Family Violence Death Review Committee

Sean Armstrong

Inspector Armstrong has extensive experience in policing with the Edmonton Police Service. He currently manages the operation of the Domestic Offender Crimes Section, the Sexual Assault Section and the Child Protection Section. Inspector Armstrong also participates as the Edmonton Police Service representative on community boards and agencies that focus on domestic violence, child abuse and sexual violence and is a contributor to the National Framework for Collaborative Police Action on Intimate Partner Violence, a Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Initiative.

Monique Auffrey

Ms. Auffrey is currently the CEO of Discovery House in Calgary, an agency providing secure and safe shelter and supports for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Ms. Auffrey holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University and brings experience in social work, program management, mental health and family services and victim advocacy.

Allen (Alvin) Benson

Dr. Benson is the Chief Executive Officer of Native Counselling Services of Alberta. He has extensive experience focused on improving the ability for the Indigenous/Aboriginal community to positively deal with a myriad of social issues. Dr. Benson’s experience includes working with corrections, law enforcement and community groups on family violence initiatives, projects and programs. He served as Chair/Member for the first term of the Family Violence Death Review Committee; Member/Past Chair, National Association Active in Criminal Justice; and Member of the International Indigenous Council for Healing our Spirit Worldwide Gatherings.

Steve Burton

Inspector Burton is currently the Inspector of the Organizational Support Section with the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service and a registered psychologist in the Province of Alberta. He is a nationally certified threat assessor, with experience conducting threat assessments and managing threats in the private and public sectors. He is involved in developing and implementing processes and protocols to mental health, addictions, workplace violence and addressing legislation as it relates to community safety and employee wellness. As a First Nations status Indian, he is able to work in areas unique to First Nations’ issues, assisting and supporting existing teams. The application of his skills can apply in many different settings, from behavioural analysis in all workplace environments to security management/witness and VIP protection, and conducting personality and psychological assessments in investigative areas.

David Grauwiler

Mr. Grauwiler is currently the Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division. He has extensive experience with the not-for-profit sector working in community development and service roles with victims of family violence, vulnerable sectors of society, and in mental health promotion. He is currently a National Leadership Team Member with the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Sylvia I. Kasper, Q.C.

Ms. Kasper is a retired Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. Ms. Kasper has over 30 years of experience working in the area of domestic violence as a Prosecutor, where she managed the Domestic Violence Unit. Ms. Kasper was a Member of the Family Violence Death Review Committee during the first term.

Jason McAdam

Superintendent McAdam is from Big River First Nation, Saskatchewan. He policed in various roles from general duty front-line policing, involving rural and Indigenous policing, to specialized federal and provincial plainclothes policing. He has conducted undercover duties, led investigations targeting drug and organized crime organizations. Superintendent McAdam was also responsible for the undercover program in Saskatchewan. He was responsible for ensuring the Saskatchewan Headquarters (F Division) was providing culturally competent policing for 70 First Nation communities and 130 Metis locals in Saskatchewan. Superintendent McAdam sat on various Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) working groups and was a member of two Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police working groups on Crime Prevention and Victims of Crime Committee. He currently sits on the Crime Prevention, Community Safety and Well-Being Committee. Superintendent McAdam also represented the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the National FPT Working Group on Crime Prevention.

Clifford (Cliff) O'Brien

Acting Deputy Chief of Bureau of Community Support Cliff O’Brien has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement with the Calgary Police Service involved in homicide investigations and managing the domestic conflict and elder abuse units. He has a strong background in family violence matters through investigations and working with groups providing family violence services in Calgary. He was a member of the original planning committee involved in establishing the Family Violence Death Review Committee and was a Member of the Committee during the first term.

Satpal Singh Parhar

Sat Parhar was born and raised on Vancouver Island by his parents, who were new immigrants to Canada from India. He is married and has two daughters. Sat recently retired from the Calgary Police Service where he served the community for 29 years. He worked on and led many internal and integrated teams. He spent the last eight years in senior executive positions, most notably as Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Community Support and the Bureau of Investigations. Guiding the organization strategically and collaboratively required strong relationship building skills where he worked with all levels of government, public and private organizations and many not-for profit societies. Sat has served as a member of many boards and committees, including the Patrick Burns Memorial Foundation and the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Serving with committees that create positive changes in our communities has been a rewarding experience for Sat. Some of the committees Sat has served on include the Calgary Indigenous Court, the Calgary Supervised Consumption Site and the Calgary Community Court. He has also served on many national committees as a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, including the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Victims of Crime Committee and the Counter Terrorism and National Security Committee. Sat attained a Senior Police Administration certificate from the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, a Senior Management in Policing certificate from the Police Executive Research Forum at Boston University, an Executive Development certificate with the Major City Chiefs in Washington, DC, and a Leadership certificate from the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business. Sat is a proud recipient of the Order of Merit from the Governor General of Canada and was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.

Karen Pease

Ms. Pease has more than 22 years of experience working in community advocacy roles, including a leadership role for a women’s emergency shelter and providing community and social service supports in a rural community. Ms. Pease developed and facilitated family violence programming, including treatment for male offenders. Ms. Pease was a Member of the Family Violence Death Review Committee during the first term. She recently accepted a position as the Executive Director at A Safe Place women’s shelter in Sherwood Park.

Debra Tomlinson

Ms. Tomlinson brings more than 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector as a leader, group facilitator and community mobilizer. Ms. Tomlinson helped to develop and implement social policy change at the provincial level regarding issues related to sexual assault/abuse and led a province-wide movement resulting in government funding for sexual assault services in the province. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services. Ms. Tomlinson was a Member of the Family Violence Death Review Committee during the first term.

Salimah Walji-Shivji

Salimah Walji-Shivji is Vice President and General Counsel for AgeCare – Communities of Care & Wellness, providing leadership to the corporate services team and strategic advice to the executive leadership team. Prior to joining AgeCare, she was General Counsel at Alberta Health Services, where she began her legal career in 2003. Salimah serves on multiple boards and committees including the Family Violence Death Review Committee. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Social Work degree, a Bachelor of Laws degree and is a registered Social Worker.