underscoring our collective commitment to advancing the interests and well-being of Ontario’s police personnel.

Day 1

President Mark Baxter’s opening remarks emphasized the evolving landscape of policing, mental health, technological advancements, and strong labour relations. He noted the positive shift in the narrative around policing due to the Ontario government’s support.

Following Premier Ford’s video message, Attorney General Doug Downey addressed the attendees, reinforcing the strong working relationship between the PAO and the Ontario government. Mayor Drew Dilkens and Chief Jason Bellaire also shared their remarks, expressing their support and appreciation for the police community.

In the morning, Megan Buttle from Earnscliffe Strategies and PAO Executive Director Tyler Callaghan, unveiled the PAO’s new brand identity. You all received a message from Tyler with a link to our new branding guiding guide. In case you missed it, it is available here: ES-PAO-Member-Social-Strategy-2024

Retired Colonel Mark Gasparotto delivered a keynote address on leadership, sharing valuable lessons on resilience and strategic thinking.

The business session included reports from the President, Treasurer, Audit Committee, and Executive Director, along with a final report from Michael Duffy, who will leave the PAO at the end of June.

The day concluded with PAO President Candidate speeches by Mark Baxter and John Brooks.

Day 2

We had an action-packed day of discussions, workshops, and presentations. From exploring best practices in WSIB procedures for supporting our members outside the workplace to understanding the intricacies of board dynamics, strategic planning, and collective bargaining, they day provided invaluable insights and practical tools to navigate the challenges and opportunities for our members.

Day 3

One of the day’s highlights was a roundtable led by Mark and Michael on deploying special constables under the Community Safety and Policing Act. This engaging discussion allowed various approaches and insights to be shared, fostering a productive exchange among participants.

In a panel discussion on collective bargaining, Anne Brennan-Walsh, Jeff Chartier, and Kent Rice shared their experiences from recent contract settlements. Their insights provided attendees with valuable perspectives on navigating collective bargaining processes.

The Ontario Policing Oversight Panel featured updates from Ryan Teschner, Carla Goncalves, and Joseph Martino on their offices’ recent activities. They addressed various questions, enhancing the understanding of policing oversight in Ontario.

Blake Hutcheson, President and CEO of OMERS, provided an update on the plan’s investments and future outlook for the pension plan, ensuring members were well-informed about their financial futures.

Joe Markson discussed the latest developments in police discipline cases and the anticipated changes under the Community Safety and Policing Act, offering crucial information on this evolving area.

We look forward to recognizing our members at tonight’s President’s Banquet and Award Ceremony and tomorrow’s REP Excellence Awards.

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