The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M., L.L.D., Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Janice Filmon was installed as Manitoba’s 25th Lieutenant Governor on June 19, 2015.
Janice Filmon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and is a past chair of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association. As the wife of Gary Filmon — former Premier of Manitoba — she has four grown children, nine grandchildren, and has one great-grandchild.
She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation, Founding Chair of the Nellie McClung Foundation which recently placed a monument of the “Famous Five” on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building and continues to be involved in youth leadership. She was the Founding Co-Chair of Leadership Winnipeg and the Chair of Festivals for the 1999 Pan American Games. She has been honoured with the Guardian Angel Award by the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation. As well, the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation & Great West Life created the Janice C. Filmon Award for Leadership in Cancer Care in Manitoba, to honour those who make significant contributions in this field. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Canon Law by St. John’s College in 2007 and an Honorary Doctorate of Law by the University of Manitoba in 2011.
Janice was inducted into the Order of Manitoba in 2007 and the Order of Canada in 2013.
Board of Directors
The board of directors is made up of volunteers who oversee the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. The board is comprised of individuals from a variety of disciplines, including law enforcement, education, psychology, medicine, law, finance, and public service. Board members sit on the board in an individual capacity to provide an independent perspective from their field of expertise and do not represent their employer.
The current board of directors includes:
Kathie King, Chair
Kathie King is a retired RCMP staff sergeant who served in Manitoba for 35 dedicated years. Early in her career she specialized in child abuse investigations and assisted in developing interviewing techniques that were both compassionate and more likely to result in a conviction than previous practices. She focussed her expertise in child exploitation as an investigator and teacher for 20+ years, leading the development of both the very first integrated child exploitation (ICE) unit in Canada, and the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit. As a member of the Children Online Protection Committee, Kathie was involved in the establishment of Cybertip.ca, Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children.
Kathie is a recipient of the Ian Logan Memorial Award for her leadership in the prevention of child maltreatment, the RCMP Commissioners Ensign Group Award as a member of the ICE Unit, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and is a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. She has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2002.
Brian Brown, First Vice Chair
Brian Brown is the chief audit & evaluation executive for the Canadian Grain Commission. Prior to entering the public sector, Brian spent 25 years in the private sector leading internal audit functions for several national agribusiness, insurance and retail companies. Brian has shared his expertise by holding several board positions, including the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) at the local, national and global levels, and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). He has operated a consulting and education practice focused on internal audit, risk management and governance, holding faculty positions at The Directors College, IIA, ICD and the Caribbean Governance Training Institute.
His 40+ years of volunteer experience includes serving on several sports and community boards, a long-time commitment to coaching soccer, and as a dedicated leader of child serving organizations. Brian is the recipient of the City of Winnipeg Civic Appreciation Award and the IIA Canada Distinguished Service Award, and has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2009.
Janet Sigurdson, Second Vice Chair
Janet Sigurdson is a general counsel in the Family Law Section, Legal Services Branch, Manitoba Department of Justice. She is responsible for Manitoba’s Central Authority functions under The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. In this role she has participated in collaborative national and international activities, including being part of the Canadian delegation to The Hague for the Sixth Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1980 (Abduction) and 1996 (Protection of Children) Hague Conventions.
Janet’s main practice areas are child protection, parental child abduction, and adoption. Her work includes participating in significant legislative and service initiatives with provincial, territorial and federal colleagues, providing advice, training, and litigation support to child and family services staff, and liaising with law enforcement officials and other stakeholders in cases of domestic and international parental child abduction and breach of custody/access orders. Janet has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2002.
Dr. Deborah Lindsay, Secretary
Dr. Deborah Lindsay is a part-time pediatrician and former director of the Child Protection Centre (CPC) in Winnipeg. She has been with the Child Protection Centre since the mid-80s but has always kept an active role in general pediatrics with monthly and weekly pediatric clinics, including at the Manitoba Youth Centre and the Ambulatory Clinic at Children’s Hospital. In her role at CPC she was involved in medical examinations of children and youth, as well as education of various medical and professional groups. She has attended court approximately 200 times in child protection cases and has been qualified as an expert witness in both provincial and superior courts in Manitoba, being called primarily by the Crown. She has also acted as an expert witness in child protection matters in other provinces of Canada.
