Congratulations, Chief Jean-Michel Blais, HRP

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Jean-Michel (J.M.) Blais has been Chief of Halifax Regional Police since October 2012. Before working for HRP, Chief Blais was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 25 years. His policing career began in the Québec City area and has taken him across the country in a variety of roles. In 1995, he completed his first mission with the United Nations in Haiti working in leadership positions through significant events such as rioting, tropical storms, the collapse of a school, and a devastating earthquake.

Chief Blais is very involved in our community. He is a member of the Board of the United Way Halifax, and is a former co-chair of the United Way Charitable Workplace Campaign. He is also a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board for Halifax, a senior supervisor for TASA hockey refereeing a police advisor to Badge of Life, and is a Justice Champion for the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

Chief Blais was a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Toronto and Winnipeg.  He is a mentor to many young people in our community. For the past 11 years, his passion has been in refereeing hockey, which allows him an opportunity to facilitate the game and work with youth developing their leadership skills.

When asked about the mentors in his own life, Chief Blais says that he has identified 15 diverse individuals who have contributed in some way, shape or form to his development as a leader. Among these have been a Second World War bomber pilot who taught him about what is truly important in life, a victim of cancer who taught him about humility, his first boss who told him the truth about his failings, and his Grade 11 English literature teacher who taught him about the importance of studying people.

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