Alok Mukherjee, Chair of the Police Services Board that oversees Canada’s largest police force, that of Metro Toronto, will address CEMA’s Speaker Series on February 4, 2010. He will be talking, among other things, about the race relations within the force and what is being done vis-a-vis recruitment so that the police represent the city as a whole.
The event will be held at OMNI-TV’s boardroom at 545 Lakeshore Blvd. West at 6 p.m. More details will be posted on this site as the even draws near.
Most recently, he addressed the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, in a session entitled “Crisis in Canadian Policing.” His topic was “Let’s Tackle the Mismatches.” To read his presentation on this, please CLICK HERE to access his blog, which also contains other interesting tidbits.
Here is a short bio of the Chair as provided by the Metro Toronto Police Services Board:
Alok Mukherjee has been Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board since September 2005. He is the first South Asian to occupy this position. As a Vice President of the Ontario Association of Police Boards and Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Police Boards, Dr. Mukherjee is actively involved in efforts to promote community-based policing under civilian oversight provincially and nationally. He is frequently called upon to speak on policing issues to a variety of audiences. He brings a unique perspective to law enforcement issues from his experiences in a highly multicultural and multiracial environment.
Dr. Mukherjee has worked as an educator and a consultant. He has written extensively in a variety of areas including diversity and inclusivity, employment equity for racially visible and aboriginal people, and anti-racist education.
Dr. Mukherjee has held several public appointments, including membership on the Toronto District School Board Safe and Compassionate School Taskforce and the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services, and has served as Vice Chair and Acting Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Dr. Mukherjee plays an active role in the community. His volunteer activities have included Chair of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA); a member of the Board of Governors, Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology; President of Indian Immigrant Aid Services; Chair of the Housing Sub-Committee, Social Issues Committee of the Children’s Aid Society of Metro Toronto; Chair of the Sub-Committee on Access to Services, City of Toronto Mayor’s Committee on Community and Race Relations; and a member of the Multiculturalism Committee, United Way of Greater Toronto.
Dr. Mukherjee has received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award (1996), the Molson New Pioneers Award for Leadership by Skills for Change, Toronto (1996) and Commendation by the Mayor of Toronto (1987).