Dr. Lindsay was an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada in Pediatrics and served as a member, then chair, of the Pediatric Test Committee of the Medical Council of Canada. She has served on many committees and boards, including the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre Board of Directors, and has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2010.
Michael Susser, Treasurer
Michael Susser is a senior executive in the financial services industry with over 30 years of experience in banking, corporate finance, investment management, income tax and estate planning, and insurance. He is currently the managing director and chief executive officer of Quadrant Asset Management.
Michael has volunteered his expertise in the financial sector to help charities successfully achieve their mandates, including as a trustee with Fort Whyte Alive, the vice president of the GiftPact Foundation, and on the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights capital campaign. He has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2010.
Dr. John Wiens, Past Chair
Dr. John R. Wiens, dean emeritus and retired professor from the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba, has served in the public education system for more than 50 years and continues to do so. During his distinguished career he has been a teacher, counselor, principal, and superintendent. He has served in too many positions to list, including as the president of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education, the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, and the Canadian Education Association, as a director of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, the Manitoba Board of Teacher Education and Certification, and the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents.
John’s awards and achievements include: the John M. Brown Award for contributions to teacher education, an honorary doctorate from Brandon University, the Manitoba Association of School Trustees President’s Council Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal for service in education, the Graduate Student Teaching Award, and life memberships in the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents, and the Canadian Education Association. He has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2006.
Gerry Miller is the executive director of MRnet, responsible for the management and operation of the Manitoba Research and Education Network which serves the provincial, national and international connectivity needs of all Manitoba post-secondary institutions, as well as the K–12 sector and research labs. Previously, he was the executive director of Information Services and Technology at the University of Manitoba and held senior information technology positions from August 1974 until his retirement in May 2010.
Gerry has been involved in many national and provincial networking activities, including CA*net, MBnet, MRnet, and the CANARIE Research and Education Network. He has been involved with CANARIE as treasurer and board member, as well as with national initiatives Smart Communities, Community Access Program, SchoolNet, the Information Highway Advisory Council I and II, the National Broadband Task Force, and the Anti-Spam Task Force. He is also a member of the National Research and Education Network Governing Council. Gerry has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2006.
Dr. Laura Mills
Dr. Laura Mills is a registered psychologist and certified play therapist. She has taught at the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, and the University of Victoria in both psychology and family studies. Dr. Mills provided psychological services at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital Child Development Clinic and the Child Protection Centre, which included assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who likely experienced child maltreatment or neglect. After moving to British Columbia in 1999, Dr. Mills provided psychology services to the Health and Resources for Children child maltreatment team and the Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect team. She served as the psychologist for the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health Ledger House Adolescent Program in Victoria and the Child and Youth Mental Health Program in Duncan, British Columbia.
She has served on the board of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy and the BC Hear the Child Society. Dr. Mills is the Vancouver intake facilitator for the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program and has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2015.
Scott Naylor has been a member of the Ontario Provincial Police for 30+ years and is the deputy director of the Criminal Investigation Branch. Previously he was the major case manager of the Homicide Unit and director of the Child Sexual Exploitation Section, where he was the accountable executive for the Ontario Provincial Strategy to protect children from sexual abuse on the internet. Scott started his career as a uniform officer and has worked throughout the province of Ontario in street crime, physical surveillance, electronic interception, and as a homicide case manager.
Scott is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and a long-time Royal Canadian Legion volunteer. He has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2011.
Alan Scott is the chief risk officer for the Office of Risk Management at the University of Manitoba, responsible for risk management, security, and environmental health and safety. Before joining the university, Alan spent more than 33 years with the Winnipeg Police Service and retired at the rank of Inspector. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Business Continuity Professional, and holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance. In 2006, Alan was chosen as one of 16 senior Canadian police officers to participate in an Executive Global Studies Program sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), examining police integration and emergency preparation issues at several locations in the United Kingdom.
He is a life member of the CACP and an associate member of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. Twice Alan has been awarded the Canadian Police Exemplary Service Medal (1977 & 2007), and is a recipient of the Manitoba Attorney General’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Award (2004). He joined the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors in 2005.
