2019 Gender and Harassment Advisory Committee Annual Report - B Division


Meeting dates:

  • 2018-01-19
  • 2018-05-23
  • 2018-07-10

2018 was the inaugural year for the B Division Gender and Harassment Advisory Committee (GHAC). Three meetings were held on the above noted dates, and the Autumn meeting was never scheduled as the Division was in the throes of a change in the Commanding Officer. Assistant Commissioner Peter Clark announced his retirement and Assistant Commissioner Ches Parsons assumed command in October 2018.


  • To establish a GHAC as per the national requirements
  • To provide input and advice to the Commanding Officer with respect to the way forward to address policy, procedures and best practices to alleviate, mediate and investigate allegations

Current status

  • The B Division Gender and Harassment Advisory Committee (GHAC) has met three times. The initial meeting was more of an educational piece so they understood the reasons behind the committee's creation.
  • Because of the nature of this mandated committee, the Divisional iteration feels that it must adhere to the national advice. The Record of Decision for July 10, for example refers; B Division would like the opportunity to have Ms. Janet Merlo speak to the Committee. The matter was referred to the National Policy Centre input and process with respect to facilitating this request.

Next step

To be determined once the GHAC meets with the new Commanding Officer, which is scheduled to be sooner than later in 2019


Divisions to have the latitude to tailor its committee to meet its requirements. National permission should not be required prior to addressing matters of concern to the Divisional Committee members. Records of Decision will reflect the action taken.

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