Senator, Senate of Canada
November 21, 2018 | 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Leadership: An Opportunity for Everyone
Beverley Busson never imagined her decision to join the RCMP back in 1974 as one of the first female members would lead to her becoming one of Canada’s most powerful women and allow her to experience a career marked with trailblazing success stories and such incredible challenges along the way.
Not only was Bev one of the first women to join the RCMP, she was also the first woman to be appointed to the position of Commanding Officer of a Province, the first women to be appointed as Commissioner of the RCMP and the first police officer to be awarded the Order of British Columbia. She is also a Commander of the Order of Merit of Police Forces, and in 2006 was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.
From her experiences as a rookie cop through her extensive experience as a serious crime investigator and later as the leader of a 25,000-member police force, Bev not only survived but thrived in a dynamic, ever-challenging environment.
Bev earned the reputation as a “straight shooter” and someone you could trust to do the right thing. This leadership style earned her the respect and support she needed to take on the position of Canada’s top cop during some difficult times.
Bev, who earned a Law Degree from the University of British Columbia, also holds three Honorary Doctorate of Law Degrees, one from the University of the Fraser Valley, one from Simon Fraser University and her most recent, awarded in June 2017, from the University of Regina. In November 2015, Bev was recognized as a Female Trailblazer at the Catalyst Awards event held in Toronto. She served as a vice-president for the Board of Directors of the Okanagan College Foundation, and in September 2013 she was appointed to British Columbia’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Crime Reduction. Bev continues to serve on numerous boards and committees, along with taking an active role in mentorship projects for young leaders.
Bev’s appointment as a member of the Senate of Canada representing British Columbia was announced on September 24, 2018.