Sue Snider is the executive director of Community Safety Partners, a volunteer organization in Ontario that conducts safety programs for all ages, and is also a travel agent. A former athlete, coach, and athletic therapist, Sue founded Top Form Athletics in 1988, the first value-based track club in the world created in response to the doping crisis in sport. For many years, she has coached track and field at the national level, as well as hockey. In 2003, Sue became the deputy mayor in the Township of Mulmur, a position she held for seven years. She also sat on the board of Child Find Canada from 2003 to 2008.
In 2004, Sue received a Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with Child Find Ontario, and has received the Gary Putnam Award for her commitment to the safety of children from Dufferin Child and Family Services. She has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2010.
Brian Tario is a business advisor in Investigative and Forensic Services at MNP. He is responsible for investigations in the areas of due diligence and background inquiries, fraud, theft, secret commissions, foreign corruption, money laundering, and the assessment of risk for clients across Canada. Prior to joining MNP, Brian was a member of the RCMP. He was involved in numerous national and international investigations involving money laundering, white collar crime, gambling, drugs, smuggling, and the proceeds of crime. As part of the RCMP’s Commercial Crime Unit in Winnipeg, Brian was in charge of the Market Unit where he conducted numerous investigations involving securities, commodities, and investment related activity.
Brian is a certified forensic investigator and a director with the local chapter (in Calgary) of the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators. Active in his community and profession, Brian speaks to a wide variety of groups on fraud, theft, and money laundering. He has served on the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors since 2005.
Peter Henschel is a retired RCMP Deputy Commissioner. During his 36-year career, Peter was involved in a diversity of policing and law enforcement activities, and held a series of senior leadership and executive positions. As Deputy Commissioner, Specialized Policing Services, Peter was responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and national delivery of a broad range of critical policing services, including National Police Services (NPS), a suite of specialized services delivered to the broader Canadian law enforcement community and criminal justice system. During his tenure, he transformed the governance and service delivery of NPS and oversaw the development of the RCMP’s first Cybercrime Strategy.
Peter is active on several boards and advisory committees. He is also a strategic advisor in the private sector and a strong advocate for diverse leadership and inclusive organizations. Peter joined the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors in 2019.
Scott Kolody is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Community Safety for Manitoba Justice. He retired from the RCMP as an Assistant Commissioner and commanding officer of “D” Division, where he was responsible for the overall command of the RCMP in Manitoba and its 1,500 employees. In his 34+ years with the RCMP, Scott held a number of senior roles within the RCMP including Officer in Charge, Criminal Operations; District Command; Integrated Proceeds of Crime; Contracts; and Aboriginal Policing, and held various ranks in drug enforcement and general duty operations in Alberta.
In September 2014, Scott received the Order of Merit of the Police Forces from Governor General David Johnston, and was awarded the Manitoba Award of Excellence in Law Enforcement in October 2013. Scott has served as president of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police and as a board of director for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Manitoba (LETR). He joined the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors in 2019.
Jennifer Mann is General Counsel for the Manitoba Prosecution Service and is currently in the Appeal Unit, specializing in criminal appeals before the Manitoba Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In her 20+ years with Manitoba Justice, Jennifer has practiced in the areas of administrative law, civil litigation, and criminal law. She has been responsible for overseeing the Domestic Violence Unit and was the Child Exploitation Coordinator, where she supervised a team of Crown attorneys who prosecute child pornography cases. For the past 10 years, Jennifer has focused on child abuse, child exploitation, sexual assault, domestic violence, and homicide cases.
Jennifer has always been dedicated to further education for Crown attorneys and has developed a comprehensive education program for Manitoba Prosecution Service. Jennifer has been a presenter at Crown conferences, the Crown Defence Conference, and the Law Society of Manitoba. She was a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba from 2015 to 2018 and joined the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Board of Directors in 2019.
Senior Management Team
Lianna McDonald, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Lianna McDonald leads the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) in all efforts to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and assist in the location of missing children. In 1998, Lianna joined the organization — then known as Child Find Manitoba — and guided the agency from a grassroots volunteer organization to a national charity fighting child victimization around the world.
Over the past two decades, Lianna has worked with all levels of government, senior law enforcement, educators, and industry to advocate for the safety of Canadian children. She worked with Attorneys General across the country to establish what is now Canada’s luring legislation and oversaw the development and implementation of Cybertip.ca as part of the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. She spearheaded the development of the Canadian Centre’s national education programs on child personal safety, and has most recently lead the efforts to implement Project Arachnid around the world. Lianna is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) for her continued dedication to the safety of children.
Signy Arnason, Associate Executive Director
Signy Arnason is the Associate Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. She joined the organization in 2001 and played an instrumental role in establishing and then overseeing Cybertip.ca — Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. For 15 years, she was the Director of Cybertip.ca and now, as the Associate Executive Director, oversees the day-to-day operations of the Canadian Centre’s frontline services and many programs, including the development and international implementation of Project Arachnid.
Signy regularly presents to senior law enforcement, industry, and government leadership and interviews with media across the county on issues related to child victimization on the internet.
Noni Classen, Director of Education
Noni Classen is the Director of Education at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. Since joining the organization in 2004, she has led the development of three national education programs to reduce the sexual victimization of children: Commit to Kids, Kids in the Know, and Teatree Tells. Noni works closely with education, sport, and other child-serving organizations across the country to help implement a systems-based approach to safeguarding children from child sexual abuse.
Prior to working at the Canadian Centre, Noni spent 10 years specializing in academic programming for youth with complex trauma and assisted in the development of a trauma-informed alternative high school. Noni presents nationally on the issue of child sexual victimization and on best practices to help organizations build capacity to safeguard children.
Lloyd Richardson, Director of IT
Lloyd Richardson is the Director of IT at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre), where he oversees technical operations for the agency and leads the development of technological efforts to combat the online sexual victimization of children. Lloyd has been central to the advancement of the Canadian Centre’s major tech initiatives, including Project Arachnid and Cleanfeed.
Lloyd oversees the management of internal systems, networks, and security protocols for the organization. Before joining the Canadian Centre as the IT and Operations Manager in 2006, he worked for a local internet service provider, focusing on network operations.
Stephen Sauer, Director of Cybertip.ca
Stephen Sauer started with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) as a Cybertip.ca analyst in 2005, and, after three years, moved into the role of systems specialist for the program, which leveraged both his technical background and his knowledge of tipline operations. In 2017, Stephen became the Director of Cybertip.ca, responsible for overseeing its operations and the team of analysts that triage reports to the tipline. He also assists with advancing the organization’s innovative technological developments to battle the sexual victimization of children on the internet.
Stephen is the Cybertip.ca representative for the International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE) and regularly liaises with law enforcement and child welfare. Before starting with the Canadian Centre, Stephen worked for Manitoba Justice.
Karen Chymy, Director of Operations
Karen Chymy joined the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) in 2008 as the program manager for Cybertip.ca, where she supervised the day-to-day work of the tipline. In 2011, Karen became the Director of Operations, using her acute attention to detail to assist in the development of policies and procedures for the Canadian Centre’s growing programs and services to help keep kids safe.
Karen is currently leading our MissingKids.ca team, who provide support to families searching for their child, whether they have been missing for a day or a decade. Prior to joining the agency, she worked for seven years in child welfare in permanency planning and then abuse investigations.
Monique St. Germain, General Counsel
In her role as General Counsel, Monique St. Germain is responsible for overseeing all legal affairs at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre). This includes conducting legal research, preparing papers and submissions on policy and legislative issues, and working with Crown attorneys across Canada to help ensure the voices of victims of child sexual abuse material are heard in court. Monique has presented at numerous legal education sessions and conferences, and has appeared as a witness for the Canadian Centre before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, and as counsel for the Canadian Centre when it intervened in the Supreme Court of Canada case, R. v. Barabash.
Monique was a senior lawyer for a major telecom before joining the Canadian Centre in 2010. She is the Secretary for the Child and Youth Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, and in 2017, was named one of Canada's top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer magazine.
Kristin Olson, Director of Finance and Administration
Kristin Olson joined the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) as an accountant in 2010, and after two years, was promoted to Financial Reporting Manager. She assumed responsibilities as the Director of Finance and Administration in 2017, and is responsible for overseeing all budgetary, grant management, administrative, and human resource activities for the agency.
Working with the Executive and Associate Executive Director, Kristin manages the development and execution of the organization’s strategic planning process, helping to implement the Canadian Centre’s mission of a safer world for children. Before joining the Canadian Centre, she worked for an accounting firm managing small business portfolios and for a humanitarian non-profit organization.