Meet Gary

Dr. Gary Ellis is the Ontario PC Party nominee in the riding of Scarborough Southwest.

Gary is currently the Program Head of Justice Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber. He also operates his own consulting business focusing on strategic corporate solutions, crisis communications training, stakeholder relations, and executive education.

Gary has a background of 30-years in policing, spending most of his career in Toronto and one year respectively with the RCMP and the FBI National Academy on a Leadership Fellowship. He retired in 2008 at the rank of Superintendent. His executive police positions include being the Unit Commander of No. 42 Division in Scarborough, the Unit Commander of the Toronto Homicide Squad, Sex Crimes Unit, Drug Squad and Operational Support (Parking) as well as the operational commander of the RCMP Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit focused on organized crime and counter-terrorism.

Gary has extensive experience in international investigations and training and is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. He was also the lead developer and facilitator for the Canadian Police College Executive Development Program focused on police, military, and federal government executives.

Over his career, Gary has been called upon to be a keynote speaker at The Institute of World Politics in Washington on the subject of counter-terrorism, the Conference Board of Canada on the subject of cybercrime, and The FBI National Academy where he gave the Valedictorian’s address the year he graduated. He has also presented to a number of Federal and Provincial government committees and has affected legislative change in areas such as mental health, the Police Services Act, DNA legislation, and child exploitation.
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Gary has long been active in his church and with numerous other community volunteer initiatives. His volunteerism has recognized with a City of Toronto Volunteer award and commendation from Toronto City Council. He spent much of his life living and policing in Scarborough and is proud to represent the Scarborough Southwest community in the 2018 povincial election.

Gary’s education includes a Doctorate (PhD) in Educational Leadership from the University of Toronto, a Master of Arts Degree from Royal Roads University in Leadership and Training, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Waterloo, a diploma in Law and Security from Seneca College, and a variety of certifications. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.