Chief Superintendent (retd) David Beer

C/Supt. Beer served thirty-five years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in a variety of operational and command roles. He acquired a unique depth and breadth of operational and international policing experience that included counter terrorism, intelligence, major crime, organized crime, and proceeds of crime investigation. At the time of retirement in 2009 he served as Director General of International Policing, with responsibility for International Operations, Interpol Canada, Peacekeeping Operations, and International Policy Development. His particular experience in the field of criminal and security intelligence dates back over 30 years. In recent years he had a key role initiating joint mission analysis in UN missions (MINUSTAH/Haiti), advised UN DPKO / Police Division on standards and development of intelligence capacity for international police operations, and led the RCMP development of intelligence and investigation of Terror Financing in the post 9-11 era.

In 2007 C/Supt. Beer was elected to the executive of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), serving as Vice President and Chair of the International Division until 2011. He continues to serve on the International Steering Committee of the IACP ( and serves the Global Policing Policy Community for the Police Division of the United Nations, and is an Associate at the Security Governance Group (, a private research and consulting firm. Until 2014 he served as the Director of the Ottawa Bureau of MediaBadger (, a social media intelligence and consulting firm, and international policing advisor to the NGO, the Pearson Centre.

C/Supt. Beer deployed to conflict and post conflict areas representing governments and international agencies alike in a variety of command, evaluation, assessment and development roles. This experience included deployments of varying duration and executive responsibilities to Iraq, Central African Republic, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and an extensive experience in Haiti, including bilateral deployments dating back to the 1990s, and command of the UN Police Mission in Haiti 2004-2005. More recent programs have included development and evaluation projects with the African Union, NATO, European Union, UN DPKO Police Division, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and training programs and publications for the US Institute of Peace and the US National Defense University (publications pending on the existence and impact of illicit power structures in conflict environments).

C/Supt. Beer holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, from the University of Windsor (Windsor, Canada), and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada).