Policing & Community Safety
Born and raised in Ottawa, Charles “Chuck” Bordeleau retired from 35 years of policing in May 2019. He served as the Chief of Police in the Nation’s Capital for the Ottawa Police Service from 2012 to 2019. During his tenure, he was able to build upon the successes of the police service, implement change, build on strengths, expand public confidence, preserve fiscal health, and improve employee satisfaction. He served on the boards of numerous community organizations and has an excellent understanding and rapport with Ottawa’s growing diverse communities. He also established strong relationships with public safety partners at the Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels including key strategic partners in the private sector.
Nationally, he contributed to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) where he built and fostered relationships with other police leaders and senior government officials and served as Vice-President of its Board of Directors in 2018-2019. He also served as a member of Public Safety Canada’s Departmental Audit Committee. Provincially, he was on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) for 8 years and served as its President in 2016-2017.
Internationally, he served as a member of the Major Cities Chiefs Association which represents the 69 largest cities in the United States and nine largest in Canada. He holds a Master’s Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration from the University of Ottawa.
In 2011, he received the Dean’s Philos Award from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding philanthropic achievement and social commitment. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution in building a safe and inclusive community. In 2015 his was awarded a Community Builder Ambassador’s Award from United Way / Centraide Ottawa for his work in the community.
His commitment to the community extended beyond his role as a police officer and, over many years, he had the privilege to volunteer and take leadership positions on numerous community-based boards. Currently, he is Past Chair of the Board for Special Olympics Canada and serves on the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group Community Cabinet. He is fluently bilingual, provides professional strategic consulting services in the area of Public Safety and Executive Leadership and provides commentary to various media on current policing and public safety issues.