Welcome IACP Conference Attendees

It was great to see everyone who joined us for the session “Creating a Culture Champion Network to Maximize Officer Engagement in Culture Change.” 

Scroll down for the resources Dean promised you, including a copy of the slide deck. 

If you weren’t there, we’ve also included a recording of a previous session we did together. We hope it’s helps you understand the powerful effect a Culture Champion Network has on maximizing stakeholder engagement.


Al Almeida
Deputy Chief of Police,
York Regional Police

Al Almeida is Deputy Chief of Police at York Regional Police and is the Executive officer to the Chief. Al has more than 34 years of policing experience working in operational roles including Drugs and Vice, Homicide, and Intelligence. Al has led change initiatives at YRP including the implementation of the Intelligence Hub and he recently co-led an organizational cultural transformation called Breakthrough.

Al holds a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph, a certificate in Police Leadership from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Law Enforcement from Seneca College.


Kate MacDonald
Senior Legal Counsel,
York Regional Police

Kathleen (Kate) MacDonald is Senior Counsel at York Regional Police in Ontario, Canada. York Regional Police’s 2200 members serve 1.2 million citizens in one of the fastest growing and most diverse populations in Canada. Kate holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminology from Queen’s University and a law degree from Western University. Kate was called to the bar in 2003, and has practiced law in both the private and public sectors. After several years as a Crown Attorney in Toronto, she joined YRP full-time in 2014.

Kate provides legal advice and training on a wide variety of issues in policing and the criminal justice system to police services across Ontario. She is currently designing a career-spanning personal and professional development program for police officers with an emphasis on inclusion, professionalism and wellness. Kate recently spent three years as a Change Process Leader in YRP’s organizational culture transformation. In 2022, Kate was named Ontario Women in Law Enforcement’s (OWLE) Civilian of the Year. Kate is also a qualified trauma-informed yoga instructor.


Dean Anderson, EdD
Co-founder & CEO,
Being First, Inc.

Dr. Dean Anderson is an international thought leader, speaker, bestselling author, and strategic advisor to the C-Suite. For 40 years, Dr. Anderson has been guiding transformational leaders of Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and global non-profit organizations to integrate the inner work of personal transformation and mindfulness with advanced methodologies that guides leaders in HOW to design and implement transformational change successfully. Dean is passionate about co-creation — the high-performance way of Being, working and relating that brings people of diverse perspectives together to solve complex challenges and produce breakthrough results for all.

Dr. Dean Anderson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Being First, Inc.

DOD photo by Shannon Giles

Culture Champion Network Overview & Tips

How to Engage Your Stakeholders in Transformational Change

Ten key strategies rule the success or failure of transformation in organizations. Leaders and their change consultants succeed or fail to the degree they neglect or do not how to use these strategies optimally.

Maximizing stakeholder engagement is one of these key strategies. Download this overview to explore one of the most powerful engagement strategies – the Culture Change Network. You will discover what it is and how to structure it increase the level of engagement in your transformation.

BONUS: Includes 8 Tips for Success


Culture Transformation Blazes the Trail to Modern Culture

In a climate of increased social pressures and awareness about diversity, inclusion and officer wellness, York Regional Police (YRP), a leading model of excellence in Canadian policing, proactively up-leveled their culture across their organization.

We support visionary police chiefs to achieve breakthroughs in their agencies and communities through transformational change

With a proven strategic approach to transformation and leadership development that can enable systemic change

"Being First inspired our multinational community, and provided us with the means with which we could bind the tremendously rich mix of cultures in NATO together, and then create genuine transformational change."
Tony Johnstone-Burt
Former Chief of Staff, NATO's Allied Command Transformation; Three Star Vice Admiral (Ret'd)
"Our partnership with Being First unlocked the tools, language and especially the strategic direction that propelled our transformation into a model that other police services are now adapting for their own success.
Jim MacSween
Chief of York Regional Police

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How to Use a Culture Champion Network to Maximize Stakeholder Engagement in Transformation

Discover one of the most powerful engagement strategies for culture change. Hear directly from leaders at York Regional Police who created a Culture Change Champion Network with over 100 volunteers who helped maximize stakeholder engagement across their organization.



Walk the Talk of Change

A powerful executive development program that transforms leaders and teams – from the inside out. 


Creating a Culture Champion Network to Maximize Officer Engagement in Culture Change

Download a copy of the slide deck from our IACP session.

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